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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.


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.


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.


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?


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.




Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

6 thoughts on “First Morning Breath

  1. How encouraging. When I think exhale, my mind immediately goes to the goodness of prayer, as well. You’re right, thsi is where peace is found. We know this to be true, yet in the hussle and bussle of life, we can often make that less of a priority. Thankful for the reminder today! I enjoyed your writing! 🙂

  2. This stopped me today as I read your words,”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.”. I love that. There is so much in the expelling of a breath, especially breath prayers, that we can’t truly understand the power of it, but I think you have touched on the tip of something huge with this confession and I love it.
    So glad to meet you and so thankful you visited me yesterday, so I could find you today.:)
    Exhaling with you in faith!

  3. A very powerful statement on how inhaling and exhaling are part of our spirituality. These are also calming to help ease the anxious soul as you wait for balm.

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