The Blessing of Breath

Breathe – Part II


Yesterday I talked about how God blessed my choice to breathe and embrace the “busy” with an attitude of serving. Today I want to talk about another blessing He reminded me during that lesson.


Breath. It’s something most of us don’t think about – we just naturally do. Breathe in, breathe out, taking for granted that it will always be there.


Yesterday, when I was choosing to take deep breaths, relax, and let God handle my schedule, I was reminded about how this time last year I was struggling to breathe as well, but in the literal and physical sense. I had gotten sick the day before Halloween which then exacerbated my asthma and in my busyness, left it untreated, allowing it to grow steadily worse. I kept thinking it would get better on its own, using my inhaler occasionally and waiting for the relief to come.

Finally a week before Christmas, I broke down and went to the doctor … and spent Christmas break recovering with inhalers, three rounds of steroids and plenty of rest. Months later, when I could finally breathe again regularly without constant coughing, I had a newfound thankfulness for my lungs.


This year, I’ve stayed healthy… healthier than I have in years actually. And I’m not taking it for granted. I’ll occasionally cough, but I can take full breaths without wheezing, sing in church without sputtering and I’m so thankful.


Breath … until it became such a struggle, I didn’t realize how precious it really was.


What’s one area in your life you used to take for granted but now, for whatever reason, you have a new appreciation for?


© Cheri Swalwell 2020

2 Replies to “The Blessing of Breath”

  1. Touching! I have COPD, so breathing is constantly on my mind. Yes, breathing is something we take for granted. Love your writing.

    1. Didn’t realize how much I took it for granted until it didn’t come as easily. Praying your COPD is easily controlled most of the time. So glad you’re here!

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