Making a living or really living? Really living is an art form. After a few years on this planet, really living seems a bit idealistic. We are more likely to settle for making a living. So what happened? How did our stories end up here? How did we become so disconnected from the life for which we were made? Is there any hope of really living the abundant life Jesus promised? Life on this side of Eden is not what we hoped for. It is not what we were made for. Something is missing. As we abide in Christ, we offer Him our hearts. He, in turn, offers His heart. We point to Him. He points to us. We give Him our pain. He heals and restores us to wholeness. We give our sin. He gives His forgiveness. We give our lives. He gives His life. We breathe out ourselves and inhale His presence, a fluid motion of abiding. This is the abundant life. This is the art of breathing. Gina Roes is a professional counselor, writer, and national speaker. She has led conferences, retreats and workshops on such topics as depression, boundaries, recovery from trauma, and spiritual formation. Gina lives in Savannah, Georgia with her dog, Ellie.