Friday, May 13, 2011

5 Minute Friday: Deep Breath


I take a deep breath and push off the wall.


Turn head and take another deep breath.


Another deep breath.

Thirteen strokes and I'm at the wall.

Deep breath.

I repeat this for 19 laps and get to the wall, gasping, I tell the girl keeping track of my laps: "I just don't want you to pull me out."

Another deep breath and I hear her say: "You've got time."

I have time.  I have time!  I really can do this!  I will do this!

Just two more laps.  Arms push harder this time and legs flutter-kick faster.  I am aware of my breathing more than ever.  Deep breaths taken and pushed out. Hard.  I hear myself push out the air, ever so aware of the sound I'm making.

Working hard.  I can do this.

God gave me His breath that day.  And it was deep.  I felt as though it was His Spirit breathing for me and giving me strength to believe that I really could do it.  And - praise God - I did!


Today's post was inspired by Lisa-Jo's Five-Minute Friday, and today her writing prompt was the words Deep Breath.

I invite you to write for five minutes - just five minutes.  Whether in your journal, on a paper napkin, on the back of your child's homework paper, or in your own space on the web.  As Lisa says, the intention of this focused writing isn't for perfection, or to be profound, just five minutes of writing sans our attempts at perfection getting in the way!


  1. This was great! I love the way you equated your deep breathing in swimming to how God was actually the one giving you the ability to do it. Wow. Great stuff.

  2. Love it! I really enjoy when the everyday moments bring us to the knowledge of our God. Great job today.