Friday, April 29, 2016

Mary and Martha

Do you remember the iconic story of Mary and Martha?

Mary who sat at Jesus feet soaking up Jesus' words, while Martha fretted about the house cleaning to prepare to welcome Jesus and the disciples in their home. Mary and Martha, sisters of Lazarus whom Jesus loved. 

Well oftentimes we women get caught up in being either or. Either we're stuck in the Martha (worrying about our homes, keeping it clean,) and we neglect the Mary (spending time with Jesus). OR we're stuck in the Mary and neglect the Martha. And as wives and moms, as women in general, have to learn to balance both. Especially when we get married and have children, and have more Martha duties pressed upon us. 

And that is where this book comes in at. Sarah Mae, the author, is one of those women (by her own admission) that is often in the Mary only to neglect the Martha. This book started as a challenge to help women see the godliness and beauty in cleaning their home. And it's blossomed into this book helping women to keep their home clean while not neglecting their time with Jesus.

I am one of those women who often gets caught up in Martha only to neglect Mary or get caught up in Mary only to neglect Martha. And I am trying SO hard to balance the two. Thankfully there are devotionals which offer a nugget of scripture to savor when I am stuck trying to clean (which is very often with four children). I think the hardest part of this book was finding the time to read it. lol. 

The only thing I would change is for it to be a hardback, but that's a personal preference of hardback to paperback books.

{FYI: I received this book from the author Tyndale, in exchange for my HONEST opinion.}

Living A Mighty Faith

Isn't that what we all want?

To live a mighty faith before a mighty God. I seriously enjoy this devotional as it prompts us to a mightier faith. It starts with a verse, then the devotional, and ends with a prayer prompt (which for those who are new to praying, this can be a simple prayer to aid in getting in the habit of praying.

For example today's verse (4/29) is John 6:28
  "Then they said to Him what shall we do, that we may work the works of God?" 

I love that today's devotional reminds me that nothing I do can get me salvation. Salvation is a GIFT from God, perfect in its own and it cannot be bought or earned. That I can rest in that my mistakes do not disqualify me from salvation. That I have a Jesus that understands me and forgives me.

And today's devotional ends with a simple prayer: 
Lord, I just keep falling short. Thank You for bringing me to You through Your Spirit and faith, rather than based on my perfection. That's the only way I could ever know You! Amen.

I have enjoyed this devotional about as much, if not more than my Jesus Calling Journaling Devotional. It is a dated devotional with a marker ribbon so that you never lose your place.
It's also hardback, which I love. I like hardback books SO much better than paperback, as they hold up over time and use much longer.

{FYI: I received this book from the publisher through the BookLookBlogger program in exchange for my HONEST opinion of it.}

Beginner's Bible Bedtime Collection

This is a collection of Bible Stories for Bedtime Stories. So instead of the Mother Goose rhymes or other books for bedtime stories, we...