Worship At the Feet of Jesus and Sitting Among Friends #63


At the feet of Jesus. What a glorious place to be. So often I hear people say their desire is to be at the feet of Jesus. Time eventually slips away from them and busy lives consume them.

If that is you, don’t stop reading! You are in the right place. Don’t let guilt or shame push you away. Jesus doesn’t want that for you. He wants you! In fact, He wants all of you!

You may be thinking you have been spread so thin already, how could you possibly give more or give God you're all?

Be Encouraged! Today we will look at a woman who gave Jesus exactly what was due Him. Her worship at His feet and found this to be the better portion.

You may have heard this story 1000 times. That’s okay. I hope this brings encouragement to your day and perspective to your time.

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching.

But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42 (ESV)

Before we get too hard on Martha, I want to point out she was doing great things. She welcomed people into her home. She prepared a meal for her guests. She, too, loved Jesus and knew Him as her Messiah John 11:27.

Do you ever feel like you are doing all the right things, just as Martha was doing, but not gaining any ground in your walk with Christ?

Christ is clear here.  He is our good portion. He is our one necessary thing in this life.  At His feet. Still. Listening. Learning. Living.  That is the one thing that can never be taken away from us.
You are serving endlessly. Giving your time, heart, and energy but left feeling completely empty.

Do you see those Mary’s around you who seem to be gaining all there is in the area of Christ’s concern and you are left feeling frustrated? Their worship and joy seem to come so easily and you feel like you are just hanging on.

You may see Mary as lazy. You, too, may want to be shouting, “Get up and do something.” While I believe, there is absolutely a time and place for this, it is never at the cost of missing out on time at the feet of Jesus.

Martha was getting mad at what appeared to her as a terrible injustice. She may have loved to be sitting at the feet of Jesus, but then how would any of the work ever get done? 

I would love to point out that Jesus is gentle with Martha. He acknowledges her feelings. Please hear that clearly. I believe one reason we hesitate to come to Christ or back to the place He wants us to be is for fear of the rejection, rebuke, disappointment, guilt, shame, and the list can go on.

Trust me, I lived that way for a long time and it is simply not true. We see Christ being gentle with Martha. He knows she is trying to do the right thing. The good things. Being full of truth and grace, He tells her, however, she is missing the point. She is missing Him.

We may feel like the things we are doing in this life and in this world are the good and right things to be doing. But Christ is clear here.

He is our good portion. He is our one necessary thing in this life.

At His feet. Still. Listening. Learning. Living.

That is the one thing that can never be taken away from us.

Ask yourself this quick question. Are you a Martha, always doing or are you a Mary?

If you are a Martha - You feel like you are in the rat race of life and never really have time to sit (I know that is a scary word for some of you) at the feet of Jesus. I want to recommend two quick things.
  1.  Don’t be afraid to give yourself permission to stop at sit. If you are someone that has a checklist, put it away until after you have spent some time with Jesus. Jesus tells us that He is our reward and He is the better portion and I know you want that good portion of your day.
  2. Celebrate your time with Jesus at every little step. Maybe it was 5 minutes in the morning with no distractions, while you lifted up your heart to Him. Celebrate the opportunity He provided. Trust me, once you spend a little bit of time with Him, you will want more. He is your good portion and eventually He will make your cup overflow.

If you are a Mary, encourage others to take time with Jesus in a loving and gentle way. He has been your great reward and that is a hope that is meant to be shared.


In the comments below, I would love to hear what your thoughts are on these two sisters. Where is your heart? This is a safe place to share. Sometimes we just need to see it and say it out loud.  Maybe you are in between, if so, what are your thoughts on the in-between?
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Fall on Your Face Gratitude and Sitting Among Friends




As we continue the journey at the feet of Jesus, I want to say that I am so glad you are joining me and I am really getting some different perspectives and I hope you are, too.

On the way to Jerusalem, he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed.

Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” Luke 17:11-19 ESV

I hope you caught in the middle of the story, the one man that came back and fell on his face at the feet of Jesus.

This is such a fantastic story. If you are a skimmer, go back and read it. It speaks volumes of Jesus’ character!

I would like to point out several things before we move on to the heart of the issue.

                  1. Anyone with leprosy, according to the law, had to remain at a distance from the town. They were outcasts. Reduced to living on the roadways.

       2. They must have heard about Jesus’ power and authority because in their cries they called Him Master.

       3. The proof of healing had to be pronounced by the priests.

       4. Samaritans were not a group or people that Jews talked to. (Remember the woman at the well.)

The heart in this story really begins here. Then when one of them saw that he was healed, he turned back.

Why didn’t the others turn back? That is what Jesus wanted to know.

Where there, not nine others? Yet this foreigner, the one who was rejected in many ways, turned back.

What does it mean that he turned back? In noticing that he was healed. It changed him. He not only looked at Christ as a teacher or master, He looked at Him as Lord.

How do we know this? In Jesus’ reply to this man, He said, your faith has made you well.

What was the difference between this man and the nine others? His faith.


This week we see a man whose faith leads him to gratitude and completeness. Notice he fell on his face and thanked the Lord.

