The Weekly Breather: The Heartbeat of God

Settle Yourself: Release

If you are able, find a quiet place to be alone. As you settle in to your space, become aware of the feeling of your environment. Is it hot or cold? How do your clothes feel against your skin? Is it bright, or is the light dim? Hear and feel your breathing. Breathe in even rhythms. Breathe in to the slow count of six. Hold for four. Breathe out to six. Feel your shoulders loosen and your body relax.

Contemplate

Read these Scripture passages slowly, and let them soak into your heart. Turn them over in your mind and consider how a God like this would interact with you. Read through them as many times as you need to in order to feel the peace of God’s assurance that He loves you.

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.

I John 4:18

But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

Psalm 86:15

Sometimes life can be scary. Sometimes we feel like we have done wrong and we become afraid. The remedy for these troubling feelings may be resting in the love of God.

Close your eyes and imagine yourself sitting with God. As you rest in his presence, imagine you are leaning your head against his chest and hearing his strong heartbeat. Hear his heartbeat saying that you are loved eternally and unconditionally. Feel your fears wash away in his presence.

Pray

God, help me to remember your great love for me when I become afraid. Help me to hear your strong heartbeat in moments of anxiety. Help me rest in your presence throughout the day as I live and move and have my being.

Patricia is the Coordinator of Alumni and Church Relations at Asbury Theological Seminary and the Managing Editor for Soul Care Community. She and her teenage son live and play video games together in Wilmore, KY. Patricia's passions are inner healing ministry, spiritual formation, cooking, writing, growing things, and teaching others how to have a vibrant prayer life.

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3 responses to “The Weekly Breather: The Heartbeat of God”

  1. Charlie Floyd says:

    Patricia, this is lovely, thank you! I see from your bio that you are passionate about “inner healing ministry”. I love this and would love to learn more about it in order to lead others through it. Would you recommend any books or classes or videos? Thanks again,

    Charlie Floyd

    • Patricia Taylor says:

      Hi Charlie! Thanks for the response. It is good to connect with another minister of the gospel. Yes, I am very passionate about inner healing ministry. So many people are so broken and hurting. They can’t freely encounter the love of God in that condition. We certainly need more anointed people who are willing to love people right into the heart of God.

      However, the trouble is that there are a lot of crazy things out there. There are a lot of people who do not practice safe, gentle, and loving methods of inner healing and deliverance ministry. I do have some suggestions of trusted people and ministries that have good models of healing work, which I have listed below. They are a great place to start. The best practice is to begin working through your own inner healing first, then you will better understand the path to lead others. It really gets you the experience you need without using other people as guinea pigs, you know?

      Sometimes you can find healing ministries that are local for you, and you can train under them. Often, training can be free or low cost for people who are willing to volunteer to minister after being trained. It would be helpful to know what area you live in, as there may be someone nearby who can help you. It really is important to receive training before venturing out, because this type of ministry can be incredibly damaging to both the minister and the person receiving ministry if done improperly. We certainly should not fear to use our gifting God gave us, but we must be mature and responsible in our use as well.

      Feel free to follow up with me if you like. My email is patricia.taylor@asburyseminary.edu.

      Books
      Healing for Damaged Emotions by David Seamands
      Wounds that Heal: Bringing Your Hurts to the Cross by Stephen Seamands
      Anointed to Heal by Larry and Audrey Eddings
      The Power to Heal by Francis MacNutt
      The Healing Reawakening by Francis MacNutt

      Resources
      https://www.christianhealingmin.org/
      https://healingrooms.com/
      http://wellspringprayercenter.org/

  2. Bethanne says:

    This was so refreshing a very lovely read and practice on a Friday evening. Thank you

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