Do you ever count the breaths you take in a day? Of course not! It would become too tedious. “The average person takes between 17,280 and 23,040 breaths a day.” (Brown, blog.epa.gov) When you exercise, you breathe even more than that. Anyone who has struggled with pneumonia, COPD, or other respiratory issues might be able to appreciate how precious those tens of thousands of breaths truly are. Because without breath, there is no life.
Job 33:4 says, “The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life,” (NIV). It is God’s breath that gives me life. It all began in the Garden of Eden, when God formed Adam by hand and breathed into him His breath: “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.” (Gen. 2:7) Without God’s breath, there is no life.
My son lifeguards during the summer, and, among other training, he needs to maintain his CPR certification. Why? Those breaths that he might have to supply for someone else not breathing could actually save their life. He would be providing the much-needed oxygen to their brain. But breathing can also provide more than that.
My watch periodically notifies me to breathe. (Any other Apple Watch wearers out there?) Not because I’m NOT breathing. I’ve set this notification so that I can sometimes stop and JUST breathe. When I actually pay attention to this notification I stop, and slowly and deeply breathe for one minute. I pause from my busyness, focus in on my breathing for 60 seconds, and slowly breathe in and out. This short process relaxes my tense muscles, calms my stress, and truly benefits whatever I’m working on at that moment because I’m better focused.
What I’m starting to add to this process is a “thank-you” with each breath. Thanking God for the 17,280-23,040 breaths He provides a day for me to live. Thanking God for the life He’s given me. Thanking God for the eternal life I have through Jesus. Breathe… Thank you… Breathe… Thank you…
I encourage you to breathe sometimes. Well, I encourage you to breathe ALL the time! But I mean to “just” breathe. To slow down, breathe deeply, and to thank Him for each breath. Imagine His breath filling your lungs. Friends, it is indeed the breath of God which gives you life.
Art talk: I used three Sweet’n Sassy Stamps for this page: Life in Jesus, Bitty Minnie Alpha and Texture Tiles 3 sets for this page. I “smooshed” Faded Jeans and Broken China Distress Oxide Inks for the bluish background. Some Documented Faith washi and Illustrated Faith tabs and wordfetti stickers topped the page.
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