running into empty

If you came over from (in)courage, welcome! I’m so glad you are here.

In today’s (in)courage post, we talked about hitting those hard crossroads. I take that a little deeper today as we discover what we might find in those harder places. ~ Suzie


This past week I ran smack into the end of myself.

You ever been there?

I was juggling words and deadlines and pressing family needs and “boom” — I was all out of me.

I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. 

Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it. Psalm 81:10 (NIV)

In this passage, a burdened people didn’t know which way to go.

God had rescued them.

But there was more that He had for them.

On the other side of empty was full. 

But they had not reached for that gift so even though they were out of slavery they still weren’t free.

Open your mouth. And I will fill it. 

Don’t turn to other things. Don’t try to fill those empty places with more activity. Don’t try to feel better temporarily.

Choose Me. 

When we run smack into empty we have a choice. We can keep on going. We can run and run and do and do until one small incident sets us off and we implode inside.

Or worse, we explode and it affects everyone around us.

We can try to make ourselves feel better in a thousand different ways, but if we are truly empty on the inside none of that is going to fill us up.


So, what do we do?


Jesus pulled away from the crowds to cocoon Himself in with His Heavenly Father. He recognized that pouring out and pouring out without filling back up has little merit if you lose yourself in the process.

Maybe, like me, you know what it feels like to run into the end of yourself. Maybe you are in a crossroads today and you don’t have a clue where to go from here.

Close out all the clutter and listen to this promise:

But you would [will] be fed with the finest of wheat; 

with honey from the rock I would [will] satisfy you. Psalm 81:16 (NIV)

 Before we take on one more task. Before we make one more decision. Before we take one more step, let’s open our mouths and let Him full us up. Let’s create sacred space where we get alone with Him — no matter what that looks like for you — to fill back up.

Matthew 6_8

For me, it’s shutting everything down if only for a few moments and seeing where that leads. It’s being honest with God and trusting that He knows what I need before I even ask (Matthew 6:8). It’s acknowledging that I’m not super human and I need Him.

Will you do that with me today?

And if you are in a crossroads or a hard place, I’d love to pray with you. I have an amazing ministry team who will also join in praying.

The prayers of a righteous man (woman) are powerful and effective when we join together.


Sign up here <> to receive free daily encouragement from the writers of (in)courage, right in your inbox!