Gracefully Overcoming

Living in the Confidence and Hope Found in Christ Alone!

Millisecond Pauses

Tonight, I am reminded to breathe.

Breathe in


Breathe out

Photo: Patrick Szylar / Unsplash

Regardless of the season of life (Summer, Winter, Poor, Ill), we have to remember to breathe. And to keep running to our Savior Jesus Christ to help us breathe.

I am taking extra time to breathe, as I try to be present… all while walking toward healing amongst other things.


Breathing in and out, is essential.

Pause and know He is our God!

He is on the throne, in absolute control… despite our struggle.

Just keep breathing, as you find spaces in your day (even if it is only a millisecond at a time) – to breathe and cry out to the Lord!

God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea… Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation! I will be honored throughout the world (Ps. 46:1-2, 10).

As I serve, I have to remember to do this. Whether my serving opportunity is in-person or through digital means, it is still a blessing. And I need to make sure my motivation to serve others is His love. I have received our Savior’s great love, and now I get the opportunity to share that love with others!

If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal (1 Cor. 13:1).

I’ll be over here with my worship music, trying to breathe, and so I can really love people – without distractions. Or… less distractions I should say.

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good (Rom. 12:9).

You know, I am a child of God… but I have bad days too. We all do. It is easy to become irritated and to not have a road map of its cause or treatment.

As God’s children, we need to place our trust in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Focusing on Him doesn’t take our troubles away. But He will be with us through the difficulty and provide our every need!

My reality of life is rarely what I expect, but my trust is in the Lord and the best thing I could ever do is – to keep running to Him. Recently, I reached a ten year milestone since graduating from college. It depends on how we measure success and making sure it is not comparing ourselves with ourselves. That’s the best place to be: trusting and obeying our Savior – surrendering ourselves to His tender care…. for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus (Did you catch that lyrics from the hymn, “Trust and Obey”? Give yourself a special pat on the back if you did!)

I don’t know what’s going on with _________________, but I can run to Christ!

I don’t know how to fix ___________________, but I can open my Bible and cry out the God of the Universe!


About Me

My name is Stacey. This is my favorite space on the web. Gracefully Overcoming has become my outlet as I learn to cope with multiple chronic illnesses. It is where my trials and faith in Christ come together.


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