One of the things I have enjoyed about Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World is the way Weaver is able to illustrate her points. In chapter seven, she uses the example of hula hoops to illustrate our busy lives. We try to keep many hoops circling all at once. Quite often when one hoop falls, so do the others. She explains that the only way to keep them moving is to find your rhythm and your center. The more hoops you are trying to balance, the more you need to be centered. However, that’s when we tend to skip quiet time because we feel too busy!
Near the end of the chapter, Weaver lists some ideas for creative quiet times. I love practical applications, so I will share some of these. The first is to “take God out for coffee”. Heading to a local coffee shop with your Bible and finding a quiet corner to read. I like ideas that get you out of the house because the house can be so distracting with dishes and clutter crying out for attention. Just heading out for a walk is another idea that I like. She also suggests journaling, singing, memorizing scripture and adding devotionals to supplement Bible reading.
This chapter really just sums up the idea of keeping your priorities in order and “choosing the better part”.