Walk in Love: Bearing Burdens

Life hurts sometimes. We all face times of loss, disappointment, hardship, discouragement, and doubt.

Read how Paul describes his situation in the letter to the Corinthian church in the first century:

For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. —2 Corinthians 1:8-9

Can you relate to any of these thoughts or feelings? Burdened beyond your strength? Despair? Affliction?

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Behold! Your King is Coming

Advent….the Arrival. The season we set aside to prepare our hearts and slow our souls and spirits down. So we can…Reflect. Rest. Renew. Rejoice in our Savior, Jesus.  All the rushing and impatience of NOW! causes us to miss the joy of the moment. As Christmas approaches, let’s be intentional to stop, slow down and soak in the presence of Jesus – Immanuel, God with us. His presence renews, refreshes and enables us to rejoice in the ALL the moments of this often harried and hurried season.

Let’s commit to being intentional this season and not allow the hurried and harried NOW! attitude rob us of the joy and peace Jesus has for us in the moment. Continue reading “Behold! Your King is Coming”

His Name Is…

 

November has blown in and out like falling leaves in an Autumn windstorm! December is upon us. Advent….the Arrival. The season we set aside to prepare our hearts and slow our souls and spirits down. So we can…Reflect. Rest. Renew. Rejoice in our Savior, Jesus. So often the impatient spirit in me wants things NOW! And as I reflect on how quickly the month has passed, it occurs to me that all the rushing and impatience of NOW causes me to miss the joy of the moment. Somewhat ironic. Continue reading “His Name Is…”

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

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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Perfect Peace of Mind

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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

…seeking Jesus

…believing Jesus

…trusting Jesus

…loving Jesus

…living for Jesus

Free. Content. Joyful. Peaceful. Complete. Secure.

Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. —Matthew 11:28-30

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©2014 Susan Cady, susancady.com

At the End of My Rope!

Get Real banner 800x298Have you ever had one of those days when nothing seems to be going your way or according to plan?  Those moments when a particular person or situation has brought you to the end of your rope?  You are frustrated, exasperated and fed up!  Perhaps your frustration has led to an outburst of emotion or words that you now wish you could rewind and take back.

Several years ago while reading a biography on the life of Amy Carmichael, I discovered a quote that got my attention!   Amy was a missionary to the orphans of India in the 19th century.  She faced numerous difficulties, not only on the mission field, but but also a single woman during this time period.  Whenever faced with a difficult or unexpected circumstance, Amy would view it as an opportunity to die to self and allow the Lord Jesus to reign in that moment —”see in it a chance to die” she would say.  As I contemplated this quote, God brought to mind some verses of Scripture.  I copied the quote and those verses and tacked them above my desk in the kitchen.  Over the weeks, I added verses as the Lord brought them to mind.  Here was the list I tacked above my desk: Continue reading “At the End of My Rope!”