As I squeezed the shampoo bottle I thought, it’s almost empty!

Make a mental note…must get shampoo.

It’s not as bad as running out of toilet paper, but I didn’t want to run out.

A few days later my son was coming from my bedroom with stacks of toilet paper in his hands. As he caught sight of me walking in the door he exclaimed, “Mom, all the bathrooms are out of toilet paper and yours is almost out.”

Good to know! (I’m guessing he feels the same as I do about running out of toilet paper.)

Just the other day at the office where my husband and I both work, my husband said, “I just opened the last pack of toilet paper unless there is some somewhere else.”

Apparently my whole clan has a fear of running out of certain things!

We don’t like to run empty on the things we use daily.

The things that we see as totally necessary for life…a-hem…toilet paper!

plan b

Now go back to that shampoo bottle I was squeezing at the beginning of this post. I ran out to the store to pick up a new supply after thinking I was just about to run dry and three weeks later, turned upside down in my shower, those almost dry bottles still supplied suds for my brown locks!

And it got me thinking….

I thought I was so in need, afraid to run dry, I ran out to the store and stocked up. But there was still more there to be shaken, turned upside down and poured out.

And my mind went to God, cause doesn’t shampoo remind everyone of God?

Often I have felt almost dry, with nothing left to pour out. And I’ve seen many a girlfriend feeling the same way. Many a momma heart feeling used up, dried up and empty. And I ache for them because I know that hurting feeling!

That dry feeling is just the absolute worst.

And that silly shampoo bottle reminded of two things:

  1. Sometimes there is more stored inside of me than I realize! Store up the right things!
  2. God is always faithful to multiply (even if I need to be shaken)! Have a vessel prepared!

The storehouse inside my heart gives me strength in those times when I’m feeling empty. But only because I stocked it with prayers and scriptures. I can run to those shelves loaded with wisdom provided by His word and fill up in those moments that I think there is nothing left. God is faithful to supply even during the time of drought!

Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Matthew 6:20

Pardon me for comparing God’s word to simple things like shampoo and toilet paper, but girls, I know that’s in our everyday life and that’s what gets my mind turning.

I see us worried. I see us feeling empty and longing for more.

God sees us too!

Stock up! Stock up on God’s word…it’s an endless treasure chest waiting to be tapped into and it will supply you with riches greater than any found on this earth!

On those days when you feel there is nothing left, you are just about to run dry and call it quits, God is able to shake you up, turn you over and pour out what you stored inside for just that moment!

And aren’t we all excited when we realize there’s one more roll left to see us through the day!


p.s. If you’ve ever struggled with feeling like you need to be perfect, my friend Holley Gerth’s new book will encourage you. You’re Loved No Matter What: Freeing Your Heart from the Need to Be Perfect.


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