Meditating for Babies

17 Apr

Spring Break 2020 began March 13th this year, and I decided to do a little overhaul on my spiritual life during break. I picked up my well-worn copy of Oswald Chamber’s My Utmost for His Highest and began eating from that always restorative banqueting table. My sister-in-law, Robin, recommended a Bible reading app called Read Scripture, which I read every night when I go to bed. This app includes amazing videos created by The Bible Project which tie together Bible themes across the Old and New Testaments.

My friends Vicki and Gary gave me a copy of Moving Your Invisible Boundaries and I decided to slowly read a chapter in the morning and one in the evening while putting into practice the suggested exercises. Part of the premise of this book is that we are limited by some of the beliefs in our hearts. For example, if I believe that I am worthless it will affect my actions. However Dr. Jim Richards points out that we can change the content of our hearts by meditating on God’s Word.

As Spring joyously bursts forth so is my renewal in the Word of God.

If I were to rank how I best get to know God, I would make a ranking like this: 1) Studying the Word, 2) Reading the Word, 3) Praying, and 4) Meditating on the Word. Dr. Richards made me aware of the importance of meditating on the Word and so I’ve started—-wait for it—-Meditating for Babies.

I have a notebook in which I have lists of verses (mostly pertaining to our identity in Christ and in His death, burial, and resurrection). I write one of these verses on a page in my notebook, and then I put on a little water sound audio clip that goes for 10 minutes. (This is why I call this meditation for babies. I’m setting VERY achievable goals for myself.) Somehow, the audio track seems to keep my brain on track. I meditate on the verse of the day with a pencil in hand until the audio clip runs out.

I am NOT trying to set myself up as some sort of spiritual giant here. It’s more like when you put off repairs on your car until it’s going to cost you a small fortune to get it back on the road.

I’m not quite sure what to think about a lot of what is going on with Covid-19. I do ache for people who have gotten sick, who’ve lost loved ones, who have canceled weddings, and for all those who’ve lost jobs when living paycheck to paycheck–not to mention all of the people working in essential positions who are juggling family, work, and restrictions. But for me, our shelter-in-place allowed me to easily continue my new routines until they become firmly established. I pray that you will find spiritual benefit during this time too!

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