You will keep the mind that is dependent on You in perfect peace, for it is trusting in You. —Isaiah 26:3
Perfect peace in this verse is the Hebrew word shalom meaning: well, safe, happy, completeness, soundness, peace, quiet, tranquillity, contentment.
A mind of perfect peace is…
…dependent on Jesus
…looking to Jesus
…leaning on Jesus
…living for Jesus
Free. Content. Joyful. Peaceful. Complete. Secure.
Rejoicing in Jesus,
Copyright ©2014 Susan Cady, susancady.com
A Sound Mind?!? Yes, please! Many days I feel just the opposite; “going out of my mind” or “losing my mind” might be a more accurate description. Menopausal, middle-age is beginning to take its toll on my mind.
This morning I squirted shampoo into my body puff—but it worked; my skin had this great Moroccan Oil glow. Yesterday I was heading back to work after lunch and a new billboard for the Whole Foods Market (coming to our area soon) caught my eye. Next thing I know, I’ve passed the church and I’m heading down the road toward Whole Foods.
I’m constantly searching for my glasses only to find them on top of my head. I walk into a room and can’t remember what I’m doing.
You get the idea. My mind is overtaxed, swirling and often I feel like I’m in a foggy haze. And I know you don’t have to be menopausal or middle-aged to know what I’m talking about. I know those of you with babies and young children at home can relate. And those with pre-teen and teens at home can relate. The point: it’s not confined to a particular season of life. So who’s with me? Who’s ready for a sound mind?!
Last week in the Take Heart post, we looked at finding freedom when we are fearful of the future, the uncertain, or the unknown. Today, I want to continue that discussion as we look at three habits we can cultivate in our lives to help us change our mindset and attitude, to develop a sound mind, and to walk confidently and courageously in Christ. Continue reading “3 Habits for Cultivating a Sound Mind”
I love it when God sheds light on an area of my heart hidden in darkness. Well actually, most of the time, my initial reaction to the light is the same as when my husband turns on the bathroom light that blasts a glaring ray interrupting my peaceful, wonderfully blissful sleep. (I’m not the morning person in our relationship). He calls me dramatic…whatever! I actually love early mornings…the peace, the calm, the newness, a fresh beginning…I just have a hard time getting there. This same scenario plays out when God hits my heart with His Truth.
I read this verse one morning and it stuck with me all day long. It quickly became like that glaring bathroom light!
In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise Your Name forever. —Psalm 44:8
I couldn’t get it off my mind. I kept asking myself, what is your “all-day long boast”?
Webster’s Dictionary defines boasting: to show off; to wear or display in an ostentatious (to attract attention) manner.
In the original Hebrew of Psalm 44:8 the word for boast is “halal” – to be bright, shine, to be splendid, to boast, to praise, to celebrate, to glorify; at the heart of this root word is the idea of radiance.
So I pondered and paused throughout my day asking myself, what are you wearing, showing off, radiating? I quickly became painfully aware of my boastings and was not really thrilled with my conclusions. Continue reading “When A Light Comes On!”