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Using your imagination

Another type of meditation is using Scripture, your imagination and perhaps music to bring you deeper into the presence of God.  I have often used this form of meditation either by myself or with a large audience.  The results coming from this form of meditation have been very exciting.  At the end of the meditation, people have often been in tears, having heard form God or having been touched by God in a special way.  I would encourage you to use this type of exercise and not to be fearful of using your imagination.  Your imagination has been created by God; therefore He does want you to use it to His glory rather than in self-centred and unrealistic fantasising.

This week’s EXERCISE

You will need my ‘Peace Like A River’ CD for this exercise. Find a place where you will not be disturbed for 15 minutes or so and put on track 2, Healing Waters of my CD. This is the CD I have produced to help combat the stress that so easily entangles itself around us. My prayer is that during this meditation God’s healing waters will wash away your stress, your hurts and your pains and you will feel renewed and refreshed physically, spiritually and emotionally.

There are many other exercises in my book ‘Spiritual Health Workout’ which will further your walk with God. You can purchase this book online on the products page. Join me next week for a new creative exercise.

Prayer

In encouraging people to meditate on all manner of things and asking God to speak to them through it, the results have been incredible.  I am always amazed at how much people can get through this kind of meditation.  At my weekend conferences, which I hold ever year in a hotel in Bristol, I often encourage people to meditate this way.

It is important to realise that because the enemy often tries to deceive us, we should always make sure that what we receive from God through meditation is consistent with Scripture.

This week’s EXERCISE

Try meditating on some grapes.  Buy yourself a little bunch of grapes.  You can choose green or black grapes.  As you meditate, remember to use your senses.  Look at the grapes, feel them, smell them, taste them and ask God to reveal something to you through them.  Write down what God shows you through this meditation and do write to me to tell me what God says to you.  You may find some quiet background music helpful. 

There are many other exercises in my books ‘Spiritual Health Plan’ and also
‘50 Creative Ideas’ which will further your walk with God.  You can purchase both of these books online on the shop page.  I look forward to joining you next week.

Another type of meditation is using Scripture, your imagination and perhaps music, to bring you deeper into the presence of God.  I have often used this form of meditation either by myself or with a large audience.  The results coming from this form of meditation has been very exciting.  At the end of the meditation, people have often been in tears, having heard from God or having been touched by God in a special way.  I would encourage you to use this type of exercise and not to be fearful of using your imagination.  Your imagination has been created by God, therefore He does want you to use it to His glory rather than in self-centred and unrealistic fantasising.
 
This week’s EXERCISE
 
You will need my Journey to the Cross CD or cassette for this exercise.  Find a place where you will not be disturbed for 10 minutes or more and put on track 2 of my CD or cassette.  When the story is finished, then begin to write down what God has said to you.  Writing it down helps you focus on what God has said or done.

There are many other exercises in my book ‘Spiritual Health Workout’ which will further your walk with God.  You can purchase this book online on the shop page.  I look forward to joining you next week.

Music Meditation

Using your imagination:

Another type of meditation is using Scripture, your imagination and perhaps music, to bring you deeper into the presence of God.  I have often used this form of meditation either by myself or with a large audience.  The results coming from this form of meditation has been very exciting.  At the end of the meditation, people have often been in tears, having heard from God or having been touched by God in a special way.  I would encourage you to use this type of exercise and not to be fearful of using your imagination.  Your imagination has been created by God, therefore He does want you to use it to His glory rather than in self-centred and unrealistic fantasising.
 
This week’s EXERCISE
 
You will need my Journey to the Cross CD or cassette for this exercise.  Find a place where you will not be disturbed for 10 minutes or more and put on track 2 of my CD or cassette. When the story is finished, then begin to write down what God has said to you.  Writing it down helps you focus on what God has said or done.
There are many other exercises in my book ‘Spiritual Health Workout’ which will further your walk with God.  You can purchase this book online on the shop page.  I look forward to joining you next week.

Writing a Psalm Workout

Whenever I mention to the people attending one of my conferences or spiritual exercise seminars that we are all going to write a psalm, a look of horror appears on a number of faces.  Looks that express ‘You will never get me to do that’ and ‘Well, that’s it, I may as well give up now’ are common.  However, if people take the plunge and decide to go for it, then they discover that writing a psalm is a new and exciting way of putting their thoughts and feelings about God on paper.

