Mirror, Mirror On the Wall…

Did you ever play princess as a young girl? I think we all have princess desires, of some sort, buried deep inside. The desire to be loved, admired and cherished resides in the hearts of all women. Some of us may have had fairy-tale, princess childhoods. Some may have not. We’ve all dreamed some version of our white, knight riding in on his horse and sweeping us off our feet to the wedding of our dreams. For some, this fairy-tale eventually became reality, for most probably a less “Disney” version of this fairy-tale was reality and some are still waiting for their white knight.

When the reality of life collides with these fairy-tale expectations, it can send us reeling into a downward spiral. But throughout Scripture, God reminds us that He loves us with an unfailing love. We are His treasured possession and in His great mercy, He has provided a way for us to turn to Him and find life as we never dreamed or imagined possible (Ephesians 3:20-21). The trouble is we often confuse our expectations of a fairy-tale life with the beautiful, abundant and satisfying life God has planned for us.

Perhaps a past experience or your current situation has left you wondering and feeling anything but cherished and loved. When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see imperfections, past mistakes or hurts and inadequacies?  Or do you see yourself as one completely and lavishly loved by God?

Mirror 2 Cor 5_17

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. —2 Corinthians 5:17

2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us we are new creations in Christ Jesus. If the truth of the gospel has transformed your heart and life, your true identity is no longer based on your physical appearance, your list of accolades and accomplishments, or your past mistakes, failures or hurts. Your identity is now found in Christ Jesus. You are a daughter of the King! You are a princess and Jesus, your Prince, is a prince to which none can compare!

Do you know who you are in Christ Jesus?

The lavish love of the Father has given you a new identity through Christ’s work on the cross. Jesus took our past, our failures, our sins and paid the price so that we might once again have access into God’s presence. He has restored the ONE relationship we need above all else in life—our relationship with God. Although we may still experience the consequences of sin, and the pain of our past does not disappear, we have acquired so much more!  We have been restored into the one relationship that we need more than anything else in life—our relationship with God and we have access into His presence continually because of Jesus. In His presence we find strength to walk through—and work through—the consequences of our sin. In His presence we find a place of refuge and healing for past hurts and mistakes. And the nagging emptiness and void in our souls we’ve been trying to fill with all the wrong things, is completely satisfied and satiated in Him!

In His presence…

We find peace.

We find joy.

We find acceptance.

We find contentment.

We find comfort.

We find unfailing love.

We are no longer defined by our mistakes, our sins or our inadequacies. Our identity now rests in Christ Jesus.

So who are we in Christ Jesus?  Here’s just a short list: Continue reading “Mirror, Mirror On the Wall…”

Time on the Porch

What do you have planned for this weekend? It’s amazing how stressful and busy the week after a long weekend can be for me. We had a house full over Labor Day and I loved it! Our children and grandchildren made their first visit to our new home. We’d spent the summer preparing to move, packing, scheduling, sorting, purging, moving, unpacking and getting our home ready. As enjoyable as our time with family was, I am ready for a little quiet this weekend. Our new home has this great side porch, and even though we’re smack dab in the middle of a suburban subdivision, it’s so quiet and peaceful…our own little retreat.

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This weekend, I’m going to sit a spell (that’s Southern for take a break, rest and make yourself comfortable). Have a cup of tea. Read a good book. Flip through my last two editions of Southern Living that I have yet to read. And spend some quiet time reading, studying and meditating in God’s Word. I need some one on one time with Jesus! I’ve also got a new book, Humility by Andrew Murray that I’m looking forward to diving into once I finish my current read.

What have you got planned for the weekend? Take time to sit a spell, breathe deeply and relax.

 

 

 

Be still, and know that I am God. —Psalm 46:10

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.—Psalm 23:1-3

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.  —Matthew 11:28-39

Rejoicing in Him!

Susan

 

 

©September 2016, susancady.com

Unshakeable Faith Part 2

Are you struggling with fear of the future? Is your world shaking right now because you are unsure of how you will make ends meet?  No doubt, we live in a shaky world. But we can live in it with unshakeable faith and experience unimaginable peace, joy and contentment in the midst of it all.

Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe. —Hebrews 12:28

  • Receiving – paralambanō (G3880) – to take into the mind
  • Kingdom – basileia (G932) – Christ’s rule and reign in our hearts and lives; clothed with His  power and dignity
  • Cannot be shaken- asaleutos (G761) – unshaken, unmoved, not liable to overthrow and disorder,  firm, stable, enduring.

Those circumstances in life that shake our world also serve to build our faith.  They are opportunities for growth.  Opportunities to grow deeper in our relationship with God and the training ground for learning to trust Him in even greater ways.

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Hebrews 12:28 is a great reminder and encouragement to us. We are receiving a kingdom that cannot be moved, one that is firm and stable and secure. God is our Rock and Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone of this foundation for our lives. We have to receive it as ours. We have to take up our places as daughters of the king and co-heirs with Christ.

What is shaking your world right now? What makes you fearful? In the last post we looked at the fear of vain imagining. We saw an example in scripture of those who allowed their vain imaginings to run wild and those who chose to trust God in the midst of their fear. Let’s wrap up today by looking at another example of situations that cause us to be fearful: concern for provision and the future. Continue reading “Unshakeable Faith Part 2”