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“Meditation and Christian Faith” by Julie Jarnagin

Meditation and Christian Faith by guest blogger and new Yoga Bird, Julie Jarnagin

Part 2 (Part 1 is here)

I never imagined I would be the kind of person to meditate. The word meditation made me think of crystals and new-age music playing in the background. But the more I looked into it, the more I realized that in this busy world, a designated time to quiet my mind and reflect was exactly what I needed and what God desired for me.

Like a lot of people, my mind is always spinning. Consider what has gone through your mind in the last twenty minutes. Your to-do list? A disagreement you’ve had with a loved one? The presidential election? Are you living in the moment or in the past and future?

Meditation and reflection on the Lord are an important part of refreshing your soul. It’s a time you can enjoy God’s presence and focus on Him instead of daily distractions.

What the Bible says about Christian Meditation?

The idea of Christian meditation isn’t new. The book of Psalms is filled with the reflections on God’s greatness, justice, mercy, and loving kindness.

Christian meditation means:
Intentionality

  • Contemplating the Word of God “day and night” (Psalm 1:1-3).
  • Reflecting on things that are acceptable to God (Psalm 19:14).
  • Ceasing striving and recognizing God for who He is (Psalm 46:10).
  • Dwelling on things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8).

Our natural tendency is to worry and mull over problems. Let’s be realistic – we have concerns about our jobs, finances, children, and health. We have constant phone calls and texts. Televisions and radios are blaring. Our social media feeds never stop. Learning to quiet the mind takes practice and intentionality. With the help of the Holy Spirit we can learn to set cares and concerns aside to focus on Him.

For the last two months, I’ve set aside ten minutes a day to focus on quieting and refocusing my thoughts. It’s not always easy. Sometimes the mind wanders, but meditation is simply about guiding it back on an area of focus.

If you’re unsure about where to start, read the post How to Meditate. Then, you can try out a guided mediation here on Yoga Bird’s home page.

Soon you’ll find that, meditation gives you the space you need to hear His voice and to allow the Holy Spirit to minister to your soul. Give it a try. It’s time to refresh and refocus our eyes on Him.

What’s Your “Why?” by Julie Jernigan

What’s your “Why?”

Written by guest blogger and new Yoga Bird, Julie Jarnagin

(Part 1)

I’m so excited and feel blessed to be here. When I discovered Yoga Bird a few months ago, I told Joyce that I would love to share about my journey as a new Yoga Bird.

A little about me: I’m 35-years-old. I live in Oklahoma with my husband, two wonderful active boys who are seven and almost two. I’m an author; I write sweet and inspirational romance novels. And I work full time for a local homebuilder.

My yoga background: I’ve been interested in yoga for many years. The pace of it and the focus on not just the body, but the mind and the spirit, have always been appealing to me. However, I never found classes that fit my schedule or aligned with my Christian values like Yoga Bird does.

Taking time away from my family is something I don’t take lightly. So before subscribing to Yoga Bird, I looked at the “why” behind the decision. For me it was:

* Being healthier and calmer makes me a better wife and a better mother to my boys.

* It’s a way to take care of my body that I actually enjoy—not dread.

* It slows me down in the midst of my busy life and schedule.

I’m so thankful that God led me here, and I’m excited about what’s to come.

Tell me about you? What brings you here? What draws you to yoga and/or Christian meditation?

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