Half Empty

**Disclaimer–I found this post on my computer–it was written in March, I think! Ha!**

Half Empty or Half Full

—does it really matter if your cup is not overflowing?

A month ago I had the opportunity to pack a bag ONLY for me. No diapers. No extra snacks. No mile-long checklist.

Just some clothes, a good book, and my yoga mat.


Yes, for four days and three nights, this momma experienced air conditioning, reclined poolside, practiced yoga on the beach, and rejuvenated.

Before I left, I said to Ethan, “I can’t wait to come back refreshed!!”

Isn’t that how we do life? We run run run because we are busy busy busy and that is just what we have to do. Then a few months down the road, we hit a wall and do things like sign up for retreats or go on vacation, all to fill back up again.

There has to be a better way, right??

Journaling to the sounds of waves crashing, it occurred to me: I have not been letting the Lord fill up my cup.

All day long I GIVE: to my husband, daughter, friends, and those we minister to daily. 

Cooking, cleaning, laundry, lesson planning, counseling, praying with others… lots of days I don’t even run a brush through my hair. 

The reality is that there is always more work to be done, especially in ministry. And because there are so many people that need to know the Good LORD, it is really easy to allow myself to push through weeks and months with very little rest (spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical).

The result? A lot of tasks completed and the sound of a clanging cymbal (1 Corinthians 13:1).

Recently I started reading through the Old Testament (does anyone else struggle through Leviticus and Numbers?!?). 

I love reading the story in Exodus about the Israelites and manna. God provided JUST enough for them to have everyday. They couldn’t double their work load one day, then hang out the next. He even forced them to take a day off by not providing it one day a week.

God wants us to have a rhythm of work and rest. 

Some days I see my cup as half empty, and other days I see it as half full. But what does it matter if it’s not OVERFLOWING? 

No amount of social time, alone time, coffee, yoga, or ANYTHING can fill our cup. Only the Lord and time with Him in His word will satisfy. 

Isaiah 40:31

but those who hope in the Lord

will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles;

they will run and not grow weary,

they will walk and not be faint.

(Side note: if you have any missionary friends, I highly recommend Azmera retreats—they do 3 different countries a year. Check it out!). 

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