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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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Five Minute Fridays – In Between

Five Minute Fridays – In Between

dance like no one is watching

I find if I live in the present moment and do what is required for this day – which might mean working ahead – then there is no stress. It might be singing, dancing, reading or just looking at all that God is doing.

Every morning I take time to pray, to study the Word and to plan my day (sort of ).

Things get accomplished, plans do change but God is in it all and I am at peace.

The in between is NOW and I plan to live it
and live it to the full.
(Click to tweet this).

Jesus says:

 I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10, NIV).

You can read my Word of the Year – LIVE – where I talk about the joy of living.

And today on Under the Cover of Prayer, God is speaking to me about calling upon God NOW – embracing Him. Do You Have Freedom When You Pray?

Linking in with Lisa-Jo Baker and Five Minute Fridays.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back here (to Lisa Jo) and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my blog footer}
3. Go leave some comment props for the five minute artist who linked up before you {and if you love us, consider turning off word verification for the day to make it easier for folks to say howdy}

It’s a great way to catch your breath at the end of a long week.


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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