My Heart, His Words

Let the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your site, O Lord.

Journey to Rest (Week 4)

8 Comments

psalm 66 9-10For many years, I maintained a prayer journal on a daily basis; praying for wisdom, guidance, and for those I loved. I wrote through the good times, and I wrote through the painful times; times where tears soaked the pages of my journal, threatening to erase the words I had written.

Truth be told, there’s a part of me that struggles with writing in a journal now, because I associate it with a darker time in my life; a time when my journal was the only place I could share the raw truth of my heart. My journal became my safe haven; the place where I begged God for mercy and deliverance, forgiveness, and healing.

If I am completely honest, there’s a part of me that has tried to simply erase my past by throwing away years of journal writings.  Yet there’s also a part of me that needed to throw them away, to let go of my past so I could embrace the blessings of today.

Like Bonnie Gray, I sometimes struggle with letting go of things that hold memories of moments shared. Yet sometimes, the things I’m holding on to, are the very things that are binding me; holding me back from experiencing the blessings of today.

I needed to be reminded that the scars of my past are okay; they are proof that there was pain, just as they are proof that there is healing.  To me, letting go of the journal writings was an outward display of an inner working. I was surrendering my past to the One who sets me apart from my past and sets my feet on higher ground; to a Journey of Rest.

Friend, I don’t know where you are, or what is behind you, but I just want to remind you of Who’s you are and where you are today! God doesn’t take us through the fire to let us burn, He takes us through the fire to refine us.  Please do not allow the enemy to steal your rest, by keeping your past failures at the forefront of your mind.  Part of this Journey to Rest, is finding peace with our past, and embracing the present.  Our past doesn’t define us, it refines us!

* * * * * * * * * * *

I have decided to continue my Journey to Rest, beyond the originally set 4 weeks.  God is doing so much in my heart, and Bonnie’s book has so much more I want to explore.  I hope you’ll continue on this journey with me!

love satin2

This post is part of a series entitled, “Journey to Rest”. 
Previous Posts:
Week 1
Week 2
::A Pause::
Week 3

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

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:
coffee for your heart-Button-250x250three word wednesdayWords-of-Life-200

8 thoughts on “Journey to Rest (Week 4)

  1. This weekend I plan on going on my own little journey of rest. It’s so needed. This is a post I’d love to discuss further when we are together. Thanks for sharing your journey with us, Satin. Love you so much. xoxo

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Satin, so grateful for your openness to the Holy Spirit. Oh the days we spend pouring out our hearts on journal pages. I so relate to that. Maybe those times are before our Father as..”truth in the inmost parts.”? Well something like that. What do you think. Lots of love, Sharyn (down under in Australia :).)

    Liked by 1 person

  3. My journal has become my lifeline lately. I’m always needing the reminder ‘the past doesn’t define us, but refines us,’ thank you for sharing your faith journey to rest with us. You’re such a blessing!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. “Our past doesn’t define us, it refines us.” Oh yes!

    Like

  5. Thank you, Satin, for this comforting reminder – “God doesn’t take us through the fire to let us burn, He takes us through the fire to refine us.”

    Like

  6. Pingback: Journey to Rest (Week 5) | My Heart, His Words

  7. Pingback: Journey to Rest (Week 6) | My Heart, His Words

  8. I do the rest ‘when I can’… life is a series of busy and then slow times. I am peaceful in my ‘quiet’ moments and still dealing with a lot of grief which in itself needs REST to process.

    Like

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s