When You Come Empty // Glimpses Link Up — 32 Comments

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

    • 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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…

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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).

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

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