Wednesday, August 14

Mary and Martha?

Some of you may remember that I had mentioned Blessings Unlimited in May, thanking those of you who had purchased the Ultimate Homemaking eBook Bundle. This is the fruition of that thanks and prayers.

A little over a year ago now, I saw something on a blog about Blessings Unlimited. I clicked over and loved their products and what they were about. But I wasn’t sure that it was something that I could do…between newborn triplets and a 2.5 year old, money and time were tight. I kept thinking about it, praying about it, asking Matt what he thought about it. I put it on a shelf.

In May I did the eBook bundle and decided this was it, it was time to **** or get off the pot. I prayed that if this was something God wanted me to do then he needed to provide the funds. And He did. And I still didn’t. I waited almost 3 more months, before deciding it was now or never, would I take the leap of faith and do this. And I did.

When I signed up it was still Blessings Unlimited. Two days later it changed to Mary & Martha. Believe me, I was more than a little confused as to what was happening. Slowly I figured it out, found team members to support me and answer questions.

Mind you. I knew the bible story about Mary & Martha: Jesus visits 2 sisters, one sits at his feet to listen while the other scurries around in a tizzy trying to cook and clean and have everything just perfect, because HELLO!!! It’s JESUS! If it was me, I probably would have just passed out on the floor and it would’ve been the end of the story. No lesson learned.

Martha gets frustrated with her sister, that she’s not doing ANYTHING to help and asks Jesus to make Mary help her. Jesus responds:

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Luke 10:41-42

Ouch. I’m not even sure what I would have responded with. Probably storm out and cry.

But, how many of us avoid entertaining, because we think there are all these things that need to be done in preparation for visitors?

Enter Mary & Martha

It’s a direct sale company, similar to Pampered Chef, Party Lite, Lia Sophia, Silpada and many many others. But there’s a difference, and I think it’s a difference that will make ALL the difference. Mary & Martha is a part of DaySpring, the Christian division of Hallmark: This is a company at which Christ is the center.

Mary & Martha has the tag line “Meaningful Entertaining….Made Simple”. This isn’t just a buy/sell relationship, this is about relationship. WE were CREATED for relationship, with one and other.

How often do all of us feel overwhelmed at the thought of opening our doors to others? That our house isn’t clean enough, well decorated enough, or just plain enough? We all have.
Mary & Martha is about learning how to put all the pretenses aside and allowing God to work in our lives, and work in the lives of others through us and our homes. About finding the balance between doing and resting in Him. But we first have to open that door and welcome others in.

Over the past year I’ve been blogging about one of the biggest issues I have felt myself and have seen around me, and not just in the church or out of it…Loneliness. So many women feel detached from those around them and are desperately craving to have real, meaningful relationships with other women in their lives. But if we’re all so lonely why aren’t we reaching out to others? It’s because we all truly feel that we have nothing to offer those around us. Mary & Martha wants to help you realize this feeling for what it is….a Lie.

Throughout their catalog you will find not only beautiful products that will help you create the home you want to welcome soon to be friends into, but it will also help you tackle the how. The how, is more important than the what.

In this day and age, we’ve all but lost what hospitality is. So few of us have any idea anymore about what it means to entertain. We think it’s about serving fancy dishes that took hours to prepare, elegant music in the background, children who are either not there or are quiet and well behaved…it can be that, but that might not be what this season in your life looks like. It may be a box of pizza or a bowl of soup and fresh bread, kids running around in the background, and gabbing for a few hours with close friends. Whatever it is…it is perfect.

If you’re looking for a reason to get together with some friends, for some low key fun, or seriously wanting to pursue entertaining in your home as a ministry, Mary & Martha can help you with that. I can help you.

If you’re at all interested in talking to me about Mary & Martha, whether just about products, gathering ideas, or having a gathering of your own {it doesn’t have to be in person, we can always do online…Facebook is awesome for that!!}, I’d love to hear from you!

Jessica White
Independent Consultant
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