Just like last February, I decided to set a goal of bible journaling every day for the entire month. I was going to go through randomly, until I saw that my IG friend, Bailey, was going to be working through one psalm a day from February until June and was encouraging others to read and worship through them with her. Here is my first week of entries.
Days 1 & 2: One of my favorite parts of reading the Psalms is the ability to easily pray through them. I definitely underestimated how much room I’d need for each chapter since I’m using a double column journaling bible, but that’s ok – I just tried to emphasize the points or key verses that stuck out to me during my prayers. I really enjoyed pulling from other versions as well. At the end of chapter two, The Message translation reads, “Run for God, you won’t regret it!” Oh yes.
Day 3: Any time I read a verse about God being armor, it reminds me of Ephesians 6:10-20:
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Day 4: You all know that if there’s a verse with “joy” in it, it’s going in my bible immediately.
Day 5: I’m trying to keep my bible a little more slim this go-round, so I’m only using pens, stamps, and flat stickers/embellishments. I’m trying to pair down my stash before I pick up some of these lovelies.
After just one week, I’m realizing that my face-paced culture and mindset have played tricks on me. I always beg for more and more information that it’s become hard for me to slow down to accommodate this practice of reading only one Psalm a day. I’ve always tried to consume as much as I can in a short amount of time in hopes of retaining all that God’s word holds as fast as possible. There are scenarios where this could be useful (like when I read the Bible in year) but I’ve realized that it isn’t the best practice for me to really dig deep into God’s promises and hide his words away in my heart.
In pushing myself to over-consume, I’ve found that my heart is really overwhelmed. I’m talking about feeling overwhelmed to the point that I feel deterred from doing anything – praying, reading, or turning from my sin. Because to be honest, none of these things will ever be complete and I’m not sure I know how to handle “to-dos” that will be on my list every day for the rest of my life. I’ll never get to a point where I won’t need to pray or read or repent.
As I hold on to this practice, I’m giving myself grace to take it day by day in hopes of tackling a slower pace that God will use to soothe my soul and teach me how to take action wen I’m overwhelmed.