Read the passage slowly, possibly outloud, listening for a word, phrase, or image that stands out to you, that God might be calling to your attention. Repetition is good; re-read passage 2 or 3 times.
Let your mind ponder the passage or the word/phrase/image that stands out to you. Think about the setting, imagine the event, put yourself in the story as one of the bystanders or main characters.
Begin a conversation with God. Remember, He cares deeply about every aspect of your life. Talk to God as you would a parent, a sibling, or a trusted friend. Ask God to show you how this passage applies to you, and where you need His renewal in your life. Or, if words do not seem adequate, just rest in the silence. If appropriate, write down a resolution or an application to your life from your meditation. Ask God to empower you to live it out.
“Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:11). Words in prayer are helpful and necessary, but as in any close relationship, silence is also important and necessary. Spend a few minutes in restful silence, allowing God room to work in you in ways that you may not perceive. Allow the meditations and prayers of the day to move from your mind to your heart as you linger in the Father’s loving embrace.
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For children it is often best to use well-known parables or stories about Jesus
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