I remember as a teacher in inner-city middle schools having to remind my slightly hormonal, emotionally out-of-control students to stop and breathe. Somehow the extra oxygen to the brain was just what they needed to refocus and regain control.
Some days I need the same reminder: stop, take a deep breath, focus, let it out.
But more than oxygen, my soul craves the life-giving breathe of the Spirit.
How can I keep breathing out life into others if I am not regularly breathing in life from God?
Sometimes the burdens of life, the non-stop demands that pile up into days and weeks start to squeeze the life out of me. I look for reprieve, but as soon as I manage to carve out a little space some other urgent responsibility pushes in. And no wonder! The lifestyle that Jesus calls us to is impossibly…
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