A New Start

Do you ever wonder where you are going and what you are doing? I do.

I have so many wonderful ideas, thoughts and longings. Someone told me once that she could see that I was someone who was always looking at coloured balloons and wanting to catch as many as I could. I didn’t understand her analogy at that time but I do now.

I am definitely a ‘Martha’ in temperament and character. I love to do things. I am a woman of action. But I learned that I need to also know the ‘Mary’ side of me.

When I made my decision to follow Christ in 2001 He revealed to me that I needed to take that time – the Mary part of me – and rest in Him. He led me to read a wonderful book called Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver. That book really hit home. I knew when I finished reading that I needed help for God to change me in the way He wanted.

Two years ago I started to write a story about Mary and Martha. Last week I published my first “dummy” copy. It is a book for children but speaks to all of us. I used my talent as a watercolour artist to illustrate the book.

I hope to speak to you in this blog about the ways we can learn together to be both Mary and Martha.

One way I learned to listen to my ‘Mary’ side was learning to pray. Last June I started a blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. I hope you join me there too. Together we can learn to sit at His feet, learn about Him and learn to rest in Him.

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4 thoughts on “A New Start

  1. janetsketchley

    Okay, count me in for the journey. I’ve been thinking this past week about all the “someday” things… “someday when there’s time I’ll do…”

    Some of those things, like travelling, will wait for another day. But I started asking myself, if we were retired now, or magically caught up with all the day-to-day “stuff” — what would I like to do? What of that can I do now? And I’ve discovered that some of the little things can be enjoyed now. The “stuff” will wait.

    And… I loved Joanna Weaver’s books. Have you read the second one about a Mary Spirit?

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  2. Ramona Furst

    Ah, what ‘to do’ and how ‘to be’ that is the tension where I be! (:
    Interesting… I’ve been asked and taken on both roles. And losing sight more importantly, of what God was asking of me.
    B.U.S.Y…. Being Under Satan’s Yoke….
    Its a daily question I ask myself.
    Who am I listening to and why am I in such a hurry!!

    Ramona Furst

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    1. janetsketchley

      Ramona, “who am I listening to and why am I in such a hurry?”

      I’ve been struggling with hurry. The first part of your question helps clarify why. I’m not listening to the right Voice.

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