The first time we did this exercise in Heartbeat, I felt exactly the same.  The fact that I was surrounded by people who wrote music did not add to my confidence!  However, when I put pen to paper and concentrated on my ‘heavenly Dad’. a great explosion of praise happened within me and I just wrote down what I was feeling.  It doesn’t need to rhyme, or have fancy or flowery words.  It just needs to convey your love for God in a way that reflects your personality.

This week’s EXERCISE

Read one of the Psalms in the Bible before you start, for example Psalm 100.

Write a Psalm to God about your hunger for Him. About how much you want to be in His presence – about your desire to be so close to Him you can hear the whispers of His heart.

Your Psalm may be quite deep and intimate - which is just the way God wants to be with you.  Do remember that God will be so blessed by you doing this exercise.  I know your psalm will really touch His heart. 

There are many other exercises in my books’ Spiritual Health Plan’ and also
‘50 Creative Ideas’ which will further your walk with God.  You can purchase both of these books online on the shop page.  Join me next week for a new exercise.
 
The Paraphrasing Workout

This is an exercise that people tend to shy away from, and yet when they experience it they realise how much it can help them get to grips with Bible.  Sometimes we pass over the more difficult parts of the Bible, and if someone were to ask us to explain what we have read, we wouldn’t know how to go about it.  ‘Paraphrasing’ can really help you understand the meaning behind the words.  ‘Paraphrasing’ is a fancy word for using your own words to express the meaning of the passage.  Even familiar verses can have a new freshness about them.  We need, of course, to be careful that we don’t change the meaning of the passage but just express it in a different manner.  After you have paraphrased a piece of Scripture, look up The Living Bible, which is a paraphrase of the Bible, or perhaps look up a commentary to see if you have altered the meaning at all.  Try the following verse and you will see how easy it is.

This week’s EXERCISE

Paraphrase 1 John 3:1a

This is an amazing verse - so much truth in it.  Try putting it into your own words.  You’ll find it will bring a real freshness to the verse.  Remember to look at The Message or The Living Bible (both of which are paraphrases of the Bible), or a commentary on the Bible to make sure you haven’t altered the meaning of the verse.

There are many other exercises in my book ‘Spiritual Health Workout’ which will further your walk with God.  You can purchase this book online on the shop page.  Join me next week for a new exercise.

Whenever I mention to the people attending one of my conferences or spiritual exercise seminars that we are all going to write a psalm, a look of horror appears on a number of faces.  Looks that express ‘You will never get me to do that’ and ‘Well, that’s it, I may as well give up now’ are common.  However, if people take the plunge and decide to go for it, then they discover that writing a psalm is a new and exciting way of putting their thoughts and feelings about God on paper.

The first time we did this exercise in Heartbeat, I felt exactly the same.  The fact that people who wrote music surrounded me did not add to my confidence!  However, when I put pen to paper and concentrated on my ‘heavenly Dad’, a great explosion of praise happened within me and I just wrote down what I was feeling.  It doesn’t need to rhyme, or have fancy or flowery words.  It just needs to convey your love for God in a way that reflects your personality.

This week’s EXERCISE

Find a place in your busy day where you are not going to be disturbed for 15 minutes or so.  Listen to Track 1 of my CD ‘A God Encounter’ and then out of that experience write a psalm of praise to God whilst in God’s throne room.  May God so fill your heart with His joy and bring you closer to knowing Him. 

If you want to do further exercises you can purchase my book which will take you further in your walk with God.  My book is called Nancy Goudie’s Spiritual Health Workout and costs £6.99.  You can purchase this on-line.  Join me next week for another exciting exercise.  Keep praising our amazing God!

This week’s exercise is MEMORISING:


Before you think to yourself, I can’t do this - my memory is bad! let me remind you that your memory bank can be trained. Exercise is good for you and what better way to exercise your memory than to fill it full of the Bible.

