Doing the Thing That Helps You Breathe

This summer we’ve been taking more walks. There’s an absolutely gorgeous landscape right in our backyard that we’ve never taken full advantage of — until now. Whenever I’m out in nature with my family or alone reading Scripture or a good book or taking a picture of a rainbow, without the draw of my phone or the internet, I can fully breathe. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, simply being out in the yard makes me feel the very same: alive.

Doing the Things That Help You Breathe

When I’m outside, I forget what I look like, my worries, and what I might be chasing after (even unintentionally.) Each and every time, I walk inside a little more alive. It’s almost as if the Spirit is stirred and I can feel it. Or maybe it’s just because I’ve quieted myself enough to notice His presence.

Sometimes I can’t breathe when I’m perpetually surrounded. I love, love, love my children. But I am with, with, with them all the time. I am my own person, and I need space. Even me, the extrovert. So when a chance comes to get away alone, no matter how seldom or for how long, I take it.

Maybe it’s not being out in nature or times of solitude like me that makes you come back to life. Perhaps your thing is something else entirely.

What is it that helps you release tension and feel more fully yourself as you mother? What is it for you?

If you already know, I hope you’re making time for it.

If you haven’t quite figured it out, take a few minutes to think and pray. When am I at my best, not feeling pulled by the demands of the world or even my own family?

Once you know, do a little more of it. And then a little more. The people you love the most will benefit as well.

 

 

 

Amanda Bacon
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Amanda Bacon

Amanda is the mother of eight kids through birth and adoption and has been married for eighteen years to the most helpful man on the planet. She is an encouraging voice for moms everywhere through the written and spoken word. In addition to The Masterpiece Mom blog and podcast, she also writes at AmandaBacon.com and is over the top in love with Instagram (@amanda_baconbits). Come over and say hi!
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About Amanda Bacon

Amanda is the mother of eight kids through birth and adoption and has been married for eighteen years to the most helpful man on the planet. She is an encouraging voice for moms everywhere through the written and spoken word. In addition to The Masterpiece Mom blog and podcast, she also writes at AmandaBacon.com and is over the top in love with Instagram (@amanda_baconbits). Come over and say hi!

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  1. There are many things that help me breathe and I am definitely learning to do more of them – counting my blessings and writing them down, writing out the dreams that God puts on my heart, as an introvert, just spending some time alone in silence, in meeting a good girlfriend for coffee you know, one of those friends that you can completely be yourself with. A friend who helps you untangle the knots that you find yourself trapped in from time to time.Blogging helps me breathe because it allows me to make sense of what is going on in my mind heart and soul.

  2. Hi Amanda & Ann-Renee,

    I love both your posts as always! I have been thinking a lot about what exactly it is that helps ME to breathe on a day to day basis.

    For my extrovert self first off, getting out of the house and away from the day to day routine and being around people helps me to breathe. Example: Our Church’s 17th Anniversary picnic this last Sunday. I got some breathing time in.

    Secondly, watching a good movie. Mostly I watch one of my favorites from our movie collection, but it’s always one I could watch again and again.

    Thirdly, spending time with my 90 year old elderly friend while learning how to bake pies and just learning from him about days gone by. I get transported back to WWII from the stories he tells.

    Fourthly, working on a fun craft project. Although that’s few and far between, I enjoy a variety of crafts such as scrap booking, making beaded jewelry and card making.

    Spending time with friends. I always try to put family ahead of friends, but friends are wonderful to have around, and I do like to be with friends as well.

    Oh yes, and curling up with a good book that helps to transport you to another time and another place.

    Anyway, that’s what helps me to breathe. Goodnight all!
    IN Christ,
    Bethany

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