Time to Breathe

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.  Psalm 143:10 (NLT)

I look at the balls I juggle and sometimes step back and wonder “What is it I could not be doing?” Actually, a better question would be “Lord, what is it that isn’t important to you?”

In the circle of people I talk to regularly, we all have too many things on our plate. And the thoughts about managing it all go round and round. Am I ready for the meeting I have today? What should we have for dinner? When was the last time I cleaned the Living Room? What are my duties at church this weekend? Did I remember to pay that bill? When was the last time my husband and I had date night? Did the kids get their homework done? Did they turn it in? I need to schedule time to ______________.

There are so many more. In the buzzing and whirling of what seems to be our lives, it’s really hard to lose focus on what God is asking us to do. How do you do that? How do you sort through the million thoughts to find that one that is the most important? How do you identify it and then put it at the top of the priority list so it gets done?

I am seriously asking. I want to know how to do this. I want to make sure that what God is asking of me is not getting drowned out in a list too long of things that are not so important.

The only place I know to start is on my knees. When I stop and pray, sometimes the chaos stops long enough for me to hear Him (this is directly proportional to how long I linger). Sometimes if I wait, I calm down enough to relax and focus.

I know I don’t have the answer to everything but I know who does.  All I have to do is slow down, talk to him and take some time to breathe.

–Elaine (

Written by Diane Levy


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