Asheritah Ciuciu is the author of Unwrapping the Names of Jesus and Comfort Food: Overcoming Food Addiction with the Word of God. Asheritah grew up in Romania as a missionary kid and then studied English and Women's Ministry at Cedarville University in Ohio. Her passion is helping women find joy in Jesus through a deeper walk with God, and she shares vulnerably from her own life experiences on OneThingAlone.com. She is married to Flaviu, a web programmer and artist, and together they raise their spunky daughter in northeast Ohio.
“I wish Jesus were here,” she said to me.
My eyebrows shot up. We were in the midst of a deep conversation, heavy-ladden with sighs and I-dunnos. “Really?” I ask. “What would you tell him?”
She paused. “I don’t think I would tell Him anything. I would just sit and listen to what He has to say. I’m sure He would have a good word about this situation. I think He would be able to size things up and give me a different perspective, so that everything would just make sense.”
Do you ever wish you could just talk with Jesus?
What would He say to you?
I love glimpses into Jesus’s conversations with people. I especially enjoy reading about His interactions with women. One scene in particular that gets me every time is His conversation with Martha. He hit the nail on the head when He looked at her, lovingly, and said, “Martha, you’re worried about many things, but only one thing is needed.”
Just one thing. What’s the one thing that makes all the difference?
That’s what I’m sharing on in today’s video (feel free play it in the background and listen while you’re putting in a load of laundry or putting on makeup):
“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.”
Day 7 Challenge: Today, find some quiet time (whether you’re washing dishes or commuting from work) and ask Jesus what pursuing One Thing Alone look like in your life. What do you have to change in your life to make it a priority?
Lord, this is such a challenge in my life. I can feel myself spreading thin trying to meet all the demands I and others have placed on me. But really, it all comes back to abiding in You. That’s the One Thing that fills me with life, gives me joy, and enables me to be who You have created me to be. My life is an open book to You. Show me what I need to get rid of so I can create space and time to just be with You, to gaze upon Your beauty, and to marvel at Your majesty.
This is the 7th post in the series, “Abiding in Christ–when reading the Bible isn’t an option.” Check out all the posts here.