Your Breath

The other day, during worship we sang a song that’s relatively new to me. It struck a chord (pun not intended) in me. The song is “Great Are You Lord” by All Sons and Daughters. I hope you are encouraged, as I was.

The words of the chorus especially have a strong impact on me every time I hear and sing it.

It’s your breath in our lungs.

So we pour out our praise

We pour out our praise.

It’s your breath in our lungs

So we pour out our praise to you only.

This song holds a special meaning to me because I first heard it soon after being diagnosed with asthma last winter. It is a scary thing to not be able to breathe properly. It took some time to get my asthma under control with the right level of medication. However, through struggling to breathe, I developed a new sense of appreciation for each breath I’m given.

People don’t normally have to think about or concentrate on about breathing, it just naturally happens. So it can easily be taken for granted. My past experience and daily life are now a constant reminder that each breath I have is a precious gift. I give praise to God for the life He gives, for each breath and every new day to learn and walk with Him.

You give life, You are love

You bring light to the darkness

You give hope, You restore

Every heart that has been broken.

Great are You Lord.

God fills and sustains us. He enables us to grow in Him and fulfill our purpose. And through whatever fear, struggle or hardship we’re facing, He is right there with us. He is the light that illuminates our life and guides our way. We can trust in Him.

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” ~Psalm 18:2

Thanksgiving

I would like to start off by wishing you a very happy Canadian Thanksgiving! I apologize for my lack of blogging lately. Since the start of September, I seem to have been sucked up in the vortex of college and homework. I’ve been working to find a balance in my life, but I have yet to perfect my schedule. Thank you to everyone who has stuck with me and for your understanding and patience.

The Footprints Prayer has been floating through my head for the past week, so I’ve decided to share it with you.

“Last night I had a dream. I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonged to me, the other to the Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that at many times along the path of my life, especially at the very lowest and saddest times, there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it. ‘Lord, you said once I decided to follow you, You’d walk with me all the way. But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life, there was only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.’

The Lord replied, ‘My son, my precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of suffering, when you could see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.'”

Personally, I am thankful for the way God has been moving and working in my life. Life hasn’t always been easy, but God has remained faithful. He’s never left me.

Secondly, I am giving thanks today for my family. I am very blessed to have my parents, and their love and support, as well as a brother who I’m very close with. A relevant Bible verse I remember my brother and I memorizing as kids is Psalm 100.

“Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.

Worship the LORD with gladness;

Come before him with joyful songs.

Know that the LORD is God

it is he who made us and we are his*;

we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving

and his courts with praise;

give thanks to him and praise his name.

For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;

his faithfulness continues through all generations”

*Or and not we ourselves

Thirdly, I am thankful for old and new friends. I’m at a stage in life where there are a lot of transitions. I am thankful for the friends who have stuck with me over the years. I’m also grateful for the new friends I’ve had the chance to meet and get to know these past few months. I’m looking forward to seeing these friendships grow stronger through this year and in the future.

This is a time to count all of the blessings that have been given to us. I know that this season can be painful for some of us, so wherever we are right now, let’s remember that we’re not alone. There are people – friends and family – who care about you, and if you feel alone, through grace we have a God that cares for and loves us. It may sound cliché, but He’s only a prayer away.