Author Archives: Janet Simpson, MS, RD, MHSW,

MORE Empty Space?


My “space” filled up quickly from my last post. I became busy again with swimming, biking, running and  training for everything I could think of.  That, plus teaching, being a wife, mom, gramma and great gramma…

Well, I am now typing this post with one finger (instead of two) as I ran last Saturday, slipped on black ice and broke my arm!  And…I am now “blest” with more empty space.

Spring began two days ago; I am ever so thankful of that!  We are all anxious to see signs of Spring; the daffodils poking their sweet little heads through the soil, birds chirping at sunrise and the days getting longer.  So far, the only sign of Spring is that the days are getting longer.  Oh yes, and I have two ants crawling around on my kitchen counter…another sure sign that Spring is here.  🙂

Back to my “empty space.” I shall fill it up with Spring! Spring cleaning pops in my head; closets that need the winter clothes removed and fresh spring clothes to replace them. Drawers to be sorted through; the pantry to be purged; the bed mattress turned; you get the picture and now I do too!  😉

I will not be able to swim or bike for a while, but I am running a bit on an indoor track.
Somehow, I am certain my empty space will fill up again…but, I pray that it will be filled up wisely this time.

Please Jesus, fill it with your will for my life.

Empty Space?

As I continue my journey to fill my space, I am reminded of the pure joy of having space left unfilled…

Does all my space need to be accounted for? NOPE! I have come to curl up in the unclaimed space and just rest in the peacefulness; and learned what a gift it is…open time and open space…to day dream in, to pray in, to do absolutely nothing in…

This next week I am going to be especially mindful of these unclaimed spaces in my life.  Perhaps I will journal about them and perhaps I will simply receive them as a gift and say “thank you.”

What do YOUR spaces look like?  What are you learning from them?

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Filling up the Space

Many have commented to me that they are overwhelmed with not having enough space in their lives!  It is filled up with work, family, home responsibilities, commitments, challenges, and…well, you get the picture…

Is this a picture of YOU?   It used to be ME!

Now, I am carefully adding back my life to fill up that space, but doing it ever so carefully! I am determined to NOT become overwhelmed with my life again!

Today, I added back some cautiously planned running.  At my rehab facility, they have an anti-gravity treadmill for injured athletes (like me).  I ran for 30 minutes at a 15 minute pace at 55% of my body weight!!!!  It felt wonderful!

The rest of my space, Jesus is in.  I have asked Him to hold it for me so that He can fill it with His perfect Will for my life.  It doesn’t get any better than that!!!!

I am soooo excited to see what He has planned for my space!  🙂 …and because He will be filling it, I know whatever-it-is will be perfect!

What is filling up YOUR space?  Is Jesus in it?  If not, just invite Him in; He is waiting for your invitation.

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Creating Space

I have been away for awhile; with family, with school and with a broken ankle!
It is the broken ankle that has also brought me back…

When my ankle broke, I needed surgery with a painfully long recuperation time of sitting on the couch with my foot up!

I am now able to begin to add my life back…

The obvious came back first; being able to take care of myself, able to drive short distances, able to get around in a wheel chair, walker, knee scooter, or crutch.

I am just now able to teach again and walk short distances…

I am an athlete; mainly a runner with a few triathlons in my past and planned for the future. Not able to include those yet…I am bummed!!!

As I am adding back who I used to be, it occurred to me that perhaps I need to create space, or perhaps allow space in my life for adding something new!  Something that has not been in my life before, perhaps something I have never even dreamed of doing…but God has 🙂

I love the word “create!” In the Bible,  Genesis 1, God created space for the heavens, the sky, the land and the sea (Day 1, 2 and 3.)  After that was completed, He filled in that space with the sun, the moon, the stars, the animals and man (Day 4, 5 and 6).

What I am really  fascinated by, is that while God was doing all that “stuff,” He was also creating space in my life! At the time of creation, He was already thinking about  me…and…He already knew what would be filling in this space.

What is this space filler?  I have no idea; but I can “feel” something trying to make its way into my life 🙂

Walk with me, as I search or perhaps just allow this space to be filled.

What about YOUR life? Are you creating or allowing space? How is it being filled?

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