Sailing Through Psalms, A Summer Bible Study

The first ever Love Like Confetti Bible Study!
I’m challenging you and myself to write out the first book of Psalms along with some pretty Bible marking of course! We will be spending 41 Days (M-F) in The Psalms.
This post is loaded with details, so read on!

And be sure to check out this post for some creative Scripture writing tips (+ a fun activity) and it’s importance!

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It starts June 5th!

WHAT:
The Psalms are divided into 5 books, we’ll be writing out the 1st book, which has 41 chapters. Let’s do the math. On average there’s a total of 15 verses per chapter (616 verses / 41 chapters = 15), it’s totally doable along with Bible Coloring (highlighting and annotating)!

WHY:
The main focus of this study is to ENGAGE with scripture.

Too often, we read very fast and within a matter of minutes, we’ve forgotten what we just read.
Writing out Scripture slows us down.
Highlighting and marking, slows us down.
Writing out scriptures aides greatly in spiritual growth.
God commanded the kings of Israel to handwrite the Bible for themselves.

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Deut. 17:18-20 “When he sits on the throne as king, he must copy for himself this body of instruction on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. He must always keep that copy with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he will learn to fear the Lord his God by obeying all the terms of these instructions and decrees. This regular reading will prevent him from becoming proud and acting as if he is above his fellow citizens. It will also prevent him from turning away from these commands in the smallest way. And it will ensure that he and his descendants will reign for many generations in Israel.”

The fact that God did this is super important. These kings would be in charge of God’s people. God wanted the Kings of Israel to be devoted to Him and keeping His law, as well as leading His people with a strong foundation.

Not only were the Kings instructed to hand-copy God’s Word for themselves, but they were to keep it with them always and read it all the days of their lives. The Kings were required to do this so that they would honor God, follow His law, not fall away by the slightest bit and stay humble.

This Scripture alone demonstrates how powerful writing out the Word is!

A Short Story…
The October 23,1995 issue of Christianity Today includes a story about Marek Kaminski. “When he was 14, Marek, who was raised in communist Poland, lost his father in a car accident. During his grief over his loss, he found a Bible in his home and started reading it because he had heard that it was a fortune-telling book. Marek, realizing the Bible was a very serious book and not a fortune-telling book, read the entire Bible over a three year period. He believed what he read in the Bible, became a Christian, and had a deep desire to learn more about the Bible. Marek began to write out entire books of the Bible as a way to slow down and fully study each word. However, Marek, who was right-handed, realized the only way to really slow himself down was to copy with his left hand! After reproducing the first four books of the Old Testament, Isaiah, Psalms, all four Gospels, and Revelation, he realized that he had memorized God’s Word to the level that allowed him to know when people change even one word in a verse that they quoted!  The article quotes Marek as saying, “To me, the Word of God is like music. You can listen to the same piece several times and get the melody of it. But to hear the whole sound of it, every instrument, each line, you have to listen several times and pay a lot of attention…the word of God is so beautiful, the more time you spend in it, the more you appreciate it.” Hand copying Scripture is a way that we also can engage the Scriptures and understand and appreciate the beauty of God’s Word.”

HOW:
These are the 3 steps that we’ll be taking each day:
1. Read
2. Write
3. Reflect
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🎉Read: This is where we do our Bible Coloring and annotations.
🎉Write: This is where we really slow down and focus on God’s Word, word for word.
🎉Reflect: {This step should be done very prayerfully} This is where we reread the passage, select 1 or 2 verses and ask ourselves – “How can I apply this to my life?” Why are we answering this question? Because out of all of the questions that we could list, THIS question matters the most. The answer to this question is where change begins. Where we step out on faith and willingly allow God to lead us. Remember, the main point of this Bible Study is to ENGAGE with scripture… So that we can LIVE IT OUT, in addition to knowing God more. (You can write this step down in either your bible or journal!)

Bible Coloring! Pictured below are a few Bible Marking keys for you to choose from if you don’t have your own already. If you need tips for creating your own, click here!

This Bible Coloring Chart is from Courtney, over at WomenLivingWell.org, she is the founder of Good Morning Girls! She’s taking some time off, but her ministry has blessed me tremendously.
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Here’s a few more helpful charts that I’ve found. I don’t own any of them, but they are super helpful.

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WHO:
You! I’m inviting anyone who reads this to join! There are no sign ups, simply post your quiet times.

