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Resting

19 Jul

Rest time in CFO, also called horizontal hour, has often been treated as nap time or skipped altogether to run an errand or have a meeting. Rest time is intended as a time to get quiet and alone with God. This is a time to just listen and let God minister to you all alone. If you take this time to get alone and quiet and you find that you have fallen asleep, let it happen. God can minister to you as you sleep. Remember, God gives rest to the weary.

Rest is defined as “freedom from activity or labor and peace of mind or spirit, free of anxieties”. This sounds heavenly.

Genesis 2:2-3 tells us by the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. Psalm 37:7 says, Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;” and Isaiah 40:31 says, “Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.

Sometimes we need to stop. We need to rest. We need to take time to hear God and sense His presence and His leading. Having a rest time does not mean a time of sleep each day, it means a time of freedom from activity or labor.

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Morning Meditation

5 Jun

I can not document this, but if I had to guess, Morning Meditation is the least attended activity at CFO. I like to compare it to morning medications. Any nurse can tell you that the morning medications are vital to getting a good start to the day. You would never skip your medication, so you should never skip your meditation. Glenn Clark’s plan was to have a reader slowly read small portions of scripture to the group. The listeners would consider what was read and let God point out a word or phrase that was key. The reader would read the passage again and, this time, the listener would silently “say” it along with the reader. During a period of silence, the listeners would let God speak to them about the passage and then another scripture would be read. Morning Meditation can also be done with quiet music or a song, but the reading of scripture is always involved.

Webster defines Meditation as “engaging in contemplation or reflection, focusing one’s thoughts on, reflecting on or pondering over. Engaging in mental exercise (as concentration on one’s breathing or repetition of a mantra) for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness and to plan or project in the mind.”

Genesis 24:63 tells us that “He (Isaac) went out to the field one evening to meditate…” so we know that this is not a new concept. Psalm 1:1-2 encourages us by letting us know that,  “Blessed is the man who meditates on the law of the Lord, day and night.” The Message Translation says, “Chews on scripture day and night.” Philippians 4:8 tells us, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think  about such things.” The Messages uses meditate and The New American Standard Version uses dwell.

What do we start our day thinking about? What is the first thought that comes to mind? The way we start our day has significant bearing on the whole day. There is a song on the radio that reminds us to pray before our feet hit the floor. When my day starts with a thought about a tough situation I am faced with or thinking a negative thought about someone, it forces thoughts about God out of my head.   Keeping God at the forefront of our thoughts allows us to get unhealthy and sinful thoughts under control. Beginning the day in meditation about God takes a conscious effort and a deliberate plan.

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