You do it every second of everyday. It’s pretty basic. You don’t even think about it. You just do it. Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out. The thing about breathing is that it requires both the in part and the out part. You can’t do one without the other. It’s part of the cycle of life. We breathe in so we can breathe out and we breathe out so we can breathe in. It’s a great exchange. Simple enough.
I don’t know about you but sometimes it sure feels as if I’m breathing out a lot more than I’m breathing in. At times it seems as if more is leaving me than is coming to me, as if life is just one continuous exhale or that I’m just standing there holding my breath. It’s in those moments that I have learned to remind myself to pause, be still and just breathe.
I hope you understand that I’m talking about more than the natural exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide that keeps our bodies moving. Yes, sometimes we do need to pause, stop holding our literal breath and breathe some good ol’ oxygen to steady our physical beings. While that exchange keeps your body moving it is not what really gives you life. What gives you life is the breath of God in you. The Spirit of God alive in you, breathing through you, inspiring and giving life. Job said it so beautifully,
“The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life [which inspires me].
Job 33:4 AMP
This year, Inspired. is all about pausing to catch your breath again. We want you to be reminded that it’s not just about the oxygen you breathe but it’s in remembering that “…the breath of the Almighty…” is a powerful life giving force. We have dynamic speakers lined up, workshops and lots of fun for you to enjoy. Together we will breathe in the Spirit of God and breathe out the strength that only comes through him.
Let’s take a couple days to pause and catch our breath again. Come be with women from your cities and beyond. Amazing women. Women just like you who come from diverse cultures, ethnicities and denominations. Women who come carrying incredible stories of strength but who also may need to take a deep breath. Pastor Nicola, Pastor Meredith and I are praying for you and anticipating our days together. We’re ready to celebrate the faithfulness of our God as we join hearts and hands and collectively just ‘Breathe.’
Pastor Kathi Pitts