Filled to Pour

Yesterday I got home from work and had one of those happy and full feelings. I shared the following thoughts in a post on Facebook.

What a busy day filled with lots of great conversations, connections, and coffee. 
Happy and filled up.

When I woke this morning the filling theme continued. I read this verse in my devotional.

“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” Philippians 2:12-13

The word fulfill was the word that caused me to pause and reflect. The Lord will achieve, bring to completion, and follow through on His promises. It’s Him doing the work in us and through us as we submit to Him and the path He has planned for us. 

And then, a blog post from three years ago showed up in my Facebook memories for today. The name of the post?  FILL You can read the short post here

It was a writing prompt exercise centered around the word fill. I shared about a recent trip to Venice, Italy and the reminder of how some things in this world promise to fill us but leave us feeling terribly empty instead.  I also shared about a time when His joy swept over me and fully filled me up.

I ended that post with these words:

I don’t recall how we filled our day at the beach…but I do recall what filled me: JOY

Later that same evening I shared with a room full of recovering alcoholics what an incredible feeling it was to be able to laugh again without the assistance of a drug.

I felt alive for the first time in years.

I felt free.

I felt.  

And for the last 12 1/2 years, I’ve had countless more days just like that beach day.

My redeemer, my restorer, my restarter, my reFILLer.

He promises to satisfy.  It’s an irreplaceable gift.

And, yes, it’s even better than a glass of wine in Venice.

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“Be gracious to me, God, be gracious to me,
for I take refuge in you.
I will seek refuge in the shadow of your wings
until danger passes.
I call to God Most High,
to God who fulfills his purpose for me.
 He reaches down from heaven and saves me.” ~Psalm 57: 1-3

That’s worth repeating isn’t it?

RE-Fill your heart this morning with this reminder, and then RE-FILL it again tomorrow too…

I call to God Most High, to God who fufills his purpose for me. He reaches down from heaven and saves me.

“You give life, You are love
You bring light to the darkness
You give hope, You restore
Every heart that is broken
Great are You, Lord
It’s Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise
We pour out our praise
It’s Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise to You only”
~All Sons & Daughters

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