Here it is. This is what you have waited for your whole life. Permission. Permission to breathe.
This is the first post Funk blog entry, and there is something that I’ve really wanted to share with you. I think the reason that it weighs so heavy on my heart, is because it is something that I needed to be reminded of as much as I needed to write it.
We don’t keep the world spinning. We don’t run the show. We are not responsible for everything nor do we need to be.
Whew! What a relief that is! Do you feel the weight lifted? Can you breathe a little easier?
We have permission to put the brakes on when life gets a little too crazy and make a space to just breathe. It is absolutely ok for us to take a moment to stop and settle ourselves. Even if the world around us is running at full speed, which it always seems to do, we can break from the race and catch our breath. Even if it feels like we are drowning under the weight of to dos and expectations. We don’t have to stay on the hamster wheel and run. We can hop off and pause for just a moment.
We have permission to breathe.
In that space, that pause, you and I have permission to call out to our loving Father and to ask, to question, to struggle, to wrestle, to rest, to be weak, and to just let it all go for a moment. In life, so often it seems like we have to be so strong, but not with our God. He is strong for us when we are weak. He’s got our backs. We have permission to crawl into the lap of our loving Father and lay our head on his chest and rest in his love, strength, care, and provision. He will keep the world spinning while we just catch our breath and refocus ourselves.
He’s got us. He’s got this.
When we take that moment, when we allow ourselves the chance to break the cycle of constant motion, we are often worried that we will lose out. We might get behind. We might miss out on something. We may not look like we have it all together. We worry that if we don’t keep the world spinning, it might tilt right off its’ axis.
And sometimes, we run ourselves ragged trying to keep up.
That’s not God’s plan for us. He wants us to come to Him with our burdens and our loads. When we feel like the weight of things is getting too heavy, he wants us to Him and hand it over to Him. He doesn’t want us to weary ourselves trying to bear everything alone.
And when we do that, the opposite of what we worry about happening actually happens. When we hit pause and take a moment or two to stop the striving, we don’t fall behind. We don’t miss out. Instead, we are refreshed. We are strengthened. We are renewed. We pause and take that time to renew ourselves through him and then we have the ability to jump back into life ready for the marathon. We have the energy for the long haul now instead of wearying ourselves in the sprint.
So, sweet friend, there it is. There is your permission. When it all gets to be a tad too much, allow yourself the grace to just take a moment. Pause. Climb up in your Heavenly Father’s lap and turn it over to Him. Ask Him for what you need to keep running. When you’ve received your full share, hop back in and finish strong.
Love and blessings,