Breathe In. Pray Out.

I want to share with you one of the best pieces of advice I have received because I think it will stick with you like it did me.

On a particularly stressful day, and in a particularly hard season of life, I felt like my brain was in a fuzz and I couldn’t think clearly. My decision-making skills were absent and satan was in every corner of my mind. And he was trying to invade my heart, too. My faith was gone. My strength was gone. My clarity was gone. And, I couldn’t find my logic anywhere. Although I KNEW God was with me, I couldn’t see Him through my fog. I was absolutely a woman in crisis.

cri·sis ˈ
  1. a time of intense difficulty, trouble, or danger.

As I felt the weight of my circumstances crashing in on me, I received a text from my precious cousin. It said, “Breathe in and pray out.”

Breathe in. Pray out.

Breathe in. Pray out.

Genius, cousin Lindsay. Genius! It was exactly what I needed to hear. She didn’t offer advice. She didn’t offer an opinion. She didn’t offer a canned response or Christian cliché. She offered me a way to remember what I already knew.

So I did what she suggested. I closed my eyes and took a deep breath, held it a few seconds, then breathed out slowly. As I continued this exercise, I traded in my unholy meltdown for His peace and comfort.

Breathe in.
Missy, I am here and your suffering is important to me. I don’t like to see you hurting.
Breathe out.
“God, I’m a mess. I can’t even think clearly.”
Breathe in.
You don’t have to think. Just feel My presence. I’m right here.
Breathe out.
“God, this feels like more than I can handle.”
Breathe in.
It is more than you can handle. But it isn’t more than I can handle. Rest in me.
Breathe out.
“I feel like I am alone. And, I’m scared.”
Breathe in.
Do you feel the peace flooding your soul? That’s Me. That’s My Spirit that lives in you. You can do anything. Even weather this storm.
Breathe out.
“Yes, I feel it.”
Breathe in.
Keep on feeling it. I’m not going anywhere.

He’s not going anywhere. You can count on it. Next time you feel overwhelmed and can’t see through the fog, breathe in and pray out.

2 thoughts on “Breathe In. Pray Out.

  1. Lindsay Wallace

    I have tears streaming down my face right now. Thank you so much for sharing and reminding me…especially when I really need to hear it!


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