Are you a Mary? Or a Martha?
We're all familiar with the story of Mary & Martha right? It is perhaps one of my favorite stories in the Bible- a beautiful story of hospitality. Here's a little refresher in case you need it:
Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary.Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” -Luke 10 38:42
So I'll ask again, are you a Mary or a Martha?
So, when I heard about the fantastic new book from Sarah Mae- Having a Martha Home the Mary Way- I couldn't wait to get my hands on it!
Sarah Mae wants to let you in on a little secret about being a good homemaker: It’s not about having a clean house. She’d never claim to be a natural, organized cleaner herself―yet, like you, she wants a beautiful space to call home, a place where people feel loved and at peace. Where people can really settle in with good food, comfy pillows, and wide-open hearts.
Is it possible to find a balance? To care for your heart―and your home―at the same time?
Journey with Sarah Mae on this easy, practical 31-day plan to get you moving and have your house looking and feeling fresh. But even more than that, you’ll gain a new vision for the home of your dreams, and how to make it a place of peace, comfort, and community. Originally published as the e-book 31 Days to Clean and now revised and expanded in print for the first time, Having a Martha Home the Mary Way will inspire you to find a happier, healthier . . . cleaner way to live.
Seriously, this book could have been written just for me, As I said, I love the idea of having a 'Martha home', but even at that I fall short. Very short. Not even close really. I'm constantly feeling like I clean, clean, clean and nothing gets done. I find myself being frustrated with my home and the constant chore of it all. Not very Mary like at all. But this book really helped to give me perspective and a new, better way to look at caring for my home. Yes, this is a book about cleaning, but it's so much more than that. Each day, we are given a look at many of those struggles that I'm sure most of us housewives deal with- like purging or being overrun by toys or those days when your get up and go has got up and gone. And at the end of each reading we are given both a Mary Challenge and a Martha Challenge. The Mary Challenge gives us a scripture passage to read and space for our thoughts on the question asked. The Martha Challenge focuses more on the home, with a task to focus on for your daily cleaning. This truly does care for heart AND home, and is a must read for any of us who feel frustrated in the day to day tasks.
Having a Mary Home the Martha Way is available to purchase now at your favorite Christian book retailer.