Day #30

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Early in my counseling practice, a friend asked me to train his fellow church members how to do what I do. The event blessed so many people I began to conduct the training regularly. When some of my counseling clients signed up, I began to ask if that was okay. If they themselves were struggling, should they be helping other people? I wondered. Then I saw a miracle. 

I’ll call her Evie. She originally came as a client, and I treated her for depression. Or I should say I tried to treat her, because she really didn’t improve. But she came to the Abide Helper Training in which I train people how to be helpers (as opposed to helpees). And then she dramatically improved. I think her depression had gouged her self-respect. When she saw that should could still help other people, even though not fully recovered herself, her sense of value returned to her. And in the process of helping other people she saw ways out of her own depression. 

We comfort others with the comfort we receive from God. But it doesn’t always happen sequentially, as in, “God helped me, now I’ll help you. In fact, because it distracts me from what may have become an unhealthy self-focus, me helping you can actually clear out the channel for God helping me. 

As God comforts us, we become equipped to comfort others. Our struggles sensitize us to their struggles and give us a wealth of grace to share. Think of one tribulation in your life where God became your comfort. Now think of someone in a similar situation who might benefit from the simple story of how God helped you. Make a note to share your story with that person. 

Oh, God of all comfort. Open our eyes to the suffering around us so that we can become, not hoarders of your comfort, but conduits of it to as many people as you bring within our sphere of influence. Use us we pray, Jesus. Amen. 

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

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26 thoughts on “Day #30

  1. Rumb

    It feels a little bittersweet that this 30 day experience is now over. It was encouraging to be a part of the movement.

    On the meditation thought, one author writes that the secret to overcoming sin is helping others overcome. I agree that in helping others, we remove this block that is self in order to open the channel for God to move. Helping others is as powerful as intercessory prayer.

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  2. Rumb

    How has Jesus Meditations helped me?
    When I am tired or have a lot on my plate, my mind goes haywire. It’s easy to lose focus and lay complacent to the attacks the enemy throws at me.

    I went through a weird and difficult period for about 3 weeks. I didn’t feel like myself. Almost like I had dissociated. I didn’t know how to ask for help.

    I realized that I didn’t have to feel like myself for God’s word to still be true and powerful. And even though I felt like I wasn’t connecting with Him very and in the way that I wanted to in my devotional time, I knew that I could still hear Him speak to me elsewhere. That was through these thoughts and scripture songs. I really liked the scripture songs. They got through to me like nothing else could during that time.

    So even though I had never been one for “regular” meditation, this experience showed me that I didn’t have to wait until I was calm and better to continue hearing from God. Jesus was still on the boat when the storm was raging. He was fast asleep even though the situation seemed dire on the outside. He was fast asleep because His held the authority of Heaven and that same authority has been handed over to us!

    We can be calm despite the storm.

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  3. Onieka

    Thank you so much for the experience of Jesus Meditations. While I have not been able to comment on every single thread, I was able to play catch up here and there. How can we keep these recordings to look back on? They have been a tremendous blessing. God bless you and the ministry.

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  4. Katrina

    Hi Everyone
    I really appreciate this one. I’m all about wanting to be a helper to others. It is my prayer, passion and motivation of life. For all that God has done and is doing for me. My heart overflows! I hope to share with those who God puts in my path.
    I looked forward to the meditation each day! I learned something from each Jesus Meditation. I’ve been blessed, encouraged, strengthened. I experienced hope and inspiration! And I love, love, love the scripture songs!!!
    Praise to our God!
    Peace

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  5. Rachel

    Hey all, Rachel here!

    I have sincerely enjoyed these meditations. At the beginning I couldn’t do the breathing very well, but now it’s so comfortable! There were multiple times towards the end of this month where I kept the deep breathing going through the whole meditation.

    Overall, I’m really glad I replied “yes” to being a part of this! Thank you so much Jesus, Jennifer, Neville, Laura, and all others who contributed!

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  6. Sandy

    I didn’t think I could ever step up and speak about my experiences, let alone lead out & do so. But God’s sense of humor gets me every time. The Holy Spirit has lead me to be in safe situations to so and even though I’m still so nervous and would say no every time, God Happy Sabbath said yes and I’ve been so blessed when I tell my story. 👊🏾🙏🏽

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  7. Cheryl

    I think the Jesus meditations have helped my heart soften a little bit. God still has alot of work to do in me.

    I plan on listening to the meditations each day when they are available.

    They have been a blessing, the topics, the scripture songs and the breathing.

    Thank you all so much for the hard work you put into this. Can I help in some way to do more of them?

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  8. Tara

    Jennifer, thank you so much for letting God work through you to produce these meditations. I looked forward to listening each day. Often questions would pop up in my mind as I responded to the prompts and those very questions would be addressed in the next meditation. Can’t wait to share these and future meditations with friends!

