Spiritual Disciplines for Tough Times 2

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3

Our life is surrounded by news of virus, and our daily lives now remind us constantly of the coming threat. More than ever, it is easy to get our minds off of God. Our minds shape our future. While we should take whatever actions we can (stay at home, maintain your health, etc.), worrying about what we cannot change will only cause stress that compromises our immune systems.

The solution is in our spiritual disciplines. Choose to spend this time focusing on God and His unchanging Word. Meditation involves choosing our minds’ focus. You may feel powerless over your situation, but you can always choose your mental focus.

Choose a scripture (from your Life Journal plan or our Lenten reading plan) and spend the day thinking about it. A few helpful ideas from Liberty 201:

SIX WAYS TO MEDITATE ON A VERSE:

1. PICTURE IT– Visualize the scene in your mind
2. PRONOUNCE IT– Say the verse aloud, each time emphasizing a different word.
3. PARAPHRASE IT– Rewrite the verse in your own words.
4. PERSONALIZE IT– Replace the pronouns or people in the verse with your own name.
5. PRAY IT– Turn the verse into a prayer and say it back to God.
6. PROBE IT– Ask the following nine SPACEPETS questions:

In this verse is there any…

• SIN TO CONFESS
• PROMISE TO CLAIM
• ATTITUDE TO CHANGE
• COMMAND TO KEEP
• EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW
• PRAYER TO PRAY
• ERROR TO AVOID
• TRUTH TO BELIEVE
• STUFF TO THANK GOD FOR

Choose the “channel of your mind.” When your mind drifts to worry, choose another channel. Your thinking shapes your future. Post the scripture your are meditating on today.

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