Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly (Psalm 5:3 NLT).
Friend to Friend
Every moment of every day is focused on someone or something. We either set the focus through which we live, or we allow it to be set for us. A balanced life is focused on God as a result of sitting at His feet.
What does it mean to “sit at the feet of Jesus”? First, we must stop. The lives of Mary and Martha are great examples of this truth. Mary stopped helping Martha in the kitchen to sit at the feet of Jesus. Martha complained that she had been left to do all of the work while her sister was wasting time. There will always be someone who misunderstands or complains when you choose to do what Jesus told Martha was “the better part.”
“But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’ ‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her’” (Luke 10:40-42 NIV).
Notice the word “chosen.” Mary made a choice, and so must we. Choosing to sit at the feet of Jesus requires decisive planning and willful determination. It’s amazing to me how I can squander away the best part of my day, leaving Him with the leftovers of time, and then complain that my life is powerless.
Are you desperate for the peace and balance only He can bring? Then it’s time to take inventory of the demands on your time and begin sitting at His feet.
Being wrapped up in God’s work can easily become a shabby substitute for being wrapped up in His presence. The paradox is that we can only be wrapped up in God’s presence when we stop and learn how to wait on Him. While I hate to wait on anyone or for anything, I am learning that there is a divine purpose and sacred power available to us in every waiting room of life.
Waiting robs me of control. I am forced to face the unknown. Waiting on God may provide the catalyst that will change my life course. In each waiting room, He is at work preparing me for the circumstance and the circumstance for me.
“Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly” (Psalm 5:3 NLT). From those still, quiet moments of waiting comes a sacred balance that takes root and grows.
We not only must stop and be still in order to sit at the feet of Jesus, but we must also learn to listen. Deuteronomy 30:20 instructs us with these words: “Listen to His (God’s) voice and hold fast to Him. For the Lord is your life.” I know many voices clamor for our attention. The key to a balanced life is to teach our spiritual ears to listen for His voice above all the others.
I taught third grade while Dan attended seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. My class was one of seven third-grade classes in the school, which meant the first few days of school were always chaotic. The PE teacher gave teachers a break when she took the students to the playground. After PE, it was the responsibility of each teacher to pick up her students.
Seven teachers were trying to get the attention of over 200 students. After a few days, an amazing thing happened. It took only a word or two from teachers for the kids to come running. They recognized the voice of their new teacher above all the rest because they listened to her voice all day long in the classroom. We must do the same. In every circumstance, we need to listen for His voice.
Sitting at the feet of Jesus resets our life focus and helps us win the battle for balance. After we have been still before Him, we will be empowered to embrace a life of balance.
Father, help me learn to sit at Your feet and be in Your presence. Teach me how to discipline my steps and invest my time in a way that pleases You. I surrender my agenda and every priority to You.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Now It’s Your Turn
What areas of your life are out of balance? Choose one area and plan to bring it into balance. Recruit a friend to hold you accountable.
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Powerful devotion today. Especially since I started the day re-reading and praying Sharon’s from Aug 12. Extra powerful combining the two Thank you so much for sharing with us! It makes me smile to tune in and see your face and know that God is going to use your words and His Word to speak to me.
Mary, Thank you for this…
It is good to have these reminders; we need to sit with Jesus, like Mary before our day begins.
Even when He has us do service for others, with heavy hearts; we need the kindness, and strength of our Lord, to help them keep moving on with their journey.
Thank you, for passing this blessing on, this am.
Victoria, thank you for your sweet words of encouragement. They mean so much. What a great way to use both devotions! You are so smart 🙂 I pray God continues to use the devotions in your life. Blessings! Mary
Carol, you are such a faithful reader of our devotions. Thank you! I pray God gives back the encouragement you so sweetly share with me. It makes a difference in my heart. Blessings! Mary
Mary, I so needed this devotional today. It seems as though everyday my feet hit the floor running along with my brain. And where I need to be running is to the feet of Jesus. Todays devotion was a reminder and a blessing. I love Girlfriends in God, I go back and forth to it all day long.
Blessings to all.
Thank you again Mary for another powerful devotion that reminds us of his holy strength to focus on precious time with him for more balanced and guided life. again so grateful for your wonderful ministr. I pray for blessings to you all n all families, ministry teams, resources n guidance.
I too am a Marta who needs to learn to sit down at Jezus feet to listen and learn. Thank you for sharing these messages every day. It keeps me going in a Country where freedom is slowly taken away from people. Having the light of Gods Word comming in every day gives hope.
Please can you tell me which post talked about comming to God with audacity? I believe it was Sharon who wrote it, but I am not sure. I realy need to read that again.
God blessure you all for the wonderful work you are doing.
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Here is one written by Mary that mentions the words “shameless audacity” https://girlfriendsingod.com/dont-settle/
Mary, thank you so ,much for this story/devotional! I plan to take it to my home group. There is such a difference between listening and hearing. How do I convey how you actually hear God’s voice? This is an ongoing discussion and I want to stretch our group.
This was really good. Thank you, Mary.
My favorite quote, “It’s amazing to me how I can squander away the best part of my day, leaving Him with the leftovers of time, and then complain that my life is powerless.” Thank you.
Thank you for sharing this. I’m a few days late, but God always has a purpose for everything. Your devotional goes along perfectly with our Pastor’s sermon today. Made me sit up and take notice. I am seeking God desperately right now and sitting at His feet/being in His presence is exactly what I need to be doing.