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What is Better

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’

‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed – or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.'”

Luke 10:38-42 NIV

Hustle and bustle. Work hard. Be heard. Keep busy.

This is the cry of our culture. This is often the cry of my heart.

It’s not all bad. Work and productivity are gifts from God that yield rewards. This is a biblical truth – we read about it throughout Proverbs, and throughout Ecclesiastes.

But listen to our Lord’s gentle advice, to hardworking Martha. A woman He loved, and indeed appreciated.

I can hear the smile in His voice. I imagine Him stretching out His arm to her and calling, the same way I do to my kids when they are all wound up about something.

“Martha, Martha! Please, it’s alright.” He sees her distress. “You’re all upset. Come here and take a break. Sit with me a while. The world will not fall apart without you. You don’t have to keep it all going. You don’t have to keep the plates spinning and the balls in the air and the pans in the fire all on your own. That’s actually my job. I just want you to come and sit with me a while. That’s all.”

I love to end and open the year in Jesus’ company. Yesterday evening, as I sat with Him and watched an online prayer service, He filled me with peace, and joy. He renewed my love, not only for Him, but for other people – which, to Him, is equally important. He warned me about something that is likely to happen in my life in the near future, but also filled me with reassurance and peace that it would be alright. He gave me ideas of how to reach out to others. He renewed my focus and sharpened my direction, in the things that I am already doing.

One of the ideas I had, as I sat with Him yesterday evening, was to bring back a blogging series that I began in the Spring of 2020 but did not continue. I had intended to pray through the Psalms on my blog. To read through the Psalms, which is a book of prayers, and then write my own prayer to go along with each one, personalizing it line by line.

What better way to begin 2022, than to spend it at Jesus’ feet?

So, I will do my best to show up here every day, for the month of January, and pray through a Psalm with you. I will invite you to pray along with me in the comments and leave your prayer requests. I would be so blessed to pray with and for anyone who wants to join in.

There are many things that will compete for our attention in 2022. I would like to begin by choosing what is better – and indeed, what is best. If this is the cry of your heart as well, join me. It will not be taken away from us.

Happy New Year, and I hope to see you back here tomorrow!

Warm wishes,

Lisa

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Hi, I'm Lisa, a born-and-bred-in-Manitoba mom of 2 boys. Having lived in 7 different Manitoba towns or cities, I've managed to stay warm in them all 😜❄. I am trained as a music therapist but currently work as a fulltime stay-at-home-mom by day, and a piano teacher in the evenings. By night, well...I sleep. Usually.

21 thoughts on “What is Better

  1. Hi Lisa! It’s Alan here from British Columbia. A blessed and happy New Year to you and your family. I look forward to your Psalm prayers, my friend. I trust you are doing well as we go into a New Year together. 🙂

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  2. This is a great idea, Lisa! Reminds me of a book I read once where the lady said (paraphrased, of course), “Take Proverbs 31. That chapter all women hate. Now instead of trying to be what she was, write yourself into the proverb. Write down on each line a task or character trait you already do/have that relates to the one listed in Proverbs 31.” I did it, and guess what? I’m already her! LOL. Well, not perfectly, of course. But we already “do” so much and we are still trying to do more. Martha, Martha. Anyhow, I’m looking forward to reading your prayers. 🙂

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    1. Lol. Martha, Martha, oh that Martha! We are all her to some degree and it’s not all bad. We need the Martha’s too. Jesus loved her.

      And yes, I find it helpful to personalize the Psalms. Sometimes I don’t get what David is saying, but if I ask myself “So what does that mean to me?” I can re-contextualize it to my situation and get in touch with his overall sentiment.

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      1. Yes, when David goes off on a tangent about killing all his enemies, I remind myself that he’s really just praying. He’s getting his anger out in the safest place possible, and that frees me to be totally open with God. He knows my heart anyway, so I may as well go to him for healing and release. 🙂

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