Daily meditation is not an option for me. I am most prone to worry and depression since young but by meditating every day, I find that I can beat these unhealthy habits better.
How do I as a simple Christian woman meditate? Actually, quite simple.
Love these words of James Finley below.
"As you expand your meditation practice, in concert with your faith, you will find that these divine moments come more often, until you are finally awakened to your own deepest self, one with Christ."
Isn't that's what we desire - to be one with Christ finally!
Most time I'm alone so quietness is no stranger to me. It's what I allow my mind to dwell on throughout the day that differentiate between Christian meditation and worrying. So the first thing I do each morning when I wake up is to take control of my thoughts by doing my daily meditation.
To channel it to thinking God's thought, I read at least a chapter from the Word of God. While reading, the Spirit of God illuminates certain nugget of truth to me and taking hold of this nugget of truth, I meditate on it throughout the day whenever I'm conscious of my thoughts. For example, when I'm watering the plants, or preparing my meals, I just ponder on it because these activities do not demand much thinking.
And what if there's nothing that jumps out from my Bible reading? Breathe deeply and think how good it is to be a child of God and to know Him in Christ Jesus. Think about Jesus Christ and His life on earth, think about His work on the cross and what He had accomplished in His life, His death and what he said about His returning.
There are so much to meditate on and no matter how busy we are, there are times in our busyness that we can channel our mind to anchor on God-given thoughts.
Recently, I have heard from some friends that they are going to 'silent retreats'. These are organised retreats whereby you are encouraged not to speak but to be silent before the Lord. Mostly organised in beautiful serene places near the streams or beaches where participants can meditate surrounded by nature. My friends told me that they felt refreshed and closer to God.
Wherever you are, we can have our own silent retreats before the Lord. Go to a quiet safe place, bringing your Bible and a notebook, a bottle of water and if you are staying longer, a lunch-box. Spend time in the word of God. Meditate on His wondrous works.
Let God speaks to your heart.
Here are some topics of thoughts that you might find useful for your daily meditation. These are especially helpful when you seen to get nowhere in your Bible reading. Or for those days when you missed your morning quiet time and need to rush out to catch your transport to the workplace.
I have also find these very handy when I go to the park to walk and meditate. While we walk and exercise our physical body, it is also good to strengthen our inner man by meditating on God's word just as Isaac did in his time. (Genesis 24:63)
"Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?" Matthew 6:26
"And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19
"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14
"When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?" Psalm 8:3,4
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." Mark 12:30
"In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:6
"And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." Hebrews 11:6
"Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you." Exodus 23:25
"The LORD will keep you free from every disease. He will not inflict on you the horrible diseases you knew in Egypt, but he will inflict them on all who hate you." Deuteronomy 7:15
"Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits - who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's." Psalm 103:1-5
"I can do everything through him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13
Do block out time from your daily schedule for daily meditation. It will certainly bring you closer to the Prince of Peace.
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