The Mary Challenge Daily #2, 3, 4: The 3-3-3 Challenge


“Squirl!” is what I might as well be saying every time I am distracted by one thing or another while I am already supposed to be engaged in something else. I might as well have ADD with this short attention span of mine. Before I finish one task I can already be half done with the next task mentally. Learning to be a Mary is proving to be very eye opening for me. I am quite distracted. Being a mother can have a tendency to condition you to be “multi-tasker”. I put that in quotations because there is no such thing as a multi-tasker. The truth of the matter is that either you are doing one thing well or two to three things not so well.

Our short attention spans can really cause detriment to our intimacy with Christ. If we are already mentally on to the next activity while we are supposed to be engaged with Jesus, we aren’t really engaged at all. In the story of Mary and Martha, Martha was too distracted by her own self placed obligations to enjoy the time she had with Jesus. She was consumed with duty.  “But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things,” Luke 10:40-41.  I’m sure she was like most of us. She probably figured she could hear whatever Jesus was saying from the kitchen, and that way she could be a good hostess and still hear what He had to say. But what Martha didn’t see was that she was choosing the self-gratifying portion rather than the good portion (Luke 10:42).

This is how we treat our time with Christ sometimes. Totally distracted by life. Do any of these things sound familiar to you? “I can just listen to the Bible in the car on my way to _________ instead…” (Really. Bible study in the car?), “I can pray for them later, after……” (Why not now?), or how about “I know I should but…” (But what?). We have so many other things that we seem to rather be doing. We take the time that should be set aside for intimate time with Christ and put more tasks that will continue to demand our attention and shift our focus.  Distraction is a thief of intimacy, honor, humility, focus, and excellence.  We can allow our distracted minds to steal away precious moments with the Father, and our loved ones. However, we are called to be still. “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.” Psalm 37:7.

So in our continued battle against busyness, today we take a stand against distraction. For this challenge we are going to use some new strategies and practices to regain our focus so that distraction can take a back seat. Our Mary Challenge Daily #2, 3, 4: The 3-3-3 Challenge. Three days, Three times, three minutes. For the next three days we will pick three times of the day to sit completely still in the presence of the LORD for three minutes. During these times we will set aside anything that can be a distraction (phones, TVs, lights, kids, any distraction), invite Jesus on a date and enjoy quiet heart to heart intimacy with Him.

Our goals with this 3-3-3 challenge :

  1. to nurture our intimacy with Jesus by spending time just being with Him, rather than bombarding Him with requests and concerns.
  2.  to train our mind, body and spirit to be still before the Lord.
  3.  to refocus
  4.  to cultivate peace

Prayer #2:

Lord Jesus, You are so merciful and mighty! Thank you for wanting to be near me. Thank you God for the refuge you have given me in you. Lord teach me to be still in Your presence. Create in me a clean heart, mind and spirit that longs to near You. Join hearts with me Lord as I sit with you. Help me to recognize the distractions so that I may refocus on You. I surrender my agenda to You God. Lord, Meet me where I seek you. I love you Father and want to sit at your feet all the days of my life. so please teach me how. In Jesus name AMEN!

Memory Verse: “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress, I shall not be shaken.” Psalm 62:1-2

Walking the Journey:

  • Pray Often
  • Memorize Scripture (write them down and put them places you will see them)
  • Journal your experience (thoughts, Scripture, prayers, etc.)
  • Share with someone (invite a friend to join, share your journey)

-J.E. Berry


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