Empty Arms, Full Heart

It’s been two years since I wrote about being Pregnant with Hope. Not pregnant in the physical sense, but in the Spiritual sense. Pregnant with hope all because of Jesus. A sweet place of being so overwhelmed by Him and a richer feeling (I believe) than pregnancy in the natural will ever be.

Yes, I have my moments of feeling weary in between the moments of feeling full of hope, but even in the darkest moments I can’t help but thank Jesus that despite that my arms are still empty, my heart is so full.

I am thankful that He has taught me (and is teaching me) that there is nothing that can bring me true joy like He can. Not a husband. Not a baby. Not traveling around the world. I can do all of those things or have all those things, yet if I am not pursuing Him in those things I will still come up feeling empty. Even though I still don’t have the one thing I have dreamed about since being little girl, He has made my heart full.

It’s all Him. It’s his peace and joy that have overwhelmed my heart. It’s His strength that has gotten me through each day. It’s His love that lavishes upon me. I am here to tell you that it is possible to have empty arms and still have a full heart. Through Him all things are possible including being overwhelmed by His life and hope even in the middle of facing such a difficult trial. Don’t let the hard circumstances around you stop you from letting God fill your longing soul!

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24 Comments
  • Lavonne @ *Our Wish*
    Posted at 07:13h, 17 February Reply

    We could all strive to be a little more like you. This journey has taken me through some dark moments when my anger with Him was so great that I never thought my Faith could be restored. Luckily He never gave up on me and eventually, I came back. People like you just help keep me on the right path. Thank you for that.

  • Jenny
    Posted at 09:17h, 17 February Reply

    Love!

  • Amanda
    Posted at 09:31h, 17 February Reply

    This is such a good reminder for all of us! Thank you, Caroline. The world tells us we need all these others things, but true joy can only be found in him. Something I need to always remind myself.

  • Carissa Maul
    Posted at 09:41h, 17 February Reply

    I so agree with this Caroline! Empty arms are not an indicator of the status of our heart. He will provide and He ALWAYS provides. It’s a wonderful comfort to know, no matter where we are on this infertile road, that He is there beside us, keeping our hearts full and minds open to His plan!

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 10:00h, 17 February Reply

    I so needed this because God is reminding me of this right now. Not so much about the baby – been there, done that – but just about life in general. Where it feels like you need friends, money, things – nothing is going to bring joy & happiness more then HIM!!!

  • the longest journey
    Posted at 10:42h, 17 February Reply

    Beautifully written, my friend. xo

  • Cheryl
    Posted at 11:29h, 17 February Reply

    I love your positive attitude, Caroline! I don’t know why it hit me this way today, and I know your sock moments have been blue, but when I saw “Pregnant with Hope”, I just thought how wonderful it would be if God blessed you with a little baby girl, and you named her “Hope”!!! I can’t wait until God sends you your sweet blessing. Surely it will be soon. Keep believing!

  • Joy
    Posted at 13:33h, 17 February Reply

    Thanks for this beautiful reminder that Jesus is all we need, and in Him we have everything. Keep the courage and He will grant you the desires of your heart. Remain hopeful while we pray for and with you.

  • Kelli {A Deeper Joy}
    Posted at 15:13h, 17 February Reply

    Amen! Full heart 🙂

  • Jaclyn
    Posted at 16:25h, 17 February Reply

    Need this today, thank you for reminding me that He is and always will be my only source of joy and hope!! 🙂

  • Lisamarie
    Posted at 17:30h, 17 February Reply

    Beautiful post.

  • Tiffany @ A Touch of Grace
    Posted at 18:59h, 17 February Reply

    I’m glad you have a full heart friend.

  • lifeofaministermom
    Posted at 06:04h, 18 February Reply

    It’s so easy to say, but it’s incredible to truly know and feel the amazing love of Christ and recognizing that if He’s all we have, it’s much more than enough!!!

  • Sarah Philpott
    Posted at 08:43h, 18 February Reply

    This is absolutely beautiful and such a hope filled post. Thank you for being a beacon of light to those walking in infertility. I’ve had two miscarriages and two living children. Your vulnerability is touching so many lives.

  • Katie
    Posted at 08:50h, 18 February Reply

    So much hard fought truth there, Caroline. And it is truth that can be applied at any stage of life, anything for hoping, wishing and praying for. Thank you for sharing your journey so bravely!

  • Marci Smith
    Posted at 11:27h, 18 February Reply

    Your faith is incredibly inspiring to me. I’m so happy you can feel so loved, instead of turning against him through these trials

  • Jennifer DeFrates/Heaven Not Harvard
    Posted at 12:02h, 18 February Reply

    You know that I was in your boat emotionally, but even since adopting, I’ve had to turn it over to God. She can’t be my everything, it still comes up short. He has to be my everything or I will stay empty.

  • Carrie This Home
    Posted at 13:39h, 18 February Reply

    It’s so wonderful to read your story and how Jesus is filling your heart, despite the situation. Yes you are right. Everything good we have is because of Him. My life really changed when I started going to Jesus for my joy, instead of what I thought would make me happy. Thank you for sharing your story!

  • Heather
    Posted at 17:43h, 18 February Reply

    Thanks for the encouragement. I think you have an amazing heart and I remember feeling the same way about 8 years ago. Sometimes it happens when you just let go and let God.

  • Marissa
    Posted at 20:50h, 18 February Reply

    Love how your faith is evident in your words – the love you have for your God is surpassing all other feelings of this world, which is so amazing.

  • tara8910
    Posted at 21:56h, 18 February Reply

    You have such a wonderful attitude! I am so glad that God fills your soul. Still praying you get the longing of your heart soon.

  • Pamela
    Posted at 15:12h, 19 February Reply

    How beautiful to read of your full heart in the midst of trials. Praying your arms will be full soon.

  • Fashionable Librarian
    Posted at 14:07h, 22 February Reply

    Hope I love that word….that is what keeps me going when the times get tough. As long as I am alive there is hope and that is beautiful

  • Rhonda
    Posted at 15:26h, 23 February Reply

    Truth! I love it that He is the one thing in my life that stays consistent, never changes, will never leave or die, and always gives my soul a sigh of relief, contentment, and joy when I focus upon Him!

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