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Your Turn ~ Meditation and Memorization

June 30, 2010

Kathy shared some great thoughts about meditation on Monday and we’ll be looking at memorization tomorrow.  So, we thought today would be a great opportunity for you to put one or both of these into practice!

For those who would like a little meditation practice … how about inserting yourself into the Sermon on the Mount.  Read Matthew 5:3-12 and choose one of the Beatitudes to meditate upon today.   Here’s a quick recap of the steps Kathy described:

  1. Choose a passage.
  2. Reread with emphasis on different words and phrases.
  3. Rewrite in your own words.
  4. Ask questions about what the passage is teaching.
  5. Look for personal application to obey.
  6. Pray through the Scripture.
  7. Think about it throughout the day.

Some of you may prefer an exercise in memorization … so for you, how about choosing a verse or section of The Beatitudes and committing to memorize it before Sunday.

And for the most adventurous – who’s up for doing both??

Leave us a comment and let us know what you’re doing and, when you’re finished, come back and let us know what you experienced!!

Keep digging!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. June 30, 2010 8:23 am

    Thanks for getting us started Teri Lynne!

  2. June 30, 2010 1:54 pm

    Love how practical you made this, Teri Lynne! Thanks for encouraging us to do it, not just talk about doing it! 🙂

  3. Wendy permalink
    July 1, 2010 8:48 am

    When I realized that I could recite Moo! Ba! La La La!, I realized that I needed to put this ability to work with God’s word. So, I picked a section of Romans 12 to memorize. I have parts of it, but not the whole thing yet. God is working with what I have. There are opportunities for me to just come out with “Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.” Say that a couple of times when people are venting to you and see what kind of reaction you get. It’s amazing!

    • July 1, 2010 10:13 am

      Great thoughts, Wendy! thank you for sharing. And oh, that whole passage of Romans 12 is full of power, isn’t it?

  4. July 1, 2010 7:23 pm

    Thanks Teri Lynne!
    I loved taking my turn on this. I took all of yesterday to meditate on Matt 5:3-12 and it was such a blast! It is amazing how you can go about your normal daily routine and contemplate God’s word at the same time. I re-wrote the passage in my own words and here is what I came up with:
    My view of the Beatitudes from Matthew 5:2-12

    There was a large crowd of people following Jesus. He went up on a mountainside to sit down and his disciples came to him.
    Jesus began teaching them.
    To those who are helpless, be happy, you will have the kingdom of heaven.
    To those who are grieving loss you will be comforted.
    To those who are compassionate you will inherit the earth.
    To those who show mercy to others, you will receive mercy in kind.
    To those who have an innocent character, Be Happy! You will see God.
    To those who seek peace, Be Happy, you will be called sons of God.
    To those who are harassed because of your pure living, Be Happy, you have the kingdom of heaven.
    To those who are insulted, harassed, gossiped about, because of your belief in Me, REJOICE and be Happy, for your reward in heaven is great. You are not alone, the same happened to those who went before you.

    Thanks for the challenge.


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