July Scripture Writing: 31 Days of Meditation Verses in the Bible

Join me in this 31 day July scripture study as we write down verses on meditation in the Bible and what they mean.

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IS IT OK FOR CHRISTIANS TO MEDITATE?

As Christians, we seem to think that meditation is tied to other religions such as Buddhism. Many women I know feel uncomfortable when the word is brought up. But with the mental health awareness movement, meditation has become much more prevalent in our society. It’s even shown to help reduce stress and combat anxiety.

Let’s take a look at what meditation is:

  1. engaging in contemplation or reflection
  2. to engage in mental exercise (such as concentration on one’s breathing or repetition of a manta) for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness
  3. focusing one’s thoughts on reflect on or ponder over
  4. to plan or project in the mind : intend, purpose

Basically take all the religious connotations out of meditating you think you know and strip it to it’s most basic and you get this: DEEP THINKING. If you are someone who wants to live an intentional life, you have meditated. You have pondered/thought/planned/reflected on what you want to do with your life.

Many religions use meditation to achieve a higher spiritual awareness, but meditation itself is not confined to one specific religion. Just like reflecting/planning/thinking are not confined to a religion. Meditation is simply a conscious effort to focus on something by thinking it over.

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MEDITATION VERSES IN THE BIBLE

It wasn’t until recently that I even noticed the words meditate/meditation/meditating in the actual Bible. Job mediates, Mary meditates, and the psalms are filled with meditations! Notice when they were meditating. Most of the time it’s during hard times, but there are joyful instances of praising God through mediation as well.

This month I want us to reap the benefits of meditating on God’s word. How?

  • Write down the verse I have provided.
  • Read the chapter and verses around it to get some context.
  • Write down what you want to reflect (meditate) on about what God is teaching you each day.

I suggest that you even learn a few meditation practices to help you combat any distractions you may encounter over the next month. I personally try to use the Headspace App every morning when I wake up before I study my Bible. The creators of this app have a way of simplifying meditation and making it easy for beginners.

JULY SCRIPTURE STUDY ON MEDITATION

The directions are simple:

  1. Print the scripture page and make copies of the journaling pages.
  2. Write a scripture each day in the space on the left and reflect on it in the space on the right.

Some of these verses may seem repetitive, but meditation is a repetitive practice. See the beauty in slowing down and being mindful of the scriptures. Repeat them over and over throughout your day to remind yourself of the benefits of meditating on God’s powerful Word.

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Printable Cheat Sheets for Your Galatians and Ephesians Bible Study

Study the books of Galatians and Ephesians in the Bible when you use this printable outline to discover historical events, timelines and themes.

THE BOOK OF GALATIANS

After the time of Jesus’ life on earth, another apostle rose up by the name of Paul. Paul was the greatest missionary of the early church and went on 3 separate journeys throughout the Mediterranean region preaching this new gospel message. During this time, he was beaten, imprisoned, skip wrecked (among other things), and unwavering from his faith.

The book of Galatians is actually a letter (called an epistle) that was circulated around the region of Galatia, a Roman province at the time. Galatia was made up of several cities referenced throughout Acts and the New Testament:

  • Antioch
  • Iconium
  • Lystra
  • Derbe
  • Pessinus
  • Ancrya
  • Tauium

This letter was written by Paul to guide these new churches through teaching them concepts like the Fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control), in addition to God’s grace and it’s importance on how they should live.

THE BOOK OF EPHESIANS

A few years later, Paul wrote another letter to the church in Ephesus, located in modern day Turkey. Continuing his message of grace, he counseled the people in spiritual warfare, bringing to their attention the need to prepare themselves for human and spiritual persecution.

He taught these practices through a spiritual armor analogy:

  • Breastplate of righteousness
  • Helmet of salvation
  • Belt of truth
  • Shield of faith
  • Sword of the spirit, which is the Word of God
  • Feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace

PRINTABLES FOR YOUR BIBLE STUDY ON GALATIANS AND EPHESIANS

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How to Use the Bible to Find Verses for Self-Help Guidance

The Bible is good for many things, but here I help you learn practical tips to take your Bible study further by finding verses for personal guidance.

