One Purposeful Prayer
Enable me, Lord, to shift . . . from busyness
. . . to the good part, which shall not be taken away. . .
…but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her. Luke 10:42 NASB
Women scurry here and there. It’s adrenaline addiction. A counterfeit way of life, covers the holes in the soul creating a deep vacuum that eventually will need to be filled.
In the scriptures we read of Mary and Martha. Sisters of Lazarus, the women demonstrate opposite tasks. We compare them and raise one up and beat the other down. Two women, one kitchen, one in charge, I would bow out too if Martha was on edge. I have been there, a Martha that is, and I did not even like my own company.
Martha was stressed and preparing the meal for Jesus. Mary chose to stop, drop, and sit at the feet of Jesus, but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her. Mary listened, received, and chose the good part.
This principle hits close to home. My father said to me, “No one can take your education away from you.” My father was referring to my formal education. If he were alive today and knew the rest of my story he would sigh with sadness at his prophetic words and might add, “or your life experiences.”
I am so thankful I dove into the Bible years ago. I clung to God and His Word in my 20s, 30s, and 40s. I have been tutored, trained, and tested.
Even though I was a busy Martha once, Mary’s posture won me over, but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Will you join Mary and me?
Are you a Martha or a Mary?
Have you chosen the good part?
What one step can you do to make a shift to sit, read the Word, and listen to Jesus?
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Enable Me, Lord, to Shift—from feelings of “Who cares?”
… to knowing He cares
Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. I Peter 5:7 NASB
Completing my speaking topic to women in church leadership, I collected their written responses. Women had jotted down descriptive words of the needs of their heart. With sadness, I prayed silently for the woman who had written, Who cares, what difference does it make? Tucking her answer away I gathered the rest.
As I drove home, I recalled the women’s faces. One face stood out and it wasn’t the beauty, but the volume of sadness and despair written on her countenance. Maybe, the note belonged to her. If so, my heart was knit to a kindred sister.
Brent Curtis and John Eldredge state in Sacred Romance, “to lose hope has the same effect on our heart as it would be to stop breathing.” The woman I recall was about to drop out of life. Have you ever been that close to being a drop-out? From life? I have.
Her heart shaped note is posted in my office. I write for and pray for women like the one who wrote it. I believe many other women are asking, “Who cares, what difference does it make?”
My response to her question, Jesus cares. Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you and me. He cares, Jesus cares.
Women get stuck in the feelings of hopelessness and despair, creating anxiety. Whatever the issue, God desires His care to outweigh her anxiety.
I choose to believe, He cares. I know He cares. You see, I too could have written that same note years ago, Who cares, what difference does it make? Living in a painful existence in the house on the hill only Jesus saw behind every door of my home. I chose to cast my anxieties onto Him, the truth, Jesus cares.
Name one area of your life you are anxious about.
Will you choose to cast that anxiety upon Jesus?
Jesus cares, name where that is evident in your life today.