If I could take a muscle relaxer daily, I would. I am tense 24 hours a day. It is exhausting! I even have to remind myself to relax when I am trying to sleep. I often wonder if I do really sleep restfully! I am told that breathing will relax me. Well, OK, I breathe; I am alive; isn’t that enough? No, I just had to tell my body to relax as I sat here at the computer typing. I was stiff and every muscle tight. Not only is my body tense, but my mind is an ongoing thought process that manages problems, works on solutions, plans future projects, rehearses past, present, and future conversations, all at once. Breathing is not something to which I consciously attend.

Dear Lord, I am so tired of all the overtime I place on my mind, body, and spirit! Even writing to You, Dear Lord, can tax me, when I know our time together should be a time of peace. I know I set aside time each day for our conversations, but, it is squeezed into an already busy day. I live by an honest to goodness egg timer ticking off the minutes I have allotted for each activity. What would I do with unencumbered time? I don’t know! I don’t think I have ever been unencumbered! How would it feel? Would I like the feeling? Would I retreat to my busy-ness?

I would love to allow myself the time to experience peace. Do I travel to an isolated spot? Does it require an end to my many activities? Do I run from others so that I can concentrate only on me? Help me, Dear Lord to find peace; to recognize tranquility; to participate in stillness of mind, body, and soul! I can’t do this on my own. If breathing is the answer, teach me how to breathe in Your Holy Spirit of Peace. Hold me in Your loving arms and rock me, calm me, assure me that all is well … just as it is at this moment in time. Whisper Your words of comfort and joy that are there for the taking-if I only let go and accept Your gift so freely given.

Thank You, Dear Lord, for sticking by me as my journey continues in this life. Abide in me as I long to abide in You. Amen


I am reminded of the words from the hymn, “It is Well with My Soul”, by Horatio G. Spafford.

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.


Colossians 3:15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 29:11  The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace.

Isaiah 55:12  You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.

Matthew 11:28-30  Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.


2 thoughts on “Breathe”

  1. You expressed the very thoughts I have every second of every day. My mind never rests. Constantly thinking of what I “need” to do, what I should’ve done differently that day at work… always a worry, a concern, a load of laundry! Thank you for the scriptures to remind me to pray for that inner peace we all long for.

    1. Bless you, Sweet Robin, for going to my site, and for reading Breathe. Thank you for your lovely comment. I think we women have a corner on this problem … and you as a hands on grandmother … I don’t know how you do it. Honestly. We have our 21 year old grandson starting to stay with us Sunday and Monday nights as one of his two jobs is downtown as we are. Nothing I have to do for a 21 year old … yet … oh my … filling the fridge? having snacks? clean sheets? But … we love that he is happy to be with us. 🙂
      FYI. Anne’s school is having a memorial walk for her tomorrow, Saturday morning. The walk is also for a student there that lost their own battle against cancer this year. How sad … bless that family. Anyway … think of us tomorrow … could bring tears … but … I’m ok with that. love and kisses, jan

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