To Read on the Journey

Friday, May 11, 2012

Full Containers

By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—
set us right with him, make us fit for him—
we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus.
 And that's not all: 
We throw open our doors to God 
and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. 
We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—
out in the wide open spaces of God's grace and glory
standing tall and shouting our praise.
 There's more to come: 
We continue to shout our praise even when we're hemmed in with troubles, 
because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, 
and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, 
keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. 
In alert expectancy such as this, we're never left feeling shortchanged. 
Quite the contrary—
 God generously pours into our lives
 through the Holy Spirit! 

Romans 5: 1-5
{The Message}

these words.
so good.
this truth...
"we can't round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit."
so so good.

too often i am guilty of overlooking ALL God pours into my life.
i overlook ALL THOSE FULL CONTAINERS because i'm either too caught up in self, i'm constipated with insecurity, i'm fixated on bitterness and sulking about what i think i'm entitled to, or i'm playing the comparison game.
sometimes i'm a mixed cocktail of all of these...
missing the wide open spaces of grace and glory.

but not today.
today i see those containers.
i see generous God.
and i'm telling you denise... yes, you!  
it is good here.
"alert for whatever God."
expectant for whatever.

it's overlooking those containers that causes you to feel shortchanged.  not God. 
God doesn't leave us shortchanged.
He the "there's more" God!   
look at Jesus!

so denise, look {i'm cupping your face in my hands, turning it away from what your stuck on, turning your face, your attention, to your Generous God}.
LOOK {see. isn't that better}.
now, be EXPECTANT for whatever God wants to generously pour into your life through the Holy Spirit.

ah ah ah!  no.  no berating yourself.
no "i'm not good enough, educated enough, emotionally stable enough, financially capable enough, talented enough... blah blah blah."
you don't have to be or do or have anything.
you just need Him.  
He's got all that covered.

Oh, He wants to pour so much into you!
and out of YOU {not just me, you. yeah you, the person reading this}.
let Him.
let Him.


Joy Kinard said...

Sweet, sweet words. Good reminder. It's overflowing here too!

Laura said...


This is good stuff.

I was thinking this I walked the dog and said my THANKFUL I am for the days when I SEE IT ALL....

it is true, that leaves are greener when you are full of God, isn't it? I am not just losing my mind, I am? Because I swear, when I am low and into myself (which is very often) I walk pass, drive by, pass by the same trees....and they don't strike me to look...I don't marvel at them.

But on the days when I am aware of all of my full containers??? They are SO GREEN!

Have a beautiful FULL weekend, spent with your family, heart and eyes wide open!

happy mothers day xo

Linda Z said...

So glad you are feeling so full to overflowing, my friend.

"it's overlooking those containers that causes you to feel shortchanged. not God."

So very true. I have been thinking about this very thing for many weeks now. Beautiful post.