How to Cultivate a Breath of Praise

31 Aug

I saw a cartoon this week that says, “If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have another chance!FishHoldingBreath_framed

But I remember another not-so-nice cartoon – actually, a photo of an angry looking cat – with this caption: “The problem with some people is that they’re breathing!”

I recently woke up struggling to breathe. I have asthma, and most days I’m just fine. But that morning, I felt I wasn’t getting enough oxygen.

I’m addicted to breathing (LOL); so I began the slow breathing technique I learned to calm myself (because I tend to panic when I can’t breathe – wouldn’t you?); it’s a technique that facilitates better breathing overall.

I told myself, “Breathe in slowly through your nose. Hold the breath five seconds. Breathe out slowly through your pursed, focused lips. And again …. and again ….” (Actually, I learned this during Lamaze classes, I think!)

But that morning, something else came to my mind. And it wasn’t just about physical breathing.

“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!” – Psalm 150:6 ESV

Hey, that includes me, I thought. Even when I’m struggling to breathe, I still have breath.

God gave me that first breath when I was born (Genesis 2:7; Job 33:4) and I will keep breathing until the day I die (Job 27:3).

The steady rhythm of breathing in and out – even if sometimes labored – reminds me that the One who gave me breath can just as easily take it away.

He is my Creator. He is my Sovereign God. He administers and manages His creation.

And I choose to be grateful and praise Him.

Let’s make this practical today. Breathe with me. Praise with me.

  • Breathe in deeply as you pray, “Thank you, Father God, for giving me life and sustaining me for all these years.”
  • Hold that breath for five seconds and pray, “I will love you and praise you for as long as you give me breath.”
  • Release that breath and pray, “And continue those praises when I walk in your house someday in heaven.”

Give glory to God … let everything that has breath praise Him!

Action Step:  Do you know people who struggle with breathing? (I know several.) Pray especially for them today.

– Dawn

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5 Responses to “How to Cultivate a Breath of Praise”

  1. Lisa L Keck August 31, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    Wish i’d read this last week. About had a panic attack in the parking structure my 1st day of school. Got sick to my stomach the 2nd day. I am now avoiding the parking structure.

    • Dawn Wilson August 31, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

      Keep praising, Lisa.

      • Lisa L Keck August 31, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

        oh i will, just in the parking lot instead of the stucture 🙂

  2. Joan C. Webb September 2, 2013 at 6:12 am #

    Smiling and breathing praise, Dawn. Thank you!

  3. Dawn Wilson September 2, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    Joan, I’ve breathed in a lot of wisdom and breathed out a lot of stress when reading your posts … so I’m glad you get to breathe some praise here! :o)

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