Breath for Times You Feel Breathless

A DEVOTION

Life crashes around me

I can’t breathe

 

No gust of strength

No whirl of joy

A breathless heart

 

The tears are starting to fall

I wondered when they would

Rush in like a river

They wash

 

Wash away my  strength

To persevere

On my own

And I cling

 

To the Lord

 

He reminds me

Of His finished work

I don’t have to strive

All He wants is me

 

So I lay myself down

Hands dropped

Soul Tired

Empty

 

And He says, “Come.

My yoke is easy

My burden is light.”

 

So I close my eyes

And surrender—

Fully—no part of my soul

Hanging on to my own

Ways of getting through

 

And for the first time since

I heard the news

I breathe—

Fully­­—no part of my soul

Left breathless.

 

Mom died three weeks ago. I have hurried, organized, and pushed through in mothering, but it crashed around me today in my fatigue. And I realize again how I can’t do this on my own. Even with amazing family and friends. Only God gives breath.

Are you in a challenging season? Do you know someone who is?

Breath for the Breathless

 

Mothering is enough to show us our desperate need for the Lord as little people look to us to filter the world and understand God. Whew! Then throw in a challenging life season and it is no wonder we sometimes feel breathless.

In the difficult seasons of life, we don’t need pithy band-aid sayings. We need God Himself. And He is ready to meet us. He is ready to meet you.

“Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest,” Matthew 11:28 reads. Rest. It may not be rest from the work of our hands, but indeed He offers rest for the weariness of our hearts.

All we need to do—all we probably have strength to do—is surrender to Him.

PRAY

God, I need Your breath. I cannot do life in my own strength. There is no strength strong enough outside of You. Fill me. Lead me. Show me. Be my hope, my strength, my guide. Protect me and my family in the shadow of Your wings. Shepherd us. Father us. Heal us. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

RESPOND

How about you? What is one scripture that has helped you in challenging seasons? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

 

 

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  • Ron

    A wonderful share today. He IS our refuge.