Rest Rains Blessings

May 7, 2014
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Rest Rains Blessings

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In a few previous posts I mentioned that God was calling me into a season of rest, to which I’ve been reluctantly following.

Don’t get me wrong, my life has been chaotic & busier than ever, yet in the midst of the chaos, I have found deep joy & contentment.

You see, when God called me into this season, I didn’t fully understand what it meant, or even what rest looked like. To me, it sounded like a sunny day, sitting on the beach with the ocean breeze in my hair, a good book in hand, and my hubby beside me.

Ah well, God had another sort of rest in mind for me. {smile}

I entered this season of rest, by cutting back on the one thing in my life that I enjoy the most: writing.  It hurt to let go, but I laid it down because God asked me to.  Honestly, I did it with some attitude, but He didn’t seem to mind one bit. {smile}

Other than cutting back on my writing, my life actually picked up speed, which made me more frustrated and left me questioning, “Rest? Seriously? You call this rest, God?”

When The Call to Rest Brings Blessings

Within the past month, I have watched the hand of God utterly down-pour blessings I could never have imagined.  My reluctant obedience to rest, has yielded blessings so big, my heart is still bursting with joy & gratitude!

God opened the door for us to buy our first home at a time in our lives when we weren’t looking, because we didn’t believe we were ready! He provided in ways we still don’t understand!  The home-buying experience was seamless from start to finish, just as He whispered to my heart that it would be.

God filled the longing of my heart to be a part of a community of Christian Step Mama’s, by opening the doors for me to co-lead an (in)courage small group that starts this Spring!  I’m looking forward to getting to know each of the ladies who join the group & trusting that He will provide encouragement through me as well as for me!

God has blessed me with incredible friendships as a result of my writing.  Friends I didn’t think I needed or even wanted, yet who have embraced me, encouraged me, prayed for me, love me for me & have become like family.

You see, I had to be willing to let go.  To obey.  By placing my obedient, emptied hands before God, He could fill them with blessings they could not contain.  I emptied myself before God, trusted Him with my heart & He blessed beyond measure!

The one thing I have learned in this season of rest, is this:

Rest Is Simply Obedience

Each season of rest God calls us to will look different, as our lives turn here & there. The key is not to know what rest looks like, but to embrace that it is pure obedience to His voice; laying aside whatever it is He’s asking of us, in the current season.

So rest assured my friend; whatever season God calls you to, it will be the best season of your life, for it is a season of obedience!

5.6.14 ecclesiastes 36

love satin

 

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17 Comments

  1. JOYCE DAVIS on May 7, 2014 at 6:09 AM

    You are wonderful Satin. It brings me joy, strength and conviction reading your blogs. Yes conviction. God uses you to reign me back in to HIS presence. I lose sight of HIM so many times. I sincerely cannot wait to meet you. You are one of my greatest blessings, that is no exaggeration. Love you sister.

  2. jenniferlinck on May 7, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    Don’t you just love the friends you can make through blogging? Such a blessing!
    Glad you have found rest, joy, and contentment!

  3. Katie Reid (@ImprintsKatie) on May 7, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    Thank you for this beautiful post and gentle, yet clear, reminder to follow and trust His lead.:)

  4. Alecia on May 7, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    “The key is not to know what rest looks like, but to embrace that it is pure obedience to His voice…”<==Yes, this is what I'm learning as well. I think I had my breakthrough yesterday after fasting all(ok, most of ) the day. 🙂 I didn't realize how much I've been struggling against God and resisting His plans for right now. Your words are such confirmation to me today. Thank you, sweet friend. And I'm rejoicing in all the ways God is blessing you!!

    • Satin P on May 7, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      Oh friend, it’s God good?? Even in our doubt, our frustration & our questions, He answers! He loves. He guides & He never, ever gives up on us! Praying for you & the season God is calling you to-that whatever it is, as scary as it may be, as unfamiliar as it is… you will find peace in knowing that all you need to do is OBEY. Love to you & so grateful to call you friend! ♥

  5. Mary on May 7, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    A real eye and heart opener! I will be ‘chewing’ on this for a long time. What a blessing you are in my life. It thrills my heart seeing you fulfill your dream.

  6. Simply Beth on May 7, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    This just makes me smile! God is so good! And you friend are simply lovely. I love reading how He has blessed you during this time of rest. Thank you for how you’ve shared here as this is a message that will encourage many. Love you SO much.

    • Satin P on May 7, 2014 at 10:20 AM

      Thank you for stopping by, Beth! Always appreciate you taking the time to do so! 🙂 Love you & pray this encourages many! xo

  7. Mel on May 7, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Oh, I love your words today…I think I’m somewhat in that season, too. Stepping back from writing so much and spending more time just being a wife and mommy. It’s busy and wonderful…and it’s what He wants right now, even if it doesn’t always feel like rest! So grateful you shared this…blessings and hugs to you. 🙂

    • Satin P on May 7, 2014 at 1:12 PM

      Mel, thank you so much for stopping by! Grateful to have encouraged your heart today, just as you always do to me!! Sending love & hugs back! ♥

  8. Sheila at Longings End on May 7, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Beautifully shared…I just shared this with a sweet young woman of whom it made me think. God bless you…

    • Satin P on May 7, 2014 at 1:12 PM

      Thank you so much for stopping by & then for sharing. Pray this post can bless many!! ♥

  9. Maria Marino on May 7, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    You know I would never have thought of rest as obedience. So happy to hear how you have been blessed by letting go and emptying your hand in “pure obedience to His voice, Touched my heart and pumped me to embrace the season I’m in with an open, obedient heart.. Thanks Satin!

    • Satin P on May 7, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      Always look forward to reading your comments, Maria; thank you for your constant love & encouragement! Sending love to you & praying for God’s peace to be yours during this season! ♥

  10. Somer on May 7, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    i’m glad that God has richly rewarded your obedience with some pretty incredible blessings! I”m glad you are still writing a bit too. Enjoy your new home!

  11. Rebekah on May 7, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Thank you for sharing how we find true rest. Beautiful, Satin! May you be encouraged as you co-lead your group at (in)courage! Thanks so much for linking up!!

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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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