Every now I then I receive a letter from a subscriber on the best way to incorporate Christian meditation into their daily devotion time with God. Including Christian meditation, into your daily schedule can make your life so much more rewarding and fulfilling. There are numerous benefits to meditating on God and spending time in His presence. These include developing a more intimate relationship with Christ, eliminating worry and stress, creating a space for God to speak to our hearts, and becoming more sensitive to the Holy Spirit to name a few.
I have tried many, many different schedules for my Morning Devotion over the years, but the one I am about to share with you has been the best one for me. By Morning Devotion I mean the time I take each morning before I leave for the job or work on my business. The days that I skip these activities are usually marked with anxiety and frustration. I have reasoned that if I’m too busy for God and myself, then I’m just too busy and that busyness and chaos usually ends up being a theme throughout my entire day.
God created us spirit, soul, and body and He doesn’t want us to neglect any of these areas. We neglect our bodies when we eat poorly and don’t exercise. We neglect our mind or soul when we feed it with mental junk food instead of uplifting literature or spiritual delights, NSPPD Live Today and we neglect our spirit when we don’t spend time with God being restored, renewed, and renovated. So instead of thinking just, Christian meditation, think mental, spiritual, and physical renewal which I call Morning Devotion, a morning of devotion to myself, to all three parts of me.
Therefore, the first thing I like to do when I awake up is some form of exercise. I have tried exercising after meditation, after breakfast, in the evening, and various other times throughout the day, but have found that if I don’t do it the very first thing, it’s just not going to happen for me that day. Once I get preoccupied with other activities I just can’t pull myself away, and then once the evening hits, who wants to exercise, it’s time to relax. So if exercise has been a struggle for you as well, try doing it right out of bed. I usually exercise to DVDs. Some days I’ll also do a walk, run around the neighborhood. I always try to end my 30 minute workout with a relaxing stretch and cool down. Afterwards I feel wonderful.
If you are pressed for time, this would be a great time to incorporate a guided Christian meditation. Before starting your cool down, dim the lights, light a candle, get a comfy blanket, and put your meditation CD in the player. After finishing the stretching exercises, lie on your mat, cover your feet with a blanket and play the meditation. It will be a refreshing end to a great workout.
Since I usually have a little bit more time, after working out I have breakfast. However, while preparing what I’m going to eat I’ll listen to Christian affirmations, an inspirational CD, or the Bible on tape. Not only am I feeding my body nutritious food, I’m also feeding my soul. Other great times to listen to affirmations or other inspirational recordings is driving to work, taking a shower, or putting on make-up (if you’re a female). Hey, why not use technology as much as you can.
I used to try and do my quiet time before I showered and got dressed, but I noticed that doing it the last part of my Morning Devotion meant I could take all that inspiration into my work time. Also, at the end of my time with God, I would list my plans for the day asking God for wisdom and guidance. I was able to keep those good feelings and God’s presence lingering in my heart just a little bit longer. For those of you who are leaving for a job that is less than optimal or you need some additional inspiration, this could be a good thing as well.
Now, let’s discuss my actual time with God. Christian meditation can take many different forms. I am not a proponent of “one size fits all” plans. I believe that the Holy Spirit speaks, guides, and corrects us each according to our own unique purpose and personality. Therefore, these suggestions are only to broaden the possibilities but it’s up to you and the Holy Spirit to create a quiet time that is purposeful and fulfilling for you.
These are “must haves” for my time with God and I am almost certain they would be a blessing to you as well. First, you need a CD player and soft angelic music playing in the background. I give my subscribers a free meditation collection download that would work well. It is something about music that opens our soul to the spirit and calms our restlessness. While the music is playing softly in the background and sitting in my comfy chair in my prayer room, I light 3 candles and give honor to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, inviting them into my quiet time.
If you don’t purchase any else for your quiet time with God, please get this wonderful daily devotional, “Forty Days to a Closer Walk with God” by J. David Muyskens. It is hard to put into words the significance of this book to every believer desiring a more intimate walk with God. The author, who is a Christian Spiritual Director and proponent of Centering Prayer, (another form of Christian meditation) uses meditation and the scriptures to grow a deeper awareness of God. Each of the 40 day passages and exercises along with the meditation practice will open your heart to a relationship with God beyond the superficial and routine. After the 40 days have ending, start again from the beginning. I believe this is a devotional for life. The book teaches the art of centering prayer where you focus on a word like Father, Abba, Jesus, peace, love, etc that symbolizes your deep intention and desire to dwell in God’s presence and love.