Participate by posting your quiet time photo with the following hashtags on your social media: #LoveLikeConfetti (@livelikeconfetti),
#SailingThroughPsalms
#GoodMorningGirls

It could be your Bible, your journal or both! It’s totally OK if you decide to do just one aspect of this challenge. The important thing is that we’re in the Word of God!

Be sure to scroll through the hashtags to read other reflections and to connect with other Confetti Girls! 🎉 Let’s show each other love, like confetti! 😉

WHEN:
This study is June 5th – July 31st, Monday – Friday. It’s 8 weeks + 1 day.
Here’s the blog schedule for this particular Bible Study:
Leading up to June 5th, I’ll be publishing some fun posts related to the this challenge.
On Sunday nights – I’ll post the following week’s schedule.
Throughout the week – I’ll publish post’s that tie into my personal reflections and what we’re studying.
On Fridays– I’ll post a weekly roundup of YOUR pictures and reflections!

If you are a blogger, I’ll definitely link your reflection to your blog. 😉 You also don’t have to have a blog to be featured during the weekly round-up, I’ll simply screenshot your devotion and share your social media details– if you’re OK with it. So, be sure to tag me in those pretty photos!

It’s OK if you fall behind a bit on the schedule. It’s OK if you get to your quiet time first thing in the morning. We are wives. We are mamas. We are full-time workers. We are students. Give yourself grace. Don’t allow falling behind on a prewritten Bible Study schedule to keep you from the Word of God.

This is the schedule for the entire study:
JUNE
(Week 1)
M 6/5 Psalm 1
T 6/6 Psalm 2
W 6/7 Psalm 3
T 6/8 Psalm 4
F 6/9 Psalm 5
(Week 2)
M 6/12 Psalm 6
T 6/13 Psalm 7
W 6/14 Psalm 8
T 6/15 Psalm 9
F 6/16 Psalm 10
(Week 3)
M 6/19 Psalm 11
T 6/20 Psalm 12
W 6/21 Psalm 13
T 6/22 Psalm 14
F 6/23 Psalm 15
(Week 4)
M 6/26 Psalm 16
T 6/27 Psalm 17
W 6/28 Psalm 18
T 6/29 Psalm 19
F 6/30 Psalm 20
JULY
(Week 5)
M 7/3 Psalm 21
T 7/4 Psalm 22
W 7/5 Psalm 23
T 7/6 Psalm 24
F 7/7 Psalm 25
(Week 6)
M 7/10 Psalm 26
T 7/11 Psalm 27
W 7/12 Psalm 28
T 7/13 Psalm 29
F 7/14 Psalm 30
(Week 7)
M 7/17 Psalm 31
T 7/18 Psalm 32
W 7/19 Psalm 33
T 7/20 Psalm 34
F 7/21 Psalm 35
(Week 8)
M 7/24 Psalm 36
T 7/25 Psalm 37
W 7/26 Psalm 38
T 7/27 Psalm 39
F 7/28 Psalm 40
M 7/31 Psalm 41

WHERE:
Right where you are! At your dining room table. On your comfy sofa. In your car with the AC blasting on your lunch break. In your warm bed. The possibilities are endless! And as a whole, all of us on social media. So, grab your favorite beverage and Bible study tools, and meet me right where you are on June 5th!

Are you in?! Let me know! ❤️

If you’re on board, please share the graphic below to invite others to join in!

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Throughout this challenge, I have a few surprises planned, so as always, stay tuned!

Alrighty! Check back here on Wednesday for my list of fun and informational Scripture Writing Tips!

Until then (during and afterwards lol), I’ll be working in beautiful Confetti Bibles!

XO, Shar

30 thoughts on “Sailing Through Psalms, A Summer Bible Study

  1. Sounds very exciting, more than I had initially perceived. Count me in Shar. Hopefully it’s smooth sailing for me since I’ve covered most of those Psalms already, recently. (lol 😉)

    Thank you for this. Honestly 🙏

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    • Awesome! And yes, hopefully it with be smooth sailing for you haha! ❤️ I hope you’ll get even more out of it this time around. ⛵️ Thank you so much for jumping on board! 🎉 XOXO

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  2. blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } I’m in!!!

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

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    • Yay! I’m so happy to have you on board with us! The schedule for week 1 (& some other info) will be posted here tomorrow. And thank you SO much for sharing!!!!

      XOXO

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