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To describe Martha in a quick summary would be – theologian, apologist and organiser of everything.

Martha was an amazing Christian woman who knew Jesus so well. She cared for Him on many occasions and He would debate with her, question her and strengthen her hold on Him by faith.

She was concerned about Jesus’ physical needs and He knew this and imposed the whole band of Disciples on her household. They went to her household many times. It was a kind of “pit stop” on the seemingly never- ending tour of Judea.

I wonder if she regaled Him for not eating properly, not paying enough attention to his hair, or not using cream on His skin. Perhaps she gave the Disciples a lecture on looking after skin that spends most of its time outside..! SPF and all that..! I can see in my minds eye, how she would do it and say it. Martha was gracious but insistent and cared for others, as she would care for Mary, and Lazarus, her sister and brother.

She valued people, because her Master did so. She recognized need and tried to meet that need. On one occasion she got carried away with the arrangements and became very hot and flustered. She forgot about the power of God, and on that particular day thought it was all about her.

Jesus reminded her that the things of this life are not the most necessary things, and to let them go.

Maybe she thought of the words of Isaiah 55, which she would have learned at the synagogue…

“Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.”

She knew who Jesus is and what He was to her. Her grasp of life and death and resurrection was secure in her mind. She knew there was more than life on Earth, and looked forward to the coming Kingdom. Martha is so like many of us who have been on the road for some time, but we fail to appreciate the magnitude of what Jesus says.

We all have limited understanding, and Jesus seeks to show us more. Martha saw more…. She saw her brother rise from the dead, and her whole frame of reference about her Master changed. What a light she was, and still is. Martha’s fire was fed by her Lord, and has never gone out, and our also if we are truly trusting Him…

In the twilight


Surely there was no misery like this. Her Lord and truly beloved had been killed in front of her eyes and was dead and buried… The end of the game… He broke his word.

She so trusted in him and believed in the new life forever with him, but look how it ended- agony, loneliness and death.

As she walked to the tomb early on Sunday morning her thoughts consumed her and the circular mind processes, leading downward into the grave, had taken hold. In the darkness, not even the light of the waning moon helped to brighten the scene.

The dark silhouette of a figure walked towards her.

Instantly she suspected the worst. This was a soldier, stealing away the body of her Lord. Her mind raced- How could he! – the corpse was all she had left – had he no pity..!

He stopped, just out of arms length… “Mary” he said. Before the last syllable had struck the air, she knew. She sank to the earth and stretched out glad hands to grasp his feet.

“Not yet, Mary, I will see my Father first.”

The joy Mary felt at that moment never left her again. He had kept his promise and He was who she knew Him to be. It was then she realised all the words He had spoken to her before that awful day, and the realisation of their truth and power pervaded her soul. She saw His grace, that even in the intonations of His familiar voice, brought peace and an overwhelming joy.

Everything was now different and different forever.

She didn’t need to hold on to Him, He was right with her all along…

The voice

We have all heard that voice telling us to leave all and follow the Master. He is the only one to listen to and where he leads is the perfect way, even though it can be so dark. He calls us to leave the world and sinful ways, and walk the paths of righteousness, for His names sake.

He speaks again, to leave the dearest things and count them as nothing, compared to knowing His own self. To put desire and earthly joys to one side and seek closeness and security in His company.

The voice calls out to leave all and follow Him… JESUS, our dearest friend and the one we have set our hearts upon asks that we let it go and rejoice in trust. He is the Might God and Eternal Son of the Father. He is able. He is worthy.

JESUS may we think on you.

Daughters of the kingdom


To be a daughter of the kingdom is the pinnacle of God’s grace toward a woman. It is the highest point of value and glory, yet also the place of service and dependence. It is GOD himself, through the sacrifice of his son JESUS CHRIST, that brings us to this place of joy, and the gracious HOLY SPIRIT who opens our eyes to believe.

This is the challenge for all those who follow JESUS and seek to walk as He did for the glory of God and not themselves.

God calls women into His family and to be rulers with Christ in His everlasting kingdom, joint heir with Jesus Christ, and partakers of His glory and power. The pathway to heaven is one of sacrifice and a laying down our lives for the sake of our Saviour and to be like Him in all we do and say. This will also involve giving ourselves up for the sake of others, seen and unseen sacrifices, and to serve those he sends us to. Some we may feel deserve these gifts, and others not, but this is not our judgment. Obedience to the father, is our standard, just as it was for The Lord Jesus, in all He did and said.

Let us not baulk at the journey, of the steepness of the hills, or the deep waters we must go through, but have our eyes fixed on His person, and our thoughts remembering His word and our feet every ready with the gospel of peace.

Women who glorify God