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EMPTY – Five Minute Fridays

I knew I had written on this word before. Here is my post from 2012 with my new thoughts following it. This week’s word from Five Minute Friday is EMPTY.


When I first thought of empty I thought negatively – no thing left. Then I started to think that when something is empty something else fills it up. When you empty your dinner plate – you are full. When we give of our selves or our money we are filled with a feeling of joy being able to help someone else.

So as we empty we fill something else up. It has to go somewhere.

Would the same hold true for emptying ourselves before the Lord?

Giving everything to the Lord we then become empty of the problems, the sin, the frustrations, even the anger. As we empty ourselves we leave a space for God. He enters and we are filled with the goodness of God.

When we cast all our burdens on Him we have the room to become full – full of His grace, full of His compassion, full of His love and forgiveness.

Now I don’t feel empty is a negative word – it is filled with His blessings. (tweet this)

Time’s up (first time in 2012)

Today, 2017, when I think of empty here are my thoughts:


If we don’t empty “us of us” we can’t be filled with the Spirit. (tweet this)

Jesus speaks of being filled with living water. It is what our souls need. In a dry and thirsty desert where we spent the winter I know the need for water.

On finding and accepting Jesus we are no longer empty.

Today I read Oswald Chamber’s and I see that there might still be some things that I have not emptied from my soul. If you read the post you will see that Oswald talks about the high places that were left. Read 2 Chronicles 15:17.

It is the little things that can hold us back. (tweet this)

God wants you to be entirely His. ~ Oswald Chambers

Are you entirely His? Have you completely emptied yourself of all that is not of Jesus?

It takes time. It doesn’t happen with the snap of your fingers. But I believe we need to focus on this.

Be in His Word. Read, pray, talk with other believers.

Time’s up  (second time)

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What Leads People to Jesus?

What Leads People to Jesus?

by Janis Cox

John 6;63

The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life (John 6:63, NIV).

I believe that God has a plan of redemption for each of us. I believe He uses circumstances to reveal Himself. And He uses these experiences to bring us in contact with Him.

But I know too that only when we are empty, frustrated, tired, upset, grieving – and ready to receive Him – will He indwell in us. We need to want Him. Then we will ask Him in.

When I reached out to Jesus my hunger was strong. I knew there was something more that just life here on earth. And as I searched, He led me on quite a journey of discovery. As I look back, the stories I heard helped me along in His plan but my hunger enabled me to ask for His presence.

We can hear faith stories. We can be touched by the wonderful words of others. But it takes God to fill us up.

We need to ASK.

Through our asking, God put His process in motion, creating something in use that was non-existent until we asked (Oswald Chambers).

The truth of redemption – that is what will fill us up.

It is never the sharing of personal experiences that saves people, but the truth of redemption (Oswald Chambers).

But that doesn’t mean to stop sharing your stories. They are part of His plan. They need to be told so others can make the choice to ASK, “Please fill me up, Lord.”

Come to Me [Jesus] in your gaping emptiness, know that in Me you are complete (Jesus Calling).


Heavenly Father, we come to you – empty. Please fill us with Your Spirit and help us to be  people of faith. We ask this, Jesus, because we know that only You can fill us up. In Your name we pray. AMEN.

If you haven’t asked Jesus to reveal Himself. Do it now.


We can hear faith stories. But it takes God to fill us up. (click to tweet)

Here is one of my favourite worship song by Hawk Nelson – Let Your Words be Life

Janis Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. A writer since 2003, Janis co-ordinates a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters.

Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. For more information visit Janis on her website He Cares for You. She is a member of The Word Guild andInscribe Writers Fellowship.

WEDNESDAY’S WORD – Transformed

Wednesday’s Word – Transformed


As we head toward Easter I think back at the difference that Easter means to me now compared to earlier -before I understood who Jesus is.

I found a poem I had written a few years ago.

I thought I would share it with you today. It is based on Romans 12:1-2.

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Inside Out

Dry, brittle
Easily hurt
Angry, unsure
Taking hold of life
By sheer will.

Exert control, demand
Expect everyone
To heed my call.

Jesus entered
Sensed my struggle
Asked me to lay it down.

Pierced my soul
With life-giving blood
And turned me inside out.

Released my fear
Sorrow and pain
Mercy washed over me.

Showed me love,
Patience and passion
And life with an Eternity.

@Janis Cox 2008

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