Welcome to my sweet friend Sarah, who is sharing some encouraging words about intentional walking!
Chocolate caramel coffee creamer gets me moving in the mornings. I let the promise of the warm cup, wrapped around my chilly hands, drag me from bed. On the especially hard days, I just want to pull the warm covers back over my head for a few more minutes. Suddenly I hear the natives: “MOOOOOOOMMMMMMYYYY!” No matter the season, their little alarm clocks wake up every morning at 7AM. Being intentional through all of life’s seasons is hard. I tell you, it takes a lot of effort to find God in the everyday. It is not easy, and it is about choosing the heart’s position.
I love the story of Mary and Martha in the Bible. Two sisters, serving Jesus when He lived on earth. Two ways, but one chooses the better way to serve. I don’t believe Martha was doing all of the work in the kitchen because she didn’t love the Lord. In fact, love was probably more of the motivating factor more than anything. Love is a natural and good reason to serve, but there are different times when service is needed and worship is needed. Mary, on the other hand, sat at the feet of Jesus and listened to His teaching. It was her heart’s response to love. And it was just as good (and noble) as Martha’s. Jesus rebukes Martha’s rushing (not her service). Jesus compliment’s Mary, but have you ever thought that Jesus might have been complimenting Mary’s heart position – not just her body’s position?
Maybe Martha was listening, and serving, and loving Jesus with all of her bustle in the kitchen, but it was her heart Jesus was concerned about. I find it amazing as I read through the Gospels to see Jesus’ concern with the heart (the inward) than the outward. Jesus asked Martha to examine her heart’s position.
I find myself so much like Martha when I am in a busy season. And we are coming up onto the busiest season of the year. Christmas is a time for service, but also a season that needs saving. How do I live daily in the season of hustle and bustle? I live in the tension of service and worship.
Worship isn’t something to do just on Sunday mornings. Worship is everyday. Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. (Psalm 145:2). Every day the psalmist worshiped God. Even the days he didn’t go to the temple, He praised God. Can we find time to praise and worship, even in the daily walking? Even in the middle of busy and rush, can we give God praise?
It is about the position of the heart, not the posture of the body. We don’t have to spend sixty minutes or even thirty or even twenty or even ten minutes a day praising God. Can we give God glory and praise in just five minutes a day? Five minutes. The time it takes for water to boil, give Him praise. Let the steam rise from our pots along with our praises to Him. Walking intentionally can begin with praise.
Start today. If you are struggling with giving God praise because life is just so hard, painful, or empty right now, let me encourage you: find God in His Word. Don’t worry about where you were yesterday or what tomorrow will bring. Be intentional to just start walking – today.
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It is about walking one day at a time. Even though walking is so ordinary, don’t get discouraged. I understand that the deepest part of your heart just wants this hard place to be over. I ask you to walk through whatever circumstance you are facing one day at a time with me. You aren’t alone and you are made to be exceptional, right here.
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A little about Sarah: Sarah lives her life with an amazing husband and four little ones (one adopted from China). Her inner-planner girl would like to say she’s super efficient and has the house, homeschool, and husband all neatly organized. But she doesn’t. Sarah’s house is run with fuel from coffee and Jesus. She is learning how to find the thrill of walking one day at a time in the messiness of mundane. She invites you to study God’s Word in your ordinary days.
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