Written by: Shannon Gligora
Morning and Evening Meditation:
For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. Zeph 3:17
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me! Psalm 139:17-18
I recently went through a time of battling anxiety. It was more intense than I had ever experienced before. For a couple of months I barely slept 4-5 hours per night because irrational fears dominated my mind. I was awake by 3 or 4am every day and couldn’t go back to sleep.
Thoughts raced through my mind that I knew were lies, but in the moment they felt so true. In those times, I became desperate to hear God’s voice louder than the lies. I wanted to find proof of His truths in His Word. When I couldn’t sleep past 3 or 4 am I would sit in my bathroom and do google searches for scriptures of different topics—“scriptures for peace, scriptures for healing, scriptures about God’s love, scriptures about God’s goodness,” etc. I read his word, spoke it aloud, and meditated on it. I intentionally filled my mind with His truth in order to drive the lies out of my mind. Those words were all that got me through many days.
God is so faithful. He says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Through His word, He speaks to us. When we open the Bible we get to see what he says, what he thinks, what’s on his heart. We feel His presence. We feel His peace. Through His Word, we find Him.
What do you need from Him today? What truth have you heard about that you need to find proof of in the Bible? Do you need to know that he loves you? Do you need to know that He’s faithful? Do you need to know that He has good plans and a good future for you? Do you need Him to help you sleep at night? I encourage you to seek out scriptures that show you those truths.
Father God, open my eyes to your truth in your word. Give me understanding. As I read your word, help me to feel your presence near and give me ears to hear your voice. Speak to me in a fresh way today.
Find one verse that speaks to you today and meditate on it throughout the day. (Feel free to use google if you need help finding one!) Say it aloud. Write it down and carry it with you. Think on its meaning. Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you—ask for a fresh revelation of who God is for you TODAY.