Solitude Day 20 - Be Still and Know...The Meditation of My Heart

    04.28.18 | by Joe Dascenzo

    Warm Up
    Meditating is about engaging your mind and heart in a way that heightens your awareness of God’s activity in your life. It’s pushing everything else aside in order to focus your heart on what God might be saying to you. It’s settling your heart so you can sense God’s direction for your life. Your heart consists of your beliefs, emotions, thoughts and actions. David wanted the things his heart was focused on to be pleasing to God. Are you ready to make this your goal too?

    Round 1
    Re-read all of Psalm 19 to yourself. Write out verse 14.

    Round 2
    Find a quiet space and take 5 minutes to intentionally slow down...

    • Minutes 1: Breathe slowly by inhaling to the count of 4 and exhaling to the count of 6.
    • Minutes 2: Settle your mind and be keenly aware of your slower breathing and how it differs from your normal rate of breathing.
    • Minutes 3: Stay focused on the idea that God brings you life.
    • Minutes 4: Relax and think about how much God loves you.
    • Minutes 5: Worship God quietly, asking Him to help you honestly examine the condition of your heart.

    Round 3
    Continue in that quiet space, take 5 more minutes to reflect on the meditation of your heart...

    • Minutes 1: Reflect on your thoughts—are they acceptable and pleasing to God? Why or why not?
    • Minutes 2: Reflect on your behavior—is it acceptable and pleasing to God? Why or why not?
    • Minutes 3: Reflect on your beliefs about God—are they acceptable and pleasing to God? Why or why not?
    • Minutes 4: Reflect on your emotions—are they acceptable and pleasing to God? Why or why not?
    • Minutes 5: Worship God quietly, asking Him to make the meditation of your heart pleasing to Him.

    Round 4
    Pray: “Lord, be my Rock and my Redeemer. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight. Thank you that I can come to you with confidence because of Jesus. Your presence in my life is something I desperately need. You bring clarity and truth to me. I want my thoughts to honor You. I want my actions to honor You. I want my emotions to honor You. I want me faith to honor You. In everything I do, I want to honor You. Thank you for hearing me and the desires of my heart!"

    Burn Out
    Reflect on the Solitude Challenge and consider how it has affected you. Consider what God has taught you. Consider how your faith is different than it was before you started. Text back a few thoughts about what God has done through the Solitude challenge to the workout number: (708) 295-3589!