Putting on My Tennis Shoes!




A song by Jason Gray called  Fade With our Voices:

After all the songs are sung
And our prayers for kingdom come
Did we bring honor to the words we sing?

Does our worship have hands
Does it have feet
Does it stand up in the face of injustice
Does our worship bow down
Does it run deep
Is it more than a song that fades with our voices
Does it fade with our voices?

Lord, its you we long to please
Make our lives a melody
That we proclaim when we live in Jesus name

Does our worship have hands
Does it have feet
Does it stand up in the face of injustice
Does our worship bow down
Does it run deep
Is it more than a song that fades with our voices
Does it fade with our voices?
Does it fade with our voices

So if we raise our hands high
Let us also reach them out
If we lift our voices up
Let it be the sound of love
Let it be the sound of love

Let our worship have hands
Let it have feet
Let it stand up in the face of injustice
Let our worship bow down
Let it run deep
It's more than a song that fades with our voices

Let our worship have hands
Let it have feet
Let it stand tall in the face of injustice
Let our worship bow down
Let it run deep
It's more than a song 
And it won't fade with our voices
It won't fade with our voices
It won't fade with our voices
It won't fade with our voices
It won't fade with our voices




I have been thinking about Martha and Mary. Am I going to be like Martha or Mary today? I Heard a thought about this lately. Was Mary just the same as Martha? The same responsibilities, the same chore list, too many things to do, not enough time.  They both apparently loved Jesus very much, and He loved them. The only thing that was different about them them was their focus. Hmmmmmm....... This speaks volumes to me. Where is my focus today?

God has been speaking to me a lot lately about my focus and my motives and living my faith practically. He is showing me that when I lean towards acting like Martha, the prevalent fruit in my life is frustration, impatience, and eventually I end up discouraged, asking myself "how did I end up here?"

Jesus says:

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and I will give you everything you need. (Matthew 6:33)

Ahh... There it is, focus, priorities, motive. Mary wasn't just spending all of her time literally sitting at Jesus' feet. Something that has always frustrated me. I have often wondered, "How Lord? How can I choose that one thing, the good part which shall not be taken away, when I have so many responsibilities and so much that I need to do??? How??? I can't sit at your feet all day, that is impractical and impossible!"
The answer is:

You are defiled by what comes from your heart. ( Mark 7:15b)

God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God. (Matthew 5:8)

I think I've been getting it lately. Putting on my tennis shoes and going forth. Focused on Jesus, from a pure heart, desiring to see Him in everything I do, all day long. In constant communication, walking in the light as He is in the light. Being led by His Spirit all day long. That is what separated Mary from Martha, the one thing, the good part that shall not be taken away! He has promised to never leave us or forsake us. That isn't just a verse to memorize when times are tough, it is one to walk in all day every day.

Oh God! Help me, help us, to learn to walk every moment of every day with You, like Mary, who chose that one thing which is necessary. Read it in Luke 10:38-42

Some practical ideas for keeping our focus throughout the day:

Laundry: I call my laundry room my 'Sanctuary'. It is holy ground for me. I spend a lot of time in my laundry room, with 11 people in our house. And I LOVE my laundry room! I look forward to conquering my mountain everyday! This is why, I put on my headphones and I spend the entire time praising God. It has become a special place for me. Focus.

Dishes. Washing dishes is one of my favorite chores. I don't do it often, because I have many wonderful helpers. But when I do, I pray. It is a contemplative prayer time. Focus.

Driving. When I get into the car, I do not automatically turn on the radio. I purposefully put on praise and worship music. And if I am alone, I sing at the top of my lungs. I have had some awesome moments with God in my car. Sometimes I drive in silence and use that time for prayer. If you have a prayer language, this is a wonderful time to be edified through praying in your language.Focus

I am always looking for opportunities to be used by Jesus. I am focused on this all day. Maybe it is a phone call, maybe it is something to share on Facebook, maybe an opportunity at the grocery store to be a light, at the gas station, maybe writing to you on this blog, maybe in the many, many opportunities I get to point my children to Jesus, maybe in my devotion to my husband, are you getting it? wherever, whenever. This has become my kind of motto. Jesus, use me, I'm Yours. Focus.

And lastly, purposefully spending time with God's people. This one is very important. We need each other. And we need to be honest and real with each other. Focus......And This is a topic for another day. Another lesson from the Master.

I would love to hear your ideas about practically staying focused, with a pure heart, on Jesus all day, everyday.

A song  to sing as we go forth, written by Rich Mullins:

Oh God, You are my God
and I will ever praise You
I will seek You in the morning
And I will learn to walk in Your ways
And step by step You'll lead me
And I will follow You all of my days

That is the God who loves us, the One we serve, He desires to be in every moment of every day of our lives.
He is into all of the details of our lives. (Psalm139)


And so I say,
Glory to God!
in my life and yours,

renee

p.s.
I love to hear your comments!




Comments

Amanda Russell said…
Renee, I don't have any ideas about staying practically focused, as I am currently struggling with that very much. I do relate with you in the sense that being with God's people is a huge encouragement for me now and will always be. Thank you for being honest and REAL! Every time I think of you, I see how beautiful Jesus is, really.

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