Gosh, it feels like it’s been so long since I last blogged. Technically, it has been a long time—over two months to be exact. While I wanted to blog sooner, being obedient to God comes first and foremost. I only blog when I feel like God is leading me to.
With that said, it feels GREAT to be back y’all.
God has been showing me things, and I have truly been growing in this amazing relationship with Him. I feel like February and March were months of just God and me. While there were times I had to get some things in order, on the whole they were months of REST and GROWTH.
You already know the deal by now—if You’re a regular here—, I try to be as transparent as possible. God doesn’t want a bunch of people pretending to be perfect. He wants people who love their neighbors enough to share their weak moments just like their highs, in hopes that it will help uplift and restore. Testimony is POWERFUL. Any who, at the very beginning of this year I really dealt with this thing I like to call Martha Syndrome.
I describe Martha Syndrome as the habit of worrying about our tasks so much that we spend countless hours doing so much, only to miss spending time with Jesus.
Well, where did I get that definition? Read Luke 10:38-42. Jesus traveled to a village and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. Martha’s sister was there too, and she sat at Jesus’ feet and listened to Him speak. Martha, on the other hand, was distracted by her tasks.
When I first read that story I remember thinking about Martha missing Jesus because she was so concerned with her tasks—how crazy. Who would miss a chance to sit at Jesus’ feet? But then the Holy Spirit was like, “Hold up, that’s you too.” I paused for a second, thinking about my Martha Syndrome and how that small story in the Bible reflected my life appropriately.
How many of us have continuously missed our savior because we were too distracted by our to-do lists?
Let’s look at Luke 10:40-42 HCSB
40But Martha was distracted by her many tasks, and she came up and asked, “Lord, don’t You care that my sister has left me to serve alone? So tell her to give me a hand.”
41The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, 42but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Martha was so sidetracked by her tasks (
errands, jobs, assignments) that she asked to Jesus to tell her sister to help. Can you picture that? Mary doing the right thing and Martha so distraught about the wrong things that she vents to the Lord about the choice Mary made. Wow.
Jesus says that Martha’s “worried and upset about many things”(Luke 10:41 HCSB).
How worried and upset have You been when You put temporary things before Jesus? When we have a ton of stuff on our to-do lists are we more concerned with the tasks, or our Lord? It reminds me of that saying, “Know God, know peace. No God, no peace.” It’s powerful, but vague in a sense. It almost seems like if you know God you’ll have this all-time peace automatically, but I believe knowing God is a reoccurring experience.
Everyday there’s something that God wants to share with us, but are we too distracted to listen?
Ok back to the scripture: Luke 10:42 says, “but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.”
I love that: sitting at Jesus’ feet is the right choice, and it will not be taken away from You.
When I meditated on that scripture, God was just like:
“When You spend time with me it will never be taken away from You. The to-do list that You have will be completed better than You could’ve done it before because You made the right choice. And that time You spent in my presence will not be taken away from You; You’ll still have time to finish it all as I lead You.”
God is so good. He doesn’t want us to worry about our job, our errands, or our assignments. He wants us to spend time with Him and listen to Him speak!
I wish I could say that was the end of that lesson, BUT it wasn’t. Around mid February and most of March I changed. I was no longer suffering from Martha Syndrome; I was dealing with a long bout of procrastination. We all have been there; that procrastination bug is something else! I was putting stuff off left and right. I was counting tomorrow like it was guaranteed.
The Bible (James 4:13-14 HCSB) warns us about that:
13Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will travel to such and such a city and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.” 14You don’t even know what tomorrow will bring—what your life will be! For you are like smoke that appears for a little while, then vanishes. 15Instead, you should say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that. 16But as it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17So it is a sin for the person who knows to do what is good and doesn’t do it.”
This scripture can speak to the procrastination we often find ourselves in; we make plans tomorrow all the time. How many of us—because of procrastination—count tomorrow to do the good things we know we should do today? My procrastination was so bad that I got a $ 140 ticket from expired tags (they expired in February, and it was March). God provided, but let me tell you when that procrastination finally caught up to me it did not feel good at all. How many things have you put off because you counted tomorrow—and the next day, and the next day?
So where’s the happy medium?
That happy place—where You’re not worried about to-do lists, or procrastinating and counting the next day to do things—is in God. I’ve been so content with letting God lead me. Some days that might mean I’m spending hours with Him and then I go and do things as I’m directed. Other days I rest, as God tells me to. That doesn’t mean you just up and stop going to work, school, etc.—be God led, not emotionally driven. Remember we work as if we are working for the Lord.
Winning each day means that we submit it to God first and carry out tasks as He leads us.
If you don’t know what God is telling you to do, then that’s even more of a reason to sit at His feet and get to know Him—His character; His voice; His love. In another post I briefly mentioned my bible study, Bold Beautiful Believers. We have started an Intentional Challenge for two months. Basically, we’re making an intentional effort to stop worrying about the tasks and distractions of this world and sit before God and seek Him, everyday. I journal, pray, and spend time READING THE BIBLE. I’m on day 15—of course I keep track for accountability—and I can’t even explain how excited I am when I wake up to spend time with my Abba! It’s awesome to see how much I’ve grown over time. I tried Heather Lindsey’s Journal Challenge years ago and struggled to spend time with God for three consecutive days, but now I am so pumped to make it to two months—faith it to make it!
Here’s a useful link for the Intentional Challenge: How to Spend Time with God
With that said, join us!
Use the contact page to send me your email address so we can keep each other accountable. We are walking together; You are not alone. I can’t wait to hear from you.
Oh yeah, the beach photos are my hope for better Michigan weather lol
Love You & God Bless You,