Verse of the Day


"‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’"

~Luke 10:41-42


Today's Devotional Thought

June 15, 2010 by Rachel Piferi



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Give Up One Thing

Do you have too much to do? Do you feel like you have very little time to yourself and that you would love to have more time to relax, read, spend time with loved ones, exercise, or worship?

If you are like many American women, then you probably feel like there are not enough hours in the day. In fact, in a recent survey, 91% of women reported that they wish they had 10 minutes to refresh or relax each day. But, unfortunately, they were too overcommitted and busy to have that time to relax.

You probably feel like this as well on some (if not all) days. You are likely busy taking care of your family, cleaning the house, being a part of social or volunteer groups, helping your parents, helping your friends, and possibly even working, among a million other things. You likely have days where you feel that the work never ends and you have very little time for yourself.

May I make a suggestion today?

Give up one thing.

That’s right. Look at everything that you are involved in and choose one thing that is low on the priority list and give it up. Resign from that committee that you volunteered for, but really don’t have the time for. Say no (politely of course) to friends or neighbors when they are requesting something that truly will overburden you. Tell your children to pick one sport that they really want to do instead of playing every sport during every season. Pick one night a week that is dedicated for family time or a date night and do not attend anything that conflicts with that night.

You see, we have overcommitted ourselves and like Martha, we seem to have missed the point of life. We were not meant to be busy all the time. While productivity is good and we were designed to be fruitful, we are also meant to sit at the feet of Jesus and enjoy Him in our days. And, we cannot enjoy Jesus or anyone else for that matter, if we are running from one activity to the next all day long.

Are you sitting at the feet of Jesus each day? Are you savoring your children or spouse or friends? Are you sitting and relaxing each day? If you are not, then I urge you to pick one thing in your life and give it up. Make room to relax and savor all of the wonders that God has given us. And, most importantly, make time to sit at Jesus’ feet and enjoy His company each day.


Memorize this verse today:

"‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’"
~Luke 10:41-42



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