Songs for the Road: The Psalms of Ascent: Day 1

The First Step: Repentance

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Today's Text: Psalm 120:1-7

Scripture Reading: Psalm 120

The Christian life is a climb—a journey of constant growth, sacrifice, and trusting God for what we cannot see. As Eugene Peterson said, we are pilgrims, but we are also disciples—always moving and always learning. The Psalms of Ascent (Psalms 120-134) were sung by worshipers as they made the journey up to Jerusalem for the annual feasts. In this 3-week reading plan, we’ll dig into these traveling songs with the help of short summary essays and thoughtful, reflective questions for each psalm. Take your pack on your shoulder and walk with us as we pursue God together.

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Psalm 120 (CSB)
A CRY FOR TRUTH AND PEACE
A song of ascents.

1 In my distress I called to the LORD,
and he answered me.
2 “LORD, rescue me from lying lips
and a deceitful tongue.”

3 What will he give you,
and what will he do to you,
you deceitful tongue?
4 A warrior’s sharp arrows
with burning charcoal!

5 What misery that I have stayed in Meshech,
that I have lived among the tents of Kedar!
6 I have dwelt too long
with those who hate peace.
7 I am for peace; but when I speak,
they are for war.

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A Leaving Song
The pilgrim-disciple laments her culture of dishonesty and hostility, and leaves for the holy city of Jerusalem. This song was sung with an eye toward the goal: worship on God’s holy hill. It is the song of a person who is stirred to leave a broken world in search of a place where peace reigns.

Dissatisfaction with the brokenness of our world is an essential component to a pilgrim’s journey. It stirs us to get up from where we are and seek a better way. We aren’t called simply to flee from the lies of our culture. We are called to flee to God.

Reflect
1. Do you know any other leaving songs? What are they about? What do you want to be delivered from? What do you want to leave? Why?

2. The pilgrim-disciple prays to be delivered from lies. What are the lies that most often have your ear? Do you struggle to recognize the lies you are told? What lies do you tell to paint yourself in a better light? Why do you think we do this?

3. What does it mean to flee to God? In what ways do you practice, or in what ways can you begin to practice, fleeing to God?

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  • Loretta Bushlack

    I will be sending my daughter Marissa off to her first year of college just about the time I finish this plan. Praying in this metaphorical ascent for God’s sufficiency in that painful transition.

  • Mary Boots

    I just RE-downloaded this app! hoping to strength my relationship with God and find healing through His word each day. I am excited to start this devotional! I definitely feel that it address issues that I am facing right now in my life.

  • Anita Smith

    Today is the first day of the rest of my life. May I live it to please my Lord and to be an example for others

  • This is my first study on SRT. I am looking forward to renewing and strengthening my relationship with the lord. I am hoping that this will lead me on that path. Looking forward to sharing thoughts with many.

  • Sophia Llanos

    These questions did not beat around the bush! As someone who is in a waiting season (which has gone on for a long time, as these seasons tend to do), I don’t find myself under the weight of a lie. I more so find myself under the weight of a question: God, will you help me with this? I am not someone who has had a lot of people in my corner in life but I know that God is. I just have to remember this, which I hope encourages you: God sees you, loves you, and is here with you.

    • McKenzie

      Sophia, I find myself in a season of waiting too. I often spend many days under the weight of question, that often turns into the lies of this world. Asking God why or when can often turn into me listening to the lies of not being good enough, qualified enough, old enough, etc. It’s a difficult season, but a good place to get on your knees and be reminded that He still hasn’t left you!

    • Kim

      I too have been in a season of waiting for what seems like a long time now. Doing like Mackenzie said, waiting and asking questions that turn into lies. But I have learned through this season that sometimes God lifts a season of waiting slowly and without you quite realizing it or taking the time to thank him. I’ve realized that life doesn’t come together all at once but that does not mean God has abandoned me. I was at a total stand still in my life for quite a few months, I had no purpose but to wait. But then things began to change and I forgot to realize it in the midst of that change.

  • When we flee to God…we aren’t just running away from the troubles and problems we see. We are not aimless. We have a fixed target, a location we would rather be at. That location is God. Closeness with Him is our goal and the reason we want to flee our lives as they currently are. We flee to God because being with Him, no matter the circumstances, are better than to be without Him.

  • This is my first study on SRT, and I’m already loving it! It’s so encouraging to know that there are people all over that are praying for you and growing with you. ❤️

    • She Reads Truth

      Welcome, Meagan! So glad to have you studying with us!

      – Stormye

  • I have been reading SRT for some time but have gotten out of the habit recently. The beautiful writing of this post drew me in. Such a great topic and series. The lies I tell myself are that I’m not good enough and not worthy. It’s a constant struggle and every day I’m left with crazy amounts of anxiety and self doubt. I’ve been successful in life and accomplished a lot of goals but seems to never be enough I’m always reaching. I need to rest. “It is done…”

    • Jen b

      I can relate Melanie! How did the rest of this study go? Praying for you right now ♥️

  • I feel convicted of the times I lie just to make a story sound better or to hide the truth. Please Lord, tame my tongue!

  • It’s so good to find this community. I feel I am not alone. I am recently divorced. Almost a year. Now a single mom to 3 wonderfully amazing children. My ex husband chose drugs over his family, I had to leave. This new life can be utterly lonely. And I just found out he has been dating a woman 3 months after we were married, man did that burn. I have just recently turned to God. I resisted for so long. But now I know he’s the only one that can bring me comfort. Thank you for listening I am so comforted by you all already….

    • Glo

      Wow, thank you for sharing part of your story. It’s amazing how though we carry stories individually there’s something that happens when we share it with community, a Godly community. Ah, this is so encouraging!
      Lord, I repent of my rebellion and resistance towards You. I ask for forgiveness. Holy Spirit, convict us even more of who You are and who we are in You.
      God bless you Jennifer ❤️

    • Hannah Louise

      Thank you so much for sharing Jennifer. I’m 25 and just recently married, and while my husband and I were engaged we learned that my parents had decided to separate. Even without the knowledge I eventually gained of my father’s affair, I knew it was the right decision for them, but it can be so, so hard. I now often find myself in a position of not really feeling like I can fully rely on God as I used to, and it’s something I’m finding I have to re-learn. I’m so thankful God is so gracious and patient with us.

    • Laura Esposito

      Jennifer, I admire the depth of courage you clearly possess. I am praying for your heart. May you keep your eyes toward the sun so the shadows fall behind you. You are so loved.

    • She Reads Truth

      Thank you for sharing, Jennifer. Praying for you in this. Asking the Lord to continue to draw you close and bring you comfort and strength through His Word. Also praying for you three little ones. Grateful for you, friend.

      – Stormye

    • Gwen

      Jennifer, imagine that same man coming back years later, without the drugs but still an alcoholic, telling you he still loves you and that if God gives him a second chance with you he won’t mess it up? That happened to me and they were all lies because he hasn’t changed! He said all the things I wanted to hear and I wasn’t lonely​anymore but at what cost? My Bible study suffered, my prayer life suffered as well, so although you’re lonely, wait on God to send you a companion. When we choose we lose. May the Lord Jesus keep you from falling for the lies of Satan.