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  9. Ann

    I have been so blessed by this experience. I did the meditations each day. The breathing song stayed with me long afterwards. It would repeat in my mind. I especially like when the background part comes in with “I am with you; I am your God.” It gives me such a peaceful feeling. Each devotional was meaningful. I appreciate your honesty and insights, Jen. Thank you for sharing. The gentle, soft background music was just right. The scripture songs were like a gift at the end. So beautiful. This has been a calming, joyful journey pointing my thoughts to Jesus at just the right time in my life,

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  10. Sabrina

    Jesus Meditations has helped me a lot in managing stress. For the past year and a half, I have struggled with stress-induced acid reflux, but since starting these meditations, it has gone away! It has been such a huge relief! I definitely think that being intentional about deep breathing and releasing tension has been part of making the difference.

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  11. Daniel Parsons

    Post today about your overall experience with Jesus Meditations, if and how God has used them in your life.

    Jesus Meditations could not have come at a better time. I am not unique in having struggles in this life. Jesus Meditations has helped me not dwell on the problems but remember just how valuable I am and how valuable every human being is. Jesus died for all mankind. What an incredible act of LOVE.

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  12. Jane

    Post today about your overall experience with Jesus Meditations, if and how God has used them in your life.
    
    Well, there’s no “if” God used these meditations in my life, He absolutely did! My daily posts are proof of that. Praise the Lord that He continues to pursue us with His peace and healing power! I need to go back and listen to so many of these until the concepts have grown and become firmly imbedded in my mind and heart. And today  was the “icing on the cake” because the verses discussed and put to music were the exact verses God led me to choose for my “Annual verse(s) of the year” to focus on in 2021. (Decades ago, I replaced New Year’s Resolutions with a “Focus verse(s) for the year,” reviewing the past verses and then asking God to confirm what He wanted me to focus on to be changed in the new year, rather than unsuccessfully keeping my own self-made resolutions.) There is SO much more I could share about my journey with God regarding the choice of these verses for this year, but it’s too much for this venue. I’ve spent many hours on many days seeking to glean God’s truth from 2 Cor. 1:3-4 and its context. Suffice it to say that God not only wants to comfort us in our tribulations, like what we experienced in 2020, but He also wants to comfort us by providing strength so that we can face any difficulties that lie ahead and encourage others to find God’s comfort and strength as well. Prayers for all of us that God’s tender loving compassion will find its way to our hearts through His amazing comfort and that we can then share that with others.  

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  13. Ann

    I hate to see it come to an end. The Jesus meditations have brought me peace and calm when going to sleep. Also has helped me work through some mental health issues. Thank you for drawing us to Jesus. I hope Mr. Peter will make a whole CD of his scripture songs.

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  14. Amy

    I am grateful to have been a part of this for the last thirty days and don’t want it to end. I feel like I need to repeat the series a few more times before the beautiful truths presented truly become part of me. I was also blessed by the comments I read that helped me see that I am not alone. Thanks to Jennifer and the team for their vision and creativity.

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  15. Bonnie

    Jesus meditations have been a real blessing to me. Thanks so much for sharing this! Sometimes I listen to them when I’m driving in my car and they have been very relaxing and comforting! I also think of some of the songs when going to sleep at night and that helps to crowd out anxious thoughts. I hope and pray that many people will be blessed with these powerful meditations! My prayer is that many more people will tap into this life changing resource!

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  16. Valerie

    I can’t wait until more Jesus Meditations are made, because I love this habit of listening to them every day. I have been so blessed through them. Such deep and poignant reminders of God’s love and promises, so educational about so many important life topics, and so helpful in giving my burdens to Jesus and experiencing His healing and love in my personal and spiritual life. Thank you, Jennifer and Neville and team, and thank you God for inspiring them and for speaking to my heart.

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  17. Sarah

    I love the Scripture song today. “The God of all comfort..comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

    I’m not ready for the Jesus Meditations to be over! They came just when I needed something to help refocus. I was battling intense stress and anxiety, and some depression; though not all gone, I feel like I have found a tool I can go back to over and over again to help me so life is not constantly overwhelming. Not only that, I feel like I have a tool I can share with others now, too. I am looking forward to future Jesus Meditations, and maybe someday we can talk about translating these into other languages for an even wider reach!

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  18. Sharon

    Very blessed to be able to participate in Jesus Meditations. Some days were harder, as they brought up things that are still in the process of being healed. Other days were easier, just reinforcing truths I already knew. All were beneficial, and helped me in my work with God and my journey toward healing. LOVE the Scripture songs! They are so useful in helping me to focus on God and His word, which calms my anxiety and lifts my spirit. The breathing calms me and helps to better engage my frontal lobe, which benefits every part of my life.

