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BRF Catch up: Summer in Psalms

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I’m alive. I”m here. I haven’t forgotten about Book Review Friday. I admit that it has been a challenge to find time when I am awake to read. Summer is sooo busy. But I’m plugging away at it and I hope you are too.

I’m not writing a review. There just isn’t time. But I wanted you all to know that we should be up to Psalm 86 by next Friday. So if you are like me and need to play ‘catch-up’ please join in and see what we can accomplish in this next week.

We’ve had a busy week here and no end in sight. Some necessary things on the list of things to do this summer as well as some awesome-can’t wait-fun fun fun times to come as well. I’ll do my best to keep posting my favourite pictures along the way. It’s faster than writing it all down…. and probably way more interesting. :)

So, keep reading and I’ll do my best to be back here next week with the next weeks assignment.  For now here are a couple of pic’s from the past week or so. :)

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BRF: Summer in the Psalms (51-57)

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For this week we’re into Psalm chapters 58-64. Read one chapter each day, more than once if you can, and make notes as you go. Let this summer be one where you do not let your Bible reading slip. It has proven itself harder in the summer season with me. Life gets busier and this is something easily let slide. But the readings are easy because they are so short.

I have read the chapters each day. I have a few notes. But because of life and the way it is these days I will refrain from typing up a review.  If you do write a review please leave a comment so that I/we can check it out. :)

BRF: Summer in the Psalms (44-50)

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This coming week we’ll be moving into chapters 51-57. Read one each day, reading it more than once a day if possible.

I was shocked after supper when I realized it was Friday already. I will not be writing out a review this week. So there. My house is in a state of craziness as I’m in the middle of moving things around to make way for baby. Only 16 weeks to get organized. It can be done… It can be done…

Anyway, if you did write a review or are going to please leave a link to it in the comments. Please don’t let my lack of review keep you from writing one. I don’t want to discourage any reviews! They are a great encouragement!!

Off I go to hopefully get to bed early. :)

BRF: Summer in the Psalms (37-43)

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For this week, as you have already guessed, we move on to Psalm 44-50. Read a Psalm every day and try to read it more than once. 7 times would be great. Ponder, meditate, pray over it, then write down in your notebook whatever the Lord shows you. Come back next Friday (or Sunday in my case) and let us all in on your weeks reading.

Mine is short, but the notes in my binder are not. The purpose of writing a post on our Book Reviews is not to write down everything we saw or that is important, it is to fill our notebooks with all we’ve learned and see what a difference it makes in our own lives. Just reminding you that it’s okay for the reviews to be short & sweet. The main purpose is for each of us to get into the Word everyday and come away with gold nuggets that the Lord will use to make us grow.

So there.

I’ll just tell you really quickly that Psalm 39 was the Psalm that I couldn’t forget all week long. I read the others but kept coming back to 39 over and over. I don’t have any deep thoughts really, but I’ll just write straight from my notebook again, because time is against me, life is insane, and I’m tired. :)
Verses 7,8 – My hope is all in God. My life is based on the conviction of my sin and the One who saves me from myself. My sin brings pain because it separates me from fellowship. It bring “a plague” to my life and God corrects with blows’ and rebukes.

 

“You make his beauty melt away like a moth; surely man is vapor.” That comes from deep humbleness & repentance over ones sin.

I also thought that verses 4-6 would be a good place to start praying each day. “Lord make me to know my end, And what is the measure of my days, That I may know how frail I am.”

That’s all I’ll write. It’s not too late for you to write down a tidbit for us all either. Keep reading, keep making notes!

If you write a review please leave a comment with a link.

BRF: Summer in the Psalms (29-36)

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The next week we’ll be reading Psalm 37-43. Read a Psalm every day and keep your notebook with you so you learn more. That’s how it works. If you can’t explain it to someone else, you didn’t learn much.

It’s late for me to be getting this up here. I can’t help it. I have a life. I have a family & a mini farm that isnt’ leaving much computer time these days. We’re having a great time and I have lots of posts in my head. Maybe I’ll get around to letting you in on them someday soon.:)

Anyway, I have had one verse from this weeks reading that has been kind of ‘haunting’ me… in a good way. I’ve pondered and thought and meditated on it. I’ve been convicted many moments throughout many of my days because of it. I’m just going to type word for word from my binder notes simply to save brain cells and time.

Psalm 29:2 “…worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” No one cares about holiness anymore. At least it seems like it. Most days it’s a matter of survival for me and all thoughts and desires for holy living are forgotten and trampled by daily routines and nuisances. Living a holy life (something different than legalistic living) is a form of worship. without it our worship, my worship, loses it’s sweet smelling savour to the Lord. Holiness isn’t a once in a while thing – it’s a life lived in the Lord’s strength.

That is what has been going through my head. How can I say that I worship Him in the beauty of holiness when I’m not in the Word more, when I’m a grump or discontented at some point every day, when I am not totally absorbed in living my life – every moment of it- in constant communion with Him? My thoughts, attitudes, activities, entertainment, relationships, are not where they should be. I cannot say that I have worshipped Him in the beauty of holiness in a long long while. Showing up at church Sunday morning and feeling spiritual but not involving the Lord in every moment of my life throughout the week is nothing more than fake Christianity.

I’m convicted. God is working.

