Quietly Through the Psalms will be a slow and simple practice in handwriting the Word. Moving at our own individual paces, will take the time to see and absorb all of God has for us. Then, through the Quietly Through Thursday link-up, we will share how our hearts are being made new by the transforming power of God’s word.
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As many of you already know, when it comes to studying God’s Word, I like to keep it slow and simple. Simple, because if the study is too complicated I won’t finish it. Slow, because just like a good cup of tea I need to steep in all that God is saying through Scripture.
A few years ago I introduced Quietly Through: A 2-year Bible Reading Program. It was slow. It was simple. It was pretty great. However, I’m going on my 6th year with this plan and I’m feeling the need to changes things up a bit. (Don’t worry, if your part of the Quietly Facebook group, I’ll still be providing the monthly bookmarks that go along with the plan). This year I’ll be moving quietly through the Psalms.
As I read through the Psalms I’ll also be handwriting each book (did you know that there are five different books within Psalms?). Chapter by chapter. Verse by verse. Word by word.
Shortly after I started this blog, I began handwriting The Gospel According to Mark. I had read Mark several time prior, but never before I had seen so many amazing details of the life of Jesus. Never before had I learned so many amazing truths that changed my life and the way I looked at my Savior.
During this time I wrote and shared many post on the things the Holy Spirit was teaching me. Several of these I still refer and link back to because they are just as relevant for me today as they were when I wrote them. I hope that as I handwrite quietly through the Psalms this will happen again. I want the Holy Spirit to teach. I want to be inspired to write again. I want to share with you.
I’m also hoping that many of you will join me on this journal quietly through the Psalms. Like I said earlier, I like things slow and simple, so there won’t be a formal reading plan, no checklist or specific timeline. If this handwriting journey takes six months or the whole year to complete, it doesn’t matter. If we aren’t finished until 2022, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that we take in all that the Lord has for us in the 150 chapters of the Book of Psalms.
So, what will Quietly Through the Psalms look like? It will probably look boring. Uneventful. Mundane. Maybe even messy. It will be each of us with our bibles, our pens or pencils, and our notebooks coping down the thoughts of God. His word. His will. His heart. It may happen in the early morning before the rest of our families wake up or late in the evening when we are slowing down. It may happen during lunch breaks or while nursing babies. It may happen at a consistent time each day or it may happen in the small moments of time between each of our daily tasks. But it will happen. I’m sure of it.
It will happen if we will surrender our plans and our ideas of what Bible study should look like and allow The King to mold and refine our hearts. Through this He will grow our faith and produce fruit in our lives. Yes? Yes!
I will attempt (but won’t promise) to share in a post something I am learning each Thursday. In this post I will also create a link-up for those who are journeying through the Psalms. In the past I have opened the Quietly Through Thursday link to any faith-based post. For the time being, however, I plan to limit link-up posts to those written about Quietly Through the Psalms. I’m praying that, even if it is small, this will lead to the creation of an intimate and thriving community of women focused on worshiping our Lord and Savior.
So in a bit nutshell Quietly Through the Psalms is us…
- handwriting the Word
- writing about what the Holy Spirit is teaching us
- and sharing with each other (through the linkup) how God is changing our hearts and our lives
I hope you will join me in this slow and simple look at God’s Word. Would you please let me know if you plan to participating by leaving me a comment below? And if this isn’t for you, please consider sharing this post. Who knows? Maybe some you know would like to join this journey that moves Quietly Through the Psalms.
Only by grace,