Sunday, January 6, 2019

Sunday Musings | Are You A Mary or A Martha?

We first meet Mary and Martha in Luke chapter 10, a story many are familiar with as we see Martha working hard to serve Jesus and the disciples while her sister Mary sits at the feet of Jesus. Martha becomes frustrated and actually complains to Him; however, He gently reminds her that Mary has chosen what is best and that it will not be taken from her.

As I was reviewing and re-studying these scriptures for an illustrated Bible journaling class last year, I re-read a couple of books that shed more light on Mary and Martha and the world they lived in.


Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World: Finding Intimacy With God in the Busyness of Life by Joanna Weaver is a wonderfully written book with lots of personal anecdotes and other stories to illustrate the lessons we can learn from Mary and Martha as we seek "a joyful life of intimacy with Him that flows naturally into loving service." The author discusses all three instances where Mary and Martha are mentioned in the Bible (Luke 10, John 11 & John 12) and includes a study guide at the end that really helps us apply the lessons.

Martha: A Novel by Diana Wallis Taylor is a fictionalized account of Martha's life that intertwines various stories from the gospels. This well-researched novel gives a glimpse into the lifestyles and current events happening during the time of Mary, Martha and their brother Lazarus. It's a great thought-provoking read.

If you're not familiar with the stories of Mary and Martha, I highly recommend finding them in scripture, then checking out one or both of these books to dive deeper into the lessons we learn from their lives.

If you are familiar with the story, how do see yourself - are you a Mary or a Martha?


  1. I've just downloaded the Martha book to read and will look for the Joanna Weaver book (not available at my library). I definitely relate to Martha although I try to keep that Mary heart.

  2. Our Sunday School class did Weaver's book a few years ago. So many Marthas including me.

  3. The Joanna Weaver book; A Mary Heart in A Martha World certainly looks like an interesting read. I'll see if I can get at my library. I don't see myself as either.


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