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Don’t Hold Your Breath

on June 18, 2014

Sweet friend,

You with the tight shoulders…
You with the clenched jaw…
You with the fitful, too-short sleep…
You with the pit in your stomach…
You with the shallow breathing…

I can see your stress.
I can feel your worry.
I can understand your fear.
I can relate to your feeling hopeless.
I can imagine your overwhelm.

But…

…please relax.
…please release.
…please rest.
…please reframe.
…please respire.

Please don’t hold your breath.

I want to help you reclaim that phrase.
For too long it has meant the same as ‘Don’t get your hopes up.’

I want you to hear it instead as permission to fully live in the moment
…whatever the moment looks like.
I want you to hear it instead as permission to have hope, to dream, to embrace it all
…whatever all looks like.

Breath, my friend, is life.
So, breathing…fully, deeply breathing…is living.

And I want you to live.

God, the Master, told the dry bones, “Watch this: I’m bringing the breath of life to you and you’ll come to life. I’ll attach sinews to you, put meat on your bones, cover you with skin, and breathe life into you. You’ll come alive and you’ll realize that I am God!” ~Ezekiel 37:5,6 (The Message)

{Breathing deep with gratitude to be linking up with Holley Gerth today. Head on over to her site for more sweet encouragement.}

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2 responses to “Don’t Hold Your Breath

  1. Heather Case says:

    What a beautiful poem you wrote! It is amazing the release that comes from fully trusting in God and allowing him to work through us 🙂 Grateful for the Holly Gerth link-up. This was our first time doing anything like this. Amazing to be connected to such wonderful writers.
    Grace be with you,
    Heather
    abrowncaseofgrace.com

    • LauraK says:

      Yay, You, for linking up! How exciting! I remember the nerves and excitement the first time I linked with at Holley’s. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words! 🙂

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