This is Only the Beginning

March 25, 2014

This is Only the Beginning


We pull up to the house and it looks pretty basic, yet appealing to the eye, & it’s located in a neighborhood we’ve always loved.

As we wait for our realtor, we have no idea what to expect once she opens that door.

She unlocks the door and we walk in…




Surprise after surprise

We’re speechless

And it got me thinking…

So often we pray for God’s blessing, provision & direction in our lives, but when we see it, we don’t recognize it because it’s wrapped in different packaging.

That dream job you “always wanted” but didn’t get?  God opens the door elsewhere & years down the line you realize what God was doing when he matched you to that perfect job.  The people, the challenges, the flexibility… Blessings in disguise!

That significant other you thought you were in love with, yet turned out not to be the right fit?  Your obedience in letting go afforded God the opportunity to open doors elsewhere & now you’re married to your best friend & can’t imagine a life any better! Blessings in disguise!

At the end of last year, the theme God placed on my heart for my family was, “This is only the beginning”.  I took our family photo & inscribed those words above it & hung it on the hallway wall as a reminder of God’s promises.

The word God placed on my heart for myself this year is “Believe“, so I’m choosing to believe that this is only the beginning of some amazing things God has in store for me & my family.

The point isn’t whether this house is “the one” for us or not. The point is that God is teaching me to see things through His eyes. To see beyond what my eye beholds and to BELIEVE that He truly has amazing things in store for me, for my family & for you too, my friend!

God Whispers to My Heart:
“Will you trust me?
Will you trust that I’ve got MORE for you? 
Will you trust that I want to bless you:
That I want to give you good things? 

Will you trust me?”

Lord, I trust You!  You’ve never failed, me & you never will.  I pray that you will open my eyes to see things the way you see them!

“We don’t yet see things clearly.
We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist.
But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright!
We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us,
knowing him directly just as he knows us!
But for right now, until that completeness,
we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation:
Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly.
And the best of the three is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:12-13


This is Only the Beginning,





  1. Alecia on March 25, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Isn’t it great that the best things in life are the unexpected? I chose Believe as well for me word 🙂 bc I truly want to believe everything that God says about me. I want to believe whom He says He is and what He says He’s going to do. I’m hoping my faith goes deeper and like the song Oceans, says be able to trust without borders. I pray we’ll both be able to believe beyond what our eyes can see!!

    Sending you love and blessings, sweet Satin!

    • Satin P on March 25, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      I giggle at the thought of our words for 2014 being the same. We seem to be walking similar paths together & what JOY it is to have your friendship along the way! Thanking God for you & appreciate your sweet words of encouragement as well! Love to you! ♥

  2. Maria Marino on March 25, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Guess what Satin? I ‘believe’ you are one of those amazing unexpected gifts to me. All I wanted to do was to pour some love and encouragement by linking up with Coffee for Your Heart. And look at what I get? Encouragement, inspiration, joy, and the path to a closer walk with God from remarkable people like you. Thank you for reminding me to ask to see things the way God sees them and for sharing this prayer: “Lord, I trust You! You’ve never failed, me & you never will. I pray that you will open my eyes to see things the way you see them!” Amen.

    • Satin P on March 26, 2014 at 6:44 AM

      Oh Maria how sweet you are! Your message brought tears to my eyes as I read it. Thank you for walking this journey with me as I walk in obedience to One. Much love ♥

      • Maria Marino on March 26, 2014 at 12:19 PM

        I also believe this is this just the beginning for you and your family.Your words are a blessing to me and I’m honored to be walking this journey with you. Love right back atcha! 🙂 <3

  3. Barbie on March 26, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    I’ve been on a journey of learning to see life through His eyes. I’ve realized I’ve been need corrective lenses (spiritually more than physically). My own perspective gets in the way. Oh that He would open our eyes to see life, to take it all in, through His view finder!

    • Satin P on March 26, 2014 at 6:45 AM

      As always, thank you for stopping in, Barbie! Your words of encouragement are so appreciated. It’s wonderful to know I’m not alone on this journey-that God has brought people like yourself into my life “for such a time as this”, to encourage me along the way & remind me that I’m truly not alone! Love to you & many blessings! ♥

  4. seetheshinebetheshine on March 29, 2014 at 6:20 AM

    Love what God place on your heart – how true that he does always know what is better for us – we just have to trust in his timing — and that is really difficult sometimes. I also love that you
    displayed it for your family to rest on. >Beautiful<
    My 2014 word is "Release." I am leaning on him more and letting go of my need to control ( it's a process!!) Maybe I'll print mine out on a picture of a butterfly…..hmm…

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Satin Pelfrey

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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