By Jeanne Takenaka
***Sorry there aren’t images in the post. WordPress changed their format and I have not figured it out yet. 🙂
My Five Minute Friday prompt this week is—Exhale. This largely unedited “rough draft” form of writing stretches this perfectionist, in the best of ways. I write for five minutes on a given topic. If you’re interested in learning more about 5-Minute Fridays, check out Lisa-Jo Baker‘s site. Or, click on the link at the bottom of this post. As you read my simpler Friday posts, I hope you’ll join in the conversation!
You know those seasons in life, where the to-do’s pile up to the point where you can’t breathe?
Well, I had a month of that. Last month, in fact. My hubby had to be gone on business for most of the month.
God is always faithful. He provides what I need in those seasons, but life just doesn’t stop. Dinners to cook, boys to get to appointments or playdates or summer camps, laundry calling my name.
The load was on me.
I have told people to Just. Breathe.
How hard it is to do that when life piles its obligations on me?
When Hubby got home from his trip, I literally felt the burden lift from my body.
We’re not meant to carry the entire load ourselves. When we try to, we can’t truly exhale. We take on the tyranny of the urgent, but forget to exhale the prayer for help. We forget to ask for one more breath.
Sometimes, when the loads of life pile on high, I need to just be still, exhale and look to Jesus.
It’s only when I focus my eyes on Him that I can truly exhale the burdens of my day, the ups and downs of motherhood and the unexpected happenings that try to keep me overwhelmed.
Let Jesus fill us with the peace of His presence. This is the trick to get through the crazy times of life.
Exhale. Breathe in His peace and savor it, like a breath after a rain fall freshens the air around.
Exhale. Trust him to provide what we need.
Exhale. And breathe in deep the truth that He loves us.
What about you? How do you exhale and inhale when life gets a little crazy?