Join me in this 31 day July scripture study as we learn Bible verses on meditation in the Bible and what it means.
IS IT OK TO MEDITATE AS A CHRISTIAN?
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 really is from the actual dictionary:
- engaging in contemplation or reflection
- 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
- focusing one’s thoughts on : reflect on or ponder over
- 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.
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 medition 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:
- Print the scripture page and make copies of the journaling pages.
- 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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For more monthly scripture studies, read:
- February: Scripture Study on Fasting
- March: Scripture Study on Jesus’ Ministry
- April: Scripture Study on Guarding Your Heart
- May: Scripture Study on the Power of Our Words
- June: Scripture Study on Joy
You’ve got this!
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