Colossians 3 | Meditation

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Colossians 3:15-17 NIV

As we get started, find a comfortable, quiet place to sit. 

  • Simple Seat

Begin with prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to open your heart and mind to His leading, guiding and teaching. May the words of our mouth and mediations of our heart be pleasing and acceptable, Oh Lord, our Strength and our Redeemer. 

  1. READ: take a bite
  • Listen slowly to each word, be open and attentive to whatever stands out to you.

When your Words came, I ate them; for they were my joy and my hearts delight, for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty. Jeremiah 15:16

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”Colossians 3:15-17 NIV

Consider these words & definitions to help you dive a little deeper into this passage. 

Peace of Christ: tranquility of the soul assured of its salvation through Christ; fearing nothing, content with its earthly lot. (related verses: John 14:27, Ephesians 2:17)

Rule: from the greek word brabeuō, which means to govern, to guide or act as an umpire.

Message of Christ: the message Jesus came to preach and teach to us about God’s grace (God’s love and mercy= salvation) for us who believe in Him. (related verses: Romans 10:17, Ephesians 2:17) 

So, faith comes from hearing, and hearing the Word of Christ. Romans 10:17

Dwell: from enoikeō, which means to inhabit, to live, reside and abide in a specific place permanently. (related verses: John 15:5-17)

Gratitude and Thankfulness: the quality mentioned the most in this passage- the attitude that grows from a life filled with God’s word and peace, our response to God’s grace (God’s love and mercy= salvation). (related verses: Ephesians 2:5-10)

Do it all: from the smallest, ordinary to the greatest, extraordinary – all for God’s glory!

In the name of Jesus: in harmony with His identity, in His presence and power, doing things the way Jesus would do them. 

  • Neck rolls 
  • Seated cat/cow
  • Body rolls

Begin with prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to open your heart and mind to His leading, guiding and teaching. May the words of our mouth and mediations of our heart be pleasing and acceptable, Oh Lord, our Strength and our Redeemer. 

  • Seated twist
  • Forward fold
  • Butterfly (cobbler) Pose
  • Seated twist (leg over leg)

2. REFLECT: chew 

  • Now “chew” on the words that caught your attention.
  • Linger here.

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:15-17

  • Standing Forward Fold 
  • Halfway Lift
  • Plank to Downward Dog
  • Low lunge
  • Lizard (Open Lizard)
  • Plank to Downward Dog
  • Warrior 1 —> Warrior 2 —> Reversed Warrior —> Warrior 2 —> Extended Side Angle
  • Crescent Lunge
  • Forward Fold
  • Mountain
  • FF —> Halfway lift —> Plank —> Downward dog
  • Plank
  • Cobra (inhale LIFT, exhale LOWER)
  • Child’s pose

3. RESPOND: Savor

  • Now “savor” the essence of God’s Word
  • Respond in prayer to what you heard from the Holy Spirit and how the words spoke to your heart.

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:15-17

  • Cat (INHALE)
  • Look Overs (EXHALE) 
  • Cat/Cow
  • Plank
  • Yogi Squat
  • Plank —> Downdog
  • Pigeon 
  • Knees to chest 
  • Happy Baby
  • Savasana 

4. REST – Digest

  • Finally, “digest” what God has spoken to you, embedding in deeply into heart.
  • You may want to journal your experience so you can see ho God is moving in your life. 

DECLARATION:

The peace of Christ rules in my heart, since I am a member of the Body of Christ, I am called to peace. I am thankful. The Word of God dwells in me richly. I live Scripture out loud, expressing myself with God-given wisdom as I interact with others. I always have a song on my lips, smile on my face and a heart full of gratitude. Whatever I do, whether in word or deed, I do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, I’m so grateful to God for Jesus. 

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Psalm 94:19 | Yoga Meditation

Pair this meditation with your yoga practice along with your favorite worship music. Get your worshipful flow on!

Whenever my busy thoughts were out of control, the soothing comfort of your presence calmed me down and overwhelmed me with delight. Psalm 94:19 TPT

Thoughts

In the original language this word means more than simply thinking. It focuses on those disquieting thoughts, those thoughts that keep you awake at night or in the early morning hours, the ones that creep in when everything else becomes quiet. 

Anxious is the word most translations use to describe the thoughts of the Psalmist. Anxious is defined as experiencing worry, unease, or nervousness, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.

Anyone experience anxious thoughts? 

So how do we experience the soothing comfort of God’s Presence that can calm us down and fill us with delight? 

Hasten to the Lord, 

Hurry, run and be quick to acknowledge the busy, anxious thoughts then strong-arm anything that blocks us from running to the feet of Jesus. 

