Meditation Journaling 4

11 Jan

My Take

DiVoran Lites

“Seeing God”

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Many years ago, when we were at Park Avenue Church under Peter and Johnnie Lord, we were given a twenty-year course in how to be Christians. One of the first things we learned was that it was good to keep in touch with our parents. I was already writing weekly letters to several of my relatives, including my mother and dad. Mother answered weekly. Infrequently a scrawl from Dad graced the paper. I loved to hear the mailman’s truck stop at our house and could hardly wait to run out to the mailbox to see what letters we might receive. Now, decades later, I still have a thick notebook of letters from Mother. 

Scores of folks wrote all kinds of letters in those days, which meant that penning a letter to God would be easy.  Those letters became my Meditational Journaling. 

One of the visiting teachers at our church was Mark Virkler. He impressed me with his writing descriptions to God, and I took an online course from him and bought some of his books. The first thing I really “got” from Mark’s teaching was that I could personalize scripture. When I go back and read what I have written, I am often startled by the wisdom in a journal passage. The Holy Spirit and the Bible gave me the words. The thought makes my heart leap with joy 

We sometimes write the word, paraphrased if we’re sharing with others. Fortunately, they can check in the Bible for themselves to see that hopefully we have not added or taken away anything.

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A long time ago, someone told me it wasn’t right to use written prayers. I’m sorry I believed that. I’ve missed years of praying the best prayers ever prayed. They come from the Bible. Until this minute. I have never realized that the writings in the back of hymn books are full of written prayers for the congregation.

Kynan Bridges, author of 90 Days of Power in Prayer, says, “Many people think that success in the Christian life is about following religious rituals, but nothing could be further from the truth. True success in the kingdom is a result of active faith in God’s Word and deep intimacy with the Holy Spirit.”

The Psalms are a wonderful place to start writing down what you want to say to God or personalizing what he wants to say to you.  I stay with positive scriptures because they give me peace.  If I need to be convicted of wrong doing, I trust God to alert me. It’s no good digging around in my soul for something to feel guilty about. Many people use written prayers and other scriptures when they can’t find any other words to say. 

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“Lord, I passionately love you, and I’m bonded to you, for you are the power behind every Christian. You’re as real to me as bedrock beneath my feet like a castle on a cliff, my forever firm fortress, my mountain of hiding, my pathway of escape.” 

Psalm 18:1-2 paraphrased

“God Will Take Care of You,” Choir, Fountain View Academy

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