Jun 19

Choosing One Thing

2012 at 9:50 pm   |   by Carolyn Mahaney Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Time Management

Searching for—and finding—satisfaction in God, instead of in online diversions, is simple, really. We must choose to close the laptop or shut off the smart phone, and we must choose to daily seek God through prayer and His Word.

Just like Mary. She “sat at Jesus’ feet and listened to his teaching.” In Jesus’ own words, “Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:39, 42, emphasis mine).

Mary chose to sit at Jesus’ feet by deliberately ignoring distractions, even good ones like serving! Martha on the other hand was busy and anxious. Today we face distractions of a different sort, but there are so many more, and they are right there with us at the touch of the finger or the click of the mouse, from the moment we wake up until we go to bed. So we must be all the more alert to what may distract us from keeping our daily appointment to sit at Jesus’ feet, from choosing “the one thing that is necessary” (Lk 10:41).

I’ve shared this before, but a while back, I found that the Internet was becoming a big distraction first thing in the morning. I was using the five minutes it took for my coffee to brew each morning to quickly check email, or headline news, or maybe a blog or two, before starting my devotions. I’d check a headline and then I just had to read the story; or I’d check a blog I enjoy, and I just had to check out the link they recommended, or I’d get caught up not just looking at my email, but answering it.

Before I knew it, five minutes would turn into twenty minutes and then my quiet time would be cut short.

So, I knew I needed to make a choice. I had to choose to say “no” to this distraction! I resolved to not look at email or blogs or headline news until after my time of Bible study and prayer. It may be a small thing but it has made a big difference.

Whatever it takes, let’s be ruthless about not allowing anything to distract us from seeking God through His Word and prayer. We need to choose to sit at Jesus’ feet and find our satisfaction in God alone.

“Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days” (90:14).

Jun 18

Congratulations Webb and Dowd Simpson

2012 at 10:38 am   |   by Carolyn Mahaney Filed under Fun & Encouragement

Last year, when the U.S. Open was played in Bethesda Maryland, the Mahaney clan had the privilege of hosting Webb Simpson, his lovely wife, Dowd, and their baby boy, James, for dinner. It was a delightful evening—in spite of the intermittent rain which forced us to take our outdoor meal inside for a time.

This young couple is humble, earnest, and lots of fun. They graciously shared their time and opened their lives to us—answering all our questions about how they met, came to know Jesus Christ, and how Webb got started in golf. Webb even gave the guys a brief golf lesson before the night was over.

Two things impressed me most about Webb and Dowd. First of all, their gratitude to God for His mercy in the cross of Jesus Christ, and for giving them to each other. And secondly, their earnest desire to glorify the Savior—not just publicly on the PGA Tour, which Webb does consistently and unashamedly—but in their day-to-day life that no one sees: in their marriage, in their parenting, in their church.

So, as you can imagine, there was lots of cheering in the Mahaney household last night when Webb Simpson won the U.S. Open. We’re still cheering this morning!

Equally impressive was Dowd’s support of her husband—she walked all eighteen holes, even though she is seven months pregnant!

Congratulations you guys! We love you and pray God will continue to strengthen your marriage, your family, and your gospel witness.

Jun 14

Our Search Engine

2012 at 5:02 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Time Management

When we go online we are searching for something. It may be an email or the latest news or a DIY decorating project. But quite often there is more to our search than what we type into google. We may be searching for the feeling of affirmation we get when someone likes our status update on Facebook or sends us a direct message. Or we search to satiate our curiosity—about people we know, their distant relations, celebrities we will never meet. We may be searching for the pleasure that comes from imagining the delectable food we can create, the gorgeous rooms we can remake.

Searching, searching, searching. We spend so much time searching; but how rarely do we find satisfaction. As studies and our own experience tell us, Facebook and other social media can actually leave us more unsettled and unhappy than before. But still we keep searching. The question is: what are we searching for?

In Deuteronomy God tells the Israelites that one day they will turn from serving idols and “from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul” (4.29). This promise was ultimately fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Through His atoning death and resurrection we can turn from our idols and find God! And our search for God will fully and forever satisfy!

But this promise is conditional. We will find God only if we search, and only if we search with all our heart and all our soul. So what—or who—is your heart and soul searching after today?