Just Breathe

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

"...Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10

When there is something {or in many cases, multiple things} weighing on my mind, I tend to try and get as busy as I possibly can.
Don't get me wrong, I actually like being busy! It's not as though I'm filling my time with things I don't really want to do. I love everything I do. And if it's earning me extra money, well, added bonus!

But sometimes, no matter how many things I try to do, or how much I try to fill my time, it's never enough. There's no way for me to cover up the hurt, stress, or worry that I'm feeling.

More recently it's been like that.
And I've been forgetting to just be still and experience the Lord...to just be in His presence, and give Him my fears and anxieties. 
I've never, ever been good at that. And I haven't ever allowed myself to just stop...because what if I'm neglecting something I should be doing? I'll let someone {or many people} down if I don't get everything done and just stay on top of everything. Or what if I stop, and end up just breaking down? What if I can't get back up after that? What if...what if...what if...?

Charlie Brown understands :))
But really that's pretty much what it's like sometimes.

The other day, I asked a friend to pray for me, saying, "I haven't. I can't. I'm afraid of the answer."

She said, "You may not be ready to pray, but I will. And I won't pray for answers, just guidance and discernment."

And I'm pretty sure that, right upon leaving, she must have prayed right away. Because I turned on the radio, and within minutes, this song came on...I had never heard it before {and now it's all I can listen to}. But I couldn't help thinking, that maybe this was God talking. Reminding me to stop first, refocus, and "JUST BREATHE"...all I need is Him.

Now of course, I don't always buy into that sort of mentality. I don't necessarily believe that I was "destined" to hear this song in the car at that moment. It easily could've just been that THAT was the song the DJ just happened to pick for that music set.
But even if it wasn't actually "meant for me", it still really helped. It was what I needed to hear.

And now I'm sharing it here, in hopes that it will encourage someone else today.
I know I am not the greatest example of this because sometimes it really doesn't help me.
But I just wanted to urge you, no matter what you are struggling with in this moment, don't be afraid to stop...

"...and breathe, just breathe.
Come and rest at my feet,
and be, just be.
Chaos calls, but all you really need
is to just breathe."


  1. Thank you so much for this wonderful reminder! <3

  2. Hey, great post. I often get so tangled up in my own thoughts and anxieties that I forget to think 'WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?" You are right, sometimes it is nice to put on some music and just be with God.