Welcome to Wednesday Wanderings with Dr. Sherri–a time we set aside to wander in the Presence of Jesus and ponder His truths. When you are ready, prepare your mind, body, and soul to have a transformational encounter with Jesus.
PREPARATION: In our last Wandering with Dr. Sherri, we examined Found Faultless. This week we will examine Just Breathe. When you are ready, you may begin the dialogue with Jesus and state: “Jesus, I invite you to help me to leisurely wander into your Presence. Prepare my heart to receive, and illuminate my spiritual senses to encounter you.”
PROMISE: Job 33:4 Amplified Bible
“The Spirit of God has made me,
And the breath of [a]the Almighty gives me life [which inspires me].
The Holy Spirit is the Breath of God that created me and creates within me.
PSALM: Fill Me Now 1879
Words and music by: Elwood H Stokes (1815-1897)
Though I cannot tell thee how
But I need Thee greatly need Thee
Come O Come and fill me now
PARABLE: I don’t like swimming underwater. If I am honest, its not that I don’t like it. It is that I don’t know afraid of the requirement to be underwater and hold my breath. For a trauma survivor, holding your breath is an unnatural occurrence. You walk around in a state of fear unknowingly holding your breath. Afraid that life, some uncontrollable incident, a trauma, a hurt, a habit, or a hang-up will come along and leave you breathless. You misuse your breath and hold it in fear that your breath will be taken away. That is an oxymoron. I learned this when I went to adult swimming lessons a few years ago. The instructor taught me to take a breath before I went underwater and held my breath. I learned that my breath is my greatest resource in swimming.
Because it was God’s breath that gave me life and His breath that inspires my life, the Holy Spirit, the Breath of God is my greatest supernatural resource. I realize that my fear of water is similar to my fears in life. I am holding my breath in life, afraid that I won’t meet the many tasks of the day. Procrastinating and not doing the genius thing – the God-given world-changing assignment within me because I am afraid that I won’t do it to perfection. So I hold my breath. I pause. I stay stagnant. I put off for tomorrow the wonderful creation God wants me to do today. Hours change to days. Days turn to weeks. Weeks turn to years. Years turn to decades. Until I wake up and realize the strength, the courage, the wisdom I need is living and breathing within me. So… like Stokes, I ask the Holy Spirit to breathe on me and in me and to fill me NOW. I take a deep breath in. I ask for the desire and the power to inspire me to do God’s work.
I breathe out realizing God’s creative Presence and Power lives within me. Then marvelous things happen. Not because I am marvelous but because the wondrous working Breath of God graciously fills me dissipating my paralyzing fears. There is no room for being paralyzed by fear when the Holy Spirit is filling you with the gracious, creating power of God. He is the air I breathe. I am filled with the gracious, creative power of God. That inspires me and is “WHY” I can do “WHAT” God assigned me to do.
Soul care training exercise: Where are you holding your breath in life? What are you delaying that the Breath of God is inspiring you to do?
- Reflect and let the Holy Spirit reveal to you what creative, God-genius assignment you are being called to do?
- Notice without judgment and with a curious awareness what comes to your mind. Invite God into your sanctified imagination. Ask Him to bring to your attention where fear has stopped you from using the creative, empowering, and inspiring power of God to do God’s work?
- Next scan your mind and notice what the Holy Spirit is sharing that you need to know, hear, or do to move forward.
- Finally, Focus on your breath. As you breathe in, invite the Holy Spirit to fill you NOW with the creative, empower, inspiring, Presence of God and breathe out His love.
PRAYER: Holy Spirit, Breath of God, fill me NOW with your life-giving breath. Breathe into the dead dreams and hopes within me. Let your Presence and Power be life in me. I can’t tell you how, but I know you will give me just what I need.
PRAISE: Now that you have emptied your mind of the clutter and wandered with Jesus, take a closing moment to fill the Breath of God living within you. Then take the mindfulness of God’s breath of life moving and being within you in these last few minutes of wandering into the next ones and beyond.
Until next time, be Resonant.
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