The Good Work of Home Work

The Good Work of Home Work

March 22, 2016

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 (NASB)

SARAH MAE

Tucked into a mountaintop, surrounded by trees and blue skies, her home sat waiting to greet me. As I approached her door, I saw a sign on the side of the house that said, “Welcome, Sarah! We are so glad you are here!” Through the front door, into the entryway, I was greeted with smiles and hugs. After introductions, I was shown to my room where I would be staying for the next few days.

Next to the neatly made bed was a bottle of water, a vase of simple flowers, a beautifully hand-written note and a little jar of foil-wrapped chocolates.
This lovely set-up, personally arranged, was all for me.

Back upstairs, the smell of a homemade meal was floating in the air. Candles were lit and classical music played in the background.

This was my first time at my mentor’s home. I had flown hundreds of miles to visit her, to spend time with her family and be mentored in person. And immediately upon pulling up to her home, I felt so special, so loved.

I would have been happy just to spend time with her without any of the extras, but she chose to make things beautiful for me. Going the extra step to raise life above mere existence is her defining gift.

I want to do that as well — to be someone who takes the time to make the ordinary into something beautiful.

And I have that opportunity to offer more than the mundane every day because I have a home where eternal souls live, and where meals are made and laundry is washed and toilets are scrubbed and all of this work matters.

I can make beauty right where I am for the people whom God has entrusted me with: my husband, my children, my neighbors and anyone else whom God brings to my home. This is my work, my first work, to carve out a space where love takes root and grows … where character is forged, humility is nurtured and holiness has a place to grow.

There is purpose in this good work of home work.

We see in the Scripture that work, including home work is never just work for the sake of itself; it is tied to purpose, to seeing our labor come to the fruition of an inner desire (see the Greek word ergon for reference). So our home work is a good work planned in advance by God to bring others to His very heart. All work is about His heart, which is of course about knowing Him and His love and offering that love to others.

Knowing that all the work in my home from scrubbing the floors to tackling another load of laundry, from listening to one child tell me about her dreams to correcting another, from moderating a conflict to having the neighbor over for coffee as she tells me about her latest struggle, is all about loving God and loving others. My home work is about love, and that love overflows through a listening ear, a flower next to a guest’s bed, another homemade meal.

Love is so often in the details.

Whether you’re married or single, if you have children or you don’t, your home work is meaningful and beautiful and has great eternal purpose.

Heavenly Father, thank You for loving us and giving us good work to do. Please help us to walk in confidence and joy where you have called us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Matthew 22:36-40, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: ‘Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (NIV)

RELATED RESOURCES:
If you’ve ever struggled with cleaning your home, or making it a place where souls can really rest (including your own), check out Sarah Mae’s new book, Having a Martha Home the Mary Way: 31 Days to a Clean Home and a Satisfied Soul.

For more on enjoying your home and making it a place where gentle homemaking is honored and practiced, visit MarthaHomeMaryWay.com.

Enter to WIN a copy of Having a Martha Home the Mary Way by Sarah Mae. In celebration of this book, Sarah’s publisher is giving away 5 copies! Enter to win by leaving a comment here. {We’ll randomly select 5 winners and email notifications to each one, by Monday, March 28.}

REFLECT AND RESPOND:
It can feel overwhelming to invite others into our homes if we think everything has to be just right. But maybe there is someone out there, perhaps someone on your heart right now, who could use a gentle‑spirited friend?

You don’t have to have your home in perfect order. Just brew some coffee, fluff the pillows and invite them in. The rest? Offer it as a good work to the One who planned it all in advance.

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Comments

  1. House vs home has been a real struggle this past year. I want a home full of love honoring God.

  2. I’m loving this confirmation from God through you. I’m redecorating for hospitality. Finally, I’m picking out pretty and practical things with the goal of opening my home with the purpose of encouragement. And this piece speaks volumes to my heart. Thank you!

  3. I never think that all of the routine, mundane tasks matter, but thank you God for showing me that they do.

  4. I hate cleaning. I’d rather name the dust bunny s, because they seem to like my house. They come back each week and sometimes they don’t even wait a week! Does your book help over come the feeling of being “over whelmed” by so much to do? It seems that I don’t even finish one room and it is already destroyed before I can move on to another. I know most of it is my fault. But I hate doing the same thing over and over and over again. It IS all my fault.

    • I, too, don’t much like cleaning, Francine. But I like clean. Not clutterless clean, but sunshine-on-the-counter-without-crumbs clean. As in the saying “clean enough to be healthy, dirty enough to be happy.” And yes, that involves doing the same thing over and over. I can do that over and over with the happy vision of a crumbless counter or with the angry view of sloppy people. The mess may be beyond my control. My attitude is within my control.

      Lord God, I can tell that Francine is a fun, creative soul (Naming the dust bunnies? What a glorious imagination!). Grant her whimsy in her repetitive routine, patience to persevere, wisdom in setting priorities and joy in creating a happy home. And thank you, Lord, for doing the same thing over and over–as you forgive my repetitive sins. May we all be Proverbs 31 women, setting about our work vigorously, speaking wisdom and quick to laugh. Amen.

      • Amen!

      • This is so divinely timed. I am a work-at-home mom (over 25 years) and recently have received requests (read: pressure) to work outside my home. My children are grown but the battle to remain at home versus work outside the home is fierce. I do not have the same responsibilities with my children as I did when they were younger, but there is a very, very strong feeling in my soul to remain at home. I cannot explain or justify it, but I feel like I ‘know’ it to be my truth. Home tasks, whatever they may be, are His tasks – this is exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you!

        Thank you also to those of you who have provided comments. It is helpful to me to hear so many of you dealing with the same situation(s) that I am. I cannot wait to dive into your book, Sara Mae. Thank you for delivering such an important message … especially in our world as it is today.

        Much appreciation and love for the work you do …

        • Oh my … I have posted this in the wrong place. I have now re-posted it where it belongs. I am so sorry! Sheesh … :O

    • Francine,
      You are NOT alone. I feel the same sense of being overwhelmed when I look at all that has to be done on a daily basis. I, too, get bored with doing the same thing, over & over again. My prayer is for God’s strength & focus for those like us to concentrate on one job at a time and, in this instance, not look at the big picture. Thank you SO very much for the idea to name the dust bunnies – I love that! I’m going to try & think of them as guests who have over stayed their welcome! I love your sense of humor about them and I’d be happy to have coffee in your house, (and with them!) any time. Thanks again for the new perspective!

  5. My home sorely needs this

  6. Amanda Nunn says:

    6 months ago my husband died unexpectedly. I fell to my knees to find strength. God answered by putting my energy into my home and my daughter. Our home is God’s home where friends and family feel his presence.

    • God Bless you Amanda.

    • Amanda, I haven’t experienced this but I watched my mama deal with it. I’m praying for God’s strength, wisdom & love to rain down on you and your daughter and for Him to send loving people to walk with you when you need them. I know I’m not the only one praying for you & your daughter. Have a blessed day!

  7. Sarah Triplett says:

    Please pick me I need all the help I can get, I am truley failing at making my house a home for my family!

  8. mary mcdermott says:

    Love this message❤️

  9. Toni Gaffney says:

    Thank you sooo much! I very much appreciate the different point of view. I have always looked at home “work” as drudgery. You have helped me to see it a means for blessing others. Prespective is everything!

    With Gratefulness for Your Ministry,
    Toni

  10. The title of the book was enough to get me thinking…. I’ve felt guilty about the time I invest in “home work” because of how passionate I feel about it. But sometimes I start looking too much like Martha, and missing out on the blessing that Mary received. I need to be able to find a healthy balance where the home is cared and nurtured, but so is my/our spirit.

  11. I’m so overwhelmed… Thanks for the encouragement

  12. This was great, just what I needed today

  13. Kristi Phillips says:

    I am a mix of Mary and Martha, and my family home is in chaos. I’d love to have a new mind set in order to have order in my home. It’s not easy changing from a pack rat to a simpler way of life! Blessings Sarah Mae and Sally for your work in blessing so many.

  14. Sara edwards says:

    So glad I just read this, prefect timing!

  15. Jaimie Diemer says:

    I just moved and am trying to organize everything. That work is so much better if I know it’s for Jesus. Thank you!

  16. Thank you for this perspective. Needed to hear it!

  17. Definitely need to learn the “Mary” way!

  18. Sabine Smith says:

    Would love a copy of this book! In the past 4yrs God has transformed me from someone who didn’t think she had (or wanted) a domestic bone in her body, to someone who finds taking care of home as rewarding, if not more so, than taking care of business at work…just need some help cultivating my skills!

  19. I’d love to win a copy of this book! Witha toddler and a preschooler at home, my life is a bit more chaotic and messy than I’d like.

  20. Elizabeth says:

    I needed to be reminded of this, again. Jen Wilkin’s Devotional on Choosing Hospitality Over Entertaining in months past blessed me also! This ties in with a similar message. Thank you, Sarah, for sharing and being a blessing to me and others! Many blessings!

  21. This couldn’t have come at a better time for me.

  22. Kelly Corrales says:

    Right before Reading this I was just telling my daughter how I needed her to make sure our place looked picked up and well tomorrow and asked if she could make sure of this while I would be at work. I always have this idea that everything does need to be spic and span if people will come over. I am a single mother with two kids and my place can be messy at times. With working full time and having a 10 and a 13-year-old life can get hectic around the home. Especially when you live in a one bedroom apartment. When I saw that you have a book in regards to this I immediately thought I should look into it and then when I saw the opportunity to enter to win a copy I was thrilled to leave a comment. If there something that I have wanted to do it is to host a connect group in my apartment but I have always hesitated because I feel it is too small or not neat enough. I’m glad I read this devotional today!

  23. Christina Hodge says:

    I have always wanted to have my home be a place of comfort and refreshment, a haven, for weary souls, but I struggle with feeling like my house is never quite ready. I am a working, widowed mother of 4 and finding time to clean my house or refresh my soul is quite challenging. I would appreciate the guidance this book offers. God bless!

  24. In my “Home Sweet Home” I put flowers all around the the house, real ones and paper ones ( I’m a crafter).
    And I light scented candles and grind some coffee beans and prepare delicious aromatic coffee, and an assortment of cookies and coffee cake and I’m ready for family and friends! Or just me and a good book…

  25. Shirley a steinfath says:

    Needed to hear this today. Thank you.

  26. Comfort Chipembere says:

    I have been struggling with how hard it is to keep the house clean, take care of our two toddlers and take care of my husband. You just reminded me that its all for the glory of God…and for Love. Definitely a perfectly timed message for me!

  27. I enjoyed this article and would love a copy of this book!!

  28. Kimberly Fuoco says:

    Your knowledge & wisdom would be such a blessing! Love to you & your family

  29. Cathi Bottelberghe says:

    This was something I needed to read. There are many reasons I don’t work and some days I wonder what God’s purpose is for having me stay home. i need to put everything I got into my home each day. I am also trying to apply 1 Corinthians 13 into my daily life too. Thank you for this ministry.

  30. Laural Bass says:

    Love the devotions! So helpful and inspiring

  31. I struggle so hard with this!! The frustration of doing laundry, cooking meals, and being warm and welcoming to the hubby and kids stress me, yet just looking at the many bags that need to be folded overwhelm me! How does it all get done?? Yet this tells me that this work should be done unto the Lord and if my perspective changes and I look at it as creating a loving space makes a world of difference!! Thank you Lord as I want my home to be a loving and welcoming space despite all that needs to be done!!

  32. Thank you! I so needed to hear this today! I’ve recently become unemployed and I”m struggling to become a home maker at least for the time being. Much of my self worth was wrapped up in my job and the financial security and now I”m having trouble coping. I’m having trouble finding my worth as a person who stays at home and does not work. This is so uplifting, to hear that home work is just as important as any other work, or even more important as any other work.

  33. Thank you so much for sharing. This was such a confirmation for me to get my home in order and be an example to my children !!

  34. Vickee Matthews says:

    As a single woman, it’s refreshing to hear that someone can recognize my personal “home work” has purpose and it’s actually encouraged! I loved reading this devotional because there are not a lot of single women in ministry actually enjoying what they love because sometimes we feel overshadowed by those married and in ministry. For me, it’s nice to know there are women out there that take pride in what they do; single and married alike!

  35. Thank you for the devotional–it resonated with me this evening! I would love to have a copy of this book! House keeping has not always been my strongest attribute 🙂

  36. The value a mentor can bring to your life when you realize I need to receive love in action.

  37. Being Dyscalculic, I have always struggled with disorganization. When younger, I still managed to compensate for it by being hyper-organized, and even managed to nicely decorate my home every few years according to theme. But in the last ten years of my life, I have accumulated more and more things, developed a habit of hoarding, and become increasingly forgetful and disorganized, frequently misplacing things, even my keys and mobile phone. I am frustrated and discouraged, as I love making the home a home for my beloved family. Now, we can’t even find space at the dining table for a proper sit down meal, and all eat at the coffee table. I often find it helpful to implement self-help after reading. Is this book suitable for someone like me?

    • I have let things get out of control in my home and have been making myself get rid of things every week, and slowly I’m making progress – I’m sitting at the dining room table now which hasn’t been possible for quite some time. It is hard and I continue to pray about it (and will pray for you) but things I’ve kept because I liked them – well, I finally realized they are bringing me stress instead of joy and out the door they go. Somewhat painful but feeling better as the clutter clears.

  38. This was perfect for me at this time. Would enjoy a free. Recently resigned from a full time Job that I have had for 9 years to spend more time With my young children But feel insecure of my new responsibilities to upkeep my home and children all day like I’ve never had too

  39. Marva Naylor says:

    I have retired now and would love to read this book. Motivation is what I could benefit from and I do hope I am selected to receive this book.

  40. This book sounds like a great guide for where I have felt God tugging my heart!

  41. Jennifer Young says:

    I’m a pitiful housekeeper, but a good mom and an adequate wife. With the Lord’s help, I know I can do better with my cleaning and cooking. It’s overwhelming and easy to give up. Living beyond breast cancer last year and homeschooling my 3 kids for 6 years now; dealing with anxiety & my son’s autism yet I am so very blessed & want to be a better wife, mom, teacher and housekeeper.

  42. Sarah Ashworth says:

    I’m so interested in this book! I always tell my best friend that I’m definitely a Mary and not a Martha! When we have people over I focus on the fellowship instead of everything remaining tidy and hosting well. The messes and toys will get cleaned afterward, but for the moment it’s all about the relationship! Thanks for this article!

  43. That was a beautiful devotional, and I would love to have a clean, organized (Martha) home, But still have plenty of time left to sit at Jesus feet.

  44. I am two weeks into my marriage…..that is, two weeks ago my husband was set to walk out on me. He gave me 1 week notice, he let me know how unhappy/fed up/hopeless he had been for the past 4 years…one of the things he mentioned in a LONG list was how I wasn’t consistent with housework and he still was willing to overlook it…God moved miraculously and two days before he was set to leave, my husband finally spent some time with God and he realized how much destruction this would lead to…it was truly a modern day miracle..he had already shipped his car to a new state…I am still reeling from this…during the past 4 months, I have turned over a new leaf…I did research, I found this website and I dug deeply into the Word as to what God wanted to change in me…I stuck to 1 Peter 3:1…husbands may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives…IT WORKED…I learned to submit in a biblical way, and finally dug into Proverbs31!!! So here I am, two weeks into our second chance.. amazed at the work of the Lord in our lives…nothing short of a miracle.. all that said to also say that I am searching for all the help I can get to grow each day, first in the Word, followed by biblical resources….settling into my Godly role…just in time for Spring Cleaning…This sounds like a wonderful book to get things started!

    • Amber Nelson says:

      Your story is very personal. Thank you for sharing. I know that it will make a difference to others reading it. Keep God in your heart and mind! So happy to hear your story of a marriage with struggles, but the persistence to work it out God’s way.

    • Thank you for that encouragement as I’m working on showing my husband by doing rather than promising! Your story gives me hope that I can do it.

  45. Thank you for the encouragement you are offering in your book. I am struggling to get my house in order and order my Bible Study time too. I’ve just started teaching a ladies Sunday school class and ask the work to study leaves hardly any time for house cleaning. I could site use some tips on how to do both. Thanks for the offer of a free book. I’d be so blessed to get one. Thanks again.

  46. Jennifer says:

    This sounds like such a peaceful way to live.

  47. Elisabeth says:

    I need this! I struggle feeling like I can never do enough or be supportive enough for my family even though I give everything I have and don’t get enough rest or time for myself. I know there must be a btter way.

  48. I am overwhelmed by the responsibilities of work and home. I want to find a way to make my home a blessing, to accept my limitations, and to teach my children to do the same.

  49. Rebecca Hylant says:

    Would love inspiration and guidance for getting my home in order!

  50. Frances Limones says:

    Because of things that have taken place in my life I have always struggled with being a Martha even though i whole heartedly wanted to be a Mary. As hard as it was with my compulsive cleaning I have let things get undone in the home and now working 6 hour days and i so want to learn to be a Mary. I need help plz.
    Im 44 and not getting any younger. I know that i want to be at his feet so i can be an impact to other ladies and to my own daughter.

  51. Amber Nelson says:

    I love that the writer has given us the green light to invite others in even when our house isn’t perfect. I will be more open to making people feel comfortable in my home, even when I might not be comfortable with the idea of them coming over when it isn’t perfect. God wants me to share HIS love!

  52. I am two weeks into my marriage…..that is, two weeks ago my husband was set to walk out on our 14 year marriage. He gave me 1 weeks notice, he let me know how unhappy/fed up/hopeless he had been feeling for the past 4 years…a couple of things he mentioned from a LONG list was how I wasn’t consistent with housework/serving/submitting and he had still been willing to overlook it in hopes that one day I would miraculously change…God moved miraculously and two days before he was set to leave, my husband finally spent some time with God and he realized how much destruction this would lead to…it was truly a modern day miracle..he had already shipped his car to a new state, he wanted out of this house.. even the state to get away from me! It was beyond devastating to find this out…I am still reeling from this…4 months ago he gave a warning sign/talk about how unhappy he was in this marriage, but little did I know that it was actually him, DONE with everything….during these past 4 months, I had turned over a new leaf…I did research, I found this and a couple of other websites on marriages/virtuous wife and I dug deeply into the Word as to what God wanted to change in me…I kept reading 1 Peter 3:1 to keep me in line as well…”husbands may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives…”IT WORKED…I learned to submit in a biblical way, and finally dug into Proverbs31!!! So here I am, two weeks into our second chance at life.. amazed at the work of the Lord in our lives…nothing short of a miracle…my husband said that he did notice how much I had changed and that helped him make the decision to not leave and reboot here and start all over again….that said, I am searching for all the help I can get to grow each day, first in the Word, followed by biblical resources….settling into my role as a helper to my husband and not a mom/judge… A clean organized house is what I am consistently working on now among a long list of other things as well……so this book would come in just in time for Spring Cleaning!…This sounds like a wonderful book to get things started!

