Hy sweet friend! How has your week been?
I want to be real with you today. Some days just kind of stink right? The past week and a half have had a lot of rough moments for me. Now there have been some really sweet, beautiful times in there! But overall? My heart is feeling rather heavy and a little defeated at the moment.
I almost decided to post music or pictures today for fear that my heaviness would come across in my writing. But the more I thought about that, I realized, why would I hide that? A huge part of my desire for Firecracker Heart is openness and honesty. I want to share my heart with you and walk through life together.
So as I walk through this week, I am praying and seeking joy wherever I can find it. When I wake up and before I go to bed, I’ve been asking the Lord to open my eyes to His blessings and mercies. In addition, I’ve been meditating and setting my heart on a number of chapters in Psalms.
Chapters 140-150, in my Bible, are so marked up and underlined that they’re actually a little difficult to read. I have notes from many years ago and dates reminding me of the truth I’ve found in those pages. I LOVE these chapters. They remind me to set my hope on the Lord and rely on Him.
If you’re walking through a rough season right now or if it’s just been a long day, I highly encourage you to read through these chapters. Sit in these words for a while. Maybe say them out loud even. My goal (with the Psalms in particular) is to make these verses my own prayer. I strive to internalize the praises and prayers and reflect them in my life.
I’ve included below some of my favorite verses. I hope they encourage you!
“Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! Do not let my heart incline to any evil, too busy myself with withed deeds…” Psalm 141: 3-4a
This verse in particular is such an important reminder when I’m feeling blue. It’s so easy to turn a bad day in to an awful one by complaining or speaking negatively. I always thing that will make me feel better but in reality it just brings more darkness to a situation. I rely on this verse to help remind me to be careful with my words!
“I cry to you, O Lord; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” Psalm 142:5
I wish I could have this verse in front of my eyes 24/7! Such a good reminder that my comfort is in the Lord.
“Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I life up my soul.” Psalm 143:8
“He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the star; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. The Lord life up the humble, he casts the wicked to the ground.” Psalm 147:3-6
“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!” Psalm 150:6
I’m praying for you as you walk through this next week! You are not going through this life alone and please know that this space is a safe place to seek encouragement and rest.