The GT Weekend!
At Gracefully Truthful, weekends aren’t for “checking out”.
Use this time to invite the Almighty’s fullness into you life in a deeper way!
Saturdays and Sundays are a chance to
reflect, rest, and re-center our lives onto Christ.
Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with other women in prayer,
rest your soul in reflective journaling,
and spend time worshiping the Creator who
longs for intimacy with each of us!
Worship Through Journaling
Worship Through Journaling
1) What are your thoughts on God? Seems to be a simple question, right? But sit with the question and it becomes difficult to put into words. Who is God? Has He always existed? How do you know? Why do you suppose it’s critical to believe what Bible says about God’s eternal nature? Wrestle with these thoughts and put down some words in your journal. Read through Genesis 1 and John 1, and ask God to reveal more of Himself in deeper ways as you read and pray.
2) Begin listing some things you love. Don’t hold anything back or scratch it from the list. After you’ve written a while, go back and consider what kind of love you have for these things or people. Is the love self-focused (like love of coffee) or other-focused (love for child). Is the love one you would die for? What limit does that love have? Write out that limit. Now consider the boundless love of God. What does it mean that God sacrificially so loved? What does that kind of love imply for the rest of His character traits? How does this love color His faithfulness, His justice, and His role as Father?
3) What are your reactions to Bri’s statement, “God’s love is shocking.”? In what ways might you agree or disagree? When you consider the love of God, what other descriptions come to mind? Jot down a handful of these descriptions. What specific reasons can you point to for listing those? Is “familiar” one of your words? “Familiar” and “comfortable” are probably as far as you can get from “shocking”. If God’s love were truly shocking in its depth and breadth, and who it was for, how might the way you viewed others shift? Do something visible to help remind you to love others with God’s shocking love. Maybe paint 1 fingernail bright red, scroll “shocking” with a sharpie on your hand or arm, or leave some post it notes in your car or kitchen that read “shocking”.
Praying Scripture back to the One who wrote it in the first place is a great way to jump start our prayer-life! Pray this passage from Matthew 5:43-44 back to the Lord and
let His Spirit speak to you through it!
You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, ‘Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.’
I confess to You, Lord, that I tend to wrap up in Your love like a comfy, old blanket. I’m familiar with our rhythms together. Our quiet times, our conversations, Your whispers and prompts. I love it, Lord. I’m grateful for how You become increasingly precious and priceless to me. But, Abba, I know too, how easy it is for me to put You inside of a box I’ve created with familiar edges and cozy corners. Because I like to control things, without even recognizing it, I make the box smaller and smaller.
Break down my cardboard walls, Lord. Stretch my heart to know you in ways that I’m not comfortable with. Help me to see you with fresh eyes. Renew my view of Your boundless, shocking love. Please keep making me new, Jesus!