The Weekly Breather: Re-membering When You Fall Apart

Lately, I have found myself having anxiety with an alarming frequency. I know it is the cultural, political, and social climate I find myself surrounded by these days. It is hard to face the news or social media…or even the watercooler at work sometimes. While we certainly need to be informed and to affect change, sometimes we can get too wrapped up and overwhelmed by the storm all around us. This is when we need to take a moment, breathe, and connect with a power that is higher than us. We need a power that is capable of withstanding all this. We need to remember the power of our sovereign God. This does not mean that suffering goes away, but rather that He walks with us and calms our souls through it all.

Settle Yourself:

Take a deep, slow breath in, then out. As you continue to breathe deeply and slowly, begin to become aware of your body and how you feel. Begin to direct your thoughts toward the Presence of God with you in your space. What is on your mind? What burdens your heart? Take some time to tell God the things that are on your mind or distracting you. Offer those things to God’s care for the time you are practicing this spiritual exercise. Accept his peace in return.

Consider this:

When you feel like the whole world is coming apart, the One Who calmed the storm is our refuge. The way to combat feelings of helplessness is to remember God’s ability to keep us. When we are falling apart, if we will remember the faithfulness of God and his unchanging nature, it can help re-member us, or pull all our shattered parts back together. Sometimes, in the harder times, it is easier to do this if we engage in intentional spiritual activities that help us re-member by remembering. You can do this by absorbing the truth of Scripture. For the remainder of your time with God, you will read slowly over the following Scripture passage out loud several times. If there are any words or phrases that stand out to you or impact you deeply, write them down in your journal and consider what God might be trying to communicate to you through those words or phrases.

Reflect:

God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Psalm 46

Pray:

Thank You, God, that we can always come to you in times of distress. You bring us the peace that doesn’t make sense given our circumstances, because we know we can safely trust in You. Thank You for always coming to our aid and for being a constant source of strength in our lives. Help us to remember your character when we need to re-member our souls. Amen.

 

Patricia is the Coordinator of Alumni and Church Relations at Asbury Theological Seminary and the Managing Editor for Soul Care Community. She and her teenage son live and play video games together in Wilmore, KY. Patricia's passions are inner healing ministry, spiritual formation, cooking, writing, growing things, and teaching others how to have a vibrant prayer life.

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