Broken Friendship
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Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. Breathing seems easy, until it’s not.

Years ago as a school counselor, I was asked to go help a little boy who was a having a terrible time in the classroom. As I approached him standing in the hallway, all I could see was a little boy in anguish. His face was paralyzed with an unreleased cry; it broke my heart. I knelt beside him, put my arm around his back and whispered, “breathe.”

At that moment, he gasped for air and the cry was released.

Later, during the day, I realized I was undone by that moment with the little student. I will never forget the insight from that little boy that dropped into my heart that day. Jesus simply showed me that if I could peel back the facade of many people, I would see this same brokenness, a brokenness of people with hidden cries for help, love, and connection. A brokenness of people paralyzed, unable to move past the pain or situation. They have no one to put an arm around them and tell them to “breathe.” No one to say, “I am with you.” No one to love them through difficulties.

The Breath of Life.

Who are you breathing life into around you? It is so easy to be busy and not notice those hidden cries around you. Or you may feel unqualified to breathe words of life to those hurting. Nothing could be further from the truth. We have the breath of life inside of us from The Breath of Life! Genesis 2:7 paints a beautiful story of an intimate God breathing life into man. As God breathes life into us; then He allows us to breathe life into others with our words and actions…a cycle of life! He will equip you to speak words of life!

Star breather.

Psalms 33:6 says, “The Lord merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born.”

You may have hidden cries that you have not shared with anyone. I want to remind you: you were created by the star breather! I pray that the One who breathed the stars in existence will breathe life into you today! I pray your cries will no longer be hidden, and that a special friend will put their arm around you and remind you to breathe.


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Karen Blandino is a pastor's wife, Texan, mother and counselor. She holds a Master's Degree in Counseling from TCU and a Bachelor of Arts in History from UTA. She has served 14 years in education and is currently working on her LPC. She and her husband planted 7 City Church in Ft. Worth, Texas where they serve as lead pastors.

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  • Kristi Hutto says:

    Beautiful words given to you by your Father! That is my prayer, that He daily equips me to be His vessel to breath life and be His arms to reach out to those who need, desire and even long for His touch. Again, beautiful words given as a gift to those who are willing to let them settle and stir up a desire to follow taking this life not one step at a time but one breath at a time.

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