Keep Breathing

by Laura


If you exercise or participate in any athletic activities, you know the importance of breathing to keep oxygen going to the mind and body. We don’t really think about breathing, we just do it. But during physical exertion, we can become so focused on the activity at hand, our breathing becomes shallow. We need the reminder to take deep breaths and keep breathing.

“Make sure you’re breathing!”

It was during this reminder when I realized I need to think about breathing at other times as well.

When the stress in life is mounting…

When nothing seems to be going the way I hoped…

When I feel alone…

When fear begins to grasp at me…

When the future looks bleak…

Be still, and know that I am God! (Psalm 46:10 NLT)

I need to breathe. And let God be God.

When I feel overwhelmed…am I trying to do everything on my own? Or am I breathing and giving my troubles to God? I know He is bigger than all of my trials and will guide me through whatever comes.

Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. (Psalm 55:22 NLT)

When I feel alone and start down the path of worry and despair…am I panicking? Or am I taking a deep calming breath, remembering that God will never leave me?

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV)

When my future looks uncertain…am I focused on the what-ifs? Or am I focused on breathing so I can think clearly and let God’s promises fill my mind?

Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. (Matthew 6:34 The Message)

God knows me better than I know myself. He knows the desires of my heart, what I need, and what is to come. Therefore, I will keep breathing and let God be God.


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A daughter of the King, saved by His grace, Laura writes to encourage women in their walk with Christ. She is a wife and mother, and shares her heart as a regular contributor here, as well as LifeNotes and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. You can find Laura at Laura Rath - Journey in Faith, as well as on Twitter @LauraJRath and Facebook.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tonya Barnes April 5, 2012 at 7:34 am

Oh me and AMEN!! Great word! Thank you for sharing


2 Laura Rath April 5, 2012 at 9:44 am

Thank you Tonya!


3 Charina April 5, 2012 at 9:23 am


Thank you so much Laura!


4 Laura Rath April 5, 2012 at 9:45 am

Thank you for visiting Charina. I’m always glad to see your comments!


5 Nikki April 5, 2012 at 9:37 am

Beautiful, Laura. Striving with you to breathe. and let God be God…


6 Laura Rath April 5, 2012 at 9:46 am

Thank you for your visit and comment Nikki!


7 Susie Klein April 5, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Thank you, I really needed this reminder! Life is complicated lately.


8 Laura Rath April 6, 2012 at 11:41 am

Thank you Susie, I think we all need this reminder from time to time. God bless!


9 Jane April 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Wonderful post, Laura! All good things to remember. Your first quote, “Be still, and know that I am God!”, is my favorite.


10 Barbie April 12, 2012 at 9:12 pm

When I get tense and stressed, I can tend to forget to breathe, holding my breath, feeling as if I will faint. But God promises that if we let go, He will take care of it all! Beautiful post.


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