When I was pregnant with my first child and took lamaze classes, one of the first things taught is called a "cleansing breath." The idea is to focus on a deep, deep breath in and blow it out which forces the mind to focus on the breath instead of the pain.
Now that I teach Jazzercise, I always emphasize the importance of taking some deep breaths to fill the lungs and pull the oxygen into the muscles. This critical step causes the body to produce endorphins as well. Breathing during exercise is also used as an idicator of the effort in that while we should be winded at the peak of exercise, we should always be able to talk.
Many times when I am feeling particularly stressed or anxious, I notice that I breathe in a shallow way. I have to literally remind myself to take deep breaths while focusing on Scriptures. This decision to inhale and exhale Truth transforms my heart and mind.
That's exactly what Scripture does: changes us. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says,
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness so that the servent of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
God continues to breathe His Word into our lives so that we can follow Him more closely, build our faith, and even show us when we are off track. The wind of Scripture blows truth, light, and love into our hearts from our Heavenly Father.
My Prayer: God, thank you for breathing Scripture into our lives. Your word is precious to us. We repent from the times when we choose to run on stress and anxiety which finds us short of breath. Instead we pray that you fill us with the Breathe of Life that comes with a Holy Communion with you. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for the prompting in our hearts. In Jesus' name!