Friday, December 29, 2017

A Study in the Psalms

I have really felt the Lord nudging me to study the Psalms. I have been reading through the Bible, and when I got to the Psalms I couldn't just fast track through them. I skipped ahead to Isaiah and decided to keep reading there and add the Psalms and then Proverbs in additionally. The Psalms are just too good to read several in a sitting.
With the start of the new year, felt like a great time to really delve into each Psalm. To focus on each as long as I need, whether a day or a week.
I'd like to say I will share each Psalm with you and  my thoughts, but I imagine I will miss some. Some posts may  just be a photo of the Psalm, maybe some Bible Journaling, or a photo of my handwritten word. No deep commentary, we will leave that to Henry Morris.

My Psalms study will begin with my morning devotion time. Above are a few of the resources I am using. I have linked them below if you want to take a closer look.

As I study I may see other books that help, but for now this is plenty to get me started. I start with The Passion Translation. This version reads very fluidly. This particular version also has simple illustrations and lines for journaling which I may get to eventually. For now I am reading the Psalm  in here through a couple times. Then I move on to the NKJV of the Psalm. Read it through once and I am using that version then to write out the Psalm in the Journible.

After I write it out in the Journible I look at the study Bibles and read each of them including the commentary on the Psalm. Praying as I read it that God reveals what He wants me to get from the Psalm.

Reading the Psalm at least 6 times, in a variety of translations, really helps me to think on it throughout the day.
I have also had an interest in Hymns lately, having ordered a couple old hymnals on ebay so that I have actual Hymns on hand. I think it is fitting as Psalms are musical, and were sung. Many of the Hymns written were taken from the Psalm and as I have time I will look up specific Hymns that may have been written for each Psalm.

I invite you to join me on the Study in the Psalms and share what you may be learning from each one as well.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Brainstorming #Wordoftheyear 2018

God has been speaking to me lately, and it seems to coincide with the idea of the Word of the Year. Last year I had Selah, to pause and think. I did some, but not to the degree I would have liked. I desired to study the entire book of Psalms. Didn't happen. I started too many projects that never were finished. Even this blog, it has been over a month since I posted. I am clearly in need of direction and diligence. The Lord is popping these type of words in my mind


I have been looking up scripture verses on them, and praying on what direction to take the next year. Which of these, though similar will be the focus.
I need something to change, in my school days, my craft time, my time with Jesus. I take on too much, and then nothing is done well.
Still praying, for just the right word, but perhaps it will be more of a concept..
Have you thought of a word for the new year?

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