  53. Savannah says:

    Thank you for this post , so timely and encouraging 🙂

  54. Wow this was amazing and spoke so clearly to me! I’m a house cleaner and I often question whether or not the simple work I do has enternal value. It’s so easy to get caught up in the daily grind of cleaning other people’s houses and my own sometimes I really ask God if any of this stuff matters..I’m so glad to hear it does!!

  55. This post came at such a perfect time. It would be so great to win the book. Thank you :)!

  56. Janine Sabin says:

    Oh the deep joy of holy home making! It is a work in process for me as we homeschool! 3 kiddos that are super creative- 2 very active boys, dog & chickens- our cozy home is about the LIFE. I would cherish your book!!!

  57. As I get ready to tackle my ridiculously cluttered house, filled with possessions that we don’t use or need, I’m pondering these words. I want so badly to look at my home work as a service to my family. I’m praying for these words to move my heart.

  58. I struggle with seeing the everyday importance of being a stay at home mom to three small children. Some days the chaos and discipline are overwhelming. Lord help me to remember daily that my job is the most important work- raising a family that loves and fears God and shows love to others!

  59. This is a great idea, thank you!

  60. Was just praying about this as I lay here unable to sleep, thank-you would be a great book to win!!

  61. Wendy Frady says:

    I love this article on making your home a beautiful place where souls who enter can come to rest and anticipate another soul who will listen to their heart and meet them where they are.

  62. Janet axelson says:

    I struggle with this! Working and being a single parent means my home work gets put on the bottom of the list, but would love a home that I and others can enjoy.

  63. Homework message reached me at the needed time. Because I was thinking on what am I doing at home all alone after my husband left to office..as I was working woman for 13 yrs,work with passion but now at home due to personal reasons and also awaiting for getting pregnant. This message really helped me to change my thinking be at home. Thank you so much. Praise be to God alone.

  64. This is awesome… I’d love to experience more on how god would have me be…

  65. Love!

  66. This sounds like a very inspiring and motivating read! Thanks for your encouraging words ?

  67. Tamera Gardner says:

    Thank you!

  68. Amanda Plouzek says:

    Great post!

  69. Mary Young says:

    My desire is to make my home a place where others feel instantly comfortable and they may have a hard time leaving. <3

  70. Thank you for another heartwarming post. I have some issues with pain management at the moment but am so looking forward to being able to do my home work once again, not being able to has given me a new perspective, something that I intend to nurture! 🙂

  71. Adrienne Moolman says:

    Cant wait to read this book

  72. Lori Price says:

    Thank you for this reminder to be grateful for the homes we have. My home needs a lot of improvements and unfortunately my husband is not in agreement on this matter. I find myself constantly having to give this matter to the Lord and reminding myself to be grateful because I have so much more than some. Would love to read your new book ! Thank you?

  73. Lindy Miller says:

    I struggle so much in this. Would love to read this book

  74. Thank you for this article,I never thought about home work in this way. It was eye opening .Thanks

  75. April Brown says:

    This book definitely sounds like something that I need. I work part time outside of the home and feel torn. I need help managing it all and making the eternal souls in my home top priority.

  76. Emilee Johnson says:

    This book sounds like just what I need right now! 🙂

  77. Paula Moore says:

    This devotional opened my eyes to what will make my house my home. Now it is time to begin the process, the work of, creating a home that will welcome others.

  78. Patti Williams says:

    Thank you for inspiring me! I love being in my home, yet feel so pulled with outside obligations. Your devotional gave me a new perspective, it’s okay to make cleaning my home a priority, too! I look forward to reading your book!

  79. Suzanne marosevic says:

    Oh what a fantastic piece, I would love to get my hands on a copy of that book, I have struggled with this for such a long time. It is amazing how God uses people and their giftings to get his messages across, so thank you!

  80. Sandra Van Brunt says:

    Buried

  81. As I’m lying in bed contemplating changing jobs, to balance my home/ career. I check my email. The title of the devotion is an answered prayer.

  82. Thank you for this timely reminder. I’ve been a working mom most of my life and almost one year ago my husband made my dream come true of being a “stay home mom”. However, I often have days that my dream feels more like a nightmare! All the cooking, cleaning, laundry, errands and driving for the kids, well, sometimes I could scream! I feel under appreciated and over worked and even feel it has no purpose. That is when I remind myself that I should be grateful I have food to cook, a home to clean, clothes to wash, and a car to drive. It’s not always easy to refocus my stinking thinking into thankful thinking, but today’s devo is a sweet reminder that God has given me many precious blessings that give me purpose and means to show His love through them.

  83. Just what I needed to read today! Thank you 🙂

  84. Anita Erfan says:

    My prayer is that I find Jesus in the everyday and that He makes the ordinary, extraordinary. He really is the X-Factor in making life worth living and finding joy in the mundane, as His presence envelopes me in indescribable, overwhelming love and peace.

  85. This would be such a blessing!

  86. Gwen Rounds says:

    I always thought housework or home work to be a chore. With two young children under 5 years & parents in their late 70s & 80s, home work can be wearisome as well as psychologically draining when I have so many roles to juggle as a Mom, daughter & wife. After reading this post, I now know with certainty that God has put me as the cornerstone of my household to keep the family strong & together & my daily grind is not without goodness & meaning. Thank you

  87. This is on the spot, loving wisdom that I so needed to hear! Thank you

  88. Michelle says:

    I love the title of this book, and I would love to read the rest! Loving God and loving others is my passion and my purpose. Thank you for the reminder to do small things with great love!

  89. I think this book is just what I need, I grew up in a home where we had a maid & although I enjoyed doing some house tasks wh n she went on holiday, I can’t seem to get myself to enjoy it as much in my own home – which should really be the opposite (in my head anyway)

  90. Tricia DeRussy says:

    I hope I win a copy of the book for my neice Lindy. She has 4 natural children and has been to Russia twice to adopt 3 special needs children from the orphanage. She is always helping others and has such a full plate herself. This book I’m sure would be such an inspiration to her and her life of serving!

  91. I grew up with four brothers & no sister and growing up I’d be the one doing the homework whilst the boys relaxed. I grew to abhor homework. still do. I have always believed that a home is called just that because of the love and unity people share within it, other wise its merely a house. and so I love how you have called it homework rather than housework. that resonates with me. However I still strongly believe that homework is for all who live in the home. Husbands, children and mother’s. we should all work as a team to keep it clean. I just can’t understand how I am not spoiling my kids or condoning sloppiness if I do everything by myself for able bodied people. so please, please, let me know how to get the book if I am not among the blessed 5. God bless.

  92. Rajalakshmi Axelsen says:

    I love the title of this book!

  93. Rosemary Knight says:

    Sarah thank you for your encouraging words about our Home Work and I loved the story about how your mentor welcomed you into her home. I will always remember when i invite someone into my to let love be in the atmosphere and also loving my neighbors.

  94. joe ijeoma anthonia says:

    Hi, seriously I must confess I was almost giving up with chores until I stumbled on this beautiful piece, I just thank God for His unfailing love to humanity, it helps me to overlook,the mess made by my kids sometimes that get me overwhelmed, accompanied by daily fixes and sacrifices a mother,wife,sister,daughter,daughter-in-law, friend and neighbor. Have to make to enjoy a peaceful,loving and we’ll kept environment. I love to own a copy of this book, so I could share the interesting message with my lovely daughter who would always ask me when I send her on an errand, “why always me and not the boys”. So kindly pick me for a win. Cheers.

  95. I would be very grateful to win and read this book and apply it to my life. Thank you for the opportunity!

  96. I have struggled all my life with housekeeping chores. I always dream of being inviting and hospitable, but am unorganized and feel my house isn’t nice enough or clean enough to have guests. I am grateful to have a house but…sounds like this will be a great book for me. I need lots of prayer to change.

  97. Perfect thoughts for today- bringing me awareness of bringing “home” to my workplace in order to bless people. Home is an attitude not just a place.

  98. Thank you for the blog.Has awakened in me a desire to host by going the extra mile.Will truly practicethis in the comin weekend.I have a friend who could use a treat.

  99. Elizabeth Hall says:

    I just had a melt down this weekend about my house and how I work full time and feel like I work just as hard on the weekends. There is never time for just sitting and enjoying the day…enjoying my college daughter and her friend or my Son who is a Senior because the weekend is time to clean the house because it is a wreck. Need to find that kind of joy in cleaning my house.

  100. I enjoy this website and it helps get through my days. It would be a blessing to receive this book. It would help me so much with teaching housekeeping to my teenage daughters!

  101. As a newlywed I need this book to make our house a home!

  102. Stephanie Schiefer says:

    Would love to read this book. With a new job many things are being left undone. Would like to get back on track with priorities and organization in my home.

  103. Diana Martinez says:

    Great article! i pray for my home, but never gave much thought to nneighbors; how important!

  104. I love to be inspired! ?

  105. Karen Long says:

    Just what I needed today. Thank you for wisdom and motivation.

  106. I posted a comment; this is my Correct email,
    Thank you

  107. Monique C. Rios says:

    I want this book!!!!

  108. Rita Meeker says:

    So powerful. I’m a mom of two and grandmother of three granddaughters. I am also a private duty nurse taking care of Seniors in their homes. It hit the nail right on the head.

  109. Ingrid Chaney says:

    This devotional really made me realize just how important and meaningful the little things mean to others. Thank you and may God bless you.

  110. Melanie Penny says:

    I loved this devotion this morning! Thanks so much for sharing.

  111. Dorene Kanusky says:

    The mission field God has called me to is right in my home. My goal is making it a place where every one that enters will know the love of God is present. Sometimes I feel like Martha, sometimes like Mary. Always for the glory of God.

  112. I so struggle with keeping a clean home, and doing it with joy. I would love to have this book!

  113. Your new book sounds great! I struggle with keeping order in my home. I feel like I can’t keep up and I’m always on my family about what needs to get done.

  114. Thank you for writing so much of what is on my heart. I enjoyed reading this devotion!

  115. Ceci ❤ says:

    ❤ Would love to become indeed a true Proverbs 31 woman!! This ministry always helps me and refreshes my spirit!!❤

  116. Diane Reese says:

    I love to clean I just need to get organized to to it. Thank you so much for sharing your story! God truly works in mysterious way! You have inspired me. Thank you I really needed it in this most difficult time in our life.

  117. Thank you for sharing God with me on a personal and practical and loving level.

  118. Dionne Wilson says:

    Very good devotional. The atmosphere we create in our homes is very important.

  119. Deidre Holden says:

    Wow! I needed this word this morning! My cup runneth over! I lay here in my bed at 4:30 am praying to God that He will give me the resources and the strength to get my home in order, and here you are with my daily devotion allowing God to say through you EXACTLY what He needed me to hear! My God is alive! Thank you for allowing Him to minister to me through you! I’d be honored to receive one of your book if you so choose for me to have one! May God continue to do great works through you! Love, Deidre

  120. Kathleen Goss says:

    Awesome devotional! I look forward to them in my email?

  121. Thank you for reminding me that taking care of my home is a way to bless others.

  122. Betty Dilling says:

    I desire to have that beautiful, peaceful inviting home!

  123. Mary beth says:

    I’ve always been a Martha but wanting to be a Mary. Always wanting my home to be perfect. I loved this devotion today.

  124. Maureen Ferns says:

    Thank you so much for this beautiful article, I truly enjoyed it and agree fully that our home is for blessing and loving others. Whatever we do no matter how small or insignificant to the world, matters in the heavenlies, Praise the Lord.

  125. This inspirational message came to me at the perfect time. I couldn’t sleep. I had a lot on my mind. Family members are coming to spend time at my house and I have been trying to figure out how to accommodate them. Reading your beautiful piece has helped me to put this situation in wonderful perspective.
    This is my work and it is my pleasure to do it for my loved ones. With the grace of God I will work to make a difference in their lives.

  126. This was a super way of viewing our “homes”. I enjoy decorating my home it is the cleaning that takes a back seat, although it isn’t filthy, it also isn’t spic and span. But, now that it is an empty nest, I enjoy doing things I didn’t do when the kids were still here, like taking extra time to read or just enjoying the feeling of not being sooo rushed. Thank you.

  127. Elaine Kronberg says:

    I would love to win this book!!

  128. Traci Backus says:

    I would love to read this book!

  129. Jessica Kennedy says:

    I struggle everyday with keeping up with my home, husband and kids. Todays devotional gave me hope and made me feel like everything I am doing is with reason and for a purpose. Thank you so much for your encouraging words. Next time im overwhelmed by my home, children and husband im going to look to God instead of stressing. Thanks!

  130. Carolyn Matulich says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book. Too often I get caught up in the details or don’t think my house measures up compared to others.

  131. My mom was an amazing woman. We had 10 children in our family..5 girls 5 boys! My mom did it all. Our home was spotless, home cooked meals and 7 loads of laundry daily! She loved us kids and our neighbors loved coming to sit and chat over a cup of coffee and a treat. My mom always had a song she was singing and the best sense of humor. She loved her home and us kids well. She taught us children by her actions and her love and for that I am a truly blessed daughter.

  132. Noelle Morris says:

    Trying to keep up with my home, husband, and homeschooling my children is overwhelming at times. Thank you for reminding me that all of it is for a higher purpose! Lord, help me turn to You when life is hectic and stressful, and remember that You are my source of strength!

  133. Jennifer Scott says:

    I would love a copy, thanks

  134. Dominique Ferguson says:

    Thank you for this lovely devotional! I love inviting friends over to laugh, cry, reflect or to share…it really is a healing moment!

  135. patti strain says:

    I’ve always been more of a Mary, than a Martha.

  136. Patti Young says:

    I allow very few people in my home because it is in such disarray. I just don’t know where to start. I know I could serve others better if I had my home under control, but I make little headway year after year.

  137. Yamilette Rivera says:

    This just came in God appointed time, as I wake up and was praying , I was asking God to speak to me to show me my purpose, my calling and after a moment in prayer the Holy Spirit told me get your reader, check your email and there was this message and it really delighted me because in prayer yesterday afternoon during my lunch the Holy Spirit spoke to me saying it is something that when we have that urgency to be in prayer it is God the Father that want to spend time with us, wants to communicate with us, while all this things going on around us He is letting you know that He cares, He want to spend time with us, He loved us, and when we yield heavenly divine things are ordain, and happens as we are close for His Son to return and us to be forever with the Creator. I just found moments like this AMAZING! Iknow I am in Him and He is mine, for the Lord is my portion….I called God dealings with Yamilette, God bless!

  138. Always right on spot Sarah and just what I needed to read this morning – when the laundry is piled high, school books scattered about, toys a muck, and I’m feeling ‘I just don’t want to’ I’m building a home a place for souls and to honor God – totally puts all of life’s daily grind into focus <3 I would love, love to win a copy of your new book.

  139. This touched me so much this morning, and blessed me just when I needed it. Thank you. Sometime in the mundane home work we forget that it matters and that we need to do our work to our best ability for the Lord.

  140. Always struggling with trying to find time to clean ( and keep clean) the house with busy schedule and a young family. I am always worried about what people think when they come over if the dishes are still on the counter, table is messy, etc. I want to be able to balance my time as a mother, wife, sister, full-time employee, and most importantly child of God.

  141. Samantha Boston says:

    Thank you so much for this wisdom. The work of motherhood and wifehood, and homemaker, is eternal and yet we often fail to think of it that way. This was just what I needed today.

  142. Another reminder that what I do as a homemaker is important!

  143. We do not have to die to make HEAVEN. our home (family) is the little HAVEN God has given us to enjoy depending on how we run it. That’s why I consider this article awesome!. After all the hustling and bustling out there, our home ought to be a resting place where we take solace and find refreshing for our soul. Thanks Sarah

  144. Rachel Horton says:

    I struggle with trying to keep up with keeping kids fed, in clean clothes and clean house. I often feel overwhelmed by it all. It’s comforting others do too and I appreciated this devotional. I’m sure the book has some wonderful advice and encouragement too!

  145. Kara Porlier says:

    I struggle with keeping an orderly house and yet still make time to play with my children. I feel guilty each and every day that passes that I don’t set my daily tasks aside to be a good mother and just play with them.

  146. I so want to be that welcoming person. Sometimes my home isn’t perfectly clean and tidy, yet my heart is open and welcoming. I pray the Lord will help me see that perfect isn’t required to welcome others in. Relationships are the ultimate goal, not impressing others with decorations and gourmet food. Love God. Love people. Thank you Lord for reminding me that is your heart.

  147. Christelle Cloete says:

    Since “retiring” from being a special needs teacher, and relocating to live in an African country with my husband, I have become a “domestic goddess” – nothing gives me more pleasure than doing my “home” work! It’s all about how you move through your day, starting at the foot of the cross, seeing smiles spread across faces at an unexpected home-baked offering, tending a garden in an unforgiving environment, eating and sharing the fruits of your labours, the list goes on! I am blessed to be both Martha and Mary! I am able to do this purely because I rely on Abba Father daily to help me through – I am weak but He is strong!

  148. Thanks for the reminders. Just learning to constantly lean on the Master as we go through daily endeavors is what we need.

  149. Thank you for the encouraging message.

  150. Making a home feel love while in the middle of the dirty work can truly be a challenge, when you are a working Mom, taxi cab driver and much more. But when you look at the chores in the way that I’m making g a home for my family, it make this go easier. Thank you!!

  151. Liz Henderson says:

    This has always been something I’ve struggled with because I’ve always wanted everything to look and be “perfect” and often grumble about doing the house work. It’s a good reminder that my heart and Christ working through me is what is most important in these situations and that each work I do counts for His kingdom with the right heart.

  152. Such a beautiful and timely message. Excited to share this message with my daughter who works so hard to keep her home and her family taken care of and full of love.

  153. I want a home where people can drop in but with a full time job plus commute time, can’t seem to win that battle of keeping it company ready

  154. What a beautiful way to start my day with such an inspiring devotion. Thank you.

  155. Tina Foreman says:

    This devotion just hit me between the eyes. I want to love caring for my home… Thank you for giving me a better perspective.

  156. Carolyn Villemaire says:

    Thsnk you for this devotional today. Any houseork/homework I do I think of it as “blessing” my home.

  157. All my heat desires right from child hood as a child is to have a home which people can come into feeling at home, feeling at peace, feeling loved, a place that is filled with love, joy, happiness, humility, a place where everyone is embraced No matter ur status and finally a place filled with his divine presence (God)

  158. Thank you for this encouragement. I am now, for the first time in 10 years of being married and having our own place, learning to see my home as a place to welcome others and share the love of Jesus through hospitality, friendship, sharing meals or simply a good cup of coffee. I was always so worried about things being perfect instead of welcoming. Now after 2 kids and both of us working full time, it is really hard to keep up with everything. But I am focusing on things I can do to welcome and bless others, not making my home look and feel like a “museum” where nothing can be touched or used. Blessings!

