Breathe on me breath of God – fill me with life anew, that I may love what thou does love and do what thou would do. These words from an ancient hymn are still so poignantly true for us in 2019.
I have been considerably blessed in the past week by an exercise program – gentle exercises for seniors – . This exercise is Tai Chi but in my heart and from my faith perspective, it is extraordinarily helpful and aligns with scripture. Gen 2:7 God breathed life. Daniel 5:23 to Belshazzar who had corrupted all holy things. My God holds your breath in His Hands
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You can take away their breath and they die. You send forth your Spirit and they are created. You renew the face of the earth.
John 20:22 Jesus breathed on his disciples: Receive the Holy Spirit.
BUT…. They had to wait until the Upper Room and Pentecost Acts 1:13. God the Holy Spirit came. The Person of the Holy Spirit now resides in all who believe in Jesus Christ and what He did on the cross and surrender of their lives to be ‘born-again’ and renewed for His Kingdom, now means the new life in the Spirit of God can be part of ALL OUR LIFE.
The simple exercise……….Sitting in a comfortable chair with your hands palm down in your lap, fingers lightly interlocking.
BREATH IN………… GOD!
Still breathing in bring your hands to chest height……..Turn your hands outwards and reach towards heaven gently breathing out…………(This is the perfect opportunity to breathe out all the troubles, hassels – everything that is not of God.) …Look upwards and then return your hands to place them again gently on your lap.
Breathing in an out in this gentle fashion aids breathing and the gentle exercise is beneficial for body strength.
Ten times is considered a beneficial health routine but as a Holy Spiritual journey it can be part of daily prayers , meditation on the Word of God or simply worship of the Saviour.
RUACH – BREATH OF GOD……….RENEW US………BRING NEW LIFE INTO OUR WHOLE BODY MIND AND SPIRIT –
In Jesus Name. A-men.
Keep me informed relating to this activity/exercise/devotion as it contributes to your growth in God. Interesting that you find if fascinating as a spiritual exercise. I’m not against it. But it just seems a bit like saying you are fasting when your real motivation is to lose weight. 😀 I’ve been on the fasting/dieting route on occasion.
Yes like you I have been looking for a gentle exercise program suitable for my age and life style. So many had a secondary agenda ie weight loss etc etc. Fasting and dieting (using a godly precept for another purpose). When I read a report on ‘ gentle exercises’ for over 75’s a Doctor responded (Dr Mosley is his name). He said .’I have looked at many and various programs but suggest that the most effective and strengthening of upper body is gentle Tai Chi. It has come out on top of much more strenuous exercises suitable for all elderly’. I printed out the beginners page which is the example I shared on Breathe in and Breathe out. It was called
‘reaching for the sky a gentle Tai Chi exercise.’ . I know that Tai Chi is Eastern in spirituality etc BUT………..I sat down to pray in my chair in the backyard and looked up to the clouds. As I began to pray I used my hands and body in the gentle way I shared.
The ‘connection’ between My Saviour and myself in this way brought me rich spiritual blessing. I began to incorporate it into daily prayer. I have found from a physical standpoint flexibility of hands, arms, shoulders and neck seem to be improved. Without straining I can reach the higher shelves in my pantry which a few months ago was becoming more difficult. For me it is 100% spiritual but it does have physical benefits as well. (No, I do not believe I would ever lose weight…..but mentally and spiritually I am soaring). Blessings and love F.
Interesting post. I can tell how much you Love God. A person can think of God and worship God as they go through their day – whether it is exercise, house work. taking a walk, or simply sitting and relaxing. Nice post and I liked this very much.