I’ve been reading the book 31 Days to Clean: Having a Martha House the Mary Way by Sarah Mae. The e book can be purchased from Amazon for $4.99.
As a young wife, I find myself regularly struggling with the daily challenges of balancing all my responsibilities. Every single area constantly screams for my attention and many days I end up feeling defeated before I had a chance to get started. This book offers some insight on not only the importance of balancing your tasks but also balancing the matters of your heart.
I think in society, we encourage our women to be task-oriented. It’s almost as if busyness equals success… that’s the farthest thing from the truth. You cannot be totally task focused in your life because you lose richness…a richness that can only be filled through becoming people-oriented too. As a Christ follower, I am encouraged to be involved in a community. I am reminded by other people of HIS love. But on the days when I feel like completing three tasks is too much; I many times think that people are too burdensome… just another person demanding my attention seems too overwhelming.
Sara Mae talks about balance in a way that reminds you that it’s ok not to be perfect. It’s ok to recognize the tasks in your life but it’s even more important to recognize the relationships. Each day you are challenged in two different ways– a Martha Challenge and a Mary Challenge. I love that so much because it reminds me that these two seemingly competitive areas in my life can actually co-exist. Imagine the freedom in this realization… a huge EXHALE!
Day one challenges you to create a mission statement for your home. My mission statement is tailored especially to the environment that my husband and I want to foster in our home. Jason and I worked on this mission statement together as a way to ensure that we are on the same page for the intentions of our home. I believe the mission statement serves as a reminder that we need to be more intentional about living.