First of all, to say that meditation is against God's word is just a fear based view. Meditation is about quieting the mind, suspending judgement and opening your heart to your true self. Ultimately, it's about letting go and just being present. Try this-
Go to a quiet place, an uncluttered place, somewhere that you won't be inundated with outside distractions. Outdoors works well, or in an open space in your home. Find a position that you are comfortable. If you are familiar with yoga, child's pose works well for a starting point. Basically you sit with your legs folded under your butt and lean forward, putting your forehead on the floor and stretching your arms out in front of you. You can move from this pose if you want, to any way you feel comfortable. Once you are in a comfortable position begin emptying your mind by lengthening your breath. One full breath in, one full breath out. Concentrate on your breath and nothing else. When thoughts and distractions make their way in, don't judge them or yourself, just let them go and think about your breath. Breathe from your diaphram, not your chest, so that your whole body can benefit from the breathing. Clean air in, bad air out. Do this for at least 10 minutes, and remember, it is normal to have distractions. What is important is not to judge them, just try to let go of them. The breath gives you a focus, something that can stay the same and let you concentrate on the present. You will find that over time the distractions will get quieter and quieter and your meditation will get deeper with more practice.
For stress relief in every day situations where it isn't feasable to go lay down and meditate, you can take short breaks by just stopping for a moment in your mind and concentrating on your breathing. It is amazing how far this will go in improving your health by helping control anger and frustration.
Yoga is great, but the benefits are only fully achieved when the breath is taught with it. If you don't have money to spend on books, try your public library. I have found many useful resources there for free.
If you have any questions, feel free to message me.