Week 12, Day 5: Close Enough to Trust

Spiritual Discipline to Practice: Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina is the spiritual discipline that “engages the whole person before Christ as it flows through four R’s as we slowly read, silently reflect, prayerfully respond, and simply rest in God’s presence” (www.SoulShepherding.org). If we wish to be close enough to Christ to trust Him fully, this discipline will help us either get that relationship started or enhance an already vibrant one.

To practice the Lectio Divina discipline:

  1. Read any Scripture that tells you something about Jesus. Read it over and over several times.
  2. Reflect upon the words you just read. You may want to reflect upon one particular phrase in the Scripture or passage, or you may just mull the whole passage over in your mind.
  3. Respond in some way to the words you have read. This may be in prayer, in a journal entry, in song, in dance, etc. However you want to respond, do so. Keep in mind that any response to God’s word will be uplifting, edifying, and encouraging for both you and whomever you touch.
  4. Rest in God’s presence. Just enjoy being with God at this time. No words are necessary now.

Practice Lectio Divina with Hebrews 13:8 which says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Over this weekend, using this verse or some others about Jesus you find, practice Lectio Divina at least twice each day.


©2012 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.


~ by sanewriter on March 23, 2012.

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