Learning to Breathe Again

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July 23, 2014

learntobreatheI love to make lists, set goals, and plan my days. You too? It feels so good when we finish a task and check it off. Done. But lately, God has been showing me that Real Life isn’t about to-do lists. It’s about breathing. It’s about embracing what Christ has already accomplished. It’s about freedom. It’s about being motivated by God’s love, instead of by man’s expectations. It’s about experiencing a genuine revival of our child-like faith. Revival literally means “restored to life.” Life with a capital L. Life the way it’s meant to be. Revival is why Jesus came to earth, and made His home in our hearts. “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). And revival is what the Women of Faith team prays for when we walk through the back door of an arena, and you walk through the front. Help us all, Lord Jesus. Teach us how to “take hold of the life that is truly life” (1 Timothy 6:19). Here’s the tricky part: we need both hands to grab onto that kind of Life. When our hands are full, and our calendars as well, we haven’t allowed room for God to fill us with His Spirit. We’re living and breathing, but not really alive in Christ. That’s what From Survival to Revival is all about: stepping away from the everyday and allowing God to jump-start our joy and renew our strength. First when we worship, and then when we open His Word together. This season I’m learning to cross things off my to-do list. Not because I’ve already done them, but because I don’t need to do them. Amazing what a little white space on a calendar page can do for our spiritual growth. We can look up with expectation. We can look forward with a sense of peace. We can breathe again. Restore us, O God —Psalm 80:3 Revive us, and we will call on your name  —Psalm 80:18
Liz Curtis HiggsLiz Curtis Higgs is the author of more than 30 books with 4.5 million copies in print, including her bestseller, Bad Girls of the Bible. Her messages are biblical, encouraging, down-to-earth, and profoundly funny. This year with Women of Faith, Liz shares the story of Mary Magdalene and helps us proclaim the truth of Mary’s words: “I have seen the Lord!”

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