Summer in the Psalms

study notes

Play and Praise

This week we’re reading Psalms 136-140 in our Summer in the Psalms study, and we have a park date planned for Thursday at Bond Lane Park in Eugene. Also, don’t forget to mark your calendars for the next backyard book club, which will be held on August 13. Details are at ufcwomen.blog, and if you have any questions, we’d love to hear from you at ufcwomen.blog@gmail.com.

Music in Our Hearts (with playlist)

Summertime road trips are the best! As a kid, my family and I piled into the car for long trips with eager anticipation of the adventure awaiting us. For hours on end, we listened to Adventures in Odyssey, G.T. and The Halo Express, and Psalty the Singing Songbook with the psalms of my childhood. To this day, if you ask me to recite one of the verses they turned into songs, I can sing it for you. I sometimes have to sing it all the way through just to remember the reference, but the words are deeply ingrained in my heart and mind. I don’t think it is any coincidence that the psalms were created to be sung as a way of remembering the truths found in Scripture…

Psalms and Fellowship

We’re reading Psalms 131-135 this week and looking forward to a special Ladies Night Out this Thursday. Click the link for more information.

Waiting and Hoping

In her post “Waiting and Hoping,” Jasmine Timm shares two, personal stories of waiting that shared commonalities but very different endings. She then takes us to Psalm 130 to hear the psalmist lament, perhaps about one of the worst moments of his life, and is reminded that hope is always found in the Lord. As we all wait for something right now in this crazy season of the unknown, this is a timely post to remind us to live tethered to Him and the hope only He provides. Find the full post at ufcwomen.blog.

Save the Dates

Greetings, Beautiful Ladies! Click the link for the details of this week’s readings and gathering.

Psalm 121: Look Up!

Today Andi Hines reflects on Psalm 121 at ufcwomen.blog: “There have been times in my life when I have looked up to God for help or answers. Maybe you have, too? I have literally raised my face to the heavens and asked, or cried, or even in my broken boldness demanded those things only God can give. I know He’s hearing me wherever I may look for Him, but I still look up. Is my instinct to look up to the heavens based on many Scriptures that tell us God is “high and lifted up”? Or is it about something more significant?…”

Book Club This Week!

We hope you’re enjoying some sweet time in God’s Word this summer and finding some safe ways to fellowship with your sisters in Christ. This week we’re encouraging you to read in the Psalms with us and join us for some backyard fellowship. Click the link for details.

Jesus in the Psalms

When we allow a story to awaken our minds, we can imagine our feet on the ground in a specific place, at a certain time, and with a host of characters. Today at ufcwomen.blog, Jaime Sherman takes us to First Century Galilee to witness how Jesus quoted the Psalms to silence His foes, cry out in agony to His Father, and fulfill many prophecies. Come along on a journey mixed with biblical truth and a measure of imagination to see how Jesus is present in this Old Testament collection of songs and prayers.

Patterns of Praise in the Psalms

The book of Psalms is vast and varied. Its 150 chapters are full of human joy and trials and rich in the consistent provision of a faithful God. As we watch David in the Psalms, we see him openly wrestle with God about his feelings, which ultimately turns to praise, a framework for how we can approach our God. Read more of Joanna Sheppard’s post today at ufcwomen.blog.

This Week for UFC Women

Ladies, we hope you’ve had a sweet Fourth of July weekend. This week we have some fun things coming up for you. Click on the link for all the details!

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Daily VErses

Psalm 136

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” Join us for a study of Psalm 136 today at ufcwomen.blog.

Psalm 135

Today we’re spending time in Psalm 135. At the end of today’s text, you’ll find encouragement to memorize a verse from this psalm, questions to ponder, and a guide for prayer. May your study be rich as praise the Lord.

Psalm 134

Today we’re wrapping up the Psalms of Ascents with Psalm 134. Tomorrow we plan to continue our journey through the songs and prayers of the Old Testament. We hope you will continue to join us through the summer in this incredibly rich collection!

Psalm 133

From Psalm 133, we see that strife and division are not God’s plan for our lives, but because sin entered our world, discord is the norm. We remember on this day so many years ago that Jesus took on the burden of sin for all mankind, dying on a roughly hewn cross so that He could bring us back into a right relationship with Him. His plans have always been for blessing and favor. So today in the midst of so much uncertainty around us, we can be certain that God is for us and has guaranteed the eternal future (133:3) of all who trust in the work of Jesus upon the cross. Our eyes rightly fixed, not on our present realities but on God’s eternal promises, causes us to lift up our hands in holy reverence, humility, and submission and declare that God is worthy of all blessing and honor.

Psalm 132

Happy Tuesday, Ladies! We’ve given you daily prompts from the Psalms this summer, and today is no different, though we’re going to share Psalm 132 with you in a little different fashion than the last days. With the S.O.A.P. method, we’re going to send you straight to God’s Word for your own study. Click the link for the Scripture and prompts.

Psalm 131

When we choose to surrender to our Lord Jesus Christ, we find rest and contentment. Psalms 131 shows us a picture of this contentment as the psalmist has a right view of himself because he has a right view of God. Click the link for more of today’s devotional.

Psalm 130

Today we’re reading Psalm 130. Click the link for a brief reflection and several study questions.

Psalm 129

In Psalm 129, the psalmist speaks of the affliction the nation of Israel experienced under oppressive rulers and contrasts that burden with the Lord’s righteousness and power to “cut the cords of the wicked.” How does this encourage you today? What cords are threatening to entangle you? What are your afflictions? How is God faithful in your circumstances?

Psalm 128

Here are two important questions for us to consider as we read Psalm 128: What does it look like to walk in the Lord’s ways? How should the fear of God connect to how we choose to live and to rest?

Psalm 127

Join us today for a study time in Psalm 127. Click here for the psalm and study questions.

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