When Your Well Runs Dry // Weekend Whispers — 43 Comments

  1. Been there more times than I like to count. I have taken a break this summer due to some health issues to not write much, not surf much, and not read as much. It’s been a couple months and I am so ready to get back into God’s rhythm for me. Glad I stopped by today Barb…needed to read this and a few others I have read this morning. This blog world can be so encouraging and uplifting of our Lord, grateful for all who write their hearts.

  2. I think we are on similar pages today, Barbie. My video post is about laziness in marriage, but the temptation to be lazy in my spiritual life is always present as well. I’m just so glad that I have a firm habit in place or I know I’d be all over the place! I’ll pray that you find your rhythm with God and feel secure in His embrace each day, my friend! Thanks for the linkup too!

  3. So thankful for your Weekend Whispers and having a change to read your blog today. How I know these seasons so well, the time of dull faith..but like a cloudy day, God is like the sun..always there!! Be easy on yourself, I know God would want that, and be like a child, let God draw you close with His divine, soothing love. God loves you just how you are!

  4. Hi Barbie, I have felt my well run dry at times over the past year and a half. During those times (I finally realized) I think He just wants me to rest…not try to figure out what I should be doing…just. rest. Oh, and that same part in Danise’s book convicted me also. I tried to skip over it and ignore it…but you know how that goes!
    Thankful for your safe place here,

    • Thankful for you Laura. Let’s turn our hearts to Jesus and allow Him to accomplish His will in us. Running from it is so exhausting!

  5. When my oldest son was in college, when I came home from school one day, he was lying in the middle of the living room floor. Peace pervaded the room. When I asked what he was doing, he said simply, “Soaking” – He’d had his prayer time and was just soaking in the spirit. I’m trying to be more intentional about that – about the time in His word – and the soaking. I think sometimes it’s a two steps forward and one step backward dance!

    • It’s been a long time since I just laid down and soaked in the Lord. I must begin practicing His Presence again. Thank you!

  6. Oh, Barbie, I am a frequent player in this comparison game, as you know. I know these feelings–as you say–watching the world of blogging friends go by. I get it. And I too, feel as if I flit and flee from thing to thing. I have more books started and not as many finished, yet I can sit down with a piece of fiction and not come up for air. I often feel guilty about that, but truly, I think that is the enemy—well, duh, cause God doesn’t give us guilt like that. He convicts us in our guilt, but this guilt-it just festers and grows. There are times when I open his Word (usually for a blog) and drink it in, but much of the time, I feel like I’m either going through the motions, doing it out of obligation, and it all falls flat. And I wonder what’s wrong with me. That’s where the enemy would like us to dwell. But I think we both have to be as kind to ourselves as we would counsel someone else who is dealing with this. We are so quick to offer this advice of grace to others, but somehow, we’re not worthy. Well, girlfriend, we are! I pray that we both will find our way out of this thing with the help of the prayers of the faithful and our Lord Himself. Thanks for your transparency.

  7. My dear Barbie, God’s love for you is inexhaustible. As it is for me…and yet, learning that we can rest in His finished work is the hardest thing we seem able to do. I appreciate you- longing to rest in Him, with you- knowing that we cannot frustrate His love…even when we are frustrated with ourselves.

  8. Dear Barbie, Some seasons feel like a drought. I was thinking of the verses that Michele shared–Isaiah 58: 10, 11. God will provide the spring of water. Thanking you for sharing your heart–I will pray. Thank-you for hosting.

  9. Sweet Barbie. I love you. I think, for me anyway, that the fear is that God is/will be enough, when/if we fully embrace Him. That we will find He IS all we need. And that He will become all we need if we let Him. But that means letting go of things, behaviors, etc. that are comfortable. So we don’t go all in with God. We tease, we flirt, we watch from a distance. We taste just a little bit of the water, when we really want to jump in up to our necks. Because deep down in the quiet place where we get real with ourselves, we know that going all in with God means the biggest and greatest adventure of our lives . . . praying with you, my friend.

  10. Barbie, your post this morning has brought me back to a verse I have been looking at this week … “I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.” (Isaiah 45:3) There are treasures to be found, right where you are, that you would never have known any other way. May you know that He is with you, calling you by your name, wanting you to know Him even more intimately. Praying for you this morning. And may I add, thank you for blessing &encouraging me so many times through your writing, even when you had no idea you were doing so 🙂 Keep being you!

  11. Barbie, it seems that you and I are in much the same season. I’m reading that book, as well, and I could have written your post. Not with such eloquence but the points are the same. Thank you for this: “Even though the well is dry, I can sense God calling me to dive in and dig down deeper. For there among the rubble and dirt lies the Living Water that I desperately crave.”

