I’d initially shared this on my #DearSis blog, but I believe someone else needs this too. Maybe it’s you, the person who’s struggling to survive this journey called life. Maybe it’s you, the person who found it hard to get out of bed, just this morning. Maybe it’s you, the mother who’s praying for a child to live. Maybe it’s you, the father who’s fighting mental illness/depression and afraid to say it.

Maybe it’s you, pastor, who’s on the verge of walking away from the calling that’s been attached to you since birth. Maybe it’s you, educated person, who’s can’t make sense of what’s happening in your life. Maybe it’s you …


Breathe because somebody needs you.
Breathe because you deserve to live.
Breathe because you will survive this.
Breathe because it won’t always be like this.

Sure, it’s easy for me to say when I’m not walking in your shoes, but if I can be honest with you. There were times I didn’t think life would ever get easier. I thought I’d be suffering, broken, and barely making it all the days of my life.

Then one day, I took a breath and allowed my vision to clear. It was then I realized, my suffering was due to me. So, I took another breath and decided to live a better version of my life.

It changed my life.

Today, breathe. Whatever you’re facing, breathe through it because where there is breath, there’s life and where life is, there’s hope.

“We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies. Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies. So we live in the face of death, but this has resulted in eternal life for you.” — 2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:8-12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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