By Jamie Harms
When I was a new mom, I was a part of a community Bible study. My group was composed of mamas with children under age 1, who remained with us in the group. Our leader was fantastic about encouraging us to come even if we had not showered, wore mismatched socks, or were running late due to our little one. She would often repeat, “Mamas, the days are long, but the years are short.”
My how true were her words, not just for moms but for our daily grind in general. In this season, I find my days packed with daily chores, work-related tasks, caring for children, meeting up with friends in a socially distanced fashion, and squeezing in a walk before preparing dinner, doing dishes, and going to bed in order to get up and do it again the next day. The days in many ways have felt very long, but the summer is flying by, as is our time in the Psalms.
I do hope you have chosen to find rest and refreshment in these Old Testament songs and prayers with the ladies of UFC this summer. We have encouraged you to find a partner, a Bible buddy, to read with and to share how God is teaching you more about who He is and who He has made you to be. If you have not met up with your Bible buddy yet, it is time to do so. Give her a call, go for a walk together, find a night to sip tea under the stars after the kids go to bed, or connect in another way to encourage one another.
If you have not been in the Psalms yet or found a buddy, it is not too late to start. We are reading Psalms 115-118 and 120 this week. You can still jump in and get started by spending a few minutes each day reading, reflecting, and praying, and if you are like me, it is easier to do so when I know someone is going to ask me about it. Thus, ask a friend to read it with you, and put a date on the calendar to meet up or call and check in.
We need to enjoy the long days that summer affords in the Psalms because before we know it, fall will be upon us. We don’t want to have missed the opportunity to learn and to grow in God’s Word together this summer.
I miss seeing all you ladies face to face, but I trust that God is still at work in each of our lives. I would love to hear what God is teaching you in the Psalms and the daily things that life brings you. Feel free to drop me a text, email, or comment below! I miss you all.
Grace and peace to each of you.