Monday, December 6, 2010

Are You Running On Empty?

Are you weary and tired?  Do you feel like you're running on empty?  Do you feel like you've nothing left to give?

There will be times or seasons in your life when it may feel like the river is going to sweep right over you.  We are to expect difficulties and challenges, according to God's Word.

But often we can bring some of it on ourselves.  We can place such high expectations on ourselves especially during the holiday season.  Maybe you're trying to meet the expectations of others.  Does everything really  have to be so perfect?  Are you setting yourself up for more stress and running on empty? 

It doesn't need to be that way!

The secret to remaining full is ...abiding in Christ.

Cling to the Vine. 

During this Christmas season, consider this:
  • Spend time with the Lord daily
  • Begin each day in prayer.
  • Praise God and give thanks today.
  • Ask for His strength for this day.
  • Ask Him to open your eyes to His Divine appointments for you today
  • Spend time quietly before Him so you can listen to His voice.
  • When you become stressed or feel empty, return to Him at that moment as you pray.

Photo Credit: Iris Nelson Photography
Iris of Grace Alone captured a perfect photo to illustrate this.

May you be filled to overflowing with His Holy Spirit.  And then may that Spirit overflow in love to others. 

Have a wonderful Monday!

Blessings and love,

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15 comments:

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Debbie Sweetie...
Oh I love coming to say hello. I can always rely on my cup runneth over with love here. Thank you for the beautiful thought this morning.

Each morning, as I drive into work, I find myself talking to God. That is my quiet time. I can't imagine starting my day any other way. It gives me the right set of mind for the day.

You my friend have filled me to overflowing this morning. Thank you so much.

Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Grace on the Narrow Path said...

Excellent advice my friend. The holidays can be overwhelming. Christmas is about the birth of Christ but sometimes even HIS children get taken back.
Thank you for this reminder.
Hugs,
Bren

Marla @ Always Nesting said...

Great post and what a great reminder now that we are in the hustle and bustle of the season.

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

Beautiful post Debbie! Great reminder to everyone during this season where too many get too busy doing vs. being with God!

Love you!
Jill

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Yes and Amen...the holidays, if we allow, can add more stress to a life that may already be under stress...another good reason to turn to Him and also remember His birth
Thanks...needed this this morning!

Lisa notes... said...

Wow, Debbie. This post is so perfect for me. We held a mini-retreat at our house last Saturday for a few families, and our theme was Overflow. We talked about many of the things you mention here. God is good to remind me that I really need to rely on HIS sources for sustaining me, and not my own.

Thank you, friend!
Hugs,
Lisa

Godsgalnj said...

I love how encouraging this post is! Thank you for the list of reminders - it definitely helps for those overwhelming moments of everyday life. I hope you have a blessed Monday!

Cindy said...

I do feel like I'm on empty a lot but have found what you prescribe to be absolutely true! Thanks for reminding me of it.

Sandy said...

Time spent with the Lord is the
answer to everything that troubles
or stresses us. I want to stay
filled to the brim with His precious
Spirit so I can give out of the
overflow!!
Love & Prayers,
Sandy

rcubes said...

How often do we get sidetracked by all these things of the world, only to still feel empty? He alone truly completes us. Thank you for the beautiful reminder of what this season means. Blessings and love to you sister.

Lea said...

What a timely blog entry! Your are right, we are often our own worse enemy. It's just not edifying to our Lord to get so wrapped up in our "to dos" that we totally forget "the reason for the season."

Blessings for a wonderful week!

Cathy said...

A beautiful post, my sweet friend ~ Love you ~

Laurie M. said...

Thanks for the encouraging words Debbie!

bein_me said...

Thank you for a beautiful post.

LisaShaw said...

Priceless post!

Love you my friend!

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