Week 1 - Meditation on Scripture

Spend at least 10 minutes each day this week meditating on one or more of the Scripture passages below. More than simply studying and exegeting the passage, seek to internalize and personalize it. What is God speaking to you through this passage? Ponder it in your heart. How does this passage intersect with your life? What are your senses experiencing? What is the Holy Spirit saying to you?

  • 1 John 3:1
    See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
  • Psalm 19:14
    May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
  • Matthew 4:4
    Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"
  • James 1:2-4
    Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
  • Colossians 3:1-4
    Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is youlife, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Week 2 - Meditation on Scripture pt. 2

This week, spend at least 10 minutes a day meditating on one of the following stories from Scripture. Rather than just reading the passage as a story, try to put yourself in the story. What would you be thinking, feeling, experiencing if you were there? Who would you be in the story? How is God speaking to you through the story?

  • Luke 2:1-20
  • Mark 11:1-11
  • 1 Samuel 17
  • Genesis 12:1-9
  • Matthew 28:1-10

Week 3 - Meditation on Creation

Just as a great painting tells you something about the person who painted it, so God’s creation reflects his glory, power, and beauty powerfully. This week, try to spend at least 10 minutes a day meditating on nature around you. This could mean going to the beach or the park, or simply looking at plants in your yard or in your home. What do you notice about this part of God’s creation? What might it reveal to you about God’s character? As you engage it with all five of your senses, what do you notice that maybe you’ve overlooked before? What does this bit of the created order tell you about the Creator? How does that affect you?

Week 4 - Meditate on Events of Our Time and Lives

Perhaps the most difficult type of Christian meditation, but important nonetheless. Meditating on the events of our time and lives is not an opportunity to ruminate on everything going on in our lives- rather it is an opportunity to invite God into what we are seeing and experiencing, and ask him how to interpret it. Consider the state of current events, doing your best to avoid slanted political agendas. What is happening? How does God feel about it? Why would God allow it? What is God up to? How can these events be part of redemptive history? How might God want to use you to be salt and light in the midst of these events? Similarly, look at what is going on in your own life. How is God at work? What might he be doing in you and through you? Why has he put you in the situations and places you are currently in? How does your life and experience as it currently sits fit into the larger story of God’s redemption of the world?