We’ve just finished our online bible study of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver. Congratulations to all of you who finished the study and explored your inner Martha and Mary these past six weeks! This week we learned about keeping balance between service and worship. Our focus is finding balance between our relationship with people and our relationship with God.
Like the tetertotter example in our book, we need to find a place of comfort so we are not burdened by weight or flying into the air! Joanna writes “we were created for the intimate fellowship of the Lord’s Prayer but also entrusted with the ministry of the Good Samaritan.” As you go about your week, ask yourself if you are in balance or need to make an adjustment.You may need to respond “no” to some things in order to say “yes” to opportunities God places before you. Learn to discern between God’s will and your will, and follow His voice. Watch when the tetertotter tips and Martha or Mary begins to dominate your life. Pray for opportunities for both Living Room Intimacy and Kitchen Service. You’ll find resources in Appendix B and C for building up these two gifts. Another good resource is The Flylady. She teaches how to bless your home rather than clean it, and how to manage your time so you have more balance. “As we spend time in the living room, walking and talking with him, we fill the hulls of our lives with the right things of God. Out of that abundance will come both a steadfastness in the midst of storms and a surplus we can share with others,” writes Joanna.
In our final chapter, Joanna reminds us to let go of the Super-Christian belief and embrace Christianity as a process. We grow into balanced lives, and once we find it, we need to work to maintain the balance. A single bible study or two hours in church on Sunday mornings does not complete the process. Our Christian life needs to include the daily and constant presence of Christ. Our focus needs to be off ourselves, our friends, our problems and our blessings and our focus needs to be on Him: in everything we do, say and think. Especially in the tests and trials that refine us for His glory. Focus on the journey and keep your heart in Jesus. May the Guest Book of your heart and home always have the name Jesus written inside it!
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
- We thrive on a life that is rhythmically balanced, not standing still.
- Christianity is a process and not an event. It is a journey, not a destination.
- If we want to be like Jesus, we won’t be able to escape the refining process.
- Perseverance allows God to take our muddled messes and turn them into miracles.
- We all want a testimony but we’d rather skip the “test” that gives us one.
For Next Week
- Join our next study.
- If you want, read Joanna Weaver’s book called Having a Mary Spirit: Allowing God to Change Us From the Inside Out or her latest book Lazarus Awakening
Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- Look at the chart called “Signs you may need more time in the kitchen/ or living room.” Do you need to spend more time in Living Room intimacy or in Kitchen Service? (page 182-183 )
- When you face a trial which approach do you take? A) The All-Star Wrestling Approach of “God help me a little here!” B) The Job Approach of “where are you God and why don’t you care?” C) the Jonah Approach of “Forget this, I’m outta here!” or D) The Jesus Approach of “shape me Lord, I am yours!”
- Share a favorite moment from this week’s study.
- Would you recommend this bible study to a friend? Why or why not?