Life is crazy. Life is messy. The in and out. Up and down. Here and there. We fall. We break. We change and exchange. We grow. We wait.
This is life. The inhale and exhale. In this messy, crazy life I am becoming more and more thankful for a never-changing God. A God who is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Even as He is never changing, He is ever-present in my messy, crazy life. He is loving me, watching and caring for me.
Over the last few months, I have been spinning in a tilt-a-world of life. A constant cycle of social gatherings, diaper changes, food prep, sibling referee, family visits, late-night feedings, ABCs, grocery shopping, laundry piles, preschool crafts. I have been spinning and somedays I have felt like I am falling. Falling over and out of this pace of life. Falling over and being trampled by little feet, hungry bellies and dirty clothes. But God, my constant, loving God has held me and whispered in my heart over and over in this spinning season — Just Breathe.
When the kids smash eggs on the tile floor – Just Breathe
When the toddler is screaming in her room refusing to nap – Just Breathe
When the baby is up again – Just Breathe
When plans change and your little one is sick on the toilet – Just Breathe
When the noise escalates as they play, fight and play – Just Breathe
When my life is spinning faster than I can keep up with — God is still. He is holding fast and He is holding me. I can breathe because He has me. I can breathe because even in this crazy, messy life He is in control.
Even when I feel I have no control, He does. God is in control. And it was never my place to be in control. I was not designed to be in control. I was not created to carry the weight. God has it all. All my days. All I am and all I do is for the glory of the One in control. The One that carried the weight, all the weight on the cross.
I can breathe because the weight is gone! I can breathe because the control is in His hands. I can breathe because I am the vessel. When I let Him pour into me, I can pour out with another meal, another middle of the night feeding, another scrubbing of pee-stained toilet.
My life, my breath comes from the Holy Spirit inside of me. I don’t need to “keep up”. I just need to be present. Be aware, attentive to His prompting, leading, filling.
As He whispers Just Breathe into our mommy hearts, let’s stop and inhale. Let go and give the control, the burden back to the One who can handle it. The One who gives us love, grace, and joy in place of control and burden.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. NKJV
Isaiah 41:10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. NLT
Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. NIV
Proverbs 16:9 The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. ESV
1 Peter 2:22-24 He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone. He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly. He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. NLT