HOW TO MEMORISE


The memorising workout


The best way to memorise is to break the verse into portions. Learn the first portion first, then the first and the second together, then the first, second and third together, and so on until you have completed the task.
Let’s take 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 as an example: ‘Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.’ These verses naturally fall into phrases. So, let’s take the first phrase: ‘Be joyful always.’ Repeat that out loud many times, then add the second phrase: ‘Be joyful always; pray continually.’ Again, repeat it a number of times before adding the third phrase: ‘Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances.’ Repeat the same process before adding the fourth phrase: Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.’
Once you have said it all, say it over and over again until it becomes part of you. Why not try recording it again and again onto a cassette and let it play while you are doing other things? It helps to get it firmly implanted in the brain. Perhaps put it on a card or piece of paper and take it with you in order that you can review it during the day. It is worth noting, however, that just because you can say something once or twice doesn’t necessarily mean you have memorised it. It needs reviewing in order for it to be imprinted in your memory bank.
Are you interested in Meditation?
Then come with me as we explore the subject in more detail. 
Since 1980, mediation has played a huge part in my life. I have explored mediation in great detail and have found it to be a fantastic way of finding a place of peace and calm. If you have ever experienced stress, carried worries or fought fears, or perhaps are just looking for an oasis in your busy life, then mediation will be a huge help for you. Mediation can take you to a place of tranquillity where peace, love and grace are yours in abundance.
Are you stressed?
Stress is something each of us will have experienced at some point in our lives. If you are anything like me, with an eleven year old son who has enough energy for the whole nation, then you will have experienced stress at many times throughout your life. I am a wife, a mum (I have two boys) and have a full time job. Life is not normally quiet – it is usually full of 101 things to do – all of which should have been done yesterday! Stress therefore is something that most of us have to live with.
Of course, not all stress is bad – positive stress can motivate you to accomplish goals etc., but bad stress can lead to health related problems including heart disease, high blood pressure, headaches, insomnia, panic attacks. Irritable bowel, back problems as well as depression and anxiety. In fact stress can affect us mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally.
So….how do we deal with stress?
There are many ways – so let me share a few with you.
1. Deep breathing – When I was training to become and elocution teacher, I was astonished to discover that 50% of the nation breathes incorrectly. Half of us shallow breathe instead of breathing from our diaphragm. If we breathe incorrectly and ‘shallow breathe’, it can add further stress to our bodies. Deep breathing means we are using the diaphragm to breathe and therefore fill our lungs with air. If you feel stressed, make sure you take a couple of deep breaths and it will help to calm your body and help you feel more in control. Breathe in through your nose and then release the air slowly through your mouth.
2. Meditation – I have discovered meditation to be a huge help in a stress filled life. It is a fantastic way of helping us deal with stress. There are many different forms of mediation but I would not recommend any others than the one based on the Christian faith. This is the type of meditation I have used for years and have discovered that it works. It is the purest and most original form of mediation. Christian mediation is as old as the earth itself and has been practised by millions of ordinary people throughout the centuries.
The amazing thing about mediation is that whether you have 20 minutes to spare or whether you only have 20 seconds, you can feel its benefits.
There are many ways to meditate – on the Bible, on nature, objects, using chocolate (yes, you can even use chocolate to meditate) or using music and your God given imagination. I am going to talk here about the latter way.
Some people find it easy to use the imagination and visualise a picture – others might struggle; if you belong to the latter section then I encourage you to keep pressing on through, because it is easier than you think. Let me explain what I mean.
Close your eyes and bring back to your mind a familiar picture – like your bedroom or your lounge. Can you see it in your mind’s eye? What about the last time you went on holiday, can you remember it? Can you see yourself standing on that beautiful sandy beach? Can you see the sun shining? Can you feel the hot rays of the sun on your body? Can you se the blue sky above you and hear the noise of the people having fun around you? Feel how relaxed you were at that point.
If you can begin to bring these pictures back to your mind, then that is visualisation – using your imagination to see with your mind.
