Meditation {A Sneak Peek}

Hello everyone! This is another sneak peek into the book I am currently working on which focuses on the Twelve Spiritual Disciplines. I would have posted this sooner, but I’ve been flying high with our church’s Sky VBS all week long!

If you haven’t already, you may want to read The Scenic Route {A Sneak Peek}.

Once again, I would like to thank my Weekly Critique Group and friends who helped proofread and edit the following…

But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on His law he meditates day and night.

~Psalm 1:2

It used to be that anytime I heard the word meditation the first thing I pictured was something like this:

I pictured someone sitting in this position for hours on end, trying to clear their mind, maybe humming a single tone, or reciting a phrase over and over, while taking deep breaths. Perhaps they have quiet music or nature sounds playing, maybe even burning a bit of fragrant incense, and someone rings a gong or bell every once in a while. To me, meditation seemed like something reserved for other faiths, an eastern practice having no real place in the Christian culture or daily life. I couldn’t have been more wrong! To explain this a little clearer, I want to introduce you to my husband Daniel {my best friend in the whole wide world} and share with you a little bit about our relationship.

I love my husband Daniel more than words can say. Throughout the day I can’t help but think about him. I randomly send him little messages on his phone, or give him a quick call just to hear his voice…even if it’s just from his voice mail. I remember joyfully the little things he does for me, like bringing me a plate of eggs in the morning while I am wrapped up in my Quiet Time, just to make sure I eat something or the simple flowers he brings home for no reason at all. There is a long list, but my favorite “little thing” is how he walks me in at night because he wants me to be safe. I think about the fun times we’ve had together and laugh a little when I remember some of the silly things we’ve said or done. For instance, when I put the visor down in the car one night and my husband asked me, “What’s wrong…is the moon too bright?” or when my husband told me that a squirrel ran out in front of his truck and he turned on his blinker so the squirrel would know which direction he was going…{Oh my friends, the silly things we’ve said and done together!}.

There are many times when I’m in the grocery store and I pick up a box of his favorite snack {Cheez-its®}, maybe a few packs of gum if I notice that he’s running low, or even his favorite ice cream cone just because I was thinking about him while doing some shopping. At home I can’t help but want to be close to him, even if he’s working on the fish tank and I’m working on the computer. It’s the simple fact that we’re in the same room together, chit-chatting; of course we each sneak in a quick hug or a kiss too, we just can’t help it {and yes, we are still “newly-weds”}. My husband does a lot of boat work and at times I will go so I can be with him. I can’t help, aside from maybe passing him tools or something, instead, I read or write. At dinner, we talk about our day, sharing any frustrations or joys we’ve experienced, genuinely interested in what the other has to share. Daniel is a huge part of my entire day, even when we’re apart, joy fills my heart with each little thought, moment shared, and embrace. This, my friends, is the heart of meditation.

It’s true we can set apart a specific chunk of time to spend meditating {and we will get to that}, but mediation is something we can do throughout our day. Whether we are driving, folding laundry, working at our computer, cooking, cleaning, volunteering, showering, or {insert activity} we can be meditating. I bet you meditate already and don’t even realize that is what you are doing! You are already meditating if you:

  • remember a blessing God has given you and whisper, “Thanks God, I love You.”

Psalm 18:1 – “I love you, O LORD, my strength.”

  • are repeating a Bible verse to yourself throughout the day, remembering His Word.

Psalm 1:2 – “But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night.”

  • can’t help but think about a special moment God shared with you. My friend Kayla calls these, “Yea, God!” moments.

I Chronicles 16:8 – “Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done.”

  • wonder how God would want you to handle a certain situation, remembering a lesson He has already taught you…anyone remember “WWJD?”.

I Corinthians 11:1 – “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”

  • intentionally look for Him to show up throughout your day.

Exodus 33:18 – “Then Moses said, ‘Now show me your glory.’”

  • Long to study His Word through personal devotion or corporate Bible study.

Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

  • just can’t wait to spend time with Him; prayer, worship, or praise.

Hebrews 13:15 – “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name.”

  • think about Him all day long.

Psalm 139:17 – “How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!”

Unlike many eastern practices of meditation, Christian meditation isn’t about emptying our mind, but rather filling our mind with the things of God. You see my friends, there are many who will try to confine God to a specific time of day where you dedicate your focus on Him and yes, there is a time and place for that. Daily time alone with God is important for all believers no matter where they are in their faith walk, but one thing to remember about our great God is, no matter how hard we try, He cannot be confined. Psalm 139 and Deuteronomy 6 remind us that He wants to be an active part of every moment of your day and He doesn’t want you to offer him a mere portion of yourself…He wants everything about you to revolve around Him; “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength,” Deuteronomy 6:5. When you are frustrated, He wants you to call out to Him and share that frustration; Psalm 55:17. When you do something silly, He wants you to chuckle, look up, and say, “Oh, bet You’re having a good ole laugh up there now aren’t You God?”; Job 8:21. When you are overjoyed with an unexpected blessing, He wants you to sing His praise; Psalm 126:2. When you are afraid or have doubt, He wants you to go to Him, seek His comfort, strength, and find your answers in Him; Isaiah 43:2. Imagine for a moment that God has a phone, Facebook Page, Twitter account, or whatever social network is around these days. When anything happens, He wants to be the first one you share that experience with and He’s right there with you, ready to hear all about it…no roaming charges and no internet connection required; Jeremiah 29:13.

In John 15:15, God calls us His friends and if you have ever had a best friend or spouse, you know what it’s like to want to share every experience with them, from the embarrassing and mundane, to the serious and life changing. That’s what God desires with us, to be more than just our best friend, but the One whom we turn to for all things and at any moment during the day. However, like many relationships, it can take time to get to a point where meditating on God throughout your day comes naturally. So how do we cultivate this relationship to include God in everything we do each day?

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This is NOT the end of this chapter, but this IS the end of this little sneak peek ;). Don’t worry, I’ll have more! If you see any boo-boos, don’t be afraid to point them out, you won’t hurt my feelings; I will take what you have to say into consideration :D. If you like this post feel free to rate it below, leave a comment, or share it with others! Thanks!

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7 thoughts on “Meditation {A Sneak Peek}

  1. I love this – can’t wait to read the whole thing!! Thank you Heather for your inspiration & sharing God’s love!

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