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I’ve written a lot about meditation. In fact, I think I may have written about it more than any other single topic.

And there’s good reason for that. Of all the ways to experience God, it has been the most profound for me. Even when I have no desire to worship, study, or teach, meditation always seems welcoming. Its comforting to me. I don’t have to prove anything. I just sit and be.

Maybe it’s the lazy man’s worship.  Or maybe the introvert’s worship. That’s probably what I like about it.

Beyond that meditation has a ton of physical and mental benefits. Meditation can:

  • Lower stress
  • Reduce risk of stress for teenagers and pregnant women
  • Help you sleep
  • Improve your memory
  • Help you focus

(Here’s a great explanation of what happens to our brains when we meditate.)

These health benefits can come from any form of meditation, but I’m encouraging forms of meditation that are specifically Christian. There are a few reasons I practice this specific kind of meditation.

So here’s why I meditate (and why you should too).

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Yesterday I gave you a list of books to use for devotion. Today I want to talk about probably the most intimidating part of devotional time, reading scripture. A lot of us have tried to read scripture and made no headway, we’re left confused or feeling as if we may have learned something but have not experienced the transforming presence of God. My experience has been that I scour it for facts like a text book. Learning to meditate on scripture has completely changed the way I read it and has, in turn, helped me grow spiritually.

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