Empty Things

“And do not turn aside; for then you would go after empty things which cannot profit or deliver, for they are nothing.” 1 Samuel 12:21

I hear in this God’s utmost desire to save us from empty lives.

Thank You, Lord, for fulfilling us, blessing us and delivering us from the nothingness of life without You. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Turning To You

What once was empty
You have filled

and futile thoughts
You have stilled

what amounted to nothing
You’ve changed for good

because You love us
and said You would.


  1. If you were to ask man 100 years ago: do you think men will ever walk on the moon? You would immediately rise to the top of a short list with the dubious distinction of king/queen of village Idiots. Ask that Question today and the answer returned would be: why,…….. haven’t you heard!

    “But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas?…We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too” JFK. In 1961 when Kennedy made his now famous pledge to land a man on the Moon, the USA had only 15 minutes piloted spaceflight experience and only 5 minutes of that was in space while the Russians had already completed missions in orbit. Kennedy the face of virtually impossible odds due to limitations in technology and know how pushed NASSAU beyond their limits of planning a mission to fly around the moon and return, to land a man on the moon; coming form behind the Russians to achieve higher than expected goals.

    The difference between limitation and liberty is knowledge. If confronted by limitations, the best course it to seek the know-how. By knowledge you shall be liberated form constraints; whatever the form. When confronted by limitations, if our first recourse is to concede, yield, and embrace them; we might well be going to sleep under a Russian moon, and flying a British flag for a national banner. Limitations by their varied and sundry forms are all the brood of ignorance; wherever found they should be banished. Ignorance is not so damnable as humbug, but when it prescribes pills (as does the wisdom of men) it may happen to do more harm”— George Eliot. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

    It would serve us well to listen to JFK stir our nation to it’s feet at darker times in our history, to avert the real threat of Russian dominance in the outer space.

    LINK BELOW: (the features a transcript of the inspirational speech, and an audio recording plays in the background)

    I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, it is the power of God to be delivered from all things which we could before not be delivered from. We seldom discern the wisdom of men which makes void the power of God; because by appearance it often seem wiser than even God’s council which is utter foolishness among men.

    We should raise our awareness to the things that God has said and done, and the world is yet unaware of it. The way the Bible describes brainwashing is stated in (Isaiah 25:7—the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations.) This covering, this veil that overspreads the whole world is the wisdom of man. The only way to overcome this is to receive the gift of the mind of Christ whereby by realize that all things are possible with us. If all your lives you are told one thing, in this case the wisdom of man; even if the truth is in front of you, you will not see it because of this veil that covers the face of the world.

    Take this 20-second AWARENESS TEST and see what I mean.

    God has written to us of the great things of his law, but we have counted them as foolishness. Mark 9:23—Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. Luke 18:27—The things, which are impossible with men, are possible with God. Matthew 17:20—. …and nothing shall be impossible unto you. After Jesus rebuked the storm, wind and tempest tossed sea, the disciples looked at him in wonder and asking each other; what manner of man is this. Jesus asked them, where is your faith? He expected them to do the same things he did; Jesus wasn’t the only one that walked on water, Peter did for a short while; this is so symbolic of the short period of time the church got it right after Jesus departed.

    There are two parties identified here with whom it is said that all things are possible, with God and with men who believe. This is the righteousness of God, it transfers to man all the things of God that are given to men by believing, even God himself as the gift first given to Abraham, and promised to we his seed in Christ is transferred to man by the faith of God, that man is supposed to have.

  2. Deb – I’d like to add you to my blog roll – if that’s OK with you?

  3. Yay!

    Thanks Deb 🙂

    “Thank You, Lord, for fulfilling us, blessing us and delivering us from the nothingness of life without You. ”

    Beautiful! Lovely poem and deep prayer … He took all my nothingness and made me into something beautiful for the glory of His name. How can I not praise?! Your post today reminds me of a song by Evie, Praise You Just The Same:
    “Now my life is beautiful; praise comes easy to me.
    But I felt when all was darkness, for the truth was so hard to see
    Oh, but, thank You for the trial, if it will bring me close to You
    Help me, Lord, to smile,
    when things don’t go the way I’d want them to
    If I suffer pain, help me, that I don’t complain, but
    Thank you, Lord, and praise You just the same
    I want to thank You, Lord, and praise You just the same”



  4. That would be an exceptional honor. By all means please do.

    Thank you

  5. Hey Deb! This is so awesome. I have oft meditated on the fact that before Christ my life had no meaning…but now in Christ I am full of purpose. How could I ever go back to the nothingness?

  6. Your poem is beautiful in its simplicity. I like discovering your lovely reminders each morning.

  7. “And do not turn aside; for then you would go after empty things…”

    It’s interesting how there is harmony in the Bible because Paul said the following:

    Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. (Colossians 2:8 NLT)

  8. with Him life is overflowing

    Love your simple poem Deb!

  9. You certainly can, Debbie. And it reminds me that I have gotten lax in adding people to mine! So thank you for the reminder to get with the program. 🙂
    God bless you, dear Deb, and your heart that ever turns to Him.

  10. Thank you, Ann full of Jesus grace and joy!
    “I want to thank you, Lord, and praise you just the same.” What a lovely way to handle our days. . .with Him, there is not emptiness in anything that we go through. 🙂
    God bless you and sing over you today!

  11. Pastor J, that was me too. I got to the point that I just didn’t want to go on. What a difference He makes! God bless you and the purpose He has given you!

  12. God bless you, Jessica, and your writing which is simply amazing. 🙂

  13. Thank you so much, Larry, for showing us that and adding that Colossians verse! God bless you as you chase after Him.

  14. God bless you and overflow you today! Your comments always fill me with happy. 🙂

  15. Thank you, New Genesis Resurrection, for that great comment. Your comments are better than my posts! ha! God bless you as you seek out the fullness of Jesus!

  16. This was a lovely reminder that He always has our best at heart! When I read your poem today I thought you should collate your favourites and do a book! Bless you for encouraging so many x

  17. God bless you as you encourage too! For some reason I just don’t feel these would make a good book. There is something wonderful though about being able to share them here and get to learn from others, gain from their insights. It’s like a “Build a Post” instead of Build a Bear. 🙂 Not being hard on myself or showing false humility, (I hope!) but honestly, my writing is not of a professional caliber, not a publishable sort of work. Yet I do feel He wants me to do this, helps me and that it is doing what He wants it to.

  18. This was beautiful. 🙂

  19. Deb, You are on a roll this week! Not that your poems aren’t always awesome, but the last few are particularly so. Or maybe it’s that I’m feeling better and can focus on them better. 😉 And I LOVE this prayer of praise: “Thank You, Lord, for fulfilling us, blessing us and delivering us from the nothingness of life without You.” Jesus is so awesome to give us an abundant life and to fill us with His Holy Spirit peace and faith. Peace, Linda

  20. So are you, wonderful woman of the Word! God bless you and fill you today!

  21. Oh Linda, I love that you are feeling better. yay! Praying for you as He fulfills all His desires for you. You are a blessing and a help to many. 🙂

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