“Friends, your life is not going to change because you read a book about stress. Your life is going to change when you realize that the absence of God in your life is intensifying the presence of stress in your heart.” (page 230 of Stressed-Less Living, by Tracie Miles)
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I think it’s very fitting that Tracie used the example of Mary and Martha in her last chapter of Stressed-Less Living. Almost every Christian lady has heard this great teaching story from Luke 10:38-42: two sisters who had the opportunity to learn from Jesus; one chose to sit at His feet while the other “was distracted by all the preparations” (v. 40).
It’s all a matter of priorities. Sure, we ALL have daily responsibilities and chores—and then there are those tasks that are a source of enjoyment, but aren’t a necessity. Facebook, blogging, Pinterest, computer games, hobbies, television, visiting with friends, etc. should NEVER keep you from sitting at the feet of Jesus.
I was a stay-at-home mom with 7 year-old and a 3 year-old when I first became a Christian, so caring for my children and my husband were my chief priorities. I’m an early riser, so I chose to seek out my quiet time with God first thing in the morning, which meant I had my Bible, prayer journal, etc. waiting for me when I got up (coffee pot ready to go, of course).
Everything – NOT some things – should bring glory to God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 supports this: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” To make my quiet time a priority, I’ve removed certain activities from my routine. I’ve also put my computer in another room because when I use Biblegateway.com to look up Scripture, I find I’m too easily tempted to take a glance at Facebook or check my email.
What activities are distracting you from your time with Jesus? What can you do to remedy this situation?
Answer both questions and I’ll put your name in for a drawing for What Happens When Women Say Yes to God by Lysa Terkeurst.