“You Cannot Breathe the Air of Anxiety and Expect to Live in an Atmosphere of Peace” – Steven Furtick

Written for and Published in The Seeds 4 Life.

This morning, some of us are rebuilding. Some of us are sitting with uncertainty. Some of us are saddened by the loss of a love gone too soon. Some of us are sitting in rubble. Some of us are holding on to the only thing we have left, faith.

Faith is strong; it’ll hold the door closed so hopelessness does not barge in. It reminds us to stand tall and to face the sun so our shadow falls behind us, but with the current atmosphere of constant change, many of which are out of our control, faith is tested. Our mind wanders to the places where the air is thick with anxiety and our tight grip on faith is slowly lost by our desperation to try to catch a breath of fresh air.

We gasp and take in more anxiety, as if the oxygen level on the planet has diminished and all we are able to focus on is that breath we need in order to find some faith again. Until we realize our breathing is shallow and we have forgotten the exercise of the deep breath. The breath where we inhale peace, where our chest rises and our rib cage expands as wide as it can, and where we exhale all that is holding our focus hostage – The worry, the hopelessness, the frustration, the fear.

Breathe. Breathe deeply. Expand the rib cage so the heart may have more room to beat for a few seconds. Close your eyes and breathe in deep. This breath is a gift. This life is temporary. The rebuilding will soon be the prelude to a home again. The uncertainty will soon bring answers. The sadness will soon become acceptance. The rubble will soon give way to a new foundation. Faith is always present and will accompany us for as long as we hold its hand. Take a deep breath and reach out your hand.

3 thoughts on ““You Cannot Breathe the Air of Anxiety and Expect to Live in an Atmosphere of Peace” – Steven Furtick

  1. I love how rhythmic your writing is. It flows with such a graceful fluidity. When I got to the line where you say, “Breathe. Breathe deeply.”, that is exactly what I did. Your writing is enthralling! If you don’t mind me saying you and I have very similar insights or perhaps perspectives about life. When reading your posts I find myself saying yes, I know, I get that, I agree! However, I must say your ability to express them through your writing supersedes my abilities.Thank you for sharing with us your gift. I can not wait to read more. Cheers.

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    1. Thank you for such a nice compliment, For the Love of Art. It is comforting knowing there are people in the world who understand what I am trying to express. I appreciate you taking the time to read as well.
      To share my approach to writing with you: I write to send it off into the world. When I publish, it is no longer mine. It is whoever reads it and interprets it. For inspiration, I look to nature. It is filled with so much wisdom. Even in dirt, there is inspiration. Being inspired by nature and detaching myself from the ego part of the writing, allows for words to flow and for me not to judge what comes out of that flow. It just is.
      Thank you again for taking the time to read the words that flowed out that day 🙂

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      1. Thank you for taking time to share your insights with me. I really appreciate it. I love the persective you have on life, so beautiful.

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