Breathless & Stressed

I had a pretty stressful couple weeks. I’m sure you picked up on that from my last post, but it really was.

{When I originally sat down to write this, I got a phone call that my husband was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries, and didn’t even have the composure to finish this!}

At one point when I was laying in my bed with my stomach aching and my head pounding, I realized it was mostly my own stress that had got me to this point.

And why?

It was nothing that I couldn’t handle.

I don’t mean that arrogantly. I just know from experience that am a tough woman who can handle a lot because Jesus and I have sure slain a few dragons before.

As I laid in my bed and asked the Lord what was going on he told me three things that were missing from my life that when added together, equaled anxiety for me.

  1. Water  As I checked how I was doing I realized I was really thirsty. In the midst of my exhaustion I had drank too much coffee and not enough water. I generally try to drink one litre of water by noon everyday, but I hadn’t.
  2. Breath – I don’t know why I do this! When I started to get worked up, I don’t breathe! I ended up taking shallow breaths or holding my breath for long periods of time.

    And what happens when we don’t have proper air flow? We lack oxygen to our brains. This messes up our reasoning and can make things seem like a bigger deal than they are. Our brain cells need an uninterrupted flow of oxygen to operate at their best.

  3. Prayer – When my mind isn’t clear because I’m dehydrated and not breathing deeply, I’m generally not talking with Jesus about what’s going on. That’s a BIG problem, because normally he’s my rock and I bounce pretty much everything off him.

    In Philippians 4:6 we are encouraged

    Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

    This is not a trite statement. The Lord knows that when we get anxious and worried, the best thing for us to do is to give it back to him.

    I KNOW this to be true, because when I’m not anxious, I confidently give God my stuff and I SEE him move on my behalf!

Since my moment with God two weeks ago, I’ve had this in my head:

“Breathe, Pray, Water”.

Simple. But powerful. 

Breathe deep, drink up and pray loud!


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