  • Sarah Slater

    I’m new to She Reads Truth…just wanted to thank you all for your responses. We can all learn so much from each other as we reflect on the readings!

  • I want to be freed from Anxiety and ovethinking, it comes to the point that I can’t even enjoy simple things, please keep me in your prayers.

    • Jessie

      Hi Lex, thank you for sharing your heart with us. I too have gone through a season of intense anxiety. It can be crippling a lot of times, but know that there is redemption in this. God’s got you :) I will be praying.

    • theScottishSock

      ((Hugs)) I have suffered from anxiety as well- it is a hard road to travel. But God bestows grace yet, and I am happy to say that He is freeing me from it- “new heights I’m gaining every day” as it says in the leaving hymn “Higher Ground”. Love ya!

  • I listen to the lie that I will never measure up and that I MUST measure up. I also give into the fear that comes from the mindset of scarcity in all aspects of life. Instead I must walk in the security that comes with knowing that I am covered by Christ’s righteousness and holiness. It is not anything I have done but Christ’s work alone. And in God’s Kingdom the riches both physical and spiritual are without end and I have all I need. What peace comes with running to God and his provision!

  • Turning to get back to my secret place with him

  • I just started this group today. I feel like God has been telling me lately to study his word more closely. A lie that I tend to believe is that I don’t measure up to where I need to be and I’m not good enough because I’m behind in some areas of my life

  • I’m new to this group. Today was very heart wrenching. I need to flee from the lies that Satan tries to tell me of not being good enough for Jesus or anyone else.

    • She Reads Truth

      Welcome, Susan. We are so glad to have you reading God’s Word with us. Grateful for you and that you joined the SRT community!

      – Stormye

    • Wildflower

      I feel this way often. Hold on ❤️

  • Candice Stevens

    Brand new to She Reads Truth. God bless you ladies. Glad to be here!!!

  • I have been hearing God speaking to me on day 1’s topics specifically. I may need to pour over this for a while before moving on. Feeling pretty disoriented by the relevance this has had in my life recently. Wow. Hs move.

  • A lie I am believing is that nothing is ever going to change. As I flee to God and focus on Him and His promises I want to believe that I can walk forward confidently by Jesus’ side, into a bright future, experiencing His love, joy, and peace.

    • DC

      Hold on to God Wendy! I have been feeling the same way for 26 years. I can look back and see that something definitely changed, me! God used trials to grow me but I couldn’t see it then. Even now as I (finally) see small changes in my husband, Satan continues to tell me he will never change and what I see won’t last. If you haven’t already, make a firm decision to trust God and follow what He says, not man. I found that when I am entertaining negative thoughts & especially when I actively engage in them, reciting scripture out loud banishes those thoughts and causes Satan to flee from me. Find and memorize a few scriptures that speak to you and your situation. Use them as daily affirmations and also to fill your thoughts and crowd out the lies of Satan that he so loves to tell us. Trust God and kick Satan to the curb!

  • I am very thankful to find this today. I work on the trauma floor at my hospital and it can be VERY overwhelming to see all people hurting. It has really opened my eyes to see how broken the world is and it has been really discouraging me.

  • Fleeing to God for me means to go to Him before I act out in my anger or disappointment. The enemy would want us to believe that we are rejected, neglected, unloved, and unwanted. But God loves us with an unwavering love and I have to remind myself of that daily. When I fail, God never fails.

  • Julie Henton

    I don’t know if this is a lie exactly, but what I buy into every day is jealousy of others. It’s such a hard habit to break. I see on FB the life I think I’d rather have and how easy my friends have it back home. I think this group/app will really help me combat these feelings and make my day start out in a different way. Thanks for telling me about it Meredith! And now to navigate this app ❤

  • Jennifer Vaughn-Estrada

    Hello. I’m new to She Reads Truth. I just purchased this study for myself and the corresponding He Reads Truth one for my husband. I hope it’ll provide an opportunity to learn and bond over one of his favorite books of the Bible.

  • I want to be delivered from my selfishness. If I’m truly honest, I want to be helicoptered out of this whole situation, but I know that’s not the solution. So I ask as I flee to you Lord, that you would hold my heart tenderly throughout this. That in this time, when all I want is love and friendship that’s genuine, that you would be the one to show that to me. ‘In my distress I called to the Lord, and He answered me. Deliver me, O Lord.’

    • She Reads Truth

      Praying for you in this, Beck. Asking the Lord to help take your eyes off of yourself and place them on Him. Thank you for sharing.

      – Stormye

    • Rosie

      Your desire to be helicoptered out reminded me of a patient that I had recently, she told me her story. She was from a country that is no more, north of Vietnam. When she was a girl she was part of The royal family. when the enemy came in and took over; they all became refugees. She explained how fortunate they were to be removed by helicopter., when all the common people had to walk to Hanoi. It was a short conversation but made me think of so many people who have been displaced through the ages. And the suffering that they have had which is beyond what we can imagine.
      Even though her family was taken out by helicopter and did not have to trudge to Hanoi by foot I had the feeling that there was a sadness that they felt almost as though they should have been with the people on the ground. They lost not only their homes their wealth their occupations their language their status it is definitely unimaginable to us who have enjoyed such security all of our lives by the United States America.
      This is not to belittle any problems or sadness that we have here in this present life. But just add a thought and prayer to those who are daily displaced.

  • I can’t help but think of the word “flee” as someone running, desperately, for their very life. And at this time I find myself “fleeing”/ needing to flee from my own mind. This imagery of sheer desperation, bruised knees, bloodied and broken from trying to fight the battles of my mind and fleeing to the Father, the One True God, my Deliverer..oh Lord I cling to you. Rescue me from myself and my thoughts that’s entangle me in despondency, selfishness, impatience, etc. You are my rescue.

  • I am a work in progress. I’m focusing on advancing myself as a career-woman, a friend, and a daughter. I attack these goals with a tenacious ferocity. But I fall short when it comes to working on being a disciple for Christ. God has personally told me (repeatedly) remove this sin from your life and I’ll grow you in wisdom and truth. But I’m complacent. The enemy will tell us we’re lazy, worthless, and hopeless. These are lies! God sees as precious children. What I’ve discovered is (for me personally) we’re complacent. Repentance takes courage. Repentance takes action. Repentance takes holding ourselves accountable. So today I’m taking action! There will be temptation and stumbling, but thank God that He is bigger.

  • I never realized all the lies I tell myself throughout the day and what they are doing to me. I have been reading the book “Telling the Truth to Yourself” and it is helping me to stay focused on the truth. It is so true that the way the enemy hurts us most is by simply speaking lies to us. I am learning to listen to the still, small voice of God and to correct every lie that is said to myself.

  • Claire Reeves

    As a college student I worry so much about not having friends because I’m a little shy and always seem to be an outlier in my sorority. This helps me to recognize that I need to leave behind thoughts of “do these people like me, what can I do to make them like me” because God will put the right people in my life that will help me grow in Him and I need to trust that with time they will come.

