This Christmas at a white elephant gift exchange, I received the book Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World. A few weeks later, my book club picked that very same book for our next read. Then, Blessed Is She came out with their theme for this Lent:
|Via Blessed Is She|
I think God is trying to tell me something. ;)
I very much lean towards being Martha - always busy doing things (the right/my way). But I need to be more like Mary and rest in His Word. So this Lent, two of the main things I'll be working on are:
Striving to be perfect at loving people - not doing things. It doesn't matter if everything is scheduled just right, the playroom is perfectly put away, or the laundry is folded "correctly" (aka my way). What really matters is how I love God, my husband, my kids, myself, and others.
I read this perfectionism revelation in my other book club book - Momnipotent - and it was like a light bulb went off. Being a perfectionist in doing things is so me. I thought that being perfect in this way would make me happy and peaceful. But it never has. Oh, but I still chased that perfectionist dream hoping that it would.
So reading that we need to be perfect in loving...it really hit me. Hard. It really seems so simple and obvious. But it's just what I needed to give me a kick in the right direction. So this Lent will hopefully bring a lot of letting go and softening up. Which leads right into my next one...
Finding a balance between being Mary and Martha. Like I said above, I'm a Martha who has 10 to-do lists, plans everything, and is always thinking about the next task. And I always put make that my top priority.
So this Lent, I am taking the time everyday to just be with Him: Pray. Read. Listen. Meditate. Rest in His Word. His comfort. His peace.
"Be still and know that I am God" is what He is calling me to right now. And everything else, like my everyday tasks, to-do lists, and letting go of my perfectionism, will follow. (I hope!)
|I'm looking forward to using the Blessed Is She's Lenten journal to help me rest in His Word this Lent!|
"God knows my heart better than anyone else; He knows what I need to get out of this Lenten season. I have faith that this Lent will be exactly what He wants it to be."
So beautiful and so true. (Thanks, Emily!) He will teach me and work in me if I come to Him with an open heart.
How are you hoping to be transformed this Lent?
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