I have four CD’s, the latest of which is ‘Smile’ (2008). ‘Peace Like a River’, ‘A God Encounter’ and ‘Journey to the Cross’ are also available.
All four CDs use music, the imagination and the spoken word to take you on a journey that will ultimately lead you to a new and fresh destination.
The meditations I have written are all based on the Bible and my prayer is that they will lead you to a new exciting place where it will be easy to get in tune with the creator of the universe and bring you to experience true freedom.
3. Exercise – Physical exercise is very good for you. Not only does it help you to relax, but t also releases positive endorphins into your body which help you feel happier – a great reason to exercise more.
Walking is also extremely good for you. Regular walking strengthens the heart and lungs. You may not realise that ‘power walking’ (walking at a brisk pace) can burn off the same calories as jogging or running. So, get out there and start walking! If you happen to live near a park or in the country, then you have the added bonus of being able to get in touch with nature. Walking beside the natural beauty can be great therapy and is a wonderful tranquiliser.
However, let me give you some exercises which you may not learn in an exercise class. These exercises can be fun to do but will also help release stress and help you relax
    •    Yawn – when you yawn you take in a huge amount of oxygen, which then helps the body relax.
    •    Stretching your face – as wide as it will go as you say the following vowels one after the other – A, E, I, O, U.
    •    Raise your shoulders to the ears. Hold for a few seconds, and then lower them again. Repeat this exercise a few times.
4. Positive words – we live in such a negative culture. When you receive five encouraging comments and one negative comment – which one do you remember the most? We all remember the negative; we find it easier to believe negative comments about ourselves than we do the positive. We need to try and build a positive word culture within ourselves. Speak to yourself and give yourself confidence. Speak to your reflection in the mirror and say ‘I can do it’, ‘I can make it’, ‘I will succeed’, ‘I am wonderfully and fearfully made – I am an amazing creation’.
Remember, words can destroy as well as build up, so decide to nourish and value yourself and those around you by speaking positive words. You know how great you feel when someone gives you a compliment – so why not give a compliment to someone today.
Prayer – another way of using positive words is to develop the skill of prayer. Let me tell you what people have discovered prayer can do: in recent researches a university studied 4,000 over-65’s who regularly attended church, and found that going to church reduced blood pressure and the chance of strokes. Another independent study of 2,600 people showed that prayer improved the immune system and lessened depression / anxiety.
Psychologists from Sheffield university and Ulster university studied church attendance, prayer and faith of 474 UK students and found that those who prayed daily or often and attended church were found to be less depressed and anxious and felt better psychologically than those who rarely prayed.
So, try praying regularly – it can really help you physically and spiritually.
5. Smile and Laugh – You cannot smile without your body relaxing. The latest research tells us that laughter triggers the release of an anti-body called immunoglobin, which boosts the immune system. Scientists have discovered that laughter lowers blood pressure and massages the heart as well as other vital organs in our body. There’s a proverb in the Bible that says’ A cheerful heart is good medicine but a broken spirit makes you sick’. So try smiling a lot more – it will help you to deal with stress and it will also brighten up other people’s days (my new meditation CD ‘Smile’ will help you do just that!)
Are you interested in Meditation?
Then come with me as we explore the subject in more detail. 
Since 1980, mediation has played a huge part in my life. I have explored mediation in great detail and have found it to be a fantastic way of finding a place of peace and calm. If you have ever experienced stress, carried worries or fought fears, or perhaps are just looking for an oasis in your busy life, then mediation will be a huge help for you. Mediation can take you to a place of tranquillity where peace, love and grace are yours in abundance.
Are you stressed?
Stress is something each of us will have experienced at some point in our lives. If you are anything like me, with an eleven year old son who has enough energy for the whole nation, then you will have experienced stress at many times throughout your life. I am a wife, a mum (I have two boys) and have a full time job. Life is not normally quiet – it is usually full of 101 things to do – all of which should have been done yesterday! Stress therefore is something that most of us have to live with.
Of course, not all stress is bad – positive stress can motivate you to accomplish goals etc., but bad stress can lead to health related problems including heart disease, high blood pressure, headaches, insomnia, panic attacks. Irritable bowel, back problems as well as depression and anxiety. In fact stress can affect us mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally.

