The Love-Walk: Responding Like Jesus

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. —Ephesians 5:1-2

We began our Walk in Love study with the word Remember!  Remember, you are the beloved of the Father—You are loved by God so deeply!

We are to REMEMBER we are loved, so that we might RESPOND like Jesus—to love as Christ loved us, giving Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

This love-walk is not always an easy path. How do I respond when: Continue reading “The Love-Walk: Responding Like Jesus”

A Renewed Perspective and Refreshed Mindset

A new perspective is so often what I need.  This past weekend, I officially entered my 50’s and “wasting away” takes on new meaning.  Unfortunately, it’s not my “waistline” that’s decreasing.  This is one of those birthdays I was not looking forward to for several reasons —and I KNOW! — 50 is the new 40, just like 40 was the new 30.  Nevertheless, it was a decade  I wish I could stall for a bit.  We’ve been talking about our mindset and thought life in this Finding Freedom from Fear series, and today’s passage from the lesson was so appropriate:

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. —2 Corinthians 4:16-18

This milestone in my life was the perfect occasion to ask myself some questions based on these verses:

Do I see my troubles as light and momentary or large and looming?

Do I focus more on the outward wasting away or the inward renewal?

Do I fixate on the “seen” rather than seeking glimpses of the unseen eternal?

Do any of these resonate with you?

Too often the gravity pull of this world tempts me to get wrapped up in and often overwhelmed by the here and now. But as I renew my mind in the truths of God’s Word and who HE is, I am reminded that the perspective I choose in the midst of the here and now not only affects my attitude but my joy, my contentment, my peace, and my relationships.  And I do have a choice —gravity pull or glory perspective.  For the TRUTH is, the unpleasant and hard in the here and now is most definitely achieving for me an eternal glory in Christ Jesus that far outweighs them all!  Take a look at the preceding verses in this chapter — a great “BUT…!” passage:

But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you. —2 Corinthians 4:7-12

These are great truths to focus on when an attitude adjustment is needed.

Celebrating who HE is and all I am IN Him!

 

 

©2014 Susan Cady, susancady.com

 

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Expectality in 2014

Expectations.  We all have them.  Often they rule and reign in our lives creating stress, frustration and discontent.  They can ruin relationships.  They can sour our attitudes.  But we all have them.  So what’s a girl to do?  I’ve been mulling this idea over quite a bit in the last year.  It’s not necessarily the expectations that are the problem, but rather “expectality”.  Don’t bother looking it up.  It’s a made up word.  When I find myself stressed, frustrated and discontent because my expectations have been thwarted, dashed or unmet, this is the state known as “expectality”.  It’s when my expectations collide with my reality.  For me (and perhaps you), it’s really a control issue.  I want to control situations and outcomes.  I want to be comfortable, happy and content.  I want my way.  But…that’s not life.  Jesus said it perfectly before He left earth, “…in the world you WILL have trouble…”.  It’s a truth none of us will argue with, to be sure!  The answer to dealing with “expectality” in life lies in the “BUT” statement that follows in this verse.  I think we often overlook and forget this… Continue reading “Expectality in 2014”

Finding Christmas in a Foul Mood Friday

Have you ever had one of those days when you just wake up in a “mood”?  You know, a foul, stinky mood and for no apparent reason.  That’s how my day started on Friday.  Before my feet even hit the floor, I could feel it coming on.  It reminded me of when my children were toddlers and would wake up from a nap whiny, crying and unconsolable with no clue as to the problem.  That was me!  I laid in bed for a moment running through my day and week trying to ascertain why I was in such a state.  Nothing.  So I asked the Lord to just go before me that day.  As I dressed for my day, every little thing got on my very.last.nerve.  This was not getting better.  I snapped at my husband.  I ranted at drivers as I drove to work.  And I realized that I didn’t really want to do anything to improve my mood. I just wanted to be in a bad mood.  Crazy!  But there deep down somewhere was that nagging (irritating) voice telling me I could NOT go through my day with this attitude.  Then the Lord brought to mind what I’d been learning, writing about and teaching to other women lately —having a rejoicing attitude…DESPITE circumstances or feelings (or foul moods).  Ugh!  I really didn’t want this to apply to me today.  And I just couldn’t seem to shake it and didn’t really have the energy to put much effort into it either.  But I knew that something needed to be done.  This attitude was just selfish and not honoring to Jesus at all!  So I went through the list of what I normally do when I’m in a mood or feeling depressed. Mind you, I didn’t “feel” like doing any of this.  But part of rejoicing always is determining with your will even when your feelings aren’t following suit.

I put on the praise music.  I was driving at the time and I keep an NGU Joyful Sound CD in my car at all times.  Having three children who attended North Greenville University and two who were part of the praise ensemble there, I knew their music always lifted my spirit and focused my eyes on things above.  It was beginning to work.  Then I began rehearsing Scripture in my mind and praying for the Lord to infuse it into every fiber of my being.  I mean the Word IS living and active! (Hebrews 4:12).  By the time I reached work, I wasn’t feeling quite as much like punching something or someone.  (I told you, it was a foul mood!).   At lunch I had scheduled a work out session with my husband and our trainer.  Lunch approached and I considered bailing on it. But reluctantly I pulled on my workout clothes and sneakers and headed to the gym.  Cardio, weights, stretching…I was beginning to feel better.  My mood was lifting.  By the time my day ended I had won the battle with those crazy, female hormones that had been wreaking havoc all day! Continue reading “Finding Christmas in a Foul Mood Friday”

A Rejoicing Attitude

Rejoice Always

A Rejoicing Attitude!

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.                                                 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV)

Celebrate always, pray constantly, and give thanks to God no matter what circumstances you find yourself in.  This is God’s will for all of you in Jesus the Anointed.   1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (The Voice)

Attitude!

It all begins with our focus, our perspective, which in turn affects our attitude.

 Rejoice Always!

In the original language of the Bible, rejoice is the word chairo.

rejoicechairo – to be cheerful, calmly happy, to rejoice exceedingly, be well and thrive.

Rejoice or celebrate always is the command. I love this!  I’m always up for a celebration. I love gathering with friends and family to fellowship together.  At our house it usually involves food, lots of conversation, laughter, singing and sharing of stories.  But we all know that life isn’t always a celebration.

  • Sometimes life is hard.
  • Sometimes life hurts.
  • Sometimes life is harried.

But we are still called to rejoice and celebrate!  So how do we do that in the hard, hurting and harried times of life? 

“Rejoicing is a way of praising God until the heart is sweetened and rested, releasing its grip on anything else it thinks it needs.” —Tim Keller

How do we change our perspective & attitude to rejoice always?  

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