Inhale, exhale…

Daybreak, evening dusk…

Life goes in, life goes out…

A daily rhythm of beginning and end set on repeat, or is it?

How are your days spent? Is there a balance between the living of life followed by a renewing and refueling? Are we pacing ourselves to successfully keep the steady rhythm of a breath in and a breath out or is life one big exhale? Is there a hurry to our days that is consumed by the next activity and the checking off our “to do” lists that makes our exhales bigger and our inhale of a renewing breath a forgotten idea in all the craziness?

life is a big exhale

God beckons us each day with soft whispers of “come and be with me, be still and know, listen and hear my voice”- all whispers of His renewing spirit that are so needed to balance out the exhales of our day. Soaking in His presence is the inhale we need after letting go our breath in one swoosh to make it through the busy of our days. His calm and grace is just what we need to fill the empty space left behind by the exhale of life. He gave us our first breath when He chose life for us and lovingly filled us with the breath of life.

Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. Genesis 2:7

God knows just what we need and desires to pull us into His inhale of grace as soon as we let go of the schedules that crowd our days. He calls us to stop, rest and let Him renew our very souls. He calls us to listen and read the promises that are ours in His word. He says in 2 Timothy 3:16-17

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Renewing ourselves with His word will equip us for a new day to set out and do the work that God calls us to do. Our busy is our excuse to to cover up the real, messy and important conversations that God is craving to have with each of us.

Make time to stop today. Allow God and His Word to refresh and restore the big exhale into a deep inhale of the fragrance of God. Soak in these words from Titus and let them wash away the messy of your day.

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior Titus 3:4-6

Remember…

Praying for all that we let God create the steady rhythm of our inhales and exhales.

Blessings,

Mary

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