Friends, I have been completely overwhelmed the last few days. Things are looking up, but it seems like we must walk through a little bit of fire before coming out on the other side, where the sun shines brighter and the grass is greener. I’ve not had the best attitude this week and have also been fighting of a little bit of depression. The Lord reminded me today to stop and just breathe. I thought “just breathe”, that would make a great title for this post. But it seemed all too familiar so I Googled the title and my blog (ever done that?), and lo and behold, there is an excerpt from Day 4 of my devotional book, Coffee Talk With Jesus, entitled, “Just Breathe”. The words met me in a powerful way today so I thought I would share the excerpt with you, edited a bit, but it still carries the same weight.
My prayer is that you will be encouraged as you read these words.
My Beloved One,
There is no need to be fearful of the next step. I can hear you breathing. You’ve had a long day and I can feel the weight of the day on your shoulders. I do not want you to labor for your next breath. I promise you that no matter how you are feeling right at this moment, I will not allow you to suffocate under the weight of what it is you are carrying.
I know that you are weary. I understand that sometimes you feel as if you don’t have the strength for the journey. It’s often hard to put into words what you carry in your heart, isn’t it?
“How can someone like me, your servant, talk to you, my lord? My strength is gone, and I can hardly breathe.” (Daniel 10:17)
Will you do something for me? Will you breathe? Now, I know what you are thinking, “Lord, I am already breathing otherwise I wouldn’t be here.” This is true. But I want to teach you to breathe in a different way. First, I want you to close your eyes. You may want to put your cup of coffee down, just for a moment. I promise I will let you finish it. Now close your eyes. Next, I want you to take a big, deep breath. And as you inhale, I am again filling you with my own breath — the breath of life. These deep, cleansing breaths are good for your spirit, soul and body.
Now I want you to exhale. Go head. Blow out all of the stuff that doesn’t belong — disappointment, worry, fear of failure, fear that you aren’t measuring up, lost hope, unmet needs. These were never yours to carry in the first place. Remember how I told you that my yoke is easy, and my burden is light? How can you breathe properly when you carry the weight of the world on your shoulders?
“For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30)
With every breath you take, I am once again filling you with peace, joy and hope. So before you leave today, remember to take several more deep breaths. I want you to feel my presence with you when you leave.
[tweetthis]Remember to breathe. He’s all you need. via @BarbieSwihart [/tweetthis]
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