This blog post is written by Abide ambassador, Leslie McGuffie. Below she shares her experience with Christian meditation.
"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true,
whatever things are noble,
whatever things are just,
whatever things are pure,
whatever things are lovely,
whatever things are of good report,
if there is any virtue
and if there is anything praiseworthy—
meditate on these things."
- Philippians 4:8
I Made a List Today
It was a feeling-sorry-for-myself kind of day, so it was a feeling-sorry-for-myself kind of list. It's been a pretty tough month for me emotionally. So, today I invited myself to a private pity party.
I could detail my struggles here, but that wouldn't do anyone any good. Suffice it to say, there have been mountains to climb in regards to my health, my finances, and my family. Everything seems to be going wrong all at the same time. This must be what my great-grandmother meant when she used to say, “The devil sure is busy!”
So, What’s a Woman of God Supposed to Do?
I'm supposed to stay focused on the good. I'm supposed to know that the devil comes at you hard and strong when you finally submit yourself to God's will. I should already anticipate the opposition, so that when it comes, I can deflect it and protect myself from it. That all sounds great, in theory. But when you’re in the thick of it, the practical application of it all takes an amazing amount of fortitude with a healthy dose of tunnel vision.
As I brace myself against the constant onslaught, I find my knees getting weak. They're about to buckle under the pressure. My arms are tired from holding off the forces that are trying to break me. I pray, "God please just let the rest of this month end quietly so that I can catch my breath and start over again next month."
When I finished crying, I made another list. It was the after-party to the pity party, I suppose. This list was all the good that I still have working in my favor. I won't bother to detail those either, except to say there are silver linings to everything on my first list. And, if I choose to zoom in on those bright spots, then perhaps the challenges will become blurry and fade into the background of the image.
Paul’s letter to the Philippians gives us a clue how to operate the zoom on our spiritual lenses. Chapter 4, verse 8 tells us to meditate on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, of virtue, and praiseworthy.
Instead of focusing on the problems, meditate on these things. Think on them. Speak on them. Sing about them. Laugh about them. Write them down. Thank God for them. Hold onto them, and don’t let go.
Because therein lies the joy, which is our strength to survive...and thrive.
How do you hold onto your faith when everything seems to be going wrong? Listening to Abide meditations has helped to remind me to keep my focus where it should be, on the good things in God’s word.
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About the Author
Leslie McGuffie writes about being in love with the Lord, and she loves sharing the wisdom He gives her about daily living. In her spare time she’s a wife, mother of six, and grandmother of three.
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