  159. I loved this devotion. I tend to be so selfish with my time rather than inviting others into my life. This was what I needed today.

  160. Great message!

  161. Sarah-Anne K says:

    Thank you!! You articulated so well how these details of caring for my home ARE loving God and others. Some are easy for me, many are a struggle. I appreciate your words, and for pointing us straight to Jesus. Blessings to you.

  162. This message touched my heart personally because it applies to me. I need to make my home more welcoming but do need help with this goal. I’m hoping to read the book which should help me in 31 days or maybe sooner to improve my surroundings to welcome others into my home.

  163. I love this reminder to make the ordinary beautiful. When finances are strained, I tend to focus on what I can’t do. Thank you for helping me to see a greater purpose in what I can do each day.

  164. Kim O'Grosky says:

    I would love a copy of this new book.

  165. I was just looking at this book in LifeWay last weekend! As I prepare to be a wife and stepmom, keeping up with the house has stressed me out…I’m used to just me and 2 four-legged children 🙂

  166. This book can actually enlighten me on how to make my dreams come true

  167. Peggy Cooper says:

    It would be an honor to win this new book. We all a little Martha and Mary in each of us. Love your article today. It was refreshing to read this morning. Thank you Peggy.

  168. Stacy Grey says:

    Have always struggled with being a Martha – want to be more of a Mary!

  169. What a beautiful reminder that my vocation is a call to live out the commandments – to really make my house a home. Thanks for sharing – reposting on Facebook.

  170. Jennifer Marshbank says:

    I would rather have a Mary home. Thank you for sharing. God wants to have an inviting home. I know for myself, I let Martha ways get in the way sometimes.

  171. Diana Browning says:

    I would love a copy!! Excellent devotional this AM:)

  172. I needed this devotion so much today and feel that Sarah’s book is a must read for me!! Thanking God for His words…..

  173. Thank you for this! We all need the encouragement that comes from this story!

  174. I would LOVE an opportunity to win a copy of this book. Maintaining my home has always been a struggle for me and even though my kiddos are almost all teenagers now I still have that same struggle of juggling clean house, their activities, having a warm dinner ready, and so much more. Thank you for this chance to win a copy.

  175. Melissa Campbell says:

    It would be a honor to win this book! Always looking to serve The Lord in all aspects of my life.

  176. I would love this book. I have this struggle daily.

  177. I recently moved home to care for my aging parents. My childhood home has turned upside down because (as it was shared to me by a wise mentor), “that is how you know they aren’t well, they can’t take care of things like they once did.” It’s hard to see my home this way, but I really want to make not only the home, but my spirit, better as I know the state of the house has affected me. It sounds like this book would be a great help as I feel overwhelmed at the thought of trying and don’t know where to start.

  178. I am a single mom and a bit of a neat freak. We just recently got a dog. She didn’t shed much at first, but now that it’s spring she is shedding a ton! The mess is driving me crazy! I am having to learn to let it go a little. This is a painful growth for me. My 5 year old is also doing more chores than ever before. I would love this book!

  179. Would love to read this book.This is definitely a struggle for me!

  180. Thank you for the much needed yet wonderful reminder that often seemingly meaningless unappreciated tasks can be a blessing when we think right thoughts getting new perspective of being a blessing as we are thankful for our blessings.

  181. Susan Jodry says:

    This really spoke to my heart today!

  182. S Ebersole says:

    This was so timely for me. I live in a place where I hate but looking at it in this view makes me want to make it different -welcoming – for the time I’m here. Thank you

  183. I would love to win this book. 3 teen daughters means a house that never really feels tidy even after I clean! Lol!

  184. What a refreshing way to look at the Titus 2 perspective of being a keeper at home. Love the devotion today about how a mentor has influence in our lives and can make us feel special. My prayer is that we would allow our hearts to see the value of whatever God has placed our hands and hearts to do. Everything comes down to one thing, does this bring God glory.
    What a blessing to be encouraged by your post.

  185. Great devotion. Thank you for these daily morsels.

  186. Sylvia moravia says:

    I have to be reminded that my spiritual gift is the one of hospitality. We seem to have company frequently and I love to entertain but sometimes I seemed to get overwhelmed with so much to do. Taking my eyes off me and focus on my gift of hospitality gets me through and everything comes together.

  187. Betty Randolph says:

    I struggle to clean my home. I have erosive osteo arthritis, and right now life is attacking so pain is more pronounced. I have never been taught how to clean and I do what I can dishes laundry.

  188. My husband loves reminiscing about the cute things our grandchildren have done / said while visiting our home. I often find myself wondering, “Where was I? What was I doing that was so important that I missed it?” I need to be more purposeful in making myself available for God appointed opportunities instead of worrying about what “needs” to be done.

  189. Kara Lankford says:

    Thank you for this devotional. I was giving myself a hard time about my home work just the other day. But, last night I walked around my house with a full heart that the house is not in bad shape after all. I would love a copy of your book♡

  190. Beth Hurst says:

    Such a beautiful and encouraging devotional. So often I forget how the little touches in life can bless others.

  191. I just returned from a trip to Nicaragua. One of the things that struck me was that we all have this desire as women to create a welcoming, loving and beautiful home. I think God wired us that way. And for some, it comes more naturally than others. I was so thankful to see that creating a beautiful home….and by beautiful, I mean more than fancy furniture or decorations…..is a way to honor God through loving others with our home.

  192. Jenny Wheatley says:

    Wow!!! What a great encouragement!! 🙂

  193. I really do have the desire to organize and declutter. I sometimes think if I had more time and less chaos in my life, I would be more productive for His (God’s) Kingdom! God gave me a home in 2000 and it was dedicated for those seeking refuge. Since then many have passed through for various amounts of time. Usually I do not worry so much about how my home looks, but last weekend friends came by and I was embarressed by the clutter and lack of organization. God has used this home…I just wonder how much more could be done if it was clean!

  194. Awesome devotion! This really helped me today because it helped me realized that love is shown through the details, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. As I take care of my family in the home, God is using me to show love. I need to take value in that and not like it’s a chore. I think sometimes I get so caught up in the details, I miss the joy/love in it.

  195. Sharisse says:

    I’d ‘LOVE a copy of this book!!

  196. Linda York says:

    I’ve always been a bit type A about my house and making it a place of rest, peace and comfort. The last three years have been a struggle to keep things up as my husband’s health and my own health became an obstacle to a normal life. I pray every day for strength to get through and how to prioritize. God is faithful and I trust that He will keep me strong and help me keep my focus on Him. I do a lot of reading and studying of scripture and would love some guidance on how to bring some balance to my life!

  197. Molly Ellington says:

    I would love to read this book! I need to change my perspective from seeing housework as a burden rather than an opportunity to serve the people I love most.

  198. This post really spoke to my heart. We recently moved into a new home and had moved twice shortly prior to that. Praise God, we are blessed to have found a landing spot! Between these moves and other life events, I have struggled for about the past 6 years with the chaos in our home. I have been overwhelmed with where to start to get things back on track. I want our home to be a welcoming place for friends and family. Thank you for sharing these thoughts and the Word of God so beautifully. You have encouraged me to look for ways to approach getting my home in order and finding purpose in the work.

  199. This would be so helpful, thank you for reminding me how important it is!

  200. Wanda Rodriguez says:

    God bless you for tackling one of the supposedly mundane duties of our lives in a Biblical way. Love you for it.

  201. This is exactly what I need! I’m such a Martha that wants to learn to be more like Mary!!

  202. Michele green says:

    I would love a. Copy of your book for myself or my daughter. She is struggling now after just having her 3Rd child to keep up with all the demands of home work, she runs her own business, homeschools, and it’s just hard for her to maintain her home and still let her children be creative.

  203. Awesome.

  204. Kristian says:

    I have always struggled to get my house in order. My family and I have lived in our home for 7 years and I can count on one hand how many gatherings we have had, one of which was our housewarming. I just don’t have a talent for organization and after a while I become so overwhelmed by clutter. My husband recently moved out, and one thing he said that really hurt me was that our home did not have a woman’s touch. I’ve been trying to redecorate and it has helped to brighten my spirit a bit, but it gets expensive. I just want to make my home inviting to others and for my family & friends to feel the love that I have in my heart when they enter my home.

  205. ddembe joseph says:

    I have loved the blog because I have sought for ways of filling my heart and still lacking. God bless you

  206. Margaret says:

    Thank you for the reminder that the mundane does not have to be mundane if done with love . To share our home with those we love is not work but a privilege to share the love of God through warmth and genuine hospitality.

  207. Rebekah Nwokonkor says:

    It was just last night that I was honest with my husband and told him I’m struggling to do it all. I am spent. I need rest but I don’t even know how to do that. This is a season where I have been called home but I’m really missing the joy of it all. Just yesterday I also asked Our Father to show me what His rest looks like in my life because honestly I don’t know what that looks like. It’s not that I am ungrateful or not thankful… just everything is pointing to His rest 🙁

  208. Kathy Davis says:

    Chores are so hard to do joyfully, I am blessed to have a husband who helps with cleaning the house, and taking care of the cars, and doing outside “stuff”. We have two grown children, our youngest has always been the neat of the two, his bedroom was always tidy, dirty clothes put in the laundry, bed made room picked up. Our daughter the oldest by three years is the totally . Her bedroom was chaos. Now that our daughter has been married for almost 5 years it seems her house is similar to her bedroom. I would love a copy of this book to help her be proud of her home, see how God can use her to bless others, and learn how God can bless her for having a clean and tidy house.

  209. I’ve struggled so long trying to keep up the house while also taking best advantage of time with my kids. This may be just what I’ve been needing!

  210. Crystal Smith says:

    As we can see from scripture from the story of Mary and Martha maintaining our home and making it a blessing to others has always been a place of battle for the devil in our hearts and minds- overwhelming us with a seemingly endless to do list, bringing feelings of shame and inadequacy, or simply just distracting us from Jesus. Thank you for this encouraging devotional!

  211. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! Did I need to see this today!! I’m sharing with all of my lady friends. Such a GREAT reminder of God’s plan for us!!

  212. I could truly use this book, working 40 plus hours outside the home leaves little time for how I desire my house to be…….though I love having guests and the feeling that it gives to my family when our home is orderly and clean it is so very very difficult. I struggle with that balance of working, cleaning, quality time with family!!

  213. I have always been one who worries about what my house looks like. I don’t get much company,but, when I do they are number one. Making sure they are comfortable and offer food and drinks. In my mind I’m always looking around making sure everything is in its place or is it good enough. It can be exhausting. Lol

  214. I call my home the “vintage look” or “dated” just like me:)
    But it’s okay with me. I still think my 80s mauve pink wicker furniture is going to come back in style! I don’t have a problem with inviting my Bible Study group over, but I do try to make everything right the Martha Way. Would love to become more of a Mary. Hoping your book will help me with that. I also struggle with clutter. Needing some real advice on that as well.

  215. Khalilah says:

    Hoping to be selected for a copy of the book.

  216. Sara Beth Saruse says:

    As a mother of a 2 year old, full time 3rd grade teacher, and wife of a soldier, it can sometimes be difficult to find the motivation to do my “home work.” A book like this would be just the encouragement and instruction I need! I would be blessed to win a copy!

  217. Susan Lee says:

    Oh, how I would looooove to have this part of life under control! I spend so much time and energy worrying about getting it done/ struggling just to keep up! It really does deter me from having people over or enjoying my own home more. Thanks for recognizing this very real and practical concern!! 🙂

  218. Heather Hess says:

    I would love a copy of this book. I struggle with keeping my house clean and ministering to those close to me. Finding the balance is very hard and guilt in both areas can overtake me at times. This book would be a blessing to me. Thank you. ?

  219. PRoMom356 says:

    Thank you! We were just discussing the balance of hospitality and sitting at Jesus’ feet. This is a wonderful reminder that we have to do both, and that dedication to Jesus and time with Him is not an invitation to avoid serving our family and keeping our home. Your book sounds like it will offer great tips on how to adjust this balance and succeed at both. thanks !

  220. What a lovely thought about the importance of a spirit filled home. I would like to read and pass on to my daughter who is a new homemaker, as a young bride.

  221. I Would LOVE to win a copy of Having a Martha Home the Mary Way and be that woman. (wife,mommy,daughter,friend, neighbor)

    Thank you SO much for your encouraging words!

  222. Registering to win free copy of Maratha’s book on cleaning God’s way

  223. This sounds like a great book to share with our Mom’s group which meets every Friday. Budgets are tight right now, so if my name is chosen, I promise to let the group use it, share it, pass it around, whatever they choose, to make the most of this support. Loved your article. Moms so easily become “Marthas” in their homes because of the overwhelming workload. It is so easy to sacrifice the eternal for the immediate (demanding kids, demanding work, demanding expectations, etc.) Thank you for writing this book.
    Pam

  224. Melissa Plets says:

    The picture of Mary and Martha has been placed in my heart a lot, lately. I struggle with the “busy-ness” of keeping a house tidy and inviting in the midst of a family who doesn’t seem to care. But what is more important – my need to have things “clean,” or my family’s need to have me fully present in my time wth them? Oh yes, I NEED to read this book! 🙂

  225. Would love to win a copy of this book! Thank you ?

  226. I love when company comes but the days/hours leading up to it sadly r anything but peaceful!

  227. Naomi Ingram says:

    This is what I need. I struggle at home with 3 teenagers, a husband, 4 dogs and a full-time job, not to mention, part-time college for myself. I know that our actions are our biggest display of live and I feel like a failure with showing my family this by my lack of being able to do it all, mainly maintaining my home.

  228. Cheri Oechsle says:

    This is my dailybstruggle…to balance work and home life (I am an editor who works primarily from home) can’t seem to stay on top of the mess, schedule and find quiet time.

  229. What a lovely devotion! As a single mom, cleaning house is sometimes the last thing I want to do. Thank you for reminding me that it is important too!

  230. Lisa Smith says:

    I sure do need the help of your book. I’d love to win a copy. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  231. Constance Franklin says:

    I believe this book will help me be a better steward over my home.

  232. Cheri Oechsle says:

    This is my daily struggle…to balance work and home life (I am an editor who works primarily from home) can’t seem to stay on top of the mess, schedule and find quiet time.

  233. Mandy Eley says:

    Yes, please.

  234. Sarah Grace says:

    I would love to read this book!

  235. Christianne says:

    This is definitely an area I struggle with. I hate the house I live in. I know I should be grateful, but it’s something I’m having a hard time doing.

  236. Much needed help and prayers for this area of my life. I am struggling to take care of my home & family as I know I should.

  237. Thank you for the gentle reminder, that all we do in the course of our busy days at home we do to the glory and honor of the Lord. It helped me remember how blessed I am to be able to stay at home.

  238. Dawn Weyh says:

    Thank you for reminding me that my home work is not mundane, but has great purpose, for the glory of God.

  239. Thank you for this! This is something I needed to hear today as I struggle with inviting friends into my home because of lack of perfection .

  240. Anita James says:

    With a 1 year old, a 2 year old special needs baby, and two teenagers at home, I could use some encouragement on keeping my home. Thank you for this devotion.,

  241. Julissa Nievevs says:

    This devotional really spoke to my heart I was complaining this morning about how my nephew wasn’t of help around the house but less he leaves a mess everywhere now I understand that its me who needs to fix things he works till morning he is mainly a teenager. Thank You you made me smile!

  242. Katie Mc says:

    This is exactly what I needed to read this morning. Praise God!

  243. Thank you for this today. It seems like it was written just for me.

  244. This devotional really spoke to my heart this morning. Sometimes all of the work I do feels useless, but you reminded me that it’s really not. My motivation is always for my family and all who enter my home to feel the love of Christ, and that is never useless. Thank you!

  245. beth strozier says:

    Thank you for reminding me how a home can be a resting haven and invite others in with love. I needed that reminder. I used to do that pretty well. Now, I struggle.

  246. Absolutely a book I could use! We are a busy family and keeping clutter at bay is a full time job.

  247. Jennifer Corbin says:

    I would love to win this book. Thank you.

  248. Heather Mugg says:

    Thank you for the reminder that what goes on in our home matters and is all for Him and directing souls to Him. It’s so easy to get discouraged as I look around at all the “to dos” but this was a great reminder that even dishes and laundry matter! My home work takes on a new meaning now.

  249. Good morning this was a great morning devotional and very meaningful for me. I do not do very well with hostessing or keeping my house prepared for a surprise guest unless it involves cramming things under a bed on the side of the bed that no one sees or in a closet. I feel I am an embarrassment to my children with the way I don’t do a good job of balancing “homework” and other things. Thanks for the devotional I really needed it today and I would to read your book.

  250. I always worry what others think of my home if it’s not perfect when they walk in my door. Yet, I know that I can’t be godly hostess if I worry about what others think of me or my home. God is the only one who matters. He knows my heart!

  251. Melodie Rahmeyer says:

    How much I needed this today. I know how I feel when I know my kids go the extra steps to make me feel so loved and welcomed into their homes. I am now going to tell them this. I never thanked them for this. I want to do the same for anyone who comes to my house. Thank you for this lesson.

  252. I would love to read this!

  253. Inez C Stafford says:

    Very encouraging. Helps me look at my home for my family as more “than” a house with Windows, doors and a roof. It a sanctuary for all who come in for comfort, peace as well as hospitality.

  254. Connie Lawson says:

    Someone will be truly blessed by this book. Thank You for all you do at Proverbs31!

  255. Jessi West says:

    Thank you for reminding me why I do the day in and day out.

  256. Roxie Thompson says:

    The older I get the harder to keep closets, cabinet and much more organized. I love reading this email every morning before start my day. Thank you. Roxie

  257. Christine Freeman says:

    Oh, how I need this. I’m so hard on those I love, to keep the house clean. Instead of keeping a clean heart and a loving home, I’m worried about a clean home. Lord, guide me to do better. In Jesus name. Amen.

  258. Working 11 hour days it is difficult to keep things in order. Need help1

  259. Susan Holbrook says:

    I’m looking forward to reading this book-I like Sarah’s premise that all our “home” work is to bring people towards the love of God.

  260. Kathleen Weaver says:

    Oh how I needed this reminder! When I lost my dear husband, I’m afraid that I’ve strayed from this.
    It’s time to think of others again.

  261. The struggle is real! Between work, sports, homework, and church activities, how do we get it all done??

  262. Cindy Orsillo says:

    Boy, did I need that today! It spoke straight into my heart.

  263. Kristin T says:

    I absolutely LOVE to entertain, and I love to make others feel loved and comfortable in my home. It’s my small way of showing those around me they are welcome to come, rest, and be at peace. But like Martha, I struggle to take the time to slow down and rest myself in God’s presence. I would love to read this book!!

