Have you ever reached a point where you felt like you were running on empty? You know what I’m talking about. Those times in life when it takes all your energy just to get through the day.
That was me the last couple of weeks. I was tired and dealing with allergy symptoms. I had no inspiration when it came to my work in progress. Plus, no matter what I did to knock a few things off my to-do list, there were more that had to be added. I went to bed worn out, and I woke up in the morning already feeling tired.
I was running on empty and, frankly, it was getting frustrating.
That’s when God sent me a reminder at church – or maybe it was more like a kick in the pants.
You Can’t Pour Clean Water Into a Glass Full of Mud
That feeling of running on empty with nothing else to give? I’ve always associated it with negativity. It meant I had NO energy, NO creativity, NO passion.
But that Sunday morning, a song spoke to my heart. Keep Making Me written by David Frey, Ben McDonald, and Sam Mizell, had these lyrics: “Make me empty, so I can be filled.”
Wow. As we sang the song, all I could picture was a goblet full of muddy water. It was murky, making it impossible to even tell what was truly in the glass in the first place. That glass right there was my life at that moment in time. My head and my heart were so muddy, it was no wonder I couldn’t see my way through to the other side! And then pictured God waiting patiently for the goblet to be emptied so He could pour some of the purest, clearest water into it instead.
That’s when it hit me: Being empty isn’t a bad thing. Maybe sometimes we need to be emptied so that God can fill us back up again. Only then can we truly see and taste what He has to offer.
Suddenly, running on empty didn’t seem so negative. Instead, I found myself excited by the thought of fresh ideas, renewed energy, and a rediscovered excitement in my writing.
Encouragement is Everywhere
Our pastor spoke about how important it is for us to encourage the people around us. Even the smallest thing that doesn’t mean a lot to you can make a world of difference to the person you spend time with. That was certainly true for me that day at church. God took the testimony of a young woman I didn’t know, songs written by people I’d never heard of until that day, and the wise words of our pastor to orchestrate an answer to a prayer my aching heart had been desperate to hear.
It reminded me that God whispers encouragement to us each and every day. I pray I’ll go forward more open to those little reminders that He’s always there, confident that He’s got something amazing He’s just waiting to pour into my life.
When you’re so stressed that you feel like you’re running on empty, remember that you can’t pour something new into a cup that’s already full. Instead of focusing on all the things in life that aren’t going the way you think they should, watch for those subtle reminders from God that He’s in control. That He has plans for you. He wants to fill you with His inspiration, patience, and joy.
I’ve got two different projects I’ve been working on over the last couple of months. My latest Christian romance, Marrying Mandy, is up on Kindle Scout right now. I’d love it if you’d head over there and nominate it. If you’re not familiar with Kindle Scout, each book has a 30-day campaign. At the end of that campaign, if Amazon chooses it, then everyone who nominated it gets a free copy. Pretty neat, right? Every vote counts, and I truly appreciate yours!
This book was so much fun to write! Here’s a little more about it:
Preston’s heart aches for the woman he’s loved for years. Mandy’s on the verge of losing the only real home she’s ever known. Frustrated by her stubborn refusal to let him help, he’s certain they are stronger together than they are apart. A marriage of convenience might be crazy… or an answer to both their prayers.
Fall Into Romance
The other project I’ve been working on is the first collection I’ve been involved in. Fall Into Romance has been an amazing experience! The novellas that I, along with nine talented authors, put together have been so much fun. This set is available for pre-order for only $0.99 and will release October 5th!
* These novellas are NOT Christian/inspirational. However, they are sweet/clean.
Surround yourself in the romance of the autumn season with 10 heartwarming, sweet novellas from USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors with a foreword by Susan Hatler, New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author.
Each story takes you inside the heart of a small town—its people—and features adorable animal friends in need of a forever home.
Take a trip to Romance, Oregon, where falling in love has never been easier and happily-ever-after is guaranteed!
We’re having a party to celebrate the release of Fall Into Romance.
I hope you’ll consider joining us! There’ll be prizes, giveaways, games, and much more!