What She Said! Psalms of Ascent
by Sharon Betters
Have you ever listened to a speaker, read a blog post, article or book and resonated so much with the truth communicated that you knew you couldn’t say it better and you wanted to exclaim, “What she said!”
God has encouraged and inspired me by such messages, shared by many of whom I have never met. I’m delighted to introduce some of them to you through the devotional series, What She Said! I’ll kick off the series with an extended What She Said! Summer series, and then periodically introduce you to other writers in between new devotional series. Each writer inspires me by their passion for Jesus in the way that they write and communicate.
I am delighted that Sarah Ivill, a very busy writer and speaker along with all the responsibilities and joys of marriage and parenting will kick off the first week of What She Said!
Sarah Ivill, who has a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary, is the author of Bible studies and books, including The Covenantal Life: Appreciating the Beauty of Theology and Community. She is a wife, mother to four children, Bible study teacher, and conference speaker who lives in Matthews, North Carolina, and is a member of Christ Covenant Church (PCA). One of her friends recently told me that Sarah is one of the most humble people she knows. Her humility shows up in her writing. Sarah will lead us in an overview of six Psalms of Ascent. I love her choice of Scripture, since I committed to memorizing several of them as prayers for our children, grandchildren and church. Psalm 121 is especially meaningful to me since it is the Psalm I regularly prayed for our little granddaughter, Siddhi, as she clung to life in India while her parents pursued adoption. Let Sarah’s words sink into your heart as she helps turn our hearts to the beautiful truths in these precious Psalms. To learn more about Sarah, visit the Daily Treasure website for more on Sarah as well as her website: www.sarahivill.com.
Treasured by Him,
Help prepare your heart for this week’s devotionals by reading through Psalms 120 – 126. Imagine the Israelites singing these songs while on pilgrimage, preparing their hearts to worship. Pick out a Psalm that is especially meaningful to you and soak in those words. Ask the Lord to encourage your heart to not only trust Him, but to display His love and character through you, to a broken world in desperate need of peacemakers and messengers of reconciliation.
Sharon W. Betters is author of Treasures of Encouragement, Treasures in Darkness and co-author of Treasures of Faith. She is Director of Resource Development and co-founder of MARKINC Ministries, a non profit organization that offers help and hope to hurting people.Sharon enjoys quality time with her husband, children and fourteen grandchildren and if you were Sharon's neighbor you would often hear lots of loud story telling and laughter coming from the home where Sharon and Chuck have lived for over 30 years.