How to Overcome Spiritual Dryness (My Story)

Treasure in clay JarsWhen I began writing Enliven Blog ten years ago, I was spiritually dry and recovering from burnout. [1]

Yet now, on this tenth anniversary, I look back in amazement at what can only be a move of the Holy Spirit.

So, if you can relate to feeling weary—if you sometimes wonder how you can complete the work God has called you to—be encouraged.

Your Father wants you to know that He is unfailing. There is never any moment you cannot draw life from Him!

And if you have experienced spiritual dryness, you can be refilled.

How to Overcome Spiritual Dryness

1. Realize Your Weakness is Not an Obstacle to God

Contemplating the milestone of a decade this week has been both wonderful and humbling,

  • It is a miracle of God’s grace, that has been made possible with the generous help of others [2]

But to be honest, the thought of doing it again—even one more week—was daunting!

Until I paused in prayer, and suddenly found myself in a vision.

I was by a bubbling brook, surrounded by greenery.
There was an indescribable peace in that place. The brook’s water was flowing endlessly through a large rock.
And then I noticed something. The water was pouring forth from the mouth of a clay jar.
And I suddenly knew that clay jar was cracked and broken. But it was completely encompassed by the rock.
Within the rock, that jar was tilted in such as way that the water poured forth endlessly. Only it’s mouth was visible. [3]

Do you feel weak, or even cracked and broken in some way? Your weakness is not an obstacle to Him.

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (2 Cor 4:7, NIV)

Hear your Father say, “My grace towards you is such, that My glory will shine through you and My power be seen upon you!” (2 Cor 12:9)

2. Be Dependent Upon Jesus

The clay jar I saw in the vision had capacity to pour, because it was held and encased in the rock.

  • You can have complete security in Jesus, when He is your Rock, your source of life

“And all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.” (1 Cor 10:4, NKJV)

A cure for spiritual dryness is to be continually dependent upon Him. This is a position you can hold by faith.

Jesus explained it this way:
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5 NKJV)

Your longevity in ministry doesn’t rest on your ability or diligence, as important as these things are. It rests on your dependence upon Christ.

Jesus uses the image of the vine and the branches to illustrate what He means by “abiding in Him”.

  • The branches are a part of the vine—an extension of it
  • They are not merely joined, they are one

You can have the revelation of being one with Christ. And then live, rested, in that position of union with Him.

3. Live and Work Out of the Father’s Delight

At the start of 2009, around eight months before I started Enliven Blog, I released most of my ministry roles.

  • Everything I “thought” God had lined up for me, in order to fulfill His call on my life, had fallen over

I was now well into my forties. I had worked so hard, but seemed to have lost it all, and had nothing left to give. Yet the Lord was at work. He allowed my spiritual dryness, for it led to my healing.

In my crisis of faith, I asked over and over:
“Are You the God I am afraid that You are—a task-master whose approval I can never win? Or the Father I have longed for—a God of grace and joy?”

I had known theoretically that God was my Father. But I didn’t know Him as my loving Father.

After a life-changing encounter with God as my Abba Father, I finally knew I didn’t need to work for His approval. That I was already “good enough!”

That I am, always have been, and always will be, His beloved child.
And on this new foundation, I began to write.

Your Father is delighted in you—not because of anything you can do for Him. He loves you, He loves you, He loves you.

4. Be Continuously Filled with the Spirit

As 2010 began, my husband Malcolm and I both had a glorious infilling with the Holy Spirit. So much so, that Malcolm had to carry me out of a meeting!

  • Finally, I had moved from spiritual dryness into overflow

But it started more than 6 months earlier, as I learned to have regular encounters with God that replenished me, little by little.

We need to know where our life flow comes from.

  • When we are releasing life to others out of our intimate relationship with God, we can continue to serve

Jesus said, “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”
By this he meant the Spirit…”
(John 7:38,39a NIV)

The source of this river is His Spirit, flowing from within us. [4]

You are the “temple of the Holy Spirit” (1 Cor 6:19) and God’s design for you is to never run dry.

Today, I pray His life is released powerfully from within you. May you be filled, and overflow with His immeasurable joy.

Your Work Matters to God

God created us to be in close relationship with Him. This doesn’t mean that work is not important to God!

Yes, we need to take special time out for rest and prayer, to prevent spiritual dryness.

