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) Fragrance. Just pause for a moment, close your eyes, count to ten, and breathe deeply as you think about that word. Smells often carry emotional attachment or strong memories along with them. Just catching a scent can instantly transport you to a different time and place. Share with someone close to you a few smells that are connected to something or someone significant for you. Draw those memories in and walk through them slowly. With this very physical sensation of smell, now consider how your life might “smell” to others who watch you from inside your home. Which specific everyday habits, phrases, or body language positions consistently drift a fragrance of the gospel to those you love most? Which ones send them reeling away? Consider asking each person in your home how they experience love through you, listening carefully to their answers.
2) In what ways do you find yourself pushing away from engaging in friendships? What are the obstacles you commonly encounter to nurturing community that would feed and encourage your faith? As you write these out, consider which ones are blockades you have power to move, but don’t for whatever reason and circle those. As we were reminded of the critically important nature of living in biblical community, pray through your obstacles and ask the Lord to move ahead of you, preparing the way for you to engage well. Decide why or why not you will obediently take intentional steps to cultivating biblical friendships.
3) If your church had a fragrance of the gospel, would you be able to detect it when you walked in? If you carried the same sweet scent of the gospel, would others at your local church be able to stand up and testify that based on how you interact and serve at church, they could clearly detect Christ’s fragrance on you? Does it walk with you when you’re inside the church building only or does it linger as you run your errands, chat with your neighbor, comment on social media, and speak with your children, spouse, or friends? If I were to ask your friends if you love Jesus, what would they say? What evidence would they provide? Be encouraged! Christ is on display through every believer who genuinely loves Him and chooses to follow Him closely!
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 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 back to the Lord and
let His Spirit speak to you through it!
Everything is from God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us.
Lord God, the gospel story leaves me breathless every time! Radical love, unfathomable grace, such costly sacrifice, all to rescue us, your very enemies. Un-believable! Your forgiveness knows no boundaries, no sin or shame or secret is beyond Your ability, more so, Your desire to forgive! How can You love like this, Lord?! Then, Father, then You save us for a purpose, calling us into a lifetime of mission and intentionality as you actually give is the ministry of reconciliation. You call us to forgive as we have been forgiven, to love as we have been loved, and to declare this glorious, hope-filled gospel to all. Utterly Beautiful. Lord, I am continually amazed by You and Your plan. If all I ever knew was this small piece of Your love, I could be satisfied forever to look into its beauty. I praise you, God, for freedom, for purpose, for a mission, and a ministry within your Kingdom! I love You, Lord!