At the beginning of each session:
God is present with us. As a way for us to be also present with Him, take the next few moments to slow down and be still before Him. As you begin to focus your heart towards the Lord, breathe in deeply, slowly letting it out.
If your mind wanders, silently pray a simple prayer again and again, such as, "I surrender to your love" or "Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me" until the Holy Spirit gives you a sense of peace and focus.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.
God, thank you for making me stop and rest.
Lord, help me picture a moment when you guided me into safety. Into joy. Into rest. Into deep satisfaction and fulfillment.
You are leading me.
Lord, help me see the quiet waters you invite me to each day, help me not overlook these.
Help me stop.
As the scripture is read, pay attention to a word or phrase that is highlighted to you. In the quiet that follows, meditate upon that word or phrase.
Contemplate this text, through asking the following questions or by praying the following prayers that relate this passage of scripture to your life.
Pay attention to the invitation here that God might be asking you to respond to. Is there something I am being asked to do or share with others in response to what I have heard today?
At the end of each session:
Take a moment to thank God for the work He is doing in you.
As you go from this time, may your heart and your mind continue to relate to God, fixing your eyes on Jesus through each step of your day. Amen.