Today we have a special guest. I’m so honored that Chris Carter, from The Mom Cafe is sharing her thoughts with us. If you missed the post where I doted about how wonderful a person she is and how inspiring her writings are, you can check it out HERE. Today, she shares her heart. I’ve been blessed by the message and I hope that you will also be encouraged to fill those empty spaces in our lives.
In our day-to-day living, there are empty spaces. Those moments we are stuck at life’s stop sign, and we let our thoughts ramble on inside our minds carelessly, aimlessly. We can be sitting in the car with a traffic standstill, waiting in line at the school pick up or at the grocery store, to name a few. In the office or at home, there is so much wasted “empty space.” I like to call it that because the moments when I can’t “do something”, I become restless and distract myself with thoughts that are not fruitful. We all go about our days constantly scanning our “to do” list in our minds and wander anxiously onto the “next thing” we need to cross off that list. We scurry in a hurry through each step of our day. Stop and go. Stop and go. Stop and go…
Many, many moments are wasted on frivolous thoughts.
Unintentional, yet unproductive.
I am convicted of this truth.
How many times do I wait in the car line pick up and think about my list of things to do or reflect on what I got done that day?
How many times do I huff and puff while standing in the long line at the store frustrated at all the time I am wasting and what I could be doing instead?
How many moments have I spent carelessly thinking about the lady in the weird hat or the adorable little child in the line at the P.O.?
What about those moments before a class starts when we play with our phone and wait to watch our little ones?
Perhaps we ponder our lists and mentally create more, while we are doing dishes, scrubbing the bathroom down or folding the laundry?
Oh the list goes on and on and on…
If you would add all those moments up in one day, you would be surprised how much time was wasted.
I have a new purpose for that time.
During this Lenten season, many people choose something to sacrifice in Honor of Christ’s ultimate sacrifice for us. It is the hope that this act will bring us closer to our Holy Father and deepen our faith.
What if we sacrifice our empty spaces for Him?
Each moment. Each wasted moment can be used for precious prayer. Seek His Presence in those empty spaces. Draw Him near, my friend. Transform those careless thoughts and fill yourself with His Grace, His Love, His Purpose. And all those empty spaces will become full.
Full of what is Worthy and True.
Full of His Deep Abiding Love.
Full of Conviction and Discernment.
Full of Spirit and Deliverance.
Full of Focus and Richness.
Full of Light and Illumination.
Full of Forgiveness and Peace.
For this Lenten Season, I will sacrifice my empty spaces for Him.
I will fill those empty spaces with my heart, my mind, and my soul…
Would you join me?
Chris is a wife and mother of two children. She has a passion for children and people. She loves connecting with people and enjoys investing her time and energy into deep relationships. Her hope is to touch lives any way she can and shine a little light in their world through her writing.