New Lease on Life

New Lease on Life |


The enemy of your soul is working overtime to overwhelm you with the noise of this world.  Don’t let him distract you.


No matter how hard life gets, you and Jesus are a majority. As long as there is breath in you, God will undergird you with His supernatural strength.

You aren’t just barely breathing today. You are alive in Christ. You are a new creation.

The very breath of God will warm up your heart if you just slow down and breathe in His grace. Remember the same God who cast out demons, healed the lame, gave sight to the blind, and raised the dead is living in you right now.

God has given you a new lease on life

  • You are saved. God has cleansed you completely and poured His renewing Spirit into your life (Titus 3:3-7).
  • You are justified. You are no longer under condemnation. Christ has made things right between you and God. You can experience the fullness of God’s peace today and look forward to tomorrow with hope (Romans 5:1-5).
  • You are accepted. God has chosen you and appointed you to receive every spiritual blessing He has in His treasure chest (Ephesians 1:3-8).
  • You are sanctified. You are work in progress. God is perfecting His holiness in you as you live and breathe (I Corinthians 6:9-11).

God is continually making all things new in your life. The troubles you may be experiencing now are merely the birth pains of God’s miraculous regeneration at work in you.

God specializes in clearing the air and giving His children a new lease on life.


New Lease on Life | Just Breathe for 31 Days - Day 20 |

Breathing Exercise:

Read II Corinthians 5. Note the practical ways Paul challenges you to live in light of your new lease on life.

Listen to this celebration song. You can do a little praise dance of joy as you tap your feet in rhythm. Go ahead and recklessly praise Him for making all things new. I promise you will feel 10 times better if you do.

Breathe a prayer of thanks to your God who continually clears the air around you.





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Resuscitate Your Faith

Resuscitate Your Faith |

Doubt strangles your breathing.

Focusing on your fears instead of faith will inflame your airways and make you hyper-sensitive to every passing wind.

Without proper attention, your labored, asthmatic breathing will tighten up your muscles unmercifully.

Panic will set in as your heart races with trepidation.

It’s vital to your spiritual health for you to keep your inhaler close by: a healthy dose of Truth applied directly to your lungs can help restore your breathing.

When your heart is hammering, slowly inhale the Word of life. Let it’s life-giving power seep down and cover every part of your mind, body, and soul.

Allow the Great Physician to restore you.

How to Resuscitate Your Faith

  • Recount how far you’ve come. Look back at your life and make a list of every time God has carried you through a season of uncertainty and provided for your needs (Note how David does this in Psalm 143).
  • Rehearse what you know is true. Write down a  Scriptural truth that anchors you in faith. Meditate on it daily. (Psalm 27:1-3 is one of my favorites.)
  • Relinquish your expectations for a trouble-free life. You live in a fallen, sin-saturated world. This is not heaven. Stop viewing this life as an extended vacation. Put your #ArmorOn daily as you step out into the war zone (Ephesians 6:10-18).
  • Remember God is sovereign over your circumstances. Your God is always at work. He will redeem every single circumstance in your life for His Kingdom purposes (Psalm 103:1-14).
  • Resolve to take one step of faith forward at a time. Don’t allow fear to swallow up your faith and paralyze you. Pray through the discomfort and determine to keep pressing in to Christ. He will give you the grace needed to make it through this day (Luke 6:25-34).

God will restore restful breathing as you apply the balm of His Word to your heart.  


Resuscitate You Faith | Just Breathe for 31 Days - Day 19 |

Breathing Exercise:

Read Acts 17:22-31. Remember the day that God first made your heart come alive in faith. Thank Him for the gift of life and breath today.

Never forget that God is an expert at bringing the dead back to life. Ask Him to restore your faith completely.


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Choose a Legacy of Blessing

Choose a Legacy of Blessing |

Continually inhaling the hot air of hatred can be fatal.

Your soul was not designed to run hot. If you persist in breathing out fire,  you’ll experience chronic heartburn, and the risk of internal combustion is sure to follow.

If bitterness has invaded your atmosphere, the remedy is to apply grace liberally.

  • We must choose to bless, not curse.
  • We must speak life, not scream selfishly.
  • We must pray for peace, rather than vomit vitriol.