How to Memorise

The Memorising Workout

The best way to memorise is to break the verse into portions. Learn the first portion first, then the first and the second together, then the first, second and third together, and so on until you have completed the task.

Let’s take 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 as an example: ‘Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.’  These verses naturally fall into phrases.  So, let’s take the first phrase: ‘Be joyful always.’  Repeat that out loud many times, then add the second phrase: ‘Be joyful always; pray continually.’  Again, repeat it a number of times before adding the third phrase:  ‘Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances.’  Repeat the same process before adding the fourth phrase: Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.’

 

Once you have said it all, say it over and over again until it becomes part of you.  Why not try recording it again and again onto a cassette and let it play while you are doing other things?  It helps to get it firmly implanted in the brain.  Perhaps put it on a card or piece of paper and take it with you in order that you can review it during the day.  It is worth noting, however, that just because you can say something once or twice doesn’t necessarily mean you have memorised it.  It needs reviewing in order for it to be imprinted in your memory bank.I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes; first the Jew, then for the Gentiles.There is no need to be ashamed of the gospel - because it is the power of God for you and for me!  Let’s not just memorise it - but let’s believe it too.

Once you have memorised this verse do repeat it to yourself during the week many times.  If you want to do further exercises you can purchase my book which will take you further in your walk with God.  My book is called Nancy Goudie’s Spiritual Health Workout and costs £6.99.

Music Meditation:

Using your imagination in Meditation

Another type of meditation is using Scripture, your imagination and perhaps music to bring you deeper into the presence of God.  I have often used this form of meditation either by myself or with a large audience.  The results coming from this form of meditation has been very exciting.  At the end of the meditation, people have often been in tears, having heard from God or having been touched by God in a special way.  I would encourage you to use this type of exercise and not to be fearful of using your imagination.  Your imagination has been created by God, therefore He does want you to use it to His glory rather than in self-centred and unrealistic fantasising.

As I mentioned last week, you will need my Journey to The Cross CD or cassette for this exercise.  Find a place where you will not be disturbed for 15 minutes or so and put on track 4 of my CD or cassette.  When the story is finished, spend a few minutes writing down what God has said to you.  So many people have been encouraged and challenged through this meditation and often feel God speak to them through their emotions and feelings.  Perhaps spend a few minutes afterwards thanking God for Jesus and for the fact that He died for you.  Do write to me to tell me what God says to you through this exercise.  I’d love to hear from you.  If you want to do further exercises you can purchase my book which will take you further in your walk with God.  My book is called Nancy Goudie’s Spiritual Health Workout and costs £6.99.  You can purchase this on line.  Join me next week for another exciting exercise.  Enjoy!

The Paraphrasing Workout

Here is another exercise that people shy away from, and yet when they experience it they realise how much it can help them get to grips with the Bible.  Sometimes we pass over the more difficult parts of the Bible, and if someone were to ask us to explain what we have read, we wouldn’t know how to go about it.  ‘Paraphrasing’ can really help you understand the meaning behind the words.  ‘Paraphrasing’ is a fancy word for using your own words to express the meaning of the passage.  We need to be careful that we don’t change the meaning of the passage but just express it in a different manner.  After you have paraphrased a piece of Scripture, look up The Living Bible, which is a paraphrase of the Bible, or perhaps look up a commentary to see if you have altered the meaning at all.  Try the following psalm and you will see how easy it is.

This week’s EXERCISE

Paraphrase Psalm 20

Paraphrasing is a fantastic way of hearing God speak to you.  If you don’t know how to paraphrase do look at the instructions.However, let me show you my paraphrase of Psalm 23 to help you to get going.

God you are my friend and because of this I will never be poor.

No matter what I go through in life, whether it be illness, injections, operations or even death I need never fear because I don’t have to go through them on my own.

You are always there and will comfort me and help me in every circumstance.

There is no doubt that good things and deep love are mine throughout the whole of my life and I will enjoy your blessings - inner peace, joy, happiness and riches forever.

 

24 February

The Meditation Workout:

This is an exercise that people shy away from, and yet when they experience it they realise how much it can help them get to grips with the Bible.  Sometimes we pass over the more difficult parts of the Bible, and if someone were to ask us to explain what we have read, we wouldn’t know how to go about it  ‘Paraphrasing’ can really help you understand the meaning behind the words.  ‘Paraphrasing’ is a fancy word for using your own words to express the meaning of the passage.  We need to be careful that we don’t change the meaning of the passage but just express it in a different manner.  After you have paraphrased a piece of Scripture, look up The Living Bible, which is a paraphrase of the Bible, or perhaps look up a commentary to see if you have altered the meaning at all.  Try the following verse and you will see how easy it is.

