We’re now on week four of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver, and I pray you are deep into this study. If you ever have a question or want to write a comment about something you read, you are always welcome to do so. The group is informal and we encourage your participation. Use the comment box at the end of each article and share your heart with us.
Chapter seven in our book examines “the better part” Martha missed as she was serving Jesus and her guests. Sometimes we get so busy balancing our lives (hula-hoops as Joanna teaches us) that we often forget our inner self. We are not tending to our hearts. Women are very skilled at tending to the hearts of others while neglecting their own needs. Eventually we have a Martha-Moment and explode in frustration, grabbing the attention of our audience. Thankfully, Jesus was her audience and heard Martha’s heart.
“The story of Mary and Martha was never meant to be a psychological profile or role play in which we choose the character with whom we most identify. This is the story of two different responses to one singular occasion. In it, we should find not our personality type, but the heart Christ longs for us to have. A heart centered on Him alone.” Joanna Weaver
When you started this study we asked you if you are more like Martha or Mary, and at this point in our study you realize your heart matters more than your personality. Your role is to keep your heart centered in Jesus and walk by the Spirit. You can do this if you are Martha and you can do this if you are Mary. Your heart matters more than your service or your worship! “Make room in your heart for Jesus and he’ll make room for everything else,” writes Joanna.
In Chapter 8 of our bible study, Joanna Weaver introduces Lazarus to the conversation. She has written a beautiful book on this called Lazarus Awakening and expands on the lessons learned from Lazarus. In our study, she uses the lessons to show how God’s will doesn’t move in a straight line, God tarries, and God releases His plan through our obedience and faith.
Please visit our Prayer Wall and post a prayer request or praise report. Take time this week to lift others up with your prayers.
Joanna Weaver Quotes
- Sometimes we have to slow down in order to take a spiritual inventory and see where we stand with God.
- Sometimes we have to realize how empty we are before we’re willing to be filled.
- Consistency doesn’t mean perfection; it means refusing to give up.
- It’s amazing what a little time-out can do for you. Especially when you spend that time with God.
- What Satan intends for evil, God still turns for good.
- It’s God’s purposes, not mine, that must prevail.
- God takes Satan’s worst and transforms it into our best.
For Next Week
- Read Chapters Nine and Ten in the book
- Join our Womens Bible Cafe Chat on Facebook
- Register for Loving Well by Beth Moore 4-week video based bible study
Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- Name the hula-hoop responsibilities you have in your life. Which one is the most difficult to keep in motion?
- Give an example of a time when you put God first in your life. What happened?
- Look up the word trust in a bible concordance, such as www.BibleGateway.com and share a verse that speaks to you.
- Share a favorite moment from this week’s study.