Out of the Overflow

I’ve been quiet here for a few days…and even longer than that if you don’t count the most recent “series” of posts that constituted my testimony.  Honestly, I’ve had barely enough lately.  Can you relate?  Do you ever feel like you have “barely enough”?  Enough what?  I don’t know…brain power, clarity, memory, some other intangible energy that it takes to function as a wife, mom, employee, friend…

The bible says in Matt 12:33 AND Luke 6:45 that “out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks”.   I’ve also heard it said like this “what’s down in the well, comes up in the bucket”.   So, if you’ve got nothing down in the well, the bucket’s coming up empty, right?  Well, I haven’t been “feeding my heart”, in other words, my time with God has been rushed, brief, and sometimes non-existent.    How did I let this happen?  I drifted from my zealous desire to know Him into a time of just getting by.

At work, I’ll sometimes hear “we do ministry out of the overflow”.  **Since I work at a church (albeit a fairly “non-traditional” one, it’s a church, nonetheless), I sometimes use “churchy” words like Ministry.  In this case it just means loving our spouse/friends/coworkers/neighbors, teaching our children to love his/her siblings in spite of their weaknesses and obvious flaws, giving advice, feeding, providing a safe home, etc…

If I don’t spend time being “filled up” by God–spending time with Him in prayer and reading His word–then I have nothing to give–I might even just be a taker.    If I spend enough time with God that I am filled up completely, then anything else just overflows…and that’s the external stuff other people can see!!    and that’s where I wanna stay….overflowing with God’s love, truth, wisdom, understanding…I want the people in my life to feel that and feel and see God working through me–to the point that they don’t see me, Cari, any more, but Only GOD.

and that’s what I want this blog to be–just a container to catch the overflow.  hence the blog name change.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.  Matt 5:6

Thanks for sticking around.  Are you operating out of the overflow of what God is doing in your life?  or are you dry?

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