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The Gift Of Emptiness

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The Gift Of Emptiness

This article first appeared on The Praying Woman


I thank God for my emptiness.

It is like a gift wrapped haphazardly by the Giver in a nondescript wrapper. You wouldn't know how beautiful it is until you've opened it. 

If it wasn't for that hungry pang for something better, I wouldn't have striven harder. If it wasn't for that emptiness, I wouldn't have been desperate to search for an answer. I would have been complacent. I might have been living contentedly with "just enough".

Your emptiness can do stupendous things in your life. 


The Gift Of Emptiness

My emptiness did these incredible things in my life:

My emptiness gave me the drive to learn something new; to keep on growing, to keep on searching for ways that will make my life better.

My emptiness made me rethink my decisions and enabled me to see things more clearly. It made me recognize the distractions, and made me focus on the more important things.

My emptiness taught me that the world will confuse us about what matters most, because the world is made of people just as imperfect, flawed and empty as we are.

My emptiness made me empathetic. It made me see the emptiness in others. It made me kinder.

My emptiness created a space that made me ready and open to receive more.

My emptiness made me realize that I must never settle for less.

My emptiness and weakness made me believe more in the power and strength of God at work in my life.

My emptiness made me excited for the great plans that are yet to be revealed.

My emptiness helped me appreciate the little things; a simple message asking how I’m doing, a listening ear, a portion of someone’s time, God's quiet presence, a random act of kindness, beautiful songs, glorious mornings. All these which I used to take for granted, I now treasure.

My emptiness made me desire to seek the Source that will fill me up and will never leave me thirsty again.

Embrace your emptiness and know that it is only a phase. A beautiful phase that can do surprisingly marvelous things the way only emptiness can. Receive and cherish the gift of emptiness.



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  1. Good perspective. I am currently reading the book, Paul, by Walter Wangarin. Paul talks about his his weakness and his need for Christ in his letters to the churches. The author brings Paul's struggles to life--it's a good read.
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  2. emptiness makes me question myself (it happens before that made me make a harsh decision) and then it made me thankful for small things that I have, I still feel empty and keep questioning myself hopefully soon I'll embrace something that will definitely define who I am and fulfill whatever I have to fulfill in this life

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  3. Never thought of it this way but so true!

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  4. Thanks this has given me strength,

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  5. A great post, thank you.

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  6. I absolutely love this and can relate so well to your message. Empty really means waiting for the next right thing. God always knows what that will be even when we are waiting and wondering so why not wait in faith knowing something better is being designed especially for us?

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  7. What a great post! You gave us lots to think about. Very inspiring! :)
    ~Jess

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  8. It's commendable how you didn't let that feeling leave you shriveled up like a prune in a fetal position. Emptiness can give you that yearning feeling. It can give that sense of desperation that can lead us to places. But sometimes, it can really do a number on you.

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  9. I needed to hear this today - thank you!

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  10. What a lovely post with a beautiful quote too! I think when we feel empty, it's only when we appreciate things that come our way. By the way, Thank you for linking up with #candidcuddles this week.

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  11. Great perspective from a faith based angle! Practically, i always think how I have to go through winter to really appreciate spring...same with life sometimes.

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  12. Beautifully said, Lux! We appreciate what others would consider mundane, and find joy in almost every thing we see once we experience this emptiness. It is in this emptiness I found the Lord, and my life has never been the same since. Blessings and thanks for sharing such an honest post.

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  13. A beautiful post and a lovely perspective to have xx #candidcuddles

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  14. So beautiful. God is teaching me something similar through feeling like I have a "small life" as a mom to teeny children right now. This is a beautiful expression of the irony of lessening in the Christian's life. Thank you for sharing your heart.

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  15. Great post!
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  16. So very wise, friend ... when we're too full and overflowing, even with the very best life has, it prevents us from hearing God's invitations to something better, bigger, brighter.

    Thanks for going there today ...

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  17. Cute inspiration! Thanks for sharing!!
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  18. I also never thought of it this way. You have shown me another view of this. Thanks!

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  19. I hadn't thought of it that way...but how true!
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful perspective with us...I see with new eyes...:))

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  20. Awesome! I absolutely had fun reading this. Have a fun-filled day!

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  21. That was beautiful and inspirational. A lovely way to look at emptiness in a positive way. My emptiness has done much of the same. Looking for ways to fill it can lead to show much great things.

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  22. Our emptiness can only be filled in Jesus! He is the lifegiving source of all hope happiness and peace! Praying that your emptiness will be filled with HIM! Much love, prayer and blessings for you dear Lux!

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  23. Yes, it is only a phase! Soon, the emptiness will be filled up if we hold on to our hope and allow our Source to work on us. I learned in my sad times to keep myself vulnerable to Him and keep trusting His plan for me.

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  24. Wow. Great post- I love when we can take something hard and turn it into something glorious for Him! Praising him for the emptiness!

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  25. Awesome post, Lux. You put a very positive effect on what most might say is a negative emotion, but not in the light of wisdom!

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  26. I like that - doing something with our lives out of the emptiness. Keep going.