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FROM CARD CATALOGS TO ALEXA

My generation researched a topic at the school library where we looked in a giant piece of furniture with miniature drawers called a card catalog. Flipping through the alphabet, we’d find the subject and write down the call numbers to locate books on the topic. We’d peruse the shelves full of encyclopedias–the Google of our day.

We’ve come a long way since the “YOU’VE GOT MAIL” days. We’ve far surpassed dial-up and increased our knowledge at the click of a button. A day and age where you can say, “ALEXA” and a computer answers your every question.



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MAKING THE BIBLE MORE ACCESSIBLE

But not only have video games and cell phones and the ways we view television improved, but the way we learn about new things has changed. We aren’t simply learning about the rainforest in a book anymore. Now we’re soaring over it through the lens of a drone and watching time lapse video footage on Planet Earth. We are able to see things and learn in a completely new way.

The same is true for reading the Bible. Most people in church are walking in the building with their Bible on their iPhone. Podcasts, blogs, forums, YouTube videos, online courses and apps help people interact and debate issues in unique and exciting ways. Knowledge has become endless and the way the Bible is studied, organized, and analyzed is more easily accessible than ever before.

BACK IN BIBLE TIMES…

In the times of Jesus, manuscripts were passed down from generation to generation. Word of mouth and daily temple visits were how they shared their knowledge of who God was and called them to be.

After Jesus’ ministry, disciples and missionaries traveled the world preaching the new covenant, the New Testament, that the promised Savior had come. That he had redeemed his people through his perfect sacrifice: himself.

As the centuries continue on, we pass on these testimonies, these stories, these prophecies of who God is and the life he calls us to.

There is no better time to be able to access the wealth of information the Bible provides, because there are people who have spent their entire lives and careers on organizing it by topic, order, and themes. Character studies, life lessons, wisdom on living, it’s all there, waiting to be used. Are you ready to start digging?


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WE ALL NEED ENCOURAGEMENT

Everyone has their own way to cope with difficult circumstances, and I have a pile of my own, but I want to walk you through the ways that the Bible can be used as an encourager for when life gets hard.

The Bible differs from other “self-help” books in that it is a book where it gives you the tools but doesn’t leave you on your own to figure it out. It’s actually a “spirit-help” book, a resource for living life in surrender and dependence on God’s goodness.

The Bible tells us that we can lean into God and trust him because he is:

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Take comfort in this. We don’t have to take on the full burden of everything that life throws at us because he wants to help us.

Through my own struggles, I’ve discovered that when my body is failing me, I need to focus on my mind and spirit before I can heal again. Digging into my Bible as a tool for self-help is what gives me encouragement, strength, perseverance and hope. And who really fully heals without some kind of hope?

You’ll never find peace in controlling situations, because life is continually changing. But you can find peace and strength and hope and trust and dependence by surrendering to the one who knows you best.

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WHERE DO I START?

1. BUILD RELATIONSHIP BY STARTING WITH PRAYER

There’s more than one way to learn to talk to God. Close your eyes and speak from the heart, journal your prayers or use pre-written prayers to make them your own using the Psalms or the Power of a Praying Series.

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2. LEARN GOD’S CHARACTER BY READING HIS WORD

Find a Bible you love by reading through my recommendations. Also check out a fantastic book called Jesus Calling, that rewords scripture as a conversation between you and Jesus. This will help you in the process of using Bible verses for guidance.

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3. FOCUS ON GROWTH BY DIGGING IN DEEP

My favorite way to get help for an issue is to look it up in the back of my Bible and find every verse that relates to it (example: worry, anxiety, fear, trust, hope). You can also buy a separate concordance if your Bible doesn’t have one.

The Bible isn’t meant to be studied alone. Get in community, and pray for guidance. While the Bible can be used to find verses for guidance, to motivate and instruct, it’s not exactly self-help; it’s a Spirit-led guide.

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