Leave those Dishes for Now

Process

I was inspired by Vicky Papaionnaou who did this amazing art journal page (http://www.clips-n-cuts.com/2013/10/art-journal-take-life/) with this stack of cups and I wanted to use that for the story of Mary and Martha. So first I drew some cups and cut them out with my scisors as a template for me. If you are uncomfortable to draw your own you can find some online or use mine. It’s nothing fancy but it will do (Cups <- you can click on the word and you will get to the template)

Then I used my template to trace the cups onto some pattern papers I have and cut them out. You can use whatever you have even wrapping paper or plain white paper (you can always draw a pattern on it). I inked the edges of the cups and cut slits on the top edge following the line of the cup side facing you so I could stack them one inside of the other. For the top one I used a marker to draw a shadow on the inside of the cup. I glued them together in the stack I liked the best and for a finishing touch I used a little piece of paper, stamped a heart on it and put a natural twine through a hole I made at the top so it could look like the paper of a teabag. The other end of the twine I put through a slit of one of the cups. If you want to see a video on that you can go to the page I linked at the top.

After that it took me a long time to decide what I wanted to to with the tab. I wanted a cup but I did not want it so be so fragile. So I went with a tab which had a tiny little cup on it that I had cut out of the same pattern paper as the yellow cup.

What I learned from it

We find the story of Martha and Mary in Luke 10, 38-42 (NIV)

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

“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.”

So often I tend to be like Martha in this story. I look after all those things which are so important in my head and forget sometimes to just sit with my Lord and listen or spend time in his word. As a mum of two small children it is challenging to have “your bible reading time” at the same time of the day every day. I have time when the children are in bed or my husband is home and more often than not in those times there are dirty dishes on the table or laundry that needs to be washed or folded. This is why I remind myself to spend time with Jesus in those precious moments and just let those dishes be from time to time. I’m not really there yet, but I’m working on it. Because most of the time I feel refreshed when I spent some time with Jesus and have more strength to care for my house in the evening when our cuties are in bed. And if not, there is always another day and my floor still lies there unconcerned despite being not cleaned for two weeks now

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