Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World (Study Guide)
They were two of Jesus’s closest friends. Each had something to offer Him. But one offered “the better part.”   In Joanna Weaver’s signature book, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, she explores how each of us has...
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They were two of Jesus’s closest friends. Each had something to offer Him. But one offered “the better part.”
In Joanna Weaver’s signature book, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, she explores how each of us has some “Mary” and some “Martha” within. The “Mary” in us wants to leave the dishes and sit at Jesus’s feet, while the “Martha” in us wants to attend to the multiple tasks around us.
How do we blend intimacy with Jesus and service for Him in the midst of our busy, hectic lives?
In this ten-session DVD companion participant’s guide, Joanna reminds us that Jesus extends to us the same invitation He gave these sisters of Bethany: Come to Me. As we discover the best of both the “Mary” and the “Martha” parts of our lives, we will deepen our devotion to God and learn to delight in sitting at His feet.
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Joanna Weaver is an author, pastor's wife, and mother of two. Her articles have appeared n such publications as Focus on the Family, Guideposts, and HomeLife. She is also the award-winning author of the wedding gift book, With This Ring. Joanna lives with her family in Whitefish, Montana. SPANISH BIO: Joanna Weaver es escritora, esposa de pastor y madre de dos hijos. Ha escrito articulos para publicaciones como Enfoque a la familia y Guideposts. Tambien fue galardonada por su libro de regalo para bodas, With This Ring (Con Este Anillo). Joanna vive con su familia en Whitefish, Montana.
Week 1: Introduction
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.
Luke 10 :38–39
Having a Mary heart in a Martha world?
Is it really possible? More than ever, I am convinced it is. Jesus wants to meet with you as surely as He met with Mary and Martha that long-ago day in Bethany. He wants to reveal Himself to you, filling you with His presence and His
love so that His grace spills through you to a dry and thirsty world.
Though our initial introduction to Mary and Martha is only four verses long, I believe this brief story has the power to literally change our lives. So let’s begin! 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)
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
1. Before we begin this study, what preconceived ideas do you have about Mary and Martha? Which woman do you relate to most—Mary or Martha? Explain your answer.
2. One woman told me, “My life is like a blender—and it’s stuck on frappe!” What inanimate object best describes how your life currently feels, and why?
3. Read Matthew 11:28. What do Jesus’ words mean to you?
Session One Video
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.
Revelation 3:20, nkjv
The Story of Mary and Martha—the Story of You and Me, Luke 10:38–42
The Living Room Intimacy __________ God that we long for will never be found in Kitchen Service __________ God.
Discovering the Better Part
1. Martha opened her home (Luke 10:38).
• preparations—diakonia —____________________
2. Mary opened her heart (Luke 10:39).
• She made ____________ for time with Jesus.
• She did the _______________________.
• She ___________________ to Jesus.
The same invitation Jesus made to Martha is the invitation He makes to us:
“Come spend time with Me.… Allow My __________ to fill your life so that I can spill you to the world!”
I sense the Lord saying…
Make a Plan
God desires to transform you by the power of His Word. He wants to speak specific things to your heart over the next several weeks. What one thing could you do to get the most out of this study?
This Week’s A ssignment
• Follow through with your week 1 “Make a Plan” homework.
• Read chapters 1 and 2 in Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World.
• Answer week 2 study questions.
• Memorize Matthew 11:28: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”