But there is no place where relationship ends, and work begins.

  • We do not work for God, we work with God

And our Father doesn’t grade different types of work. Remember in the beginning, He put Adam to work tending the garden.

All work can be done to the glory of God (Col 3:17).

Today, I pray that you will know what it means to be filled to overflowing.
And that any spiritual dryness will be swept away by an encounter with the grace of God.

He is waiting for you with open arms.

[1] I’ve linked to some of my early posts telling my story in the text above.

[2] See my “thanks” page

[3] I mostly receive visions via an image (still, moving, or a series of images) that comes to mind.
I believe all prophetic insights should be weighed up.

[4] The river Ezekiel saw in his vision (Ezek 47) flowed from the Presence of God—from the temple. The prophet Joel wrote of a fountain that flowed from God’s house (Joel 3:18). See also Eph 5:18.

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Happy 10th Birthday Enliven Blog

Malcolm and Helen Calder10 years ago, I wrote my first post on Enliven Blog.
Now 485 posts later, I reflect on the miracle that is Enliven Blog along with the legacy and generosity of others who have been a part of the journey. I am in awe at the grace of God.
What began out of the book and story of my failure and restoration in prophetic ministry has now become an online table for thousands everyday. It has birthed a ministry, Enliven Ministries, and online prophetic and prayer schools.

Today, I’d like to say a huge thank you to all my friends and readers! No matter what you have been through, never give up. God has given you a voice and message that can touch the world.

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80 thoughts on “How to Overcome Spiritual Dryness (My Story)

  1. Sashi Sehgal

    Hey Helen,
    Happy anniversary! So grateful for all you do by sharing what God is saying. Appreciate you guys so much for your ministry. May the Lord bring expansion and meet all of your needs in this next season.
    Thanks again,

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Thanks Sashi and you and your family also, you regularly come to mind, you’ve been a blessing

      O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
      You maintain my lot.
      6 The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
      Yes, I have a good inheritance.

      7 I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel;
      My heart also instructs me in the night seasons.
      8 I have set the Lord always before me;
      Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. (Psalm 16:5-8, NKJV)

  2. Henrietta

    Hi Helen what an inspiration in the work of the Lord. You are God send to encourage and empower people like me who is having spiritual dryness. I have been in the ministry since 2004 as a lay pastor but I feel I am not that fueled to can fullfill the assignment God has given me. I know that the Holy Spirit dwells in me from the day I got born again but I need the infilling to overflowing with evidence of speaking in tonques. I have had men of God laying hand upon me just like in Aats 19:6 when Paul laid hands upon saints but sofar nothing happened. Recently I asked one of my sisters in the Lord to pray with me as I felt I cant continue like this. Can you please also pray for me to have the river flowing within me

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Henrietta, yes and amen to that! Rejoice in Him, rejoice in the One you already have, and just let the river of His praises flow through you, in childlike simplicity may the fullness of His gift be released in and through you.

  3. daniel

    that was a great one maam ,… i just needed this at the moment .,., and as you share the words in an expository manna to us all ,,, i pray for you also that your ministry shall never run dry

  4. jato, Jacob Moses

    happy 10th anniversary, you have been off immense help to my spiritual life and to many may God continue to bless protect and increase you and your family. Amen

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Thank you, I’m glad to hear the ministry has been empowering for you. God bless you too.

  5. Louise Taylor

    Dear Helen, I personally want to thank you for your encouraging words they have always been so timely in my life. I know you have your heavenly fathers heart in view, and he has yours. May you always continue to rest in his love for you, as this is were all the treasures of heaven reside. May god continue to bless your obedience to him! Much love, Louise .

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Thanks Steve, and thanks for your encouragement and contribution over the years, what a huge input you’ve had! Heaven knows.


    HI Hellen & Enliven blog have a happy 10th anniversary.God bless so much for your insightful prophetic teachings that have truly lifted our faith and expectations in God. May God prosper,protect ,& increase your ministry in wisdom, revelation knowledge, his might & pour fresh anointing upon you the work he mandated you to pursue.God bless you big for the message overcoming dryness ,its surely a word of season to me.Thanks.


    Hi Gdd’s servant Hellen Happy 10th ANNIVERSARY with the family.God bless you great for your faith lifting messages on enliven Blog.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Thank you Joseph and amen! Thanks also for the words of blessing, may they be visited upon you also.


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