Are you having one of those days or seasons of life when the cares of your heart are many? Perhaps your mind is weighed down with disquieting thoughts that are distracting and consuming you. How do you settle your heart and mind?
Four years ago, I was in a funk! It was a difficult time and things just did not seem to be going as planned. I found myself extremely discouraged and discontent. It was nothing earth-shattering—no grave illness or life-altering circumstance. And I had many REALLY good things in my life for which to be thankful. And yet, I felt stuck. Stuck with little hope that things would change. Stuck with a case of the blahs, and a bad attitude to go with it! I had resigned myself to the situation and my pity party was underway. Summer was approaching and everywhere I turned everyone else’s life seemed to be going to well (and we know this is never as accurate as we tend to see it in our own heads). Nevertheless, with all the talk and Facebook and Instagram posts on the excitement of summer plans, trips to the beach, cruises, and “beautiful, perfect-looking” lives, my pity-party was in full swing! Continue reading “Unstuck”
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. ” —Isaiah 9:6
“Jesus answered him…Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.” —John 14:27
“Jesus answered them…I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.” —John 16:33
What is weighing heavy on your heart and mind today? Release it to the Prince of Peace and experience His peace that surpasses all understanding. (Phil. 4:7)
Rejoicing in Him!
Copyright ©2017, Susan Cady, susancady.com
Next week many of us will find ourselves welcomed into someone’s home to celebrate, give thanks and break bread together. Many of us will be welcoming others into our homes.
One of the early uses of the word welcome was to describe something pleasurable. From the Old English wilcuma “welcome!”—the exclamation of kindly greeting, and “welcome guest,” literally “one whose coming suits another’s will or wish”.
Not enough hours in your day. Circumstances beyond your control. Never enough no matter how hard you try. Life has not turned out as planned or expected. Rushing. Frazzled. Weary. Can you relate? Today, you need to know the humble King who rules the world.
His Name IS Advent Devotion: DAY 4
Jesus, our King! Behold Him! We continue our study in Zechariah 9:9 focusing on the latter portion of the verse.
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem.
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
He is name is Lord of lords and Kings of kings (Revelation 17:14) and He IS…
A HUMBLE KING
The people of Israel, to whom this prophecy would have been originally addressed, were eagerly anticipating the arrival of a king. But their expectations of this king and his kingdom were not quite what God had planned. They were expecting a King! Royalty! They were looking for a political Messiah who would restore the nation of Israel and its glory. Someone who would free them from the bondage of being ruled by other nations. A humble king arriving on a donkey was not what they had in mind. Their king would surely be coming in glory and splendor, riding upon a war-horse, clad in robes and riches. Jesus did not come as they expected and therefore many missed His arrival.
How often do your expectations collide with God’s plans or with your own reality? Continue reading “A Humble King Who Rules the World”
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…”