With three children under the age of four and expecting another, I was a busy and exhausted mama. Worse, the depression I had battled since my teens made my days and my outlook on life feel even more overwhelming.
One afternoon, a friend shared Philippians 4:8 (ESV) with me, emphasizing the last two words:
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
I looked at her and nodded, faking understanding. But I wish I had been honest and asked her to teach me how to “think about these things.” How could I think about true, honorable and lovely things when most of my thoughts were focused on how to make it through another day?
I tried meditating on God’s Word, but my thoughts would race – making all the words in the verse seem to run together. And chasing three small kids with that ever-growing belly of mine didn’t leave me with much spare time. Thankfully, I finally developed a method that worked.
Each morning, when I read my Bible and came across a verse that was relevant to my needs for the day, I wrote it on an index card. Since I still had trouble focusing on long sentences, I focused on one small segment at a time.
Using Philippians 4:8 as an example, I wouldn’t try to ponder the entire verse at once. Rather, whenever I could grab a minute, I’d think and pray about a few words at a time, such as, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true.” Asking the Holy Spirit for insight, I’d pray something like, “Lord, teach me Your truths and how to recognize when the enemy is lying to me.” Then I’d pause to allow God to speak to my heart.
An hour or two later, or whenever my thoughts would go in a negative direction, I’d look at the verse again and continue with that same segment or move to the next small segment.
Do you think this would work for you? Try it for a couple of weeks and watch how your thoughts will be transformed by God’s Word, one small segment at a time.
What about you?
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- If you’ve been struggling with hiding God’s Word in your heart, will you consider meditating and praying God’s Word, one small segment at a time?
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