[CF Devotionals] 2016-04-06 - Breathe

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Whether you are in water or on dry land, there are times you can feel like you are overwhelmed and drowning. As I swam last week, for some self-prescribed physical therapy, I was reminded of something my dear friend has often said to me (occasionally me to her also) in the midst of difficult times: “Breathe ….” At the particular moment it came into my head, I had switched swimming strokes very unsuccessfully, and needed to regain my composure. I have also noticed that a key component to getting the most out of my time in the pool isn’t really about the swimming strokes or what you’re wearing, but it’s mainly about proper breathing. And once you have that focus, then the rest all falls into place.

As followers of Christ, a key component to realizing our purpose is focusing on the one who breathed life into each of us. And the same solution to feeling out of sorts, off track, dealing with typical and atypical life struggles applies: breathe. Stop. In through the nose, and out through the mouth, several times slowly. As long as we are breathing, we have more to do.

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (Genesis 2:7)

“Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said,“Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” (John 20:21-23 NIV)

“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13)

Deborah

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All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted


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