    • Meredith DaPrato

      That’s a very mature attitude Claire. I wish I had that attitude in college–I probably wouldn’t have given into all the peer pressure which resulted in having lots of sinful/reckless behavior. I think being yourself–who you know God made you to be and being steadfast in your faith will carry you very far thru college and beyond. My thoughts are if someone doesn’t like you and accept you for your true colors then they maybe were not meant to be in your life. One of my favorite Romans verse is 12:2 ” Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
      <3

  • I want to flee from negativity and judgement both of myself and others around me. I want to be able to love myself and others around me as the Lord does.

  • Today my heart will grow heavy and weary at the brokenness and hostility of this world. I will feel the urge to run and hide. But what will I run to? May it always be to YOU Lord the only One who can refresh my spirit and give me peace and strength to carry on.

  • I find myself frustrated and angry sometimes. As I see things have not gone well in life for me when I’ve.not been praying. I’ve. Made bad dicisions in regards to who i married which failed. Plus others. I keep trying but then when i start to feel confident.and then back off praying not as often. Why i do this I don’t. Know.

  • Kelly Ann

    I have to flee from the lies that I hear society telling me that I have to be a certain way in my relationship to truly connect. Or that I am depriving my significant other because I am waiting for marriage. I need to flee to God in this to be reminded why His way is right and what society tells me I should do is not right. “I have dwelt too long with those who hate peace” people do not understand me waiting with my boyfriend. Sometimes I don’t understand it. I used to hate this “rule.” I can become closer with God when I flee to Him for help when I’m tempted because His love is greater. He will always remind me of that with His blessings. I love it now though because God gave me something so wonderful to enjoy in marriage. I can flee to that, knowing God loves me so much He wants me to enjoy this life and be in love! . But I have to wait for the right time. God always knows the right time. Loved this scripture.

    • Lynn

      KellyAnn! Thank you for sharing your heart! Thank you for seeking after God’s heart and being obedient to him and his ways, not the cultural norms. In our society today this is my number one conversation i have with women. May you be blessed for living under God’s desires.

    • DC

      “Waiting for marriage” Good for you Kelly Ann! Hold tight to what God says is right. I can attest that not waiting brings much unnecessary grief and problems I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.

  • Marie Young

    We often hear what we want to hear. So we are often going to lie instead of looking up to God for peace. This is because we have a hard time trusting him. We can feel ashamed of what we have done or we want to avoid that guilt feeling by fleeing. I do this when I have days when I don’t pray. I would get scared to see what God wants me to do & often want to do something inside my comfort zone. Of course, we are not called to be in our comfort zone. We are called to be bold & righteous in all circumstances. We can’t be like that though if we do not humble ourselves to God. So ultimately it is pride that is the root of sin. If we take things on with pride then we are going to fail, but with him there is no such thing as failure, & no such thing as impossible

  • Ashley Andrews

    I really the question section! It’s a really helpful addition! :)

  • When you flee to something, you are running to escape from something. I have recently felt the need to flee to God, because I have been very ugly,- very judgmental and very self righteous. Something I have been struggling with, and I am ashamed. So as I flee to God, I desperately try to run away from myself. When I read;

    5 What misery that I have stayed in Meshech,
    that I have lived among the tents of Kedar!
    6 I have dwelt too long
    with those who hate peace.

    I am my own Meshech. I have been living in my own tents Kedar of my own making. When I read;

    7 I am for peace; but when I speak,
    they are for war.

    To me this means I think I’m for peace, but I’m a liar, because my words are just to justify my sinful behavior.

    What are the lies you most often hear? What lies do you tell yourself to paint yourself in a better light? Why do we do this? I tell myself lies when I try to conceal, cover up and justify my ugly, sinful feelings.

  • My way of fleeing to God includes taking an online Biblical Hebrew class, something I thought would be too hard. I have been in the class since February, and I love it. It is healing to learn the languages (Hebrew, Aramaic…) of Jesus.

  • I’m ready to run to my Lord and savior the hateful ways here are too much for me.thank you lord

  • I want to flee from the lies I tell my self daily. That I am not good enough wife, person, at my job, in my own body. I let it get me down and I punish myself because of the lies. I am praying that I find my value and strength in Jesus and him alone.

    • Chris Gruhlke

      I feel the same Lauren. Always struggling to feel good enough. I’m running to the Lord for peace from that and for the love and acceptance only He can give

  • Otthild Nsini

    Stress and anxiety are things I need to leave behind. I am overweight and it bothers me a lot.

  • I want to flee from the lies that I tell myself. That I am not good enough, that I have to do everything on my own, that I can’t ask for help when I need it. I feel like a burden to everyone when I ask for help. I’m praying that God will see me trying to flee from this and reach out to me.

  • Keri McCue

    “We aren’t called simply to flee from the lies of our culture. We are called to flee to God.” THIS!!! So vital! I’ve never studied the Psalms in this way and am excited to jump in!

    http://www.littlelightonahill.com

  • 1 In my distress I called to the LORD,
    and he answered me.
    2 “LORD, rescue me from lying lips
    and a deceitful tongue.”

    This is so timely. It’s my own lying lips and deceitful tongue I need rescue from. Little lies and exaggerations, things to feel more secure in the work I do, in how others feel about me.. Lies none the less. I long for the Kingdom of God to be fully here, to flee to Jesus.

  • Korrie Brinton

    I think I get so caught up in my everyday life and I turn to others instead of God. Im not where I want to be in my relationship with God. I don’t know how to get closer sometimes I think that I’m he’s not listening even though I know he hears everything. I think the devil is constantly trying to keep me down and I get very frustrated. But I need to learn to leave that behind and flee to God

  • Kea Eason

    I woke up with that “fleeing” desire. Wanting to be closer to my father. Something, probably him, led me to SRT. A true staple in my religious diet. I’m so thankful that I was obedient and recognized what was being offered. This devotion hit dead on and the questions…oh the questions were fantastic. I was able to be real with myself. I actually played “Jacob’s Ladder” while answering the questions. I am now pumped up and ready to take on this day knowing my Father has prepared me.

  • Good morning ! I had thought of the question about leaving songs. One that we recently sang in church was “I’m But a Stranger Here.” Heaven with Jesus will truly be our home. Beautiful hymn – hope this helps someone.

  • I have been so judgmental of people lately! I feel as if I am better than people and that is definitely a lie I need to flee from. At the same time, I believe the lies that I am less than others. It’s never ending sometimes! I want to flee to the Lord whenever I have these thoughts of pride or of inadequacy. I am really excited to continue this study!

    • Christine Marie

      Molly you are not alone in this. I too am judgmental of others…but I realize I am this way with others because I am this way with myself. It starts with loving ourselves like Christ does, and seeing ourselves the way that He does. When we start loving ourselves and having grace for ourselves, we will love others this way too.

      • Crystal Johnson

        Thank you for this reminder! ❤️

      • Kimberly

        I am learning this exact thing… I am hard on others because I am hard on myself. Perhaps, if I start having a little Grace for myself, I can have it for others too — the book “Telling Yourself the Truth” has been helping me.

  • I want to flee from school drama, stress, and anxiety. I’m being told lies that nobody cares about me or my problems but that’s not true and I need to recognize that. Also, being overweight as a junior in highschool makes me feel less that worthy and I want to leave that behind. So excited about this study!!

