{this post is part of Five-Minute Friday at Lisa-Jo Baker}

Five Minute Friday

How it works: Write on one word for five minutes. No editing. Then link up your post with the rest of the brave writers on Five-Minute Friday and encourage them by reading and commenting on what they’ve shared. {All the details for how to play along are here.}

Today’s word: Exhale…


He loves whatever is just and good;
    the unfailing love of the Lord fills the earth.

The Lord merely spoke,
    and the heavens were created.
He breathed the word,
    and all the stars were born.
He assigned the sea its boundaries
    and locked the oceans in vast reservoirs.  Psalm 33:5-7

Have you ever held you breath?

Perhaps during a difficult scene in a movie.

Maybe before beginning a difficult conversation with someone you love.

Maybe when you were about to address a group of people.

Perhaps as you sat in a hospital waiting room wondering how the operation was going.

Maybe when you were sitting in the doctor’s office waiting to hear what the biopsy showed.

Fear. Doubt. Pain. Hurt. Anger.

It takes our breath away and sometimes it causes us to breathe deeply. And then, hold it in, hold our breath.

Maybe we hold our breath so we don’t say the first things that come to mind.

holding your breathMaybe we hold our breath so that we can focus on something more basic than the situation we are facing.

Maybe we hold our breath because it’s the automatic response in the moment.

But then.

We exhale.

Because how can we not?

Certainly, we cannot hold our breath for long. Not long enough sometimes.

And so we exhale.

And sometimes, that exhale holds our deepest and holiest prayer. Our deepest need captured in that breath.

Like the breath that breathed life into us.

Like the breath that created the stars in the heaven and the sun that rises in the East. sunrise

That breath of the creator that continues to exhale its power and its truth into us. Into our hearts. Into our souls.

The breath of life that we need. That we crave.

It’s time to stop holding your breath, my friends.

It’s time to breathe deeply the joy and the fullness of the Father, of Jesus, and exhale the delight, the essence of light and life into the world.

Your every breath pours out the Spirit of God that was breathed into you.

Stop holding your breath.


And with that breath, shine brightly where you are and no matter what you’re facing.


It’s okay.

God’s breath will sustain you.



6 thoughts on “Don’t Hold Your Breath

  1. Holding our breath is almost like trying to remain in control. As everything around us, our circumstances, our situations spiral out of control, we say to ourselves, “At least I have this one breath left and I’m keeping it!” We can’t even do that, either it comes out or we pass out. Who wants that old breath anyways, it’s stale and toxic. We need God to breathe through us with his pure breath. Thanks, Judy.

    1. “Who wants that old breath anyways, it’s stale and toxic.” Perfect description, David. And reminds me of the passage that talks about pouring new wine in old wine skins…

      And I love your suggested remedy: We need to breathe through us with his pure breath. It’s what I need every day. Every. Day.

    1. Thanks for visiting, Katha. I appreciate you taking time to read and comment. Have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July weekend!

    1. Thanks for the encouragement, Meredith! I love the FMF community and am so glad you stopped over tonight!

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