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When Everything Feels Out of Control

Episode 8 | February 19, 2024
Lisa Brenninkmeyer and Laura Phelps

Episode 8 kicks off our brand new, seven-week series, The Psalms of Ascent: A Lenten Pilgrimage. The word translated “ascent” means “to go up.” It gives an idea of being on a journey, moving to a higher place spiritually. In this week's episode, Lisa and Laura dive into Psalm 121 and explore Scripture’s response to when everything feels out of control. If you aren’t convinced of God’s protection or struggle to believe in His promises, you are in the right place. Join Lisa and Laura as they set our hearts on pilgrimage, unpacking today’s Psalm and applying it to our daily lives. 

Open your Heart to our key Scripture. 
Psalm 121:1-8: Assurance of God’s Protection. A Song of Ascents.

I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved,
he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade
on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and for evermore. 

Open your Bible to other Scriptures referenced in this episode. 
Luke 1:28: The Lord is with you!
John 16:33: In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
Isaiah 43:2: When you pass through waters, I will be with you; through rivers, you shall not be swept away. When you walk through fire, you shall not be burned, nor will flames consume you

Invite Him in with this episode’s questions for reflection.
When have you seen God show up for you as your keeper (your bodyguard, your sentry)? 
When has God been your shade (your protection, your shelter)?

Show mentions.
Lisa Brenninkmeyer, Praying From the Heart Guided Prayer Journal
Laura Phelps, Sweet Cross: A Marian Guide to Suffering
Eugene Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society 
Peter Kreeft, Wisdom of the Heart: The Good, the True, and the Beautiful at the Center of Us All 
Edward Sri, Walking with Mary: A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross
Scott Hahn, Curtis Mitch, Rev. Dennis K. Walters, Ignatius Catholic Study Bible, The Book of the Psalms

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