Five Minute Friday- Deep Breath

Flex your fingers, and let’s play Five Minute Friday.

Where we throw caution (editing, revising, and worrying) to the winds and just write. Without wondering if it’s just right or not.

For five minutes flat. Then link up here

Today’s prompt is:  Deep Breath… ready? GO!

Random thought: I need to stop reading Lisa Jo’s post first…this week’s was so beautiful, I found I had a bit of performance anxiety when I started….so I cheated. I got up, walked around for a few minutes, and then began again…I did actually hit my delete key a couple of times…forgive me? 🙂 So here is my real start!


Deep Breath….vaiynafesh…

“In six days God made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day God rested, and was refreshed.”

Did you know this? The word ‘refreshed’ – vaiynafesh- means ‘and God exhaled.’  Ahhhh….Muller says “The creation of the world was like the life-quickening inhale. The Sabbath was the exhale…Without the Sabbath exhale, the life-giving inhale is impossible.”

If Sabbath is the exhale, I feel like I have been holding my breath these last few weeks, and then tonight, in a moment when I was most at work, came the exhale.  A little time with the Princesses (my women’s ministry team), a cheeseburger shared with my son and husband on the church bench between setting silverware on tables and flower arrangements in bathrooms, overhearing my nine year old son say to his dad as he helped move tables, “Yep, sometimes it’s good to have a couple of men around!” This was my deep breath tonight….in and out….work and rest….creation and Sabbath- all rolled in to one experience.

How odd that realization was…is…since it wasn’t until these words spilled out that I recognized it.  Thank you, Jesus for Sabbath moments….for the deep breath…


3 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday- Deep Breath

  1. Love this one. It is so true too. I have never thought of the Sabbath as a “Deep Breath” or an exhale. I love the image that brings. Thank you for sharing.

    • Nor did I until I recently led a retreat on rediscovering Sabbath…rocked my world. Now I am just learning to apply it…and maybe more importantly, recognize when God creates Sabbath moments for me.

  2. This is a GREAT reminder that the Sabbath is a deep breath, a day to relax and rest. I often forget to make the Sabbath a day of rest because my weeks are so busy (but probably not as busy as yours! Just guessing from this post! 🙂
    Thanks for posting!


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