The Blessing Season

The Blessing Season

 

My father-in-law just so happens to be my Pastor. He was my Pastor first and became my Daddy second, thereby earning the name Pastor Daddy. He has always been passionate about what he has dubbed, “The Blessing Season” which starts a Sunday or two before Thanksgiving and goes through New Years. Last year, he did a series on this season that inspired me in so many ways (I’ve been listening to them again because I’m determined to squeeze every ounce of truth from them). Over the past few weeks, he did a series called “We Love Church” which lead him to his latest message on giving. My heart was so struck by the things he said that I thought I’d share my thoughts:

 

Last Sunday morning, I was feeling drained after working all night; my flesh wanted to sleep, but my spirit wanted to go to church (I’m sure we’ve all had those days, working or not). I am so thankful that I went, as I was so encouraged by the message.

 

Since my childhood, I’ve always slightly dreaded the fact that my birthday is so close to Christmas. I often felt overlooked during the holidays because of the usual hustle and bustle that occurs during this time of year. My feelings remained after marrying Nate because of how busy we were at the church. However, over the last three years, my heart has slowly learned to embrace the Blessing Season (as my Pastor Daddy has so perfectly named it). I’ve always loved Christmas and giving, but his passion has brought a whole new wonder and love for this season. He articulates so well what it means to give generously, and I, for one, don’t want to hold so tightly to my earthly possessions that I miss out on the joy of giving to others.

 

I was challenged during his call for our Harvest Offering. As some of you may know, I am an extreme planner and, because of that, have been feeling a bit overwhelmed with having to pay for some medical expenses that are not covered by our insurance. Nate had texted me last Saturday evening letting me know that we had received a royalty check in the mail, to which we both responded, “for Éowyn!” Last Sunday, however, I felt in my spirit like we were to give that money to the church instead. While part of me wanted to selfishly withhold, there was a gentle urging of the Holy Spirit to respond joyfully.

 

I went home and slept that afternoon; upon waking, I still felt the tender prodding in my heart. When Nate got home that night, I asked him if he had any thoughts regarding the Harvest Offering. He responded by asking me the same question, to which I said that I thought we were to give the check we had just received; he said he had been feeling the same. He wrapped me in his arms as I cried, which was my way of letting go.

 

I am so thankful that the Holy Spirit is so gentle in dealing with our hearts, because this is not easy! Even now, writing this brings tears to my eyes because I know that it is ABSOLUTELY the right thing even though it’s also the hard thing. But, I also know God is reminding me that He is in control, that He can be trusted, and that my hope should not be in financial stability (or my ideas of what that should look like), but in Him alone.

 

With that being said, I am so excited that we have entered this Blessing Season. Rather than being sad about my birthday, I’m looking forward to celebrating during my favorite time of year. And, I’m believing that this will be the best Blessing Season yet!!

 

XO, Kayla

 

P.S. If you’re interested in listening to my Pastor Daddy’s messages that I spoke of above, they are linked below.

 

2016

Living Blessed Series (#1): A Generous Heart

Living Blessed Series (#2): A Trusting Heart

Living Blessed Series (#3): A Giving Heart

Living Blessed Series (#4): A Serving Heart

Living Blessed Series (#5 & my personal favorite!!): A Golden Heart

 

2017

We Love Church Series (#3): Genuine Joyful Generosity

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5 thoughts on “The Blessing Season”

  • This morning I was studying my Sunday School lesson and one of the discussion questions was “Identify a time when your faith strengthened you and others.” I think the story of your faith in God to give this money is a perfect example of this! Your faith has lead you to give with an open hand knowing/believing that God will provide for you but also bless the gift 1000 times more for the sacrifice that it was for you! You, dear Kayla, are a blessing!

  • Awe…I’m with you on the whole birthday before Christmas! I love this Blessing Season! It’s a privilege to give to others and you will be blessed immensely! I love you dear💗

  • ❤️❤️Love you!! I’m going to go back and listen to the ones from last year! Pretty sure I missed some after I had Avie!

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