February 17, 2018

When Your Sponge Runs Dry

You are a sponge. And so am I. We drink in whatever we’re surrounded by. And when we’re squeezed too tightly, or over-saturated, we let it out again.

We go through phases of soaking and seeping. We take in encouragement, then offer it to friends in need. We take in unkind thoughts, then direct those unkind words toward loved ones. We take in {you-name-it} and share it with the world.

It doesn’t happen like clockwork: one thing in, one thing out. It’s more like overlapping waves of the sea: one-thing-after-another-after-another — getting and giving all muddled up at the same time.

Sometimes your sponge runs dry. And you go through weeks of taking in, wondering and awed by certain things, greedily drinking in encouragement until you can’t believe you’re still hungry for more. And yet you can’t understand why it feels like you have nothing to pour out, nothing to offer others who thirst for that same encouragement.

So what do you do when that happens? How do fill yourself up, so you can start to give again? How do you fill yourself up, so you can feel satisfied once again?

When your sponge runs dry, you need to jump into the right tub of water! {<–tweet that}

You’re going to soak in whatever you’re surrounded by.

And if you’re sitting in a tubful of frustration, complaining, backbiting, annoyance, and stress … that’s what will soak into your soul. And you’ll end up saturated with unkind thoughts and a complaining spirit, miserable within yourself and sharing misery with others.

But if you’re sitting in a tub of truth, hope, grace, forgiveness–
that will saturate your soul, and seep out to others.

Even before your sponge runs dry, you need to be in that tub. Even before your resources are depleted, you need to be soaking in things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and praiseworthy.

Because then, whether you get over-saturated or over-squeezed… that’s what you’ll let out.

You are a sponge.

What are you soaking in right now? And what could you be soaking in? Here’s a few suggestions…

  • good Christian music
  • fellowship with godly friends
  • prayer meetings at church/small groups
  • friends who will pray one-on-one with you
  • solid Bible preaching
  • books filled with sound doctrine
  • comfort from the Psalms
  • wisdom from Proverbs
  • reminders of God’s faithfulness from history
  • edification in the Epistles
  • hope from the Prophetic books


What else can you think of? Leave a comment!


Soak in God’s Word this week! Read with me:

Tuesday: Judges 19-21, Proverbs 19:15-29
Wednesday: Romans 1-3, Proverbs 20:1-15
Thursday: Romans 4-5, Proverbs 20:16-30
Friday: Romans 6-8, Proverbs 21:1-16
Saturday: Romans 9-11, Proverbs 21:17-31
Sunday: Romans 12-13, Proverbs 22:1-16
Monday: reflection or catch-up day

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  1. the white wave says:

    Biblical meditation-my favorite place/time is in the evening as the sun is setting, sitting on my porch with a cup of tea.

  2. Love your analogy here! If we do not soak in God we become dry and useless to not only ourselves, but to others!

  3. Great reminder! I’m finding as I memorize scripture, it helps to keep my sponge from running dry.

  4. So true, Elizabeth. One thing that keeps my sponge from running dry is involvement in a healthy, biblical church family. It’s just so refreshing each time we gather. And conversely, involvement in an unhealthy, unbiblical church family can be incredibly sapping.


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