  264. I love getting my Proverbs31 email everyday. If I don’t get to read it first thing in the morning I read it at lunch or at the end of the day.

  265. I loved the devotional today. Changes my attitude toward home work.

  266. Teresa Lockwood says:

    Thank you for this great reminder. We open our home every week for a bible study and every week I struggle with whether the house looks okay. I should be focusing on what work God can do through us at our home instead! I would love to win a copy of Sarah Mae’s book. Thank you.

  267. Oh I need this!!! I sometimes don’t even want to invite people over because I feel like my house is too messy!!

  268. Hi, as a busy wife,mom, and teacher, I’ve been looking for a way to clean my much-neglected home. With spring break around the corner, my head says ‘tackle the house’ while my heart cries ‘spend time with God and your son’! Help!! Might your book be an answer to my delimna? God bless you as you select 5 winners!

  269. Tam Johnson says:

    I enjoyed today’s devotion. I am a single mom (9 years now). Who strives to maintain a peaceful home filled with God’s peace. I would love this book to enhance our home even if by subtle changes that it may show me how to keep our home a safe place with God’s love abounding so we might show and share His love with others.

  270. Debra mcGowan says:

    Oh my! I am so remiss in my home work! Lord, help me!

  271. Laura Blair says:

    What a great reminder! I love reading encouragement like this…thank you so much!

  272. This books sounds like exactly what I need. Thank you.

  273. Karen Congleton says:

    This devotional was right on time for me today! I would love to read your book!

  274. It is so easy to make our home routine a checklist…. Especially with the demands of a job outside the home. i can easily turn into a ‘Martha’ and forget about the heart of ‘Mary’

  275. Sally Richter says:

    I appreciate the ” Martha and Mary” messages. I have learned so much about myself. I would love to learn more about preparing my home to welcome all quest with love.

  276. Heather Church says:

    I would love to win a copy. I keep making the excuse that my life is too busy so that is why my house, classroom, and my car is a wreck–like no clean silverware right now, dig through laundry basket to find matching socks, can’t find stack of papers to grade, no where for a guest to sit in my car MESS! I know there has to be s better way! I want my home to be a place where I long to be & others do to. Not a place of excuses,?dread or embarrassment.

  277. Kaylee Vida says:

    I can’t wait to read this book! I struggle to find the balance between the work and my heart, and often feel as though I am not doing either very well.

  278. I have struggled so much for keeping a nice home…nice to me means clean, lived-in, but clean. I want to know anytime of the day someone could ring my doorbell and I would be proud to welcome them in to my home. I want my family and neighbors to know I take pride in my home and do it because I am called by God to do it! Sarah’s book sounds exactly what I need! I can’t wait to get a copy!

  279. Cyndi Whitehead says:

    Thank you for reminding me that my work at home matters to God! Blessings!

  280. I would love this book.

  281. I need to read this book. I’m either too much Mary, out too much Martha (especially when guests are coming over). I have a hard time finding the balance.

  282. Candi Riggans says:

    Would love the opportunity to read how to transform my thoughts and feelings about taking care of my home. Thank you for reminding me that ALL work is good in our Father’s eyes.

  283. I need to read this book. I’m either too much Mary, out too much Martha (especially when guests are coming over). I have a hard time finding the balance. :/

  284. Beth Cohen says:

    This devotion was a wonderful reminder to me that even the simplest of tasks in my home has a higher purpose if I think of the work I’m doing to show our Father’s love. Thanks so much for the insight!

  285. Marsha Tennant says:

    A good home is a Godly home my mother always said.

  286. Hi! I am the mother of four kids and have been married to my childhood sweetheart for almost 18 years. I have always struggled as a Martha. I grew up in a home that was always perfect and looked like a museum,(who has “decoration” stairs?) so I guess I come by this honestly. I have so many times given this to God, but then over time seem to think I need to take it back. I love having people over, but like the house to look like a display home when they come. ( I have three teenagers and a nine year old, who am I kidding?) I want to be a Mary. My kids don’t like to have friends over because they know what it takes before hand. Your book sounds like exactly what I need to give this to God and have Him keep it!!!!! I don’t want this controlling my life. (Since I’ve had to go back to work it’s gotten much harder to keep things clean… How does it all get done?) So once again, and I pray it’s the last time, I give it to our Heavenly Father, and He breaks those chains….. Forever!

  287. Georgia K says:

    Our busy lives have made this such a lost art. As a child I remember the home cooked meals, the clean sheets, the smell of a freshly washed floor, spring cleaning (does anyone do that any more?), open windows. People just stopping in for a cup of coffee and a chat. I want to balance my life so that I have time to turn on the music, open the windows and spring clean my home….and invite others in.

  288. Mary Maupin says:

    What an awesome devotion!!! Sometimes I am overwhelmed with keeping things in order.

  289. I love to clean! I love the way things look when they are all shiny and straightened. I love having friends and family over for meals, coffee, the weekend. I want all to feel welcome, special, and loved. I’m a good Martha! But I have to remember that being Mary is more important. I struggle to spend time with Him in the mornings to give Him my day.

  290. Thank you for reminding me how important it is to prepare for others. Showing them the love of Jesus should be intentional and a daily reminder of His sacrifice for us.

  291. I’m such a Martha yet I yearn to be more like Mary. Can you be a balance of both? I’d like to be. I love making my home comfortable, cute, and clean but sometimes it becomes an obsession. I get angry when I can’t get it all done and my family doesn’t help me. I pray Jesus will open my heart to LOVE, not the appearance of my home. To the above commenter Cindy: Exactly!!! I can totally relate!!!! (And I’m a teacher too)

  292. Would love

  293. This book sounds like something I need right now. I am struggling with wanting to keep up with my housework. I want to love my home again.

  294. Stephanie says:

    We’ve been learning about Mary vs Martha’s way in our Church sermons recently and my home could use all the help it could get. I have a toddler and a 7 month old with special needs and I feel like my house hasn’t been a home since he was born. We are just now recovering from his 2 month NICU stay, weekly specialist appts, and numerous home therapy visits. I say these things not out of sorrow but out of truth. My special son has helped my dig deeper in my relationship with God which had been life alter int. But man is my house a mess!! God is in it which matters most but it would be more inviting if I could get it together!

    • DOTTIE DUCKWORHT says:

      I am great getting out of the gate, but finishing is another story. I have longed for years to have people in and serve them and love them. i always feel like the dishes are nice enough or i don’t have the money for a fancy meal. i would love to know how to balnace it all out and get over thinking everything has to be perfection. i have missed many oppurtunities with friends and family. Thank you for the encouragement. With or without the book I think i’ll invite someone over and just love them really good 🙂

  295. Thank you for these words of encouragement. Sometimes I get overwhelmed with everything to do at home, but the reminder of the important job I have as home maker was great!

  296. Nancy M in NJ says:

    Interesting. I have never considered cleaning my home a way of serving God. It was just one more thing(s) on the never-ending to do list. Good devotion you wrote 🙂

  297. What a great reminder! Going to check out her website today! Would love to read get book!!

  298. What perspective. Would love to read the book.

  299. Thank you for this reminder,

  300. This book sounds wonderful!

  301. I strive too much for perfection and tend to be a Martha and then feel I am missing out because I am not more like a Mary….I loved this devotion today as it points to the importance of home work without making it be a need for perfection therefore closing others off but a way to serve the Lord and inviting others in…thank you for this today!

  302. Would love to have this book !

  303. I would love to win a copy of your book. I need it. Thank you.

  304. This topic had definitely been a struggle for me. I was raised in a home where this was a struggle, and that seems to have been perpetuated. My husband graciously helps me overcome and is strict with our kids (so o don’t end up doing it all myself). But I’ve also always appreciated a beautiful nest and have a live of interior design. Some days I feel selfish for wanting a neat and beautiful home that I can relax in and fully enjoy…like my focus should be elsewhere rather than on the details. I will definitely meditate on this for today.

  305. Mufaro Mapanda says:

    Having a clean and loving home is one of my specialty
    Whenever people come into my house they struggle to leave. I was taught about love by my loving parents

  306. Always need to remember my ministry starts at home..,.

  307. I would love to read this book. I know that I am like “Martha ” and wish I could be more like “Mary”. Every time I read the story it reminds me of how much I am like her.

  308. I need this!!

  309. I would love to get to a point in my life where I’m comfortable having a friend or a neighbor over to my house, because my house never seems presentable enough. This book might be able to guide me in the right direction.

  310. I love my home to be clean, warm and inviting. I like my home to be a haven for others and myself. Working outside the home and having my personal business as well, sometimes I struggle. But there’s always love to go around. I would love some ideas this book could offer.

  311. Karen Gilliland says:

    I need this book. I have a daily struggle with wanting to please God with a Mary heart; however, I get lost in the details of everything I have to do like Martha. I also work 30 hours a week in addition to taking care of my husband and 7 year old. It is a struggle. Thank you for writing this book.

  312. Have finally reached a time where I desire a more balanced life. Would love to read your book.

  313. Tammy Bowers says:

    It’s still a struggle some days when the work of making a home doesn’t feel appreciated but this really puts it in perspective. It’s work for the Lord.

  314. I struggle with needing my home in perfect order before I will invite anyone over. I find myself embarrassed at the size of my home as well because its really small amd not as nice as others, but I know it is a gift from God and I need to be thankful and willing to be hospitable. I need this book!!

  315. Billiejo says:

    Would love the book hospitality is hard for me

  316. Cathy Fredlund says:

    Our Bible study group just finished studying “having a Mary heart in a Martha world ” by Joanna Weaver, so we are trying to implement this very biblical concept in our lives.

  317. Would love to read this book!

  318. Godsarrowsinourquiver.blogspot.comThe idea of being both Mary and Martha is something God is helping me to do. I would love your book to help as well. Thanks for your devotion this morning! When I was a child I learned what JOY stands for – J – Jesus needs to be first. O – It’s important to serve others next Y – Yourself last makes you have JOY

  319. Sounds like a great way to see our in-home tasks, would love to read the book & supporting materials. Thanks!

  320. Tonya Kuffel says:

    This is EXACTLY what I needed today.Thank you!

  321. Would love to read this book! Thanks for offering the giveaway!

  322. This devotional was such an inspiration. As a SAHM of three littles I look forward to more wisdom on how to diligently use my efforts for Gods plans in the fruits of my home.

  323. Gayle Vorreyer says:

    I would be honored to receive this book!! Thank you for this contest!!

  324. What a true blessing. This reading really touched me this morning. Simple loving gestures do matter.

  325. Rachel nash says:

    I have four little kids. I think that says it all, haha
    I want to love others sincerely, I like hearing others testimonies and experiences and being encouraged to stand on gods word. I want to do everything out of love for God, but I forget all the time.

  326. AnneHildebrand says:

    Thank you for today’s article. I have on occasion sent your messages to a friend who is in dire straights. They have been very relevant and helpful. Thank you so much.
    The Lord bless you.
    Anne

  327. I I like my home to be healthy but it’s not a hotel. I like my home to be happy but not look too homey. I like my home to have love, life and laughter and look lived in. My home is just this and I keep it that way one day at a time. I only do spring and fall cleaning. The rest of the year me and Lysol wipes are best friends. I keep a jar of Lysol wipes in every room in the house and once a day when or if I go into that room I take one and wipe everything down. It takes but a minute and it kills germs, grabs dust, and makes keeps it reasonably clean. I vacuum when I think it needs it and I spot mop daily.. for those that don’t know what spot mopping is. You take an old rag wet it with very hot water drop it on the kitchen floor and take your foot and drag it over any place that needs it. The Lysol wipes work great for this too. Then its back to enjoying my home too. I hope this helps someone struggling with how to keep it clean.

  328. Ruby Durant says:

    I often walk through my house saying Martha, Martha, trying to justify taking breaks and worshipping God. Would love to get beyond the lists and comfortable with a lived in home.

  329. I work outside the home, and find it a real struggle to have my own home like the one you described. That’s what I want: a home where my family and friends feel welcome and special.

  330. Itzamir Perez says:

    I am so NOT Martha Stewart! I have always longed to be the homemaker that had everything nice and neat and have a home where family and friends can say ‘I was in the neighborhood and stopped in to say hi’. Instead i’m the one who scrambles to hide everything in closets the day before someone is scheduled to come over. On the rare occasions where I tidy up the living room or dining room just because, my boys ask me ‘who’s coming over mom?’. At 7 yrs old my little one should not know that drill. Today’s message is yet another wake up call. Please Lord help me to do the work you want me to do always, at home and in my business.

  331. Margaret Bailey says:

    Just retired would love too read this book. Need a new start.

  332. Stephanie K says:

    The title of this book really speaks to my heart! I would love to read it!

  333. After losing my mother then losing my father a few years later, I have found myself completely alone for the first time in my life. Oh I have a fabulous brother and sis in law and the most amazing niece and nephew but they have their lives, so busy. I’m a part of a lot of their activities but day to day, it’s just Rhonda. I have my own place, which I adore, and I want it to be blessed, inviting and a haven for myself and those who enter. Takes time but I believe it can be.

  334. Thank you for the encouragement today. I fall short in this area and this book sounds like having a mentor right there guiding me. I would love to read it!

  335. Thank you for sharing this story with us. Martha and Mary give us so much to think about and pray about as we serve God by serving and loving others well. Finding the balance can be a challenge for me. Thanks for your inspiration.

  336. Diane Reese says:

    My husband loves a spotless home. My mother-in-law cleans her bathrooms…..everyday. I work full time out of the home. I can’t keep rand feel like a disappointment.

  337. Sounds like a good book! Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  338. I work 10 hours today standing on my feet and it is hard to have to come and clean house. Thanks for this today. Thank u God that I have a house and family. U would love to have that book and inspiring words

  339. Roberta Harris says:

    With Easter on the way, I have been so worried about how I’ll ever get my house clean enough for all of the guests who will be here. This devotion was much needed this week.

  340. Beth Eberhart says:

    Sounds like a very intriguing book!

  341. Definitely an encouraging read. My husband and I were married young, and I’m still only 22 so cleaning and housework is never very appealing to me. I’d rather be at the gym, or hanging with my nephews…ANYTHING! I even seem to put “spiritual” duties/things before cleaning, sometimes as an excuse!

  342. Martha Hamilton says:

    My name is Martha & I am definitely a Martha type. Would love to read this book to become more Mary like.

  343. Sounds like a book I could really use at this moment in my life! Thanks for your words this morning.

  344. Lechelle says:

    Great devotion and great reminder… Thank you so much for your words.

  345. Venessa Barber says:

    I would love a copy of the book!

  346. What a wonderful devotional. I need to practice the principles in this book!

  347. Susan Hogsett says:

    I would welcome the guidance Sarah’s book would provide me. I was meant to read this today. Thank you. Sue

  348. What a joy it is to read the beautiful words of the Lord.

  349. I really needed to read this! I have such a desire to make my home a welcoming place, but get too caught up in the details!

  350. Courtney Patterson says:

    This was a great post today about “home work”. I was feeling slightly under appreciated last night as I finished the weekly laundry and cooked dinner after working all day. But the thought of my work at home being a reflection of my love and gift to family and guests is quite eye-opening!

  351. Michelle says:

    Hello,
    This book would be really helpful. I am a mother of twin 12 yo girls. My husband and I work full time. The humor here is I have ADD (my girls have ADHD & ADD) AND cleaning, for me, becomes so cumbersome even though I love to be organized and see a clutter free and clean home its the getting there that’s tedious.

  352. Jada Mullins says:

    Would LOVE to win a free copy!

  353. Christine Owens says:

    This book would be a blessing to our home!

  354. Sharon G says:

    Oh I can keep a house alright but I sure can be too busy for the small touches, acts of love and time spent with my boys. I’d love to read your book and glean tips on practical hospitality with Mary’s perspective.

  355. Thank you for sharing these truths. I often miss the wonder of life in the mundane of day-to-day living. I am task oriented. So, my home is usually clean and tidy, but often my heart is not in the right place. Thank you for the reminder that keeping a home is God-ordained work. It is a work of love. It is the work God has planned for me. His ways are always perfect.
    I would love to read your book. Thank you for sharing what God has taught you in regards to showing His love through taking care of your home and family.

  356. Serita Clawson says:

    Would love to have more ‘Mary’ in me and choose what is better!

  357. In an absolutely PERFECT moment, Gid allowed this reading to ease my some what worried heart. After retreating to my mother’s home for post depressuon recovery, by faith I returned to my house and the space that I call my room. In fact, there’s actually no ROOM at all. It’s in a partially organized disarray. With God’s encouragement and a faith that took some building, here I am. First night back and choosing not to let my past overwhelm my present or taint my future. My major concern was THE STRATEGY! Fortunately, my Savior always comes to the rescue and leaps at my beckoning call! I depend on JESUS and He supplies all of my needs according to His riches in glory! The treasury of the Proverbs 31 ministry writers is one of His choicest blessings to me. I am OVERJOYED to know that God allowed someone to go through a not-so-easy life experience to help me and many others! 😀 I’m praising God for freeing me from the bondage of depression and allowing me to come accross helpful, empowering, Holy Spirit-filled books such as this. Many blessings! 😀

  358. Ami Shedd says:

    This book sounds like it is just what I need. I struggle with keeping my house clean with 3 kids and all of their activities as well as my husband coaching high school basketball. This sounds like it is right up my alley!

  359. Jennifer says:

    It would be so exciting to have a copy this book!

  360. Joan VanSanten says:

    Would love to learn how to keep a “clean” home without the stress of keeping it that way!

  361. I love this idea–I find it so tough to merge these two personalities.
    Thanks for sharing!

  362. Thank you for the reminder of how important our home work is! I agree, spending time with the Lord each day, getting to know Him and His plan for us, helps us become His masterpiece! As we come to know His love, we can put it into action and show others. May God continue to give you wisdom and insight to continue to bless others! God blessings

  363. Oh how I admire the Marys out there…it is very difficult for me to let things go but I continue to work on where my focus should be…with those I love and care about. Things have to be ‘just so’ – it’s how I was raised. I’m trying to welcome guests into my home and enjoy time together…the dishes can wait. I just have to not look in the kitchen when the guests arrive!

  364. Beth Miramonti says:

    Timely post & giveaway again! Thank God for P31!
    I so struggle with the home work. Lord help me? AMEN

  365. Yvonne D Warthen says:

    I would like to read your book. I need to find balance in caring for my household.

  366. I’d love tips on this!!

  367. brooke petry says:

    love this perspective… thanks for sharing!

