Breathe … March 19, 2020

Breathe … March 19, 2020

Here are a few verses that you might find helpful in the moments you find yourself overwhelmed, tired or anxious. I’ll try to add a one each day. But I do encourage you to allow yourself to pause, take a deep breathe in and out (breathing in a reminder that you’re not alone in this, that God is in your midst and with you. and breathe out your anxiety, fears, worries. Read these words and be reminded that God is with you. God is bigger than this coronavirus, and while it might not seem like it now, it will be ok. God’s got you.

I know I share this one often, but this is my breathing prayer (and even as I write this, I am reminded of my own need to pause and breathe and pray…)

Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God,…”

(Breathe in) BE Still and know that I am God (breathe out)

(breathe in) BE still and know that I am (breathe out)

(breathe in) BE still and know (breathe out)

(breathe in) BE still (breathe out)

(breathe in) BE (breathe out)

Matthew 6:25-34 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

Psalm 121, Assurance of God’s Protection

I lift up my eyes to the hills—
    from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved;
    he who keeps you will not slumber.
He who keeps Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil;
    he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
    your going out and your coming in
    from this time on and forevermore.

Joshua 1:9 “I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

May the peace of Christ be with you today and each and everyday!

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