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The Gift of Rest is a Sound Mind

2 timothy 1 7

Parenting has the tendency to threaten our peace with fear, doesn’t it?

There are several ways the enemy can plant seeds of fear into our head, threatening to sink deep into our heart & destroy the peace that Jesus provides.

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Please join me for the rest of this post, over at Five Minutes for Faith, where I am deeply honored to be a Contributing Writer.

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Journey to Rest (Week 3)

Beautiful red and yellow tulips in the spring time.  Shallow depth of field.

On my Journey to Rest, my absolute biggest struggle has been simply letting go.

Letting go long enough to REST.

The day I read this quote by Corrie ten Boom, the Holy Spirit reminded me of something.

The more tightly I hold on to the things that consume my time & energy, the less I accomplish and the more I fight God!

It’s never my intention to fight God, any more than it’s my intention not to rest, yet I do it!

This past weekend was a prime example of the beauty in rest.

I had a lot of accounting to do for our off-road business, so took the time to do that, then purposely stopped and treated myself to a mani/pedi.  Upon my return, my husband surprised me with a beautiful bouquet of my favorite sunflowers as well as a gorgeous card that even made me cry.

The time away, resting and enjoying alone time, provided my husband with the opportunity to bless me, as well as provided me with the opportunity to clear my head.  When I returned to working, my mind was renewed and I was able to focus and accomplish everything I needed to accomplish.

Too often I find myself holding on tightly to the things that need to be done, rather than forcing myself to let go; resting, praying & allowing God to renew my heart and mind.  I forge ahead on an empty tank, and wonder why things are more frustrating than they need to be, why I’m grumpy and snapping at my family and coworkers, or why I keep making mistakes and can’t seem to make any progress.

Corrie’s words serve as a beautiful reminder that everything, in our lives, is temporary, so hold on to them loosely, regardless if they are things or tasks.

Ecclesiastes 1:2 says it best:
Life is fleeting, like a passing mist. It is like trying to catch hold of a breath; All vanishes like a vapor; everything is a great vanity.

The only lasting thing we can cling to, is the steady hand of our Savior as we yield to His call to REST.

How about you? Do you struggle to rest? What do Corrie ten Boom’s words speak to your heart?  I would love to hear from you, as we Journey to Rest together.

love satin2

This post is part of a series entitled, “Journey to Rest”. 
Previous Posts:
Week 1
Week 2
::A Pause::

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You may purchase Finding Spiritual Whitespace, HERE.

This post is part of the, “Finding Spiritual Whitespace Blog Tour”
which I am honored to be a member,
along with a group of soulful, journeying kindreds.
To learn more or to join us, CLICK HERE!
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Journey to Rest ::A Pause::

jesus is waiting

When I started Bonnie Gray’s book Finding Spiritual Whitespace, I had no clue where my journey would lead me, or what God would speak to my heart.  I did know however, that I wanted to make a blog series out of this book, and share my Journey to Rest with you.

My first post told you about a childhood experience that lead me to embracing a falsehood about rest.

My second post addressed a letter to my younger self, denouncing the lies I’ve embraced about not only rest, but also about myself as a whole.

As I’m learning to rest, I’m struggling, yet giving in & choosing to fully embrace the words Bonnie shares in her book:

“Jesus is Waiting.
I stop easily for others.
Will I stop long enough for me?”

So friend, I’m stopping for me.

This week, instead of forging ahead with my planned four-part series, I am pausing to REST.

I’m tired, weary & worn out. This week has held challenges I didn’t expect, along with the emotional & mental stress to be expected.  I need time to rest & fuel up again with Jesus, so I can share His goodness with you!

If you’re having a rough week as well, I hope you’ll rest with me & then meet back here again next week for part three of my Journey to Rest.

Praying you find shelter under the shadow of His wings. (Psalm 17:8)

love satin2

This post is a ::pause:: within a series entitled, “Journey to Rest”. 
Previous Posts:
Week 1

Week 2

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You may purchase Finding Spiritual Whitespace, HERE.

