Journey to Rest (Week 3)

June 26, 2014
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.

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

  1. Sharyn on June 26, 2014 at 5:15 AM

    Oh how true it is. Resting is great but daily…a challenge. Well worth it cos we please the Father as we come to Him for rest.
    Great post Satin.:)

  2. Alecia on June 26, 2014 at 7:04 AM

    That quote from Corrie Ten Boom always speaks to me. It’s such a great reminder, isn’t it?

  3. Maria Marino on June 26, 2014 at 7:11 AM

    Made me smile to read how when we rest we also give other people white space..like the surprise from your husband. Warmed my heart right down to my toes! 🙂 Thank you for that and the reminder to loosen up, open up our grip on things and cling to the steady hand of our Savior.

  4. Kim Hyland on June 26, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    “The only lasting thing we can cling to, is the steady hand of our Savior as we yield to His call to REST.” I needed to hear these words today. Thanks so much!

  5. Simply Beth on June 26, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    I was going to highlight the same words Kim H. did. The coming weeks will become busier and busier for me. I need to remember these words. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Love you, Satin. xoxo

  6. Lisa Lewis on June 26, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    So beautifully written Satin! Thank you for modeling for us what it looks and sounds like to hold tightly and fight God; totally the opposite of letting go and accepting His invitation. So good!

  7. Amy on June 28, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    I’m glad you getting rest, Satin! How hard it is to make the time to just be and not just be doing all the time. Not only do our bodies need rest physically, but our minds and souls need it also. Rest from thinking on things so much, time to ‘let go’ and stop holding on so tightly. I took a ‘rest’ this week from blogging as I’ve been busy painting my dining room and kitchen, and how great it was to just focus on something else and give my mind a rest. 🙂

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Satin is a writer, wife and stepmom encouraging others through the hard days, bringing the Scriptures alive through life-application and drawing them closer to Jesus.

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