Monday, April 5, 2010

Martha's Hands and Mary's Heart

This is how I am starting a new week.

I'm still paying the price for running my dishwasher
just before leaving on Christmas vacation.
I learned the hard way,
you really should shut your water off
when you leave your house for awhile.

I also learned to make sure the kitty
doesn't get left inside.

is still not over
three months later.

But, I see light at the end of the tunnel.

On day one,
everything from the dining room and kitchen
 was piled into the living room. 

 My appliances were even  moved into the living room.

All the trim and closet doors were removed.
They were put in the living room,
of course.

The boxes of  flooring had been stacked
in my living room,
of course,
 for one week to acclimate to my home's humidity.

Day two they began installing the wood.

Look at my new floor!
They assured me it was installed securely.
The flooring they removed had only
 two nails per strip, they used five.
I told them I was glad it was secure,
because we like to rollerblade in the house.

I don't think they liked hearing their beautiful work
was going to be desecrated in such a way.
But, that's why I purposely bought a hand-scraped finish.
It already has nicks and chips in it.
What my family does to the floor,
will only enhance it.

By the end of day three,
they were done installing.

Everything is still stacked in the living room.
Today the crew will reinstall the trim and doors,
put the appliances back,
and move all the furniture
back into the dining room.

I have boxes of dishes to unpack and put back into the hutch
and into the hall closet.  

 Sawdust needs to be wiped off every surface.

We should be fully moved back in on Tuesday.
Tuesday morning, I am driving to the aiport
 to pick up some special company.
When Christians are coming,
Jesus is coming.
I still have to grocery shop.
We are out of toilet paper in two out of three bathrooms.
I haven't planned any meals.
I'm not sure where everyone is going to sleep.

I am planning on taking some advice I read and re-read last week
from Joyce at Joyfull Living during the most chaotic construction days.

" goal for my home (and myself) this week
is to keep a calm and steady pace.
 Since as the mom and woman of the home,
my attitude largely determines the pace of the home,
I want to enjoy a peaceful week in the midst of the activities."

I am determined to start this busy week peaceful,
remembering that hospitality
 is not about the condition of my house,
but of my heart.

1 Peter 4:9

"Be hospitable to one another without grumbling."

We grumble when we get stressed,
focusing on the unimportant,
not the important.

I know my company is coming to see my family,
not my house.
Today, the Lord impressed my heart that
 I need to work like Martha
preparing my home for my company.
But, more importantly,
I  the Lord needs to prepare
 my heart like Mary's
to minister to my friends
and to enjoy encouraging fellowship.

My home is where we live.
My heart is where He lives.
Both need to be ready.

Luke 10:38-42

 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village;
and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house.
 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word.
  But Martha was distracted with much serving said,
  “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone?
Therefore tell her to help me.”

And Jesus answered,
 “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.
 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part,
which will not be taken away from her.”

I'm asking  Him to guide
my hands
my heart.

Follow me over to Nan's for
to get encouragement from other blogging moms
as we begin another
Instead of dreading Mondays,
learn to sing your way through them.


  1. Oh, my goodness! I just read your longest day of the year post that you linked to this one. WOW! :(

    Glad to hear you are still trying to make your home sing this week through this! Love the title of your post! Have you read the book "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World"?

  2. Wow, somehow I missed that! Glad to hear your flooring is in. I didn't know that it needed to be in your house for a week before laying it, but it makes sense.

    I love what you said about hospitality being reflected in our hearts, not the condition of our homes. If we wait for our homes to be perfect we may wait forever, lol!

    Have a lovely time with your friends and hopefully you and I can get together in a few weeks!

  3. Love your floor! I looked at some like that, too.

    Great reminders on the state of our hearts, too.

  4. What a fun momma you are-skateboarding in the house! It's so nice to have your house back together again, isn't it? I hope you and your friends have a great time together.

  5. Loved the bit about roller blading in your house! hahaha!

  6. I need to rollerblade more in the house. Really - thanks for making me lighten up. :) I love handscraped floors!

  7. What a great post!! That is my heart's desire, as well. Great quote, too, from Joyce. I must go and read it, along with your Longest Day.

    Floors look awesome! Enjoy!


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