What anxious thoughts have you been carrying around? Write those down. Give them to God.

Pause in His Presence- Worship, journal & Pray

Psalm 94:19 AMPC

In the multitude of my anxious thoughts within me, Your comforts cheer and delight my soul!

God’s comfort:

God’s presence is His comfort. In John 14:16  Jesus tells His disciples that He is going away and God was going to send His own Spirit to live in us. The Holy Spirit is out comforter, helper, advocate, strengthener, standby and intercessor. We have access to God’s comfort and presence at any moment. 

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve laid in bed, unable to sleep, flooded with swirling thoughts that build anxiety within me. I’ve often felt like I’m riding the inside of a tornado- getting hit by flying debris and unable to find my footing because the high winds toss me to and fro. 

I hasten to the Lord. 

The moment we acknowledge these whirling thoughts is the moment we look u and see the hand of Jesus reaching down to pull us out. He lifts us up and out of our disquieting thoughts and comforts, strengthens and  fills us with His peace.

#KeepPacewiththePrinceofPeace

Write out Psalm 94:19. Circle comfort of your presence. Keep circling it as you worship.

Pause in His Presence- Worship, Journal & Pray

Psalm 94:19 TPT

Whenever my busy thoughts were out of control, the soothing comfort of your presence calmed me down and overwhelmed me with delight. 

Delight: 

A delight that deeply satiates our soul. This delight is soul deep, internal to external. When we acknowledge the anxious thoughts growing within us and we quickly turn to the Lord, there is great, fulfilling soul deep joy waiting for us. 

Our circumstances may not change. 

Our situations may not be different. 

Our struggles may not be gone.

BUT, we have confidence and peace to face every obstacle with joy because our feet are planted in Jesus not being tossed to and fro by our thoughts. 

The original word for delight, in this verse, means to sport or to wear, to put on. You can see when someone is delighted. They “wear” their joy in their physical appearance. Like a championship sports team displays their accomplishments by wearing special, commemorative shirts or hats, we display the joy that is unshakable and eternal. 

Let that Jesus flag fly high!!!!

Praise Him OUT LOUD! Let your praises be louder than those anxious thoughts.

Pause in His Presence- Worship, Journal & Pray

💭Meditate&Reflect: 

“For the Lord is a great God, a great King above all gods. He holds in his hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains. The sea belongs to him, for he made it. His hands formed the dry land, too. For he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care. If only you would listen to his voice today!” Psalms 95:3-5,7 NLT

Back to the Beginning| God of Creation Study

I’m sorry when I’ve come with my agenda

I’m sorry when I forgot that You’re enough

Take me back to where we started

I open up my heart to You

Cody Carnes “Nothing Else”

In late 2018, I found myself staring up from a deep, dark valley of hurt. My faith was shaken and I couldn’t escape the guilt and doubt I was feeling because of this hurt. I didn’t doubt that God is God or that He is real and I still believe in Him with my whole being. No, no… I doubted myself. I felt guilty for my own decisions. So, I shut down. I fell into a spiritual depression.

That’s exactly what the enemy wants… He wants us thinking about OURSELVES more than we think about God and others. The enemy wants us to be so concerned with ourselves; our hurts and our doubts and our weaknesses that we become distracted, lose focus and veer off God’s path.

His tricks aren’t new. But, when you’re in that valley it feels like you’re the only one to ever be in that place. #youarenotalone

I’ve felt God’s pull to come back into His arms, but doubt and guilt weighed heavily on my shoulders. Since that time in 2018 I have struggled to “get back” to His Presence, to the fellowship I had with Him, to the person I had become.

BUT, God always has a rescue plan.

We made a huge move overseas to a small island in the middle of the ocean. I’m surrounded by His creation, His ocean that reminds me of His love, grace and mercy. I’m reminded of His plan from the very beginning to rescue, redeem and revive humanity- all because of His goodness and love.

I’m caught up in Your presence

I just want to sit here at Your feet

I’m caught up in this holy moment

I never want to leave

Oh, I’m not here for blessings

Jesus, You don’t owe me anything

And more than anything that You can do

I just want You

Cody Carnes “Nothing Else”

<<Insert God of Creation Bible Study by Jen Wilkin>>> Take me back to where we started... God saw me, He saw you before the world began (Ephesians 1:4-5).

So… we (God and I) had to go all the way back to the beginning creation of the world together- hand in hand.



The Bible is a book about God- not me. This I knew, but seem to forget sometimes. I often look in scripture for verses that support my own beliefs or give me justification for my own desires. Rather than reading to learn about who God is and how I can know Him better.

