Giver of Life

For the past few days, I’ve been struggling with my asthma. I’ve posted on this blog before about my asthma – most days, I’m fine, and I don’t think much about it. However, I’ve been encountering more shortness of breath these past few days, and am much more aware of each inhalation and exhalation than usual (and this may not be a bad thing).

I know that this will pass. Between my inhalers, allergy medicines, and halotherapy (sea salt therapy, which helps me immensely), my breathing will improve over time. It’s simply a matter of pressing through this season of discomfort until the relief arrives.

When these episodes occur – and they’re usually triggered by a strong smell, and hot weather combined with poor air quality – I’m reminded that every breath that I take is a gift from the Lord, and is not to be taken for granted. After all, He is the Giver of life! As Isaiah 42 states,

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So, just in case you thought that YOU woke yourself up this morning, here’s an important reminder – you didn’t. 😉

And the fact that you’ve been breathing all day, without giving it a whole lot of conscious thought? Yeah, God did that, too.

And the food you ate today? And that water you drank? You may have bought it somewhere, but you didn’t make it. He did.

Are you a pet person? (I’m not. Too allergic, but for some reason, animals love me.) Anyway, if your little Fido awoke this morning with a spring in his little paws, remember that the Lord was responsible for that blessing, too.

And that garden that you tend? Do you think that your watering and tilling of the soil make your plants grow? You’d be mistaken. Your efforts, by themselves, are fruitless. However, working in tandem with God’s power, remarkable things can happen. In fact, the Bible has something to say about that, too:

So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. (1 Corinthians 3:7, NIV)

God is the Giver of life – all life – on this planet, as well as the planets, galaxies, and universes about which we know precious little (or nothing).

As for me, I’m just grateful that I can breathe. Sure, my breathing has been a little labored, but I am alive, and the good Lord has given me another day on this earth. I am very grateful!

Dear God, thank You for also being the Author and Giver of all life, and for reminding me to take nothing in my life for granted – even something as automatic and unconscious as my breath. Nothing (and no one) can exist without Your sovereign power.

Also, I ask that You would allow my asthma to get better, if that is Your will. And even though I’m a little short of breath these days, being in this condition reminds me to thank You for the breath that I do have each day. Every breath is a gift and a blessing! In Your name I pray, Amen.

23 thoughts on “Giver of Life

      1. Pray the Lord’s will in all things. The power of His holy will is greater than anything that I would wish for. Through it I am beginning to understand why Jesus was willing to go through hell for us, “for the joy that was set before Him” a joy we cannot yet see, but it becomes clearer through the ages and phases of this life. So much is flooding through my heart and soul, through my spirit crying “Abba Father,” too much to hold or record. It is all precious and powerful for the good news to His people, that we may endure all things for His glory and our joy, rejoicing, giving thanks and praising Him in all things. Have a blessed week. Thank you ~ Fran

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      1. 🙂 ♥

        😊 Thank you for asking! I haven’t been feeling too well the last few days – I think it’s because of anxiety and just feeling down. Happens sometimes. I get much too anxious over everything, and I know I shouldn’t. 😜 I really need to trust Him more!
        Also, my dad has been ill for the past five years, so he could use prayers too. 🙂

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      2. Just prayed for you and your dad. I can relate to feeling low in spirit sometimes – some days are better than others, no?

        Keep me posted on how you and your dad are feeling (should you feel so inclined).

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      3. Thank you so much! 😊 ❤ Definitely so! Sometimes those low days are really low, haha.

        I’m feeling better but my dad is about the same; thank you again for praying and asking! 🙂

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      4. Yes. 🙂 I think that I probably would have been diagnosed with depression as a teen and into my early 20’s, had I been to a doctor; it’s by His grace that I am feeling better now!

        Thank you for your prayers for me and my dad! 😊 ❤

        P.S.: I love your new theme! 🙂

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      5. It’s a privilege to pray for others in the body of Christ. Thank you for giving me that opportunity!

        Thanks also for your comment on the new theme. I felt like it was time for a change. 🙂

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      6. ❤ That’s true; it was a privilege to pray for you as well. 😊 This reminds me of James 5:16: “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”

        I really like it! 🙂

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