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But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
Luke 10:42

The story of Martha the worker and Mary the worshipper (Luke 10:38-42) illustrates an important spiritual principle: We please our Lord most when we learn to sit at His feet in adoration and worship before trying to serve Him in our own strength. Sitting implies our humble dependence upon Him and a sense of quietness of soul that indicates our willingness to hear. We can become so busy with life's pursuits, even worthy Christian activities, that we do not hear the still, small voice of God. Or sometimes we pursue God in spiritual spectaculars. But like the story of Elijah on Mount Horeb (I Kings 19:11 & 12), the Lord does not always reveal Himself in the wind, fire, or earthquake, but sometimes in the stillness of the small voice.

Speak, Lord, in the stillness while I wait on Thee;
Hushed my heart to listen in expectancy.
Speak, Thy servant heareth! Be not silent, Lord;
Waits my soul upon Thee for the quick'ning word.

~E. May Grimes~

Learning to listen to God's voice is one of the important factors in our spiritual growth. When we are silent before Him in the enjoyment of His presence and His Word, we gain His wisdom, insights, and the renewal of our strength for daily living. May the people who see and know us say of us even as it was said of the early disciples--"they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus." (Acts 4:13).

Sitting at the feet of Jesus,
Oh, what words I hear Him say!
Happy place! so near, so precious!
May it find me there each day.
Sitting at the feet of Jesus,
I would look upon the past;
For His love has been so gracious,
It has won my heart at last.

Sitting at the feet of Jesus,
Where can mortal be more blest?
There I lay my sins and sorrows
And, when weary, find sweet rest.
Sitting at the feet of Jesus,
There I love to weep and pray,
While I from His fullness gather
Grace and comfort every day.

Bless me, O my Savior, bless me,
As I sit low at Thy feet.
Oh, look down in love upon me;
Let me see Thy face so sweet.
Give me, Lord, the mind of Jesus;
Make me holy as He is.
May I prove Iíve been with Jesus,
Who is all my righteousness.

*For Today*: Joshua 1:5; Psalm 130:5; Isaiah 30:15, 57:15; Matthew 11:29; II Corinthians 4:16

JMS: This day is special to me, as it is my parents' wedding anniversary *_* It is also special to me because one of the treasured memories of my Momma's Home-going centered on a mural painted on the wall of her hospital room by a teenaged cancer patient some years before. The painting is of Jesus with two lambs, one in His arms, one at His feet. My dear Daddy took a picture of it and put it on the refrigerator, writing "Jack" on the lamb at Jesus' feet and "Joan" on the lamb in His mighty arms of love. Because of that picture, Daddy was able to give Momma's care over entirely to the LORD.

Momma's Testimony & Momma's Poem for Caregivers

Be especially sensitive to God's still, small voice in your life. Let this awareness of His presence and concern encourage and empower you.

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Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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