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First Morning Breath


Five Minute Friday: Exhale

On Friday’s we silence the inner critic. The loudest of all naysayers. And on Fridays we remind ourselves that The Word is for us and loves us and welcomes us.

Monet

So come and write with us. Together. On one word for five minutes. Here are all the details. And then link up your post or leave it in the comments by clicking here. But remember, the one must rule here is that you visit the person who linked up before you and encourage them in their writing.

That’s it. The gift of encouragement – pass it on.

 

Today’s prompt: Exhale … Go!

 

I came to a realization today … a revelation.  The last 10 months have changed me … irrevocably changed who  I am and how I see life, people and the world. I have always, well for the last 13 years at least, awakened in the morning knowing that my first breath is by the grace of God. And I’ve always thanked God for the oxygen, that desire to live and breath and continue; even when things were at their worst, I thank Him for that desire to continue. Even today, after all that 10 months has held, I thanked Him for that breath.  And then ….

I Exhale.

I allow him, to the best of my ability, to guide me in my day and my tasks and my dealings. I hand the reigns, most days to God.

Wednesday’s service at church we learned the process of …

 Trusting God.

Trusting God takes faith and it takes courage, at least in the beginning, and it takes the ability to exhale. To breath deeply, hand the situation over, and exhale slowly, in prayer.

Prayer.

I see prayer as that exhaling. I know it’s a conversation with God, a form of communication with the father; but it’s the release of that which we hold deeply within us that often causes doubt and fear and resentments and questions … those things that jeopardize our faith and trust in God. In prayer we release these, we exhale the used air that no longer feeds our lungs providing a peaceful exchange of the give and take of life and love. We remove the death from our bodies with that exhalation of prayer; we give it to God. We hang it on the cross where Jesus took it for us so many, many years ago.

Philippians 4:6 NKJ

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

And, yes, we discuss the exchange with Father. We sometimes ask for it back to worry it like a bone until we run back to that cross and give it back.

Exhale.

Do this with me … close your eyes, take a deep breath and just hold it for a count of 5 …. and then just exhale slowly while thanking God … slowly now, don’t rush it … feel that cleansing exhale, that release that is becoming a prayer from that simple thanks to Father?

Breath.

Now breath in slowly, deeply and feel the life infill you. Not just your lungs, but your spirit also … Peace. Isn’t it wonderful.

Now again …. Exhale thanks.

Stop.