For some time now I have been itching to try an online bible study with my friends. I did Beth Moore’s Believing God last year and it was GREAT. But this time I want to connect with women I know and have discussions with people who will hold me accountable. This is where social media site Facebook comes in.
A while back I was given the book Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World. It’s been in my ‘to read’ pile for months. After glancing over the intro I decided this was a book meant to be discussed and shared. I posted on Facebook I was going to read it and invited anyone who desired, to join me and discuss.
Suddenly there were 15 of us from various parts of Canada and the United States. We created our own Facebook group to facilitate discussion. We discuss Chapter One this Saturday so if any of you want to join just let me know. (You’ll need a Facebook account.) We have links to chapter one and the discussion questions so you can start reading right away while you hunt down a hard copy.
A brief synopsis:
The life of a woman today isn’t really all that different from that of Mary and Martha in the New Testament. Like Mary, you long to sit at the Lord’s feet…but the daily demands of a busy world just won’t leave you alone. Like Martha, you love Jesus and really want to serve him…yet you struggle with weariness, resentment, and feelings of inadequacy.
Then comes Jesus, right into the midst of your busy Mary/Martha life-and he extends the same invitation he issued long ago to the two sisters of Bethany. Tenderly he invites you to choose “the better part”-a joyful life of “living-room” intimacy with him that flows naturally into “kitchen service” for him.
How can you make that choice? With her fresh approach to the familiar Bible story and its creative, practical strategies, Joanna shows how all of us-Marys and Marthas alike-can draw closer to our Lord, deepening our devotion, strengthening our service, and doing both with less stress and greater joy.
Doesn’t that sound great? Do you know what else is great? Using a social media site like Facebook for something more purposeful than chit-chat.