I know I have thanked the Lord many times for things He has done for me or through me both big and small, but I don’t know when I have been so overwhelmed with gratitude that I have fallen to my face.
I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30 KJV
That breaks my heart. Christ did the same thing for me that He did for this foreigner. He healed my heart. My heart that was so full of disease and leprosy. I should have been left on the side of the road begging for mercy. But God knew my condition and in my seeking healing and forgiveness, He showed me the grace and mercy of complete healing.

Yet, I am afraid too many times, I may have been one of the other nine, who ran away to make sure I was really healed. 

I want to be like this man. I want to have this kind of fall on your face gratitude. I want to run to the feet of Jesus while telling the world, He has healed me! He has made me whole! 

I want to point out that the other nine were only physically healed. Jesus said to this man, however, “Rise and go on your way. Your faith has made you well.”

He didn’t tell the man to go to the priest for He had become this man’s High Priest (Hebrews 8:1) and Christ made Him well.

Now this man was able, with a loud voice, to praise the name of Jesus.

I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30 KJV

Praise and gratitude do two things for sure.

          It magnifies the name of Jesus. What a better way to magnify to the world that we are made complete than to praise His Great Name.

          It gives us the opportunity to find the joy, we so often seek, in a situation that is less than ideal.

Simply put - At the feet of Jesus, we bring faith and gratitude, we receive joy and the spiritual blessings that He alone offers us there.
Let us praise and rejoice the Lord in the comments, tell us one thing that you can be thankful for and take the opportunity to lift-up that gratitude to the Lord today!

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Hi Everyone. I am so glad you stopped by. If you are here for this week's Sitting Among Friends Blog Party, please come back this afternoon or sometime before next Wednesday. My post will be a bit delayed and will be up later this afternoon and we will continue to learn from stories of people at the feet of Jesus.

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Fear Not - Believe Only - Hope Restored! and Sitting Among Friends Linkup


Fear Not – Only Believe – And you will be made whole

Wow! Words that seem so steep to our minds. To our broken hearts. An uphill mountain to climb with peaks beyond our view. The journey of one father at the feet of Jesus may have seem wasted. It may have even seemed ridiculous to the onlookers.

But in his gentleness, Christ tells him, fear not, believe only, and she will be made whole.

We read that and some of us long to know and own those words. Fear Not. But what does it take to be made whole?

There are two stories intertwined in the latter verses of Luke 8. We will look at the story of a desperate father to save the life of his dying daughter as we continue to learn from the people who sought life at the feet of Jesus.

Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus' feet, pleading with him to come to his house because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying. As Jesus was on his way, the crowds -almost crushed him. Luke 8:41-42


Immediately after this, a very sick woman touches Jesus’ robe and is healed. Jesus stops to take the time to talk with her before He continues onto Jairus’ house.
God is a personal God. Each life matters. No matter how many people are around, He cares for each individual case.  God can handle all that is around Him. The day was crazy. Crowds pushing in on Him and He calmly stops to heal and talk to another woman before continuing to the house of Jairus.
The people had heard Jesus was coming, so the crowd was ready when he arrived.

Jairus’ daughter, his only daughter, was near death. He comes and the scene is crazy. There are so many people and yet Jairus falls at his feet and begs Jesus to come with him.

There are so many things we can learn from these two verses about Christ but I want to point out two things we can take a hold of right now.

He is a personal God. Each life matters. No matter how many people are around, He cares for each individual case.   

He can handle all that is around Him. The day was crazy. Crowds pushing in on Him and He calmly stops to heal and talk to another woman before continuing to the house of Jairus.

While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. "Your daughter is dead," he said. "Don't bother the teacher anymore." (NIV) But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole. (KJV) Luke 8: 49-50


I love verse fifty. Fear not! – Believe Only! – And she will be made whole!

First, Christ is telling this father to fear not. When Christ tells us to fear not it is because he is capable of the end result. It may be healing, it may not and while that may seem of no consolation, notice Christ will make her whole. Not just alive, not just well, but whole.  

I don’t want us to miss this train of events he is telling this father.

Fear Not – Believe Only – Hope Restored!

Jesus is not saying, “don’t mourn” to this father. He is telling Him to not fear. Us telling that to a friend or loved one may be of no comfort, but Christ, he is the difference maker here.  He tells the father to not fear because He has the power to restore the hope. That train, he can get it moving. He can move us from fear to hope.In this case, Christ chooses to heal this little girl. He goes into the house with the mother, father, and four of His disciples. He takes the girl by the hand, tells her to rise-up, and restores her spirit to her lifeless body.

Praise the Lord! He has made her whole. He brought hope to a hurting family.
This father, who agonizes over his dying daughter hears in the process of seeking his last bit of hope that she is dead. This was heart-wrenching news and it may appear that all hope was lost.

That moment you hear or see that the life of your loved one is gone. The sinking agonizing feeling is crushing to your soul. For a time, it may seem as if all hope is lost but it doesn’t have to stay that way.

Jesus came that it could be different.  

He is not saying, “don’t mourn” to this father. He is telling Him to not fear. Us telling that to a friend or loved one may be of no comfort, but Christ, he is the difference maker here.

