Running on Empty

holding-onI know you are running on empty but just HOLD ON! I know your heart hurts. I know you feel the weight of LIFE. I know that you are the woman at the well…I know you are the woman called Hagar that feels like she has to run…I know that you are the woman like Hannah that has a silent cry and a silent prayer that no one else knows BUT God. I know you feel like David running in the wilderness or Moses in the dessert. I know that you see the victory of many and are wondering why your day is taking long to arrive…and not only is it taking long but worse things are happening in the interim…i know that you are smiling but deep down you are not content. I know that you are laughing but deep down you feel sorrow…I know people say that you are strong and you got this but deep down you feel weak! I know that you feel like everything is really stripped away and that all TOO many times your hanging on by a limb. I know others are being promoted and you feel the pink slip. I know that many are going out splurging but you have to hold on to your dollars. I know that others are being pampered and inside you feel neglected. I know everyone is getting dolled up and inside you feel ugly. I know you see others as beautiful and happy and all-together lovely and you feel torn and destroyed. I know you see their happy pictures and your putting up yours yet you feel alone. Please know that there is a GOD WHO SEES YOU… a GOD who loves you…a God who says that you matter. He is pursuing you…so much so that when the day arrives of your bliss it is going to knock you off your feet. He is your Knight in Shining Armor. He is the one that will come running to you always. He is your best friend. He is your lover. He is your provider. He is your advocate. He is your counselor. He is your healer. He is your deliverer. He is your joy. He is your rest. He is your strength… please see the value that He sees in you and not the value you FEEL that others are placing on you.

Your time will happen. And just because you see someone with “things” and a smile doesn’t mean they have it all…for no one does. Even the one that has the most needs the Savior. I know you feel ugly, your situation looks ugly, that people can make you feel ugly and treat you horribly but just look to God as your ultimate source! Not everyone is like that as well. When other things run dry, His love goes on for us and we will see Him in everything. The love of God and His provision for us will never run dry.

Your day is coming. Your spouse is going to be amazing. Your wedding day is going to be beautiful. Your paycheck is going to be HUGE! Your kids are going to lift you up! Your dream is going to come to pass.


Don’t let temporary emotions or temporary situations permanently destroy you or your purpose. Let it all go to God. The pain that you’ve been feeling can’t compare to the joy that is coming [Romans 8:18].

imageAll these things happen so that we can see that our gas light indicator is ON… You’re the only one in the vehicle. You see the lamp light come on that tells you – get gas or you will stop moving! It is time to fill up on God in your prayer time. Fill up on His word. Fill up on His promises. Fill up on faith. Fill up in God’s presence. Ask Him to fill you up. “Lord! Fill my cup! You are my portion!”

I laid out before God in prayer, calling out for my situation and those of others. I KNOW IT IS HARD! I know it is not easy for any one of us. People are hurting. People are losing things. People are losing loved ones. People are losing their health. People are losing their strength. People are losing their faith. But we can have our peace in the interim. THAT is a fact.

“All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”John 14:25-27

We have an Advocate [a person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person, cause, etc. an advocate of peace. A person who pleads for or in behalf of another; intercessor]. I love how this clearly says we have a PERSON standing on our behalf. He is a real person. He teaches us all things and provides the peace we need. He knows that the world will never offer you the peace in the way that HE can! He tells us not to be troubled or afraid. When trying times come our way. That is just inevitable. How we feel the weight of it! We have days of fullness and days running on empty. Don’t stay running on empty. 

Get in deeper with God. Find the outlet and charge up. Whether it is prayer, fasting, reading, writing, singing, dancing, sharing…find that SPIRITUAL BANK and make your withdrawal so that you won’t feel all that in the natural. Stop at ‘God’s Gas Station’ and fill up on DIESEL fuel..not the cheap one…get the BEST gas so that you will run smoother and stronger! We can’t settle with running on empty…we will only get so far.

My destination is far and I am gonna need more of the good stuff to get me there. I need to fill up until the red needle passes from E to F. 

Exhausted to Faith-Filled!!!!!!

Thank you God…I know you are with us.

About Christina

Blessings to all that are viewing this. My name is Christina Cruz-Mendez. I am a Senior Pastor at Mission United International Church in Yonkers, NY working along side my husband Juan A. Mendez Jr. Senior Pastor, currently residing in Canton, Georgia. We have been together for 29 years with 2 children that God has blessed us with. Makes us the family of four - "JusChrist4". I have been a Christian and active in ministry for about 22 years now. Through all the rocky and smooth roads in life I am eternally grateful that God has brought me this far in life to share with the world what He is doing in me, through me and for me. View all posts by Christina

One response to “Running on Empty

  • RootedInChrist07102015

    Last nights sermon was not of this world, it was as if Christ came back and He Himself was talking to us and teaching as like how He was in biblical times with His disciples. Words cannot describe the message from last nights sermon that was delivered to Gods people.
    My wife and I was resting the body after a hard days of physical labor we do on a every day basis, so you can imagine once we laid the body down the body did not want to rise because it was so comfortable just resting. There was a point in our rest that we both felt a nudge, a pull, a tug which felt as if someone was in the room with us urging us to get up. There was no one around or in the room that the physical and carnal eye can see. We responded to the nudge, the pull and the tug, for something had rose our bodies out of bed and gave strength to our weak physical bodies as we was led to travel to The Bronx to support a very special Women of God that continues to pour out what God has given her to all people. So we went, i don’t know about my wife but I can speak about myself that I came with no expectancy, I just came to support and to encourage. That’s was my plan but little did I know the nudge, the push, the pull from earlier was because the Lord had a word for me. After the sermon and during the sermon I felt a feeling I haven’t felt in a long time, I felt peace and comfort that I haven’t felt for awhile, I had this confident that was crushed but was renewed through the fiery words of the Holy Spirit and with the teachings & words that Jesus left here on earth as I felt the presence of God in that place as He declares that He was hovering over the earth in the book of Genesis. Last nights sermon on the person of the Holy Spirit was out of this world. I personally like to hear from the Spirit of God directly and I personally like to see the wonders of God and how He moves, what He is doing and the signs miracles and the wonders that only He Himself can do, I LOVE to see the Godhead in action and the voice of the Godhead. I have had a tough time to hear Him lately and He uses different techniques to speak to me but last night as I sat down the Lord started to prepare my heart and started to draw my attention on Him. As I sat to receive His teaching and guidance all I saw was a Women of God but there was something else as if it wasn’t this women of God. To explain deeper it was as if this Women of God showed up and her physical body was there but the words and her movement was as if she had this other person and the words that was coming out was like fire that you felt every single letter of every word that was being spoken. I personally felt as if Christ came back. I left with awhole new person, I left as if I met Jesus, I left as if I was Moses when He had an encounter with God, I left awhole new person like Saul the murder became Paul the Apostle. I am still in that cloud from last night that I hear the Lord again saying I want more from you, get deeper in relationship with me, I need you to do somethings but before I can I need you deeper in relationship with me because Im coming back and its sooner than what everybody thinks. Words that this world has, cant explain my gratitude from last nights sermon, all I can say is Thank You on behalf of my wife and I. Even my wife shared with me some words after the sermon and on the way home she was a totally different person. The Holy Spirit had words for both of us and I would just like to again send on behalf on both my wife and I our gratitude with reverence and honor.


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