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Friday, May 9, 2014

Letting God Breathe New Life into My Healthy Efforts

In review of Psalms 80:18 it says, “We will never turn our back on you; breathe life into our lungs so we can shout your name!”

Bottom Line:
Then we will never turn away from you.  Give us life again, and we will call on you.

What this means to me:
This verse reminds me to never turn away from God again.  I ask Him to continue to breathe life into my lungs and keep me alive.  I will worship you and call on you for help.  Psalms 80:18 says, “We will never turn our back on you; breathe life into our lungs so we can shout your name!” (MSG)  Breathing is one of the few functions of my body that I do automatically, but it can also be done mindfully. When I remember to breathe deeply, I can actually clear my body and mind. By slowing my breathing, I can lower my heart rate and my stress level! Breathing is a powerful way to strengthen my body.  Mindful breathing is a reminder that my need for intimacy with God is like my need to breathe in air. King David sang, “I live and breathe GOD” (Psalm 34:2 MSG).  God can breathe new life into me and my efforts to remain healthier. He says, “I will put breath into you and bring you back to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD” (Ezekiel 37:6b TEV).  To “live and breathe God” means to have him at the heart or center of whatever I’m doing.  I need to remember him and call on him often for strength. When I fail, I can ask God to breathe new life into me and my efforts, as He offers fresh beginnings all the time.  In maintaining my health and eating habits, I will try to take five slow, deep breaths before I eat, so that I can slow down, eat less and enjoy the food more.

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