Come Empty: Pour Out Life’s Hurts and Receive God’s Healing Love by Saundra Dalton-Smith

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Illumination Book Awards Winner

When a water vessel is filled with dirt and stones, it cannot be used to quench a thirst. But, when this vessel is emptied, there is an opportunity to fill it until it overflows with fresh, cool, life-giving water. Water that quenches. Refreshes. Soothes.

Our souls are the same: filled with fear, doubt, and disappointment. Running over with unanswered prayers and lingering questions. When we empty the mess of our lives in the presence of God, we’re offered an invitation to come. An invitation that allows us to come empty – so that we can be filled until we overflow.

Come Empty – Pour Out Life’s Hurts and Receive God’s Healing Love guides you through fifty days of experiencing the fullness of God’s love and His ability to overcome life’s hurts. Each day, you will receive assurance of God’s presence in your difficult situations. Each devotion gives new vision and perspective when you’re hindered by emotional blind spots, and leads you to experience God’s peace and wholeness. When His invitation is accepted, He will set your captive mind and heart free to live fully by His grace. The question is not if you will get an invitation. The question is, will you come?


Will I Come? Yes. After reading through this, I am doing the 50 Day Jubilee Challenge that Dalton-Smith proposes. I like that there are actually 80 days of devotionals so you can choose what’s right to you. Each one offers a Heart’s Cry, His Reply, Scripture, Going Deeper Questions and a Prayer. So for basically 5 minutes a day, you are given this plan to meet. You are encouraged to journal and make each day your own and I like that, too, as I journal. The author is an internal medicine physician and she talks about the importance of spiritual well being. However, I wish she would have touched however briefly on the importance of mental illness treatment and chronic illness management as well as she touches on the subjects and their symptoms. She herself suffers from chronic illness such as fibromyalgia. As I do too, I would have liked to have seen her address the medical necessity as well as the spiritual nourishment needed for management. I will update when I finish the challenge to see if the Author’s challenge has had an impact on my spiritual, mental and physical well-being.


About the Author.  Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is a Board Certified internal medicine physician. She shares with audiences nationwide on the topics of eliminating limiting emotions, finding grace in difficult places, and experiencing personal renewal by drawing near to God. Dr. Dalton-Smith is a national and international media resource on the mind, body, spirit connection and has been featured in Women’s Day, Redbook, and First For Women magazine. She is the founder of I Choose My Best Life. Her other books include award-winning Set Free to Live Free: Breaking Through the 7 Lies Women Tell Themselves.