    • Stacee

      Sweet Sister in Christ,
      Grace, truth and love are found in your Savior. Anchor in, He is journeying with you! The closer you remain to Him, the more you will discover who He has made you to be…His Beloved Daughter! Praying His Word refreshes, soothes and blesses you.

    • Lauren

      Not only do people care, but God cares!!
      The strength you will gain on your journey will help strengthen others!

    • Christine Marie

      You are loved by Him Hannah! So loved! Don’t believe the lies of the enemy who is using other kids around you to make you feel depreciated. The truth is, you my friend are TO DIE FOR. There is nothing truer than that and there is no greater love than that. Pray for these people that are saying mean things to you and watch God move and change your heart toward them, and theirs too. Be the light in a dark world and make them wonder what’s so different about you. Praying for you sweet Hannah!

    • alecia

      Oh Hannah, I wish I could say this is just a high school problem, but it’s not. People your whole life will try to tear you down. At the root of it these people are so insecure and they want someone to feel worse than they do. The good news is as we mature we see the true qualities of friends and we seek them out and surround of selves with these amazing people. Our network of friends become stronger and stronger. It will get better! There are so many people out there who love you! Including God!

    • Lara

      Hannah, as a high school teacher, my heart goes out to you. You are worth SO much more than you realize. Draw near to the Truth – it will set you free!

    • Kimberly

      The fact that you sought out a study like this shows your heart — beautiful. You are doing the right thing and reaching for God and others in Christ to love and lift you in prayer — wise. My prayer is that you keep reading this study and interacting. Hugs.

  • I want to FLEE the depression and anxiety that are currently crushing my heart and rendering me useless, angry and emotionally labile! The lies that I am hearing are the enemy whispering loudly in my ear that I am no good, I don’t deserve the love
    Of those around me, that I am a failure and I will never change. How do I flee? I don’t know yet but this is my start – this study!

    • Angie May

      Oh Casie! I have been where you are! Read Psalm 40! Jesus will bring you out of the pit and set your feet on solid ground! My time of struggle with depression spurred my heart to get my masters in counseling! God will work it for good! Whenever you hear the lies of the enemy about who you are you flee to God’s Word where He tells you you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 119), you are a masterpiece (Eph 2) and you are created in His image (Gen 3)!

    • Lynn

      Dear Casie, I pray that today you will hear the still, small voice of God:
      You are worthy.
      You are loved.
      You are not alone.

    • Kimberly

      Every time your self talk is something negative, stop and correct it to what the Truth is. Say, “The Truth is…” That is what I am trying to do and it is helping. We can get thru this! We just need to correct the lies that bombard our thoughts all day.

  • I am very excited to start this journey with God. For the past 3 years, I have been struggling with a pornography addiction. Throughout this time, I have known it was wrong, but society kept insisting that it was okay, because God would still love me anyways. However, I do not believe these lies. I have tried to quit several times, but the urge always persists and comes back. I pray to God that this study helps me realize that the only satisfaction I need comes through him, and nothing else. I want to yearn for him, fleeing to him for refuge.

    • Emily

      Thanks for sharing Iani. I will pray for you in your struggles. I have no doubt that God still loves you, will help in your struggles, and answer your prayers.

    • Christine Marie

      Praying for you Lani. I think more people struggle with this than would like to admit. I struggled with sexual sin for years and God redeemed me of that. He will do the same for you. He is healer of all things and came to break the chains of sin and death for us all. Nothing can separate us from His love. Nothing!

      “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
      ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:38-39‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
      http://bible.com/114/rom.8.38-39.nkjv

    • Michelle

      Lani, you are not alone. I too struggle w sexual sin. I too yearn to love God with a passion but I can’t seem to get there. But I do know this, even though it may feel hypocritical-do not stray from him. We can’t allow our sin to keep us from his word or his house. I will pray for you sister-God will help us break these bonds. Don’t give up!

  • What I relate to most in this Psalm is feeling like a sojourner in a distant land. I have always felt “deficient” from not sharing similar life experiences in my growing up with most others my age, especially nonbelievers. The enemy has spent my whole life telling me I’m not enough, I shouldn’t be the person I am, why was I created this way (quiet, deep, sensitive, desperately wishing to be an extrovert)? I know the answer is to run to God and His words about who I am in Him, but they’ve never sunk in for me. Any words of advice or truth about finding and accepting your identity as a sojourner in a broken world?

    • Emily B.

      I don’t know about your specific question, but I’ve been where you are with wondering why you are the way you are. When I was struggling, God gave me Isaiah 29:16: He’s the Potter, and I’m the clay–why would I question how the Creator chose to create me? That verse has really helped me over the years! You are made for a unique purpose–I pray you cling closer to God in your times of doubt and have open eyes to see what He’s doing in your life.

    • Christine Marie

      If we were created in His image, then He must possess all of the good qualities that He has put in us, meaning that God is also quiet, deep, and sensitive at times. How comforting to know that the maker of all things understands you not only because He made you but because He possesses those same qualities! He gets you like no one else can! Ask Him what He wants you to do with these beautiful qualities He has given you. He made only one you-so be the best at it! Praying for you Amy Lou!

    • Beth L.

      God mad no mistake when I mad you. He knew what He as doing and saw and planned you from the very beginning, read Psalm 139. You are wonderfully made and He knew every part of you (mind, soul and body) this he was making, that’s how important you are to Him!

    • amylou

      Thank you ladies! What a blessing to see your responses. I’ve never considered how my personality reflects God’s image in that He shares those qualities too. Thank you!

  • My beautiful sisters, I am so thankful for this study which I’m sure will encourage me to examine myself as I get closer to God. I want to encourage you as we struggle with our various issues. I struggled with debilitating depression for 15 years. I wanted to die…but thanks be to God I’m still here. I give him all the glory. I’m in a better place now but depression can be like a thorn in the flesh…always seeking to rear its ugly head. That’s why I need to be close to God…he’s my loving Papa! So I run to Him! Be encouraged, cling to him especially when things are really bad. Please don’t give up! I almost did!

  • Debbie Gartland

    love the Psalms and excited to start this study

  • Donna Clarke

    Rachel! Thank you, kindly for posting this prayer-poem Song!

  • I have been so challenged by Audrey Assad’s “I Shall Not Want” (Fortunate Fall, 2013)

    From the love of my own comfort
    From the fear of having nothing
    From a life of worldly passions
    Deliver me O God

    From the need to be understood
    From the need to be accepted
    From the fear of being lonely
    Deliver me O God
    Deliver me O God

    And I shall not want, I shall not want
    When I taste Your goodness I shall not want
    When I taste Your goodness I shall not want

    From the fear of serving others
    From the fear of death or trial
    From the fear of humility
    Deliver me O God
    Deliver me O God

    And I shall not want, I shall not want
    When I taste Your goodness I shall not want

    No, I shall not want, I shall not want
    When I taste Your goodness I shall not want

    When I taste Your goodness I shall not want

  • Who Am I by Casting Crowns

  • Heather Legge

    I love “Lifesong” by Casting Crowns. It is the leaving song that came to mind for me.