  368. I’m currently in the middle of a move, and I so greatly desire my new home to be always welcoming to others!

  369. I love the idea about using something “small”to make others feel special….my problem has always been in thinking to “BIG”. Also sometimes in comparison to others I know I’ve felt that I’m not as good at entertaining or my home is not as fancy. I realize making people feel welcome and loved should not be about how I feel but about how I want them to feel when we are together. I want to show people how much God loves them through the “small” things. Thank you for bringing to my attention that is better to be a Mary and serve God’s people than be a Martha. I can have less anxiety about hospitality when I seek to make experiences about God and less about me. Praying God will put someone in my path today to His love by serving in a “small” way.

  370. Donna Spayd says:

    Would enjoy reading this.

  371. I really enjoyed the devotional. Thanks so much for sharing it. With my schedule, I feel like my home gets neglected. I would love to have a copy of the book.

  372. Thank you for the reminder that even cleaning can be done with a heart of service and love for God. I desire for my home to be a welcoming home, and yet I get so caught up in it not be perfect that I become anxious about inviting others in. This post was such a good reminder. Thank you!

  373. Suzette Willliams says:

    I loved this reflection on home work. Both my daughter and I could definitely use this book for additional study on the Martha and Mary way. We need to learn how to combine both of these lifestyles.

  374. Cleaning my home is my biggest struggle. To have a new way of approaching it would be great.

  375. I would enjoy reading this book, as I have a friend that has reached out to me. This book would be used as a guide to listen, pray and mentor to her as she is struggling.

    Thank you for posting this devotion. God has been using these devotions latley to give me comfort and ways to help others.

  376. I so much count on Proverbs31 daily for uplifting and informative information. I have shared it with my daughter who is a counselor and she had shared it with clients. Thank you! This particular message spoke closely to my heart today. I am somewhat handicapped and unable to do a lot of the house work that needs to be done…and more often unwilling to do what I can. This book would be a good inspiration for me. Praise God for your ministry!!!

  377. Tara Williams says:

    This is something I struggle with on almost a daily basis, often feeling defeated in the area of “home work,” especially with two little ones. I would love to get some insight of caring for my household the Mary way!

  378. I was just talking about Martha and Mary and the struggle I have to get things done and my to do list and not just sitting with the Lord. This book is an answer to prayer. I would be so honored to win a copy!!!

  379. I love God! I also know that the burden of my home work keeps me from loving God more ?! This I the battleground of my mind, constantly! Therefore my soul is not at peace when I at home so I escape to work doing that too much & thus the ever present cycle that I haven’t been able to undo yet. It is so overwhelming! The struggle is real & I’m ready to live in peace so there is room in my inn to love God & others!

  380. Eboni Bailey Bonaiti says:

    A Martha’s outcry from a longing Mary wannabe!!!

    I need this book. As a mom of three, a wife and a full-teacher as of a year and a half ago; my home, classroom and soul need rejuvenation. I love order but the clutter ALWAYS wins. I have felt that the clutter has attacked my ability to have regular, sound spirit time with my heavenly Father as well. The Proverbs 31 Ministry post are my source for morning devotions, but this morning I read about HOPE…I am now hopeful to be on a path to true love and devotion so my family, neighbors, colleagues and heavenlu Father may feel loved through my acts of gentle housekeepinh.

  381. Susan Hillla says:

    After being ill and exhausted before going in the hospital…the household duties became do only what had to be done that day to sustain life…then 2 separate trips into the hospital a week apart and told to continue to rest and recover…yes, my house is a disaster!
    I need help!

  382. Would love to read your book!

  383. Erin Bormes says:

    Beautiful words of encouragement and wisdom, thank you! Title of your book is great’ blessings

  384. I get so nervous when someone is coming over.My house is always full of chaos and that is y we don’t have anyone over. I would like to but.

  385. An area where I struggle!

  386. I would love to win a copy of this book! I struggle with wanting my house to look perfect when guests arrive and I have missed many opportunities to share God’s love bc my house wasn’t perfect.

  387. Would love to be able to just keep up!

  388. Thank you for the daily devotionals. I read them along with your First 5, before getting out of bed. I want to make my home a welcoming place of rest, a safe inviting home for anyone to visit.

  389. Ellen Cole says:

    I love this. Growing up, we had everything we needed, but didn’t have money for a lot of extra. Nonetheless, our home was always a love-filled, welcoming place. My parents had the gift of hospitality. One of my favorite childhood memories is from when we’d stop at a dear family friend’s home. Somehow, even when we would arrive unannounced, the coffee was always on and freshly baked treats were always made. These things have tremendous impact on us. These memories are decades old and are an integral part of who I have become. I strive to do the same for others.

  390. Kristen Kreuzwieser says:

    Thank you for this. I love to care for my family, and struggle to balance my spiritual life, the home, work, etc. I’m thankful for this perspective & for the “home work” I get to do. Not everyone is as fortunate.

  391. I used to enjoy keeping a clean and comfortable home, but it was never enough for my husband. I eventually quit trying to clean at all, then started working outside the home. I hope this book can help me regain my love of caring for others.

  392. Love the title if your book!! I want that in my life.

  393. What a beautiful picture of how we can love others. I am encouraged after reading these words on her Proverbs daily devotion to serve others with what I have available and to have a welcoming and inviting spirit.

  394. marge michulsky says:

    I would love to read this book.

  395. I am definitely in need of help with feeling that my small daily tasks can be working with God for my family and whomever else is in or near our home.

  396. Kerri Johnson says:

    Thank you for the encouragement.

  397. Heather High says:

    I so enjoyed this devotion today! Thank you for the ministry you are doing for women!

  398. I read the p31 daily devotional & thought it was just beautiful! I would love to learn more about having a Martha home the Mary way! Thank you for blessing me this morning with your words.

  399. Jennifer says:

    The special touches effect ever fabric of our lives. I find myself in seasons in my life where some times, my home is in order and welcoming people over is easy. On other times, it can be disorganized. During those times I really try to press in harder to the Lord because something is out of place in my life. Great devo! Very interested in what the book is all about. God bless!

  400. Thank you for this devotion this morning. I often feel like we get so busy in everyday life that we forget our ministry first is our home..I am very guilty of this and often don’t know how to serve my home well..

  401. Donna Sanders says:

    I pray that I can be this wonderful mix of Martha and Mary and do my home work as unto the Lord.

  402. Kathy Hudson says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to receive a copy of the book “a Martha home in a Mary way”

  403. Deborah Wilson says:

    I would love to have a copy.

  404. Debbie Torres says:

    tHank you for this newsletter!

  405. Dawn Smith says:

    Love the title of this book!

  406. Jaci DeLessio says:

    It’s hard keeping up with your home. This book sounds awesome. Such a great devotional today.

  407. I would love to win this book. With working, clubs, etc. time is of essence so maybe this would help me be prepared to have others over

  408. Rebecca Rohrscheib says:

    I would love to win this book. for many years I have tried to live the balance of Mary and Martha when people have gathered in my home.

  409. Jenny Sharp says:

    Thank you for the reminder of the good work we do in our homes for Him.

  410. Phyllis Herget says:

    I found this devotion and love it. I recently realized that my cluttered home is a stress and bondage in a way to me as a believer. I have a family of children and grandchildren that come and go so fast cleaning is hard. I began to begrudge the visits because I could never clean and the dirt is so hard for me to deal with. I now am in process of decluttering because I know simple is all that is needed as we serve our God. I would love to win the book to learn more. Thank you for this devotion this morning.

  411. Lesa Husmann says:

    I could really use more Mary ways as I Martha serve my family

  412. I’m so blessed by the words today, I’ve been in a women’s group at church about dreaming again this hit home for me in the way of a forgotten dream

  413. Lisa Bryant says:

    I struggle with balancing home and work life. I would love to read the book.

  414. I would love to read your book. I need encouragement in this area. I have let projects around my house go and I struggle to keep up with the daily chores. I loved your words today. Thank you:)

  415. I struggle with my desire to keep my home clean while still spending time doing all the other things I want and need to do- I would love a copy of this book!

  416. Jocelyn Lacey says:

    Thank you so much for this devotion. I never saw cleaning as a truly spiritual experience. It can be a struggle for me, as I get distracted and would happily be doing other things. It seems like it is never-ending and there is always work to be done. Thank you for showing that a clean house is a gift to not only my husband, but to God as well. And I am blessed to have a home when so many in the world do not. I would love to have this book. Thank you!

  417. Hi! I was doing your devotional this morning & noticed the book plug at the bottom. Having a Martha home the Mary way totally spoke to my heart this morning! I would love to enter to win it!! Thanks so much for all you do for all of us!

  418. Catherine says:

    Thank you for this reminder, that Home Work is an honor and, like every single thing I do in a day, it can and should be done with The LORD in my mind.

  419. This was perfect for me right now ! Thank you !

  420. Oh please pick me!! I was telling my friend last week that I identify with Martha so much. But I definitely want it the Mary way.

  421. Kaye Lindsey says:

    Would love to win the book.

  422. Angela Raphael says:

    I would be thrilled to have a copy of this book!

  423. Ericca C says:

    I would love to win this book! I need to be more like Mary, but i struggle with not keeping up with my house work and having a good attitude about it all.

  424. Ann Sayer says:

    I would like to have a Martha home the Mary way.

  425. I have such a Martha heart. Your book is such a God send and I can’t wait to read.

  426. It’s funny how women always want to do more and work for others when we should work for our home, family and friends first. I’m so guilty of this. Thank you for showing me my work at home is important. I would love to read your book. It sounds like a great one.

  427. I have always been a Martha. many times an angry, feel sorry for myself Martha. I have to do it all Martha.
    in other words pretty ugly Martha! thank you for the much needed words to put my homework in a new light . this book sounds like a book I NEED to read. I want to be Mary ! Always at Jesus feet.

  428. I love this reminder that the chores matter. That those piles of laundry aren’t just an annoyance, but an opportunity to serve Jesus. Thanks 🙂

  429. Marie Aitkins says:

    Thank you for this today. I needed to hear it! There a days that I do not have a good attitude about my job as a homemaker and mother of 4 boys. This is an excellent reminder as to whom I am doing it for. This is my purpose, clearly, so I need to do it in joy and love.

  430. Lisa Hamilton says:

    This was just what I needed this morning. This is something that I am struggling with right now. With so many things going on it is sometimes different to juggle all of it and it is easy to forget how important home work is.

  431. I have recently realized that I am definitely Martha-minded. I think everything has to be just so, however, I see how that can also be a downfall. I would love to eead this book and take these revelations to a higher purpose for myself.

  432. This sounds like something I desperately need right now.

  433. Trish Evans says:

    I struggle with keeping my home opened and welcoming to others. I have anxiety when people come over because I feel like it’s never clean enough. I want to be that welcoming sanctuary to people. I want God to use me in that way.

  434. Carol Reppington says:

    Love this devotion….

  435. Beth Brown says:

    I really don’t mind the “Martha” part of keeping my home clean, but I desperately need help with the “Mary” part.

  436. Meg Firebaugh says:

    As my husband and I have recently become empty nesters, I’ve noticed I am not as apt to pull out those cute decoratative touches for holidays or plan little special occasions and other niceties. This article reminded me that these small things warm the home, show we care and reflect how God cares for us in small and big ways. Thanks for the inspiration.

  437. Clarice Johnson says:

    It excites me to think that someone has written ways to make my guests feel more than just physically welcome into my home. My desire is that their souls find rest in His presence while here and even long after they leave.

  438. Your book sounds wonderful!

  439. It’s such a struggle for me sometimes to use hospitality to serve God and love others, not to impress others with my hospitality skills. This would be such a great book to read to be less Martha and more Mary!

  440. Sarah bailey says:

    I would love this book. I need to learn this consistently. I’m good for a little bit and than slack off.

  441. Abbey Francis says:

    Knock, knock. Can anyone hear me? My name is Mary and I cannot break free from Martha’s ways. Can you help me?

  442. This sounds like a book I need to read! Thanks for sharing this devotion this morning!

  443. Danielle says:

    This has always been one of the BIGGEST issues of my married & family life going on 18 years now would be a blessing for a fresh prospective.

  444. barbara mull says:

    Proverbs 31 always have great morning devotions. As a business owner, wife, mom of two very active teen aged boys, where’s the time & energy? Hoping to win!

  445. a great lesson, I think we so many times look right passed those around us, and think God must need us to do something for him that is in our church or in another country when our most important work is in the details of our own home and neighborhood. Thank you for the reminder that we can have joy in the things we do daily, and be a blessing in the details

  446. Mandy Johnson says:

    Although I work out of the home, working at home with and for my family (and friends) is my first job. I would love to learn more about how to be a loving Christian woman and if this book can help, I’m for it and hope I win a copy!

  447. Amy Hawkins says:

    This book sounds wonderful! It’s so easy to become overwhelmed by life and miss putting love in the details. Thank you reminding me to “do everything as unto the Lord!”

  448. Lindsay Solomon says:

    What a breath of fresh air! This book sounds lovely and the material very applicable. Thank you for your words.

  449. Christina says:

    I’m definitely struggling to strike balance between the homemaking tasks that do NOT come naturally to me and providing the loving guidance (& fun!) that our 5 children need when my husband works so much. Would love to read about the perspective God has granted Sarah!

  450. I like having a Mary house but it only stays that way for about 5 minutes so I’m not motivated to keep it that way.

  451. Isabelle Blasi says:

    What a great title! I’ve been needing something like this. As a single mom and Preschool teacher sometimes things unravel and it’s easy to get behind on the household things!

  452. Thank you for this passage today!! We entertain lots & I LOVE that friends LOVE to gather here!! We have 10-15 children on a regular weekend here with their families!!
    Above all else I want them all to know & feel the love & comfort of Christ in our home!!
    Have a blessed day?

  453. Wendy johnson says:

    Just what I needed to hear today! Thank you.

  454. ina obara says:

    Lately, I’ve tried to keep my work and home welcoming. My classroom is welcoming to students who are English learners. I want them to have a safe place. I try to keep my home welcoming but it seems that we are always on the go. Miss those days when we all could sit down and have a bowl of ice cream together and talk. Nowadays, I feel more like a drill sergeant. I want to give more love…not commands.

  455. Taking on the attitude and focus of Mary is sometimes difficult in this hectic Martha world we live. Looking forward to reading your book. May God bless you as you share his truth and minister to others?

  456. Sarah is such an inspiration! I enjoy her practical advice and heart for the Lord!

  457. Jennifer couch says:

    Thank you for u for this… I need to remember it isn’t the details but the relationship that matters!

  458. This sounds like an amazing book!! I struggle to find balance in these areas.

  459. Always seeking ways to do God’s work with a cheerful heart and listening ear!

  460. Thank you…………..a area I need help in thanks for the encourgement

  461. Thanks for this today. I often have a lot of trouble keeping my home up and cooking and on and on. I forget that doing it is all for the Lord. Thanks for reminding me.

  462. Great devotional and really looking forward to reading your book! Lord Bless!

  463. I miss being a stay at home mom.

  464. When I am unmotivated or weary, but it must get done I do the work as if doing it for the Lord,it is soul-satisfying!Thank you Lord that I have a family to clean up after and a home that needs tidying….

  465. As a work at home Mom, this devotion broke my heart wide open. It hit the nail square on the head of the feelings I have been wrestling with for weeks. So many times, I think we get so focused on the big, flashy, extraordinary details of life, we often lose the significance of the small, subtle, ordinary things in day to day life. The size of the task and the nature of the task truly pales in comparison to the nature and state of the heart behind it. The Lord delights in the big, the small, the exciting, the boring, and everything in between when our hearts desire is to please Him, to give Him the glory and the praise! It’s not about the task, the chore, or the job, it’s all about Jesus. You are where you are for such a time as this, it is no mistake that you are planted there. God can and will use you for his glory through the mundane, ordinary things send because of his presence and purpose he will make it extraordinary!

  466. What a wonderful reminder to all of us that we miss many opportunities to share and grow in Christ’s love because we lack confidence in open our doors and let others be “at home” with us. Thank you for this sweet message that sharing Jesus together in any setting is like being a queen in he King’s palace.

  467. Deborah Wilmoth says:

    I would love to have this book. I do not like cleaning house & would love to have some inspiration to do so. In process of getting organized so I need all the help I can get. I love reading so much. Maybe why I don’t enjoy cleaning, I’m busy reading, lol

  468. To my sweet friends that were discouraged by this devotion, like me: can we be real together? Sarah’s devotion is not intended for everyone (or at least I hope she didn’t intend for everyone). This devotion is a sweet reminder that we all have different gifts, and sometimes our culture has placed some expectations on us to have and show specific gifts that God didn’t give us. When I first read this devotion, how discouraging! Some may think I felt convicted- but really, no- I felt discouraged. God has showed me time and time again that as much as I would love to be that women that cleans her house regularly, writes personalized notes to my guests, and gets special candies to make them feel special, all while cooking a fabulous dinner that they are going to love, I’ve realized that I’m just not created to be that women. That type of women is so needed and is a precious gift…. But that’s not me. I’m the type of women that was gifted with ability to teach, to lead, and to give to others in different ways. I’m the type of women that was gifted with the ability to give to others during the day and when I come home, I get to play with my son, have people over for pizza and a movie, lounge in the messy playroom and share funny stories with my husband while we brush our teeth over the dirty sink. I used to read these types of good-intentioned devotions and think that I was a failure because I couldn’t live up to God’s expectations of me- to have a clean house, to be overly hospitable, to love every moment that I stay at home with my kids. Truth is, I don’t enjoy, nor am I good at any of those things. I’d much rather spend my mornings in the word than cooking an emaculate breakfast for my family. I’d much rather split my day between doing the ministry I’m called to at work and the ministry I’m called to at home than to have to choose one or the other- and I’m better at both because of it. I used to get so discouraged when good-intentioned, Christian women would talk about having a clean home and making your house a home with the every cute detail because I would look around my home and realize that 3 years after moving in, we still had bare walls, no curtains, and those darn towels in the bathroom never stayed in place! But I’ve gotta be real here for all of us ladies that don’t have hospitality or taking care of our home as a spiritual gift: we don’t have to be the girl they are describing in this devotion- we aren’t all called to be her! God gave each different gifts and what makes him the most happy is when we honor him through those things. If it’s in the home – great! God smiles! But if we have a messy home and we still love God- God smiles! One day I was feeling so discouraged by a devotion much like this one, that places expectations of a certain type of hospitality on all women, not just those that have a gift for this type of hospitality and it just so happens we had invited over some of the mentees for dinner. I had picked up soup and salad from the local chain restaurant, stashed the stack of papers that were a constant reminder of the work I hadn’t gotten to, threw toys from one room to another to make space for people to sit and realized- I’m not that type of women. Instead, I’m the type of women that can have others over in the midst of the reality of my life- which is messy, and busy, and not-special-chocalate-candy-like. I realized that we’ve opened our house up to those that need a place to stay since the beginning of our marriage- always having someone living with us but it’s never been without a messy home or with well-prepared meals.. And yet God has worked through that. If you felt discouraged by this devotion like I did, let’s remember that this devotion is for some but not all. If your like me, your life is messy, and silly, and the towels aren’t folded right and the kitchen counters aren’t clean, and your little boy just can’t simply find the inside of the toilet. Is there a time and a place to clean? Absolutely! But must we all do “home work” and love it? NOPE! It’s ok to love other work too, and it’s ok to hate home work and avoid it while still opening up our homes to those that need it. God never says to clean up before coming to him, or before serving others for that matter. Instead, he says, “come as you are” and I’m confident that means messy heart, messy hair, and messy home and all!

