Oh dear Jesus, I have felt such a peaceful pace here at A Martha Heart. I have not felt rushed, worried or inadequate. I have felt a freedom to write the words You have put on my heart. Like the ocean, I am writing when I feel the flow and resting when I feel the ebb.
Lord, truly I feel that the flow of this site is just as You have led us. So often, we get caught up in approval, popularity and name recognition, that we forget there is ONE name alone that is to be lifted up–You, Jesus. At your feet, we will find our value, strength, peace and joy. You are the One we look to! So there is no GOAL here for the ministry to grow or be anything other than what Jesus wants it to be. We do not have a long-term plan going. We are not marketing ourselves or playing any kinds of games. We belong to You, Christ Jesus–moving in Your time and Your way.
Lord, I have heard you telling me to make this place a place that points to You. So on November 28th through Christmas day, we will be posting very short prompts to our readers here. These prompts will be simple points of intention and focus and preparation for their hearts and homes to make room in their inns for You to be born, dear Jesus. May it be a time of set-apartness and pure focus to anticipate and prepare for the celebration of Your birth. This year, LORD, I ask You to make all things new in our hearts and homes.
My highest hope and prayer is that people would come to know You for themselves, as You are–and not as they might have thought You to be. Continually, I pray we will keep pointing others to You, Jesus, and to Your feet. We are not here to be slick in ministry. We are here to be Your servants. What a privilege it is to proclaim Your love day after day for each one–Your care for their days, their concerns, their schedules.
Lately, LORD, you have been working on me in just a few words–Recover your life in Me (Matthew 11:27-30 The Message). And so I am, Lord Jesus. I am before You–just as I am. Here and bare before You. Thank you for showing me the steps to recovery. Please show each woman (and man) how to find recovery in You alone. You are WORTHY, LORD. YOU ALONE. Amen.
(Aside) Ladies, I cannot tell you how deep this journey of recovery has gone. He has wiped away all the dross and busyness and just taken me to a place of bare before Him. In that place, I have seen what I’ve been about and what I want to be about and where I want to make changes. He has done some culling away in my life–of people and time choices and priorities. And I have made some drastic steps to obey Him. In fact, my heart change is probably one of the most drastic changes I have seen. I love that He never leaves us as we are, and we find out SO MUCH at His feet.
You simply do not have time to NOT sit at His feet.
So take time today–even if you are on the road and busy or catching up on work and busy or just plain busy–to pray. It’s not something that has to always be in a physical posture of prayer–kneeling, face down or whatever. It’s about your heart posture being bowed before Him, coming to Him humbly and offering everything you are to Him. Though, I do believe some days the physical posture is vital to the heart posture. You will know His voice about this. He wants us to know that He is hearing our prayers and responding to them, even before we speak. Trust Him in that.