Good morning, Lord Jesus. Help me start this day and every day embraced by my Father, centered in Christ the Son, and filled with Your Holy Spirit.  ...

"Now as they went on their way, He entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha, welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to what He was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to Him and asked, 'Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.' But the Lord answered her, 'Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her" (Luke 10:38-42)

Martha was so sure of Your answer she didn't even wait to her it. She asked, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself?"  But she didn't wait to hear what You would say. She assumed You would be saying, "Yes. You're right. Mary is wrong and you are right. Mary, get to work and quit wasting your time sitting at My feet and listening to Me." No, she just went right on with her assumption to say, "Tell her then to help me."

But You didn't tell Mary to help Martha. No, You defended Mary. In fact, You insisted that what she had in those moments of waiting and listening in the intimacy of Your Presence would "not be taken away from her." Incredibly, You didn't just say it was the best thing she could be doing or the most honoring or most effective thing she could be doing. You said "There is need of only one thing."

So before I go about the work that surrounds me today, before I get busy doing all the things that need to be done, I choose to embrace Your truth that "There is need of only one thing." And by the grace of God, it was not be taken from me. In fact, I believe You insist upon it.  In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

My family,I pray you will embrace the truth and the invitation of Jesus that there is need of only one thing, as you begin your day in the intimate Presence of the Lord, in Jesus' name. Please pray the same for me. I have to smile as I write these words this morning. I have the crud (nasal congestion, cough), I don’t fell well, and that almost convinced me to stay in bed and gave me an excuse to skip my time to pray and write my devotional to send out this morning. But I heard, "One thing" in my heart and knew I needed to take the time, that it is not a chore, but that it was a gift of God that would not be taken from me. Thank you for joining with me in the daily journey of prayer, our journey through the New Testament, morning by morning. God bless you, my friends!

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The Liederbach family has been blessed to be used by God in missions and ministry in 2018. We have trained church planters, led discipleship trainings, and planted house churches and trained men and women in ministry. We have been “boots on the ground” in our community: prayer walked neighborhoods, served meals and held community gatherings out of our home, served in prisons, helped feed and cloth our neighbors and impact poverty, injustice and addiction in our communities and the world. God has been so faithful to us. As you pray over your giving this year, would you please consider giving the gift of your financial support for my family and those on the margins God has placed in our path we refuse to walk around. Please partner and support my family and ministries through setting up a monthly donation or a one –time gift by clicking the link below. Donations checks can be made out to ODC, 102 Champions Green Drive, Madison, Al 35758
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