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Amazing things can happen when you allow the Lord to work in your life.

My Friends Mary & Martha

Lord, help me to be LESS of Martha and MORE like Mary!

In Luke 10:38 Martha opened her home to Jesus! She was the hostess with the mostest-the sister with an extraordinary flair for hospitality.  Can you just imagine this highly organized, efficient woman as she flies into action, giving orders and demanding all that is to be done?  Bread kneaded and baked, meat prepared and grilled, veggies scrubbed and boiled, floors , table set, drinks poured, etc.

As you read, you sense things aren’t falling together quite right, as you watch Mary begin to get edgy and agitated.  Perhaps it was when she forgot to set the timer and the rolls burned that Martha’s simmering frustration finally began to boil as she looked around and realized that her younger sister was nowhere to be found!  Martha was DISTRACTED by all the preparations that had to be made.

As she began to demand, “Where’s Mary!”  Then she realized she’s in the living room with the men!  When the explosion came, it was NOT directed at Mary, but at Jesus.

When we become preoccupied with earthly things rather than eternal matters, we become resentful, self-centered and angry. Our party turns into a pity-party, and we start to believe that no one-not even Jesus-knows or cares about all the sacrifices we’ve made!

I can almost hear Jesus saying to Martha, “We don’t have to have a five-course meal tonight.  It’s OK with Me if we just have soup and crackers.  It’s OK if dinner’s late, if the rolls get burned, or even if we don’t have dinner at all.  None of that really matters. What DOES matter, is My relationship with you!  That’s why I came to your house!  That’s why I came to this world.  Your company means more to Me than your cooking.  YOU are more important to Me than anything you can do for Me.”

The Lord has given me the gift of Hospitality as well as the gift of Exhortation.  I have found myself from time to time getting out of balance in the area of Hospitality because I love to serve.  However, worldly business is a snare to us when it hinders us from serving God and gaining food for our souls.

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Get In Line!

Nancy Leigh DeMoss says that the way we line ourselves up under our husband’s authority and respect him will change our husband as it changes us!

Submission is your willingness to cooperate especially when you don’t agree!  Wow!  Is that clear or what?

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History of Aprons

I love this story and reminds me of my childhood days — precious memories.

The History of ‘APRONS’ I don’t think many kids today know what an apron is.  The principal use of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few.  It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material.  But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.  It was wonderful for drying children’s tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.  From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.  When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.. And when the weather was cold Grandma wrapped it around her arms.  Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.  Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron. From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables.  After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.  In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.   When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.  When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.  It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that ‘old-time apron’ that served so many purposes. REMEMBER: Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool.  Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.  They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.  I don’t think I ever caught anything from an apron – but love…this brings back so many memories from being a kid and holding onto grandmas apron!

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What Are You Attracting?

If a neighborhood is well kept, it is less likely to attract crime – but allow graffiti to go unchecked, trash to litter sidewalks, & houses to become neglected, & crime will soon follow.  What does that have to do with your beauty?  A lot!
When we feel broken, we live in a way that invites others to throw stones at us.  But a woman who knows who she is, according to God’s Word & understands that she has value, because the God of the universe created her & proclaims HIS love for her, will guard herself against damage.  As people “throw mud” at us, we can allow it to stick becoming part of our belief system, or we can reject it, sending the lies back to where they came from – satan himself!
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