Authenticity is underrated in today’s society. We all have our “public” persona and our “private” persona. We work to get it right! Stress follows as our result. Our motto is to guide our private persona at all cost unless we are with family and friends who know us intimately. God knows us in private and public. Let’s read Psalm139:1-6 (ESV).
I awoke this morning with a list of about 10 things to do and immediately I felt frazzled and overwhelmed. Frazzled in the Cambridge Dictionary means: extremelytired in a nervous or slightlyworried way after a lot of mental or physicaleffort. I knew my list was longer than I could accomplish in one day so I did the A,B,C method of prioritizing from the most important to the least important (that could be carried over to the next day).
Finally feeling like a failure, I invited God into my mess of a list. I prayed and cried out to Him that I couldn’t continue at this pace feeling as low as I did. Immediately, I felt his presence and felt peace wash over me. I was calm and ready to listen to what the Holy Spirit had to say. In my heart I heard the words, “My child, sit and rest awhile.” I began to feel less tired and frustrated about all of the things that needed to be done and just basked in His comfort with what I felt were the arms of Jesus holding me and assuring me that what was most important was sitting with Him and He would help me with my “tasks” at the right time.
Have you ever felt the presence and comfort of the Lord? Have you been a Martha or Mary in your life? In Luke Chapter 10:38-42 (ESV) the verses tell the story:
38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus[d] entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house.39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching.40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.”41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things,42 but one thing is necessary.[e] Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
I spent my time with Jesus as Mary did and was rewarded with His comfort and teaching about what my priority should be. Then the rest of my day was ordered. Yes, I was busy. No, I didn’t complete the whole list. But I was at peace because I had accomplished my Number 1 priority…Letting the Lord in and learning what is “the good portion…”
And you…are you choosing to be Mary in your daily life? Are you able to set your Number 1 priority as spending time at rest in Jesus’ arms.” I pray that this short story of my day today has blessed you. I am learning to know the Lord intimately and pray the same for each of you.
I’ve been having a difficult time for three days now because of the last Jetpack update for WordPress. I kept getting error messages and could not bring up my blog in WordPress.com. Finally, I emailed support for Jetpack and that is when I was told by email this morning that multiple plugins are conflicting with the update and the only thing to do is deactivate and delete those plugins and then I could run a “debug script” and my problem would be solved.
It took me much of the day deleting plugins and finding substitutes for what was needed (like security) and I am still not finished though it is now 10:30pm in Tennessee. I am not much in the mood to write tonight so I thought I would share some quotes on compassion or caring from the internet. I don’t know about you, but I could use some compassion and caring right now.
It is such an important part of our character to be caring and compassionate toward others. We start learning to care while children, taught by our parents and teachers. As we grow older, we learn from our church, our Bibles, and other adults model what it means to be compassionate or caring. If we are lucky enough to have a pet or two, we can practice our compassion and caring towards that dog or cat or guinea pig while playing and caring for them.
Anyway, I thought the quotes that I found said it much better than I could.