31 In My 5 Minute Fridays

Five Minute Friday: Empty

On Fridays, we write for just 5 minutes.  Just a few moments of words flowing freely from my heart, without worrying about whether it’s just right or not.  I love this writing exercise.  It pulls from the deeper places.

Today’s Prompt:  Empty

Ready…Set…Go!

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There is a cry in my heart to be filled.   A desperate longing for more.  And yet the more I cry out to be filled, the more I am realizing that in order to take in more, I must first empty myself.

More of You, and less of me, Oh Lord!

This desire to be completely satisfied was put inside of me by the God of the universe as He created me.  He knew all along that I would be His.  For He marked me before the foundations of the world.  This longing, this aching that threatens to overwhelm me, to paralyze me, was put inside me by Him.

I was made to be empty first.  So that I could be filled with more of Him and all that He has to offer to me.

More love.

More peace.

More joy.

More acceptance.

More strength.

More healing.

I must get out of the way.  I must allow Him to come, to pull me up from the roots that hold so tightly to the things of this world, so that He can fill me with His goodness.

My heart cries to be filled.

Oh Lord, come and empty me first, that I might be filled to overflowing with You!

Stop.

Would you like to play along?  Here’s how:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.

 

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31 Comments

  • Reply
    Jacque Watkins
    March 9, 2012 at 2:02 am

    Yes, to be empty, so that His power and glory can be manifest in us! Blessings to you Barbie!

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      Barbie
      March 9, 2012 at 8:24 am

      Thank you Jacque!

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    Anonymous
    March 9, 2012 at 3:39 am

    Wonderful,  Barbie. Yes, praying that He would pull me up by my roots and make me more like Him, and less like me. Amen, my sweet friend!

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      Barbie
      March 9, 2012 at 8:24 am

      Thanks for stopping by Kris!

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    Amy Lee Ellis
    March 9, 2012 at 4:59 am

    Amen to that!

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      Barbie
      March 9, 2012 at 8:25 am

      Thanks for visiting today Amy!

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    Nikki
    March 9, 2012 at 6:15 am

    Yes, friend. striving to get out of the way of my own self to let Him take over. Empty me, God…so You can fill me back up again…
    thank you!

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      Barbie
      March 9, 2012 at 8:25 am

      Blessings to you sweet friend!

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    Caroline @UnderGod'sMightyHand
    March 9, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Yes! “the more I am realizing that in order to take in more, I must first empty myself.” I’m learning this (slowly), as well. Great five minute post, Barbie!

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      Barbie
      March 9, 2012 at 8:25 am

      Thank you Caroline!

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    Denise J. Hughes
    March 9, 2012 at 10:51 am

    ” … in order to take in more, I must first empty myself. ” It’s a paradox, isn’t it? To receive the fullness of Christ, we must be poured out ~ emptied. It took me so long to take my emptiness to the empty tomb. I am so grateful for the fullness we have in Him alone. Beautiful words today, Barbie. Just beautiful.

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      Barbie
      March 9, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      Thank you so much Denise!

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    Wanda
    March 9, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Yes, we must make room for more of Him. 

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    Carrie
    March 9, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Oh my…I didn’t think of it this way.  I must be emptied in order to be filled.  Thank you, I needed this today.

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    Anonymous
    March 9, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Amen to that root pulling: I know I need it…and praying that it doesn’t hurt too much…actually He already has started…really like how you expressed it…Blessings to you, Barbie 🙂

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      Barbie
      March 9, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      It sometimes hurts when He pulls us up by our roots.  But I know that it just gives room for those roots of intimacy to go even deeper.

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        Anonymous
        March 9, 2012 at 10:53 pm

        so true, my friend, and those roots of intimacy are worth it 🙂

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    Paula Ebert
    March 9, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Beautiful! John 3:30 is my life verse. More of Him. Less of me. Amen! Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Reply
      Barbie
      March 9, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      Thank you Paula!  I appreciate your visit.

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    Kerri Smith
    March 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Amen! Amen! To be emptied so He can fill me!
    Blessings, my friend!

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      Barbie
      March 9, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      Blessings back at you!

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    Stefanie Brown
    March 9, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Love it, love it, love it!  I MUST get out of the way so HE can fill.
    Beautiful, my friend!

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      Barbie
      March 9, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      Thanks Stefanie!

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    Sherrey Meyer
    March 9, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Barbie, I liked your words “I must get out of the way.”  Oh, how often I get in His way . . . these words will linger in my memory for a long while.  I’m going to practice getting out of the way!

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    Barbie
    March 9, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Thank you for stopping by Wanda!

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    Barbie
    March 9, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    You’re welcome.  Thank you for visiting my blog today.

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    Anonymous
    March 10, 2012 at 1:46 am

    Thanks so much for this reminder to look at and clear out the mess cluttering up my soul. He longs to fill us, but as you say it’s necessary to be empty first!

    Thanks too for popping in on my five minutes this week. Lovely to have you! 

    • Reply
      Barbie
      March 10, 2012 at 10:33 pm

      Thank you Kimberly!  Praying He will continue to empty us both so that we will be filled to overflowing!

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    Michele-Lyn Ault
    March 10, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    I am so inspired, stirred, ignited by your contagious passion for your God… I love this post as a prayer for the very depths of your heart… It is my cry, also… Love this 🙂

    • Reply
      Barbie
      March 10, 2012 at 10:33 pm

      Thank you Michele-Lyn!  You have been a blessing to me as well.  So thankful I found you.

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