Sometimes I need to hear Him in a jiffy -- in an emergency situation, or when I'm about to completely blow my top, or when I have to make a big decision fast. But of course when there is all this pressure, my head is foggy, my stomach aches, and I feel as though I am in a desperate panic. Not ideal conditions for hearing from God.
And yet He has given me a gift to use in such situations: breath.
Just recently, I've noticed my youngest start to have a lot of anxiety about moving on to kindergarten next year. Her temper has been short, her words loud, her manner self-protecting. And so, when she starts to get in a tizzy, I started telling her "1, 2, 3, Breathe." Clearly, I knew that breath can be restoring and healing and centering, but of course it didn't occur to me (because I can be a bit dense at times) for me to do the same thing during these days of high-stress until I went to yoga on Tuesday.
I can't remember my teacher's exact words, but this is what I took away from it:
The breath is free.
Breathe in everything that you need.
Breathe out everything you don't.
And so, as I stood there on my mat, I asked God to be Lord of my breath. That I would breathe in deeply the gifts of the Holy Spirit and breathe out all of my short-fused anger, my impatience, my stress, my own anxiety. All for free, this amazing grace-filled gift from God, can calm my soul so that I can more readily hear the sound of His voice so that He might be Lord of my decisions and Director of my paths.
Challenge: My own challenge with this is actually remembering to breathe. What can you do to help remember to breathe in the Holy Spirit's gifts?
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