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Week 1 – Psalms

Stepping into the Psalms…

I want to share a couple of great Bible study resources to use with the study of Psalms but they can be used with any Bible study.

The Bible Project

The first resource is The Bible Project website. I love what the Bible Project is doing and how they are reaching an entire generation with their creative videos on the Bible. Check out their webpage. The Bible Project

The video overview of Psalms provides background and it is the perfect way to begin our summer study. It is a little over 8 minutes, and it is awesome!

Check out the video introduction/overview to Psalms by The Bible Project-Psalms.

ESV Scripture Journals

The next is a Scripture resource. I want to share a really cool way to read, study, and mark your Scripture. I always provide a printable copy of whatever Scripture we study in our F.A.T. Girls Bible study group because I believe in marking Scripture. However, I did not do that for this summer study.

BUT… I have found these ESV Scripture Journals, and they are marvelous! Really marvelous!!! I love that they are the ESV translation as well… my translation of choice (personal opinion…not everyone’s). These journals are for individual books of the Bible.

I have one for Romans (at the suggestion of my pastor) that many in my church are using as he preaches through the book this year. My copy is the ESV Illuminated Scripture Journal which has a very pretty cover, but that seems to be the only difference between the ESV Illuminated Journal and the ESV Scripture Journal. My sweet friend, Jen gave me a copy of the ESV Illuminated Scripture Journal for the book of Galatians as well.

Honey, now I am totally smitten with these Scripture journals.

So I ordered one for Psalms through Amazon. Bear in mind, the print is smaller for Bible study, but it’s so much easier than carrying around a big old notebook when I am working on a study. BTW… this journal for Psalms is THICK- a little over an inch thick. The Illuminated version (with a pretty cover) does not come out until the end of September… heavy sigh.

I love that the pages of these Scripture journals have wide margins and there is a blank page for note taking and journalling across from each printed page. The paper for these pages is thick and takes the ink of my Flair pens well.

For those of you who enjoy illustrating or creative journalling, these ESV Scripture Journals would be good to illustrate as well… appealing to your creative, artistic side in Bible study… if you are so inclined to respond to God’s Word in that way… ♥️✏️📖

Joining the study…

This first week we are reading and working through Psalms 1 – 14. If you would like to join our Facebook Group – F.A.T. Girls Online Study – it’s not too late to summer through the Psalms with us!

Summering in Psalms – F.A.T. Girls Style

Beginning Monday, May 27th, join us as we spend our summer in the book of Psalms.

Why in the world should you spend your summer reading  Psalms with us? Well…

Music and poetry often seem to be the only way to express the wide gamut of emotions we all experience throughout our lives. Happiness, anxiety, frustration, despair, peacefulness, joy and anger are difficult to script because our human emotions are complicated. The book of Psalms speaks  to this part of our human experience through the poetic expressions of people who offered their feelings and their circumstances to God.

My hope and prayer is that we will use this season to exhale… to pull in close to the Father, to see beautiful glimpses of Jesus in these Old Testament songs and prayers, to inhale the wondrous realization of His love, His mercy, and His grace.

Did you know…?

The one hundred fifty psalms in this Old Testament book provide poetic expressions of praise, worship and confession.  Jewish tradition ascribes David as the author of 73 psalms, Asaph 12 psalms, the sons of Korah 9 psalms, Solomon 2 psalms, Herman (with the sons of Korah), Ethan, and Moses each wrote 1, and 51 psalms are anonymous. The time span over which the psalms were written is vast beginning about the time of Moses (around 1440 B.C.) and ending with the Babylonian captivity which was 586 B.C.

Join us!


My Summer Something List

summer something list

My summer is half over…heavy sigh.

And before I know it, it will be August. Then school begins. I know for a fact, I’ll look back over the past two months and wonder why I didn’t get more accomplished.  Well, this year I decided to write down a set goals  for my summer 16’…

My “Summer Something List” goes “something” like this:

  • Playing  with a precious a granddaughter and loving  on her sweet mommy and daddy for two weeks…THIS… Bubbles, play dough, sidewalk chalk, swimmies, the aquarium, library story time… Did I mention that we are just a tab bit excited about their two week visit?!

  • Spending time with my feet in the sand while beaching like a whale…Yes…Hallelujah!

    Salt water and sand for my soul. Hopefully we will throw in some fish or shrimp tacos.

    Tacos make me very happy! VERY…



  •  Read…read…read… I set a  goal of 20 books for the summer with at least 6 nonfiction titles in this mix.

    Honey, I am struggling with this one. I currently have 3 books going. At. The. Same. Time… Just call me Ms. Distraction. I am not spending the time with my nose in a novel like I usually do,  and this is making my reaching my reading goal tough.

  • Write…Write and write a little more. I had hoped to write a little each day, but again, the distractions are dragging me in and under.

  • Nap. Each. Day…Hallelujah! Yes! Because I can… Soul care, people!

    Nothing distracts me from napping, people. NOTHING. This is happening!

  •  Prepare one new dish each week…I am in a food slump. I am looking for healthy, EASY dishes. Stay tuned…I will share.

    Moment of transparency…I have already failed miserably at this one.  Maybe I need to should try to actually cook one meal at home each week. That might be a far  more realistic goal.

    Sad, isn’t it? 

  • We are definitely trying at least  4 new restaurants this summer.  We are already half to meeting this goal with two new eateries down.

    This one is big, folks,  because my sweet man isn’t always the most receptive to new or different…anything. Love him, but just being honest. I can’t wait to share  about these experiences.  Trying new restaurants is always an adventure for us because we  are going to research that place to death before showing up on the doorstep. Research and read reviews…because…um…my hubby. Thank you…

    (Since I am not hitting the goal of the preparing the new food each week, I think this goal is something I can definitely put my heart and energy into…Feeling hopeful here, peeps! )

  • Ease back into walking again especially in the mornings.  With my physical therapy nearing completion, my activity level should increase gradually.

    I purchased an exercise ball…and ya’ll this deserves its own post. I have no words currently for the antics of trying to work with this massive silver orb in the hopes of strengthening my core and back… Honestly, the ball deserves its own haiku…Watch for future poetry posts regarding the ball. 

  • Paint my master bedroom and bath. The calm color has been chosen. This one is a “hope to,” but not a “have to,” and this one is going to be a team effort. Hubby has promised to help.  Apparently, he is just as sick of the current mint green color on the walls as I am. Painting with  Bear, whose middle name is “Perfection,” should be good for laughs or the lunatic asylum. Either way, it screams of humorous possibilities.

  •  ____________ This is my freebie! I want to add a new “something” to my summer. I don’t even know what this is going to be. I am open and willing for a sweet new adventure, or at least something new and fun. 


Things removed from my list:

  • Skydiving for my 53rd birthday…Yeah. Doctor threw this one out…Go figure. Bad back…

  • Rollercoasters…not happening either.  Uhh… bad back…Thank you, again.

  • Starting a new flower bed…???

    Who am I kidding? This one wasn’t even realistic. Truthfully, me gardening is a little cruel to the plants who deserve so much better.  I lack the ability to keep green things alive long.

    Please do not ask me to care for your plants if you are traveling. You have been warned.


What are  some of your Summer 16 goals?

Be honest…how realistic are they?

Which ones have  you actually achieved?

And which ones have you tossed in the pond of “No Way, Jose?”


Just curious…





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