Rainy Days and Mondays

Do you recall that song with the line “Rainy days and Mondays always get me down”? (I’m probably dating myself with this reference.) But it doesn’t have to be raining or a Monday to experience a discouraging day.

We’ve all had those days when life is not going as planned. We find ourselves hoping things will get better. Hoping things will change—whether it be in our marriage, in our finances, in our parenting or in our job.

Many times my feelings of hopelessness are not due to major, life-altering events or problems. Very often, they are the small disappointments I encounter throughout my day. When I am tired and stressed, these little moments of disappointment often build upon one another making mountains out of molehills.

Hope is defined as a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.

Is there an expectation or desire of your heart for which you are waiting?

Is there an expectation or desire that has gone unmet in your life? Continue reading “Rainy Days and Mondays”

I have this little book…

Honestly, I have more Bibles and devotional books than any one person should admit. I love words. I love books. Especially those filled with Truth! I do have a few devotional books that are like old friends. They are my “go-to” books year after year. Most of them are worn, in need of rebinding, marked-up and tear-stained.

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But I have this one little book whose permanent home is my nightstand. Continue reading “I have this little book…”

2016: Looking Back, Pressing Forward

As I closed out 2015 and began praying toward 2016, this verse kept resonating with me:

Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples! —Psalm 105:1

Thanksgiving is not an activity restricted to the month of November. It’s to be a daily practice in our lives and it has very real benefits for us. There is a direct correlation between giving thanks and our level of peace, joy, contentment and satisfaction in life. Continue reading “2016: Looking Back, Pressing Forward”

Finding Balance and Rhythm in a Busy World

Are your body and soul out of sync?  Do you need to slow down so that your soul can catch up?  What can you to do restore balance in your life?  

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There are a couple of words for time in the Bible that bear mentioning when we think about how we spend our days and hours.

“kairos” — time measured by events; special moments where life is experienced

“chronos” — time governed by the clock

Which would you say defines your life more? Personally, it’s easy for me to allow the clock and my tasks to define how I spend my time. I have trouble resting. I have trouble slowing down. Consequently, it often feels as if life is moving at lightening speed! I blink and another month or season is gone. What about you, does any of this resonate with you?

Jesus invites us to slow down. Take a look at the example he sets.

Jesus took time for rest. He withdrew to be alone. He prayed. 

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. -Mark 1:35

Jesus beckons us to come and find rest in His presence. 

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 11:28-30

Come! It’s an imperative in the passage. 

Take! Take His yoke which is easy and light. Learn to find rest in His presence. Begin to mark the moments of your days in “kairos” time more than “chronos” time.

Here are a few ways you can begin to restore balance to the rhythm of your life.

Learn to REST:

Re-evaluate – your schedule, your priorities and your relationships. Is there something you need to say “no” to?

Energize – take time to rest, be still, renew your mind, guard what you take in, exercise, eat right.

Seek – spend time with God. Read and meditate upon His Word and pray about your day, your tasks and your time commitments.

Tell – give thanks and practice praise. Gratitude and praise change our perspective and our attitude. Practicing gratitude calms our mind, souls and spirit, and fills us with peace and contentment.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. —Ecclesiastes 3:1

Would you be willing to entrust your time to Your Creator? 

For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. —Colossians 1:16-17

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A New Thing…

Autumn is here! It’s my favorite season of the year — cooler evenings, autumn breezes, the change of colors, apple pickin’, hot cider, fall festivals and the fair, Yankee Candles’ Autumn Harvest, evenings by the fire, and of course everything and anything pumpkin! Happy Fall Y’all! Things just feel fresh and new to me in autumn. Autumn inspires and energizes me. This year I’m reading through The Voice translation of the Bible. I love reading Scripture in a translation other than my normal, “go to” preference. It makes familiar passages come to life in a new way.

Finally, brothers and sisters, fill your minds with beauty and truth. Meditate on whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good, whatever is virtuous and praiseworthy. —Philippians 4:8 (The Voice)

There is a particular phrase in this verse that resonates with me —Beauty and Truth.