I’m hoping that you are all still patient with me and don’t mind BRF being up a day late. I’m hoping that you all have read and are excited about a writing a review. I’m excited about reading any that you do.
If you do a review please leave a link to it in the comments so we can all find it real easy like. :)

BRF: Summer in the Psalms

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Moving right along in the Psalms, we’ll be reading Psalm 29-36 until next Friday. Read a Psalm each day (a few times a day if you can) and come back here to share a bit of what you wrote in your notebook.

I’ll be back to add my review tomorrow I hope. Life was nicely busy with other things today and it passed without me realizing I needed to get BRF up here. :)

*** My review:

I was shocked & ashamed to look into my binder and find no notes from this week. No notes!!! I read each Psalm for the day, but never had my binder beside me. I always thought I’d find it and jot some stuff down and obviously never remembered once I stood up.

I’ll just touch on a couple that are my favourites from way back, like all of 7 or 8 years ago. I loved Psalm 25 the first time I read it through. I love practical things. I started praying Psalm 25: 4, 5 often way back when. I wanted to know His will for my day to day life and wasn’t sure how to go about knowing what it was. Then I read those verses, I was reminded just to ask.  “Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me,  For You are the God of my salvation; On you I wait all the day.”  So I asked the Lord to show me, teach me, and lead me. I concentrated on getting into the Word to give Him some ammunition too. I came back to this Psalm a lot.

I found it interesting this time reading through 25:8-9 that the Lord first teaches a sinner about His way. We’re lost without God showing us that we’re sinners in need of Him. Then, He humbles us so that we can be guided and taught. Just read it… “Good and upright is the Lord; Therefore He teaches sinners in the way. The humble He guides in justice, And the humble He teaches His way.”

The last thing I’ll mention is from Psalm 27:4. I think I need to memorize this verse. I don’t live with this as my whole focus and joy. “One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord  All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple.”  I get too caught up in the day to day tasks and my own disappointments or cares to think much about this. Reality check.

Okay, two things from Psalm 27. :) Vs. 13,14 come to me in times of personal struggle. Let’s face it, we all deal with icky circumstances. We get hurt, we feel like giving up, we mess up big time, we’re just tired or life just seems too hard to deal with. I’ve felt like giving up and just doing what I wanted instead of what I knew to be right from time to time. But this is the kind of verse that sticks with you and encourages you to stay on the straight and narrow no matter how little heart it seems you have left for it. “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.. Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” It’s amazing just how powerful a simple verse or two can be to change the course of ones life. This has been one of those verses for me on more than one occasion.

That’s all I’ll write for now. I’ve commited to doing better with my notebook this week. At least BRF is doing it’s job. It’s a weekly reminder to me when I’ve fallen off the wagon. This was a crazy busy week that I could have blogged a million times over about, but who had time?!! 

 I’m off to read your reviews. :)

If you did a review, or when you do it, come back here and leave a comment so everyone knows. It’s even better when you add the link to your review. :) You should go back and check the other reviews, some have been added later and it’s great to go back and see.

BRF: Summer in the Psalms

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For this coming week we’ll be reading through Psalm 22-28. Read a Psalm each day. Read it a few times each day if you can, and make notes on the things you see and that speak to you. Next Friday come back and feel free to share as much or as little as you want. Everyone knows we can go short n’ sweet or long n’ deep around here. :)

I’ll just share a couple random things from my binder notes. First thing is from Psalm 16:8, “I have set the Lord always before me: because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.”I was wondering what some practical ways are that I can set the Lord before me. Here are just a few I wrote down:
*Read and meditate everyday (I love having ladies that are doing this right along with me!)
*Leave my Bible open on the counter and refer to it all day.
*Listen to sermons (or really good music when I can’t concentrate on a sermon)
*Make it a habit to pray as I go about my day.
If I disciplined myself to do all 4 of these things I’m sure it would have a dramatic affect on my life.

I’ll just have to tell you that I have 1 1/2 pages of my loose-leaf filled with stuff I wrote from Psalm 18 (and I was in a rush), so I guess I really liked that one. My favourite part is taken from vs.28-36. In those verses I have myself pulled out of darkness into the light, running through the battle, leaping over walls that are in my way, running so fast and getting to good and nourishing places, and I can even bend a bow of bronze because of the strength God provides. While all this is going on and I’m looking so swift and strong and graceful with all I’m battling and doing, it is God who is shielding and protecting me. He is the one giving the strength and grace to overcome human weakness and get to those higher, more nourishing places that I can find rest in.
I love how it is put in the last part of Psalm 18:35, “…thy gentleness hath made me great.” Everything God had done in my life amazes me. It’s a good thing to remember all that God has saved & brought me from. It was much gentleness that brought me to this place. He gently broke a few bones, he gently held my head above the raging waters more than once, He gently led me through still waters, He gently brought me back to Him each time I began to stray. He gently works and brings grace & joy.

Things I made note of in learning about all that God is:
Protector, Strength, Gentle, Perfect, Pure, Righteous, just to name a few. :)

Thanks for going along this journey through the Psalms with me. Every day that you bring out your Bible and notebook it’s nice to think about the others out there making a point to do the same. Keep reading. :) If you have a review of your own please leave a comment. Just last night I finally found the time to read all the reviews from last week. It’s been busy. They were great. :)