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Monday, May 4, 2015

Sing Deeply, Sing Long

“I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.” Psalm 104:33 (NIV)

“Everyone, practice breathing deeply,” the nurse instructor of my pre-surgery class encouraged last week.

I have tried to follow her directions but don’t always remember. Singing the wonderful choruses in church on Sunday morning, it came to me, singing is breathing deeply! And, as a major in vocal music, I learned that deep, diaphragmatic breathing is what singers do.

While I prepare for surgery, I can sing praises to the Lord my God, over and over every day. What more reassuring and comforting way to prepare my heart and mind and body. You can develop your lungs every day of your life, too, by simply singing praises to God, with deep tones and deeper meaning, long praises and longer commitment. Sing praises to God for as long as you live and you just may live longer. Let us pray:

“Holy Father, to you I sing. I breathe in your love and life-giving health-laced air.  I exhale all the staleness of my life. Your breath fills me with your presence and I know that you live within me. For this day, I ask for your mighty wind to blow through my life and touch me with healing and health, love and the ability to love in return. Forgive me when I forget to breathe in life and sing your praises with gusto. May today be the day when songs of love pour forth from my heart and fill the world around me. In the name of Jesus, your son and the author of Love, I pray. Amen”
"God gives us stories that testify to His love. Let me tell you mine.”
Copyright 2015 Doris Gaines Rapp

Novels:  (Available online at Amazon and Cokesbury)
News at Eleven – A Novel now available on Amazon or purchased at the Bookmark on Anthony Blvd. in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Length of Days – Beyond the Valley of the Keepers (2nd in the trilogy)
Length of Days – The Age of Silence (1st in the trilogy)
Escape from the Belfry
Smoke from Distant Fires
Hiawassee – Child of the Meadow

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