“Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of Your wings. I cling to You; Your right hand upholds me”. (Psalm 63: 7,8)
I entered August breathless. I was physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually exhausted. 2023 is a significant milestone year, yet a hectic one. I sure needed my soul revived, refreshed and reinvigorated.
I needed help managing myself. I needed help to identify new directions for the assignment God has committed to my hands. I needed to be still and quiet long enough to hear clearly the voice of the Holy Spirit ministering to my heart.
Practising my version of the Breather Month was like dwelling under the shadow of the wings of my Helper, who had never failed me before and will never fail me. My soul, my life, and my very self clung to God like one who had found an oasis of refreshing water after many days in the desert.
I sat in my garden, watching the clouds fleet across the blue sky behind the tall pine tree forming the garden’s perimeter. I had shut all screens to take this two-hour journey to the still waters to refresh my soul. One thing lingered in my heart during that quiet time alone with God. It was the need to deepen my intimacy with God, my Father, Jesus, my Lord and the Holy Spirit.
I knew I must keep having these breather moments from now on, not once in a while, but consistently.
I ended my quiet time that evening singing with joy as my heart overflowed with praises, satisfied with the assurance of His presence and help.
Questions to Ponder:
What do you need to shut down briefly each day to go to a quiet place where you can deepen your intimacy with God?
What lessons did you learn during the Breather Month that you can continue to practice to deepen your intimacy with the Holy Spirit?
Prayer of Response:
Dear Father, I want nothing more than to dwell under the shadow of Your wings and have an intimate fellowship with Your Holy Spirit. Please help me manage my life to give adequate space for our time alone together each day.
—Submitted by Irene Olumese
Irene is a lung transplant survivor and bilateral amputee who speaks and writes to inspire hope. As a certified Faith-Informed Transformational and Trauma Coach, Irene helps those facing adversities go beyond their traumatic experiences and find meaningful purpose. Irene is the Founder of the Feet of Grace Foundation, a charity organisation that provides prosthetic limbs for indigene amputees. She lives in Geneva with her husband, Peter.
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