WEEK ONE RECAP: “Having a Martha Home the Mary Way” by Sarah Mae

It might not have been until 10:00pm on Day 7, but I am still on track after one week!
WEEK ONE RECAP of my experience reading Having a Martha Home the Mary Way by Sarah Mae.
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If it was just completing the reading/studying/MARY portion of this book, I’d probably already be done. It’s how I roll…I love to read and absorb knowledge, often at a pretty quick pace.
It’s that execution/follow through/MARTHA portion that always has me stumbling…and this pretty much rolls over into every area of my life!
{Amazing how different aspects of life roll over to each other. Nonetheless, I’m on track!}

Here’s how the study works:
Each day there is a short 3-4 page reading on a life lesson. Maybe it’s about personality, or the author’s story with an applicable theme.

These quick pages are followed by the “Mary” portion of this study. Typically there is just 1-2 verses to reference followed by a short 2-3 reflection points. Sometimes these points encourage you to reflect on yourself along with the bible reference, other times it’s a place to make a list or schedule for the day.

Finally, the “Martha” tasks come. And now that you feel rejuvenated from reading & reflecting…you’re ready to tackle your house! Each task has a step-by-step process laid out in very BASIC bullet points.

I’ve learned a few things about myself in this first week of this book. The BIGGEST lesson I’ve learned is that I can be just as effective (if not more effective!) by doing smaller things all the time.

Generally speaking, I tend to be somewhat of an extremist; both my husband & I are this way. Either we’re not getting off the coach OR the entire house gets renovated in one day flat – haha. In terms of housework, this typically means the entire house is spotless and everything is crossed off the list OR everything is disheveled.

Clearly I need a little “smaller tasks all the time” mentality. {enter this study!}

This week, I’ve followed the execution portion step-by-step (even when instructed a different way than I’m used to…no matter how basic!) and guess what?! IT’S WORKING.

The one change I did make from the beginning of the week is how & where I study the Mary portion of this book. In the beginning, I’d grab my coffee, settle in on the couch, get cozy and open my book. My coffee would barely be at a drinkable temperature before the chapter was over (because they’re short!), but I wasn’t done with my own “relax” time. You can see where this is going. I wasn’t ready to get up and move on to Martha section, which completely defeated the purpose of this study!

Now, I actually just open the book and my bible while standing at the kitchen counter. This makes it much easier to hop to it!

Excited to see what week 2 brings!
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