Why Meditating on God’s Word Matters

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A few weeks ago, I shared about the “key verses” note I started on my phone last fall, during a resurfacing struggle with physical anxiety symptoms.

At that time, I couldn’t control how my body felt from day to day, sometimes minute to minute, but I knew I could control where I put my mind’s attention. So I chose to meditate on God’s word to combat anxious thoughts—to renew my mind with His transforming truths.

When it feels like your nervous system is in charge, “mind over matter” motivation isn’t always useful. But God’s word tells us that mind renewal will transform us!

For this week’s #MondayMindRenewal post, I’m sharing a verse highlighted by Rest for Your Soul author Wendy Blight, as well as what she had to say in her book about the healing benefits of meditating on God’s word:

“My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.” —‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭4‬:‭20‬-‭22‬‬‬ (NIV)

“These words are God’s written prescription from our Great Physician,” Wendy writes in Chapter One. “He prescribes them for our health and healing, physically and spiritually. There is no more powerful medication on this earth than the living, active, penetrating Word of God. Nothing lifts a worn, weary, worried soul more than God’s promises!”

I’m in Week 3 of the Proverbs 31 Ministries Rest for Your Soul Online Bible Study based on Wendy’s new book, and I’m learning so much about what it means to meditate on God’s word and why it’s a vital first step in restoring peace and calm to your body, soul, and spirit.

And that is just the beginning! Wendy’s study examines the sacred practices of solitude, silence, and prayer—habits that will shift your perspective when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

There’s still time to join me for this study and follow the weekly online articles shared on Study Central: Find it online here.

I’ll be sharing more about what I’m learning from Wendy as I walk through this study in the weeks to come. I will also include some of her personal key verses from the book for Monday Mind Renewal. Stay tuned!


  1. Jamie on September 22, 2023 at 2:41 pm

    Meditating is so valuable— never though about it being medicine before. It does have amazing healing power!

    • Renée Gotcher on October 24, 2023 at 12:51 pm

      Yes it does, Jamie—so grateful for the transformative power of God’s word! Thank you for your comment. 🙂

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