May 03, 2012

Just Breathe

I think it's safe to say that almost two years into life in Singapore, we have done our fair share of flying.  If it's not within the 272 square miles of Singapore then we have to get on a plane to get there.

Needless to say, our whole family stopped paying attention to the flight attendant and her safety speech a long, long time ago.  We know to buckle our seat belts, we know there's a safety card in the seatback in front of us, we know where the inflatable vests are kept and how to put them on and that there's a whistle attached to call for help. (Oh, how tempted I've been to check out that whistle for myself!) We know that our seatbacks need to be in their full and upright position for takeoff.

We also know that if there's a loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the ceiling.  The instructions are to put on your own mask first and then assist those around you.

I can remember traveling with small children and wondering if that act would get my "Good Mother of the Year" award revoked.

Here kids, I know you're scared and we're running out of oxygen, but let me get settled first and then I will help you.....just before you lose consciousness.

A dear friend of mine, Alicia, was just talking about this today.  How true the oxygen mask theory is in real life.

As moms we clean up all the messes around us.....figuratively and literally.  We breathe life into our husbands, our kids, our homes, our volunteer jobs and our paying jobs.  We breathe life into our friendships and our hobbies.

How often do we stop and take a breath for ourselves first?

Taking time to spend with God.


Casting our cares and concerns on Him.


Thanking Him for our blessings so we are reminded to be content.


Reading His word and remembering that we are not in control.


Praising Him for being trustworthy and loving and full of grace.


Laying our cares and concerns at His feet.


Resting in the knowledge that He knows the desires of our heart.


When we take time to breathe first, then we can turn to those around us and breathe life into them as well......without losing consciousness.

It can be life saving.

1 comment:

  1. LOVE IT! You are so very right, and we moms so often forget about to do it. Big score on the blog challenge:)



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