A Little Perspective

This week I'm going to try something a little different in this post. Instead of writing about my opinion on a particular subject, or sharing some lessons about what is happening in my personal walk with Jesus, I thought I  would post about a Christian meditation exercise that often times helps me gain a Christ-like perspective of my circumstances. Now some of you may be put off my the "m" word, but there is a key spiritual difference between Christian meditation and other forms of this spiritual practice. The goal of Christian meditation is to fill one's mind with more thoughts of Christ through repeated reading and focus on portion of scripture, or attributes of God's character, or other thoughts that lead to a greater awareness of God's presence. Other forms of meditation focus on the emptying of one's mind. If you are nervous about attempting Christian meditation by yourself, talk with a friend or family member and pray through this experience together. Peer accountability may help you to understand and experience what Christian meditation really is. I hope you find this helpful!


Psalm 139:13-14
For you created my inmost being; 
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

1. Think about this first statement – God knit you together
  •  Take a look at your hands, the lines and the fingerprints.  Think about the love and care that went into creating you, not about what your parents would have felt, but the care and love God put into creating you…into knitting you together.  Thank Him for what He brings to your mind.

 2. Think about this second statement – I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made
  •  Do you believe that you are wonderfully made?  We all have parts of ourselves (physical attributes, personality, characteristics, etc.) that we don’t like, or might even hate or wish we could change…but God does NOT make junk.  He created you fearfully and wonderfully…think about what this means and how this impacts how we should view ourselves and view others.  Spend some time meditating on this and talking to God about what comes to mind.
  • Name those parts of you that you don’t like and ask God to help you to see how they are part of your entire being created both fearfully and wonderfully

 3. Think about this final statement – you works are wonderful, I know that full well.
  • Can you see God at work around you, in your life and in the lives of others?  Call these memories and instances to mind.  Thank God for where you have seen Him at work and ask Him to open your eyes to more of His presence…ask Him for a greater awareness of His Spirit at work in our world.
  • Place your hands over you eyes during this time of meditation as a symbol of your desire to celebrate being able to see God at work and a reminder to ask God to increase your awareness of Him at work.

Psalm 139:13-14
For you created my inmost being; 
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; 
your works are wonderful, 
I know that full well.

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