Communing with Jesus

Meditation

September 2008 | Published in Bible Studies

Meditation has spiritual and practical benefits.

Psalm 49:3: “My mouth shall speak wisdom, And the meditation of my heart shall give understanding.

Psalm 63:5–6: My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. 6 When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches.

Psalm 119:99: I have more understanding than all my teachers, For Your testimonies are my meditation.

The Wish List

September 2008 | Published in Prayer

The air that filled my lungs was salty and alive. Sand pressed between my toes. Jesus’ hand slid into mine.

“Thanks for inviting Me,” He said.

“I wish…”

“Yes?”

“I wish we could always be like this.”

“Your need is what draws Me to you,” He said.

Resting in Jesus

September 2008 | Published in Renewal

“Come to Me,” Jesus said, “all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” 1 I recently read a message from Jesus that someone had received while praying, which said much the same thing but in terms that most of us today can relate to more easily. “The only way you’re going to hold up under the strain you’re under is by learning to pace yourself and to spend quality time with Me.”

Why Meditate?

September 2008 | Published in Renewal

We inhabit physical bodies, but we are spiritual beings living spiritual lives. Meditation helps us to get in touch with the spiritual elements.

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Whatever happens to occupy our thoughts or drive our actions at any given moment is not the all in all. Meditation reminds us that there’s more to life than what meets the eye.

Silence

September 2008 | Published in Renewal

Sometimes I just like to sit here silently with You.
You already know.
You already understand.
I don’t have to say the right thing, or anything at all;
You accept me.
You see my thoughts as they form and dance.
Words could never aptly express them.
You could verbalize Your every thought perfectly,
Yet You sometimes choose silence too.
There’s just something about being together,
Not having to say a thing,
Because we feel it‚ we sense it‚ we know it. 

Breathe Deep

June 2008 | Published in Spiritual Exercises

God is like the air we breathe—all around us, invisible, and vital to our health and happiness. Just as we need to breathe clean, fresh air to be strong and healthy physically, we need to partake of God’s Spirit to be strong and healthy spiritually. Under normal circumstances, breathing is an unconscious, involuntary act. God would like our relationship with Him to be that natural, and He created us with all the necessary equipment. But unlike breathing, for most of us, making that connection with God doesn’t come so easily; it requires a conscious effort on our part. Actually, it’s easier than it seems, and with a little practice it becomes even easier. Try this:

The Truest Strength

February 2008 | Published in Getting Through

I cannot look, I cannot see,
I cannot understand.
I lay myself down helplessly
In the hollow of Your hand.
The clouds that now encompass me
And seem to block my view,
Are sent by You, unfailing Love,
To draw me close to You.

Be Still

July 2007 | Published in Prayer

“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). The Lord once used that Bible verse to drive home a vital lesson, as well as to demonstrate His ability to give specific, immediate guidance as we listen to Him in prayer.

I needed to get in touch with a woman whose address I did not have, and it was an emergency. Every part of my being seemed to throb with anxiety. I felt as though I would fly to pieces if I didn’t get some word to her. As I prayed about what to do next, suddenly a paraphrase of Scripture came to me. Just be still. Get quiet and know that I am God.

Benefits of Including Jesus in Everyday Life

February 2007 | Published in Bible Studies

We experience more of Jesus and His love.

Proverbs 8:17: I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.

John 14:21: He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him."

2 Corinthians 3:18: But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Connected

February 2007 | Published in Hearing from Heaven

I want to be a very present help, coworker, companion‚ and friend as you go about your busy days. I want to make a strong connection with you first thing in the morning, and then I want to keep that connection strong all day long as we enjoy each other’s company, talk things over, and work things out together.

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