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Reason #1 To Journal: SLOW DOWN To MEDITATE On The Word Of God

20 October 2009 4 Comments

To be spiritually healthy, you must ruthless eliminate hurry from your life!

BE STILL and KNOW that I AM God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! (Psalm 46:10)

What does a hurry-free life look like to you?

One of the best reasons to journal is that it helps you to SLOW DOWN, to meditate on the Word of God and to hear God’s quiet, still voice.

God promises He will be exalted among the nations if we will just be still and know that He is God. God will be exalted in your home, neighborhood, church, business, and ministry when you are still and know I AM. He is sufficient. You see, it’s the presence of God that changes you and your circumstances. Everywhere God is miracles happen.

We live in a hurry-sick culture! For months, my background image on my computer desktop reminded me each morning that the secret of my future was hidden in my daily routine. Next to that I had Psalm 1 verses 1 through 3.

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. (Psalm 1:1-3)

Basically, God says blessed is the man who delights in the law of the LORD and meditates on it day and night. But what does it mean to meditate? It means much more than just reading the Bible.

An online dictionary at www.freedictionary.com defines “meditate” this way:
1) To reflect on; contemplate
2) To think or reflect, especially in a calm and deliberate manner.

Journaling is the number one tool I have discovered to rest (slow down) and reflect. The number one life lesson I’ve learned over the past seven is this, “To be spiritually healthy, you must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.”

God says, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). Pastor Rick Warren says, “Love and hurry are incompatible!” Slowing down helps bring God’s peace that surpasses all understanding.

Prayer Power
Heavenly Father, thank You for the many ways you work in my life to get me to SLOW DOWN to meditate on the Word of God. Thank You for this wonderful habit of journaling that allows me to notice your footprints and fingerprints around me every day. I pray that you will work in the lives of my readers to SLOW DOWN to better understand who You are and how they fit into Your master plan. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Blessings to SLOW DOWN to meditate on the Word of God!

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  • Bertha Hinson said:

    Blessings to Slow Down and Meditate on the Words of God – the target – dispells the mind staggering stacks of ‘gotta’ or ‘have to’s’ surrounding you. This allows the mind to focus onto and invision what The Word is saying, thereby granting that breath of fresh air “The Word is Spirit and it is Life” to sweep away the cobwebs that so entangle the mind. With this comes refreshing to the physical, weighted down with overload of task that will be finished each in it’s appointed time and order.

    Thank you, Joseph, for this blessing so needed at this time to bring peace and order where confusion, helplessness and frustration were in competition for supremecy.

  • Ceidre said:

    So very true! In this hurried world we live in we really need to slow down! It is only by slowing down and putting God first last and best in everything that we can go in peace throughout this day!

    “Word of God is strong and powerful (Heb 4:12)

    E White wrote: “The Word of God is to be our spiritual food. “I am that bread of life” (john 6:48), Christ said……………The world is perishing for want of pure, unadulterated truth. Christ is the truth. His words are truth, and they have a deeper significance than appears on the surface, and a value beyond their unpretending appearance. Minds, that are quickened by the Holy Spirit will discern the value of these words. When our eyes are anointed with the holy eyesalve, we shall be able to detect the precious gems of truth, even though they may be buried beneath the surface.

    Truth is delicate, refined, elevated. When it moulds the character, the soul grows under its divine influence. Every day the truth is to be received into the heart. Thus we eat Christ’s words, which He declares are spirit and life. The acceptance of truth will make every receiver a child of God, an heir of heaven. Truth that is cherished in the heart is not a cold, dead letter, but a living power.”

  • Dr. Joseph Peck (author) said:

    Hi Ceidre, Thank you for your wonderful words of wisdom. As I read your post, I immediately thought about the value you can offer others by having your own blog. I sense a welling up of the Spirit of God waiting to be release messages through you. Many blessings, Joseph

  • David said:

    My wife and I have been missionaries for twenty plus years in Japan. The number one thing
    that my wife and I would see is not many believers, just ministering to the Lord. If you do not go somewhere to get your spirit man quiet, then you will be anxious about everything.
    Getting alone with God must be your number one priority…

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