The Weekly Breather: Belonging to the Father

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Settle Yourself: Release

Take a few deep breaths and let go of the outside stresses in your life. Gather up all the things that are left undone and everything that is on your mind, then lay it all at the feet of Jesus for Him to hold during this weekly breather exercise.

Listen: Rest in the Word

Reflect on the Romans 8:15-17. (The Message)

This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who He is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him!

Consider this:

How do you see God? Is he the watchmaker who made the heavens and the earth and then abandoned them? Is he a puppeteer who pulls the strings on his creation at his own whim? Or is he the loving Father who showers you with unconditional love and cares about every aspect of your life?

Brennan Manning carried his own cross growing up with an alcoholic father. In his book, Experiencing Jesus: A Spiritual Retreat he shares a breath prayer that provided deep healing to his soul. You can listen here: Abba, I belong to you.

Pray:

Let this breath prayer linger in your heart today as you go about your daily routines of life. May you be blessed by the love that the Father will reveal to you today.

Kathy Milans is the lead member of the Soul Care Collective Steering Committee.

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