This post is part of the, “Finding Spiritual Whitespace Blog Tour”
which I am honored to be a member,
along with a group of soulful, journeying kindreds.
To learn more or to join us, CLICK HERE!
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I enjoy linking up with these fabulous communities:
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Journey to Rest (Week 2)

We often say, “Hindsight is 20/20”, yet do we ever take the time to denounce the false messages we’ve embraced for years? Or do we merely forge ahead without going any deeper, afraid of what might come to the surface?

On my journey to rest, Jesus is uncovering some falsehoods I’ve had about myself and rest.  As He’s doing this, my heart is unraveling and years of walls are crumbling. Behind these walls is a heart longing to just BE.  A heart longing for rest and contentment, in Jesus.

As a result of my heart unraveling, I decided it was time to write a letter to my younger self, denouncing the lies I’ve been embracing about myself and rest.

A Letter to My Younger Self

Dear Satin,

You are beautiful-just the way you are.
You don’t have to be a model to be perfect.
You don’t have to do anything to be loved.
In a world torn apart by anger and hatred,
Your smile and tender heart make you beautiful.

I know you don’t believe it now, but time passes quickly.
Don’t rush through life wishing for tomorrow;
Tomorrow will come quickly enough.
Just as quickly as the day arrives, it will pass.
Enjoy today. Live it to the fullest!

It’s okay to set goals, but remember to embrace today.
Savor each moment, don’t wish it away.
When you reach a goal, relish the moment.
Don’t meagerly celebrate, while shooting for the next goal.
Take joy in your accomplishments!
You did great! Be happy!

Don’t be ashamed of your gifts.
Using your gifts, doesn’t make you prideful.
Using your gifts, means embracing who God made, in you.
You don’t need to gloat, but it’s okay to embrace your gifts.
Be thankful for your gifts & return them to God, for His glory.

Don’t trust everyone; Guard your heart. (Like your Mom says!)
It’s good to be tenderhearted, but guard your heart.
Reserve the deepest part of your heart for Jesus;
Render Him Captain & never release it to any other.
No one will guard it any better, or steer it more perfectly.
Listen to His voice and follow His lead.

Understand that forgiveness often means letting go.
Letting go of the one(s) who hurt you.
Letting go of the pain & anger.
Letting go of the disappointment(s).
Letting go doesn’t mean you’re quitting!
Letting go means you deserve better and you’re moving on!

It’s okay to make mistakes!
You’re not bound to the mistakes you made,
You’re bound to your Forgiving Maker.
Let go of the guilt. Embrace Forgiveness.
Forgive yourself as easily as you forgive others.

Take time to rest
It’s okay to relax, even with looming “to do” lists.
It’s okay to steal away, and enjoy alone time.
It’s okay not to participate in everything you’re asked to do.
It’s okay to say “no”.

Saying no doesn’t make you a bad person.
Saying no doesn’t mean you’re weak.
Saying no doesn’t mean you’re incapable.
Saying no is the most powerful thing you can do for you!
Saying no frees you from being bound by expectations.
Just say no!

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How about you, friend?

Is there a falsehood you have embraced about yourself or rest that needs to be changed? I’d love to hear your story, or pray with you on your journey. Feel free to comment below, message me privately, or join us for Bonnie’s Whitespace Linkup.

love satin2

This post is part of a series entitled, “Journey to Rest”. 
Previous Posts:
Week 1

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findingspiritualwhitespace_book

You may purchase Finding Spiritual Whitespace, HERE.

This post is part of the, “Finding Spiritual Whitespace Blog Tour”
which I am honored to be a member,
along with a group of soulful, journeying kindreds.
To learn more or to join us, CLICK HERE!
whitespace-badge#spiritualwhitespace

I enjoy linking up with these fabulous communities:
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Journey to Rest (Week 1)

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I was eight years old, it was summertime, and oh how I loved to read!  Working in the yard was never my first choice for my summer days, but it had to be done nonetheless.  This particular day, my mom headed out to the yard to work and told me she would let me know when she was ready for my help; until then I was free to read my book. So, I curled up on the couch, and started reading.

