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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

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To Run

Anyone who’s known me will know that I’ve never been the fastest runner in gym class. Or the best athlete in sports – in fact, I was never on the sports teams. I was the music/ band kid, who was into reading, writing, and all that jazz (pun intended).

Despite not being very althetic, I have always cared about my health and body. Furthermore, since leaving high school and developing asthma, I began to realize the increasing need for more activity in my life and not just healthy eating. So, as some of my longer followers may remember, I started exercising regularly.

Fast forward to tonight and I was having a rough time. So, I decided to go on a walk, which turned into more of a jog/ run. Now, I get why people like running. To feel the burning in your legs and abs, the heaving of your lungs and adrenaline pushing you forward. It felt really good to just run and feel the wind blowing in my albeit short hair.

The music I was listening to gave me a nice pace to run to – (I had walking and running segments to make sure my asthma wouldn’t be a problem). The music also helped lighten my mood, however, nothing lifted me up like seeing this young boy along the way. He looked to have down syndrome and he, along with his father, were obviously on their way to the boy’s soccer game. And as I passed by, he stuck out his hand for me and we high fived. It put a big smile on both of their faces. But I wonder if they saw how much it made my night as well. I walked away with just as big a smile as theirs. It was a little gesture, but it meant so much.

I know this may sound overrated, but it really is the little things! This by far was the best run I’ve had… Actually the first run I think I’ve done, but it was such a good experience that I’m definitely thinking of doing it again.

Exercise Goals

I’ve never been the most active person, but since getting asthma, exercising is a must for me. I’ve heard many times now about the importance of strengthening my lung capacity. I was doing well at first; however, like a lot of good intentions, after a while I fell out of practice. Fast forward to recently, I’m starting over with trying to form this habit.

End goal: for regular exercise to become habitual and last for the long-term.

I thought a good way to accomplish this goal, and to be accountable to someone, would be to blog about it.

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(Image from Pixabay)

So here I am… actually on Day 6 right now, because the idea of blogging about my goals only recently crossed my mind.  I thought it would be best to post sooner rather than later, before I lost my mojo.

Besides my body being sore, it’s going well. I’ve mostly been using an elliptical, today though I wanted to switch it up and do some weight lifting instead. I know strength training is good and healthy to do, so my dad was kind enough to guide me through some different exercises to strengthen my back and arms.

Though I am sore and tired, I’m sure that’s normal when you’re just starting out. However, I’m hopeful and optimistic for the future. If I put in the effort, I’m sure to succeed! How do you like to stay fit and active? What helps you stay on track and motivates you to keep exercising?