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Chapter One | A Tale of Two Sisters | Day Three

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World - Joanna WeaverI recently finished reading having a Mary Heart in a Martha World – Finding Intimacy with God in the Busyness of Life by Joanna Weaver.  A book I now highly recommend for all women, young and old to read.  For the next 12 weeks, I plan to share my findings as I journey through the accompanying Bible Study Mrs. Weaver placed at the end of the book.

Going Deeper – Day Three

3)      A woman told me, “I guess I’m a Martha and that I’ll always be a Martha.”  Is it possible for our basic character to change or are we destined to live our lives stuck in a predetermined nature? Explain your answer.


When we are little we tend to be more like Mary.  Our parents and/or guardians give us the first flesh and blood examples of teachers.  Because we know nothing other than to tend to their words; like Mary we listen and obey in an essence at their feet.  As we grow older and gain more independence and experiences of our own we can develop character traits that can be more like Martha or remain like Mary’s.  The choice is ours if we want to have a balance of the two or remain either or.


I choose to strive to be an evolved version of both sisters.  The sisters we see displayed in the story of Lazarus their brother; purposeful, bold, working in concert yet at the same time having a peaceful understanding that the Master’s (Jesus’) will be done.


To be continued…

The previous article can be found here.

Lela Jefferson

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Lela Fagan (Jefferson) is the author of the book “Poetry of a Black Girl: The Darkness and the Light” and lead blogger at “Memoirs of a Black Girl”. Lela is an avid reader “A Real Bookworm” of all things in print. She finds joy in sharing socially and blogging about topics that matter the most to her. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Lela now lives in Houston, TX with her husband Oji, an educator and Football Coach. @LelaJefferson - See more at:

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