In homeschool this week (words I never thought I’d say) we are focusing on James 4:8 “come close to God and He will come close to you.” We talked about when my girls come to me for a hug, I embrace them. I don’t push them away or run (although sometimes I want to;)). When they stay close to me they tend to make better choices and speak words of life. If they are in another room and don’t think I can see or hear them, they are more likely to be unkind and say mean things.

So, through this study, I’m snuggling up as close as I can to the One who created the Heavens and the earth and all within it.

This is going to be an amazing Bible study.


Resources

Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin

God of Creation- A Study of Genesis 1-11

God of Creation – A Study of Genesis 1-11 teaching by Jen Wilkin

Worshiping with Color | Ep. 17

“The LORD says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.” Isaiah 29:13

Worshiping is simply our response to God’s love, who He is and what He has done. 

Worshiping with color is an expression of one’s unique personality. God created us as an original- we don’t sound the same, walk the same or even like all the same things. 

Our worship may even look a little different. Some may sing lout with arms high and eyes closed, others may sit with their head bowed, while still others softly sing with hands layered on their heart. 

It’s not what the exterior looks like, it’s about the intention of the heart and mind. 


Scripture to Read

Isaiah 29:13-14

2 Chronicles 26-31

Hebrews 4:12-13


Resources


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Holy Yoga

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How to Find Rest on All Sides | Ep. 16

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2 Chronicles 15:15 (NIV) says “All Judah rejoiced about the oath because they had sworn it wholeheartedly. They sought God eagerly, and He was found by them. So the Lord gave them rest on every side.”

Only God gives the rest we so desperately need.He knows that when we are distracted by our to-do lists and need to do lists we miss Him and His fullness. He knows our minds and hearts need quietness with Him. He knows all of this because He created us to need Him and find rest in Him alone.

Make time for Him today & watch and see how He shows up to gift you with rest… on every side.


Scripture to Read

Psalm 37:4

Matthew 11:28-30

John 1:1-14


Podcast


Holy Yoga

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Hope & Expectations | Ep. 15

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“God formed Man out of the dirt from the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life. The Man came alive- a living soul! Genesis 2:7 (MSG)

We were created to worship God alone… take a listen and find out how God showered me with His love and peace as i surrendered all my fears to Him && put my hope and expectations in Him alone.

I feel seen, completely known and loved. 

Enter in. Sink deep. Surrender all to the one who holds the stars in place.

“Holy Yoga is about removing the barriers little by little, seeking to know Him rather than to know about Him, and to experience Him as fully as possible.” Brooke Boon, Holy Yoga: Exercise for the Christian Body and Mind. 


Scripture to Read

Genesis 2:7

Joshua 1:8

Psalm 10:4

Isaiah 43:1-7

Matthew 5:14

1 John 4:4


Podcast

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Resources

Holy Yoga: Exercise for the Christian Body and Mind. 

Experiential Worship 

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Holy Yoga Morning Flow


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Tired of Waiting? | Ep. 14

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God is methodical, strategic and absolute. He is always working when our natural eyes cannot see. However, it can be hard to wait when we are excited and full of expectation for what’s to come. Are you tired of waiting? Do you find the wait difficult to remain faithfully consistent in your current season? Me too!

Today’s episode we will dive into 1 Samuel 17 and gain wisdom from David, before he became king of Israel. There are three things David does that, I believe, propel him from being stuck in the wait. He was already anointed king of Israel, yet we find him in the pasture tending his father’s sheep while King Saul’s army is fighting against the Philistines.

How does David rise to the challenge or the battlefield?

How does David remain faithful during the wait?

How did David become the right person when opportunity came knocking?

Take a listen to this week’s episode to find out.


Scripture to Read

1 Samuel 17, Mark 11:24, Mark 6, Psalm 27:1-23


Podcast

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Resources

Wait and See by Wendy Pope

God is Working in Your Waiting by Jade Mazarin

Worship in Your Waiting by Kristen Tabb

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Holy Yoga Morning Flow


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The Time is Now | Ep. 13

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Scripture to Read

Haggai 1, Ezra 4-6, Hebrews 3:15, Matthew 21:18-22


Podcast

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Resources

Jesus on Every Page by David Murray 


Ways to Follow Rising Oaks

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My Momma Heart to Yours | Ep. 12

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Scripture to Read

James 5:16 amp


Podcast

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Resources

Praying Circles Around Your Children by Mark Batterson

31 Days of Praying Scripture over Your Children 


“One of the greatest dangers of family relationships is that we become bind to beauty and mystery simply because we live in such close proximity. 

You need a vision for your children…. with your spiritual eyes you can see what that person can be.” Mark Batterson, Praying Circles Around Your Children