Welcome to the weekly review of blessings hosted by Suzanne at Living To Tell The Story
It’s the height of beautiful summer here on Prince Edward Island and it really is hard to narrow down the blessing list.
I have something that I’ve wanted to share with you for a while. Something that began in the grey chill of November. It’s the kind of thing that you wouldn’t write about until you’ve established it as practice.
It has become such a rich experience – definitely belonging in my Friday Fave Hall of Fame 🙂
Like many of you, I usually begin my day with Scripture – reading through the books of the Bible and various devotional writers and then a time of prayer.
But last November, I added something new, yet very old, to that daily discipline. I began my devotions with a timed period of meditating on Scripture. The same passage each morning – a slow, ruminating, pondering kind of reading.
The method is quite simple – I choose a passage and I begin to read. I read one line and I think about it. When my mind begins to wander I read it again. I move to the next line. I pray the words. I think about them. I chew on them like a dog chews on a bone. I stay with the same passage for a while – a month or more.
Though the method is simple, I found the practice quite challenging especially in the beginning. My thoughts were easily distracted – wandering off on little side paths. But I kept drawing my mind back to the words of Scripture.
Even after 9 months, I’m such a novice. My mind still flits here and there like a butterfly. But every now and then, I feel more like a bumblebee who burrows deep into the heart of the flower and then comes out covered with golden pollen.
A sweet, and totally unexpected blessing, fits right in with that analogy. These passages are “sticking” like golden pollen on the bee – becoming part of me. I’m memorizing them without trying – simply from reading them over and over.
I carry the words with me through the day and think about them when I wake at night.
For this Friday’s Fave, I’d like to share a few golden lines drawn from the passages that I’ve been meditating on since Nov.
1. Eph. 3:14-21 (Nov-Dec)
2. Jer 29:11-14 (Jan)
3. Ps 139 (Feb-Mar)
4. Ps 121 (Apr)
5. Isa 59:21- 60:1-5 (May)
6. Ps. 84 (June)
7. Ps 62 (July)