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    Life is Like a Box of Chocolates – Taking Time to Breathe in the Midst of Life’s Chaos


    “Life is like a box of chocolates.  You never know what you’re gonna get.”

    Forest Gump

    Life has been full of twists, turns, and surprises lately.

    I’m grateful for what I’ve been experiencing (for the most part), but I’m also a bit overwhelmed.  I think life has a way of doing this to us sometimes.  We have all kinds of brilliant ideas.  We somehow think we can do it all.  We make plans, and God laughs.

    I’ve been going 100 mph (miles per hour), and it feels as thought I need to find time to take a breath.  

    Not just a quick breath, but a deep breath.  One of those breaths you take when you walk outside on a crisp, sunny morning and you just want to take it all into your lungs and into your very being.  That’s the kind of breath I need.

    We’re eleven days into the new year.  I refuse to give up on my goals for 2017, but I must remember to pace myself.  I must remember to stop and smell the roses – to stop and enjoy the moment – to pause and breathe.

    I don’t know what you are experiencing right now, but I want to encourage you to take a few moments in your day to join me.

    My word for 2017 is PRESENT.

    In order for me to be truly present, I must learn to be still – to listen – to breathe.

    “Be still and know that I am God…”

    Psalm 46:10

    By the way, I can’t eat chocolate.  Oh well.

    How is life treating you these days?  Share your thoughts in the comments.