Welcome to Week One of our Bible Study! I am excited this day has finally arrived. If you are visiting from my Encouragement for Today devotion, we are so glad you stopped by. We would love to have you join us for our newest study. For more information on the study and to sign up, visit my last post by clicking here.
I have been praying for our time together and have prayed over our subscription list. Oh how I wish we could all meet! We have over 9000 women signed up for our on-line studies, women from all over the United States and the world! What an amazing group of women God has gathered here in HIS name! My heart is so full at the thought of what God is going to do over the next few weeks. Please know how grateful I am to have you join me. I know there are many wonderful Bible teachers and studies available on the Internet. Thank you for choosing to spend time here with us. I am trusting God to do a mighty work in and through our time together!!
This study runs for three weeks. Each week includes a video lesson, a reading assignment, a prayer and homework questions. Each video will be about 15 minutes.
Each week’s lesson will be up all week so that you can do it on your own time. Please stop by throughout the week to leave a comment and read the comments left by women participating in the study with you. Remember if you want to receive the homework in your inbox, you’ll need to subscribe to my web site. To subscribe, visit the top right side of my blog and look for “Subscribe to Updates.” By subscribing, you’ll receive each week’s lesson in your inbox. If you want to see the video, you will have to visit my web site directly. To get to the web site from your e-mail, click on the title of the post. It will take you directly there.
Let’s begin, sweet friends! Below find my first message from God’s heart to my heart to yours.
Heavenly Father, as I begin this study, open my eyes and my heart not only to understand this tale of two sisters but also to bring me into a deeper understanding of the woman You created me to be. God, I know how often I fail to give You first priority. I allow the busyness in my life to push You aside. Yet, I also know how I long for peace and rest. I want to hear Your voice and feel Your Presence, but I can’t amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life. As I open my Bible to study these stories, please reveal the places in my heart that keep me from hearing You speak. Tender my heart to uncover the root of my busyness. Reveal the places in my heart that are entangled with the things of this world and free them so that I can grow deeper in my relationship with You. Give me a heart to serve like Martha, balanced with a heart to worship like Mary. Please help me to truly know how wide and high and deep and long is Your love. Help me to live out that love in all my relationships. Fill me so full that I am overflowing with Your love and Your presence. I love You, Lord, and thank You in advance for all You will do in my life as I open Your Word and study.
1. Deuteronomy 6:5 says to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” What does it look like to love God
…with all your heart?
…with all your soul?
…with all your mind?
….with all your strength?
2. Do you spend time with Jesus in His Word? If so, how often? If you don’t spend time in God’s Word each day, what keeps you from doing so?
3. Which sister do you relate to the most and why
4. Reread Luke 10:38-42. Share at least two things you learn about each sister from this passage?
5. Describe their relationship with Jesus.
6. Martha wanted Jesus to tell Mary to help her serve their guests. Write Martha’s words in Luke 10:40 below.
a. In what ways are Martha’s feelings natural and somewhat understandable?
b. What do her words say about her personality and her heart?
7. What were Jesus’words to Martha? If you had been Martha, how would Jesus’ words have made you feel?
8. In your life, with what are you busying yourself that keeps you from sitting at the feet of Jesus?
9. Do you struggle with anxiety and worry on a consistent basis?
a. If not, what do you do to keep from struggling with anxiety?
b. If yes, what causes your anxiety? How do you deal with it?
c. If you struggle with anxiety, does it spill over into your everyday life? If so, share ways it manifests itself (sleeplessness, moodiness, temper flares, impatience, headaches, stomach aches, etc).
10. Read Proverbs 3:5-6 and Philippians 4:6-7.
a. How do these passages speak to anxiety and worry?
b. If you follow the commands in these passages, what is God’s promised result?
11. Martha opened her home to Jesus, her Messiah and a man she greatly loved and respected. She wanted everything to be just right and wanted everyone to feel welcome and at home. Standing alone, these were admirable traits. But when they became a distraction in her relationships, they were not. Jesus loved Martha and through His response to her questions, helped Martha understand this. Please understand that Jesus was not telling Martha to be like Mary. He created Martha and loved her exactly the way He created her. Jesus words expressed concerned with her choices. She allowed her gift of hospitality to become a duty and a distraction. What happened to take Martha’s serving to a level that displeased Jesus?
12. Jesus said, “Only one thing is needed” and “Mary has chosen what is better.”
a. What did Jesus mean when He said only one thing is needed?
b. Why is it the “better” way?
c. Read Psalm 46:10 and Psalm 62:1. According to the psalmist, why do we need to spend time alone with God?
d. Applying the biblical truths we have learned today, what do you need to change in your life to choose this better way? Write a prayer of commitment to give up or change at least one thing to follow Jesus’ command to Martha to choose what is better.
13. Sweet friend, Jesus LONGS to spend time with you. Read Zephaniah 3:17. What does it say? How does this make you feel? Remember these words as you take time to sit at the feet of Jesus.
14. Mary’s story invites us to sit at the feet of Jesus. This week take time each day to sit quietly with Jesus. If it is your first time to commit to quiet time, take just a few minutes, maybe five, and read from God’s Word something fresh and new. Maybe begin in the Psalms or read from the book of John. If you are a woman who has walked for a time with the Lord, I encourage you to go deeper still in your time with God. Lengthen the time you spend in the Word or extend your prayer time.
If You Want to Go Deeper
15. Read Psalm 63:1 and Psalm 42:1-2. List the verbs used to describe the author’s feelings for God. Do you feel this way about God? What creates these kind of feelings within us?
16. Read Luke 18:18-25. What did the rich young ruler ask Jesus? What did Jesus answer in verse 20?
a. The rich young ruler replied that he had obeyed all those commandments since he was a small child. Jesus replied and told him there was one thing he had not done. What did Jesus tell him?
b. What was the rich man’s response?
c. Why did Jesus ask this of him? How does Jesus answer speak to you personally about your treasures and what you value and how it all ties back to sitting at the feet of Jesus?
As you sit with Jesus, open your heart completely and let Him fill you with all the fullness He has to offer. Pray this sweet prayer written by my friend Bobbie Wolgemuth, taken from her Bible Study for Moms, God’s Wisdom for a Mother’s Heart.
Your Word, Lord, is the bread of life, it’s the light to my path, and it’s my instruction from Your Spirit. Yet I don’t always make time to open my Bible and listen for what You want to say to me through a specific passage. Please make me hungry for Your Word, so hungry that I don’t want to miss a day! I ask this in Jesus’ name. AMEN. (p. 19)
To learn more about the Study and Bobbie’s Mother’s Bible, click here.. And if you would like to meet Bobbie and hear her powerful testimony she shared during my visit to her house a few months ago, click here.
Nurture your heart this week. I will be praying for you…for God to show up in very real and personal ways as you sit at His feet. Please stop by throughout the week and share your thoughts on your homework, your intentional quiet time, and what God is speaking to your heart. I can’t wait to hear what God is doing!