Don’t we feel sometimes that we just don’t measure up? We have too much to do and not enough time to do it, so we just shut down and don’t get anything done. Been there…done that. But, God says “I am enough.” He says, “Brenda, you can do it. Come to me and sit with me a minute and I will fill you up, I will give you rest, but DON”T GIVE UP!”

Well, today we have Mariane Doktor with us again and God spoke to her as well. Please join me in welcoming Mariane today as she shares her vulnerability and victory. Also, don’t forget to show her some love in the comments.

Blessings to you all!

Praying God fills you up and gives you “Joy Beyond” whatever is ahead of you!



Jesus is the Gift
By Mariane Doktor

Are you too busy? Do you find yourself worried and troubled about many things? We can find ourselves overwhelmed with busyness and then worry about how we are going to get it all done. The last few weeks I have not been busy running around and preparing for Christmas, but I had been busy worrying about all the Christmas decorations, cookies, Christmas greetings and Christmas gifts I hadn’t made or bought yet. Another thing I had been busy and worrying about was proclaiming the gospel in my writing and to my friends. One week I had struggled with writing two blog post about the gospel, and this post I’m writing now stressed me days before I began writing it.

Recently in my busyness an old friend, Anna, contacted me because she had realized that I was a Christian. She was a new Christian and hoped I could answer some of her questions. I was happy to get another chance to explain the gospel, but I was also worried that I might give wrong answers to her questions and in this way actually would be leading her away from Christ! She told me she had difficulties understanding the Trinity. I tried to explain it to her, and then I shared her question with some of my Christian Facebook friends. In many ways, my friends and I tried to explain the trinity to Anna. We talked about God, and our talk became easily abstract, intellectual and logical. Anna came with examples on different scriptures she didn’t understand, and I found it hard to explain them to her. I understood why she wondered. Anna disappeared from my Facebook friends and me, and I didn’t feel we had helped her.

I began to write this blog post. I thought I was going to write about how I identified myself with Mary in Luke, but then I read the scripture again.

“Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she helps me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42

Jesus said to me: “Mariane, Mariane, you are careful and troubled about many things!”

When was the last time I had sat quietly with my Bible and prayed to God? When was the last time I had talked to Jesus and not about Him? When was the last time I had sat at Jesus’ feet and listened to His words? I couldn’t remember.

I laid down exhausted on my bed, and whispered to Jesus, however I could not hear His words. I realized God was much bigger than any concept or theory about Him. How can we ever comprehend Him? I realized there were other ways to tell the gospel than discussing the Bible and different theories. I realized I had to remember to talk to God, be quiet and listen to Him. Sometimes we just need to tell our testimony and let the Holy Spirit speak to the hearts of others through our story.

I cannot explain who Jesus is, but I will share the good news always. Come see Jesus for yourself.

What is the true Christmas gift?  

Unwrap it and you will find Jesus. Jesus is the gift! Sit down and listen to His words. He is not concerned with all the preparations, but more concerned with us preparing our hearts for Him.

Mariane Doktor

Mariane Doktor



Mariane Kvist Doktor is from Denmark. She lives with her husband and two children and is a deacon, writer, and poet. She writes about writing, life, and her faith in Christ. You can follow her at and




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About Brenda McGraw

Brenda McGraw is the founder of Ask God Today Ministries where a team of writers share hope and truth with others. She has a God-given dream to reach the masses with the gospel of Christ. Brenda is an author and speaker who reveals how to discover joy beyond the clutter of life. She draws from her own life experiences in the #1 Amazon Best seller,“Joy Beyond, 28 Days to Finding Joy Beyond the Clutter of Life”. She has two new books released. Finished, Top Ten Steps to Finish Writing a Book and Living Uncluttered, An Abundant Life Bible Study.

Brenda lives in South Carolina with her husband, Jeff and one of their five children. She is a survivor of breast cancer and a heart attack. Despite the challenges she has endured, Brenda found peace through her relationship with Jesus Christ.

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