I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways (Psalm 119:15 ESV)
While meditation is a tenant of Eastern religions, Christianity also embraces the practice. The difference is the “goal” of meditation. We’re not seeking to blend our minds and souls into some cosmic force. Instead, God instructs us to meditate on his Word in order to become more like Him.
Getting still enough to meditate is difficult for most people given our distractions and hurried lifestyle. It’s also difficult “not” to think about something as we try to quiet our minds and hearts. Recently, I’ve experimented with a practice I call “Focus Words” in my daily quiet time. Continue reading
Beginning January 16th I will be teaching an online class on prayer, based on my book, Lord, It’s Boring in My Prayer Closet (How to Revitalize Your Prayer Life) at BeADisciple.com.
IFD236 – Lord, It’s Boring in My Prayer Closet: How to Revitalize Your Prayer Life
Course Dates: January 16 – March 3, 2017
If prayer is so important, why is it so hard? Many Christians struggle to overcome boredom and listlessness in prayer. During this seven week study, participants will examine their own prayer life and be challenged to experience prayer in some new ways that will revitalize their prayer life.
Geared for those new to prayer as well as seasoned prayer warriors, this course helps students understand why God gave us prayer and discover their “personal prayer sphere” and their personal “prayer passion.” Students will use scriptures in a new way to form prayers and prayer declarations, learn ways to fix a prayer life that is offline, and explore related topics such as spiritual warfare and fasting. Instructor Sandra Chambers will share her own struggles and victories as she has sought to become more engaged with her prayer life.
Click on “Be A Disciple online class” above to go directly to the class listing where you can register. And please share with friends!
Happy New Year!
As we look forward to a brand new year, there’s no lack of information focusing on what we should do to guarantee success in various areas of our lives. Newspaper articles, TV and social media ads, etc. promise everything from weight loss to financial success, happiness and prosperity if only we purchase their product, follow their advice, etc, etc. etc.
Many people make New Year’s Resolutions, hoping to change their lives for the better in the coming year. However, according to research, while as many as 45 percent of Americans make these resolutions, only 8 percent are successful in achieving their goals. The problem is that success or failure usually rests on self-will and self-discipline which tends not to get us very far.
New Year’s Resolutions
Focus on Being more thankful
More and more our Thanksgiving holiday has been eclipsed by the commercial focus on the upcoming Christmas season. By October, merchants line their shelves with Christmas goods, and TV and newspaper ads remind us that Black Friday and Christmas are just around the corner.
The distractions of the season are ever present, but one way we can focus on what is really important is to increase our “thankfulness.” I’m challenging myself to purposely begin my prayer time each day with thanksgiving for all the blessings God has given me. Continue reading