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From Bust to Blessing — Using Your Martha to be a Mary for Your Friends

Last weFrom Busy to Blessing How to use your Martha to be a Mart for your friends @JessicaMWhite.comek I touched on how you can use your busy work to bless those you may have very little contact with, if any at all; from soup kitchens and global ministries, to the not so distance neighbor.

This week we’re going to focus on how you can use your Martha to bless your friends. Now this doesn’t necessarily mean your best friend since childhood, itcan be them, but it can also be people you only know through common interests, such as church groups, other parents at your kids’ activities, and anyone else you may see on a fairly regular basis.

There are all these people you know and so many of them could use some sort of something, but there’s not enough hours in the day to do whatever that something is! Where does one even begin to reach out to friends and neighbors?!

It can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. There are so many little ways in which you can remind these people in your life that they are loved and hold a value all their own. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or time, it very often doesn’t cost ANYTHING. What matters is that you just do something.

Let me ask you a question: Do you get a smile on your face when someone does or says something that lets you know, “Hey I’m thinking about you!” Of course you do, no one likes getting a mailbox full of bills, any more than they do a life full of business. While the good stuff isn’t always a priority, we have to make it a priority. We have to spend the time letting those around us know that THEY are a priority.

This Week’s Challenge: Who is the first person that pops in your mind? The neighbor you can see out your window? A friend who’s struggling? What can you do to let them know that they’re not alone, that they are loved?

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From Busy to Blessing – Serving the World from Right Where You Are

I love Operation Christmas Child; have loved it since before we had kids. If I could stand on the rooftops and shout out about Operation Christmas Child, I would! It is such a wonderful, hands on way to Mary to others!

Yea, but we don’t have the time! We don’t have the money for those extra purchases! Check out this post here, on ways to afford OCC.
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What do I do? Go back to that store you already spent an hour in this morning, or on your next trip, look at things in the clearance section, look at school supplies, look at socks, tooth brushes, soap etc. Every time you go to this store, pick up a few things. You’ll be surprised when you go to fill your boxes!

Cleaning out the kids toys? Organizing those endless messes? Take some of those things and put them aside for OCC or the Salvation Army. Look at you! Using your cleaning to bless someone you’ll never even meet! I have a box in my attic that we fill throughout the year with all those smaller things that end up in our house that we just don’t need (they are things that are in excellent condition, no garbage being pawned off).

If you want to keep it closer to home, serving a more tangible family, check out The Box Project, another great organization. Look at getting a part time job or creating some extra source of income to sponsor a child with Compassion International — You can read our Compassion story here— or to specifically donate to a charity.

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From Busy to Blessing – Community Food Banks and Soup Kitchens

When I was a kid, my parents and I helped out in a soup kitchen. I don’t even remember the why we did, but we did. And it has been something that has stuck with me over the past 20 years. From Bust to Blessing Food Banks and Soup Kitchens @JessicaMWhite.com

Have I ever gone back, unfortunately no. Once I had the time {in college} I didn’t have the desire…funny how that works. Now with a bunch of littles, it’s not going to happen, but it will someday.

But what can we do?

I go grocery shopping. I find out what’s needed in our local food bank or at places that serve free meals, and throw a few of those items in my cart. The increase in our groceries is minimal, I’m already doing it, why not do it to bless.

Our church “adopts” several families during the holiday season {through social services}, providing them with not only gifts, but food. We always are sure to add some groceries to the stash, whether it’s a ham or turkey that’s needed, vegetables, or desserts.

We’re heading into that time of year when people struggle to not only keep food on the table, but keep a roof over their head, and clothes on their children. What with the added expense of heating homes, most people need a helping hand and look to food banks and soup kitchens for help. We can be that help. It doesn’t cost much, you’re already Martha-ing it, and it can Mary to someone else!

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From Busy to Blessing – Love Your Neighbors

Who is my neighbor? It’s the people who live in the general vicinity of my house. right? Right, but it’s so much more than that. It’s continually looking at all those around us, and seeing their needs above our own. Jesus answered this way, in Luke 10:25-37:

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor of the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?”
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had Mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
Luke 10:36-37

From Busy to Blessing Love Your Neighbors @JessicaMWhite.comWe all have neighbors, we may love some of them, we may not: You may not even know your neighbors’ name. The Bible gives us EIGHT different verses, all exhorting us to love our neighbors. I’m not suggestion that you go out and become all buddy-buddy with Mr. Wilson next door. What I am suggestion is that you love your neighbor, in whatever ways readily present themselves.

“For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Galatians 4:15

We have this lovely law in our town, that sidewalks must be shoveled by 9am on the day of a snow storm. Kind of ridiculous given that most people are at work, and that the snow keeps falling. I love shoveling snow. If it’s snowing during nap time I’m outside shoveling our sidewalk, and then I just keep on shoveling, right on down the street. This is a little way in which I can bless my neighbors with my work, plus it has the added bonus of a few more minutes of cardio!

Do the same thing with your lawn: Just keep on mowing. Mind you, if you think the neighbor might have a bit of an issue with your doing that, then don’t. You don’t want to turn your Martha Moment into a fence war with the man next door.

If you’re making a big batch of something, zucchini bread from the 30lb zucchini from your garden perhaps, then take a meander around your neighborhood and leave a little love for your neighbors. My kids have so much fun doing this, no matter what it is or who we’re surprising.

Regardless of what it is, there is some way in which you can bless your neighbor. Even if you live in an apartment building there is something you can do. Be creative. Think about what tasks you have to do, then ask if you can do that for your neighbor.

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Using Your Martha to Be a Mary for Your Community and the World

When people think ministry they think big, they think nationally, globally. Which is wonderful, but most of the time those are things that just involve giving money. Yes Martha-ness earned that money, but it’s not the same.

Very often there is work that needs to be done; hands that are needed to minister not through finances, but through faith.JMW World and Community and the World @JessicaMWhite.com

Many ministries whether on the local or global area struggle with finding people who are willing to give of themselves; whether it be through their time, their skills, or their own knowledge. Marthas are desperately needed on every level: Men and women willing to seek Christ and His work, being Marys to those around them.

We are called to be the body of Christ, as part of His church; to minister to others as He would have us do.

“Christ has no body on earth but yours. No hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion for the world is to look out. Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good; and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now.”
~Saint Teresa of Avila

Wondering what this looks like? It can look different for everyone. Ever heard of soup kitchens? Food banks? Charities? These are all things that can use your Martha, and through your Martha create blessings of Mary.

This Week’s Challenge: What is one thing you’ve been meaning to do on a large scale? Something that will bless someone that you may never even know. Think about how you can accomplish that goal.

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