Do you ever get to that point where you are just tired of the same 'ol cycle of cleaning only to wake up to the same mess the next day (or the next hour)? It sure can be discouraging, can't it?!
I remember feeling like I never accomplished a thing because my work was never done. I never felt that sense of completion that goes with finishing a task---because the tasks were never finished. (That's a lot of nevers).
As mothers, we all will go through a season of that...some may be shorter than others, but we all go through it.
The thing is, while cleaning is definitely important, it is not a defining factor of who we are. It doesn't make us worthy to keep our homes spotless and it doesn't make us worthless because our homes are a mess.
When Jesus was visiting the home of Lazarus, Mary sat at His feet to learn from Him. She stopped her work to go be with Him. This is something mothers severely struggle with. We don't have time. There is so much to be done. Surely God understands?
But when Martha complains that Mary isn't helping her with the household duties, Jesus tells her that Mary has chosen the good part and is shall not be taken away from her.
Sarah Mae has released a new book called Having a Martha Home the Mary Way that offers such a beautiful balance of addressing the heart and the practical with grace.
We are not defined by how clean (or unclean) our homes are. Sarah Mae's book is divided into 3 parts per chapter. The first part addresses a story and example, then a Mary Challenge which offers you opportunity to seek the Lord and get your heart right first and then a Martha Challenge follows with a cleaning task.
If you'd like to go even deeper with the Mary challenges, you can also get the companion journal, 31 Days to A Satisfied Soul. A journal Sarah Mae and I worked on together and hope to help you focus even more on the Lord and what He has for you.