  469. I often need a reminder to work for the Lord

  470. Chrissie says:

    I recently quit my job to focus on my home and family. I could use a system to help me. Thank you for your inspiration!

  471. This post was such a blessing. I need the reminder that all work is to bring glory to God.

  472. Nancy Thilgen says:

    Wonderful devotion. Hospitality and relationships are two areas I am focusing on this year. I was encouraged after reading your post. Thank you for the encouragement and scriptures – to meditate on today. God bless you and your readers. : )

  473. Waiting on God says:

    God has been speaking to my heart about this. I have shut people out of my house for years because the flooring is so old that it doesn’t come clean anymore, pieces of laminate have come off the countertops, the windows need replacing… Trying to change what I can and listen to God about obedience and opening my heart and life to Him and others.

  474. This book sounds perfect for me and the devotional today was just what I needed to hear. I really struggle with guilt as I try to balance taking care of my home and taking care of my family.

  475. Sylvia ten Boom Mullen says:

    This book definitely sounds like an answer to prayer!! I have struggled with being a “homemaker” since I can remember because it it is something that does NOT come naturally for me. The Lord has truly blessed me with a wonderful husband who literally was also an answer to prayer. We have been married almost nineteen years and have not yet found a place to really call home. But then, God just recently gave me an epiphany that where ever my husband and I are together IS home! So, now I have this desire to make this humble apartment a hearth where God thrives! Thank you for this opportunity and looking forward to gleaning insights from the book! Blessings!

  476. anna woulf says:

    Thank you! So glad God laid this on your heart to write for us all.

  477. Wendy Krueger says:

    I have been thinking lately of opening my home to people. I have not thought this for a long time because I never thought my house was good enough!

  478. Thank you for your encouraging words! How easy it is to forget who we’re really serving as we do our daily “chores” for the tenth time. Love the name of your new book, can’t wait to read it!

  479. Jessica Taylor says:

    Thank you for sharing such simple, but powerful truths. How easy it is to get overwhelmed with all the tasks to do at home, but how promising and encouraging it is to be reminded that that is the Lord’s work also.

  480. Christa Nordheim says:

    I’ve many times been called out for being a Martha and am at a turning point. A “good work ethic” has taken a toll on my body, and I need to desperately find a balance. Thank you for reminding me what the Lord wants from me.

  481. What a blessing this post is for me this morning. Would love to read the book.

  482. Jana Small says:

    I have been struggling with the mind set of no one else cares why should I. I never thought of my house work being a part of my relationship with God..

  483. Heather Morrison says:

    I love the title of this book & the potential it has to change a woman’s feeling of worth. I can’t wait to read it. The Proverbs 31 message today spoke volumes to me….can’t wait to share!!

  484. Barbara Tuck says:

    I am a busy lady often out of the home. Most times I feel more like Martha–always busy. I want to make my home a place of spiritual rest and learn to sit at Jesus feet. Much of my out of home work is for others but I think I need a good balance!

  485. Cheryl Randall says:

    I know I would enjoy using the guidelines in this book and telling others about it!

  486. Sounds great! Looking forward to the read.

  487. Jennifer Bailey says:

    What a great message!!

  488. Thank you for this beautiful reminder. It was needed most by me on this day.

  489. I’ve been having an extremely difficult time with this lately . . . I can’t seem to find that joy. I know God is speaking to me, but right now, my heart just feels so heavy and desperate it is difficult to receive this Word. I know God hasn’t forgotten me, and I will wait patiently as He sees me through . . . I know there is something eternal for me to gain through the pain.

    • Charla Pino says:

      Nicki,
      The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
      Lord, I claim this promise for Nicki today. I ask that you give her beauty for ashes. In you there is strength and healing. It is in you that we hope, believe and trust. In the beautiful life-giving name of Jesus I pray. Amen

  490. Stephanie Wells says:

    We bought an old house and remodeling it! To save money my husband is doing most of the work himself, while holding down a full time job! I’ve been trying to get to know our neighbors, but they all seem to not want to let anyone into their lives, so I could really use this book to draw them in.

  491. Carla Starkenburg says:

    Enjoy reading your daily devotions!! Would love this book! Need all the help I can get. Thanks!

  492. I so want to be a Mary in this Martha world. Looking forward to reading this book!

  493. Candace Harrison says:

    This book sounds wonderful and encouraging!

  494. I would really like to read this book. I need balance in the whole home work thing. After working 40 plus hours per week, it is hard to find the energy to come home and clean house ?

  495. I could really use this!

  496. Charla Pino says:

    Since empty nesting, our home has transitioned from being the gathering spot for bonfires, Sunday School parties, Bible studies, youth gatherings and slumber parties to becoming a landing place for out of town family during holidays, grandchildren sleep overs, a refuge for weary travelers and hurting hearts during illness and loss of loved ones. It is a gathering place for holiday meals and parties, and a holding place for rebounding college students. As I reflect on this mornings devotional and the forward to the book, the lingering thought it leaves me with is that the gift and art of hospitality is sometimes lost in good intention. It is the attitude of the heart and the littlest things that can bring the most meaning. I have already found encouragement in the little I have read here. I am convicted that while great efforts are made for the hospitality, encouragement and comfort of ‘guests’ these things are often lost in the mundane things of life on a daily bases. I think of my husband at the moment and how the ‘little things’ reserved for visitors would go far in loving him well. I want my life to be congruent, and consistent. Thank you for this morning. I will enjoy the read and pass it along when I am done. Grace and peace dear sister.

  497. Pick me!

  498. Mari Taylor says:

    My desire is to have a Martha home while worshipping with everything I have!!!

  499. Travia J says:

    This sounds like just what I need to read. I struggle with keeping everything as tidy as I would like while going to work and still needing to get other chores such as laundry done. I feel as if what I do is never good enough. That spills over into having company because I have a small, old home and I never really invite guests over.

  500. A house is just a house, but love makes it a home. I think bringing God into my home makes it a warmer, lovable surrounding. Rather than constant worry about everything in its place and every speck of dust gone, take time to enjoy one another’s company.

  501. Ahhhh…what a breath of fresh air this post is…thank you Sarah. Love is in the details…really seeing the person and doing what means most to her…just like God…who sees us. Such a great gift to be seen ♡♡♡

  502. Mandy B. says:

    Thanks for the encouraging word for today. This was a good reminder to help me focus on the people in my life and not how my house looks all the time.

  503. Danielle says:

    I would absolutely love to win a copy of this book! This is something I always struggle with and I’ve been praying for God’s help! Thank you for the wonderful post today! This stuck with me: “…be someone who takes the time to make the ordinary into something beautiful”. <3

  504. Tonya Hinton says:

    I have not thought of home keeping in a spiritual way before…I would love to read this book!

  505. Jacqueline Winters says:

    Your message to all women is a great encouragement in the businesses of life today. We are often ready to do for others what we tend to miss doing in our own homes. Your book is a needed tool to help us put our ministry in our homes in order.

  506. Eileen traeholt says:

    I so needed this today. Yesterday as I home schooled my 6 year old grandkids. Totally overwhelmed. And all of us in tears. Today is a new day and time spent with them is my work.
    Thank you for the encouragement

  507. Thank you for this reminder that the little things matter sometimes, and while He doesn’t call us to perfection, He does give us opportunities to make things beautiful for those around us.

  508. angela dennard says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book.

  509. Thank you so much for this. I have struggled for a long time with keeping my house clean and I think it stems from perfectionism. It is hard for me to open my doors if my house isn’t “perfect.” But you’re right, it is a good work for the Lord and for the ones I love.

  510. janny holder says:

    I know I have a lot of learning to do and I don’t always like to do my home work. I pray and ask the lord to give me wisdom, that I am able to read his word and focus on the purpose he has for my life. Many things in my life does not make sense but I take the good with the bad, I have learned to embrace every situation that comes my way. I know lord that there is a lesson to be learned and a message to take with me and apply it to my life. Please lord let me be obedient to your word and learn to love my neighbors regardless of what they do or say in the name of Jesus I pray.

  511. Shirlee-what a beautiful response!

    Would love this book, not that I need another book….I recently flipped out on one of my boyfriends son for having to clean up after him and his attitude. Huge OPPS! Funny how God shows you when you’re in the wrong….great devotional. Thank you!

  512. Ashley Davis says:

    Would love to read this book!

  513. Patricia Burk says:

    I love this. For the last years God has been working on the very thing in my life. I have always seen myself as a Martha. But recently I read a devotion and realized “oh my goodness I’ve become a Mary” in so many ways. But I have so many more ways to grow in that direction.

    Can’t wait to read this book!!

  514. Wonderful devo today! Looking forward to your book!

  515. Jamie Allen-Hitt says:

    Beautiful perspective

  516. Thanks for the encouragement today through Proverbs 31!

  517. Thanks for the encouragement. I have so struggled with the Martha/Mary approach to my home and hospitality and know too often I have missed opportunities for joy and gatherings because of this. I surely could benefit from your book. Thanks.

  518. Thank you so much for this devotion. I struggle with this all the time. I know I shouldn’t feel like my house has to be perfect to invite others in.
    My mother was so good at having a loving home open to everyone. I’m want to be able to do that with my home. I can’t wait to read your book.

  519. Martha Lucas says:

    This book sounds like what I need. I would love to win a copy to read and then pass on.

  520. I used to feel so guilty that I was a stay at home mom and my husband had to work so hard to support our family. I felt useless by not bringing in an income.But he told me all the time that what I did by taking care of him, our son and our home was so important. I understand that now. My husband passed away suddenly 42 days ago. We were not financially prepared. But I will do all I can to keep our home where memories were made and love grew and honor God at the same time. Only He can get us through this. I need Him, I trust Him and I love Him with all my heart.

  521. Sometimes the every day projects get me down & I forget to love on others, thanks for a new way of looking at God’s plan for me!

  522. I struggle with the need to have everything just right before even my son’s friends come over! It keeps me from enjoying our guests.

  523. Leigh Christian says:

    I love Martha. I can relate to her. I love serving God and want to please him. I think so many judge Martha. Think about it. She was one of Jesus’ best friends. When he wanted comfort he chose to go to Martha’s home. She made mistakes. She could get resentful and was often too busy. Jesus had a great relationship with her. She was the first that he revealed why he came to earth. Jesus just had to ask her to also take time to enjoy him and to sit at his feet. He didn’t blame her or say she was wrong. He said Mary chose better. I am Martha…that’s why I relate and defend her! I am learning to take more time to be like Mary. I would love to read your book so that I can continue to learn to oak in God!

  524. A perfect message for me today! I struggle daily with doing chores with love. Even though taking care of my family…even their messes!…is my greatest job! Thank you for this!!

  525. Lord, thank you once again for reminding me that even in the everyday tasks of life I can find a way to love others.

  526. I have struggled with housework for so long and beat myself up daily for my shortcomings! I absolutely need to read this book!

  527. Delores Sims says:

    I need this book. I dont invite friends to my house because i dont feel my home measures up .

  528. I would love to win a copy of this book!

  529. Michelle Hopkins says:

    I would love to win this book!

  530. Enjoyed today’s devotion. I would love a copy of Sarah’s book. I’m a mother of 5 and need all the help I can get!

  531. I would love a copy!

  532. I need this book!

  533. Thank you for this reminder today as we are beginning a season of opening our home to others in a new way.

  534. Tamara Henson says:

    The devotion today was a blessing to me and God used to speak to me this morning. Your new book would be perfect for me.

  535. I am in the “second phase” of home work- caring for my 4 year old granddaughter. It is a true blessing, but sometimes I can lose sight of the eternal while in the middle of the now.

    Thanks for the reminder that how I care for her matters!

  536. I would love this book!

  537. Lisa Ekdom says:

    What a soul-filling message: even doing dishes & cleaning toilets honors our Heavenly Father! Thank you, Lord, for joy in the littlest pieces of the day.

  538. This sounds like a wonderful book to have!

  539. Ginnie Cartier says:

    I have lost my eay gor making my home (apartment) a haven for rest and love. My children and friends need to see I care again. Would love to read your book and to be encouraged and make my home loving and warm again.

  540. I have to encourage myself on this everyday coz it sometimes does feel mundane, boring unappreciated work to be @ home serving others and doing the dirty work. ..but if we are called to it no amount of running away or longing for something else will satisfy. .until that season is over (if ever) may we find joy in doing our home work….I just send today’s devotional to my sister in law who is struggling with “looking after” her capable 42 year old single brother who seems to mess up everything he touches in the house and she has to clean up after him, fix the house. She is considering moving out….she makes the family house a home and without her the house would just be that ..a house. ..hope she is encouraged to let love lead her in her house work even if its constantly following after a grown up man who seems not to appreciate all she is doing for him

  541. Deborah Hailey says:

    My grandmother and my mother taught this to me. Take the everyday and turn it into something special. Make your guests feel as if they are the most special of all guests. But,above all else, do it unto the Lord. I sometimes think I focus too much on the little details because that’s what I love to do. This devotion gave me the confirmation that that is what I should do!

  542. Amber Haifley says:

    I needed to hear this devotional today. Recently, we moved across the country to follow my husbands military career. I had to leave a job and loved and several ministries, that I led. Now, I just stay home. But there is no just about it! I have a wonderful husband and two preteen daughters. God has me ministering right where he wants me!

  543. Christina Oser says:

    I love the story of Mary and Martha. I would love to read this book.

  544. God gave me the this devotional today to encourage me and to push me to create a more beautiful and peaceful environment at home. As all the kids rushed out the door this morning for school, I felt no peace. There are dirty dishes, echoes of kids yelling and a sense of chaos all around. I know God does not desire this for his children and I want to move beyond this mere existence to something beautiful. I desire my home to be a safe haven and an inviting place for others. With God’s help, intentional prayers and the book of Sarah Mae’s I know I can get there!

  545. I do always get caught up in getting my house “perfect” before having someone over, or panic when the doorbell
    rings and thinking my house is a mess. I would love to have a copy of your book. Thanks!

  546. Love your message! The joy I used to find in having others in my home has slipped away due to my perfectionistic nature overcoming my joy in serving others within my home. I would so like to change that!

  547. Danielle Genack says:

    I have never been one to find joy in housework, it has always seemed like a waste of time because it just gets dirty again. I have to change my mind about that.

  548. I’m divorced with my kids all grown up. I have 2 grandsons & I love to have them over. I am gifted with the love for keeping my home clean & decorated attractively…. Making my home a “home” for all who visit. I want them to feel comfortable in my home. I know everyone does not have the same gift as I do, as a matter of a fact I clean other people’s houses for a living. The “little things” mean a lot to people! As a matter of a fact I was told that what I do is ” magic” to them! ? Do all things as ” unto the Lord”! At times I feel as though what I do is looked down upon by some people… like it requires “no brains” or something! Please pray for me in that area! So you see when we look upon the gifts of others in the wrong way we can all get discourage or maybe feel “less than” in some way! ?

  549. Amy Mackey says:

    Thank you so much as I needed to hear this today! I would love to read the book?

  550. I find myself the majority of the time like Martha. My focus is on tedious details and having a list a mile long. This is stealing my joy instead of what it could be…preparing my home work to love God and others. I will seek to find balance between being Mary and Martha. What a wonderful new approach! Thank you!! ?

  551. Dawn Deare says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book. As my son graduates this year I feel like I will finally have time to open my house to neighbors and friends and take time to just visit and not be rushed by other obligations.

  552. I have been struggling with this for some time. As I look around I just feel over whelmed with all that needs to be done. Perhaps reading this book is the answer that will help me get started in the right direction! From reading many of the comments above, I am not alone. I pray that we can encourage each other.

  553. I am overwhelmed by a full time me teaching job where I have one job the first half of the week and a different job the rest of the week. I am not a Martha in general and when I get home I barely have enough energy to eat dinner let alone make it and clean up. I’m exhausted and overwhelmed and counting down the days til summer when I can regain balance again. My family deserves more although I know that they feel loved and well fed with healthy meals but our house is a disaterous mess and surely I can not have people the way it is.

  554. cyndi Korinke says:

    Sometimes I really struggle having people in my home. I work all week sometimes I struggle wanting to prepare something on the weekend

  555. Mrs. Bryant says:

    Thank you for this encouraging word! The title of the book alone in related resources sounds amazing!

  556. This is exactly what I need. My “home work” is a constant issue and struggle. I want a welcoming home. A home where I can show God’s love through hospitality. With the current condition of my home, I feel uncomfortable having people over.

  557. My friend Dana and I were thinking of doing this book for a Sunday school. Sounds much needed for alot of women.

  558. Pam Katinsky says:

    i need help!!!!! I want to share my home with others but right now i have too much clutter

  559. This speaks right to my heart! Can’t wait to read and savor this book!

  560. What a beautiful reminder! Everything we put our hands to can be done to draw people to Jesus!I look forward to reading this book and learning more.

  561. Thank-you for reminding us that you can make beauty at home

  562. What a lovely post about making your home a place for loved ones. I need all the help I can get when it comes to cleaning and organizing . I have a pack rat side to me. I don’t know if its inherited but my Mother and Grand Mother were the same. Thank you for this posting. I really enjoy reading Proverbs ministry!!!

  563. Very helpful! I would enjoy a copy of this book!!

  564. I’d love to read this book and learn about how I can practice godly hospitality in my home. Thanks for the opportunity!

  565. Jessica brady says:

    Being a stay at home mom now for 9 years, I’m learning that even though I’ve never ‘enjoyed’ staying home, it’s obviously for a reason. I don’t have anyone in my life to give me a godly example into loving and learning to love to be a stay at home mom. I would love to turn my home around!

  566. Ginny Harrison says:

    Thank you for writing such a book. It’s exactly what I need. I use to enjoy entertaining in our home, however 3 kids later I feel like I can’t find the time and energy to make it happen in this season. Our family needs to do a better job of this. Thank you!

  567. Sharon Grindstaff says:

    Would love a copy!

  568. Roberta Peake says:

    I work full time and am in school full time. My son and daughter in law with their son live with me. I want to learn how to serve them better with the little touches. I’m starting today with bring home some cut flowers. I’d love to win this book not only for me but for my daughter as well. God bless you all at proverbs 31.