    Lord I give my life
    A living sacrifice
    To reach a world in need
    To be your hands and feet
    So may the words I say
    And the things I do
    Make my lifesong sing
    Bring a smile to you

  • Thank you for this reading today! I need to stop where I am at and turn towards God. Actually I need to RUN towards him. I feel like I cant accomplish anything in my life and do it right. Feeling worthless!

    • Philippa

      I know exactly how you’re feeling, today is the first time in months that I’ve sat down and drank in God’s Word…I too need to run back to Him, let us find strength in His encouragement and love and know that we are completely adored by Him, bless you sister x

      • Aly

        So many days I feel like the only person in the world who is distant from God. I don’t immerse myself in His presence nearly as much as I need to. I’m glad that there are other sisters who feel similarly.

  • Women of God, please join me in praying for my dear friend, Lisa, who has confided in me that she has lost her faith completely. She no longer believes that God is real, rather that belief in Him is just a nice thought, something that our brains fabricate to cope with the fear of our imminent death and ceasing to exist. Pray that God meets her in her darkness. Pray that I will have wise words to share with her and that God speaks through me to encourage and challenge her during this time.

    Love and prayers to each of you!

    • Emily

      Praying for you & your friend Lisa.

    • Lynn

      Dear Mel, as someone who recently came to faith really for the first time last year, I hope that I can offer a few words that transformed my understanding. There were no great epiphanies for me, only a gradual dawning. We cannot will ourselves to believe in the fact of God, we can only trust in the truth of His love and peace and mercy. Please know that your own gentle expressions of faith may have an impact over time, if they are offered as a warm embrace rather than a blunt hammer. As Martin Luther wrote: “I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.” And St. Augustin wrote: “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.” Just be present with her in this time, no matter how long it might last. It took me 50 years to see God’s presence in my life, and knowing Him now is all the sweeter because of that. Peace to you.

    • Kimberly

      When I was first seeking…these were my words and my prayer to God…”Lord, I want to believe”. I think ‘wanting’ to believe is the first step… it’s like saying, “help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24). And God took that honest heart cry and made himself so visible, so clear, and so real to me.

      Our walk as Christians is not an easy one — many distractions to pull us away from truth without us even realizing it’s happening. I have backslid and come back strong, only to backslide again. I am convinced that being immersed in truth is the only way to protect from this backsliding. The enemy uses lies to get to us. It’s really, seemingly his greatest weapon. And truth is what sets us free from it.
      So perhaps your friend just needs to ‘want’ to believe right now and to immerse herself in the truth with just that ‘wanting’ it to be true and real — I believe God will honor the ‘wanting’ and will make himself very real to her.

  • Alexis, your openness and honesty is such a blessing to me this morning and makes me feel less alone on a similar journey. Remember that the highest price ever paid for anything (Jesus’ blood) was paid for you and me! Psalm 139:13-16 has always been my greatest comfort in times of feeling unworthy. Isaiah 30:21 is my favorite Scripture about hearing the voice of the Lord. Praying for you, Alexis. Praying for wisdom, discernment and strength as you unravel the enemy’s lies and step into God’s glorious truth.

  • Did anyone else find themselves equally struck by the first-person language of the last few verses in this Psalm? “What misery that I have stayed in Meshech, that I have lived among the tents of Kedar! I have dwelt too long with those who hate peace.” The psalmist seems to recognize his/her responsibility for listening to “lying lips and a deceitful tongue” for so long, portraying the internal, emotional struggle as something that he/she can choose to walk away from. How fitting it is that the first step in ascending to God is recognizing that we have the choice to do so. We can either decide to stay in misery in our Meshech (for me, my insecurities) or we can choose to flee to God, who is the only true source of contentment, healing, peace, and confidence. I desperately needed the reminder this morning that I am no longer chained to the things of this world that hold me back. Though I may not always get to decide where I live or what situations I find myself in, I DO get the choice as to how I respond to them, and who I look to for the strength and wisdom to deal with it all. Praise God that we are allowed to come to Him, even in the midst of our struggles!

    • She Reads Truth

      This is so great, Betsy. Thank you for sharing this. So glad you stopped by this morning!

      – Stormye

    • Karianne

      Thank you, Betsy. You helped me understand this passage even deeper than the email. I didn’t even realized what Meshech could mean to me. And I also desperately needed a reminder that I can choose to not be chained. Thank you for sharing your insights!

      • Ashley

        Karianne, not sure if you have listened to Zach Williams “Chain Breaker” song, but your comment reminded me of how much I love it! It’s such a wonderful reminder that God will break all of the chains holding us down.

    • Johanna

      Yes! This! I love it! 2 huge trials are weighing me down today, but it’s my response to them that changes me. Thank you for this reminder.

    • Cherylin Birkholz

      Thank you so much for sharing! It helped me better understand this passage in how it relates to me. So good

    • Juli

      Thank you , this was so helpful.

    • Emily B.

      I love this. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like a choice, but it totally is. Thank you for sharing!

  • Tochi Heredia

    This past week I was listening to Switchfoot and their song Where I Belong got stuck in my head.

    “And when I reach the other side
    I want to look You in the eye
    And know that I’ve arrived
    In a world where I belong.”

    Lately, the weight of my mind and body’s brokenness and the brokenness of the world around me feel too heavy for me to carry. I know that all my longings and desires can’t be satisfied by anything in this world. I know that when I finally look into His eyes I will be delivered and fully redeemed, but what does that mean for me on this Earth right now?
    I want to flee, I want to run away from the pain, and the hurt, and the disappointment. But how can I leave the pain behind while still being in pain? How can I escape the brokenness while still living in a broken world?

    Lord, rescue me.

  • I want to flee from the lies of not having a future, forever being stunted by my shame and forever ruined by others and my own past mistakes. I want to leave the lies of fear that tell me my future will not come, that though I have heaven, I will only fail in life. Lord, change my heart to see your love and promises. Help me to see truth and life in you and not to look at my own failings. You are beautiful and true, the pure sacrifice, Holy Lamb of God. I surrender my fear into your loving hands. Please create a new work, whisper your truth in my spirit.

    • Tochi Heredia

      Thank you for sharing this, Amber. My heart feels the same way.

    • Sharon

      Amber. God is holding you close to His heart! Cling to Him, don’t let go! You are loved. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done. It doesn’t matter what was done to you. He loves you! Feel His loving arms around you right now. God bless you.

  • i always think i trust God more then i really do, pleas pray for me that i will increase my faith and be a devoted servant to the Lord.

  • Already so challenged by the words and reflection this morning. Facing lies we tell ourself is hard- it’s even harder to dig deeper to find how we paint ourselves in a ‘better light’ then we deserve. My own honest answers are painful- but I am grateful to be able to surrender both the hurtful lies and prideful ones to our Savior. He loves us despite our flawed, sinful nature! His arms are open to us, always. Despite any lie we’ve been told or can create. I pray we can rush fervently into his grace and love today.

  • I need to leave behind an unhealthy relationship and run to Jesus but I am unwilling and so it would seems, unable to do so. I want to leave my shame and disloyalty behind me and cling to my ONLY hope but something stops me. I know Jesus is waiting on me; I wonder how much longer I will keep him waiting. Lord rescue me.

