Christmas Is…Day 6 

Christmas is…

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

Who is this King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle! Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory! Selah —Psalm 24:8-10

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your care on Him, because He cares about you. —1 Peter 5:6-7

Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. —Matthew 11:28

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, catastrophes, persecutions, and in pressures, because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. —2 Corinthians 12:9-10

In what area of your life today do you need to know Him as Mighty God? Fall at the feet of Jesus and find rest for your weary soul and strength to face whatever comes your way this day.

Rejoicing in Him!

Copyright ©2017, Susan Cady, susancady.com

Focused Forward

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of spending a few days with my daughter-in-law and son after the birth of their second child, a precious baby boy —Charles Walker.  His big sister, Emma, has a WHOLE 14 months on him!  Needless to say, my daughter-in-law has her hands full. She and my son were definitely sleep deprived and in need of some strength. And with no immediate relief in the future (and least for the next few years). Quite frankly, by the time I left to head home, I was pretty sapped myself. How easy it is to forget the energy it takes to care for two little ones under the age of 14 months. Grandmama loved every minute of my time spent with Emma and Charles, and helping to cook and clean, but I was worn out! But I also knew rest and a quiet house were in my future.

Sometimes life is like that —it just saps our strength. In times like these it’s hard to think beyond the moment (and that can be a good thing, but that’s for another post). There are times when life gets so full and busy that it feels as if things are swirling around us like a tornado. Perhaps you’re in a situation where you’re in need of a break! Just a few hours of sleep, an energy boost, just something to give you a little more strength. Emotions take over and you’re on that roller coaster. Perhaps you find yourself weighed down and weary by an ongoing situation in life, one that just won’t seem to quit. You’re having trouble moving forward, you’re stuck in a rut, and came seem to find your way out. This will definitely sap your strength and steal your joy! Let’s spend some time today in Psalm 84. There are some great lessons we can glean from this passage when our strength is sapped and we find ourselves stuck—unable to move forward! Continue reading “Focused Forward”

Get Real: Living Free, Letting Go!

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Jeremiah 17:5-14 paints a wonderful contrast between the person who trusts and depends on the man/self/the flesh for strength and the one who trusts in the Lord for his strength. Where we place our trust and where we find our strength affects so many aspects of our lives, including the sense of freedom and joy we experience.  Read through Jeremiah 17:5-14 and list the contrasts you see between these two.

We all have an independent nature about us that wants to have it “our way” and to control circumstances and people in our lives as we see fit —Scripture refers to it as our “flesh”.

The enemy loves to keep us independent and operating in our own strength…our flesh.  There are many tactics he employs to keep us focused on our self-sufficiency.  I’d like to focus on a few that we tend to struggle with as women:  Continue reading “Get Real: Living Free, Letting Go!”