Wednesday, February 06, 2008

The Bustling Mama

Yesterday, Corban read to me of Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus while Martha worried in the kitchen. We paused to ponder the moment, wondering if Mary had a penchant for evading work, or if Martha was unusually nervous because the Master was present.

But from the bedroom down the hallway, Micah mourned, "What a severe blow it was to them when Jesus died."

(First I beamed and hugged round shoulders, praising his vocabulary.) Then I reflected...

Nevermind that Mary was sitting and Martha was bustling and Jesus gently reprimanding. The thought that He would soon be taken from them was what brought grief to my six-year-old.

Father, in my bustling about today, let me be mindful of those I have still with me. Let me stop to sit at their feet and listen to a silly story. Let me answer with a patient voice rather than a harried, interrupted one. May I serve with a glad heart, and rejoice that others may rest while I happily whirl.

May Your words be easily heard because I am quiet.

Oh, let me remember.

19 fellow travelers shared:

Grafted Branch@Restoring the Years said...

That's the prayer of my heart, as well.

~nanashouse~ said...

Oh, how many times have I been more concerned with sweeping the porch (because that is what is seen first) than setting the table for my guest?

Better is little served with a glad heart :-)

Tracy said...

From the mouths of babes... Our heavenly Father must be so pleased with your son...and I know you are too.

How true are your words. Thank you, Elise.

Jenn @ Munchkin Land said...

Oh Elise... truer words were never spoken than that of your son's. What a wonderful reminder!

Mrs. Rabe said...

What a tender heart!

I agree with you that we need to ask the Lord to help us keep our eternal focus and not a daily busyness focus!

Thanks for sharing!

Hooper said...

Your words challenge me this morning, my Love. I have been easily angered with my sons' misbehavior, and I need to make a change. The words of Paul in Ephesians chapter 4 also hit me hard this morning. Will you join me in being "kind to one another [our children especially], tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you." (Eph. 4:32)?

Ann V.@HolyExperience said...

Happily whirl... servant heart... can I do that too? O, Help me, Father...
You minister...
Thank you, Elise..

All's grace,
Ann

Me said...

Yes - it is so easy to forget what we have...I've done it more than once today...a crabby Mommy, I am.

CATHY said...

Breathtaking.

Thank you, Elise.

Beka said...

Such wisdom... out of the mouths of babes. Precious Micah.

And your wise words bless me so:

May Your words be easily heard because I am quiet.

(and p.s.: I adore that Tasha Tudor picture...)

:..Rebekah..: said...

Oh, let me remember too! How easy it is to be so busy working that I don't look and listen to my precious little ones as they tug on my shirt for a hug or wish to tell me a story. What a beautiful reminder and prayer. Thank you Elise.

Katie Eagy said...

Hi, Elise! Thanks for sharing your prayer - sounds like the same words I've been repeating lately! I do love your Micah - what a sweet little man he is! Miss you!

Anya said...

Such beautiful thoughts - the Father speaks to my heart through you today. Thank You.
BTW, I just linked to your 'Letters to Eliana' - hope that's okay with you. If not, just let me know and I'll retract right away.
Love from across the world...

Beverly said...

Yes. Oh yes. This is such a needed reminder. Thank you, Micah - and you, his mother. I always find what I need here at your sweet little place. The comfy cozy picture just hits the spot too!

Jessica said...

Can I just echo your prayer? Amen!

bluemountainmama said...

something we all need to be reminded of..... leave it to a child to give us a fresh and new perspective on things! :)

Wendy said...

Great reminder!
I think my children will have taught me way more than I will ever teach them. It is a beautiful thing.

Sarah said...

I echo Me's words as so often a crabby mother I am. You are so right how easy it is to take our precious ones for granted.

Blessings.

Sandy said...

Thank you for sharing, my dear!

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