• Michelle

Learning 2 Breathe

Updated: Mar 5, 2020

Hey all!

Welcome to Learning 2 Breathe!! I’m so happy you are here and that you stumbled into my little corner of the world.

Have you ever found yourself thinking, “I just need some breathing room?"

Yeah, me too.

Have you ever struggled to find or allow yourself to have that needed and necessary breathing room amidst the chaos, the noise, the demands, standards, and expectations of this world?

...Yeah, me too.

I need breathing room. I need a space to breathe. I want to give God breathing room in me so I can more clearly see and trust the workings of His Spirit in my life. I need this space badly but I need to learn how. I need to learn how to create breathing room in my life. I need to learn to just be. To just breathe. In. Out. In. Out. It’s simple, but somehow, I missed the lesson.

So, I decided now was the time to give birth to this blog. This has been a long time coming. This blog has been a dream God has persistently put on my heart for the past 4 years and for 4 years I have been ignoring Him because I didn’t know how to create it. I was choked by my limitations and the fear of vulnerability, the fear of failing, the fear of not being perfect. This fear stunted me from doing what I felt God wanted me to do. But today, I felt a nudge from the Lord. I felt Him whisper to my heart, “It’s game time. Let’s do this thing.” And so I begin…

What does it mean to breathe?

As a nurse, I know the textbook, physiological definition of breathing. Simply put, to Breathe is to draw air in and expel it from the lungs.

I wanted to dig deeper. I love words. LOVE. THEM. I love them in any form really. I like to read them, write them, etc. You get the point. But words breathe life to my soul. I love words, but I also love the meanings behind them and the mysteries that are discovered through these meanings. Here’s what I found when I looked at alternative definitions of the word Breathe…

1.To pause and rest before continuing

2. To feel free of restraint

3. To give rest from exertion

Whoa my goodness. IN. LOVE. with these definitions!! To pause and rest. REST. Rest from exertion. REST. In this space, I want to learn to breathe. I want to learn to pause, to rest. It is in this pause that I’m trusting I will learn how to be free of restraint. Free of the heaviness of the burdens that weigh me down. I will better learn to process, to listen, to come alive…to be free.

2020 is such a beautiful opportunity. It is a beginning in so many ways. It is a new year, a new decade, a new chance. I want to seize the opportunity. I want to go forth boldly sharing what the Lord puts on my heart. I want to share life…the good, the bad, the ugly. The moments of joy, hope, peace, sorrow, frustration, stress, and confusion. I want to share because that’s life. It’s easy to feel alone in this world and I hope this is a space of comfort where we don’t have to feel alone. A space where we can share the words, “yeah, me too”, because sometimes all it takes to help is to know someone else is going through the same thing. The Bible tells us in Hebrews to Encourage One Another. So let’s do that. Let’s walk together and learn to breathe.

I process slowly. SO SLOWLY. Like seriously guys…I’m a turtle. I process both internally and externally but I have always allowed writing to be a means of processing for me. My goal is to allow this space to become a place of growth, discovery, and wonder. A place to learn, process, seek clarity, dream, and breathe. I hope to encourage a little along the way as I go too. I want to trust that this doesn’t have to be perfect. If it’s the Lord’s desire for me to have this space then I trust He will use the single step I’m taking and multiply it. After all, there was a boy once who only had a few fish and loaves of bread to offer and look what Jesus did with his willingness to share. 😉

Peace guys. Strive for it. Live it. Love it. Breathe.

<3 Michelle