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JM’s Journal: Finding Room to Breathe

Woman closing her eyes and breathing deeply outside in the mountains
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Finding Room to Breathe

Salvation in God from Life’s Stresses

by J.M. Troppello

During my devotions today, I went down another rabbit trail. However, I love when that happens. As I’ve mentioned in my articles many times, I use the NKJV Thomas Nelson Study Bible. The current devotional I’m reading is the monthly devotional sent out from Dr. David Jeremiah’s ministry. I get a lot out of reading those short daily devotionals.

However, I get even more from reading the recommended reading for each day that applies to the devotional. Then I read the study notes from my Bible. I get lost in reading through all the reference verses.

Salvation belongs to the Lord. Your blessing is upon Your people. Selah
(Psalm 3:8, NKJV)

Psalm 3:8 was one of the reference verses that I read – after starting off with the recommended reading of Psalm 33:18-22. The main point of the devotional today was about how God’s mercy is beautiful and covers us each day.

A quote from Billy Graham was included in the devotional: “God’s mercy and grace gives me hope—for myself, and for our world.”

The study notes for Psalm 3:8 stated: “Salvation in this instance refers to deliverance from immediate pressure that the Psalm already described (A Psalm of David when he fled from Absalom his son – many were rising up against David). One meaning of the Hebrew word translated salvation is ‘room to breathe.’”

Those three words – room to breathe – truly impacted me today.

Room to Breathe

Taking time to breathe deeply each day is so important. I remember one time back when I went to the gym and had a trainer for a year, and he told me to remember to breathe. I had unconsciously been holding my breath while trying hard to focus on doing the exercise movements the right way – for maximum results.

Even to this day (although I do exercise at home now while watching the videos through the FitOn app), I still have to remind myself to breathe deeply while exercising.

I even need to stop to remind myself during the day to take time to breathe deeply.

The National Library of Medicine reports that, “Investigations into the physiological effects of slow breathing have uncovered significant effects on the respiratory, cardiovascular, cardiorespiratory and autonomic nervous systems. Key findings include effects on respiratory muscle activity, ventilation efficiency, chemoreflex and baroreflex sensitivity, heart rate variability, blood flow dynamics, respiratory sinus arrhythmia, cardiorespiratory coupling, and sympathovagal balance.”

Spiritual Room to Breathe

Room to breathe applies to your spiritual life as well. Stresses of life can overwhelm you so much that you feel like you don’t even have room to breathe, both emotionally and spiritually.

I love how the Hebrew word for salvation in Psalm 3:8 means room to breathe.

Maybe you need room to breathe today. If you do, take time to simply be still before God. Practice mindfulness and meditation on God’s Word. Focus on God and not the busyness and stress of life. Yes, that can be extremely hard to do. However, it’s so worth it, if you need to find room to breathe again.

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
(Psalm 46:10, NKJV)

What do you do in your life to find room to breathe?


About the Author

JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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