Yes! Beauty and Truth should occupy my thoughts. There is much that is ugly and false. Our world is full of brokenness and pain. Authenticity, transparency and disclosure are not popular words in our culture. But God’s Word brings hope, healing and light in a dark world. When I fill my mind with the beauty of who He is and the truths of His Word, my mind is renewed and my life transformed. Jesus makes all things new. Jesus brings hope and healing to the brokenness and pain. He brings light where there is darkness. He is beauty. He is truth.

Therefore, if anyone is united with the Anointed One, that person is a new creation. The old life is gone—and see—a new life has begun! All of this is a gift from our Creator God, who has pursued us and brought us into a restored and healthy relationship with Him through the Anointed. —2 Corinthians 5:17 (The Voice)

God is always making things new. But, am I noticing the beauty in the broken? Am I aware of what is being made new?

Or am I so consumed with the things of the world and the brokenness and disappointment that surrounds me, that I fail to see it?

I want my life to be characterized by Beauty and Truth. Seeking to be aware of the beauty that surrounds me in God’s creation. Seeking to know more of the beauty of who God is. Seeking to know Truth. Live Truth. Share Truth.

New Thing Is 43_19Seek to uncover the beauty and truth that surrounds you even when its hard to see beauty in the broken. Let’s encourage one another to fill our hearts and minds with Beauty and Truth that will not just inspire, but also transform our attitudes and our perspectives.

What new thing is God showing you this season?

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©2015 Susan Cady, susancady.com

Lessons on /rəˈlāt-ing/

 re·late 

/rəˈlāt/

(Merriam-Webster)

: to show or make a connection between (two or more things)

: to understand and like or have sympathy for someone or something

: to tell (something, such as a story)

teach, inspire, motivate - a collage of isolated words in vintage letterpress wood type

I’m an introvert at heart. I can talk, that’s for sure, but it might take me awhile to get comfortable. And conversation and interaction drain me, so I require downtime, alone time, to refuel and re-energize.  Small talk…never really cared for it and was never good at it. However, being a military brat who moved almost every two years of my life, I did get used to making new friends quickly. And I’m married to the most extroverted, people-loving man I know! I’ve learned so much just watching him and mimicking what he does. This year I’ve committed to being more intentional about RELATING (one of my Four Words for 2015). I’ve loved watching who God has brought into my life this year and how He is using each one of them to encourage and sharpen me. This week, the Lord has taught me much about relating and used some amazing people to pour into my life. It’s a longer post, but I’d love if you’d hang with me and meet some of the people who poured into my life this week —they will encourage you! Continue reading “Lessons on /rəˈlāt-ing/”

Fall Report Card

Earlier this year I shared some thoughts on my goals for 2015. I committed to pouring more energy and time into four areas: Reading. Writing. Creating. Relating. (You can read about them here.) Being the results-oriented, performance-driven person that I am, I have been feeling like this year has been a huge BUST nine months into the year! However, as I’ve been reflecting and praying through this, I’m not so sure my initial assessment is accurate. These four words definitely have not taken shape the way I initially envisioned!  This report card of progress definitely left me feeling deflated and defeated at first. I’ll let you in on my self-evaluation… Continue reading “Fall Report Card”

When You’re Running on Empty…

When I’m running on empty —weary, overwhelmed and worn— Grace is what I need.

When it seems I’ve poured out more than I have to give —    Grace is what I need.

Grace — it’s such a beautiful picture of the give and take…

extend Grace…

embrace Grace.

 

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Easier said than done in this world that promotes and encourages attitudes of independence, self-sufficiency and “me-first”.  I fall captive to these attitudes all too often. I need grace. I need to embrace grace. I need to extend grace to those around me.

Grace – “charis” Continue reading “When You’re Running on Empty…”

Restless Wandering

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Do you ever feel stuck? In a rut? Or that you’re wandering, searching for that thing to fill the restlessness? Perhaps life is in such constant change that you are finding it hard to keep up. I have to admit, I like change at times (this is one reason my house is in a constant state of redecorating). I don’t like to live with too much routine, but I’m also a creature of habit. I do like adventure, creating and discovering new and exciting things, but I also need a sense of calm and stability to my life. This zig-zag can leave a girl feeling dizzy and plain worn out! Continue reading “Restless Wandering”