One reason we are so harried and hurried is that we make yesterday and tomorrow our business, when all that legitimately concerns us is today. If we really have too much to do, there are some items on the agenda which God did not put there. Let us submit the list to Him and ask Him to indicate which items we must delete. There is always time to do the will of God . If we are too busy to do that, we are too busy — Elisabeth Elliot

I have found that hurriedness and busyness are the enemy’s best kept distraction from God. And when I feast my eyes on a busy schedule (my to-do list), I find that I lose HIM in the motions of everyday, and pursuing the Lord gets lost in the robotic rhythm of monotony of the whichevers and whatevers. It’s when I cannot take a moment of gratitude in prayer or peace – because of a need to cross out the next to-do — that running too fast becomes a rain cloud on a restful moment — Relatable? I love the scripture John 14: 27 as Jesus says, “Peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives.” The loud voices of the world pressure us to keep running, achieving, performing. Yet, if you stop and listen to Gods word – theres an assurance of peace you can’t find anywhere else. Amen!

Martha was cooking up a storm in the kitchen – trying to time the meat, vegetables and bread, all to be ready at the same time. She set the table, filled the cups, folded the cloth napkins and arranged fresh flowers. As she worked, she grew increasingly frustrated and annoyed by her sister, Mary who seemed to be doing nothing at all….

“Her sister, Mary sat at the Lords feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come help me.’ But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing to be concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:39-42)

Like Mary and Martha let’s not be so tempted to do FOR God that we neglect the good work of sitting WITH God. If you find yourself so overwhelmed that you cannot hear, or cannot seem to find time to meet with God. Do some heart searching. Anything that keeps you away from him is worth re-evaluating. Be near Him today! Smile, this one’s on HIM!❀ Amen! God bless.πŸ’•

Blessings and Love…πŸ˜ŠπŸ™β€


  1. Great post. Also I’ve noticed in my life and some of my friends that it is when we prioritize spending time with God in prayer and reading of his word that, that is the times in our lives when we are doing the most for God. The reason being is because we are more spiritually energized and our focus is centered on God and not on the work. God then opens opportunities for us that we wouldn’t have seen if we hadn’t been prioritizing time with him. Again great reminder to spend time with God.

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  2. Dallas Willard once advised John Ortberg to β€œruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.” Eugene Peterson once said, β€œHurry is a form of violence practiced on time. But time is sacred.”

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  3. I absolutely love the story of Martha and Mary; it is one I meditate on regularly. I have had periods in my life when I have identified with both of them. I would imagine I am not alone in this. Loved this post. Thank you and God bless!! xoxo Regina

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  4. You are very right it’s so easy to lose your way and put the lords words on the back burner because of always being busy. For myself I try to include his word and a prayer in some of the everyday things I do so that it’s normalized and almost second nature even if I’m busy it just comes on out. For example when I drive on the highway I ask the lord to grant me and everyone on the highway safe passage to and from where they are going so that everyone can make it home safely to their loved ones.

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  5. I love this! I was just talking about how the story of Martha and Mary keeps coming up in my life and how it resonates with me. Within the first paragraph, I knew it was yet another reminder to find that balance of doing and resting in God’s word. Such a lovely reminder. Blessings!

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  6. Good lesson for us, always. If we make time for God only when we can “squeeze” Him in, then we are missing the point. It is when we spend time with Him intentionally, that He will then speak to us. It is not about God having time for us; rather, it is about us making time to spend with Him. Love eveyone’s comments, as well. Blessings.

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  7. I fully agree with you,J! people have become so busy in their materialistic world that they have forgotten humanity and humility and therefore are away from HIM.
    Superb post and message-i loved it Junai..!

