Archive for December, 2011

December 14, 2011

…but only one thing is needed

The story of Mary and Martha will help me explain what’s on my heart right now.

For those of you who might not be familiar with this story, it’s found in the Gospel of Luke and it’s short enough for me to share it all here.

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”  Luke 10:38-42

There are layers and layers of truth in this story but I’m not going to get into all of that (although I would love to and maybe will another time).

Here’s the deal… I’ve been running like Martha but I crave the life and love of Mary.

I don’t know if it’s the season or the fact that I’ve bitten off more than I can chew —or both.

Regardless of the details that have brought me to this place, I’m choosing to do something about it. I’ve been distracted, worried and upset about many things. Like Martha, I’ve assumed that all of the things I’ve been doing are good because…they’re for Him. But they’re not what is better. The Doing is never better than the Being. I need to focus my heart, soul, mind and strength on the one thing that’s needed. Jesus.

And although this is a struggle, I’m so thankful that God chose today, during this time of year, to bring me back to my first Love… To bring me back to the feet of Jesus so that I can listen to what He’s saying instead of assuming that I already know.

I imagine that most of us have pulled a Martha… Maybe you’re stuck in her shadow right now.

Read the story again.

And again.

Hear Jesus speak into your distraction…  “…only one thing is needed.” Like Mary then, choose what is better. And don’t let doing good become opposed to choosing better.

December 6, 2011

A Prayer Can Change A Life…

I was looking for a Bible study this morning on the book of Esther when I came across a few papers tucked into a folder. All typed up in bold purple, from the heart of my young one.

A Prayer Can Change A Life

When I was little I had problems with body aches and pain. Well, I noticed that if you pray to God it will change you and me forever. When I was about 8 years old, I had a tooth problem and right now I am 9 years old and still have a problem with my tooth. So every night from now on my mommy, daddy and my sister pray for me.

I am so thankful that we can pray and ask God to heal us and take away our pain. You know what I love about God – is that He is the Name above all names and He reigns over heaven and earth.

So this day, just go to the Bible and pray to God – please heal me Lord Jesus and He will do this. It will take some time. But God’s timing is perfect!

I am so thankful that I can pray to God every day and every time I want to. He is so good to us.

God please help me because I am struggling with difficult things in my life and I need You every day at every time.

We all need you to come into our lives and save us from our sins.

Please Lord, help us to trust in You and not be afraid because You are strong, courageous, powerful, wonderful, and most of all Healer and Protector!

Thank You so much for listening on how to pray to the Lord and to believe in Him.

Love Miss Camryn Kelly,


I want to have child-like faith…don’t you?

Not a faith that isn’t growing but a faith that believes without hindrance.

A faith that trusts that God’s timing is perfect.

A faith that knows that Jesus is the answer for everything…all the time.

Let the words of a nine-year old inspire you today!