“My doctor recommended meditation to reduce stress. I also wanted a meditation with God in mind.” That is a typical email I receive from people that have been diagnosed with a serious health condition.
They weren’t just seeking meditation to relax and relieve stress, they were seeking a meditation to connect with God’s peaceful, healing, loving presence.
In Crisis We Especially Turn to God
With any crisis in life, God is usually who we turn to. That turning… Continue reading
As Christians we are familiar with prayer, but meditation has not been a spiritual practice for many. In prayer we are doing all of the talking! Meditation allows us to listen to God.
Meditation… Continue reading
Why trust? You trust without thinking. You trust that any form of transportation will get you where you need to go. You trust the lights will come on when you flip the switch.
But trust is broken, even shattered when something happens that rocks your world: a senseless act of violence, a natural disaster, an unexpected diagnosis, a betrayal.
When you lose trust, you can lose faith and hope.
May this prayer renew your trust, to trust yourself, trust… Continue reading
I don’t know if this happens to you, but many times I find myself waking up in the middle of the night. What never happens to me, however, is waking up with a song text in my head.
Our choir was singing a song called Offertory written by John Ness Beck. It is a beautiful anthem with rich text and a moving melody.
The end of the Offertory anthem is:
And what does the Lord require of you,
but to… Continue reading
Three Huge Mistakes that May Be Keeping you from Fulfilling your Purpose, Mission or Vision in your Life
If you have been searching for your purpose, mission or vision for your life, and are still searching with angst and restlessness, like I was, you’re probably making these three mistakes.
Mistake Number One – Traditional Goal Setting
What??? But how do you accomplish anything without goals?
When I started in the radio business in 1986, my goal was to be one of the top executives in the market. I accomplished that goal along with all of the material goals… Continue reading
When you think of courage you usually think of a picture of a lion. But this is a picture of my courage house.
Fear will keep you stuck, immobilized. Courage helps you to take a step forward, even if it’s only one step. That one step can make all the difference to break the paralysis of fear and turn it into momentum that can catapult you forward.
In regards to this courage house, what I have found is that God… Continue reading
Part 1 of this post will explain what is contemplative prayer. Part 2 will outline how to do a contemplative prayer practice.
What is Contemplative Prayer?
I describe contemplative prayer as the ultimate meditation. I also like to say that prayer is talking to God and meditation is listening to God. By definition, contemplative means:
- As an adjective: expressing or involving prolonged thought.
- As a noun: a person whose life is devoted primarily to prayer, especially in a monastery… Continue reading
Guided meditation is the fastest way to help you clear your mind of cluttered thoughts to experience God’s peace and presence.
You can certainly be still and quiet your mind on your own, but it’s not easy. Our minds are crowded with thoughts of to-do lists, doubts, fears and judgments.
When learning to be still, your mind will wander off. You’ll find yourself doing your grocery list or composing an email that needs to be sent.
We live in a world that is full of distractions. Technology is expanding at an alarming rate. In the United States we live in a culture that is constantly bombarding us with what we are supposed to be, have, and do.
In one of The Guided Life emails I touched on pain. How we’re supposed to just “get over it” whatever “it” is. An example of this is when I was going through my divorce. Once I made the decision… Continue reading
I have heard pastors say that the sermon on the mount should really be called the teaching on the mount. (The original is found in Matthew Chapter 5 and is also called The Beatitudes.) I imagine Jesus saying these words in a modern day version.
Before he would speak, however, he would tell everyone to turn off their electronic devices. I’m sure there would be people snapping pictures and posting to social media and tweeting. But, he would encourage people… Continue reading