March 30, 2012

Emotional Emptiness

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- March 30, 2012

“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:23

Emotional emptiness is a set up for frustrated and insecure living. If I ignore my emotional bank account with bad behavior, I can easily become overdrawn and withdraw into my silent shell. There are ‘late fees’ that result in broken promises, missed appointments, and angry outbursts. Emotional emptiness easily leads to chronic exhaustion.

Unhealthy emotions, like unresolved anger, overcome those running on emotional empty. In addition, good things like serving others can suck the joy and gratitude from your life if you are not emotionally whole. Resentment runs rampant when your emotions are on the edge of emptiness, so guard your heart with the Holy Spirit’s help and wisdom.

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22

So how do you know if you are approaching emotional emptiness? If you are emotionally spent, how do you replenish your emotional bank account? One sign of emotional fatigue is when your feelings are easily hurt. You take too much personally without appropriating forgiveness and trust in the Lord’s ability to handle the situation. So invite God to grow your character during challenging times.

One way to involve Jesus in your emotional barrenness is to write out your fears, and talk it through with the one whom you totally trust. He will give you courage to encounter those you fear with humility and courage. Lastly, make regular appointments with encouragers who lift you to the Lord with their affirmation and prayers.

Look for those who remind you to place your hope in heaven. Emotional fullness is created in a prayerful pace of living. Protect your emotions as they give understanding and insight into yourself, people, and the Lord. Above all else, trust in the peace of God to make whole your emotions, and to guard your heart.

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).

When can I block out weekly time on my calendar to guard my heart and replenish my emotional emptiness?

Related Readings: Proverbs 15:30; 22:11; 1 Timothy 1:5; 2 Timothy 2:22


  1. Traci Merritt Gaydon via Facebook says:

    Thanks really needed this today!! What a blessing you are everyday.

  2. Brenda Lowry Jones via Facebook says:

    This hit the nail on the head for me today! The enemy’s in his workshop!!!

  3. Robert Hall says:

    That was a very inspiring devotional reading.

  4. surfercajun says:

    I went through this. It is a sad and hated place with Satan at the helm. Even my kids wondered what was wrong with me. Thankfully, God broke through and healed my wayward thinking. Pouring into me and me pouring out what was and still is tremendous! He blessed my marriage and had me smile at my spouse.

    Praise God.

  5. Shari says:

    Funny how things come to you when you are at your very bottom. I have going through some major hard times and I feel completely drained of life. I feel as I losing control over my life and I can’t stop it. In my heart I know I need to rely on God and I try but I just can’t get over this hump. But this is a great message.

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