Some of my favorite moments are curling up in a big chair in the early mornings with a hot cup of coffee, my bible and journal. In those moments words pour out of my heart and head on to the pages. Writing through verses, prayers and breaking through what God is saying to me has been some of the most amazing moments in my life. Until it wasn’t. I’ll admit it. There came a time when the words dried up, the connection felt lost, and the coffee wasn’t strong enough to keep my eyes open. My quiet time was dry and my soul quickly followed and felt dried up too.
Prone to wander.
Those words rang out in my head. Our hearts are prone to wander because we base so much on our feelings. Do we feel God. Do we feel like quiet time. Do we feel…. So many feels. But is obedience a feeling? Our time with God is not only an act of relationship but an act of obedience. So how do we, in a “feel” based society, continue to obey? Do we fake it till we make it? So what do we do in those wandering moments? We plug back in.
They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty— and I will meditate on your wonderful works. Psalm 145:5
Meditation has transformed my quiet time and my life. There is a reason why the bible says over and over to meditate on His word. How can you remember in times of stress, pain, and hurt what the bible says if you are constantly taking it in? In our lives we are so busy and have so many distractions we have lost the skill of being quite and meditate. Here are some easy steps to learn the art of meditation.
Find a quiet space but not to quiet.
Its important to be comfortable and in a quiet environment, but not too quiet you would want to fall asleep! The goal is to be able to quiet your mind to be able to hear from God not to catch up on your zzzz’s
Create a space that you can go back to.
We are creatures of habit. From how we take our coffee to what shoe we put on first, our lives are habits. Creating a space that you can meditate in is important in growing your practice. It can be something as simple as a comfy chair in your living room with a basket on the floor with a comfortable blanket, bible, journal, and a diffuser if you want.
Learn the steps.
One of the ways that I meditate is a process called Lectio Divina. Lectio Divina (Latin for “Divine Reading”) is a traditional Benedictine practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God’s Word. It does not treat Scripture as texts to be studied, but as the Living Word. (-wikipedia )
Lectio Divina is a four step process of read, meditate, pray, and complement.
Check out a few meditations here: Restful Intentions