    As others have said, it’s a bit bittersweet to come to the end of the 30 day challenge. I’m encouraged by my own progress, and the stories shared by everyone else. Looking forward to seeing what else God has in store for Jesus Meditations!

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  19. Vanessa

    I am thankful for how grounding these exercises were, and the different ways to think of God and my relationship with Him. Yes, this was a blessing.

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  20. Shirley Mann

    I have not done that well with the breathing except during the start while the breathing song is on. I have always been wary of meditation, but I found this series to be helpful to listen to. The hard part was responding, especially on some days. It was actually painful on some days as I thought about how to answer the question posed that day. All in all I am glad that I did listen and respond to each meditation. A couple times I missed listening on the first day it was available and listened the next day. I definitely want to go through this whole series again.

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  21. Nicky Dube

    This has been an incredibly valuable experience! This true meditation is something that I have needed for so long. I have felt calmer and more grounded and have learned much about myself and drank more deeply of many gospel themes. I look forward to repeating and also picking a favorite to use regularly. I wonder if any of the upcoming volumns will be scripture only like mediating through the Psalms or meditating through the gospel themes? I look forward to whatever you all produce and I am going to start pointing people to them!!

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  22. Megan

    ‘Jesus Meditations’ came into my life at a time of heightened anxiety and uncertainty. I felt stuck in my life, without purpose, traumatised, and very much alone. Since listening to the meditations a couple of times every day, breathing deeply while reflecting on the ways God loves me, and listening to the beautiful Scripture songs, I have a renewed sense of calm and hope. The online community and conversational sharing has been helpful. People are kind in the comments, which is refreshing! On reflection, I have been able to identify areas in my life where I need extra support (which I’ve sought through the Abide Network). I’m looking forward to the healing journey ahead.

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  23. Kristina

    I have been so blessed by Jesus Meditations. First of all it is convenient. Second of all it is efficient. And third it is effective. After a busy and/or stressful day I don’t have to think about what I need to do to de-stress. I just put on my headphones and push play. The combination of the breathing, devotional and scripture song is genius! This combo gets me focused right away on Christ and off of my problems. And then leaves me with a positive mindset and deeper connection with God. This has relieved my anxiety and left me feeling more peaceful overall. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be apart of this 30 days of true biblical meditation! I can’t wait to share this valuable tool with others. 

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  24. Mel

    I am so thankful for these meditations thoughts and songs. If I’ve learned anything it’s to SLOW DOWN, to breathe, to stay a while with my thoughts rather than brush over them, and most importantly to stay awhile and talk to God, truly and sincerely. I was so excited to listen each day and was surprised when my kids said…”mom you’re getting a little frustrated…you need to go do your Jesus meditation” 😆 I also really appreciated the pictures in my mind of Jesus walking with me, helping me out of the pit, carrying me over my struggles. They really helped me through some tough days and things would have derailed me before! Thank you Jesus meditation team for sharing this gift with so many of us!

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  25. Donna

    Another name for this is “purpose”. When you don’t have a purpose, it’s like being dead inside.

    Right now it feels like I’m starting from scratch …. and I have way more years behind me than ahead of me. Jesus and me?…we have quite a challenge. Trauma has changed my brain, and I’m actually quite terrified. One-day-at-a-time, that’s all I can do.

    Jennifer has given me new “visuals” of God … I want to remember them.

    Now I understand more fully when people would tell me after an evangelistic series that my husband conducted, “What do I do now? I’m so used to coming to meetings and now you’re leaving.” Yes, it is bittersweet.

    I’ve appreciated the comments … those that come from people who are close to God; and also those who are struggling … thank you for being transparent. Transparency of those who doubt, or are suffering, or searching is a gift too, because it lets others of us know that we’re not alone.

    Yes, that little breathing song is definitely catchy! I used it at about 4:00 a.m. this morning when I couldn’t go back to sleep. It helped. 🙂

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  26. Nowelle

    Jesus Meditations has been a valuable experience for me. Some days I wouldn’t listen at all, and then catch up the next day. Responding was difficult, but I’m glad I did it. I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I was very stressed when I first started, and I could actually feel the meditations having a de-stress effect, which was very helpful. This was encouraging because I was searching for healthy ways of dealing with the stress. I’ve already shared JM website with a couple other people. Hopefully it really takes off from here.
    Thanks for letting me a part of this, I want to keep going through it.

    It’s also opened my eyes. There were some issues about myself that I didn’t realize, and now I feel like I know what they are, and I can address them with God. Praise the Lord!

    I haven’t been replying much to everyone’s posts, but I appreciate what everyone had to say.

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