Have you ever wondered about ways Christians can be mindful and how to practice Godly mindfulness, no matter where you’re at?
You’ve come to the right spot.
As a Christian, being mindful involves focusing everything on the Lord and we’ve got 8 ways for Christians to do just that.
Using the 5 senses God blessed us with, we’re going to practice Christian mindfulness.
After all, He created the senses so we’d be able to experience all the wonders of His creation.
The goal will be to focus your attention on seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, and tasting and then using those experiences to practice Christian mindfulness.
In “Meditating on God’s Word – a walk through Psalm 119” we learned that meditating on God and His Word is about connecting every part of us to God.
Now for the 8 Easy Ways to Make Christian Mindfulness a Way of Life. Click on one of the section titles below to jump to ahead to a section.
9 Ways to Practice Christian Mindfulness
1. Getting Ready.
Another way for women to be mindful as they’re getting ready each morning is with your sense of sight.
As you’re getting dressed, or doing your hair or makeup, look at yourself and find at least one thing about your appearance you’re thankful for.
Then thank God for creating you to reflect Him in that way.
I’d challenge you to work your way into thanking God even for the areas of your physical body you’re not happy with.
2. When Driving
This one also uses the sense of sight and hearing but this time you’re being mindful about what’s along your driving route.
Practice being mindful of ways you see God as you’re
- driving the kids to school,
- yourself to work, or
- wherever it is you’re headed.
Do you see Him in nature, in the people you see at the traffic light, in your kids (if they’re with you)?
Also pay attention to what you hear.
What are the kids saying, can you hear people in the car next to you or outside on the sidewalk, what about the simple sound of life as it’s happening?
Who knows what God will do when you put the power of prayer into practice on your way to and fro.
3. While Working
It’s easy to get in a zone when you’re working on something but Christian mindfulness involves getting out of your zone.
No matter where you’re working or what kind of work you’re doing, begin paying attention to at least four of your senses.
- How do you see God?
- What do you see or hear that can be refocused into prayer or thanksgiving?
- What do you smell and how do those smells remind you of God or give you something to be thankful for?
- What are you able to feel as you’re working?
Even smelling something awful is reason for thanks. It means your nose works and is able to smell danger.
4. Eating Meals
This one’s huge.
It’s so big we’ve got an entire post coming on this subject.
Meals use all five of your senses, so start being mindful of those senses while you eat. In addition,
- eat your meal away from your desk (or at least eat it without working),
- without a screen in front of you, and
- take time to eat it slowly.
Really, really, really slow.
- what the food looks like,
- how it smells,
- how it feels in your hands,
- any sounds it makes, and lastly,
- how it tastes.
With each bite thank God and then slowly chew your food.
Pray for the people who grew and prepared the food.
Thank God for providing it and ask Him to use it to strengthen you for the work He’s called you to.
That’s mindful eating at its simplest and best.
5. Being Active
As a reminder – God created your body to move and modern society’s sedentary lifestyle is destroying us.
The first step towards being mindful while being active is, being aware of when you’re actually moving.
Most women move their bodies way more than they give themselves credit for.
Then think about how can you worship the Lord while you’re moving.
This could be praising the Lord, thanking Him, or practicing His presence.
6. Preparing Meals
This is another, like eating, that uses all of your senses.
Slow down and think about how the food
- smells, and
- sounds as you’re preparing it.
How does your body feel as it’s readying the food?
As you’re thinking about these things take time to pray for all those people and to thank God for His provision.
7. Doing Chores
No one likes chores cuz well…they take away from our downtime.
But chores and housework are great times for practicing Godly mindfulness.
Start with your senses and think about what you’ll see, smell, and touch after you’ve finished your chores.
Thank God for giving you a body that’s able to do housework and thank Him for giving you chores to do.
Doing chores mindfully with God will result in things crossed off your to-do list but most importantly, a heart overflowing with contagious joy.
8. With Downtime
Downtime is one of the hardest times to be mindful.
Not because we don’t have time, but because we’re so good at filling our downtime with anything but God.
Even if your downtime involves a Netflix binge or three hours scrolling through social, you can still incorporate Christian mindfulness.
Whatever your lazy “you time” involves, think about what your eyes are seeing and how it makes you feel.
- Is it bringing God glory and does it make you feel good about who you are in Christ?
If it does, then…
If you know them, think of why you’re thankful God’s placed them in your life.
If you’re deep in a Netflix binge you can pray for the cast and crew, thank God for your comfy couch or bed, and thank Him for giving you the time to watch a full season of “fill-in-the-blank”.
There you go, 8 easy ways to use your five God given senses to practice Christian mindfulness.
Jesus lived His entire human life depending on God and reliant on the Holy Spirit.
Throughout the New Testament He modeled true Christian mindfulness for us. John 5:19 reads, “So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what He sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.”
Jesus was mindful of the fact that everything He said and did depended on His relationship with God.
The same goes for you and I.
We’re daughters of God Most High and He promises to never leave or forsake us.
The fact that the Spirit of God dwells inside of us reflects just how much God desires a close, inseparable relationship with His children.
In light of this and the things from today’s post,
- How would being mindful of the Holy Spirit’s presence change the way you go about your day?
- How will you begin being mindful of God and incorporating the ways to practice God focused mindfulness into your day?
- What effect do you think being mindful of God, no matter the circumstance, will have on you? Those around you?
God loves you more than you’ll ever understand.
It’s out of that great love that He promises to provide your every need and to never leave you.
You and I can rest assured that even the worst of situations are being worked for our good and to bring God glory.
No matter what you’re facing right now –
- fix your eyes on God,
- thank Him for being with you, and
- then worship Him for all He is, has done, and has promised to do.
Keep your eyes focused on eternity with God and be mindful of the fact that each day is a day you get to spend with your Abba Father.
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Until next time...
“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth! You have set Your glory above the heavens. From the lips of children and infants You have ordained praise because of Your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is man that You are mindful of him, the son of man that You care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of Your hands; You put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!” Psalm 8