Those Sisters

16 Oct

Those sisters…

Martha and Mary.
They have been on my mind today.
Sisters who loved Him much and welcomed Him often.
Each one so different.

Which one am I?

Most of my life I have been like Martha.
Distracted by the doing.
Missing out on the being.

The world clamors, “Do more! Be all that you can be!” 
But our Father whispers, “Be still and know that I am God.” 
– Joanna Weaver

What I am most thankful for in those Martha moments is His grace.
That same grace He offers Martha when she comes to Him complaining 
that Mary isn’t working in the kitchen with her.

The Lord said to her, 
“My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details. 
There is only one thing worth being concerned about. 
Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Luke 10:41-42

I am learning more and more each day to be like Mary.
One who just sits at His feet.

Which sister do you most identify with?


39 Responses to “Those Sisters”

  1. Dolly@Soulstops October 16, 2012 at 5:09 am #

    Hi Wendy,I was happy to see I linked up behind you at SDG…I was once more like Martha, but now that I have tasted the goodness of His presence, I am becoming more like Mary although I fight my natural Martha tendencies…blessings 🙂

  2. GLENDA CHILDERS October 16, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    I am glad that Jesus loved both sisters … because I have a little of each of them. 🙂

  3. Rosilind Jukic October 16, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    I am most definitely a Martha who soooo longs to be Mary. I need to learn to be a better Mary. (oh and I love the video you posted. I am a total Gaither fan…those videos just seem to invite God's presence in my home and my kids love them, too!)

  4. Samantha Justine Zamora October 16, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    hi there! I saw your blog on GFC blog hop and I'm now following you! I hope you follow my blogs as well… cheers!

  5. Lori October 16, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    What a great reminder as I charge out into this busy day. Thanks for the musical thoughts to carry along, too. I'm visiting from Be Not Weary today, and glad I did 🙂

  6. Kathleen @ Kath Ink October 16, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    I used to think that I was more like Mary because I wasn't much of a Martha. I sat around & visited during parties – not serving! But a dear friend pointed out that it wasn't just sitting around that characterized Mary but being at the feet of Jesus and spending time with Him. Ouch! It is so much easier to get up & do…and now I struggle more with being a Martha….but at least it seems to be closer to Jesus than not being Mary or Martha!

  7. Lauren Mills {mercyINK} October 16, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    Hi friend. I really feel like I swing back and forth on this one… I'm not always a do-er, but I do like that sense of accomplishment. Great reminder. As always thanks so much for joining in our Heart+Home link up 🙂 love,lauren {mercyINKblog}

  8. Marci Smith October 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    Let me say, I look forward to your posts. Your love for Jesus is lovely!I can take on the characteristics of both sisters. Unfortunately, I tend to be more like Martha. May I be still and soak my Savior in today. Have a beautiful day! Xoxo

  9. Christine October 16, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

    I could listen to this video all day long and never get tired of it.Thank you for sharing this.

  10. Paula Barnett October 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    I am my Mother's daughter. Her name is Mary. As you know, Wendy, grace is ever dear to my heart!Beautiful post. Thank you!

  11. Denise October 16, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

    Nice post.

  12. Misty Leask October 16, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    Oh how much we need to be more like Mary, but most of us are like Martha. Sitting still, being quiet is not easy to do, especially for mothers. It is so important for it is in those quiet moments that God speaks to us. Thank you for sharing! We're neighbors at Mercy Ink today 😉 Blessings!

  13. Wendy October 16, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

    Thanks Dolly! I too fight those Martha tendencies. I am naturally a do-er, but am so loving the time I've been spending at His feet lately. Blessings!

  14. Wendy October 16, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

    Oh Glenda me too! Blessings!

  15. Wendy October 16, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

    Thanks Rosilind! LOVE the Gaithers! Just recently introduced my oldest to them and he is totally hooked. Blessings!

  16. Wendy October 16, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    Thanks so much Samantha! Following you as well and look forward to getting to know you! Blessings!

  17. Wendy October 16, 2012 at 10:38 pm #

    Praying your day was especially blessed today Lori! So glad you visited! Blessings!

  18. Wendy October 16, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

    Oh Kathleen I totally get that. If we could just find the healthy balance between the two. Thanks so much for sharing today! Blessings!

