Confessions of a Mama of Preschoolers

How would you feel if your daily conversations were recorded and played back for you at the end of each day? Yikes! I’m not sure I’d be signing up for that service. But it would be a helpful tool in discerning whether our words were pleasing to the Lord.

I’m excited to share with you today a guest post from Jennifer Byars, a beautiful Mama of a toddler and a preschooler. She is transparent and authentic in what she shares. I believe these are words of encouragement and wisdom for young Mamas, but also a great word for us all regarding the meditations of our heart and the words of our mouth. I pray it encourages you today in whatever season of life you find yourself. (Full disclosure: this Mama holds a special place in my heart, for she is the one who first made me a Mama.)

 

Guest post from Jennifer Byars

“Recently Viv (18-month old) took a 7-minute video of her feet, a book, and the carpet…and audio of me teaching Ev to read. At first, as I listened, I congratulated myself on how patient I was and how well I praised and celebrated her. But as the lesson progressed, I heard my impatience, anger, and ugliness. Continue reading “Confessions of a Mama of Preschoolers”

A Beautiful Reminder

I have this old Bible that was my grandfather’s. When I inherited it, it was worn, tattered, and falling apart. I considered having it rebound but knew it would not be a Bible I’d use to read or for study purposes. However, I could not part with it. I have many extended family members who have been and are wonderful examples of faithful servants who love God and His Word. Many of these faithful servants of the Lord have served and/or are serving in full-time ministry. They are beautiful examples of those who walk out the Word and share Jesus wherever they are, as part of their daily life. I am very grateful for their influence and impact on my life.

Continue reading “A Beautiful Reminder”

Waiting with Purpose

Waiting…it’s part of all our lives whether we like it or not. Waiting…it’s a reality. But there is good and purpose in the waiting, in the delay. For some of you, just reading the word wait causes you to get all wiggly and antsy. Several years ago I was in a time of waiting and delay in more than one area of my life. It was frustrating. It was hard. It caused me, at times, to doubt and feel hopeless. During this time, I went to the Word, one of my favorite places to spend time. I discovered a lot about waiting. Wait does not have to be an ugly word. Waiting has purpose. Waiting is good. And there are things we can “do” while we wait. Read on. Continue reading “Waiting with Purpose”

Christmas is…Day 17

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us for adoption to Himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will, to the praise of His glorious grace, with which He has blessed us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of His will, according to His purpose, which He set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in Him, things in heaven and things on earth.” —Ephesians 1:3-7

What a treasure of promises and blessing are found in these verses! Take time today to read through these verses slowly and ponder the wonderful gifts found in them.

Rejoicing in Him!

Copyright ©2017 Susan Cady, susancady.com

Christmas is…Day 16

Christmas is…

“God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is My name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.” —Exodus 3:15

“Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” —John 8:58

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live.” —John 11:25

“So Jesus again said to them…the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” —John 10:7-10

We see and feel the effects of sin every day in our world, and in our lives. We know the experience of the enemy seeking to steal, kill and destroy. But we can rejoice in the fact that Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection brings us abundant life!

Rejoicing in Him!

Copyright ©2017, Susan Cady, susancady.com

Christmas is…Day 15

“But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” —Matthew 1:20-21

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” —John 1:14

“For the grace of God has appeared with salvation for all people, instructing us to deny godlessness and worldly lusts and to live in a sensible, righteous, and godly way in the present age, while we wait for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. He gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for Himself a people for His own possession, eager to do good works.” —Titus 2:11-14

“In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of His glory.” —Ephesians 1:13-14

The grace of God appeared in human flesh with salvation for all people.

The Spirit of God resides in each one of us who is a follower of Christ.

We have been given everything we need for life and godliness in Jesus. (2 Peter 1:3)

Walk in the reality of those truths today! 

Rejoicing in Him!

Copyright ©2017, Susan Cady, susancady.com

Christmas is…Day 14

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths and laid Him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” —Luke 2:4-7

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” —Galatians 4:4-5

The Promise was kept. The Old Testament is full of promises or prophesies. In Genesis 3:15 God promises that a redeemer would come, and this redeemer would bruise the head of the serpent Satan, and provide atonement for the sin fallen condition of man.

Is there something you are waiting on God to answer in your life? He is faithful. He is trustworthy. He is active even in our waiting. Rest confidently and bask in the beauty of His presence while you wait.

Rejoicing in Him!

Copyright ©2017, Susan Cady, susancady.com

Christmas is…Day 13

Christmas is…

“Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” —Luke 2:9-11

“Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.” —Romans 5:1-2

Do you live each day confidently and joyfully in all that Christ has done for you? Walk in the light of the Good News of Christmas every day of the year!

Rejoicing in Him!

Copyright ©2017, Susan Cady, susancady.com