Breaths Of Life From God’s Word – Dr Annetta Tsang

from Luke’s Journal CMDFA 2020 Vol 25 No 2

Text and illustration by Dr Annetta Tsang.

Annetta’s artwork and verse Breaths of Life was inspired by the song Breathe by Jonny Diaz and Bible verses 1 Peter
5:7, Matthew 11:28, Philippians 4: 6-7 and John 14:27. As we breathe in God’s words, may the peace of God which
transcends all understanding rest within us, guard our hearts and minds, and instil in us, joy and hope.

We live crazy lives,
Busy with being busy,
At home,
At work,
In church,
Even on holidays.

When you have a moment,
Spend the moment with God.

When you need to “just breathe”,
Breathe in God’s Word.

God was, and is, and always will be,
The Bread of Life (John 6:35 NIV)
The Fountain of life (John 4:14 NIV)
The Breath of Life (Genesis 2:7 NKJV).

“Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46: 10 NIV)

God cares.
He really cares.
He truly cares.

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7 TNIV)

Every detail about you is important to Him.
He knows the number of hairs on your head (Matthew 10:30 TNIV).

He has put your tears in a bottle (Psalm 56: 8 TNIV),
His thoughts about you are countless, more than grains of sand (Psalm 139: 17-18 NIRV).

“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers, most of which are never even seen – don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?” (Matthew 6: 30 MSG)

Breathe in God’s love.
Breathe in God’s peace.
Breathe in God’s promises to you.

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work
with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11: 28-30 MSG)

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4: 6-7 TNIV)

“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19: 26 NIV)

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55: 8-19 TNIV)

“Breathe, just breathe.
Come and rest at my feet.
And be, just be.
Chaos calls but all you really need
Is to take it in, fill your lungs
The peace of God that overcomes.
Just breathe (just breathe).
Let your weary spirit rest,
Lay down what’s good and find
what’s best.
Just breathe (just breathe).”
(Lyric from Breathe by Jonny Diaz)

Wherever you are,
At home,
At work,
In church,
Even on holidays,
Breathe in. Look up. Immanuel.

Dr Annetta Tsang is a member of the Luke’s Journal editorial team. She works as a paediatric dentist on the Gold Coast. She is involved in teaching Sunday School and coordinating the young families’ fellowship at her church. Annetta loves spending time with her family as well as drawing, reading, writing, singing, eating desserts, drinking coffee and learning.

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