Running On Empty

"and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and you night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy you needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be likee a well- watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail."
Have you ever felt exhausted from serving? You continue pouring out when you have absolutely nothing else to give, then all of a sudden you have a break down. Give should not be like this. Are we expecting for the people we pour into, to give back? That would be the perfect world, but let us be honest - it rarely works that way. We often forget to allow Jesus to fill us up with His strength and then  we operate on our own. Those short prayers throughout the day do not seem to cut it and we end up feeling like a sponge that has been completely rung out. When we look for others for that fulfillment, we will never get satisfied and it will always leave us empty. God is longing for us to spend time with Him. To serve Him. To seek Him more. In do that, our sponge gets sopping wet. So when you serve your husband, wife, kids, family, friends, people in need, at your workplace, in your ministry, etc.. God is replenishing you, when others cannot. When we let the Lord guide us and when we operate out of His strength, He promises us that He will guide and strengthen us. We will be like a well-watered garden whose spring will not fail. Wow! What an amazing promise. 
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me even when I try to do things on my own. Thank you for your grace and love that looks past all my failures and weaknesses. God, I can no longer do it on my own and I need your strength to consume me. Let me love others the way that you love them. Let me seek for only your approval and replenishment. Thank you for allowing me to serve others for I know that is what will help build your kingdom. I love you. In your son's name, amen.