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”

Walk in Love

The Father is reminding me to “love better” everywhere I turn. Most recently the reminder has come in Ephesians 5:1-2, “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.” But what does it mean to walk in love? What does this love walk look like in my every day life?

In the original language of Scripture, the word for walk in this verse means to conduct one’s daily life.

It’s about my moments in the day.

It’s about my choices—how I choose to respond in the moments of my day. Continue reading “Walk in Love”

He IS!

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I need the daily reminder of who my God is and that He IS present in my every moment.  He IS exactly what I need in that moment.  The question becomes, will I choose to seek Him, cry out to Him, trust Him and praise Him — in and through it all?  He IS the LORD “my” God.  He IS the LORD “your” God.

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 ©2014 Susan Cady, susancady.com

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”

Bluebirds & Bended Knee

“He bends down to hear me. I will pray to Him as long as I have breath.” Psalm 116:2

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The word picture in this verse of the Lord God Almighty bending down from the heavenlies to hear my prayer has so captured my heart. It reminds me of some amazing realities: the Lord desires to fellowship with me and His faithfulness and love toward me are unfailing. He longs for me to just be available – listening, waiting, and watching — for me to bend my knee in an act of worship and adoration to Him.

One day after reading this verse at my kitchen table, I bowed my head, closed my eyes, and just sat very still in the Lord’s presence asking Him to just show up. As I looked up a few moments later, out my window, I saw a beautiful bluebird perched on the deck. I know this was a gift from the Lord! He delights to give us gifts that thrill our hearts. And He knew this one would thrill mine. I just love bluebirds and so rarely see them. He leaves precious gifts like bluebirds on the windowsill when I am still, watching and waiting. What a delight to be in the Lord’s presence just enjoying Him!

What are some of the things the Lord delights in telling us?

  • I have loved you with unfailing love and have drawn you to me with cords of kindness. Jeremiah 31:33
  • Fear not, I am with you. Isaiah 41:10
  • You are engraved on the palms of my hands. Isaiah 49:16
  • Stop fretting, I am Sovereign. Rest in Me! Psalm 46:10
  • I have heard your heart’s cry, trust Me! Psalm 34:17
  • You are forgiven in Christ! Ephesians 1:7
  • You are complete in Christ! Colossians 2:10
  • Here’s a part of your life you need to surrender to Me. Proverbs 3:5-6
  • Minister to this person. Galatians 5:13
  • Seek forgiveness from someone or offer forgiveness to someone. Colossians 3:13

And these are just a few of the multitude of things He speaks to us and over us. Take time today to draw near to the Lord and just delight in His presence.

Rejoicing in Him!