What it Means to Meditate

“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” – Joshua 1:8 We’ve been talking extensively about pursuing Jesus in solitude and being yoked to Him in rest. Today, I want to share with you something I believe is key in enabling you to connect with the Lord more deeply — meditation. Interestingly, the Bible mentions studying the Word four times, but it talks about meditating on it 18 times! We are supposed to meditate on the Scriptures.  Although it may sound “new agey” or Eastern, an important part of meditation is breath; it’s something that’s as old as Christianity itself. Ruach Elohim is the Spirit of God and the word ruach means breath, wind, or spirit. It’s what God gave Adam and Eve

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Scripture in the Morning

“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.” – Romans 15:4 I shared the second stage in my “morning meditation,” which includes prayer, with you yesterday. Today, I’m going to tell you about the third thing I do every day, which is read the Bible. After connecting with Jesus through prayer, I notice that my heart is prepared to study His Word and that I recognize things that I would not have seen otherwise. I underline the text and ask a lot of questions as I read. In essence, I strive to be as engaged with what I’m reading as possible. I usually read one Old Testament chapter and one New Testament chapter, and then I always read the Proverb for the day. Because there are 31

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Praying in the Morning

“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.” – 1 Chronicles 16:11 Yesterday, we discussed how having a routine may be very valuable as we strive to become rooted and grounded individuals who thrive in turmoil. I’m hoping that by sharing the five steps of my “morning meditation,” you’ll be inspired to create your own, since I feel it will help you grow in the Lord and empower you to be a more powerful influence in the world. In our last devotional, I mentioned how meditation is the first stage in my morning ritual, and how it easily leads to the second component, prayer. Reflecting on a passage of Scripture and lifting up the Name of Jesus in worship generates a lovely Spiritual atmosphere that makes it simple to just begin talking to Him. Now, I don’t have a set prayer formula, but I do pray for

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Meditation in the Morning

“But whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.” – Psalm 1:2 Over the past few days, we’ve been discussing how to become peaceful people who can thrive in a chaotic environment. As the world we live in gets more and more fast-paced, this is critical. Today, I want to share something with you that I feel can help you live as a rooted and grounded person despite the constant movement around you: build a rhythm in life. My morning routine, I’ll call it my morning meditation routine, typically consists of five steps and takes about an hour. First and foremost, I get up at 5:15 a.m. every day (yes, even on Saturdays…I used to think I wasn’t a morning person until I found that waking up early is no problem if I go to bed on time). The first

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