  19. Wendy October 16, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

    Thanks so much friend. You have been on my mind today and have been lifting you up to Him. You're such a blessing! Love and hugs!

  20. Wendy October 16, 2012 at 10:48 pm #

    Thank you so much sweet friend. So love having you here. Praying that you had a beautiful time with Him today. Blessings!

  21. Wendy October 16, 2012 at 10:48 pm #

    Me too Christine! Blessings!

  22. Wendy October 16, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

    Paula…mine too. Grace has just come up over and over in everything I have been reading and hearing lately. I just love how He speaks friend. Blessings!

  23. Wendy October 16, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

    Thanks Denise! Blessings!

  24. Wendy October 16, 2012 at 11:00 pm #

    That is so true about moms Misty! We do have a hard time being still. Learning more and more every day. Blessings!

  25. F.... October 17, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    Have you read Have a Mary Heart in a Martha World? It's a good one!! I am most happy in my Mary moments… I feel the joy and peace and freedom of God in my Mary moments… Yet, Martha has a strong pull too. It seems like the older I get and the closer to God I get, my Mary moments are higher priority. Great post! Thanks for linking up with Into the Word this week. :)

  26. Mary B October 17, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    I'm working on being a Mary, but sometimes I revert back to Martha! Lovely post.Mary

  27. Lisa Lewis Koster October 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    I, too, am a recovering Martha. Thanks for the great post!

  28. Nikki @ Simplystriving October 17, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    Oh Father…make me a Mary…Sadly, I tend towards Martha. which is why His grace astounds me every day!beautiful thoughts, friend. Hugs to you!

  29. Jennifer @ October 17, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    I am a Mary and a Martha. I think Martha has gotten a bad rap, quite frankly. Jesus didn't tell her NOT to work hard, NOT to give her best to her tasks. He asked her just to stop and enjoy His presence in that moment. I think that God gives us skills and abilities and gifts, so that we get busy and do what we He asked us to do to take care of our families, our neighbors, our church friends, our communities, and so on. That means that we need to get on our feet, and sometimes do the back-breaking hard work in soup kitchens, and mission fields, and hospice houses, and schoolyards, and so on … I think we're expected to be both Mary and Martha at times. What do you think?

  30. Carol October 17, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    Enjoyed your thoughts on Martha and Mary. I have been thinking about the different ways members of my family are gifted. We each have something to offer to each other.

  31. Ugochi October 17, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

    I pray to be like Mary too. Just sitting and learning…Visiting from Into The Word Wednesday, thanks for sharing, have a super blessed day!Love

  32. Wendy October 17, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

    Jennifer I do agree that to be more of one than the other isn't good. I think there has to be a healthy balance between the two for sure. We do have works to do that He has created us for, but I think all too often we forget those beautiful moments at His feet getting too caught up in the being busy. I have always been a do-er so being still is something He is teaching me more and more every day. Blessings friend.

  33. Kathleen October 17, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    I've never thought of Martha as being wrong. Being a servant and serving others is what being a Christian is all about but we also must sit at the masters feet to be sure. I also so admire Martha's faith – Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. – What faith that took so I hope I am a bit of both… Serving others, sitting at the Lord's feet and having such amazing faith.

  34. Wendy October 17, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

    Oh I definitely don't think of Martha as wrong or being like her as something bad. I think that my problem lies in leaning way towards being busy doing that I don't make time for the being still. They were both such incredible women and there is so much to learn from both of them. Today I am learning to balance. Blessings!

  35. Wendy October 17, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

    Thanks so much friend! Blessings to you as well!

  36. Wendy October 17, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    Thanks Carol! Oh now that is always something I like chatting about…the giftedness of everyone and how we work together and serve each other. Would love to hear more of your thoughts. Blessings!

  37. Wendy October 17, 2012 at 10:48 pm #

    Thank you sweet friend. That is my prayer to Him…Abba I long to sit at Your feet like she did. Love & hugs!

  38. lori mcclure October 17, 2012 at 11:41 pm #

    I think there's a little bit of both in all of us (or maybe a lot of both,lol). It's a great story to remind us of what really matters because isn't it so easy to get caught up in the doing? It truly is 🙂

  39. Beckey October 18, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    I've been thinking a lot about this recently also. I know I am more like Martha. And longing to be more like Mary!

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