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How to Meditate on Scripture

letting the Word of God dwell in our lives
The words of Scripture are living words. (See Hebrews 4:12.) They contain eternal wisdom held in the shell of human words. God wants us to “break open” these human words and begin to discover the rich wealth of personal application and understanding that they hold.

Engraft God’s Word Into Your Life

the importance of meditating on the Word of God
Have you experienced the futility of trying to produce spiritual fruit by your own efforts? If you redirect your energies to “engraft” Scripture into your life and meditate on it day and night, God’s Word will successfully bear good fruit in your life.

Hear God’s Voice

how does God speak?
People everywhere yearn to hear God’s voice. Is God speaking to us? Is it possible to hear His voice? Does God want us to hear His voice? How does God speak? How are we to listen?

Ideas for an Hour of Prayer

divide the time between several aspects of prayer
Are you able to pray for an extended time without running out of things to say or falling asleep? One way to overcome these obstacles is to learn to delight in different types of prayer and to devote time on a regular basis to fellowshipping with God in these unique ways.

Motivating a Teen to Be Attentive

learning to pay attention
Listening to others is a skill that is basic to all human relationships, and every interaction with another person is an opportunity to demonstrate attentiveness. Many young people fail to be attentive because they are self-focused and have not considered how their behavior affects others.

Reaching the Heart of Your Children

tips for building friendship and trust through listening
I love my children deeply, but there are times when I feel an emotional or spiritual distance from them, like they are drifting a little out of reach. Sometimes one or both of us are distracted or busy.

Keys to Encouraging Your Children

invest in your relationships
We have found several ways to encourage our children.

Heeding the Cautions of Your Wife

listen to your wife’s counsel
When God designed the roles of husband and wife, He fashioned the wife as a helpmate for her husband. Among other gifts, God often grants the wife an alertness and discernment that He may not initially give to the husband.

Help Others Discover the Benefits of Suffering

viewing hurts from a Biblical perspective
When expectations are unmet or a tragedy occurs, most of us react with frustration and anger. We want to blame someone or something for causing our pain.

Deepen Friendships Through Creative Questions

sharpening conversational skills
One key to beginning and building friendships is the ability to ask good questions. By learning to use questions as tools for getting to know others, you’ll learn to be at ease during conversations.
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