“But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42 ESV)
I’d love to be a woman who gets up, showers, dresses, makes coffee and spreads out my Bible study on a freshly pressed tablecloth. Years ago, I was. But now with my tent-making job and busy life, this is my reality:
If I try to shower before my devotions, I’ll get waylaid by some reminder of need in our bathroom. Flakey soap that needs to be replaced, empty shampoo bottles to be sorted, or perhaps a good tile scrub is in order.
Getting dressed is a nightmare. Even when I do lay out my clothes the night before, most days I’m ‘in a mood’ and decide the chosen outfit is just not going to work. As soon as I reach into my closet all bets are off. My weight fluctuates like crazy these days – thank you peri-menopause, your night sweats were not gift enough – and so pants and skirts are airborne as I try on one unfit choice after another.
Once I actually get downstairs, there are papers and typically 2-3 brands of cereal on the bare wood table as the pantry is full of empty cracker boxes, stale cookies and dusty canned goods. I’ll get it cleaned out eventually but until then, the table is our pantry. No room to spread out anything without spending five minutes shifting groceries and schoolwork.
I’m not a FlyLady. I love Proverbs 31 but don’t exactly live a Martha Stewart lifestyle. This is my life and God loves me, He gets me.
So, instead, I have my quiet time cuddled in my bed, giving Him my true first fruits. Some days if my hubby is still sleeping beside me, I’ll grab my grungy housecoat and snuggle up on the couch with the Word balanced on one knee, the pup on the other.
Ladies, don’t be burdened by fleshly expectations put on you by well-meaning women. God bless them! When I was a stay-at-home mom, my devotions looked envious too. No, He just wants to hear from us. As we are. Be a Mary . . . it’s a good thing.
Lord, I am so thankful that you love us just the way we are, but even more that you choose to mold us into what we can become. Help us to push aside morning distractions that keep us from falling into your lap . . . into your love . . . and teach us to come just as we are.
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