    I will be praying for you!

  12. I always so appreciate your honesty and open heart, Barbie. I also always seem to relate to everything you share. I’m really tired of comparing myself to other writers, but it seems to be something I can’t break free of. I know how unnecessary and damaging it can be, but it lingers on.
    I’m also with you on the devotion time struggle. I too jump from Bible study to Bible study, too often forgetting to just sit and chat with God :). I love this: “and all the while God is saying, ‘I’m right here, just let me love you.'” Thanks for that important reminder and encouragement. Praying for you!

  13. (((Hug))) I’ve only recently met you, but the reason that I come back is because I appreciate the genuine spirit that you convey. Thank you. 🙂 It’s easy to look around and see everyone else’s activity, and wonder if what you’re doing matters. (My blog is fairly new, so my head is often spinning when I compare my pace to the pace of others around me.) I believe that what you are doing here in this space matters. ~ Prayers for you as you seek a new rhythm for your devotion time with God. I love how you counter the dry parched phases with the Living Water that is always present. Praise God that it’s always flowing, even when we are in dry seasons. ((( HUGS )))

    • Brenda, thank you for taking the time to encourage my heart today. Thank you for helping me to realize that what I do here in this space matters. Blessings!

  14. Barbie, your honesty is beautiful and I think that is where God WORKS. Be encouraged fellow blogger. We have all dealt with or are in and out of dealing with comparison. I’m not trying to advertise but I have a post that talks about it on my blog, “True Confessions of a Recovering Hater” . It is the most read post on my site, probably because so many women deal with comparison and whether or not we measure up. Be encouraged Barbie! God sees you and in His eyes you do not need to measure up. He has a God shaped vacuum in this world that only you can fill and you are filling it even when you think you aren’t. Praying God would envelope you with His all consuming and soul affirming love THIS DAY! Be blessed! – Kia

  15. Barbie,

    Thank you for being so open and honest here with us. You are such a wonderful person and actually someone that I look up to (yes you better believe that). I homeschooled my daughter for the past two years in Junior High and I remember the months leading up to it were exhausting. I am now getting ready to homeschool my son for Junior High but we are going through a charter school so we recieve all materials from them. I love you my sweet sister in Christ and hang in there… Much Love and God Bless ~Shannan

  16. Praying for you as you adjust into this next season and allow God to unfold His plans for you. In these seasons of change, it takes time to find our new normal and find all the things we’re supposed to add, change, cutback in order to reach that equilibrium again. Thank you for continuing to write – even if a little – and continuing this community here.

  17. Barbie, we’ve all been “there”. And there is no three step program – just a matter of “doing it” and remembering there is GRACE. The one picture I like to keep in my head is that of The Father waiting for me in the morning (or whenever) and I don’t want to stand Him up! BUT, I confess, summers get my routine totally out of sync. The mornings are bright and I can be out in the garden or mowing or whatever before my work day begins. So, right now, I am trying to get back into the morning routine – wrong word because it shouldn’t be routine but a heart-want-to. I’ve rambled….xo good post.

    • I’ve never been much of an early riser. It was much easier thought, before children. My best times used to be evenings, but now I fall asleep reading the word. I guess that’s where the “rest” comes in. Blessings!

  18. Barbie, I love your heart.
    Yes, we get parched when we are continually pouring out, and I’ve been soaking lately in Isaiah 58:10, 11 because drought had become a way of life:
    “If you extend your soul to the hungry
    And satisfy the afflicted soul,
    Then your light shall dawn in the darkness,
    And your darkness shall be as the noonday.
    The Lord will guide you continually,
    And satisfy your soul in drought,
    And strengthen your bones;
    You shall be like a watered garden,
    And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”

    Praying that your roots will find a spring this weekend as you sink them deep into His Word.

  19. Thank you so much for hosting each week and also for sharing your heart with us. I too have become slack and I am slowly getting back on track, I have plenty excuses, but nothing worthwhile. Blessings

  20. Methinks you are a mite hard on yourself…God doesn’t set a standard. he merely want US.

    To me…God is saying, Keep Going. You’re not done yet.

    There are times it hurts too much, and I literally can’t stand, nor sit upright. But I have to brace myself to my duty – and that is witnessing God’s love in the midst of the nightmare.

    He’s there. He cares.

    • Thank you so much Andrew. Despite all that you are going through, you still manage to stop by and encourage my heart and the hearts of others. God bless you!

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