Just Breathe

By Steve Austin | faith

May 14

It’s involuntary.

It just happens. You don’t have to think about it, it doesn’t require focus and concentration, you just DO it…

Until you’re underwater.

Until you’re drowning.

Until that life-giving oxygen gets replaced with something that doesn’t belong and your lungs and nostrils fill up with something that’s not supposed to be there and you begin to choke and cough and clamor, just trying to breathe again.

HELP! You might scream inwardly or publicly.

HELP ME! I’m drowning! I can’t breathe! I’m overwhelmed!

The bills are too much, the baby won’t stop crying, final exams are a week away, my wife’s a $#%^, my husband’s an #$@*#, work is demanding more than I can give, and I just want to QUIT!!

Ever been there?

Have you ever said something like Daniel, How can I, a lowly servant, speak to you, my master? I’m paralyzed. I can hardly breathe! (Daniel 10:17)

I’ve been there a great deal lately, just barely breathing. Have to force myself to stop and take some deep breaths, relax my shoulders, and just BREATHE.

Later in that same chapter, the Master responds to Daniel and says, ‘Don’t be afraid, friend. Peace. Everything is going to be all right. Take courage. Be strong.’

Let Jesus come to you in your time of stress, frustration, discontent, and worry. Let Jesus calm your anxiety. Let Grace get messy with you and your issues and calm your sea.

It’s all going to be alright.

Just take that one step that He has placed in front of you today.

Don’t worry about tomorrow.

Just breathe.

 

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About the Author

Steve Austin is an author, speaker, and life coach who is passionate about helping overwhelmed people learn to catch their breath. He is the author of two Amazon bestsellers, "Catching Your Breath," and "From Pastor to a Psych Ward." Steve lives with his wife and two children in Birmingham, Alabama.

  • Gigi says:

    In your ocean, I’m ankle deepI feel the waves crashin’ on my feet
    It’s like I know where I need to be
    But I can’t figure out, yeah I can’t figure out

    Just how much air I will need to breathe
    When your tide rushes over me
    There’s only one way to figure out
    Will ya let me drown, will ya let me drown

    Hey now, this is my desire
    Consume me like a fire, ’cause I just want something beautiful
    To touch me, I know that I’m in reach
    ‘Cause I am down on my knees, I’m waiting for something beautiful
    Oh,Oh,Oh something beautiful — Needtobreathe

  • Jan Fry says:

    Needed this today. *BREATHING*

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