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The Power of Each Breath

For anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest.

Hebrews 4: 10

Have you ever been in the middle of a deep sleep, only to wake up to the pulsating sound of your alarm clock? Maybe lingering a few minutes too long, you had to kick it into high gear to get out the door?

It was that exact type of morning when sitting in traffic, I heard a much needed reminder come over the airways.

As I listened to my favorite Christian radio station, this one particular song seemed to capture the essence of what I was feeling, and what the commuters around me may have been experiencing, too.

Before the light turned green, the soothing lyrics had directed me to slow down, rest, and to breathe.

Familiar with the power of each breath in meditation, I followed along. Inhaling deeply through my nose to the count of four, and exhaling slowly and completely through pursed lips, after a few short rounds, this simple breathing technique sent a message to my brain to relax.

My mood was lifted. Re-energized, I began to refocus, and remember that God is always in control.

No matter where I am, inner calm is only a breath away.

Later that day I was drawn to Scripture, and the Almighty’s command to, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).

Wow, I thought. His invitation to rest offers life’s best.

Getting out of my head and into my heart quiets the mind.

Breathing in the breath of God soothes the soul.

In Hebrews 4: 10-11 we hear, “for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us therefore make every effort to enter rest.”

Saying yes to spiritual rest in the arms of the Father refreshes our hurried and wearied spirit.

The Creator and Master of the Universe rested on the seventh day, and commanded us to keep holy the Sabbath Day, too (Exodus 20: 8).

But, our Omniscient God knows this is not enough. Even when you and I have a job we enjoy, or fill our schedules with other worthwhile events our energies become depleted.

“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight” Hebrews 4: 13.

Jesus sees how pride gets in the way of asking for help, and how you and I seek quick solutions online rather than seeking Him.

My friend, sitting in sacred silence refreshes the soul.


“Be still and know” Psalm 46: 10.

The beauty of God is the peace felt in his presence.

Until next time…

May the Spirit of God lead you, the Word of God sustain you, and the promises of God grant you the gift of everlasting peace.

Love and blessings.

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