Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Lectio Divina

One of the best, most refreshing parts of the day is the early morning-6:10 am to be exact.  Harpo needs to be let out and fed so I'm up!  The house is super quiet, the neighborhood is still, and it's a great time to hang with the Lord.

That being said here is my favorite way lately to connect with the God of the Universe (sa-weeet!):

What you need:
Bible
A journal or notebook (if you enjoy recording this time)
A pen
Comfy seat-I prefer our breakfast bar on the kitchen island
I always invite several mugs of coffee into my time :)


Lectio Divina 
(Latin for Sacred Reading)

This is a powerful way to thoughtfully absorb scripture and interact with God.  It's traditionally a Catholic practice of reading and I dig it!  It has become a favorite and timeless way to connect with the active and living scriptures (Hebrews 4:12)

Lectio -(Read) Read the passage gently and slowly several times-perhaps 3x.  Savor each portion of the reading, constantly listening for the "still, small voice" of a word or phrase that speaks to you.  The passage you read is not as important as the attitude of your heart.

Meditatio -(Meditate) Reflect on the text and think about personal life application. This makes the passage individually relevant and allows for intimate application.

Oratio –(Pray) Respond to what you read by opening your heart to God. This is not as much an intellectual exercise as it is just simply beginning a conversation with Him.

Contemplatio -(Contemplate) Listen to God. Free yourself from your own thoughts and mind noise to hear God talk to you. Allow yourself to be fully influenced by God in mind, body, heart, and soul.



{Harpo's Quiet Time.  His new favorite things is sticking his head under the couch!}


My Journey to 1000 Gifts
143. Gifted granola
144. Greek yogurt
145. Resources for growing with God
146. Senior Nights for Cru students
147. Hospitality
148. Quiet times
149. Slow cooker recipes
150. Rhythms

35 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. 36 And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, 37 and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” 38 And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.”

Mark 1:35-38

4 comments:

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    1. I'm encouraged by your desire to do so! If you have 5 minutes or 50, you can certainly connect with God in anyway. :)

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  2. LOL! Harpo is probably trying to get to something under the couch that was left behind by Rilyn. She was shoving things under there all day.

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  3. Haha he wishes that she did! He literally falls asleep with his head under the coffee table, bed, or couch. He must like the overhead environment :)

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