How to Use This Study

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World—The Book

While you’ll learn a great deal from watching the video sessions and completing the study guide homework, please be sure to read your assigned chapters in Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World prior to each week’s discussion. The book provides the framework of this study and is necessary to your getting the most out of our time together.

As early in the study week as possible, you’ll want to complete your assigned reading with a pen or highlighter in hand. I encourage you to mark or underline things that really speak to you—verses, quotes, stories, or analogies. Make notes in the book margins of any thoughts, questions, or revelations you’d like to discuss or share in class.

The Study Guide

After you’ve read the assigned portion in the book, begin to work through the questions and exercises in this guide. They are designed to help you reflect on God’s Word and apply it. (Please note that I quote primarily from the 1984 edition of the New International Version, and most questions are shaped around that translation.)

Each week’s lesson also includes:

  • a “Word Time” sidebar. These are designed to give you tools to go deeper in your Bible study.
  • a “Make a Plan” assignment. Each week, you’ll be encouraged to come up with action steps to apply the truths you’ve learned as you follow through on that plan during the upcoming week.
  • a memory verse. Over the course of the study, you’ll be asked to memorize nine verses. If that seems too overwhelming, choose two or three verses to focus on. Don’t worry; I’ll share some memorizing techniques that have helped me!
  • a video guide. With fill-in-the-blank prompts, these pages help capture key points from the video session so that you can refer to them later.
  • a “Closing Time” reflection. At the end of each lesson you’ll have a chance to respond to what the Lord has impressed on your heart throughout the week and in the teaching session.
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