When You Come Empty // Glimpses Link Up

I’m not feeling well tonight. I’ve been fighting a stomach bug that seems to come and go. Nothing really manifesting, just an overall feeling of blah. So I came to the computer to write tonight’s post for the link up and friends, I’ve got nothing. Does that ever happen to you?

I considered just putting up a quote, or sharing a music video, or doing up a quick image with a scripture or inspirational quote. But something inside of me kept telling me to write, even though I feel as though I have nothing to give.

I think it’s because we need to be reminded that it’s okay to come empty. It’s okay to show up in our spaces on the interwebs and let our friends and followers know that we are struggling through. It’s okay to allow ourselves to be vulnerable and to share when we aren’t feeling well, are overwhelmed or just plain dry.

I think that’s how God wants us to come to Him. He wants us to come empty, because it’s only then that we can be filled back up again. I think I come carrying my burdens to the secret place more often than not, and when I leave, feeling the same heaviness I felt when I arrived, I have to wonder why I didn’t leave the baggage at the door, why I didn’t make room for His refreshing water to saturate every fiber of my being.

It's only when we come empty that we can be filled back up again. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To TweetEmptiness is often looked upon as a place of lack or a place of weakness. But I am learning to see emptiness as a place of great opportunity. It’s a place that is void of ourselves and of our own desires, a place yearning to be filled with the hope and promises of God.

I'm learning to see emptiness as a place of great opportunity. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

So even though I feel as though I don’t have the energy to give you much by way of words tonight, I do hope that you’ve caught on to one important truth: it’s okay to come empty. Let go and allow Him to fill you back up again. In due time, you will overflow, but now is the time to consume all that God desires to pour back into you.

Thank you for being here friends!

And now I continue to list the beauty that I’m finding in my every day life.

Glimpses #291-300

291. Homeschool boy having a great week with his studies.
292. Meeting other working homeschooling moms.
293. A sense of fulfillment and purpose in my job.
294. Major dental work completed for the year.
295. A hard working husband who keeps the house running while I work.
296. Words of grace spoken that bring joy to my heart.
297. Spending Saturday afternoon with my grandson.
298. A special touch from God during Sunday worship.
299. Victorian tea with family.
300. Finding out we will have another grandson in June!

Blooming lavender in a field at sunset in Provence, FranceIt is time to share the glimpses of beauty found this week.
Words written, gratitude given, photos taken, things created — anything that reflects the beauty of God revealed in your ordinary life.
1. Grab the button to place in your post, or simply link back here.
2. Link up with the post permalink, and not just your blog url.
3. Visit and encourage others who link up. We need each other!
4. Share about the link up on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
5. Use the hashtag #glimpsesofhisbeauty so that we can find each other’s posts.


Seeking beauty in the ordinary and embracing life to the fullest. Thank you for stopping by and come again soon!

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32 Responses

  1. Barbie,
    It is impossible to give when you feel empty. I know for me when I feel that bone dry, it’s high time I go running into the open arms of my Abba. Sometimes I just need Him to love on me and feel His presence. Sometimes just being still allows His love to flow into me and fill me up. Sounds like you need some Abba time. It’s okay that you need to be poured into today rather than pouring out. Sending ((hugs))…
    Bev xx

  2. Lesley says:

    This is lovely, Barbie. I think it’s amazing how even when we feel we have nothing to offer, God can use it to bless others if we offer it to him. Your words here have certainly encouraged me today. It’s so important to remember we can come to God as we are, and I love this: “It’s only when we come empty that we can be filled back up again.” Thank you for sharing your words here, and I hope you are feeling better soon.

  3. Even Paul realized God’s filling power most when he was at his emptiest, finding that God’s grace was sufficient — even when God had said “no” to his prayer for deliverance.
    Thanks for sharing your experience of God’s sufficiency week after week.

  4. Amy Jung says:

    I love your words today, Barbie! Isn’t that ironic that I felt so blessed by the writing you didn’t feel you had? I am blessed by this reminder that the feeling of emptiness can be an opportunity to run to Jesus. I’ve read that a few times this week so I think the Lord is wanting me to hear this!

  5. This reminds me of the saying “you can’t pour from an empty cup”. It really reminds us what is important.

  6. Lisa notes says:

    Yes: “We need to be reminded that it’s okay to come empty.” Thanks for sharing that even in our emptiness, just giving ourselves is always enough.

  7. Anita Ojeda says:

    I love your list of blessings :). Grandchildren are certainly blessings–even when they live far away (my daughter posts daily on Tiny Beans so we can see our grandson daily).

    • Barbie says:

      They sure are Anita. I can’t wait for #2. I am thankful you get to catch a glimpse of your grandson each day. Blessings!

  8. Trudy says:

    I love this, Barbie. It’s amazing how when you thought you had nothing to give, God still poured His love lessons out to us through you. I love how you describe emptiness as “a place that is void of ourselves and of our own desires, a place yearning to be filled with the hope and promises of God.”

    Congratulations on your future grandchild! I hope and pray all goes well for Mommy and child. I also pray you will soon feel better and stronger! Love and hugs!

  9. June says:

    You filled this space perfectly today, Barbie. I’m praying that you have time to sit quietly with the Father this week . . . and be filled. Love you.

  10. Mitzi says:

    Emptiness is truly a place of the greatest opportunities. Consider an artist…he begins with an empty canvas…staring at that canvas for however long it takes until something deep within begins to stir…at that point…he begins with a simple stroke & by the end…a beautiful image appears. Without the empty canvas…there is no place to begin. We are all empty canvas’s that God paints upon…

  11. Ruth says:

    Great observations and take-aways, Barbie!
    Thanks for hosting!

  12. Gayl says:

    Yes, there is nothing wrong with being empty. When we are empty God can fill us with His love and grace. Blessings to you, Barbie!

  13. Dawn Boyer says:

    It blesses me when we come to the well of grace admitting we need to be drenched by His living water together. I am so glad you obeyed and choose to come and pour out a truth we all need to remember. Praying you feel better, excited for the new grandson, and encouraged by these faith glimpses you are sharing!

  14. Mary Geisen says:

    You speak truth my friend! Coming empty shows vulnerability and that you struggle just like everyone else. I love how you strive to be authentic in your writing. God does fill the empty spaces even to the point of overflowing.

    • Barbie says:

      Thanks Mary. I always worry if my aim to be vulnerable will turn others off. I really don’t know how else to be. Thankful to have you here.

  15. I loved this so much that I shared and shared,…and forgot if I commented. So have a giggle if there’s two of these. So appreciate you being honest. I have been here before too, and the quote about coming empty is so calming and reassuring that we don’t have to try and be something we’re not. We can just come. Amen!

  16. This is the fullest emptiness I’ve read in a good while. Isn’t it a wonder what God can do in and with our emptiness. I love how your post is a living example of what you were writing about. You bless me, friend!

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