    • Diane Huntsman

      Seeing what you need to do is half the battle! Lord help Michelle to do what she knows she needs to do! It seems impossible at times to let go of the security of what we’ve known.. to trust you in the lonely times.. give her the strength to do what is so hard, give her the support she needs to stick with the decision to obey you.. so hard and yet so possible with Your help!! Nothing good comes easy! Help her Jesus!!

    • Cor

      I left an unhealthy relationship exactly one year ago, I could not have done it without the strength of lord. I gave my life back. My life has changed immensely; I have done so many things that I never knew I could do but the best is the sense of peace the lord has given me. I want that for you. I am praying for you through this time and for you to be able to know the peace and true happiness that God WILL provide.

    • She Reads Truth

      Praying for you, Michelle. Asking the Lord to give you strength and courage. So grateful for you!

      – Stormye

  • Okay, time for some confession. What lies often have my ear: 1) I am not valuable to anyone or to God. 2) That I can’t hear God/ hear him correctly.
    These beliefs and thoughts hurt my relationship with God, because what is in the heart becomes actions right? Instead of going to Him, I seek out others. Instead of trusting Him, I trust myself. All bad.

    God has me in this season of really getting to understand Him and know my value/ worth in Him. It’s been rough, because it takes a while to unravel years and years of lies that the enemy has whispered to me. I am getting there and starting to recognize when it happens. It’s a process and I may never get it right, but God is gracious to me and is willing to stand beside me as I walk through this. I am so grateful. Thanks for this study SRT.

    • She Reads Truth

      Alexis, thank you so much for sharing this. You’re right, healing takes time! Praying for you in this beautiful season ahead of being defined by the Lord, rather than man. Asking that God gives you a clear picture of how He sees you through His Word and His Son. So grateful for you, friend!

      – Stormye

    • Emily B.

      God created you for a purpose, so you are SO worthy! Only you can fulfill the purpose He’s called you to. I pray that you feel Him draw closer to you as you draw closer to Him.

    • Kimberly

      The enemy has told me this same one…

      “That I can’t hear God/ hear him correctly.”

      Reading all the comments makes me realize the enemy really does use the same lies over and over again with all of us.

  • I want to leave hurtful words spoken to me by a family member. I want to run into God’s presence to hear Him speak loving words over me.

    • Diane Huntsman

      Oh Clara I hear you! I have the same request! Lord Jesus, please let us forgive and forget the unkind hurtful words spoken over us by family, even if they are true, we know that we are not defined by our mistakes.. we are defined by Your truths spoken over us.. we are loved, cherished and wanted by You.. help our hearts not be bitter towards the hurtful words spoken but be excited over how You view us! Lift Carla up today I pray!

    • Jesus Girl

      Dearest Carla, I am praying for you and trusting God to have this person rectify the situation in our time :-). He is going to teach you something valuable to help you in this life, of this I have no doubt! The scripture verse keeps coming to my mind, Proverbs 25:21-22 “If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat. If they are thirsty, give them water to drink. You will heap burning coals of shame on their heads, and the LORD will reward you.” One thing I have learned in life, if I pray for that offending person, God does change my heart, but it doesn’t happen over night.

      • Denise

        Thank you for sharing this. It was exactly what I needed. That scripture was (as His Word always is) perfection.

  • From verse 2, ‘Deliver me, O Lord, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue’…I’ve always taken this to be a song for deliverance from others lying about me. But, maybe it is actually a call for me to repent of my own lying lips and to be delivered from my deceiving tongue.
    From verse 7, ‘I am for peace, but when I speak, they are for war’…I(we) say we want peace but what we(I) actually say are words that incite, they are not words that speak in love, words opposite of peacemaking. While I imagine this can be attributed to our culture today, I can see this so clearly in my own home in the way I talk to my sons, or even my husband at times.
    This song is a song for my repentance.

    • Kendra

      I read it like that too. For me.

    • Veronica

      I so needed this perspective! So often I am the hypocrite bringing myself farther from God. Oh Lord, rescue me from myself.

  • I want to leave fear and anxiety behind and flee to Jesus. I like the concept of not just running, but running to Him.

  • This is perfect for me. I have 5 days left at a job I’ve held for 30 years due to downsizing. I don’t know what to do next. I’m a single parent & my mother lives with us which isn’t always easy. I’m a worrier and my own worst enemy. To the point I get all wound up inside. I have to trust that God will lead me on the right path.

    • Ashley

      Praying for your my sister. I am in a similar situation with trying to find another job. May God deliver for us and teach us how to stop worrying and patiently wait on his goodness.

      • Kat

        Thank you Ashley, I’ve added you to my prayer journal for peace in your situation.

    • Emily

      Praying for you Kat. Praying safety, ease, and above all His peace for you and your family.

    • Rosemary

      Dear Kat,
      I had a very similar thing happen to me 4 years ago. I had worked at the same place for 32 years and downsizing hit me also. I was devastated and my feelings were hurt. It took a while but I discovered that it was the most wonderful blessing in disguise. It truly was a gift from God. My leaving that job was not in “my” plans but God had better plans. I’ll be praying for you.

    • She Reads Truth

      Praying for you in this time of uncertainty, Kat. Asking the Lord for provision and care for you and your family right now.

      – Stormye

  • I am truly excited for this study. I am brand new to shereadsthetruth but it comes at a very good time in my life. I am leaving a long time job to help family members & it is a bit sad & scary but at the same time I am so ready to see how God will use me to further His kingdom. His refuge never lets me down if I am willing to remember my obedience to Him.

    • Emily

      Welcome! I still feel new too. I’ve done the last two studies and they have been life-filling. Focusing on The Word and getting closer to Him in this community is powerful.

    • She Reads Truth

      Welcome, Karen! We are so glad to have you reading God’s Word with us! Praying for you in this scary and uncertain time.

      – Stormye

  • I am in the process of discerning the lies that were taught to me in my past and the truth God is teaching me through his word and Godly women in my life. I have walked a long path and have a long path to walk. But, God has been with me each set of the way, yet I still need to seek him daily. On the days, I try to forget about God I tend to spiral into depression for I have feel I have no hope. My prayers is to strengthen my commitment to prayer and time in the word.

    I, also, feel like the song Tears by Matt Hammitt is my cry of leaving. http://matthammittmusic.com/ Take a listen it might help you to or bless someone you know who is struggling with their wounds that were inflicted on them in the past.

    • Anne

      Thank you for sharing that song. It helped me release some tears of grief

  • Oh y’all, is anyone else getting a big dose of humbling this morning? Question 2, ‘what lies do you tell to paint yourself in a better light?’ Ouch. I sat here, struggling with that question because ‘none!’ Right? None! That’s what I WANT my answer to be. Instead a few minutes of poking around in my heart and I realize, my arrogance. I want to be right. I want to justify myself instead of letting Jesus work through me. I turn to my own righteous indignation, instead of turning to Jesus. I turn to people to back me up instead of turning to prayer and submission to His will. Ouch ouch ouch. My heart is hurting this morning but it’s also feeling free. Or free-er. I won’t change overnight but here’s truth to turn to. And there I go again – I won’t change me at all! But maybe I’ll stop fighting God when He’s working on me. Thank you for this study, SRT, and the space to share.

