“Don’t forget to Breathe!”

These last six months have been crazy. A few weeks ago, I was laboring through one of my morning runs. Like most of my morning runs, I was just trying to not pass out along the way. As I headed down the last stretch, the phrase “just breathe” came into my mind. 

So, I did.

But then I started chewing on the idea. Asking God about the idea. I got home and started the coffee pot and sat down at the kitchen table (under the AC vent). And I asked God again about “just breathe.” 

Writing poetry often helps me to process what’s going on inside of me. It also often helps me focus on God, worship, listen to God, and pray. I’d like to think that King David was the same way. So, I began to write. Maybe what I wrote will be a helpful reminder for you too! I’ve already shared this via social media, but wanted to pass it along again, in case you missed it:

Breathe in
Breathe out
Breathe in the Spirit
Breathe out the stress
Breathe in hope
Breathe out discouragement 
Breathe in courage
Breathe out fear
Breathe in God’s purpose
Breathe out your expectations
Breathe in His Presence
Breathe out your loneliness 
Breathe in His peace
Breathe out the strife
Breathe in His Word
Breathe out your opinions
Breathe in His joy
Breathe out your sorrow
Breathe in His love
Breathe out self righteous hate
Breathe in Holy fear
Breathe out pride
Breathe in His Sovereign Reign
Breathe out political drama
Breathe in new life
Breathe out old death
Breathe in the Spirit
Breathe out the flesh
Breathe in
Breathe out

This Sunday as we look at Psalm 150, we’ll see that this kind of breathing is the antidote to life’s challenges. More specifically, praising the Lord in the midst of life’s challenges is the antidote to life’s challenges! We’ll consider these truths in English at 9:30 or Chinese at 11 using the Facebook livestream. You can find it by clicking this link:

I’ll be praying for you again by name tomorrow morning, so if you have specific prayer requests please let me know how I can pray for you! 

During our Friday night virtual fellowship, we’ll focus on reviewing five through ten of the New City Catechism Questions and Answers we’ve previously studied. We’ve been having some great discussions on the topics these questions cover, so I hope you will join the discussion Friday night at 7!

Until then, as Mr. Miyagi told Daniel in the movie “Karate Kid:”

“Don’t forget to breathe!”

See you soon,

Pastor Jason