Life changes · Spirituality

Breathe…just breathe!

Welcome, it is time to slow down & sit for a while, to just breathe & enjoy a delightful beverage & treat while reflecting upon some poignant & inspiring challenges in life.

I have brewed a Caramel Orange tea blend for us, which was a gift from my daughter on her recent return from Japan.

And our treat for today is a Gf raspberry & white chocolate nut slice.

I do have coffee for those of you who love coffee!

The tea is delightful with its sweet citrus taste which is mellow & smooth to the palate.

The nut slice is interestingly a great accompaniment with its nutty raspberry flavor, although the white chocolate dribble gets lost in the nutty taste.

It doesn’t just rain but it pours!

We have a saying here in Australia,  “it doesn’t just rain but it pours!”

Meaning when challenges come in life, they seem to come all at once!

This has been true with the challenges that have presented themselves in my life recently.

I shared one of those challenges last week in Wisdom…from a 10 year old child? 

And the most recent challenge is for our time of reflection today.

Have you ever been in a situation where you needed to tell yourself to just breathe, breathe calmly & slowly? To then rest in the peace & serenity of God!

I recently had such an experience, let me set the scene for you.

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Changes that are concerning

For a while now I have had some problems with dexterity & fine motor skills in both hands.

Thinking this was just age related, possibly mild osteoarthritis, I hadn’t been too concerned at first.

But lately it seems to be getting a lot more difficult to do ordinary everyday tasks.

So I mentioned this to my physician on a scheduled visit & was immediately sent for a range of medical investigations.

I returned to his clinic to get the results & I was told that two suspicious lesions had been identified on my cervical spine (neck).

The words used by the Specialist on the report was “suspected Metastases!”

He recommended further medical investigations in the Nuclear medical field to define the perimeters of the lesions & identify the primary cancer!

Breathe, slowly & calmly breathe…

The word Metastases shocked me & was most unexpected.

But as I walked out of my Physician’s office I told myself to once again, breathe, calmly & slowly to rest in  God’s peace & serenity.

For He has promised to never leave me nor forsake me!

As I walked to the car, I prayed,

Heavenly Father, I am in your hands, it’s over to you whatever the outcome!”

Then the peace that passes all understanding descended upon my soul, wrapping me in God’s love, comfort & strength acting as a protective umbrella from the downpour of uncertainty.

Testing, results & diagnosis

I went for the Nuclear Medicine investigation, which for this gal with Fibromyalgia was a physical challenge in itself over the 5 hour process.

But my soul continued to be wrapped in the blanket of God’s peace & love, breathing calmly & slowly.

I received the results a few days later…

The lesions were not Metastatic as first suspected but age related, no sign of any primary cancers! Praise God!

God had kept His promise of walking with me, keeping my soul protected under His umbrella of perfect peace, a bright light in the darkness of uncertainty!

So, while the old saying can be true it doesn’t just rain but can pour down with life’s challenges at times.

But I am so grateful I have the relationship I have, imperfect as I am, with an amazing Heavenly Father through His Son Jesus.

Who consistently pour love, peace, strength & comfort upon me through His Spirit as I walk & breathe in His life giving breath!

If you don’t already know this amazing relationship with Him in enjoying His peace, love & comfort for yourself, may you be inspired by clicking on & reading  My story

Have you experienced a time, when you too have had to hand it all over to God & rest in His peace & serenity my friend?

Until next time…


You’re most welcome to join me in The Reading Nook

Or in Prayer

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