Dear Lillian, It’s His breath in our lungs

His Breath in Your Lungs

Normally, I have a hard time falling asleep because of the loud frogs croaking and the cicadas chirping outside of my window. The other night, I woke up to the sweetest sound. The sound of you breathing deeply. You have ninja-like moves when you sneak into my bed at night. I don’t even know you’re in my bed until you kick me or roll over on top of me.

This night was different. It was your sweet breathing that woke me up. It was slow and steady as your chest fell up and down. As it got louder and deeper, I rolled over closer, closed my eyes, and felt your tiny warm breaths on my face. At that moment, this song by Casting Crowns popped into my head.

It’s Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise
To You only

You give life, You are love
You bring light to the darkness
You give hope, You restore
Every heart that is broken

I kept hearing over and over, “It’s Your breath in our lungs.” I felt like God was there breathing life into you. As your snoring got louder, the frogs and cicadas joined in perfect harmony, and suddenly, nothing else mattered. The worries of the world didn’t matter. The endless to do list didn’t matter. What mattered was that I was witnessing the Holy Spirit conduct a symphony for me.  A beautiful symphony. It was perfect and I didn’t want it to end, but the sweet lulling slowly soothed me to sleep.

God Provides

I woke up feeling refreshed and lighter, like I had slept for days. I believe the Holy Spirit was speaking to me that night. I believe he was trying to show me that just like he puts breath in our lungs, he will also provide for his people. He will never leave us. He is always there breathing life into us.

That week, I decided to follow you around and capture the light and joy you bring into this dark world. Watch the video above. 🙂



  1. Ashley, this is so beautiful! Totally just brought me to tears.

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