Every mother has a profound level of influence – and many moms are at times overwhelmed with the task of raising a family. The Bible gives us insight into how moms, and each of us, can navigate a busy existence.
The story of Martha and her sister Mary gives us insight into how to live a balanced life.
Lessons from Martha —
1. Anxiety | When Jesus visited her home, Martha was pulled in many directions. She was overwhelmed by preparations.
2. Irritability | Martha was visibly upset, especially because she wanted help from her sister, Mary.
3. Despair | Preoccupation with and anxiety over preparations can easily lead to despair because things might not get done.
Lessons from Mary —
1. Posture | Mary sat at the feet of Jesus when He visited her home. She submitted to His authority and sought to listen and to learn from Him.
2. Priority | Mary made it a priority to sit at Jesus’ feet. Priorities are the things we say yes to at the expense of other things which we say no to. People mistakenly think that their priorities are the things that they think are most important. Our priorities are actually the things we do!
3. Time | There is no substitute for time spent in the Lord’s presence with no interruptions. Mary found focused time to submit her mind intellectually to the Word of God.
Truths from the Word of God for mothers —
• You are blessed and surrounded by God’s favor (Psalm 5:12).
• You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).
• The Lord delights in you and He quiets you with His love and rejoices over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17).
• You are God’s treasured possession (Deuteronomy 7:6).
• You have been called out of darkness and into God’s wonderful light to praise Him (1 Peter 2:9).
• God has lavished His great love on you and you are His daughter (1John 3:1)