I don’t know about you, but I am a sucker for 30 day challenges, 100 days of yada-yada, and all those calendar-type challenges. My track record will prove that:
June—a few girlfriends and I did a 30 Day Plank Challenge
August—-several of us here in the Modern Monica community did the 30 Day Kindness Challenge
September—-Psalms a Day
It’s kind of a thing now where my hubby will just ask, ‘So, what are you trying to tackle these 30 days?’
Reading through the Psalms one day at a time was a challenge I did at the start of 2018. It was beyond perfect as I had no idea in reading the future that I would be stepping out of work in March for a 6 months medical leave due to my back. That first month was HARD beyond imagination. I still have trouble articulating the pain I was in both physical, emotional and even some spiritual. I had no idea how much of my identity was wrapped up in what I do. I am forever talking about how I want to be known for relationships, how I love others, and so forth. But when I was just laying around and pretty much doing nothing at all I truly went through some mind stuff of asking myself who I am and what do I want to do with this one beautiful life?
God in His grace has lavished so many gifts of grace on me. This season of rest and walking in the Psalms is something I want to do all the days of my life. David is the author of many of the Psalms and he just tells it straight to God. He cries out when he is upset, confused, angry, sad, or whatever emotion he is currently walking in. He sings out to God in pure joy and the happiness of a free child as he celebrates the goodness God has poured on his everyday.
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. Psalm 23
The Lord has truly had to make me lie down from time to time. I am often apt to run from event to event on my calendar and fill up any margins of time with something else. He is so graciously leading me like a shepherd has to lead the forgetful and dependent sheep,’ It’s time to rest Monica, use this green pasture here to lie down.’
Will you join me as we walk through the Psalms? You can walk at whatever pace you prefer, but I’m recommending just one a day. There is nothing sweeter than that morning cup of coffee with some nuggets of truth from God’s words to us and instructions for how to best tackle the day we are about to embark upon. I hope you’ll find yourself getting real with God, maybe for the first time, let us walk in honesty like David did and tell how God how we are feeling from the truth in our hearts. I love this video with Bono of U2 and Eugene Peterson who did the Message translation of the Bible and their thoughts on the beautiful art, honesty and need for the Psalms. The video takes about 20 minutes to watch entirely, but ya’ll I seriously love what both of these guys are up to in life and they place a desire in me to walk in more authentic honesty both with God and just in the daily, I hope you get a chance to click on it and take a listen sometime.
I can’t wait to hear what you find as you get into the Psalms this Autumn season and what honesty can do between us and God. Please please leave a comment here on the blog, Facebook, Instagram, wherever you wish and share with us what you learn from the Psalms whether past, present or future.
May we enter into what you are already doing. may we praise you with arts and songs.