As Christian leaders, we aspire to hide the Word of God in our hearts. Many of us regularly read, memorize, and meditate on Scripture. One of my Bible college professors compared meditating to a cow chewing its cud. Never quite forgot that one! His point was that meditating helps us slowly absorb the meaning of Scripture for maximum nourishment. Over the years I’ve discovered a few creative ways to meditate on Scripture that are spiritually beneficial and fun.
One of my favorites is to choose a biblical theme and fill a small notebook with related verses and pictures. It takes several hours, and the whole time I’m working on it I’m pondering the topic, dialoguing with God, and enjoying the creative process. Afterwards, it becomes a portable meditation device I keep in my car and carry to and from work to review in the weeks ahead.
1. Small, spiral-bound notebook.
2. Scissors and tape, or ½” double-sided mounting squares (easiest).
3. Laminating paper.
4. Computer, color printer.
1. Select a biblical topic God’s been bringing to your attention.
2. Find related passages and read them in context in various versions of the Bible.
3. Tune into any noteworthy words and investigate their meaning in the original language using Bible Hub Interlinear Bible or another online tool.
4. Choose a number of the most pertinent verses on the topic.
5. Type them in a large, bold, readable font, formatted to fit the dimensions of your notebook.
6. Search Google Images for graphics that portray words, phrases, or images from the verses you’ve selected.
7. Copy and paste the images you like that are public domain, and shrink or enlarge them to fit your notebook.
8. Print the verses and pictures, cut them to size, and attach them to the pages.
9. Laminate a key word, verse, or image onto the front cover of the notebook.
10. There’s no right or wrong in this – express your own creativity and enjoy the process!
The Hebrew word for meditate means “to speak, utter, ponder, muse.” Once you’ve created your notebook, you’ll have something of great personal and spiritual significance. It will become a handy, life-giving tool – enabling you to read, memorize, and reflect on relevant portions of God’s Word. When you spend creative, meditative time with Your Creator, His words come to life in your spirit.
“When you spend creative, meditative time with Your Creator, His words come to life in your spirit.”- Lisa Hosler
“My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.
Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart.
For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh.”
What are some tips you’ve learned about meditating on God’s Word? Feel free to share your thoughts in the Comment Section below.