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Having a Mary Spirit: Allowing God to Change Us from the inside outby Joanna Weaver
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I've always dreamed of being much more than I am. More organized, more disciplined, more loving…much more much more, if you know what I mean Each January I set out on a new self-improvement program.
This year I'll get in shape.
This year I’ll keep my house clean.
This year I’ll send out birthday cards. On time.
This year-really—I'll be the loving, forgiving, obedient woman of God I long to be instead of the willful, stubborn, disobedient Christian I sometimes see staring back at me in the mirror.
All noble goals. And truth be told, I am much more at peace when my house is clean. And I believe that if you really love people, you ought to care enough to send the very best-or at least one of those ninety-nine-cent cards from Wal-Mart And I know that genuine happiness only comes from living close to God and obeying Him. I really do want to be different. I want to be changed.
As the saying goes, There's a skinny woman inside me just struggling to get out. Unfortunately-as the saying continues—“I can usually sedate her with four or five cupcakes.1
Working toward these noble goals has left me with little more than a cupboard full of half-empty vitamin bottles, several pairs of slightly worn running shoes, and enough cleaning products to Lysol a small third-world country. Not to mention a shelf filled with dust-covered devotionals.
Is that true for you as well?
Maybe you've discovered, as I have, that most of your New Year’s resolutions have little effect on day-to-day life except to add a burden of guilt and a feeling of failure. Continually striving, yet never arriving. Hoping, praying to
be different, only waking up to find you're not as far along as you’d hoped to be. Sometimes feeling like you’re right back where you started-again
I know. I've felt that way too.
In fact it was one of those discouraging moments that prompted me to write this book.
LEARNING FROM MARY AND MARTHA
It all began about seven years ago, with two sisters I'd met in the Bible-Mary and Martha of Bethany.
As a pastor's wife and-at the time—the mother of two almost-teenagers, my life was busy and often crazy. There was so much to do and so little time. Yet while I tended toward drivenness, my heart longed for intimacy with God. Maybe that's why I was drawn to take a new look at the story that had intrigued me for years. Luke 10:38-42 reads:
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me
Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.
After hearing several hundred sermons on these two women, I assumed the meaning was fairly straightforward. Mary was the heroine. Martha was the villain. And too much of the time I was Martha I felt the Lord convicting me of my tendency to rush arou
Joanna Weaver is a pastor's wife, a Bible study leader, and an
Drawing on the stories of individuals whose experience with God transformed their lives, the best-selling author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World takes women on the next step in their spiritual journey and exposes the constant battle between the good-girl spirit and the bad-girl flesh that discourages women. Original.
Lord, Whatever It Takes, Make Me Like You!
You long to serve God with grace and strength, to reflect Christ in every word and action. Yet you find yourself continually struggling to bring that vision to life in your daily walk.
At our very core, every one of us is a twisted sister within whom the flesh and spirit battle constantly for control. We are afflicted with spiritual schizophrenia, the disconnect between our good girl desire to put Jesus first and our bad girl realities that crowd our thoughts and push him out of the way.
In this life-changing book, Joanna Weaver,
About the Author
Joanna Weaver is a pastor’s wife, a Bible study leader, and an author whose works include the best-selling Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World and the award-winning gift book With This Ring. Her articles have appeared in such publications as Focus on the Family, Guideposts, and HomeLife. She and her husband, John, have been in full-time ministry for twenty-four years. They live with their three children in Whitefish, Montana.
Table of Contents
A Mary spirit — Change me, Lord? — Twisted sisters — Spirit check — Fault lines — Dying to live — A willing spirit — Mind control — Guarding the wellspring — A fearless beauty — Pulling weeds — Broken and blessed — The flesh-woman diet — Speaking love — Wearing Jesus — Step by step — Study guide.
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