Sunday, September 22, 2019

Sunday Afternoon Tea - The Summer of My Mary Heart

I am always surprised by the passing of time.  I first wrote this blog post in late Spring, 2007, just a couple of months before the first anniversary of starting Coffee Tea Books and Me.  Recently we passed the 13th year anniversary and I've been looking through some of the original posts.  Circumstances have changed, we were actively in homeschool mode back then.  Other things remain the same.  Here is one of the early blog posts...
Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.
But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part,
which will not be taken away from her.
Luke 10:41-42

The next two months are unique as I have no commitments, except for helping at the summer library sale. I cannot recall the last time that I have had two entire free months since...well, never. It has to be as far back as early high school that I didn't have either a job, was homeschooling year round, and/or had young children to closely supervise.

As I was watching the funeral of Ruth Graham on TV Saturday, I was thinking about the legacy she left behind. I was so touched when Anne showed her mother's Bible and the many notes and words of wisdom it included. I tend to do well with my quiet times for awhile and then let them slide happens. Would my family have anything tangible to show that I was a person of Faith other than shelves of books, some pretty scripture pictures on the wall, and a collection of Bibles in various translations?

In my life, Martha is always trumping Mary. Like an older and more verbal sister, the Martha part of me reminds my inner self that there is dinner to be cooked, dishes to be washed, laundry to be sorted, floors to be swept, cats to be fed, weeds to be pulled, lists to be made, groceries to be purchased and put away, clutter to be is all about the daily work that must be done!

Not that we do not need our Martha nature, she is vital to the work of our household...she just seems to take over all the time. We realize it is time for another day to end and we have spent no quality time reading the Word, or praying, or asking for wisdom, or just thinking of His Goodness...just a few quick "help" prayers sent up throughout the day.

It's not that I'm fearful, for I truly am able to stay calm about most situations. Martha, I become worried and troubled about many things. It's the little foxes that begin to eat away at my peace. I personally think that is far more difficult to control than "the big stuff". I haven't even had time to fret about global warming and the possibility of continued terrorism when the price of gas is over $3.00 and milk is...well, cheaper to buy a cow and put it out back.

After watching the funeral of such a precious woman, I decided I was going to make this the summer of my Mary heart. Martha is going to be subdued for at least a couple of months. After all, this is summer and the living should be slower. It is far easier to subdue my Martha nature in the summer than any other time of the year.

So...I am going to make certain I set my alarm clock once again to get up before anyone else in the house and take my coffee, Bible, and notebook to the place...surrounded by flowers and trees...and a few of nature's small creatures.

I am carrying with me (in my purse) my summer devotional book as well as The Valley of Vision so those times I am having a cup of coffee and...waiting...for whatever mind will be turned to those writings of great peace and beauty.

Unless there is some major world news crisis, I will be watching only my local news and taking a sabbatical from Fox and CNN. I rarely watch the Network evening news, anyway. I'm certain if there is any important news, I'll get an e-mail update.

I've decided to do some more journaling...both in writing and in my journal scrapbook. Something to leave behind to the next Ruth...wisdom that has been received from the furnace of affliction as well as in the quiet of the early morning ponderings in the Word.

Meals may be simple, the house may gather a little more dust, some things will not be checked off my "to do" list....I can almost guarantee it. However, this is going to be the summer when the Mary side of my nature is let free. I can hardly wait to see what happens...

Photo: Beach Cottage Print;


Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

I struggle with this very thing. I need to prioritize my time in the word.

Barbara Harper said...

My 13th blogging anniversary was this past July. I've had that experience of looking at past posts and being instructed or encouraged again by what God taught me then.

I agree, we all need both our Martha and Mary sides. Some seasons we lean more one way or the other. I love this determination to put time with God first as well as making plans to do so.

Vee said...

Martha has always been the sister with whom I most identify. One of the “benefits” to having a season of being ill is that one has time to focus on the more important things. (Though really, clean dishes, clean floors, clean bathrooms are a thing of beauty. 😁)