Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Write Your Own Psalm, Day Three - Another Lament

Hi, friends! How's the psalm coming? I pray God is speaking to your heart through the very words you are writing.
Although the lament section of Psalm 31 is just that - a section - I chose to spend a few days writing my laments. As I was going through Psalm 31 one verse at a time, I was very aware how much I did NOT want to spend time in the sorrowful verses. I just wanted to skip past them and get to the "good part." That's the way I operate a lot of the time, and God helped me to see that I needed to take some extended time to be real with Him - my Safe Place.

So on this second day of lamenting I focused on my fears about the future, particularly as they related to the things I wrote about the day before. And I began it by saying:

Have mercy on me, LORD, as a mother...

How is God leading you today? (This is a thought provoker - not necessarily something I'm expecting you to answer in the comments!) Ask Him where He wants you to go today with your writing. Perhaps it has to do with a worry about your future. Maybe there are still things from yesterday you need to work through. Ask Him and sit silently for a few minutes, waiting for His Spirit to lead you.
Please don't try to come up with solutions, just pour your heart out to the One who is your Safe Place.

Praying for you, Friend!

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luvmy4sons said...

I think this is great you are helping people to express themselves. I'll bet you are greatly blessed through it!

Winging It said...

I love what you are doing here, Karen! All week I have wanted to participate, but I haven't been able to do it in a formal or consistent fashion...but please know that you got my heart thinking and that is a good thing! I am sure many others also!

Keep shining, Karen! Keep shining!

Anonymous said...

Yesterday I stayed away on purpose. Mainly cause I was feeling my depression hovering and I knew you were talking about lamenting... and I just didn't want to go there. Today, I used your teaching as my devotional time. And God has spoken to me richly. I didn't realize all the ugly feelings of the past that I have been harbouring. And I am thankful that God holds my future not based on my past weaknesses but uses them to show others, including myself, that He is strong.

Thanks Karen! Shane

Proverbs 27:19 said...

Hey Karen,

I see what you mean about wanting to get past this section. I had a hard time writing today. I felt as if I was whining and I just didn't want to whine anymore.

This is so awesome, thanks so much Karen for making this suggestion per your mentor's suggestion...sounds like she is a keeper ;)