Today's interview installment comes from Mary DeMuth of Marydeuth.com, where she shares the inspirational "restorying" process that God has taken her and other people through. Read on as she discusses Mary of Bethany (her favourite woman of the Bible) and what we, as modern women, can learn from her.
Who is your favourite woman of the Bible and why? What would you say that modern women can learn from her?
I really like Mary of Bethany (Luke 10:38-42) because she knew when to stop task-mastering and start to listen to the words of Jesus. She was faithful. She was human. She so much wanted to please the Lord, but more than that, she wanted to make Him smile when she entered a room (or she wanted to be the disciple who lit up when He entered). Her life equalled worship. In our busy world, her life and words, and rapt attention are instructive. We must learn to pull away. We must take time to regroup with Jesus. He must be our first priority.
Please finish the sentence: I am a Christian woman who is…
I am a Christian woman who is passionate about seeing others set free from their past. I love and long to see others:
- Be brave enough to tell their stories to safe people
- Let the pain and worry, and fretting out so Jesus can move in and do a total life remodel (starting with the heart).
I love to be a part of this divine "re-storying" process. I also love to tell the raw elements of my own story so others can be brave to share theirs (so that they won’t feel alone anymore).
Please finish the sentence: I am a Christian woman who is not...
I am a Christian woman who is not wanting to see or experience fame. When I was younger, this was an unspoken value of mine, this desperate need to be seen and noticed. But Jesus has clearly shown me that there is great poverty in fame, that it impoverishes our souls, and to desire that kind of acclaim is like eating bowls full of poison.
Any final words of encouragement?
I believe we all have an amazing us-shaped contribution to make to the world. It’s important we don’t pine away at others’ stories, wishing we had her contribution or his. Instead, it’s time we quiet ourselves, ask Jesus what He wants us to do, touching the people only we can touch, whether it be in loud proclamation or quiet fanfare. It’s all about simple, undecorated obedience. Be you. Be all you, blessedly so.