Thursday, December 10, 2015

Fourth Day of Hanukkah - Breathe in God, Breathe Out Fear

The LORD is my light and my salvation-- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life-- of whom shall I be afraid?
 Psalm 27:1

Day Four is a day when we take the opportunity to pause and take time to reflect on the season thus far.   If your heart isn't feeling the peace you anticipated this year, tonight is the night to investigate what could be blocking you from relishing the joy of the season.   

Take 5 minutes to consider some fear that you have.  Then ask yourself:
- Is there a promise in God's Word that addresses it? 
- Is there a wound related to this fear hat needs to be healed? 
- Is there someone related to this fear (even yourself) that He is inviting you to forgive? 

After spending your time of thought, center on Jesus in prayer. Take 5 deep breaths with your hands closed tightly. With each breath, picture breathing IN God's truth concerning your fear and breathe OUT the fear. As you breathe out for the 5th time, open your hands, palms upward as a symbol of releasing your fear. 

Spend how ever long you feel led continuing to talk with the Lord, and close your time with the Amen (which means "yes, let it be so".) 

You can use this before bed to encourage a restful night's sleep, or at the beginning of any day to set your focus on the God of the Universe who also has the hairs on your head numbered, and then we will see the cares and plans of the day through His perspective.  Fear may rise up in little ways, but when you notice its presence, simply breathe - the Lord's truth in and fear out...