Have you ever found yourself at a place in life that you realized you have been holding your breath for days, weeks and maybe months?
Not literally but emotionally and spiritually you have been holding in your breath. You walk around feeling like if you do one thing wrong or take one step in the wrong direction that everything with blow up, disappear or just be ruined. So you walk around tip toeing, holding it all in, carrying around thoughts, concerns and feelings that belong on the weight of your Father God!
Did you ever play that game in the pool where you tried to see who could hold their breath the longest? At first you thought I got this, see I can beat them, I don’t need air one more minute on my own and I am going to make it. Then all of a sudden you find your struggling and even start to feel little bit fearful and you pop up out of the water and take a huge deep breath. When you take that breath your body relaxes, those fears that maye your going to pass out and this is it are gone and you know you made it to the top!
I realized today that I do this very thing. I get really busy and I start competing against the world around me. I start trying to out survive the situation, the tiredness, the emotions etc… The thing to do in these times in our lives is shove ourselves upward just like in the pool. Get our focus at the top where we can breathe in the very life of God!
Job 33:4 “The Spirit of God has made me,And the breath of the Almighty gives me life which inspires me.
You might say how do I breathe in Gods living air? His life?
We do this by letting go of the worries we are carrying. We stop tying to be people pleasers and become God pleasers. We start focusing on what is good and of God!
Philippians 4:6-9 Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything every circumstance and situation by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your specific requests known to God. And the peace of God that peace which reassures the heart, that peace which transcends all understanding, that peace which stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus is yours. Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart. The things which you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things in daily life, and the God who is the source of peace and well-being will be with you.
Are you breathing?
Stop right now and think on how good God is in your life and all around you. Breathe out the old junk and take a deep breath of Gods peace and joy!