May 20, 2018
Outline: Relaxation, Reading, Meditation, Prayer, Contemplation, Visualization
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Get into a place where you can sit comfortably and uninterrupted for 20 minutes. If you feel comfortable to do so, I invite you to close your eyes.
Guided Relaxation / Guided Meditation:Focus on being encircled by the love of God.
Bible verse for meditation:
3 The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.
4 Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south.
5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
3 The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.
4 Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like streams in the Negev.
5 Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.
6He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.
Notice the similarities and differences in the translations presented.
What does this scripture mean to you?Has it had a different effect this reading as compared to times past?How does this scripture make you feel?
Continue breathing deeply as you ponder this meaning.
Meditation on scripture / bible verse meditation:Today's episode Mark's a year of producing this podcast. I feel as David says here. God has been good to us and we are full of joy. During this first year of the podcast I have heard from so many people expressing deep profound challenges and trials. Horrible sadness brought on Suicide, death, terminal illness, domestic violence, depression, anxiety, financial strain and many other issues. Each of you in your way has reported feeling blessed by these simple recordings. I also feel blessed by them. I am encouraged and strengthened by making this podcast. I am grateful to a God who can take someone of such average ability such as myself and do a marvelous work in the lives od so many thousands of people. There were 15,000 people who listened in April, most of which are through podcasting apps. The podcast has spanned the globe and been downloaded in over 117 countries last I checked a few weeks ago. These countries include Russia, China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, over 15 countries in Africa, Almost every country in Europe and half the countries in South America. I never thought that I had anything to say that would be meaningful to such a wide group of believers. For this reason I focus myself grateful to God to take a lump of clay like me and to bring joy and peace to those who have sowed tears. It is not through what words are contained here but for the relationship that you are developing with God as you study His words and pray directly to Him after stripping away all distractions. If toy heater these words and still find yourself overcome with sadness. If you still are metaphorically planting seeds of tears, know this. God is faithful. He will have your testa grow into mighty trees of faith and glory being filled with joy. Thanks be to God for his everlasting mercy on you and on me.
Meditation of Prayer:Pray as directed by the Spirit.Dedicate these moments to the patient waiting, when you feel ready ask God for understanding you desire from Him.
Meditation of God and His Glory / Hesychasm:I invite you to sit in silence feeling being patient for your own faults and trials.
Meditate and Visualize Positive Change in Your Life:Implement the kind of change you want to see in your life. Length, Intensity, Modality, Freshness, Conclusion:Each week. Christianmeditationpodcast.com/contact
Question: what joy has God brought you as you have approached him in meditation?
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Final thought - it is impossible for me to express how surprised I have been by the growth of this podcast. I know so many of you have shared this message. I have heard from your friends and family who have been blessed because you were willing to share. I feel like you all have made this journey with me. You trust me to speak soft words of peace into your ears. Many of you been financially supporting the show at Patreon.com/Christianmeditationpodcast
If you are living through a period of sadness, know this.it will pass. Take the yoke of Jesus upon you. For his yoke is easy and his burden is light. Our best hope for joy in this life is by committing our whole soul to doing what we truly believe that God wants us to. We grow under His faith driven support. And with His glory lighting out way we will continue to walk with him eternally in peace love and joy.