Guided Meditations for Those Who Love Christ
Several years ago, I began meditating as a way to heal from grief and deal with anxiety. I’d hesitated to start as I wasn’t sure it was ‘okay’ for me as a Christian to meditate. Different thoughts and ideas grace the internet on that. See, that has been part of my problem. I’ve looked to other people as to what was ‘okay’ for me rather than looking to God.
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Through much prayer AND meditation (because that’s what listening to God truly is – be still and KNOW, right?), I knew in my heart God called me to be even more still. To listen more carefully. To trust.
And so I began to meditate. At times, I use no audio at all. Other times, instrumental tracks play while I let my mind flow free. Imagine my surprise the day I sat, eyes closed, letting my thoughts flitter through when the sharp, clear, peaceful image of Jesus’ face appeared on the blank movie screen of my mind. I saw him so clearly and immediately felt such comfort. My heart and gut swelled. And in my usual lack of depth, all I could think to say (in my mind) was, “HI, JESUS!” I was like a little kid. So excited! Ladies, I felt Him. It was like that God feeling you get in worship but happening right then in that very moment as I saw His face in my mind. If only I had the words to truly to describe that experience, but if you’ve ever felt Him, I think you know what I mean.
It occurred to me then that He didn’t show up because I meditated. No, He’s always with us. But He “showed up” because I had become still enough to know Him. See Him. Recognize Him. My intention was to talk with Him and build our relationship and connection. When we want that, He’s right there! It’s what He wants, too!
Many of you connect with Him through your prayer time, Bible study time, nature walks, etc. I do those things, too. But for me, I couldn’t get deep enough for what I needed. For what He’s willing to give.
After that first experience, I tried guided meditations to help my focus. Free thinking and quieting my mind works only sporadically for me. That’s because I need more practice at it, and I plan to do that. A guided meditation, though, takes the listener through various visualizations and helps guide her, focus her. Searching the internet carefully, I found several out there that I liked and that did give me a sense of peace. However, the most important part for me was missing – Jesus Christ. I believe those others can help a person connect with God (being careful how the thoughts and intentions are laid out), but I knew I could not fully feel complete without Christ. I need Him. We need Him.
I began studying guided meditation and eventually wrote my own. Each of the meditations are Christ centered and deal with struggles I face living on this earth trying to spread His name but falling short as I lose patience with those around me. I’m not strong enough on my own to care for them. I hate to admit it, but it’s true. With Christ, though, I can help them, care for them, love them. I can handle negativity, stress, fear, frustration, anger. With Jesus.
These guided meditations help me focus on true life – Jesus Christ.
I’m offering them now to you with the prayer you’ll find a new way to know Him deeper, to take Him with you every moment, to be aware of His spirit living within you – always, and to find your days full of His love, peace, and comfort no matter the external circumstances in your life.
My dear friend who was also my pastor’s wife and Bible study leader before she and her husband were assigned to a new church in another town used to tell me, “Julie, I imagine Jesus sitting right next to me and I just tell Him everything.” I loved to hear her talk about this to me. I wanted that closeness with Jesus, too. Through my meditations, I feel I am getting closer to Him every day. Of course, I know there will always be room to grow in me and to know more about Him, but I will keep moving along each day, each moment, studying the Word, praying, and learning how to be still.
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