Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. (Psalms 150:6)
Go ahead: take a breath. Make it a deep one.
Let it out.
I read once that a well-lived life is almost always busy. I’m good with that. This has been our summer of activities. The kids are trying both regular and new sports, and we are squirrel-proofing our backyard garden. B and I are both working at the church, plus attending leadership meetings and bible study. I’m prepping PTA and Moms in Prayer programs for the coming year.
But just because we’re full of activity doesn’t meant there hasn’t been down time. Many of our days have long stretches of Lego building, book reading, and swimming. We play occasionally with friends but not often. Mostly we’re satisfied by our plates, and considering how full they are, it’s no wonder. There’s always something to do, even if that’s resting.
Given the pace, I lose my connection to God. Then I lose my patience, focus, and joy. I struggled to find the “method” that would keep that connection going. Scripture memorization. Bible study. Journaling. But in the midst of our lives–which sometimes feels like God-directed chaos–these all seemed so hard. Too complicated, too much. And yet I know that I need that connection, that He certainly means for me to have it even while doing everything else. But how?
This verse changed my life.
I memorized it via a worship CD. Then I really began thinking about it. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Take a breath. Let it out with that verse. Praise the Lord. Instead of working at that connection, it came naturally, just through that simple action.
God stays so close, and makes it so easy. Of all the things on my plate, this takes up the least room, and yet is the very most satisfying. When everything else is so crazy, why try to make it so much harder than it needs to be?
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord indeed!