Empty nest-makes room for more of God’s best

Empty nest-makes room for more of God’s best

by Rhonda Barrett ~


EMPTY. Empty Nest. Gary and I didn’t notice it…when all our family lived in Oklahoma or when we lived down the street from one of our sons and his family in Florida.  But since moving to Washington State…we’ve felt it. Empty Nest. It has taken a while to get used to just the two of us…again.


Empty Nest. Thinking about this, I sensed the Lord whisper to my heart:


The Empty Nest makes room for more of God’s best.

For His plans in every Season are for His purpose and His reasons.


In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NLT) it reads, “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”


That verse hit me right in the middle of my heart as I realized those words are a command. BE THANKFUL. Can I be thankful in the middle of my Empty Nest? I responded to the One who whispers to my heart and I replied, “Abba Father, YES!”


I opened up my One Thousand Gifts Journal, picked up my pen and wrote another gift from God that I’m thankful for:

#268. Gary and me, Empty Nest-God’s best; this Season-His purpose and reasons.





Whether you and I are experiencing the Empty Nest or some Other Empty in our lives…God speaks His truth to us, takes our Empty and fills it up with His FULL. And there is no other full that compares with His FULL, because His FULL gives JOY…which doesn’t depend on circumstances.


Happiness depends on what’s happening.

JOY depends on enjoying a relationship with Almighty God.


And guess what is happening as I continue with the DARE…of writing One Thousand Gifts on a piece paper and thanking God for all these gifts? My relationship with Him is deepening! Oh, how much I am enjoying Him.  


Oh, how much He loves you and me!


Below is my Photo Blog and the Precious Prayer Calendar. In October, Luke (our youngest son) and his family arrived in the Northwest…after driving…all…the…way from Florida in their motorhome. What fun! What a blessed time together. I included a few pictures I took from out time together.



Gary and I enjoy our Friday dates…usually at a coffee house…this one is one of our favorites. Storyville.



Beautiful Fall day in Seattle, Washington.



Enjoying the sunset in Mukiltea.



Hide and Seek…with the statues.






A day at the Pumpkin Patch-a farm in Oregon.





Together again.






Who would have thought that something so simple as writing a list could be so life changing? As I continue writing…the Lord is changing my thoughts, changing my heart, and changing my life. And giving me JOY.





If you haven’t accepted the DARE to write One Thousand Gifts––this month would be a great time to start! IT’S THANKSGIVING MONTH! It’s simple. I still continue to be amazed at the way His JOY is filling my life. See how you can get started click Precious In HIS Sight, August 2017.


Each month I share with you the Precious in HIS Sight Scripture Prayer Calendar. Our prayers are powerful it says so in James 5:16b, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective!” 



To the left is this month’s Scripture Prayer Calendar. Click on the Calendar and the Calendar opens BIGGER in a separate window so that you can read the scripture references easily.

Look up the verse for the day and turn it into a prayer. This month’s Calendar verses are all on being thankful.

The Calendar has helped me, and many other people, faithfully pray for our loved ones day-after-day, month-after-month, year-after-year.  I print my Calendar and keep it with my Bible. Feel free to print the Calendar, too.  Join me as we pray for our loved ones…and let’s be encouraged:


Our hearts are in His hands.

Our seasons are in His hands.

Our lives are in His hands.

Hallelujah, what a Savior!






For thy Kingdom…In Jesus Name, Amen!




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