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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!

A Summer in Psalms

Hey you! Lovely one…

I am so happy you are on this journey with me. I am excited to share this summer with you as we travel through the book of Psalms. I am praying this is a much needed exhale for you and that you will create pockets of time each day to pull in close and sit with our heavenly Father during this study.

The book of Psalms is rich with emotion (and I mean your favorite cheesecake kind of rich). These songs, prayers, and laments are exquisite! Truly! They are the cries from broken hearts, the whispers of peace, the begging of those in need, and the songs of worship from hearts bursting with praise… These are our emotions, and in the psalms we see ourselves.

What do you need for this study? Well,  consider the following…

  • A Bible 📖- whatever translation is your favorite (I use ESV and NIV predominantly, but I pull in the Message when I need a little devotional thought.) We will talk about Bible translations later this summer. Consider a study Bible  or Download a Bible app on your phone… something with a variety of translations AND the AUDIO option!!! Listening to the psalms may be your best way to find time to study Scripture. Uhhh… Audible has become my new best friend, but I still want  paper pages in my hands. ❤️
  • A Journal  📓- I write… therefore, I think everyone in the universe should write. BUT seriously, consider using a journal/composition book/notebook. My journal becomes a big part of my dialog with Jesus throughout my Bible studies. I write out my prayers, verses that stand out to me, verses I want to memorize and my notes/thoughts  about what a passage means.
  • Pens, lots of marvelous pens or pencils… I write in my Bible as well as in my journal. ✍️
  • TIME… ⏰ set aside pockets of time  during your week, daily if possible. Create the habit of a daily quiet time. The summer is a great time to start!

Our Summer Reading Schedule

Below you will find a schedule for the chapters we will focus on each week. Again, this is a summer study, and you have the luxury of taking it slower.

May 27th – June 2nd –  Chapters 1 – 14

June 3rd – June 9th –   Chapters 15 -24

June 10th – June 16th –  Chapters 25 – 36

June 17th – June 23rd – Chapters 37 – 48

June 24th – June 30th – Chapters 49 – 58

July 1st – July 7th –  Chapters 59 – 70

July 8th – July 14th – Chapters 71 – 82

July 15th – July 21st –  Chapters 83 – 95

July 22nd – July 28th –  Chapters 96 – 106

July 29th – August 4th – Chapters 107 – 118

August 5th – August 11th – Chapters 119 – 134  — My personal favorites:119 and the Psalms of Ascent (120 – 134)

August 12th – August 19th Chapters 135 – 150

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!

Berta

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