  569. I have lost my desire to clean my house. It’s clean… but I lost that umph, to REALLY clean. The deep satisfaction. I can do others homes and feel so humble and honored that I made them so happy, but, I lost that feeling for my own. I just don’t want to do it anymore. My attitude is why bother? lol

  570. I loved today’s encouragement! Staying at home can be wonderful but also discouraging. I’d love to read the insights from this book!

  571. Thank you. I enjoy making things special for family and friends. This article enhanced the opportunity to do even more.
    Blessings,
    Theresa

  572. I was captivated by the way you title your book – never thought of it this way. All the details of your devotion is speaking into my heart ( it’s like me!)
    Thanks for sharing – everyone loves to have the blessing from your book. Thank you, regardless, Sarah?

  573. What a blessing it would be to win this book!

  574. Regina Crane says:

    I’m 43 And still learning ways to make God the center of our home and family! Would love to have a copy of this book!

  575. Anoush Wiggins says:

    And it’s so good to be reminded that our house doesn’t have to be a showplace – it’s the warmth and beauty that flows from the heart that we all crave. Thank you.

  576. I love this. I stress over having things “just right” when people come into my home. I needed to read this this morning.

  577. I would love to have a copy of this book for my daughter. She is a stay-at-home mother of three children and could use some simple tricks to making their new home beautiful.

  578. Vicki Butler says:

    My husband and I are in the process of relocating to a new state. It has become my prayer that I will be able to share the light of Jesus with the many new neighbors and people we meet. This book sounds just like what I need to help prepare my home to welcome these new friends into our home. Thank you.

  579. Thank you for the beautiful reminder of how we as women can reflect our heavenly Father’s heart by serving in our homes. It seems so simple, yet we often lose sight of our calling because we are searching for something we think is greater…oh the love of God to redirect us as we seek Him!

  580. Michelle Smith says:

    Thank you so much for the reminder that “home work” has a purpose. I have become overwhelmed with my clutter and messiness and had almost given up. I don’t even like to have friends over anymore because I’m embarrassed by the way my home looks. Being a single mom who works over 40 hours every week that takes care of 2 kids, and teaches Sunday school, it seems as if our home is no longer a sanctuary. Would love a copy of this book!!!

  581. How encouraging to know we can still portray a warm comfortable home with a magazine on the floor and dust bunnies under the table. We don’t always see them until someone comes than we are nervous in our own home. Will they notice and think less of me? Just to be able to sit and enjoy others company without worry as Mary did. What joy and peace that would be. Our lives are messy sometimes. That’s why we so need Jesus and all He blesses us with.

  582. Alicia Harrington says:

    I would love to have and read this book. Our home is a revolving door, we have youth and young adults here all the time. I am so a Martha and I’m striving to have the heart of Mary. Your book would be a great resource for my journey. I would love to share your book with my daughter as well, she sees no need to keep things tidy. She feels like it is a waist of her time, maybe reading your book can help her realize how important it is to have a clean home and a cheerful heart.

  583. Patricia says:

    Thank you for writing your heart today. I would love to win a copy of your book! I believe it would be a great help to me at this season in my life. May God bless you for all the efforts you make in His behalf

  584. Karen Smith says:

    I believe that sometimes God relays what is on my mind to Encouragment Today. My house needs some major miracles and I’ve been so drained that getting it done would seem harder than building an arch. ThankYou for your uplifting and enlightening message today.

  585. Kristi Volz says:

    I really needed that devotional today!
    My home work day in and day out seems so pointless. But today you have shown me that God appreciates it and my home work is showing love to those in my home.
    Thank you!

  586. A load of laundry is currently fluffing…but I will fold with an attitude of love. 🙂 Thank you!

  587. Would love to read this book! Great devotion today!!

  588. We have so many guests in our home because of the good weather, the fishing, the neat shops, etc. So, I feel I really need to know more about how to make sure our home is just what each friend needs to enjoy their time with us.

  589. Oh boy would I love to read this book! Thanks for the encouraging devo. 🙂

  590. Stacey Cunningham says:

    I get so caught up n the things that I need to get done at home, but it is never-ending. Praying I can release this and enjoy my family more.

  591. Jelaine Leeann says:

    I really connected with this devotional this morning. I am a stay at home mom with a 2 year old. It is so easy to lose the focus through the day to day. When you’re only able to enjoy a freshly mopped floor for about 3 minutes before it’s covered in juice and most of your little ones dinner…it’s challenging to keep the perspective this lesson talked about! I know that as a mom I have a few precious years to make an impact in the life of my son and future kids before they grow up and aren’t as moldable…so I need to keep the right heart and attitude about my home and my responsibilities. They do seem much smaller and meaningless than they really are at times. Thanks for the wonderful reminder and for spurring me on in my work! Blessings

  592. As a new stay at home mom of a 3 year old and a 6 month old, I often just feel scattered. I need constant reminder that I am loved and need to love constantly even in the chaos! Thank you Lord for your love!

  593. This is speaking to me for sure!

  594. I would love this book!

  595. Donna Galloway says:

    What a great title! I am such a Martha wanting to be more like Mary. Really enjoyed this devotion this morning. The comment “love is in the details” is so true and defines me daily. Thank you and God bless!

  596. Jennifer Walker says:

    I have recently moved to a new town and will be moving into a new home soon. I need some guidance on the best ways to welcome guests and make them feel special. In addition, I want to make sure my children learn how to do this also. I love Proverbs 31 and read it every day. Thank you for all the wonderful messages.

  597. Catherine Gomez says:

    After raising 6 children and my home constantly being a mess, I still sruggle with housework. Three of my boys still live at home and being young adults doesn’t make them suddenly neater. I am often frustrated by the mess in their rooms and their seemingly lack of awareness of the work I do. Today’s reflection reminds me that after all these years, being a stay at home Mom is still worth it and truly is working towards the Kingdom of Heaven. Thank you for this reminder. Catherine

  598. Pat Beckwith says:

    I would love to make sense of the endless cleaning and re-cleaning!

  599. Cindy Hines says:

    Would love to read this book.

  600. This book sounds as if it will help me to prepare my home for the LORD first and my neighbors next.

  601. Tina Morreale says:

    Thank you for your words of wisdom. It not only blesses others when they are treated as special guests in our home, but we are blessed by being a blessing!!! My husband and myself love to serve others by serving and cooking for others. We use to have a soup kitchen, but they lost the location where we served and there was no room where they moved and after my husband’s 19th heart attach he has slowed down a lot. We would love to have a copy of your book, so we could learn even more creative ways to touch hearts and lives. Thank you for all you do! Blessings!

  602. I would love to read this book to help me keep our house clean.

  603. A great devotion for me today as our family stays busy going in different directions. My kids are growing up and facing the challenges of being a teenager in today’s society. I want our home to be the place where they always find peace and comfort. Praying for God to help me provide this atmosphere!

  604. Lisa Parker says:

    Thank you for the thoughts shared in the 3/22 “The Good Work of Home Work” daily devotion. Reminds me there is a purpose to all the day to day activities that truly make my family and friends feel welcomed and lived in my home and joy and praise to God to be able to do these things.

  605. I used to enjoy entertaining and having guests over. As my children have grown, I find it more difficult than ever to keep up with household chores. I feel like we all live here and everyone should pitch in to help without Momma turning into a whacko yelling for help to clean or straighten the house up. Sometimes I think my family just expects me to do it all, like I am their slave. I really try to put it in a different perspective ‘to do the work for Jesus instead of them’, but it is sometimes very difficult for me. I am hoping that God can change my heart so I don’t feel like this anymore.

  606. Would love to read this book?.

  607. Thank you for this blog it has been a reality real life things that you post, sometimes the enemy makes you feel like you are the only one that struggles but God knows what we have need of and your blog is always encouraging to keep moving forward In Christ . Thank you. Tiffiny Brooks

  608. I’d really like to read this book! I struggle with a Mary house and a Martha heart. I get too busy serving in full-time ministry with my husband, and my home which needs to be a priority, often takes the backseat.

  609. I would love a copy of the book!

  610. Barbara Cole says:

    This sounds like the book for me. I have the Mary part down but could use a bit of Martha in my “home work.” This devotional contains a beautiful description of a home for nurturing people’s souls.

  611. Yolanda Ellis says:

    I fully enjoyed reading your article, it brings an awareness of how God has purpose for every detail of our lives,it really matters to Him. Also the article allows for true perspective,and reflection on matters of the heart and our prayers God help me to know your heart even the more

  612. Elisabeth says:

    I am such a Martha…and would like to be more of a Mary. The devotional today was beautiful and I would love to read more!

  613. What a great and encouraging viewpoint. Sometimes we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the day and can lose sight of that. Thank you for this encouragement!

  614. I think that this book would be a great help to me I am often overwhelmed with the work that needs to be done in my home after work and working with my kids. Tiffiny Brooks

  615. Colleen Danner says:

    I do daycare in my home so I am constantly here and some days I feel burdened by the work that needs to be done….this book would help me to focus on the gift of being in my home and being able to share Jesus love everyday with my little ones that I have been privileged to care for and for my husband. Thank you!

  616. Wow! Sounds amazing!!!

  617. Tina Matson says:

    Thank you for this morning’s devotion. Having two children grown and out of the house and my third turning 18 today, this devotion spoke straight to my heart. My home has always been open to my kids and their friends and I now find myself wondering who will fill these empty rooms when they are gone. I will pray for God to open my eyes to those around me who need a calm place to come and rest.

  618. Linda Riden says:

    I would love for my home to be a blessing to others, but especially to my very busy family when they come home from work, school and sports.

  619. This was a good reminder today to not take for granted the little things we do to care for the people we love.

  620. Clarissa says:

    Thanks for the encouragement! 🙂

  621. Marsha S. says:

    Thanks for this reminder. Sometimes I get so tired of the constant need for clean clothes and food. I need to be reminded that I work for The Lord. And, to do it with joy.

  622. Judy Shaw says:

    Oh this is me! I will often find myself anxious and stressing about things in my home then hear that still small voice saying ‘Martha, Martha.’ If only I could strike a balance!! I love the sound of this book!! Thank you for your amazing ministry which just strike such a chord! Blessings

  623. Clarissa says:

    Thank you for the encouragement! 🙂

  624. I wear the Martha Jersey but so adore and yearn to be on the Mary Team…. Something about being first born, type A personality. I’m always praying for a combination of both. So want to be true to who God created me to be but to have a heart and discipline to be at His feet. Beautiful devotion today. It brought freedom and hope.

  625. Thank you for the reminder that all of the mundane tasks matter.

  626. Mary hughes says:

    I would love the ideas the book would offer. I’m a homeschooling momma; housework often ends up on the bottom of the to do list. Suggestions on how to get everything balanced would be such a blessing to me 🙂

  627. Sounds like a great book for the season of life I am in right now.

  628. Renee Buell says:

    I need this book! I am so like Martha, but yearn to be more like Mary. I am one of those spotlessly clean house people and I need to slow down to spend time with Jesus.

  629. Shauna Deaton says:

    Thank you for this reminder that all of the tasks I have to do in my home are not just tasks to check off my list, but rather for the Lord. They have purpose.

  630. Oh yes, this devotion was needed. I struggle much with cleaning and with keeping up. I could really use some help!!!

  631. Your message today has opened my eyes to the realisation that I have been doing things for the sake of with very little motivation or inspiration. I thought I was OK the way I managed things, but now I realised how much I am missing out on if I don’t change the way I see things. I would so love to read your book.

    Thank you

    Lynette
    SOUTH AFRICA

  632. Would love to read this book, it has been on my wish list!

  633. Liz Feldman says:

    What a beautiful blog post and an excellent idea for a book! I would love to read this book. I’ve been married for almost 2 years and I confess that I haven’t put nearly the amount of effort into my home that I should have. This is a great encouragement to change that!

  634. I would love to have a copy of your new book.

  635. Charlene says:

    What a great reminder!

  636. Thank you for today’s devotion. I was just debating whether to invite friends to Easter because our puppy has ruined the carpet. I guess I will have to make it work! Love God’s timing on His word! I would love to win the book too as this is something I struggle with.

  637. Brenda Wilson says:

    I would love to win a copy of the book. I struggle with always keeping my house organized and presentable.

  638. Sheri Sheri says:

    As a mom of eight kiddos, I decided to go back to school and finish my degree after I had a hysterectomy. It’s not been easy. I am the Martha and I want/need every thing done in a certain way. Giving up this need/desire has been somewhat liberating but at the same time frustrating not only for myself but for our four girls as well. Thank you for the reminder. I’m thinking your book/blog might be a great addition to my reading lists. Than you again for your thoughts about getting back on track.

  639. Thank you so much for this insight. I am intrigued by the title of your book as I am such aa “Martha”. Would love to read it!

  640. Christine Hernandez says:

    “Homework” is hard to accomplish when being required to be the family breadwinner at a stressful, long-hours job.

  641. I recently survived a murder suicide by someone i thought was my husband and my bonus sons. I had to move quickly from a house to an apartment, gave away alot to those less fortunate. I am at a place where i need organization to better my life. Normally not a problem but i am looking at them as chores these days that i just procrastinate on.

  642. Brenda Conn says:

    I would love to learn how to be a Mary. The devotion today was just what I needed.

  643. This sounds so amazing as a book and I know I would be blessed and nourished to my soul. Thank you !

  644. Janette Weber says:

    Thank you Sarah Mae for reminding me that my “homework” is important. I need to be grateful for it and do it with a joyful heart.

    Janette

  645. Tammy Trietch says:

    About 1-1/2 years ago, we welcomed a foster child (5) into our home. We are now court-appointed guardians – she’s now 7. I started homeschooling in October and with that and two dogs I never seem to have time to have a clean home (or time to myself either – lol!).

  646. Michelle says:

    I really needed this encouragement today! I believe this book would really help me with so many struggles I am having right now. I have a 9 year old son that is very active in sports, a almost 1 year old little girl who is into everything and I work full time. My husband is a Chief of Police, so his work is very demanding. The hours I have to put into my home is limited and I am always ashamed to have people drop by or come over because I don’t feel like my house is clean enough!

  647. Karianne says:

    I would love to read your book!! My husband is a youth pastor. We have three children. We now live on church property with a wonderful home! I am constantly learning to exercise the gift of hospitality, asking the Lord daily to guide me in this!

  648. Andrea Jones says:

    I struggle with finding joy in my everyday housework. I feel like it’s a chore that I just HAVE to get through. Thank you so much for your inspiration with looking at this with a new light: it’s my way of blessing my family and all those who enter my home. Thank you so much.

  649. Dottie Nyberg says:

    We are always torn between the balance of being a Matha or a Mary…

  650. What a perfect devotion for me! I spent some time over the weekend laying out a new daily cleaning schedule with my husband and three sons. What a wonderful perspective to have on caring for your house! Will definitely be taking the time to read that book!

  651. Stacy Kroptavich says:

    Thank you so much for this encouragement! Sometimes I get bogged down with all the to-dos and forget who I’m doing this for.

  652. Marie Brush says:

    Yes, please! This really spoke to me and is a struggle I am learning to work on as I balance working full time, having young children and being a bit OCD. Working on learning to let things “go” and what matters 🙂

  653. LaDonna Gardner says:

    My home needs me and I need this book.

  654. Yes! Thank you God for this timely reminder!

  655. Cheryl Owen says:

    I love today’s message about doing good work. Too many times we look at house work as being a chore and this definitely has enlightened me. Thank you.

  656. Teresa Bogle says:

    Hi I so appreciate your ministry. I used to cringe when I heard the Proverbs 31 woman mentioned. Lately I cringe when I think about clutter and organizing, and company coming. I would love to be”free” in this area. I believe that I need a”revalation”, a word or phrase from God.

  657. I enjoyed this post, God knows what we need! I have been in a funk lately and not keeping up on my household duties, this book is a wonderful way of turning the mundane work into the work of God! Thank you for writing this and I would enjoy reading it. Thank you and God bless!

  658. I would love to read this book! I desire to be able to keep up with it all, but truly it is a daily struggle. It’s a cycle of wanting to do great things in our home and then getting discouraged because I just can’t seem to get it all done. We have 5 children 9 and under with at least one due in October. 🙂 I could use the help! Thank you for this devotion!

  659. Thank you for this opportunity to win this book. I am 67 yrs. old and still work full time and then go home and take care of a disabled husband and a new puppy. I just never seem to find time to do all that I know I should. Besides working, cooking, cleaning, changing dressings on my husband, I still have yard work to do. I would love to find some shortcuts.

  660. Kim Gullahorn says:

    I have chosen the wrong woman to be my role model. I long for love and the happiness of my family to be the first thing others see in my home. I need this book to help me get to a place where my home and hy heart honors God first.

  661. I completely agree with this! I use the daily tasks as a prayer time. I even blogged about this subject myself (this post did a much better job of it!)
    It’s amazing how God will point to the same conclusion in so many ways. Epiphany in concert!

  662. Thank you for gifting 5 copies of your new book. I’d love to receive one!

  663. Rachelle says:

    Balancing life and maintaining my home is a struggle for me and a lot of the time I feel like I fall in the middle where nothing is done well. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

  664. This book sounds so inspiring!!

  665. Carrie Kramer says:

    Would love this book!

  666. Awesome devotion! Thank you

  667. Lorraine Hawkins says:

    Tears came to my eyes as I read “home work “- not because of guilt that I don’t make my husband and guests feel special but because I do. I’ve struggled for the 40 plus years of my Christian life wondering Lord, what is my purpose in Your kingdom- The Lord used Sarah this morning to say “Lorrie you ARE carrying out my purpose for your life- showing my love in the little things”! Thank You!

  668. Thank you for this message. I was extremely encouraged by it today.

  669. Laura Berry says:

    Thank you for this! I have been struggling with why I cannot find even a part-time job, yet knowing I’m so busy with home and family, that I could not find even find time to work! I know the value of homework, but this made me feel it deep in my heart. Thank you for clearing up my perspective!
    Laura

  670. As the Nester says, “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.”. Providing a space of joy and peace and comfort for those who enter into my home has become the goal. This is what guests will remember more than perfectly placed furniture, painted walls or fine decorations.

  671. Connie Barnes says:

    This is something I definitely need. I have began to resent my family for not helping with chores in the house. I work full time outside the home and can feel my mood change when I walk in the door and see dirty dishes on the counter, dried mud in the floor, or laundry overflowing out of the basket. I have been praying for God to give me patience and understanding and a better attitude. I have never thought of my household work as working for God. Like others have mentioned, I am often ashamed for guests to come in my house because of the clutter and dirt.

  672. Thank you for your words today . It was just what I needed. It was a gentle reminder that whatever I do it’s for Him .

  673. Pam Crosby says:

    Thank you for helping me to see my desire for a clean home as not only a personal need but as a ministry to my family.

  674. Lisa Osterlind says:

    Thank You For the opportunity to win.
    I struggle with my home being good enough to have people over for fellowship and consequently never invite anyone.. I know I am missing out.
    Lisa

  675. Elizabeth Rollins says:

    Wow right between the eyes this am, How I needed that. Hope to get picked but if not maybe I can go and buy this.

