SOAP 1/10/11

41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[f] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Luke 10:41-42

Martha was the worrier, the worker, the type A girl in the house and the one who got things done. Mary just wanted to be with Jesus. As hard as Martha worked at pleasing Jesus, she wouldn’t please him if she didn’t spend a moment with him. She could serve lifetimes over but never achieve what she wanted. So often we do this thinking that spending time doing things for Jesus is the same as spending time with him. We couldn’t be further from the truth. I think that is the broad idea of this passage. When I look at again I start thinking about all the things I want to do and sifting through the dreams of my heart. It could be so easy to get side tracked. I think Martha knew what she was called to in that moment but she saw all the peripheral things and couldn’t focus. How often do we drift because we get worried and upset about stuff that in kingdom view doesn’t really matter (like I just got side tracked because of my cell phone bill)

I want to focus more on that one thing. The thing that Jesus has called me to. I wonder how much more effective I will be if I remember that one driving purpose that God has placed in my heart. Too often I am worked about stuff that really doesn’t matter. It is tough to be a Martha but if you know your purpose I think people like that are created for a reason.

Thank you for calling me by name and giving me purpose. Help me to refine and focus that purpose. Help me see the one thing and let the others fall aside. Thank you for your love. I pray you would do the extraordinary in my life, in my marriage, church, city and more. I love you. Amen.


A Snow Day

Today Matt, Owen and I packed up the subaru with our snow gear, sled and snacks and headed out on an adventure. Griffin stayed at home because.. well he is a cat. He had a good time with the red blanket on our bed and his catnip sardines. Now this adventure was a little planned and mostly unplanned. The original idea was to go to a sno park somewhere around Mt. Hood but after reading the weather report of 15 degrees and a scary wind chill.. we said pass and took to somewhere further north. So we drove out 14 to Carson and went up to Oldman Pass… yep it’s called that. I kept entering directions for Oldham.. nope Oldman.

The mighty subaru made it’s way up the windy road. We finally made it up to the sno park after almost going to the wrong one. This was actually a really cool sno park. Not sure what it looks like during the weekend but on a Monday there was one other family there. They were super friendly and nice. There was a great hill with lots of bumps.. my back is killing me.

Here is the photo recap:

Corgis have short legs and deep snow is sometimes difficult. The snow was really deep and even Matt and I ended up with snow up to our knees.

Owen would freak out when we went down the hill on the sled and then chase after us. When he started getting pooped he rested in the car. Poor controlling corgi.

He seems happy here.

Mom stop taking pictures.

Okay then there was this jump and I was just going towards it and by the time I realized how high it was.. it was too late.

Kind of sore. Plastic toboggan doesn’t provide much cushion.

A good day was nonetheless had by all. Home and made dinner while Matt watched the BSC game. Now Owen is passed out on the couch, Matt went to 24 fitness to play basketball and the cat and I are sitting in front of the fireplace. Happy Monday. Can’t wait to see how I feel tomorrow!