Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Remember to Breathe

The last few days my thoughts have been jumbled and rampant and my character has been shifted slightly to the right and overly impatient side. My head has been in the clouds and far too often I have felt my brain thinking up a different complaint or wish that I had or could do. I've been running around simply forgetting to stop breathe in God and experience life as it is.

How often do many of us forget to breathe and run around like chickens with our heads cut off, worrying about things that really don't matter or dreaming about things that will never actually happen.

How important daily prayer and Bible reading really is to the believer and what a day-by-day difference it really does make! Taking the time to slow down and think, processing thoughts and events, conversing with the God of the Universe, and reading His wisdom and advice for all of life is so crucial! I can honestly say that I am a different person on days when I have spent adequate alone time with God than on days when I forget or procrastinate reasons and don't have the time to stop.

How can we expect to love if we are not every day lavishing ourselves in the love of our Heavenly Father? For if we are not breathing in God's grace, love, and new mercies every day, our strength will wear far too quickly and soon we will simply be clanging symbols making noise but having no meaning.

Matthew 4:4 But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

As we wouldn't simply forget or procrastinate to eat, we should prioritize our study of God's word so that nothing can stop us from spending time with Him. God created us to long for the word of God and to need it daily. God created the Bible to sustain us and to give us courage to keep going.

Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

I want to encourage you to take the time to stop and breathe in God wherever you are and wherever your relationship with God is at. Simply taking time each day to stop whatever your doing and maybe go outside, or meditate on God's word, can be so renewing, so powerful, and so perspective- changing. Take the time to really slow down and your eyes will be opened so much to what God is really doing.

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