Mary and Martha

When Christmas Gets Overwhelming

It was my first time hosting a holiday.  Scott and I had been married 2 years and I was 5 months pregnant with our first child. It was the time to show my domestic-ness (you know what I mean).  I decided not to ease into hosting, my first mistake.   I went big like Clark from Christmas Vacation and hosted both of our families.  It was going to be great.

I decided to cook the ham in an electric roaster oven while we were at church.  When we got home I opened the door and was hit in the face with smoke.  My ham was now a brickette and I had a moment.

My husband and mom tried to comfort me but I would not have it.  I was a hormonal mess and my first Easter was ruined for sure, there was no protein for my meal.  What would I do?  They dashed off to the only store open on a holiday and found canned ham. I served canned ham on my first holiday.

I got overwhelmed and the burnt ham and forgot what mattered.

When Life Gets Overwhelming

Don’t we all get overwhelmed? Especially at Christmas with the presents, the menu, getting everyone to agree on matching pajamas, find the perfect Christmas outfit and wondering if everyone is going to get along around the dinner table.  If you are overwhelmed, you aren’t alone.  I have too.  So did Martha!  Do you remember Martha from Luke 10:38-42?

Martha got overwhelmed hosting Jesus and had a moment!  She confronted Jesus! Say what?  Now, Jesus in all his wisdom did not fire back a snarky response when she asked if he cared about her.  Instead, He said she was worried and upset over many things but few were needed.  Indeed only one and that Mary (her sister) had chosen what was better.

Jesus wanted Martha to know that although her heart was in the right place and she was doing all these things to serve him that she missed out on being with him.

What Really Matters

The lesson, we can learn from Martha is remember that although the details are good, there is something greater.  All Jesus wants for his big birthday bash is our presence with Him.  When was the last time this season you sat down and talked to Him?  Laid your burdens, woes of family drama and burnt ham at his feet?

It’s so easy to get overwhelmed but Jesus reminded Martha to let your worship inform your work.  Give the gift of your presence to Jesus.

When I ask my dad what he wants for Christmas, he always says the same thing – time with us.  Jesus, our heavenly father, wants the same thing.  Although we can never repay him for his great gift of salvation, all he wants from you this Christmas is the gift of your time. He will give peace to your overwhelmed soul.

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Christmas Encouragement

Here’s some Christmas encouragement.  God’s word says He will refresh your soul, order your day and give you a heavenly perspective that we desperately need when we get lost in the details.  We all get overwhelmed but turn to Jesus and give him your cares and let his peace wash over you.

Watch the Full Message

I shared this message at a recent women’s event.  You can watch it on Simple Purposeful Living’s YouTube channel.  Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss future videos!  Watch here.

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