This world will tell you to push and shove and demand your way. He who screams loudest does not win. Sadly, you just end up hyperventilating.

We can choose differently. We can pour out a blessing and put cursing to rest.

4 Ways to Leave a Legacy of Blessing

  • Fight only on your knees. Choose a life-giving Scripture to pray over your foe.
    • “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26).
  • Focus on the cross. Never forget you are a sinner set free by God’s amazing grace. Ask God to help you view difficult people with His eyes.
    • “For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps. He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone. He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly. He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed” (I Peter 2:21-24).
  • Flee from Bitterness. Forgive offenses freely and work toward unity.
    • Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters.  Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and He will grant you his blessing” (I Peter 3:8-9).
  • Fuel up your love tank. Look for ways to serve others and invite them in to redemption.
    • “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate” (Luke 6:35-36).

Break the bonds of hate and live to be a blessing.


Choose a Legacy of Blessing | Just Breathe for 31 Days - Day 18 |


Breathing Exercise:

Read James 3.  What character qualities do we need to cultivate in order to choose blessing over cursing? (Note v 13, 17 & 18).

Read Romans 12. What practical steps does Paul suggest for leaving a legacy of blessing?

Inhale wisdom as you listen to this inspirational song.

Breathe a prayer asking God to help you speak life over those in your circle of influence today and every day.


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I am sharing “Choose a Legacy of Blessing” and joining like-minded sisters at Faith-Filled Friday, Tell His Story, Coffee for Your Heart, and Three-Word Wednesday.





Beautiful Feet Bring Good News

Beautiful Feet Bring Good News |


They called her Moses.

An unlikely heroine, Harriet Tubman was five-feet tall and suffered from a brain injury at age 15 when a heavy iron weight was hurled in her direction. In the years that followed, she was plagued by sleeping spells and migraine headaches.

Born a slave, Tubman was abused by cruel taskmasters who beat her and scarred her body. She was forced to drag animal traps through icy cold swamplands wearing a thin cloth to cover her feet.

She tasted freedom and escaped her chains in 1850. Harriet described how her perspective changed once she stood on free soil: “I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person now that I was free, there was such glory over everything, the sun came up like gold through the trees, and over the fields, and I felt like I was in heaven.”

Her response to emancipation was to risk all to help guide others to liberty. Rather than sit on her laurels and enjoy life, she willingly chose to encounter hardship and reach out to those who were still in chains. She returned nineteen times and led 300 people to freedom.

Harriet Tubman’s scarred feet were beautiful to those she helped rescue.

Beautiful feet bring Good News…

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Detoxify Your Soul

Detoxify Your Soul |


Someone I love is a smoker. I don’t live with this person, but I frequently visit a home where the air is compromised.

While I am abiding in this environment, I grow acclimated to the less than favorable conditions. The smell is almost imperceptible at times, really.

However, the minute I walk out the door into the fresh air, the funky odor rises to the surface. Suddenly, my senses are awakened to the stench.

Every inch of me reeks.

Breathing in polluted air will make you sick. You may not perceive it’s pervasive influence while you are initially inhaling the poison, but it’s impact is toxic.

Sin invades your soul and makes you stinky.

The solution is to inhale the pure air of God’s Truth, rather than the pollution of this broken world.

How to Detoxify Your Soul

  • Air out the Yucky Smell: Step away from the fumes that are infecting your life, and breathe in the fresh air of God’s grace (Romans 6:12-14).
  • Eliminate the Irritant: When your heart grows sooty, you must cleanse whatever is clogging up your life (I John 1:5-9).
  • Filter Your Thinking: Meditate daily on God’s life-giving promises to help clarify your thoughts (Psalm 1:1-3).

Breathe in God’s wisdom and detoxify your soul.


Detoxify Your Soul | Just Breathe for 31 Days - Day 16 |


Breathing Exercise:

Read James 4:7-10.  What’s the only way to stay on your feet and breathing clean air when the atmosphere is contaminated?

Breathe a prayer to God asking Him to show you what is polluting your life.  May He give you courage to eliminate the noxious fumes of the flesh.


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I am sharing “Be a Peacemaker” and joining like-minded sisters at Faith-Filled Friday, Purposeful Faith’s RaRaLinkup, Rich-Faith Rising, and Testimony Tuesday.

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