    • Lindsay Dryer

      I’m with you on this. I do the same thing. That’s the lie I use to paint myself in a better light. Justification. I struggle with anger and irritability with my family, and I tend to justify myself and allow myself to feel entitled to that anger. Like I’m allowed to act that way because…
      But I know the truth. I know that God wants to change my heart. But it does take some humility on my part! To understand that I need to be changed and delivered from this!

    • She Reads Truth

      Thankful for you sharing, Emily! So grateful for your honesty and encouragement this morning.

      – Stormye

  • I cry out to God to rescue me from my sorrow and grief. Give me peace, comfort and guidance. Sorrow is for a season but it cannot consume me. My work on earth is not done.

    • Michelle

      I will pray for you Ruth and your unfinished work.

    • Emma

      Praying for you, dear Ruth. Psalm 119:28 for when your soul is weary with sorrow. Praying that God’s steadfast love washes over you today and always, and that you are surrounded by comfort and a respite from your sorrow.

  • Rebekah DeLibro

    Reading the Bible and making a constant effort everyday to speak to God when I am confused about what is going on around me. Seeing all the small blessings He gifts us and knowing there is truth in His Word, helps me to be what he wants me to be so the world sees Him.

  • churchmouse

    I can best discern the lies of the world when I stay deeper in the Word. Therein alone is the Truth! May it be louder in its still small voice than all the cacophony of other voices that come at me.

  • I think for me I try hard to be the “good” wife, daughter in law , mother, etc.. and I never feel that I am doing enough. I know it’s the devil that feeds me lies that I am not enough. I never want to share my fear of failure in these areas because I dont want to seem weak to others. So I show lies of strength when inside I am struggling to hold on… so I am seeking God. Running to Him to heal my broke self

    • Emily B.

      It’s okay to not be okay…I know we feel like we have to display a perfect face all of the time, but it’s not true. God’s glory can shine in our brokenness, in how He heals us and makes us whole. I hope you’re encouraged by Him today and always!

    • Betsy P.

      Oh Sam, I wrote down the exact same insecurity this morning. That spiritual battle seems to come in waves, with some seasons being more difficult than others. When I pray for freedom from it, I feel like I’m really asking God “help me be perfect”…which shows me just how tightly the words from the enemy have gripped my heart. I am praying that God softens both of our hearts and teaches us that true confidence comes from Him and what He has done for us, and not from what we try to do for ourselves.

  • I desire to leave the guilt behind. I left the sin a few years ago…I know I am forgiven. God’s grace has been amazing. But Satan whispers his lies and tries to incapacitate me with memories. This is when I flee to God. I look to Him for truth. I open my eyes and see the blessings He has given to me and what I could have lost, but didn’t.
    Nothing is greater than communion with my Lord. If nothing else, fleeing from the lies and guilt draws me closer to Him.

    • Emma

      Victoria, I’m right there with you. Taking refuge in God’s glory… but satan doing everything he can to remind me of all of my past failings. Praying for us both to see the bright and hopeful path that the Lord has laid out before us.

  • I have struggle with an eating disorder in my past and so body image is something that is very prevalent in my life. I find myself constantly having to flee from the lies of Satan and run into the arms of Jesus for truth and affirmation. I am so thankful for God’s word that reminds us that we are not the only ones struggling. We are in good company, with Jesus, and with other believers. I am so thankful for the opportunity to flee and to run into the arms of Jesus.

  • Stephanie

    So excited and grateful for this study!

  • 3. To flee to God means to run from all of the things of the world that I want to leave and be delivered from, and not to just run and hide but to run to God and tell him about all of the things I want to be delivered from. To seek His help in all of it, and ask him to deliver me.
    A way that I can practice fleeing to God is by praying to Him every day and being in constant communication with Him, allowing Him to speak to me as well. To have time each day set aside to spend with just the Lord. To bring all of my mind, heart, and soul to Him and ask to be delivered.

    • Magen Dain

      “and not to just run and hide but to run to God and tell him about all of the things I want to be delivered from.”

      I LOVE that you added that!

    • Emily B.

      Love this! It’s pretty similar to what I wrote in my journal.

  • For me reading this is helping as I pull myself fleeing from God in a time when I need him most. We are facing a hostile nasty custody battle. I feel no matter how many times I turn the other cheek or stay on the high road I am being pulled in a direction I don’t want to go. My faith falls from the never ending attacks. I need to continue to strive to be better to hold strong to the lord for all I can in this battle I need him I can not do this on my own.

    • Lynne

      Beth, I am praying for you. When I feel that I am under attack Psalm 94:16-19 comforts my heart.

    • Heather Legge

      I am in the midst of a horrible custody battle as well.

    • Emma

      Praying for you, Beth. Psalm 46:1 is a favorite when I’m struggling or feeling attacked. I am also going through a nasty and seemingly never-ending custody battle, and trying to seek God at every turn – honestly, some days it is much easier than others. I find digging into the Psalms to be soothing and uplifting to my soul, perhaps you will too. Praying for you during this difficult time.

      • She Reads Truth

        Praying for you in this, Emma. So grateful for you.

        – Stormye

  • As someone who doesn’t devote herself to God and the Bible as much as she wants to, seeing this today feels like a sign from God that the time is now. Ridding ourselves of the negative things in life, and focusing on the important ones, will allow God’s power to shine through. I’m ready to start this journey!

    • Lauren

      I just want to encourage you to not do this journey on your own, so you don’t become weak and give up, but seek a community that is also going on this journey and can go right along with you!

  • I’m excited that this study fell when it did. We’re currently buying our first house and starting to pack up and organize and think through making the place we’re going better than the place we’re in now. I think that the physical act of packing things up- getting rid of things that once seemed important but now seem silly or trite, depending on friends to help shoulder our loads, starting journey with excitement, of course, but also a bit of trepidation because we’ve never been where we’re going- will pair nicely with the spiritual counterparts of getting rid of sin that didn’t always start as sin, finding mentors and friends to help lift our spiritual burdens, and the trust in letting God take us a place we’ve never been.

    So looking forward to this… now to not lose the study book in a bin or box in the next 2 weeks ;)

  • Maria Baer

    This hit me like a ton of bricks. What do I want to leave? My marriage. My husband is good but stepmotherhood is taking a toll that is affecting my health and unfortunately my husband tend to be an apologist with the one causing the issues. I feel guilty for thinking divorce after only two years of marriage. I don’t want to be a divorced woman but this is affecting me especially my inner peace. Please pray that I get discernment on what I need to do.

