More Meditation {A Sneak Peek}

I really enjoy giving y’all sneak peeks of my book, so here’s another! Here are the two previous entries if you haven’t read them already…The Scenic Route and Meditation. Today is a twofer, but only because these two sections are much shorter than the others. I hope you enjoy!

It’s not complicated…but it does take some work.

While in High School, I ran the mile and two mile for track. It took at great deal of training even before the season began to get my body into the proper condition so I would survive even one lap! Luckily, I had a wonderful coach who knew exactly what I needed. Each day my coach had me run around the practice track, over and over again. Sometimes I had to run five to six miles, at other times, she wouldn’t let me leave until I ran one mile in under seven minutes…talk about motivation to move my feet! She would also give me weight training routines to strengthen the muscles needed to keep my body going as I ran around that track…over and over again. She even recommended the right kind of shoes to give my feet the support needed to survive the miles I would run each day! On certain days of the week, I ran drills with other teammates, spurring each other on to push our bodies harder and faster in order to win the race that was to come. My coach knew what it took to train my body to endure each race and I trusted her judgment and appreciated her encouragement. I never became a great runner, but I was certainly in shape…back then anyway.

Training our bodies isn’t much different than training our hearts, but meditating on God during the day isn’t something that comes naturally to us. What comes naturally to us is completely the opposite, left to our own devices, our hearts chase after our own sinful desires. Scripture paints us a bleak picture of this condition:

  • The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?  ~Jeremiah 17:9
  • For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. ~Mark 7:21-22
  • Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.” ~John 8:34
  • I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. ~Romans 18-20

Lucky for us, this doesn’t have to be our permanent condition. It takes work and a real effort to recondition ourselves to focus on God, but the rewards are greater than that of a healthy physical body. First Timothy 4:7b-8 tells us to, “…train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” I wouldn’t call myself a great “meditator,” but I do have techniques to keep God at the forefront of your heart and mind throughout your day…no laps required {ok, maybe one or two}. We need to keep Him close, set aside time, and be intentional in our efforts.

Keep Him Close

Consider this:

  • When my husband and I were married on January 16, 2010 we each received a ring to wear on our left hand. Our wedding bands are different, but they serve the exact same purpose. Yes, they show the rest of the world that our hearts are spoken for, but more importantly, they remind us of the promises we made to one another on our wedding day. Whenever I see my pretty ring on that little finger of mine, I can’t help but think of my husband.
  • When I was growing up, my best friend and I would walk to Dairy Queen almost every day and share a banana split. Now anytime I see, eat, or think of one, I think of her.
  • If it weren’t for my sister…well, I would have no idea whose birthday or anniversary falls on what day! She is always texting me reminders on special days so I make sure I take note.

We need to keep God close throughout our day, giving ourselves physical and relational opportunities to remind our hearts that God is ever-present. Just as I wear my wedding as a reminder of the promise I made to my husband I also wear a simple cross ring I received the day I was Confirmed. When I see that ring, I’m reminded of the day I committed my life to serving Him. The date is inscribed on the inside of that ring, but more importantly, it is inscribed on my heart. Perhaps you can pick up a ring, necklace, bracelet, or other wearable reminder that God is always present and active in your life. Let it inspire you to turn your thoughts to God throughout your day.

If you prefer, you can associate different things you encounter with the things of God. As I mentioned above, every time I see a Dairy Queen, I think of my childhood friend and the times we shared over a delicious banana split. The more time you spend with the Lord, the more things will be associated with His presence. When I spend time with Him in the morning, I usually light a candle to remind me that He is with me, and I am spending time with Him, not just reading a good book. Now when I see candles, I wonder what they smell like and if God would like that fragrance as part of our time together. I also enjoy a cup of coffee when I study, so now most cups of coffee remind me of the time I spend with God in the morning. There are also times when He reveals something in His Word and it’s connected through the day’s activities. It is usually something that seems random at the time, but as it shows up over and over again, I can’t help but be reminded of God once again.

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I have a bit more work to be done before I can send out another “sneak peek,” but I hope it will be soon! If you enjoyed this “sneak peek” I invite you to let me know what you think by rating below, commenting, or sharing this post. Next week won’t have another sneak peek, but instead I’ll have two exciting new posts!

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2 thoughts on “More Meditation {A Sneak Peek}

  1. Thanks Heather for your posts, they are filled with wisdom and insight. I really like them. I would love to get your book when it is finished!

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