In response to the underwhelming condition of my cupboards, I went grocery shopping this weekend. It’s amazing how one’s outlook improves upon stocking the cabinets and the fridge. We no longer own just a can of peas, a package of hamburger and some expired strawberries.
I guess I really hadn’t been dedicated to the state of the pantry since before the Nashville trip… I was trying to use up and make do– in more ways than one. And much like my gas tank upon returning, I realized I’d been running on low.
Maybe our emptying out is deliberate through going and giving and serving. Washing bottles and feeding babies. Maybe it’s unintentional through the breaking of a heart or spirit. Tears spill and the emotional wreckage re-surfaces and despite our best kept efforts to keep the table clear, things accumulate. And much like the straw that broke the camel’s back, sometimes it’s not the big things that leave us barren but the culmination of all the little foxes that cleverly leap in to steal our joy.
I struggled through the weeks asking God to fill me back up. Soaking up the word. Bemoaning my lack and pouring over the scriptures. And in response I was met with overwhelming references to His abundance…
Then something funny happened on Saturday with our favorite Mexican take-out. We always ask for the bigger bag of tortilla chips which is usually just a hair larger than a standard brown lunch bag, but a more equal match for our container of salsa. But when the boy came through the door carrying two large brown grocery sized bags I knew something was awry. The first bag held our meals. And the second was brimming with thin and crispy salty goodness in the form of little pointy and curled triangles. So many that we couldn’t eat them all. So many that we had to share them. So many that all we could do was laugh and take pictures. And as I poured the leftovers into container after container, shaking to settle the contents to fit in the last of the overflow this verse came to mind:
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. ~ Luke 6:38
The past week I’ve been blessed to realize just how much I have. But I know that in order to receive I also have to let go. I have to surrender my attitude and maybe even my stuff. I have to acknowledge my feelings but then be willing to part ways by testing them against what the word says. I have to make room and space. In this life, there is a continual filling up and a spilling out.
I’m finding my fullness and happiness are only satiated by His presence. So this weekend as I tidied up my thought processes, and feasted on those chips and the Word and not my feelings, I also spent a little time putting my physical house back in order (yes this is a matter of opinion but when I can see the top of my kitchen table again, it’s a good thing. I feel peace.) Clutter, I’m finding, does not begat peace… contrary to the popular belief that more stuff equals more happiness.
I tossed out scribbled notes of grocery lists and to-dos that should have been done long ago. Donated clothes that don’t fit and dishes without their mates. I sorted through thread and mail and abandoned scrolling through Instagram and Facebook because I realized I’d been filling my time and space and brain with so many other people’s ideas of what is pretty and holy and necessary to be successful and live a good life that I’d forgotten how to just do me. And that starts with Him.
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore~ Psalm 16:11
Then we give ourselves space and grace and good counsel. We work it out and get it out- our feelings. Our clutter. Our ideas. Our creativity. Our love. We keep showing up. Serving up. Filling up and pouring out over and over again. Because that’s what our Savior did for us and when we trust in His love, we are assured His abundance can fill our every need and then some.
Filling up on this song and Coffee for your Heart over at Miss Holley’s this week. Join me there?
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I love this post! It is so true to life and your example of hot piping, salty Mexican chips spilling over is making me want to go out for lunch! I have experienced the cyclical events of filling up and pouring out, filling up and pouring out. It is hard. But one that I have found very rewarding. So glad to join you at Coffee For Your Heart today!
Hey Nichole! SO glad you stopped by!! And sorry I may have been a bad influence with the chips! LOL! Happy to be linking up with you lovely girls again– finally had some thoughts that needed to spill out and I appreciate your sweet comments!
At long last, a new post! 🙂 And on my favorite topic of clearing clutter (you know my new hobby of taking things to the resale shop — shipped another stack of books and stuff off this weekend:)) and on the abundance of God’s blessings in our lives! What a treat the extra chips must have been, too and the perfect visual to let you feel something your heart needed to hear! I’ve been feeling similar feelings myself — maybe all this IS the good life, don’t you think? We’re already living it! xo
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I know right?!? Ridiculous that I can’t seem to stick with something that fills me up…! I totally agree girl– we are so blessed– and the truth is all around us. So thankful for you my friend! ♥
Hi Heather. I’m glad I’m your neighbor at Holley’s. 🙂 Thank you for this encouraging post. I daily need this reminder to surrender and empty ourselves of the “clutter” that keeps us from filling up on Jesus. I found this thought so insightful – “I realized I’d been filling my time and space and brain with so many other people’s ideas of what is pretty and holy and necessary to be successful and live a good life that I’d forgotten how to just do me. And that starts with Him.” Such wisdom here. I often forget to “just do me” and remember it all “starts with Him.”
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Hey Trudy! Right back at ya! Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment. I’m glad I could share some truth through what I’m struggling with too!
Good Morning, Heather …
What a beautiful story of grace and bountiful replentishment! Amazing what God teaches us in the dailyness of our cupboards, our kitchens, our homes.
So very good to meet you this week! May this weekend pour joy and peace into your soul!
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