New Cumberland First Church of God
“Breathing Room”
May 9, 2021

“Breathing Room”

May 9, 2021

3 Areas I Need Breathing Room:

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack for nothing. He lets me rest in green pastures and leads me to streams of refreshing water. He renews my strength.        – Psalm 23:1-3 (paraphrased from NIV, NET, NLT)

True to your word you let me catch my breath.       – Psalm 23:3 (Message)

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.       – Psalm 23:4 (NIV)

4 Fears That Keep Me From Having Breathing Room:

  1. Fear of .
  2. Fear of .
  3. Fear of not .

Your greatest contribution on this earth may not be in something you

but rather in you .

       4.  Fear of others.

Most kids don’t need more

…they want more with you.


Instructions for completing the prioritizing activity.

Draw 3 concentric circles.  Fill them in according to the instructions below.

Center Circle: list relationships and corresponding activities that are most important to you (i.e. things that are unique to you, things that you can’t be replaced in, areas that you’re seeking to grow).

~wife, mom, daughter, grandmother, sister, aunt

~husband, father, son, grandfather, brother, uncle

Middle Circle: list things that are really important and would be difficult to get rid of them.

~job, close friendships, church activities

Outer Circle: list activities that wouldn’t be easy to eliminate, but could be trimmed, if necessary.

~committees, clubs, sports leagues, loose relationships


Don’t trade what is for what can do.


4 Tips For Getting Breathing Room:

  1. I must what I .
  2. I must spend more with .
  3. I must be in a .
  4. I must learn how to for .


To discuss during the week with your family or Life Group/friends

Describe a time in your life when you had breathing room and a time you didn’t. What were the major differences?

In what area do you most need breathing room right now?

Which of the 4 fears resonates most with you?

What is your next step as a result of this message?


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