When Fearful Thoughts Come
I bless God every chance I get;
my lungs expand with His praise.
I live and breathe God,
if things aren't going well, hear this and be happy:
Join me in spreading the news;
together let's get the word out.
God met me more than halfway,
He freed me from my anxious fears.
Psalm 34:1-4 (The Message)
Everyone has anxious thoughts from time to time. Whether it's concern over finances, family, health, jobs, the state of the world or something else, worry is a common affliction in our world. When worrisome anxious thoughts assail us, Psalm 34 is a great reminder to us that God is with us in all times and situations. He works on our behalf to calm our fears and anxieties if we rely on Him. I love the idea of not only living God but breathing God. Have you ever heard of a "breath prayer?" I have recently been reading about how to pray breath prayers. It can be as simple as breathing in while praying "Jesus" and breathing out while praying "give me peace." Try it and you will be amazed at how calming breath prayers can be! Breath prayers don't have to be about anxiety. They can be praise prayers as well. For instance breathing in while praying "Praise to you" and breathing out while praying "Lord Christ." Give breath prayers a try and experience Psalm 34's recommendation to "live and breathe God!"