Breath. It was breath that God breathed into a man made of dust and made him come alive. Alive…whole…in perfect communion with God.
At the end of Sept last year, as I sat down to intentionally take a quiet few moments to pray about the write 31 days challenge for October, I took a deep breath. Time seemed to move in slow motion as God flooded my thoughts with the realization that I so often take for granted His breath of life. I so often go through the motions of life and forget to breathe. I forget to breathe Him in deeply so He can flood my senses with His fragrance.
As I experienced the fullness of Him through that deep breath of His presence, He downloaded the vision for my life and this blog. I’m ready to breathe. I’m ready to live in His abundant life and to spread the fragrance of the knowledge of Him as it says in 2 Corinthians 2:14. But the only way I can truly spread His fragrance is if I’m breathing it in.
From this day forward, I’m ready to breathe and remember what is truly important. I’m ready to be intentional with my time so there is room to breathe. My personality wants to fill every second of the day with activity. In my human brain, that is what it means to be fully alive. But God has shown me that His fullness of life comes when we take the time to breathe and give Him space. We are fully alive when we live and work out of His rest instead of our strength and abilities.
My calendar isn’t empty because I haven’t filled it in yet. It’s empty because aside from our anniversary this month, there’s nothing to fill in. My husband and I are intentionally taking extra time to breathe – or more accurately, ‘to catch our breath.’ It’s time for us to make sure our priorities are in correct order and that we’re making decisions based on what is best for those priorities. It’s time for us to finally get our house in order so that our surroundings reflect calmness instead of chaos. It’s time for us to have room for us.
So although it’s a week past the official start of this New Year, I raise my glass of sparkling cider (or maybe my glass of two sips of sparkling wine since I’m such a light weight 😉 ) and propose a toast to 2015 and beyond – to setting healthy boundaries, to saying no when necessary so I can say yes to what really matters, to more deep breaths of God’s presence, to living fully alive in His joy and peace. Here’s to the best that is still yet to come.
Image Credit: Erin Kass