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  8. The line between doing good things because we are called to and just going about busy work can get blurry for me sometimes. It stays much clearer on the days I remember what Psalm 118:24 tells me: This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it (NIV).
    Each day is a gift from our Creator. Keeping this truth in the proper place in my heart and mind keeps me on a much more ordered track.
    Thank you for blessing us (as you always do!) with these thoughts you’ve shared,
    Pastor Chuck

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  9. This story and scipture referenced, reminded me of the importants of not pushing things, and sometimes, just finding peace in the moment. Thanks! GCD, great blog post πŸ‘¨β€πŸš€πŸ’•

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  10. So profound! It’s sad how busy and hurried we the people of the earth are in endless pursuit of the affairs of this life without God. We have no time and the patience to sit before God to present our daily agenda. We make our plans all by ourselves, we execute them but when we think we have arrived, something happens and we begin to ask questions; “where did we go wrong?” God needs to have a hand in our agenda. Sometimes we look at people sitting before God as lazy time wasters as in the case of Mary. But no time before God is a waste. We get the strength we need to function well when we get back to work.

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  11. Hebrews 12:1 also apply to this context
    Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…..God bless

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  12. You’re right.
    Most people do not SIT with Him(God).
    Just like Martha, everyone seem so BUSY these days.
    If God is not in your life, then you need to re-evaluate your life.

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  13. This is great. I actually had just written a little on this story as well and I would love to use your perspective as well. Mary did what was right, but I loved how Martha created the space for Mary to be with Jesus. Thanks for your perspective!

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  14. I find if i return the day back to the Lord to order it according to His purpose and grace for the day, He fills my heart with peace when He interrupts my plans for the day. I only need listen to His voice and follow His steps through the day. Believe me, I know when I do and when I don’t.

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  15. Love that Elizabeth Elliot quote! That’s going into my collection for sure. And you, Godly Chic, are so right: “hurriedness and busyness are the enemy’s best kept distraction from God.” May I listen to His voice and follow His lead only toward those things he has ordained–for this day only! Thank you, GC!

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  16. Thank you. It appears as if you were writing this directly to me, as if you literally tapped me in the shoulder. Thanks once again since this informed me that I need to slow down. I currently live and work in China, I was so busy getting ready for my next journey when the virus put a stand still on everything! It was as if there is a spiritual message for me to learn from my current situation and that’s when I started my blog and youtube channel. πŸ™

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  17. I’ve spent most of my life empathising with Martha. I identify so much with her. Having read your explanation I understand now that it’s not just what we do for others that’s important – we need to let Jesus do something for us by listening to his words.

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  18. I struggle with this one. I want to be so close to God that I try to do things to be like him through contribution and achieving things in this world . I have to always remind myself to just be still. Now I try and carve out time for Him in the morning and before I go to bed.

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  19. This is so very good. I was just going to write a post like this. I was in a place where I felt like my life was non-stop. My husband & I sat down and made a plan for a destination date for me to stop working. That way I can spend more time homeschooling our kids & being their mom. Then this crazy thing in life happened(covid-19)& I was laid off. I can’t tell you what a blessing this rest has been. To have everything taken off my plate & to rest in the Lord and refocus. I just did a devotional that asked are you focusing on the promise or the promiser. I am always so busy going, going, going. Doing as much as I can for the Lord. Volunteering, teaching kids church, leading a discipleship class, homeschooling my kids and working. I was so focused on the promise, I think I lost focus of the promiser. I wasn’t asking/praying if I should be doing all those things. I just knew I don’t burn out, so I would say yes to whatever I could do. It is time to refocus on God and not do anything unless he says, YES.

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  20. That’s an amazing quote from Elizabeth Elliot. Really good thoughts! Just to let you know, I’ll be nominating you tomorrow for an award on my blog. ( Feel free to participate!

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  21. This has been the message God has been speaking to me personally. Thank you. We often get caught up in doing for God, self righteousness and being busy, assuming our worth and identity stem from our accomplishments when they don’t. That’s a lie from the pit of Hell. As we spend time with Him we experience the rest and peace He speaks of in EVERY Circumstance.

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  22. Such a blessed post. One of those messages which you would have missed if you were not chosen to read it at this point in time. So i consider each and everyone reading this specially blessed to receive such an inspiring message right from the Heart of God. Thank you so much to The Godly Chic for stepping out and being the vessel that God chooses to use to spread His perfume.

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