    • Alyssa

      Prayers for you Maria

    • Carrie Oakes

      Hi Maria, My husband and I have been married for 7 years and I’m a stepmom to his 12-year-old daughter. I have never been married before this, so I have no basis of comparison, but I feel like marriage is even more difficult when there are children brought in from previous relationships. You never truly get to have that “honeymoon” phase of aloneness and you feel like you’re missing out. And then when the child’s other parent’s sole purpose in life seems to be to wreck your marriage and your family, that just further compounds the difficulty of the situation. But I want to tell you, I do not believe that God ever wants us to divorce except in situations of adultery and even then forgiveness and reconciliation is desirable. We are told in Ephesians that our battle is not against flesh and blood. We have an enemy and he has come to steal, kill,and destroy. One of his favorite targets is marriages because he can wreck multiple generations at once through a failed or tense marriage. So I will pray for you to seek God’s voice and his counsel above he condemnation of our enemy. And I would also like to encourage you to pray for your husband and your step-child and to seek Godly counsel with your husband to overcome this. There are also a lot of step-family resources you can tap in to. Ron Deal has a book called “Step-Family Smart” or something like that, that is really good. I will pray for your marriage and for God’s voice to speak clearly to you and drown out any and all lies the enemy is hurling at you.

    • Irina Tumasyan

      Please do not give up. Do not seed these deseitful lies in your heart. Just decide for yourself that divorce is not what God wants for you. Remember what Jesus said on the question about Moses’ permission to divorce, that he allowed it due to our hardened hearts but not due to God’s will.. it’s all enemy’s lies that you can divorce and it’s ok in your situation. It’s never ok to go against God’s word. God will lead you through, and He will never leave you on your own to be lost and defeated… Praying for you, my dear Maria.

    • Emma

      Praying for you, Maria. I’m a stepmother as well, and know the heartache and struggle that is so often present as a stepmom, and the tension that it generates between me and my husband. I understand, but more importantly, God understands. You are not alone… ever. You are not walking this path on your own, no matter how much it may feel that way at times. I’m praying for you and your husband to draw nearer to one another and for your loving relationship to be the center of your family. Sending you love and peace.

    • RondaGale

      Maria, I can totally relate to your situation … including the toll it takes on your physical health. I have one daughter and my husband (of 5yrs) has 2 children, all grown, but one has special needs. During the first 3-4 yrs of our marriage everything was crazy … differences in parenting (even with grown children) and the relationship with the ex wife .. NO BOUNDARIES!
      I felt I was being used and abused, eaten alive!!! An outsider with no option for input into anything … all of which was affecting me!
      BUT GOD…
      through clinging desperately to Him and His Word …
      my “life verses”
      Phillipians 4:4-9 !!!
      Several devotion days from Jesus Calling gave me great insight too
      Dec 18
      April 11
      Feb 7 & 8
      May 21

      … set boundaries, go to a godly Christian counselor, cling to Jesus, be strong …
      God Bless you and your marriage and family!

  • This study is so fitting and just what I needed. Thank you, SRT, for your continued pursuit of excellence in presenting the Word. Love, LOVE, the dye-dipped progression pages. <3

    • She Reads Truth

      Thank you, Michele! So glad to have you reading along with us!

      – Stormye

  • Kasey Summers

    Lord, lead this rebellious heart to You. The ways of this world will never satisfy. Only You will. Remind me of this moment by moment today. Keep my eyes fixed upon You. You’re more than enough! I’m so sorry for the sin that entangles my heart over and over again. Help me fight against it and flee to you always.

  • My Morning Song

    This is spot on what I’ve been dealing with lately! First yesterday’s sermon at church was about temptation and now this study. God is speaking to my heart and I’m straining my ear to listen to His still small voice.

  • WOW ! God is really up to something. He has my attention. Besides this study I also started the new study on Ruth through LOVE GOD GREATLY . We are prone to run from times of famine – from those times in the refiner’s fire. We ask God to use us . He needs to make us useable . We need that refining time that time of famine . We need not run from God but to Him. Trust Him. Remember He is up to something amazing. Because we are precious to Him , He keeps His hold on us. We will not fall. I’m willing and ready for God to do His thing in me .

  • I have always felt that vs. 6 “…I have dwelt too long with those who hate peace” was a warning against staying in unhealthy relationships for too long. I use this passage a lot in counseling. So much wisdom in these Psalms of Ascent!

  • Faithful women, would you say a prayer for my marriage? We are in a very hard season, and I need guidance from the Holy Spirit in what to say and do.

    • Samone

      Keep praying and don’t give up. We will pray too!!! God will give you the words if you ask Him. Don’t stop asking and praying.

    • Wendi

      Becky, I pray for your strength, endurance, and heart during this hard time. God is so good, and He loves both of you so much. He can do ALL things! Your marriage is important to Him, bring it to Him everyday and pray for your husband even when it’s hard.

      • Barbara Clearfield

        Becky– Keep praying–and when you pray, be sure to wait, and listen for God’s answer. A book that has been very helpful to me in sticking out my own difficult marriage is “Surviving in a Difficult Christian Marriage” by Elisabeth Klein.

    • Renee

      Praying

    • Alyssa

      Prayers

    • Brie

      Becky, I’m so sorry. I will say a prayer for you. I’ve been there very recently. Marriage is hard….but so worth it when you come through the other side even stronger. Praying for you!

    • churchmouse

      Praying for you and your husband. Would he be open to you praying aloud together for each other and for your marriage? This can be life changing!

    • Emily

      Praying truth and light for you both. God is here and He’s walking every step with you.

    • She Reads Truth

      Absolutely praying for your marriage, Becky. Thank you for letting us know how to lift you up to the Father.

      – Stormye

  • Just what I needed! Excited to see what’s in store!!!

  • Very excited for Psalms of Ascent!

  • Oh, this is going to be so good!! I first started reading SRT with an advent study that included thought provoking questions. These are my favorite as they really help me dig in and think!! Excited for this study!

  • What a great start for a new lesson and a new month!

  • This is just what I need, right now, in this season. I needed to interact with the Word. Thank you for these questions and the historical background. I love the image, the fact that the pilgrims REALLY DID take this journey and the parallel it has with our lives today. Thank you SRT. Thank you, God!

  • Maria Adamson

    Is all this in the book as well?

    • JoyLeanne

      Not the reflections/essays but the sculpture and the questions are.

    • Missy

      Yes:)

    • Maria

      The Bible reading, reflection questions and reflection essays are in the book this time around, although, they are not included in most of the books.

    • She Reads Truth

      For this study, it is the same online as in the book!

      – Stormye

      • Maria Adamson

        Thank you.
        Is there a way when I buy the book I know if the reflections and essays are in the book or is it just a I have to buy and find out type of thing.

        Anyways thank you so much and I’m excited to start this study tonight with my husband.

        • She Reads Truth

          Hi Maria! Great question. The devotionals are not included in the study books. You can always check the product description in our shop to see what will be in there! Hope this helps.

          – Stormye

  • When I look at the third question, I find it important to realize that when we flee from something, we are fleeing towards someone or something that we find safe. If we flee to a person, we often flee to a person that provides guidance and provision; we often look up to that person and want to become more like them. In the same way, we ought to flee to God because He’s our safe shelter and our desire is to become more like Him. We have to allow Him to pour into us. Just a thought :)

    • Shelly

      I love “pour into us” it speaks to me in a way that “give it to God” doesn’t. If I could just let it go I would, but I can’t the only thing that rings true when I am trying to find that peace is to pray for him to come into me.

    • Monie

      Yessss! Amen.

  • Heather Legge

    I stayed up til midnight just to download this as soon as possible!!

  • I am excited to start this new study! Happy May friends!

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