This week’s EXERCISE

Paraphrase Romans 8:1

What a fantastic releasing verse!  May God speak to you loads through paraphrasing this verse. 

There are many other exercises in my books ‘Spiritual Health Workout’ which will further your walk with God.  You can purchase this book online on the shop page. 

 

One of the lost arts in the Christian world is meditation.  However, whenever I mention the word ‘meditation’ people often get concerned that we are getting into something dodgy!  It sounds dodgy because we associate it with Transcendental Meditation, Eastern mysticism or the New Age movement, but the art of meditation has actually been stolen from us. Christian meditation is a wonderfully refreshing way of hearing God speak and has been used since the beginning of time.  The Bible has many references to meditation.  Let me give you a few scriptures that you can look up for yourself to discover that meditation is completely biblical: Genesis 24:63 Joshua 1:8 Psalm 48:9 and Psalm 119:148 all tell us about meditation.

Transcendental Meditation and the New Age movement tell us to empty our minds.  This, I believe, can be very dangerous and I would never encourage anyone to do this. It allows outside influences, which are not always good, to invade our minds and affect our lives.  In contrast, Christian meditation is allowing God and Scripture to fill our minds.  Quite a difference!  It demands discipline, since our minds find it easy to wander from one subject to another.  However, if you are willing to try mediation, I know you will find it a very useful and fulfilling exercise. 

There are many ways to meditate - this week we are going to meditate on the Bible.  If you have never meditated before here are a few instructions on how to meditate.

How to Meditate on the Bible:

1. First of all, relax.  Meditation is very easy, so don’t get uptight or anxious about it, or you will find it difficult to hear anything from God.

 

2. Look up the suggested scripture.

3. Read it slowly

4. Pray, asking God to speak to you through it.

5. Read it again several times.

6. Spend time thinking about what the verse says.

7. Perhaps dwell on a phrase or section of the verse, or even just one word.

8. Allow yourself to follow a train of thought until you see something in the   verse you have never seen before.

Write down what you get.

If your mind begins to wander totally off the subject, then start again.

This week’s EXERCISE

 

Meditate on John 10:11  ‘I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.’

What a fantastic God we have that He should care enough about us to lay down His life.  If you have seen the film ‘The Passion of The Christ’ then you will have seen with your own eyes just how much pain and sorrow Jesus went through for us.  Meditate on this verse and write down what God says to you.  At the end spend time thanking Jesus for ‘Laying His life down’ for us.  If you want to do further exercises you can purchase my book which will take you further in your walk with God.  My book is called Nancy Goudie’s Spiritual Health Workout and costs £6.99.  You can purchase this on line.  See you next week.

 

MEMORISING.   Before you think to yourself, ‘I can’t do this - my memory is bad’, let me remind you that your memory bank can be trained.  Exercise is good for you and what better way to exercise your memory than to fill it full of the Bible.

How to Memorise

The Memorising Workout:

 

The best way to memorise is to break the verse into portions.  Learn the first portion first, then the first and the second together, then the first, second and third together, and so on until you have completed the task.

Let’s take 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 as an example: ‘Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.’  These verses naturally fall into phrases.  So, let’s take the first phrase: ‘Be joyful always.’  Repeat that out loud many times, then add the second phrase: ‘Be joyful always; pray continually.’  Again, repeat it a number of times before adding the third phrase:  ‘Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances.’  Repeat the same process before adding the fourth phrase: Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.’

Once you have said it all, say it over and over again until it becomes part of you.  Why not try recording it over and over again and then let it play while you are doing other things?  It helps to get it firmly implanted in the brain.  Perhaps put it on a card or piece of paper and take it with you in order that you can review it during the day.  It is worth noting, however, that just because you can say something once or twice doesn’t necessarily mean you have memorised it.  It needs reviewing in order for it to be imprinted in your memory bank.

