"But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. "
Luke 10:40-42 (KJV)
Martha, Martha offers a fresh perspective on Martha of the Bible. This quick-read parallels the life of Martha with other eldest sisters giving insight into their psyches, characteristics and lifestyles, which are often misunderstood.
One Gospel writer and many theologians have abbreviated Martha’s life story, shaping her narrative and placing her in an “outcast” status based on minor details. In spite of her faithfulness, many define Martha by the mild rebuke she received from Jesus. What’s remarkable is that many eldest daughters find themselves playing a key role in supporting their families and others, only to find their efforts unappreciated and criticized. Their experiences place them in a unique position to identify with Martha’s plight.
This thought-provoking and enlightening story looks in depth into the mindset behind the behavior of the eldest daughter. Readers will be challenged to view Martha and every eldest daughter they know – sister, mother, grandmother, wife, aunts, cousins, friends and colleagues from a new point of view.
"Why have you slandered my reputation because I asked for help?”
"I once heard someone make the following statement about eldest sisters, “Most people would think you are the oldest of your siblings, even when you are not.”
"I find it incredible that Luke’s gospel speaks of Martha and Mary, but makes no mention of their brother Lazarus."
"I would argue the eldest daughter truly becomes the “trial and error child” in many families for some mysterious reason. The bar is set high, with hardly any room for error."
"I wonder how long and how many years did Martha suffer watching Mary suffer."
"Marthas” have the propensity to go above and beyond the call of duty."
"It’s interesting, even when others complain about the eldest sister’s complaints about favors she has done; they don’t stop asking her for additional ones."
"Patience is the ability to delay gratification long enough to win."
-Bishop Horace E. Smith M.D.
"Nevertheless, I have this against you, that you have left your first love."
Revelation 2:4 (NKJV)
Return to Your First Love
Return to Your First Love is an inspiring true story of biblical proportions that takes readers on a journey through one woman’s struggles and resilience to press toward a victorious life, which is gained by her restored intimate walk with God. Readers will discover how God exposes her unhealthy relationships and identifies her own destructive behavioral patterns, which in turn leads to building self-esteem and establishing productive relationships.
This compelling story track the devastating effect of rejection, persecution and lack of support suffered due to growing up in a dysfunctional family. Her broken relationships with family members leave a void in her life and thrust her into irrational behavior with costly consequences. When she reaches a point that she can take no more, she cries out to God in repentance, in a pursuit to find understanding and serenity. She finds it in the comfort of the Savior as she accepts His view of her circumstances, and finds rest in God’s love.
As readers peruse the pages of this book, they will find that this is the soul of a woman laid bare, an invitation to glimpse the intimate truths and depths of her life and heart. The soul of this woman grows, evolves and becoming wise as her life unfolds as she intentionally chooses her path. With every turn of the page, Return to Your First Love is packed with intrigue, drama and suspense, while laced with humor. This book is an inspirational adventure and spiritual journey that addresses life challenges often evaded and affirms the benefits of trusting in a loving God. The author reminds her audience in light of life challenges and disappointments, the joy of the Lord is our strength. You will laugh and cry as the author walks you through the pages of her life and shares how she returns to her first love.
" I wonder sometimes if they literally saw David walking into hell's gates, would they stop to offer him a ride to get there quicker? "
" In my quiet times, I vented my frustrations to God. I felt that I was suffering unfairly. Jesus reminded me that He had suffered unfairly for me. I didn't have much to say after that."
"Even unclean spirits obey God (Mk 1:27). If we say that we love God, we should be able to do a lot better than unclean spirits."
“Although we had not grown up with silver spoons in our mouths, we had never faced this mountain before. I realized that there was no room for pride, so it behooved me to be obedient and do what God had told me to do.”
“My siblings and I resumed our estranged positions. Truly, I was left to grieve my father's passing alone. Yes, I had my husband, children and cousins, but the ones who could best relate to my pain were too distant to touch.”