Breathe in. Really – right now – take a deep breath. Now let it all out. Exhale. Fill up your lungs with precious oxygen and then breathe out the rest.

Sometimes, we forget to do the simple things. We forget to breathe.

I find myself (and others) hyperventilating sometimes.

“Where will the money come from?”
“How will I accomplish this next goal?”
“Can I ever overcome [insert obstacle here]?”
“What does s/he think about me?”


The prompt for today’s “Five Minute Friday” is “Exhale” and I think it’s a great time to write a brief reminder to you all that sometimes you just need to breathe.

Breathe in the peace, love, and joy that comes from Father God and then exhale the anxiety, insecurity, and pessimism that comes with a weary heart.

Maybe you’ve been in a moment that’s taken your breath away – and you liked it – like that time she kissed you back, or he asked you out and your heart skipped a few beats. And that’s great – there is nothing wrong with those moments. But there is something wrong if you stop breathing altogether. You have to remember to start breathing again.

Other times, hardship, disappointment, humiliation, etc. can put you in a hard-place and make you wish you’d stop breathing. But friends, you need to breathe.

Breathe in the good. Breathe out the bad. Refresh your lungs (and your mindset).

My five minutes is up. Exhale.


2 thoughts on “Exhale: Five Minute Friday Edition

  1. Good stuff, my friend. I like that you acknowledge that life is hard but draw us back to gazing into the beautiful face of Christ, where “the things of the earth grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace!”

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