We’ve just finished chapters three and four of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver, and walked into the pages of worry! In chapter three, we learned about the pitfalls of worry and how God commands us not to worry. Many of us carry worry beads inside our hearts, waiting for them to overflow and explode…or looking for an excuse to unleash them. There are many forms of worry- from the little things of life to the gigantic. We depend on past experiences, communication with others, or even the medical community to assist us in unloading the worry. In our study we see the importance of having concern, not worry. There’s a good chart in this chapter, comparing concern vs worry. Print a copy and carry it with you as a guide for filtering your thoughts. If you want to explore this subject more, I highly recommend the book Who Switched off My Brain by Dr. Caroline Leaf. Another great book would be Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer (there is even a kid and teen version of this popular book).
Chapter four of our study presented us with an overburdened cart and heavy rocks. We saw in the Rosemarie Kokalski story how we serve others by carrying their loads, and eventually discover the load is harder than we thought. Burdened with the rocks of others, we are unable to carry out the work God intended for us. Joanna Weaver invites us to unload the burdens we’re not called to carry, while keeping our focus on God’s will for our lives. I challenge you to look at the cart you are pulling, and examine the rocks you need to unload. As you carry the load uphill, remember to keep your eyes and heart on Jesus. Make Him the One Thing you desire most.
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
- When God tells us in the bible not to worry, it’s not a suggestion. It’s a command.
- Worry fixes our eyes on our situation rather than our Savior.
- Worry doesn’t prevent bad things from happening.
- A life filled with fear has little room for faith.
- We need to keep our focus on who God is and what God can do.
- Fretting magnifies the problem. Prayer magnifies God.
- When we view life through the eyes of faith, fear just has to flee.
- Take off your worry beads and pick up the shield of faith.
- Nothing is harder to carry than a burden we’re not called to carry.
For Next Week
- Read Chapters Five and Six in the workbook
- Join our Womens Bible Cafe Chat on Facebook
Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- Jesus said to Martha “You are worried about many things.” If Jesus said this to you, how would his words make you feel?
- Finish this sentence: Therefore (insert your name) I tell you do not worry about…
- In the story of the rocks, think of your own cart. Which rocks has God asked you to carry, and which rocks should you unload?
- Jesus said the one thing Martha needed was fellowship with Him. How would your life be different if you practiced the “one thing” principle?
- Share a favorite moment from this week’s study.