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A Little Pot of Oil

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A time comes when we just don't have anything left over to give. We run out of faith, energy, strength, patience, options, peace, joy, ideas, and even love. So when God's call comes knocking and our resources seem thin, we tend to hole up and hide from the needs of others. But that's exactly when God's greatest blessing is within a single step, according to Jill Briscoe. He's asking us to obey, senseless as it may seem. The Holy Spirit's empowerment comes when we step into the forward motion of God's love flowing through us - not backwards into our comfortable shell!

Running on Empty?

You know what it’s like to feel drained. Out of steam. Out of options and ideas.

God has given us what we need to fill up when we run low. It’s the incredible gift of Himself. In this engaging book, Jill Briscoe guides you to a source of ample sustenance.

Even as you empty yourself, the Holy Spirit will fill you. And in giving yourself away, you will find life.

96 pages, Hardcover

First published October 3, 2003

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Jill Briscoe

144 books84 followers

Jill Briscoe has an active speaking and writing ministry that has taken her to many countries. She has written more than 40 books, including study guides, devotional material, poetry, and children's books.

Jill is executive editor of Just Between Us , a magazine of encouragement for ministry wives and women in leadership. She serves on the board of World Relief and Christianity Today, Inc.

A native of Liverpool, England, Jill launched into youth evangelism after becoming a Christian at age 18. She married her husband, Stuart, in 1958, and since then they have ministered together through Telling the Truth media ministries at conferences and mission organizations around the world. They reside in suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where Stuart completed 30 years of ministry as senior pastor of Elmbrook Church. Both Stuart and Jill now serve Elmbrook as ministers-at-large. They have 3 children, David, Judy, and Peter, and enjoy the blessing of 13 grandchildren.

Jill and Stuart call suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin their home. When they are not traveling, they spend time with their three children, David, Judy and Peter, and thirteen grandchildren.

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July 14, 2012
A compact little book, " A Little Pot of Oil" puts ministry in its rightful perspective. Rather than waiting until one feels spiritually ful, and ready to minister to others, We must be ready to answer God's call at the moment we are needed, using what is left of our reserves, and trusting that God will fillis to meet the task. Also, it is important to trust Him to make us adequate for the call, and not fret about our inadequacies.
4 reviews1 follower
November 15, 2019
In a pit, I ordered this book and read it within a couple of hours. When I thought I had nothing left to give...this book inspired me to keep going and give what little I had. In this case, it was the gift of socializing and networking. Struggling with a chronic illness...this has been a challenge these last few years. Something that was my favorite thing to do has now become uncomfortable. On this day, I went and thrived in the social situation when I didn't know if I'd be able to. It was answer to prayer being in this social setting that I didn't know was going to be. So much gold in this sweet little book.
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65 reviews7 followers
July 19, 2017
I loved this little book! At first I was disappointed when it arrived by it's size. But it is so packed full of inspiration and encouragement! Jill challenges her reader to live fully for Jesus, and to pour out ourselves for others... and be confident that God will never let our little pot run dry.
7 reviews5 followers
May 4, 2017
This is a very short book, but it contains a lot of helpful reminders. I love it when an author uses their own life story to help illustrate solid Biblical truth.
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141 reviews2 followers
June 17, 2020
I love this little book, I found it really helpful and encouraging and will be reading it again and again.
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Author 1 book6 followers
March 2, 2017
This little book is short and simple, with a message of hope and encouragement. It includes many stories that Briscoe shares in her sermons, minus the charming British accent.
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38 reviews1 follower
August 26, 2015
This was a soothing confirmation for my current state of life, and an encouragement to keep going - but I don't have to do so on my own. I only have to be willing to take a deep breath and another step.
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May 1, 2013
Brilliant. Simple. Encouraging and thought provoking. This book should be essential reading for all in the ministry as it addresses the issue of personal need balanced with the joy and responsibility of being poured out for others.
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4 reviews11 followers
January 27, 2015
I always love the way Jill Briscoe exposes the truth of the rawness of the soul and the gentle way God is blessing ,giving,nurturing abundantly.
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43 reviews2 followers
February 15, 2016

A good reminder that God can use us to help others when we are available and His power is at work in us.
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