I was soaking up the words within my book, when the kitchen door opens and my dad walks in.  He takes one look at me and says, “Don’t be lazy!  Get outside and help your mom with the yard work!”

Lazy.

I’m lazy if I’m reading a book for pleasure.

I’m lazy if I’m relaxing while someone else is working.

I’m lazy if I’m enjoying time alone.

I’m lazy if I’m not being productive.

I’m lazy.

Looking back, it’s not a big deal, it was a little misunderstanding.  I realize my dad didn’t actually tell me all of these things, nor did he intend to send such a message.  However, at eight, the message it sent was so powerful, it has haunted me, my entire adulthood.

I have an unhealthy drive to strive.

Striving to be belong.

Striving to be good enough.

Striving to be understood.

Striving to succeed.

Striving to be loved.

That summer day, I lost a little piece of my heart; I lost my ability to rest peacefully. To just be.  That day I started believing that in order to belong, be good enough, be understood, to succeed and to be loved, I needed to DO something. I needed to prove myself. Work harder, accomplish things.

Sitting around resting meant I was lazy. I had to be moving, doing and accomplishing.

So, I started on a journey of striving; living my life in a constant state of motion, never free to rest.

Until lately.

I’m finally hearing the voice of Jesus calling me to REST.

It’s scary, unfamiliar, and yet comforting all in one.

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden,
and I will give you rest.

Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart, and
you will find rest for your souls.
 

For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30

How about you, friend?

Do you find yourself constantly striving? Is there a falsehood you have embraced about rest that needs to be changed? I’d love to hear your story, or pray with you on your journey. Feel free to comment below, message me privately, or join us for Bonnie’s Whitespace Linkup.

I’m looking forward to sharing my journey with you again next Thursday, June 12, 2014.

Until then, Rest in Him.

love satin2

 

You may purchase Finding Spiritual Whitespace, HERE.
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This post is part of the  “Finding Spiritual Whitespace Blog Tour” which I am honored to be a part of, along with a group of soulful, journeying kindreds. To learn more or to join us, CLICK HERE!

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#spiritualwhitespace


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Finding Spiritual Whitespace (Book Review)

findingspiritualwhitespace_bookAs I mentioned before, I am embarking on a journey of rest and would love for you to join me!

Starting June 1st, I joined Bonnie Gray on her 21 Days of Rest, Finding Spiritual Whitespace Blog Tour.  I am blogging my way through my personal journey of rest, posting once per week starting tomorrow, June 5th and concluding Thursday, June 26th.

Bonnie Gray is the writer behind FaithBarista.com who wrote a book about her inspiring, heart-breaking journey to find rest, which garnered Publisher’s Weekly starred review. I’m taking the journey to find rest through this guidebook and invite you to read it too.  You can get a copy HERE.

Her {courage} in going to the deepest, darkest places of her life, and allowing the healing touch of Jesus to saturate her every fiber is astounding!
Her {gentleness} while encouraging her readers to also go to the deepest, untouched places of their heart, is incredible.
Her {passion}, for sharing God’s truth regarding rest is relentless, as she points her readers to Christ every step of the journey.
This book is like water to the weary soul: quenching the deepest desire for more rest & more Jesus. Finding Spiritual Whitespace is a must for every reader’s library!  Pick it up and soak it up!!

love satin

 

This post is part of the  “Finding Spiritual Whitespace Blog Tour” which I am honored to be a part of, along with a group of soulful, journeying kindreds. To learn more and join us, CLICK HERE! #spiritualwhitespace


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When Dreams Change

isaiah 43 19

I remember the moment as if it were yesterday.  Standing at the altar of our church, along with others, seeking God, with my hands lifted and heart open to His voice.  As clear as day, it was prophesied over me, that God would use my hands for His glory.

I am honored to have been invited to contribute on the God Sized Dreams Community.  Would you join me there to read the rest?

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