He tells the father to not fear because He has the power to restore the hope. That train, he can get it moving. He can move us from fear to hope.

Here is the other difference maker. It is the stop in between the fear and the hope. It is the faith to believe that only He can conquer one to restore the other.

What happens at the feet of Jesus here?

He gives this father a life changing opportunity to lay aside his fear, take ahold of his faith, and let Christ restore his hope.

What does that mean for you? What are you facing right now that you so desperately want to hope that there is a way to feel whole again? How has Christ showed up in your fear or are you still holding onto it not quite sure how to Believe Only?

Is your faith hanging in the balance not sure which way it will fall? Do you know the difference maker? Do you believe he can make a difference in YOU?

I would love to continue this conversation. Leave a comment below.

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They Were Amazed! and Sitting Among Friends #60

The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel. Matthew 15:31

At the Feet of Jesus! Such an amazing topic to explore. Last week we looked at a story in Matthew 15 where a mother was crying out to Jesus to help her daughter. She was at the feet of Jesus.

The week before we looked at a story from Luke when a sinful woman was pouring her shame out with the tears she couldn’t hold back. It was no coincidence that she was at the feet of Jesus.

I find this very interesting. So many times, in my life I have found myself at the feet of Jesus. Maybe not literally like these two women and not like the people we will read about today but in my heart.

What is it about being there? At His feet?

I know for me it has been a submission of myself over to a God that holds the stars in place and calls them by name.

It has been the crying out of a momma to the One who knits us together in our mother’s womb and has known us before the foundations of the earth.

It has been the shame being poured out to the one who has constantly and consistently overflowed my cup with His grace and mercy.

Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. Deuteronomy 7:9
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. Deuteronomy 7:9 NIV

Covenant Love lavished on us for a thousand generations.  That is a legacy I want to be a part of. A legacy I want to pass on to my family and others. So, I give you another story where we see people at the feet of Jesus.

After Jesus, had left the Canaanite woman, He went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down. Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. Matthew 15:29-30 NIV

First, I would like to point out Jesus’ posture in a couple of these stories. Notice He was sitting.

So many times, something happens in our lives. Things unexpected. Things that cause us to get upset and leave us worried and we wear a hole in the floor pacing back and forth with anxiety. Christ has a great crowd gathered around with countless sick and broken people and He is sitting. I love that! How about you?

This is a great crowd, it becomes a crowd of at least 4000 men plus women and children.  

The people are bringing their loved ones to be healed at the feet of Jesus and He heals them.

This was a pure witness and testimony to His authority over life and the detriment of this world. Diseases that to this day do not have a cure or a “known” cause but they are subject to His power. He rules over all and is the rule breaker of all that we know that complicates the human body.You may be saying here, well I have brought my illness or brokenness to the Lord and He has not healed it. I cannot say why God has not chosen to heal all who seek it. But we can see here, this amazing display of grace upon grace to all who came was to show the pure power of an Awesome God.  

This was a pure witness and testimony to His authority over life and the detriment of this world. Diseases that to this day do not have a cure or a “known” cause but they are subject to His power. He rules over all and is the rule breaker of all that we know that complicates the human body.

The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel. Matthew 15:31 NIV

The people were amazed and understandably so. Blind now seeing. Crippled instantly walking. Mute people praising the great name of Jesus.  

I wonder who was impacted more by this. The onlookers, the families, or the ones who were healed. I wonder who made it a regular practice to bring their problems or life’s situations to the feet of Jesus.

Sometimes people believe if they could only see a miracle or witness the works of God, how much easier it would be to believe.

John 12:37 says: Even after Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him.

Matthew 15:31 tells us when the people saw these miracles they were amazed and praised the God of Israel.  But I wonder if they believed in Him. I wonder if it transformed their lives enough for them to put their faith and trust in Him or if they just stood there in amazement and eventually went on with their lives?

Have you witnessed a miracle of Christ? Has it changed you? Has it caused you to put your life in His hands? Has it given you a reason to return to His feet with your whole heart or were you there in amazement singing His praises only to seem unmoved by it in days and weeks and years to come?

We see in the next verses that Jesus had compassion on these people and in another miracle, feeds them all.

Christ wants us to be moved when we see His many signs and wonders but more importantly, He wants to change hearts and change our lives. That is one of the greatest miracles we could ever be of witness to.

If you would like to talk about how you can give your life to Christ or how to lay it all at His feet, I would love to have that conversation with you. You can email me at youresewtrendy@gmail.com


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Be Still

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Be Still My Friends! You can rest assure that God is in Control.

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Seeking God

Hope In Him Alone!

Hope In Him Alone!
Thank You, Lord, for deciding who I am!

Seek Him First! Today's Bible Reading

James 1:17
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

It is of utmost importance that you know that Christ died for you. He died for all sinners so that our relationship with Him could be restored.

Because of His sacrifice on the cross we can have peace. Are you seeking more peace today? Peace of the soul can only be given through the redemptive power of Jesus Christ.

I hope that you, too, know the saving grace of an amazing God.
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2 Timothy 1:7

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