Tuesday, October 25, 2011

An Empty Pitcher

As maybe a few might have noticed, I haven't blogged much in the past week and a half. I have been taking a mini-hiatus to rest my spirit. As I blogged a few posts back, I have grown a little weary of all the ridiculous and hateful comments and messages I have received because of my passion to obey and follow Christ and encouraging others to do the same. I considered shutting down this blog. But after some time of going back to the cross, I have resolved to continue blogging and writing and singing and sharing and doing everything in my power to be a trumpet God can use. My sister wrote and sings a song that has been my prayer since the beginning. While studying Gideon in Judges chapter 7, she read about the battle where 300 men took trumpets and empty pitchers with fire inside and defeated the enemy. No swords were drawn. That's all they had. And through their obedience and their faith, God used them to win the battle. As she read, she said, "That's what I want to be! I want to be an empty pitcher, empty of myself, and filled with the fire of God inside. And I want to be a trumpet....declaring truth."
I echo her. That's my prayer too. A portion of the song says:

I want to be an empty pitcher
Just a vessel that You can use
Make me pure, clean, and holy
May I be the one You choose?
I want to be an empty pitcher
With just a small light inside
With Your Spirit, the fire will spread
And shine in the night

Shine through this broken vessel
Broken and empty with nothing left inside
I want to be an empty pitcher
Lord, don't let me hide....don't let me hide

Don't let me hide. Don't let others or myself quench the fire. Don't let me keep silent. Just break me. Empty me. Fill me with Your light and Your words....and use me.

That is my prayer...and I pray that you will have the courage to let it be yours as well.


Mary nesbitt Bush said...

Amen and amen!

Jennifer said...

I love those song lyrics. I'm also glad the Lord dealt with you when you went back to the cross about shutting down this blog. You're firing up the enemy girlfriend! Expect the darts to fire at you... We're told in His word that we will be hated for His name's sake!

If the devil's not messin, you're not addressin'... :)

Keep echoing everything the Lord highlights from His word into your heart... the world needs to hear it, and this blog of yours has a mission!


Krystina said...

Yes, keep at it, Kristen! I am glad you didn't shut down your blog, very much so. I am not sure if this helps or not, but there is always the option that you can change so that people could not comment on your posts. If there's a particular post that perhaps would cause a lot of comments and discussion on ground over which everyone has gone so many times, and yet you feel you need to post about it, could you not always just change it so that people cannot comment on it? If all they'll say has already been said, and if what they'll say is hurtful and nasty, you wouldn't have to listen to it then. :)

Praying for you, though!

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