I did a run through of my favorite thrift store today.
In the wall decor area was a simple painted sign that said,
“Don’t forget to breathe.”
“Isn’t that the truth?” I said to myself.
I remembered the days that I literally had to remind myself to breathe. I’d have such a strong feeling of stress inside my stomach and chest.
I’d force myself to take huge deep breaths and then I’d blow the air out. I’d do this over and over. Usually, it would help to release some of the stress.
Many days, I’d feel the stress inside and I’d say to myself, “Breathe, breathe…”
I am so thankful that those days seem to be over for now. I hope to never revisit them.
My Mom and I were talking on the phone one day.
I told her some of the ridiculous things people say to me that hurt my feelings.
She said, “Honey, people who have never been through such a difficult time don’t realize that some days breathing takes all your energy.”
She’s right. Somedays it seems like I accomplished so little, but I did happen to breathe all day!
On those days when all I can accomplish is to breathe, I know that I can depend on God to carry me through.
Job 33:4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.
Here is a hymn that I enjoy.