A “breath” prayer is a prayer that is said fairly quickly, often with just one breath. The ancient monks often prayed, “Lord, have mercy” as their “breath” prayers. Christians often repeat the name, “Jesus”. I have a number of “breath” prayers. A few of my favorites are, “Be still and know”, “He makes me lie down”, “Be anxious for nothing”.
For the next few weeks, my “breath” prayer(longer than usual but still in one breath) is Proverbs 3: 5 & 6. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and ignore (trust not) your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths”. I love the verbs: trust, ignore, acknowledge and direct. The “directing” part is only after the trusting, ignoring and acknowledging. It’s easy to forget our part, isn’t it?
There is significant change occurring in m life over the next few weeks. It is not welcomed.There is also deep concern for the people in my life orchestrating these changes.Things are very unsettled for them right now.I want this to go well for them but I’m concerned.There seems to be a lot of chaos and no clear plan.
My husband and I see what should be done but hesitate to get involved. Sometimes we (meaning all of us) step in when we need to stay out. Not because we don’t want to help, not because we can‘t help but because helping will take away the opportunity for them to figure things out themselves. And, of course, there’s always that issue of suggesting something and then it not work out and have all that to deal with.
Besides, I’m having all I can do to accept this change without going off the deep end.
I thought I would be pretty “down” by this point but I’m doing surprisingly well.That’s because I know the warning signals. I know my “triggers”. And I’ve learned what to do when they pop up. So I’m “hunkering” down and getting out my “tools”. Some of the more important ones are rest (meaning just living a little slower for a while, creative pursuits, reading, writing, and boundaries. (I didn’t mention prayer and bible study because these are a “given”.)
And, of course, my “breath” prayers.
If you are struggling today, find a “breath” prayer that becomes so ingrained, you’re praying it even when not consciously aware of doing so.
God bless you and I hope you have a good day.