Conversations with Sheila

Mary and Martha were sisters and Jesus’ friends. One day Jesus stopped at Martha’s house to visit, and Mary was there too. Both sisters felt happy about Jesus’ visit, but Martha worried because her house wasn’t neat and clean. She wanted everything to be perfect for Jesus. So Martha got busy. She went to work fixing food and cleaning her house. Meanwhile, Mary sat at Jesus’ feet, listening to all the wonderful things He said. She loved hearing Him teach about God, and she didn’t want to miss a single word.

When Martha saw Mary sitting there, she felt angry. Mary should be helping me, she thought, but instead she’s sitting with Jesus while I do all the work. So Martha walked right up to Jesus and said, “Jesus, don’t You care that my sister has left me to do all the work? Tell her to help me!”

Jesus answered, “Martha, Martha, you are getting worried and upset about too many things. Only one thing is important. Mary has chosen the right thing, and it will never be taken away from her.”

What do you think Jesus meant? He was telling Martha that He was way more important than the work she had to do. In fact, putting Him first is the most important thing of all. Jesus wants to come first in everything you think, say, and do.

Does Jesus come first in your life?

- Sheila

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Excerpt from God’s Little Princess Holy Bible: NKJV
© 2014 by Sheila Walsh
Thomas Nelson, Inc.

He who lives in us is greater! Sometimes we forget that we do not fight against flesh and blood, but against principalities and evil powers (Ephesians 6:12). We desperately need to remember whose we are and how to fight.

A rabbit, it has been said, can outrun a lion. But the rabbit’s great fear of the lion paralyzes it, making it easy for the lion to catch and consume it. The all-out attacks we face as God’s daughters have the potential to render us as impotent as the rabbit. We can be frozen by the chaos we feel inside instead of choosing to stand on the truth of who God’s Word says we are.

We must not give our enemy such advantages. We must not live that way one moment longer. It’s time to trade what we feel for the powerful truth of who we are. How we feel can change in a moment, but who we are is eternal.

There are three levels of reality, of truth, that you and I face each day, and understanding each one of those will be a game-changer for us. There is the chaos of what we feel and the chaos that the enemy would stir up in us. If we focus on those two alone, we are going to go under.

The third level of truth is that God is always in control. He is the one who speaks to storms and they have to obey. He is the one who brings order from chaos.

No matter how out of control your storms may feel right now, make no mistake girls – God is in control!

- Sheila

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Excerpt from The Storm Inside
© 2014 by Sheila Walsh
Thomas Nelson, Inc.

 

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