Holding Space for Mothers
As a spiritually gifted mother of four children, I need to be present, balanced, and peaceful. I am at my best self when I take time to quietly ponder, reflect, and create. For me, it needs to be enough time to create the thought, “Hmmm… I wonder….” In this space I can create my home as a divine place of safety and learning for my four children.
Mother Care and Mothering
Preparing for my family’s physical needs is very important, but preparing myself to nurture their emotional and spiritual needs takes priority. Oftentimes, mothers do not have or do not take the time for motherhood and mothering care as much as we would like.
The Pie of Time Can Only Slice So Thin
We divide up our time into smaller and smaller slices such that nothing seems to be done really well. We wish we didn’t have to segment our time so narrowly. We attempt to cut out caring for physical necessities like laundry, food prep, cleaning, errands, and working outside the home. Our attention is often, out of necessity, diverted from emotionally and spiritually nurturing our families.
Mary and Martha – Sisters of Bethany
Consider ourselves as Martha – being cumbered about when we would rather feel the good part with Mary. “Mary who hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
Does that mean that if we CHOOSE His will and nurture the spiritual as our priority, the physical will be provided???
Blessings Are Not Mathematical Equations
It seems like a “God-like principle” because similar to paying tithing – the numbers don’t add up to the blessings. The time spent on spiritual feasting and preparing don’t add up or equate to the fulfillment of the blessing. Many of God’s doctrines and principles that result in desired blessings are not logical, mathematical equations of predictability. God’s doctrines and principles that result in desired blessings are not linear equations.
Mary Sat Still
Mary broke the box and anointed His feet with Spikenard. When Christ came to Bethany – “Mary sat still in the house.”
Christ claimed, “I am the Resurrection and the Life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:” A powerful testament of His divinity, and there is no linear logic in this principle or equation. Words spoken to Martha – Yet shall he live. – even though Lazarus had been dead four days.
Believest Thou This?
Martha responds, “Yea, Lord: I believe that thou are the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.”
Mary is called – The Master is come and calleth for thee.
Did she already know as she had been sitting still in the house?
The Jews had been comforting Mary, and Mary arose hastily to go out and meet Jesus. Mary weeping said, “Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.”
Behold, how he loved him!
Martha ever concerned about the physical nature of food and preparation and aroma, said, “Lord, by this time (four days) he stinketh.”
SEE the Glory of God
Christ responds with a “believing” question for Martha. Said I not unto thee, that if thou wouldst believe, thou shouldest SEE the Glory of God? He that believeth in me though he were dead, yet shall he live. Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.
Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And, I know that thou hearest me always. “Lazarus come forth.”
Thus, that which doesn’t happen, is illogical and without worldly reason – did happen. A man, a dear friend of Jesus Christ who had been buried and dead for four days “came forth.”
Choose and Come Forth to Him
I don’t know how the question is answered individually by each person, but the answer lies in choice – we choose the good part.
Our hearts and our desires align with Him as we Choose Him.
Dishes, serving, work, and physical preparations cannot be ignored in this earthly world, yet the answer to this equation is only found in choosing to nurture the spiritual, and the physical will be provided.
Choose and Come Forth to Him.
Source: John 11