Jesus tells us a story that is found in Luke 10: 38-41. It is about two sisters named Martha and Mary. Martha was so busy getting the preparations done because Jesus and his disciples were staying at their house. Mary, Martha’s sister, was not helping her but rather sitting and listening to Jesus. Martha was upset with Mary for not helping and asked Jesus to please say something to Mary. But Jesus defended Mary and said “Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Years ago, as a new believer and a mother of four young children 9, 7, 5, & 2, I was knee deep and overwhelmed in “mommy” stuff. I was flooded with laundry, dishes, housework, toys, homework, soccer, dance, basketball, doctors, dentists and orthodontist appointments. There seemed to be no extra time to spend with God and I felt guilty if I did because there was so much work to be done.
But then I received the absolute best parenting advice from a dear friend of mine MHCC and that was to “Put God First!” Matthew 6:33 – But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Mary put God first, and Jesus said that is the best way.
So, on that first morning, not setting an alarm clock, somehow my eyes opened at 6:33 and I immediately was reminded by the Holy Spirit to seek first the kingdom of God! I very quietly, got up, before the kids and made some coffee and spent 10-15 minutes with God. The morning was so calm and quiet. I could really focus on reading His Word and praying to Him and what an amazing gift that was! My day went so well that I knew it was God. He was revealing to me that He is faithful to His word! I was in utter amazement of the amount of work I was able to accomplish and the smoothness of the day. He ordered my steps, He made a way! By me being like Mary and making God my priority, I could then be Martha and get the work done! That was proof enough for me to continue this day after day. In fact, I so enjoyed my quiet time with God that I would awaken earlier so I could spend more time with Him.
Try it for yourself! Awaken before the kids and the chaos to spend 10-15 minutes with God and read His word and pray to Him. Share your worries and concerns with Him. Pray for you and your kiddos. Ask for help. Psalm 62:8 Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to Him for God is our refuge.