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She stood there, hands on her chest, breathing in and out, very deliberately and with intention. So I asked, “What are you doing?”

“I breathing, Mimi”, she replied nonchalantly.

At two and a half, she’s exploring all aspects of body functions and performs them with conviction. I’ve been introduced to burping, sneezing, coughing, and spitting, all of which make me think she is about to get sick or pass out.

Just thinking about it made me turn to a familiar passage …

“Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7, NASB)

Breathe ”“ the inhaling and exhaling of air we all need to remain alive. Without breathing, we would cease to exist.

God only breathed into the man He had formed. Animals, while living, breathed apart from His breath. God performed CPR on Adam and Adam had life. God breathed into man, thus causing man to have an eternal soul and life. It is His breath which distinguishes us from all other living beings.

“He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20:22, NASB)

Jesus, empowered His disciples with the Holy Spirit to go forth and do as they were being commissioned. We too, as believers in Christ, have the Holy Spirit residing in us. He gives us life, empowering us to do the tasks He has called us to do. He invades our life with His strength, knowledge, and wisdom which we would not have possessed otherwise so we accomplish His will.

“For in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ ” (Acts 17:28, NASB)

He breathes into our dreams, resuscitating them with renewed life.

He breathes hope where there seems to be no hope.

He breathes love into a heart grown cold.

He breathes faith blowing the clouds of doubt away.

Today may we turn to God’s Word and let it do the work needed to breathe life back into our dry and parched souls.

“The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”
(Job 33:4, NASB)

God breathed on man,
and He is breathing on you and me,
to give us life as well.


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