This Week's Excercize:

 

Memorise Romans 15:13 ‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’

This is a great verse.  Once you have memorised it, do repeat it to yourself several times during the week. May God indeed fill you with His joy and peace as you trust in Him this week.  Knowing His love and peace even through tough times can help you to smile at the darkest night.  If you want to do further exercises you can purchase my book which will take you further in your walk with God.  My book is called Nancy Goudie’s Spiritual Health Workout and costs £6.99.  You can purchase this on line.  Join me next week for another exciting exercise.

Writing a psalm workout

Whenever I mention to the people attending one of my conferences or spiritual exercise seminars that we are all going to write a psalm, a look of horror appears on a number of faces.  Looks that express ‘You will never get me to do that’ and ‘Well, that’s it, I may as well give up now’ are common.  However, if people take the plunge and decide to go for it, then they discover that writing a psalm is a new and exciting way of putting their thoughts and feelings about God on paper.

 

The first time we did this exercise in Heartbeat, the band that my husband and I founded in 1980, I felt exactly the same.  The fact that people who wrote music surrounded me did not add to my confidence!  However, when I put pen to paper and concentrated on my ‘heavenly Dad’, a great explosion of praise happened within me and I just wrote down what I was feeling.  It doesn’t need to rhyme, or have fancy or flowery words.  It just needs to convey your love for God in a way that reflects your personality.

This week’s EXERCISE

Find a place in your busy day where you are not going to be disturbed for 15 minutes or so.  Listen to Track 1 of my CD ‘A God Encounter’ and then out of that experience write a psalm of praise to God whilst in God’s throne room.  May God so fill your heart with His joy and bring you closer to knowing Him.  He is so wonderful!

If you want to do further exercises you can purchase my book which will take you further in your walk with God.  My book is called Nancy Goudie’s Spiritual Health Workout and costs £6.99.  You can purchase this on-line.  Join me next week for another exciting exercise.  Keep praising Jesus.

25th October 2010

This week’s exercise is MEMORISING.  Before you think to yourself, ‘I can’t do this - my memory is bad!’, let me remind you that your memory bank can be trained.  Exercise is good for it and what better way to exercise your memory than to fill it full of the Bible.

 

Let’s take 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 as an example: ‘Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.’  These verses naturally fall into phrases.  So, let’s take the first phrase: ‘Be joyful always.’  Repeat that out loud many times, then add the second phrase: ‘Be joyful always; pray continually.’  Again, repeat it a number of times before adding the third phrase: ‘Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances.’  Repeat the same process before adding the fourth phrase: ‘Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.’

Once you have said it all, say it over and over again until it becomes part of you.  Why not try recording it again and again onto a cassette and let it play while you are doing other things?  It helps to get it firmly implanted in the brain.  Perhaps put it on a card or piece of paper and take it with you in order that you can review it during the day.  It is worth noting, however, that just because you can say something once or twice doesn’t necessarily mean you have memorised it.  It needs reviewing in order for it to be imprinted in your memory bank.

This weeks Exercise

Memorise Hebrews 12:2 ‘Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.’  What a great verse – full of the truth – it’s so important to fix our eyes on Jesus.

Once you have memorised it do repeat it to yourself during the week until it really is firmly in your memory.

 

19 October 2010

The Paraphrasing Workout

Here is another exercise that people shy away from, and yet when they experience it they realise how much it can help them get to grips with the Bible.  Sometimes we pass over the more difficult parts of the Bible, and if someone were to ask us to explain what we have read, we wouldn’t know how to go about it.  ‘Paraphrasing’ can really help you understand the meaning behind the words.  ‘Paraphrasing’ is a fancy word for using your own words to express the meaning of the passage.  We need to be careful that we don’t change the meaning of the passage but just express it in a different manner.  After you have paraphrased a piece of Scripture, look up The Living Bible, which is a paraphrase of the Bible, or perhaps look up a commentary to see if you have altered the meaning at all.  Try the following psalm and you will see how easy it is.

This week’s EXERCISE

Paraphrase Psalm 23

The first time I paraphrased this psalm God released a whole load of joy to my spirit.  I hope the same happens to you. 


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