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  27. I've never quite thought of it this way, but I like it! Thank you for the thought provoking post :)

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  28. What an inspiring post :) I totally agree that feelings of emptiness make us strive to do more

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  29. This is wonderful and very inspiring. For sure, everyone of us have already experienced emptiness in life, maybe in different shapes or forms. But it's funny how the struggle became an opportunity for us to know how tough can we become. And you see, at the end of the day, it's us who survived.

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  30. very emptiness :)
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  31. What a deep post & beautiful perspective on your feelings. I think it is true that we appreciate what we have after not having it. Thanks so much for sharing with #candidcuddles xx

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  32. Lux, I love your beautiful website and this exquisite writing about emptiness! What a gorgeous way to look at emptiness as a tank for God to fill.. and as we know, God will when we are faithful! I'm blessed you visited my blog today to receive this gift and message from you. I hope we can share again!

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  33. Oh Lux... this is absolutely beautiful. I LOVE your perspective here. It is such truth!! Sharing everywhere. :)

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  34. Lux, this is just beautiful. Love the insight. Thank you for sharing. ((blessings))

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  35. What an amazing post, Lux. SO encouraging and uplifting! Thank you ever so much for your kind comments left at my blog, too....they were such a dear blessing to my heart. God is using you in so many wonderful ways, and you are so loved and appreciated. Don't ever forget it, my friend. God bless you!

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  36. When we're emptied, we're so much fuller. Being kinder and seeing the hand of God in the midst of emptiness resonated with me, Lux. Enjoyed the visit with you here.

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  37. Beautiful offering! I believe that emptiness is all the things you described above. Thank you for your wisdom and willingness to share this with all of us.

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  38. Our emptiness drives us to God if we let it. He's the only One I can go to to be filled and renewed.

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  39. Love it.
    We NEED darkness just as much as we do light.

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  40. Beautiful! Just like how we should embrace sadness. We can never feel happiness if we could not accept sadness. And so love the emptiness that we could know how and what to fill in.

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  41. I believe that God never meant us to be empty. He wants us full of His love. He gave everything to man when He created them. He made them in His image. Unfortunately, at the time of test, man chose emptiness - he chose himself over the fulfilling love of God.

    Our emptiness can drive us to two directions. One is in filling up the empty part with the pleasures of sin. The other is reaching out to God and opening the heart to Him so as to be filled up with His love.

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  42. So true, great words Lux... thanks for this lovely post!
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  43. Very well written you got me thinking doll.

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  44. ;D

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  45. very straight forward written! Very good hun!

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  47. Awesome post, thanks for sharing!

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  48. This is a very inspiring post! Who knew emptiness could be inspiring!

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  49. This is absolutely beautiful, Lux! I completely agree with every word. I cherish my emptiness phases as well. They are truly life-changing. It's not always easy to see when we are in the midst of them but we can almost always understand the beauty when reflecting on them later.

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  50. Lux, what a beautiful post. I never thought about the purposes emptiness serves. You've got me thinking about emptiness in my own life. Ultimately, I hope the emptiness within me drives me closer to Jesus.

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  51. Isn't it amazing how we have something we don't want - and yet it causes us to reach out, to learn, to inspire and grow in grace. Thank you for sharing with us here a Tell me a Story.

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  52. Thank you for sharing another perspective on emptiness. I have felt this way and I didn't handle it well.
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  53. Beautifully written---one of your best posts.

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  54. Emptiness is good because then God can be the one to fill it! <3

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  55. Emptiness, inner silence, God: What I need :)))
    I love your posts...

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  57. Oshey! Frosh!!This was quite a sincere piece. Luxxy of Destiny.. I am sorry nne.. But i have a knack to ask.. "Are you alright?!!" You have me all worried.com?! Please Reply.. please tell me you are doing okay?!

    You know yeah.. We all are Empty.. No matter what material wealth we have or how much love we feel.. We are ALL empty.. Daily searching for that which will fill us up! But i guess thats one of the many parts of life that we will never come and goan sincerely understand: The continuous and never ending search for FULL+FILL+ment :(

    This as always was a ghen ghen piece.. from a lady with a heart of gold.. Oshey! BaDDest! Thanks for sharing and for all the love and support Nne.. hehehe I literally feel like I know you sef.. I mean you AWESOME like that.. xx

    In other news.. Yyyyaaayyy! Happy New Month Luxxy of Destiny.. Blessings Bubba. xx (AGAIN)

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  58. It's funny because when people hear the words emptiness in most cases it is seen as a negative thing and not anything positive. You've definitely put a spin on that here.

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  59. Such a great post. Your words are so inspiring.

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  60. This is a lovely post Lux. I feel that everything is true. It is funny that I was thinking about something similar yesterday, and you managed to put it all together and let the message come through. Synchronicity. xo

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  61. Beautifully written! Yes, our emptiness creates more room for God within us. And that will always bring more blessings into our lives. Thanks so much. Stay blessed!

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  62. Marjorie Oakes11/2/16, 3:18 PM

    Amazingly Written.

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  63. emptyness is a good time to reflect on oneself

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