  676. I could reallllly use this book.

  677. I took a Bible study course on Christian hospitality. They taught that your house should not be too perfect or it can have the opposite effect. People will never want to have you over because they will feel like they don’t measure up. Or they won’t pursue friendship because Mrs. Perfect can never understand their problems. I have a friend who invited me over for coffee. We had to move stuff around to make a place to sit. “I’m not really into housekeeping.” Yet she invited me into her home and life, and I love her for that. So keep it real ladies. We don’t need to aim for the cover of BH&G.

  678. Lisa Hosue says:

    Thank you for this! I have been praying about what God would like me to share at an upcoming retreat and this is it!! I have already ordered the book and devotional from Amazon and am looking forward to how God wants to use this to not only change me, but change those ladies at our retreat in May. Even though I already ordered the book, I’d love to win the free copy to bless someone else by giving it away at our retreat 🙂 Thank you for your ministry and for providing God centered, biblical devotions and resources!

  679. Victoria says:

    Wow, it looks like all women everywhere have something in common! I’ve never seen so many comments on a post. I too would like to win a copy of this book 🙂

  680. I love Proverbs 31. I love the fact that we are all women sharing how we depend on God to strengthen us in all areas of motherhood and adulthood. I always find a message just for me in all of Proverbs 31’s posts. Whether I have read that same verse a dozen times before there is still a light cast on it that wasn’t there before. Thank you for sharing that light and encouragement!

  681. Susan Monroe says:

    How I need this. Just retired & want to have people over but always feel overwhelmed in getting ready.

  682. This devotion was definitely one I needed this morning. I have a lengthy “spring cleaning” list to tackle while we are taking the week off. I know it needs to get done, but somehow I just can’t seem to focus on one task. I have lots of 1/4 done tasks throughout the house. The biggest problem isn’t the unfinished tasks, but rather my attitude and lack of focus. Could use this book to give me some insight!! 🙂 Thank you for the opportunity to win this book!!

  683. Molly Childress says:

    Very encouraging words on the devotional! Would love to read her book!

  684. Sarah, loved the devotion on Proverbs 31 today! I am a widow and my kids are grown and I soon will have 9 grands!! They all live away. It is lonely at times and seems such a burden at times caring for this home alone and no one here. In this season of my life I needed today’s reminder that all I do here at my home matters to the Lord and He has “good work” plan for me. Who knows who the Lord will bring here and I want to be ready to show His love and hospitality.

  685. Jill Neifer says:

    Love Wins❤️

  686. Michelle says:

    Thank you so much for this reminder! It makes all the difference to view the work we do each day as working for the LORD and as a way to love God and love others!! 🙂 your book sounds so good and I would love to read it.

  687. Thank you for this encouragement. My mother was not a neat housekeeper and I am not either. I often feel guilty when things aren’t done timely and that is a slippery slope. I fear that I’m just passing on bad habits to my children and there will be another generation of messy housekeepers. “For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.” Romans 7:19.
    Thanks!

  688. I read the Proverbs 31 devotion every morning. This morning the devotion especially touched my heart because in the busyness/business (LOL) of home, I often find that my home is the one place that is neglected on a regular basis. I want my children and my husband to feel special when they think about home or when they enter our home. It is a tough thing to do when one works and has so many other responsibilities. Home can be slid to the back burner. Lord, please help me prioritize!

  689. Breanna Groover says:

    Thank you for the encouragement!

  690. This line — “Love is so often in the details” spoke to me. Thank you for helping me realize that love should spur us on no matter how mundane and tedious we view the work is in our homes.

  691. I am the mother of 6 children and the gram of 6 grandsugars. At any given time we can have up to 5 grandpuppies in the house as well. I work for Youth For Christ where I minister at times to 80 kids a day. I love the LORD with all my heart, mind, body and soul and desire a clean house as well. Your book and plan might just help me out!! :o) Thank you!

  692. Oh how I need a copy of this book! Housekeeping is definitely not one of my virtues. Working full time and with 2 young boys both playing baseball that leaves no time for dealing with the house!

  693. Jennifer says:

    This message really embodies what I’ve been trying to live out. Thankful for the constant tools Proverbs 31 gives to reinforce force this!

  694. An attitude of gratitude transformed my life many years ago. Being thankful to do laundry meant we had clothes to wear, means to launder them & a family to wash for. Being thankful for dirty dishes meant I had a meal with my family, etc. One of the most important helpful transformations was learning to pray fervently for that specific child as I cleaned their room up.

  695. This sounds like a book I need to read! 🙂

  696. I needed to hear this today! “Your home work is meaningful and beautiful and has great eternal purpose.” Thank you, thank you, thank you for the reminder.

  697. This is the book I’ve been longing for! It’s time for a change in my home. Sometimes we get busy with the everyday hustle and bustle and forget what type of setting we need to keep for our family. I welcome any suggestions and encouragement. I’m encouraged by this devotion and pray with God’s help he will help me see my ‘home’ work as a true ministry to family and friends. Thank you!

  698. So needed this today. Struggling with quitting my job to provide a better home for my husband and kids. Feel blessed that he gave me the job I have. Not sure what to do. Maybe this book will help.

  699. I needed this today. Thank you.

  700. Paola londono says:

    This devotional was inspiring for me. I am about to become a stay home mom. This book will really help.
    Thank you.

  701. Thank you for settling something inside of me with this message. To see that my desire to have my home this way is a godly desire which touches people in a positive way puts it into perspective. These special touches honor Him while blessing others!

  702. Margaret D says:

    “Home Work” can be one of the loneliest and unappreciated full time jobs. It is complicated and tiring to keep a home in working order, especially if you are trying to support and nurture a child with physical disabilities. Many efforts to make the home more comfortable go unnoticed and never mentioned. However, I believe that is exactly where God wants home makers to be. He wants us to look to Him for company, conversation, appreciation of work done, and encouragement to do more. He doesn’t want us to look to others for reinforcement. He wants to have that special relationship with each homemaker that is grown and nurtured thru the home jobs. The special times when you are exhausted but go ahead and make that batch of homemade biscuits because He reminded you of the person who dearly loves biscuits or helping proof a college research paper when your body is ready for bed because He reminds you that He will provide you with that extra energy for the job. There is no husband, child, or friend that will be able to fill our needs and voids better than God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit!

  703. I am the Mother of two and grandmother of 3 two of which live with us! I am also a wife of 30 years to a wonderful hard working man! I would love to learn more of the plan God has for me and my family

  704. Gerri ledeboer says:

    I see too much Martha in myself without enough Mary. I would love to have your book

  705. Thank you for this devotional!! I really needed this.

  706. I never thought about house work as home work and doing it for the love towards others, it has always been another chore. Thank you so very much for this insight. I will do my best to see it as home work for the love I have towards the man and boys in my home.

  707. I am a work at home mom with two young children. Trying to find time to keep up with the housework, while doing my “paid” job, while giving sufficient attention to my children seems like an impossible task. I would love to win a copy of this resource.

  708. Just what I needed today! This is a struggle for me. Thanks for your encouragement!

  709. Rebecca Pace says:

    Sarah Mae I love you and your 16 year old smile filled with a mouthful of braces. I read your story about your son David. Our God is so wonderful! You are so beautiful on the Inside and the Outside. Remind your dad and your grandmother that you love them whether they are still on this earth or not. I would love to learn more from you because it only took 15 minutes of reading from Proverbs 31 and your blog to feel you and your heart. Have a blessed day today and everyday……..with love, your new friend Becky.

  710. Tami Lewis says:

    Oh my gosh!! I so need this. I am 53 and after years of having children and running around, I became very tired of picking up after everyone – def – a Martha syndrome. Now I am just plain LAZY!!! I would love to learn to clean the Martha way while still being a gentle Mary that would give her all to the one that saved her. Thank you so much for entering me in this contest.

    Never too Old to Learn

  711. I’ve always needed and wanted to be more like Mary, for I have plenty of Martha! Thank you for this chance to win this reading!

  712. I am so ready for my house to feel like a home again!

  713. Your devotion really spoke to me today and I would love to win a copy of your book!

  714. Judy Morrissey says:

    Thank you. Having the good home was my goal as a stay at home Mom many years ago. But 10 years ago divorce changed the course of my life. As a single Mom to 11, 7 and 3 year old sons I was desperate to make a living as well as make life special and memorable. God always does give us what we need for I lacked in forgiveness, gratefulness and grace. He taught me how to forgive my sons” father in order to have peace while they were with him, to be grateful for a warm bed regardless of the quality of the sheets and how to overcome anger so I could truly walk in His approval and light. Today I love the person I’ve become because he gave me what I needed and not what I wanted.

  715. Robin Ylinen says:

    This sounds like a great book for me & to share with my mom… or give to her 🙂

  716. I try to have the perspective of I get to do housework not I have to do it. I am physically able, I have a home to take care of, modern conveniences and a husband to help me…all are things to be thankful for. Your book sounds interesting. Thanks for your message today.

  717. When I was married and raising my children my philosophy was always ‘home is your haven where you can come at the end of the day and be yourself and leave the cares of the world behind’. I was neither the wife or mother I wanted to be, the best I could be yes, but always chastised myself because I was not perfect. I’m now divorced but still want my home to be a place where people feel welcome and safe, as in Sarah Mae’s story of the greeting she received at her mentors home….this book may help me in that challenge. Printing today’s devotional and frame it on my wall. Thank you for this lovely moment to start my work day!

  718. Dear Sarah,

    Thank you for sharing this devotion! This was a blessing to me. I am doing my best to try to keep a clean home. It’s not easy, but I’m learning as a new mom and a wife. Blessings to you!

  719. I soooo need to be a Mary in this Martha world. Winning a copy of this book would be such a blessing!!

  720. My husband is always telling me to sit down and stop doing stuff. I spend more time cleaning and picking up than I do spending time with him and the kids. I’ve made cleaning s priority over them. A weakness for sure!

  721. I love reading the daily devotionals on Proverbs 31. It helps start my day and keeps me on n track all day. Today’s devotional was much needed. Sometimes the everyday home work can become some mondane and tedious. Thanks for reminding me of the purpose and need of getting it done.

  722. paula hardee says:

    I have had to move in with my mom due to her health reasons. She is definitely a martha because she wants things done now while i am a mary because i like to take my time cleaning, enjoying my time with Jesus

  723. I feel like this book would meet the very needs of where I am right now! I need the balance of home and family. This would be a huge blessing right now.

  724. What perfect timing with this post! I struggle to feel good about my home and to think that it’s good enough – both for my family who lives there and for visitors. Very excited about reading your book!

  725. Finally! A book about a struggle that has been a part of my whole adult life. I would love to have a copy!

  726. Margaret says:

    Needed this this morning! Up early to clean, etc (Martha side), preparing for some friends to come over for a Bible study and fellowship… My desire is to have more “Mary” characteristics. Thank you for sharing!

  727. Hope Anderson says:

    I struggle with trying to do too much at once. I need this book!

  728. April Nisly says:

    I love my emails every morning and would love to win this book.
    Thanks!

  729. I have been praying for God to put ladies in my life that don’t know the Lord. I never thought about have my home ready to make them feel welcomed or loved and to go the extra mile, i guess I felt like it was already that way filled with the holy spirit of God. But for an unbeliever it probably needs a little extra. thank you so much for that.

  730. Beth Doucet says:

    If you are wife, and/ or a mother, I think we all struggle in this way. Thank you for showing me it’s not about the ” fuss” it’s about the Love.

  731. Linda riley says:

    I am such a Martha, and want to be more a Mary. Thank you for your devotional. I would live to read more about how to be a Martha the Mary way.

  732. Ashley Crim says:

    This is beautiful, and needed. Thank you

  733. Dayna Lepore says:

    I struggle with sitting for long moments at a time or being able to finish a project without going to the next or the next or the next lol. Having this makes it hard to allows others over to my home because I always feel it’s messy or the clutter makes me feel uneasy. Very excited to have a chance to win. Have a very blessed day!

  734. Thank you! I have neglected my home lately with a lot going on in this season of life and I need to get it back in order!

  735. Tish Vanoni says:

    Housebound for two years after a life of Martha living…this could be my friend into my transition into Mary…Maybe this is what I am supposed to be learning!

  736. This is not my forte so any tips are welcome! 😉

  737. P Reeves says:

    This book sounds wonderful – I would love to win a copy!

  738. Deanna Smith says:

    Thank you for sharing! As usual God is always on time for a message like this. Many blessings Sarah with your book. So great to see his vision come to pass.

  739. What a beautiful reminder of loving all that we are hear to do and not just striving for something else.

  740. As a worn out Martha it would be great to add a little Mary to my life. Thank you

  741. Chelsea Hranica says:

    This…this devotion I read three times. This spoke to me, as I pray every single day for Him to show me my path.
    It may be as simple as loving others in my home extraordinarily and making the ordinary special. I truly believe He spoke to me today through this devotional. I would so immensely enjoy a copy of your new writing.
    Thank you!!

  742. Johnette Peck says:

    I loved this! I am a perfectionist & have struggled all my life with making things just right. I want to be more like Mary instead of Martha & am trying!

  743. I have tried so many different routines and check off lists to try and find a way to get it all done, but in the end when I see all that’s left unaccomplished it makes me feel more like a failure than the accomplisher that I’m so tempted to embody. My kids need my attention, my husband needs my attention, and sometimes, I just need a break. I’m frustrated not knowing if this is just the way it is when your kids are small or if I have it all wrong. Thank you for this devotion and for the encouragement-I can see from the comments I’m not the only one feeling this way!

  744. I would love a copy of this book. This is something I struggle w/ daily.

  745. What a timely message.

  746. I needed to read this today. Thank you for your uplifting and Godly words of wisdom! I strive to be more like Mary in this Martha world.

  747. Annie Schell says:

    This book sounds like just what I need to read right now. Sometimes the mundane tasks of “home work” feel purposeless, and I can easily fall into the trap of self pity. I have 3 little ones and a very busy husband, who works and is in seminary, and sometimes a lot of the things I do around the house and for the family go unnoticed. I need to remember that my work is a way to serve the Lord, and that my time at home is a gift! Thank you!

  748. Tami Cort says:

    I’m disabled, I suffer from severe RA. Keeping up with housework is becoming impossible for me. As my condition worsens even the smallest of chores seem impossible, and very overwhelming. I could really use this book!

  749. Loressa Selby says:

    I struggle with finding the balance between housewife duties & ministry outside the home (bible studies, Celebrate Recovery group & church functions.) I have to remember that my husband, children & home are at the top of my ministry list.

  750. I would love to win this book . . . this is what the LORD seems to be speaking to me and I am desiring in my heart to obey Him. Whats interesting is that yesterday on First 5 I understood to make my home and running it a priority. I am a widow and it has been challenging to run a house alone for the last 8 years. My youngest of my five children is all that is left and I want to encourage her to be orderly. Well, God made His point quite clear when I left in haste yesterday morning. My glass break alarm went off and the police were called. No one broke glass, the cat was guilty of setting it off because I left my bedroom door open. So the police got to see mess in my bedroom that I didn’t finish putting away laundry, and the spare bedroom that contains my paperwork strewn on the floor. Yes, LORD I got it. Thank you for another kick forward, or really nudge forward.

  751. I found this inspiring. I’m always embarrassed by the look of my home and very rarely have people over.

  752. Michelle Wright says:

    I prayed this morning that The Lird would speak to me and your daily message was so perfect. I struggle with this on a regular basis. Thank you for your time.

  753. This devotion really reminded me to be thankful for a home to clean. I sometimes struggle with the daily tasks and complain about them instead of giving God the praise. Thank you for this reminder.

  754. This book is exactly what I need! Thanks, Sarah Mae for the encouragement today!

  755. Marilyn Carter says:

    Thank you. Spoke volumes to me!

  756. Delyn Metcalfe says:

    Thank you, this really spoke to me today. I am writing the comment ‘I want to be someone who takes the time to make the ordinary into something beautiful’ above my calendar this week.

  757. Would love to have this book and share with others.

  758. Encouraging words today! Have always been a “Martha” but know in my heart Mary’s way is better! Will be reading this book very soon even if I don’t win a free copy!? I hope to become a better mentor to my daughter & daughter in law & pass down this legacy of love & service!

  759. My heart needed to read this this morning. Would love to win a copy of her new book!

  760. Gretchen Gartin says:

    This is an issue I have struggled with for 12 years. Now that I am being “re-newed” at a new church and really focusing my time in my relationship with God, I realize that I don’t have to have to a perfect house or a job. My job is my family and serving God and others. Whether it is quick conversation with my neighbor while getting the mail, or really getting to know and listen to new friends at church, I see that God is working in all aspects of my life. I want to pour into my family, kids and husband, and to love others just as God wants us to. This was a devotion I really needed to read in the midst of life.

  761. Wow, what a great devotion! Something I need reminded of every day to love others the way Christ loved us. Thank you for this devotion.I would love to have this book.

  762. I love having people over at our house, but find it a challenge nowadays to keep it constantly cleaned with my busy schedule. Being a fifth grade teacher, not only do I teach all day, but a lot of times, I have to add my schoolwork, with my home work. My husband and I are now empty-nesters but even when we had our kids at home we have always cooked almost every night except for spur-of-the moment “date nights” of ordering or eating out. I also have a side business, the income of which I use to find my missions. All these aside from taking care of our two dogs. So, as you can see, it gets hectic. I would love to read your new book and gain insights on how to
    keep the balance. I know that it is the attitude of your heart that pleases God the most but I’d love to go the extra mile. God bless you and may you continue to honor Him with the gifts He has given you.

  763. Loved it! Thank for the encouragement :-D. Have a wonderful blessed weeeeek!

  764. Kelly Bradner says:

    This book looks amazing! I get so frustrated with myself getting so caught up in cleaning and laundry and being crabby about it that I miss out on “life”. It is happening while I’m worried about my house! I have 4 kids and I want to be more in the moment! I NEED to read this book!

  765. Just what I needed to hear today!! I sure could use all the help I can get, because it has been a struggle. Thank you for this devotional and I would love to win a copy of the book.

  766. I catch myself getting in the Martha mentality and have to remind myself to be more like Mary,there is definalty a fine line between the two. I would be interested to read what the book has to say.
    Thank you for the encouraging words this morning! God Bless YOU!!

  767. chelsea walton says:

    I would love to win a copy of the book! I needed to hear this truth this morning.

  768. Tammy Harris says:

    I needed this post today. I want everything in its place and just right. When you live with people that doesn’t always happen. I feel overwhelmed often and not sure where to even start so I don’t start at all. I sometimes give in to the lie of ” What’s the point “. Thank you so much for sharing. I would really like a book. If I don’t win I will be purchasing one.