Breathe, Swallow, Apply Grace is a phrase that my dear friend Niki coined several yeats ago.  She was the wise one in our bible study (OK – maybe was makes it too past tense!  IS)  Although the group is officially not meeting anymore, I think we all still have VERY fond memories of our time together.  10 ladies blossoming through their child bearing years became just to hectic to make it work every week.  (I’m still sad… just sayin!)  Anyway… we have all found what works with our schedule, and are all connecting with God.  But…. the sweet bond we had is still special.

Anyway… back to breath, swallow, apply grace.   Last week, one of my dear bible study girls who has since moved away posted it on her facebook page.  Isn’t if funny how social networking works.  Nearly all of the 10 of us responded with fond memories.  ESPECIALLY of this phrase.

There is so much wisdom in these four little words.  When something gets me going, when I get fired up about something, or when I’m angry…. I often think of these words.  Breathe Jen….  slow down.  Now swallow….  (and while you are gulping back what you want to say, think and pray)  now apply grace.  (are you responding in Grace?  like Jesus, or like Jen?)

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  2 Cor. 12:9

IN my human fleshly weakness….  I really need his grace.  I marvel at how many times just this weekend, I have had to remind myself to BSA (Breathe, Swallow, APPLY)  Some of the times I was successful, others I spewed my mouth a bit.  Why is the tongue such a hard thing to control?

As I reflect on some of the challenges, I commit to pray more and talk less.  How about you, do words come out easily? (In my case, it was more processing out loud when I should have just processed with the Lord)

I printed this photo on shutterfly today for my office – it’s at a family friends place, and honestly, it is the most amazing tree I’ve ever seen.  I was reminded of Justin Rizzo’s song Tree.  If you haven’t heard it, check it out here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPuzJFzXgU4

I want to be unmovable, unshakable, let my roots go down deep, unmovable, unshakable in you….

As I head into a week that holds a great deal of busy-ness, a trip to the cancer doctor with my mom for MRI readings, speaking at a conference over the weekend, as well as a COMPEL leadership meeting, and some other “stuff” looming… I want my roots in the Lord to go deep and I want to be unmovable, unshakeable….