Just Breathe

{So I started this post a great while ago and left it unfinished. After reading Jamie's post (and attempting a completely different answer to her question "Where are you with God right now?" which I could not seem to write), I was inspired to finish writing this and share it as my answer instead. And.....um....this is a brave moment of mine, just so you know. Pressing that publish button isn't always as easy as one may think.}
Have you ever been there? Where life is full and chaotic and every single moment is filled with crazy? Where you feel like you can barely take a breath? And then...

And then!

A moment happens. A person you love, a person who understands, a person who simply "gets you" arrives right smack dab in the middle of the crazy and....


Just by them being there, it's like you can take the biggest breath again

I tend to be pretty introverted by nature and alone time is incredibly important to me. But I have learned that there is absolutely nothing like that moment when someone jumps in the middle of the frayed ends of my life and ties me back together. What makes it even better is when they have no idea that they're doing it! A God-moment if ever there was one.

In the midst of the fear, the joy, the insecurity, the certainty and the uncertainty, the happiness and the unhappiness, and the chaos of my thoughts that tend to swing around and around and around, I have been incredibly blessed with amazing friends. Both online and off! :) Sometimes all it takes is a simple reply to a phone call or a text message. (Or a comment on a post!) Just having the reminder of the knowledge that I have people in my life who love me is sometimes all I really need. So when it comes at a moment during my day when things are hard (unfortunately, this has been happening a lot more as of late), it's a simple reminder for me to breathe.

Inhale. Exhale. Repeat.

Be still. I love that verse from Psalm 46 that says, "Be still and know that I am God." Because it's only in my stillness that I can truly hear Him. His still, small voice tends to get overpowered by the loud noise of my every day life and I need the reminders to stop letting everything ride ruckus over me, to just let them go.

The words that hurt? Let them go. The frustration of not knowing what this person truly wants? Let it go. The fear that what I may say or do that could potentially lead down a path that I've no interest in? Let it go. (Also, I promise I'm not trying to get that Disney song in your head! ;)

Just. Breathe.

In. Out.

Be still. Let His shoulders take it. He can bear it! Let Him carry the emotions I'm dealing with. Because He's a big enough God that He can handle even the impossible. So of course He can handle this "stuff" of mine.

Desperate for a deliverer, my weak faith I bring to You.
Trusting You will accept me and make my heart brand new.

My hurt and my pain overwhelm me, I cannot carry this load.
And I know my suffering Savior has been farther down this road.

Then You wrap Your arms around me, holding my guilt at bay,
Saying, "My death has the power to take all of your shame away!

I know you don't feel worthy, your heart may be trembling with fear.
But My hands are always open, just waiting to draw you near!

Let Me carry your hurt, your pain be Mine to bear.
My shoulders are strong enough, even for your despair.

I'll bind up your wounds, heal your fear and distress.
Just trust Me and release it. With My peace you will blessed!"

With trembling fingers open, I let go of one, then two.
And the sweetest joy overtakes me, I look up and whisper, "Thank You!"

(I wrote this poem a couple years ago and recently found it again. It seemed precisely what I needed right then. Another God-moment! :)


  1. Thanks again for sharing this! I'm truly encouraged by so much that you wrote here :)

    1. Thanks for the kind words, Jamie! The few posts I've written here have taken a bit more courage to post than on my book blog. It definitely helps to know I've encouraged someone else! :)

  2. I think you are trying to make me cry :-) THAT. POEM. Just every word. And the sincerity that shines through this post. Gorgeous. You frequently come to mind, Kara. And I absolutely hear you. I feel this post... the pain you've gone through. My sincere and deep prayer is that the very Life of God would continually, stunningly make its presence known to you and yours each and every day. Hang in there, friend! I have a feeling it will all be worth it in the end.

    And YOU ARE brave.

    1. Aw. Thank you, Ganise! You are one of my biggest encouragers! Your words of kindness and love mean so much. I appreciate the prayers because things haven't been so easy in the last year or so. But I'm absolutely trusting that God has something amazingly worth it all in the end! He's pretty amazing like that.

      And thanks for reminding me to be brave, especially when I don't feel like it! :)