Five Minute Friday: FILL

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Word Prompt: Fill


It happens so rarely nowadays that it kind of catches me off guard when it reappears: a craving.

I was sitting at one of the many outdoor restaurants in Venice with my husband and son and the thought crossed my mind.  This setting.  This beautiful, amazing, dream-like moment would be perfect for a glass of wine.  I even mentioned it to my husband.

Crazy, Lord, I’m sitting in vino land and saying no to the endless flows of red wine. 

I’m not going to lie…the thought made me a little sad at the time.

This morning when I saw the Five Minute Friday word prompt, this was one of the memories that came to mind from our recent trip overseas.

Yet, I recalled another memory this morning too.

I was newly sober, less than 30 days under my belt. I decided to spend the day with another lady in recovery. We drove down to the beach together.

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.




I thought I would share this song again.  It’s for anyone who might be feeling like the only way to experience joy is to fill yourself with empty and fleeting things. I know we all have a tendency to do that on a daily basis.  But, I hope this song reminds us that there’s a better alternative…one that fills us up and satisfies us like nothing else is capable of doing.

7 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: FILL

  1. Janel

    Hello sweet sister. You are my neighbor on the linkup over for FMF. I’m not sure I’ve ever been to your blog before. I’m enjoying reading your thoughts. This was a great prompt because so many people approached it from different perspectives.
    Congrats on those 12.5 years. I’m sure its been an up and down journey…but I”m also so thankful to read about those moments that you had joy in experience and it wasn’t aided by something in your long stemmed glass. thank you for being so transparent about what is filling you up these days. Be blessed dear one.

    1. Eileen Post author

      Hi Neighbor! Yes, I love the different directions you can go with this word. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Michelle Anderson

    As one who gave up alcohol almost 9 years ago, I totally know what you mean. Binge drinker for years and years, drunk every single day for 5 before the Lord set me free. There is nothing that satisfies my heart more than Jesus. He is my lifeline.


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