Thursday, June 21, 2012

Full, yet?

Empty Plate
I finished cleaning my life plate and I pushed myself away from the table.


I am already hungry again. I eagerly and anxiously feel the need to fill my life plate once more. More activity. More service. More. More. More.


My loving God says:


Stop.


Wait.


Rest.


I want you to experience My fullness. "I have come that you may have life... and have it to the FULL." (John 10:10)


Unfortunately, my culture and even the church have taught me that a full plate is expected. A full plate satisfies. A full life plate brings joy. A full life plate denotes status and importance.


My loving, patient God says:


Stop. 


Wait.


Rest.


Do you feel it? Do you feel the satisfaction, the joy, the peace, the fullness of My presence?


"You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore." (Psalm 16:11)


Lord, free me from the NEED to fill my plate out of any reason other than obedience to you. May I be satisfied in the FULL life that you give.

And when that plate is full of You, of Your life, of Your love, mercy, and grace... then I realize it is meant to be...


shared. 






Living for ONE,


Kelli


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7 comments:

Mindy @ New Equus - A New Creation said...

Stop, wait, rest...AWESOME words to live by. :) Hopping from Just Write It Girl!

Ashley Pichea said...

This is something God has been working on in my life - the need to let go and simplify. To stop and be still. To be OK with not being constantly busy. I'm a work in progress!

Rhoda said...

Thanks for your thoughtful post - I loved the one before this one too. It is so easy to fill up our plate when we love to serve, and so easy to get it so full that we get off track and don't have time to do what's really important as well as we should. Thanks for the encouragement to go to God for our full plate :)

AmyAlves said...

Evenin' Kelli!
YES, I do feel His satisfaction! There is no one like our God! This was such a restful post... thank you for sharing with us sister! ~ Blessings, Amy

Stacey said...

This is one thing I'm learning to do - rest. I wonder how long it will take!

Thank you for the reminder.

Leanne said...

I don't know why I should be surprised that others are going through the same process I am. Of course God would send words of support and encouragement through others.

Of stopping (not just stepping back, stopping) and evaluating and making room for God ... thank you for both of your posts! I am so glad that I took time to read Ann Voskamp's Walk with Him Wednesdays link list today.

Tereasa said...

Oh, how I appreciate this! We have emptied our plate in the past year out of necessity. We needed time to heal from deep hurts and focus on what really matters. People would have us focus on the "stuff" but they don't realize how much we have grown from this quiet time. We are actually able to serve better now! Thanks for the encouragement!