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30 Day Psalm Challenge

There’s something I love so much about the Psalms.  David spoke with such honesty, didn’t he?  I mean, he really shared the depths of his heart with God… It’s quite impressive to me, actually.  Some days I stumble around aimlessly with my words while other days my prayers are so grandeur that they hardly seem genuine.  But David?  If he felt it, he said it!

No wonder he was called a man after God’s own heart.

I wonder what would happen if we all took the time to study how David (and the other psalmists) talked to God, and instead of just reading the book of Psalms, we started training ourselves to pray the same way- with honesty, reverence, and a deep connection to our Creator that can only come from being genuine in our prayer life.

“God loves the authentic you just the way you are right now.”  My pastor Ben Snyder said this during church service this past weekend.  Really let that sink in.  How freeing it is to know that you don’t have to clean up your mess before approaching God and connecting with Him through prayer- one on One!

We don’t need all the pretty little words that might make us look like “real” Christians…
We don’t need to fancy up our lives when we’re talking to the God who sees behind the scenes in your life & knows your every thought, every move, and every desire.
We don’t need to wait to speak to a higher (human) authority and ask them to pray for us instead.

He says, The veil has already been torn.  Just come inside and talk to me.

For the next 30 days, I’ll be digging into the Psalms and rerouting my prayer life in order to continue my growth with the Lord.  It’s SO easy to get distracted by life and let your prayer time slip by.  But can I encourage you to make the time to invest in your relationship with God?  I’m positive I’ll have days where I’m unable to wake up earlier than Nadia in order to get a very undistracted, quiet reading/prayer time in, but I’ll find a way to carve out that space because it’s important.  Maybe you’ll be able to read a psalm in the morning before work and pray through it in the car.  Maybe before bed you’ll be able to read, pray, and journal before dozing off.  Either way, I’d LOVE to have you join me.

If you’re on social media, feel free to follow what I’m reading & use the hashtag #monthofpsalmschallenge to share with me what you’re reading and praying through.  If you miss a day, don’t get discouraged.  This is a very grace-filled assignment.  😉

 

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