{this post is part of Five-Minute Friday at Lisa-Jo Baker, the last week Lisa hosts the party}

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: Begin…


And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.


Breathe. The breath of God exhaling into man, into me.

Dust. Formed from the dust, formless, but waiting, ready.

Ready for life. Brought to life by His breath. Empowered.

Known before time began by the One who hovered over the surface of the waters, by the One who breathes life into my every moment.

Begin. His whisper in my ear encourages me to take that step, that first step, to begin. In spite of the fear and what I don’t yet know.

Begin my dream, my journey, my life.

With breath. With a deep breath. With God’s breath. With God’s whisper.butterfly wings

Just like in the Garden of Eden, God breathes his Presence into me.

Let us make men in our image. The power of those words.

God gathered the dust of the earth. And then, he breathed life into the man.

He breathed life into me. He breathes life into me still.

What better example do I have when I face each new challenge, each new journey, each dream than this? Before I begin, I must breathe.

I must breathe in the Spirit of God.

I must breathe in the Life of the Creator.

I must breath in His promises.

I must breathe.

Take that deep breath. And then…jump.

coastal watersTake that leap of faith.

Into the Father’s arms.

Into the unknown.

Into the dream.

Into my life.





What an incredible image: the Spirit of God hovering over the surface of the waters before anything existed. Before God said, let us create man in our image. Before time and space and fear and doubt and worry. God was. God is. God will be.

And then he gathered the dust and breathed life into man.

In God’s presence, I breathe.

I leap.

I begin the journey set before me.



14 thoughts on “One Breath Away

    1. Oh, my friend, do not mistake my written words for my actions. I write these words to myself to remind me that God is calling me to trust him and to jump into his arms. I wrestle daily with the idea that God’s ways are not my ways and I believe that God plants these words in my heart so that they will grow into the way I live out my faith in Him in my life.

  1. What a beautiful post. I love all of the imagery in this, and it’s a great reminder that we find our beginning in God. Thank you for sharing this today!

    1. Thank you, Meagan! I appreciate your encouraging words and that you take the time to read and leave a comment. And, I love that your posts are so tied to the writing process but also can be applied to life. Your words bring me seeds of encouragement that I can carry with me when I sit down to write.

    1. Thank you, Krista. I appreciate your words and your encouragement. So many beginnings: news days, new moments, new directions on the path of our journey; I take comfort in knowing that each breath comes from God and that He is with me each time I begin. Thank you for stopping by, friend!

    1. Thank you, Katie! I love that image: breathe in His sufficiency and let go of my shortcomings. That just captures the essence of living out faith in the day-to-day!

      Thanks for taking the time to read and leave a comment. I appreciate the feedback!

  2. This is beautiful and strangely it is exactly what I thought but had no words for so I didn’t write about it, but yes yes yes! Thank you for putting these beautiful thoughts into words.

    1. Thank you, Marisa, for your beautiful and encouraging words. I appreciate you sharing your thoughts and letting me know that my words captured something you also thought about.

      Blessings to you, my #fmf friend!

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