At 15, having placed my trust in the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus just 1 year prior, I was hungry to learn and grow. I was enamored with the Bible. I loved the stories in the narrative sections. And, the pithy theological statements in the letters drew me in. However, for some reason, my excitement waned when it came to the Book of Psalms. It was filled with these deep, emotional statements and scenes that at 15, I just could not piece together. “I’ll just skip over this section.” I’d say to myself.” Besides, I reasoned, maybe Psalms and I were not meant to spend much time together anyway. I didn’t even know how to pronounce it at first! My friends, who had gone to church their whole lives, knew that the “P” was supposed to be silent. I didn’t; and we all had a good laugh at my expense when it came out… “Pussalmss.” One of the many reasons, I discounted the whole book. Little did I know, just a few years later, how that book of “Pussalms” would become one that I would cling to during my some of my toughest times.
After going to Bible college and being convinced all Scripture is worthy and necessary I found myself reading through the Psalm in the summer of 2001. Tragically, my husband Brian’s father and grandmother passed away that year in about a week’s span of time. We were thrust into a very difficult family situation. I was in my early 20s, pregnant with my second child and truly discussing extended family care needs that only people in their 40s and 50s usually face. There was a grandfather and an aunt needing care. I was overwhelmed with so many emotions I could not even put them into words. I was away from our home and unsure when we would get to go back. Our days were filled with funerals and the care of a grandfather in the early stages of dementia.
The Lord knew where I would be emotionally, physically and spiritually the summer of 2001 and he had directed me to the perfect place in the Bible, Psalms!
In February 2020 I found myself reading through the Psalms once again. Little did I know of the awaiting pandemic and national upset that was just days away. Instantly my family of seven was all going to be home, for days without end. I was going to have to handle my own emotions and fears and then those of my children. I had started using an Intervarsity Prayer Guide that has a three month reading plan through Psalms. Each morning of the pandemic I was reading two Psalms.
God knew where I would be emotionally, physically and spiritually this spring and he had directed me to the perfect place in the Bible, Psalms!
In the book of Psalms we find the authors in days of difficulty, joy and sorrow. We find declarations of praise and celebrating as well as deep cries for help and complete confusion with God’s possible silence. Our emotions and God’s truth are beautifully woven together in these verses. Chapter after chapter God is walking with us as our hearts are just all over the place. The ability to trust him, to run to him, to call to him are there over and over. Our hearts can find peace and even patience with our frustration.
I was not the only one in Psalms during the pandemic. Several of our Women’s Ministry leaders were as well. We invite you to take a journey with us through some of our favorite Psalms.
Each weekend of the summer our CFC Women’s Ministry Instagram account will feature a Psalm devotional written by one of our CFC WM leaders. We invite you to check in on Friday to find out what Psalm to read, and check back in on Saturday to read the devotional. This series will run into August and we will conclude with a picnic gathering. Plan to join us on August 9th at 4:00pm. We will share our Psalm thoughts and experiences and enjoy time together. To read more about the picnic click here. To check us out on Instagram click here.
Mandy Moore has been leading our Women's Ministry since 2015. She is passionate about helping individuals connect to God through the study of the Bible and in authentic community. She designs Bible studies and events for women where this can happen. Mandy married her high school sweetheart, Brian, and together they have five children.