Breathing is a natural occurrence. We don’t think about our breathe until we feel like we’re losing it--an experience I know very well. One day in the middle of having one of the most intense workout experiences, I started to say to myself, “I can not breathe. I can’t breathe.” I was slouched over, coughing, and panting for breath. My gym buddies standing in close proximity to me began to tell me “don’t quit, don’t give up, keep going, you got this Ashley.” I said again, “I can’t breathe.” Their response was, “you are breathing and you will be just fine.” About two minutes after that pep talk from my unrelenting gym partners, I got my second wind. Just enough energy to take me through the remainder of the workout. A second wind is defined as an a person's ability to breathe freely during exercise, after having been out of breath. In this moment, I rested, relied on God, and received the energy I needed to continue.
How many times in life do we feel like we are out of breath? Not just physically but, mentally and emotionally. We feel as if we lost energy, or we’re at our wits end, ready to quit in the middle of our difficulty. I have dealt with those moments many times in my life. Typically, we become anxious, worried, and fearful. I have learned that those feelings don’t change the circumstances and that when I rely on Jesus He can provide the comfort, peace, and wisdom needed to continue. In moments when I feel I can’t catch my breath or life gets challenging, I have a few strategies I use to help me get my second wind:
Sometimes when we can’t breathe we need to rest, not quit. Resting in God, who is able to carry us through life circumstances. There is nothing you have gone through or will ever go through that God can not bring you out of. Quitting is not an option! You must continue because your destiny lies on the other side of this fight to breathe.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11: 28 -30
Rely on those stronger in the faith.
When dealing with challenges in life we don’t always have the answers but when we rely on God He can guide us. We not only need to rely on God but He also puts people in our lives to help us in our moments of weakness. Just as I had to rely on the team of supporters that had already completed the exercise regimen of that particular day--we can rely on the wisdom of others who have gone before us and completed the task already.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
James 1: 5
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Receive the strength of God. You may not have the strength to continue but His strength is made perfect in our weakness. I know for a fact that when I have been at my weakest moment God came through and provided the strength I needed to continue. He will give strength to those who are weak and have low energy.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Today receive the strength of God and the courage to move forward!
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