Meditating on the WordThursday, June 27, 2013
In Kathy Howard’s recent book “Fed Up With Flat Faith” she encourages her readers to “feast on the Word”. She explains that just as we nourish our bodies with healthy food on a daily basis, so we must also nourish our hearts and souls through Scripture. By doing so, we have the incredible blessing of connecting with our Father as He satisfies our spiritual hunger. She suggests developing a plan, which I have done. Each day, I am reading a scripture verse and its surrounding passage and then meditating on what it means. I’m not just reading it, I’m savoring it, absorbing it, pondering it, writing about it, praying it and then applying it to my life. Though this is a daily practice I have committed to this summer, I am also going to share one of my journal entries for the scripture each week in a post called Friday's word. Won’t you join me each week as I take this journey to a deeper relationship with Him?
Here is my process, followed by my first journal entry:
- Choose a verse and surrounding passage
- Look it up and read it in at least two versions
- Read the associated devotional, if applicable (I’m going through the NIV Women’s Devotional Bible 2)
- Choose a word or phrase that jumps out at you
- Think, ponder, absorb (Take time here)
- Write out thoughts and ideas regarding the word or scripture
Verse: Matthew 5:5
- Bendable, adaptable to God and to life.
- Not stubborn to my own ways or plan.
- Yielded to God’s ways and plan.
- Able to “shift gears” when God asks.
- Less of self and selfishness.
- More of Christ and others.
Help me to be more adaptable to your ways. I want to bend and to be yielded to you. Lesson my rigidity and tendency to be stuck in my ways and open my eyes and heart to yours. Thank you for your Word and instilling in me the desire to draw closer to you.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.