Emily Simmons
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Mom of 2 married to a youth director. Love true crime shows and Little Debbies. My life is funny. Yours probably is too but I write about mine.

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  1. Yes, that’s me! I’m definitely a Martha! LOL! I even complained that I’m too much Martha and not enough Mary.

  2. I find that if I am not Mary first (every day) that my “Martha” service is not filled with love, compassion and obedience but with obligation, resentment and a judgmental attitude… When we fix our eyes on Jesus – self is not in the spot light…

  3. Poor Martha, I’ve always thought she got a bad rap. She was just concerned about caring for others and being gracious…

  4. I have such a hard time with this. My picture might just be after the words ‘task oriented’ in the dictionary. The tasks I love to do are taking care of the people I love, but sometimes I know they would just appreciate the love instead of my running from task to task. Thank you for sharing this.

  5. I love this! Our youth group is doing a dessert theater fundraiser in April. One of the skits we wrote is “Real Housewives: Jerusalem” (even though it’s set in Bethany). The premise is that Martha invites several “Mary’s” and the women of Luke 8 over to plan a gala to raise money for Jesus’ ministry. This made me smile.

  6. What a daily struggle it is to look past the things to be done and see the heart that lies behind it! Thank you for the reminder that if my heart is seeking Jesus the priority will be on loving and serving Him, not on whether I did everything perfect. Such a powerful message to my inner perfectionist.

  7. I have a hard time with being Mary. I try daily to have a quiet time to settle my thoughts and talk with Him.

    When the phone rings or I hear of someone sick, in need–I usually end up like Martha–“What should we do?” “How soon to do it?” Instead of praying & asking God to help solve this problem or heal this person I immediately want to do something.

    I need a combination of Martha/Mary.

  8. Especially important message in the middle of preparations for the celebration of Easter. Traditions can dictate bigger and better feasts, festivities and festoons, but our focus must be on Jesus!