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) There are many ways to spend our time. Generally, they fall into “things for self” and “things for others”. In Monday’s Journey Study, we learned how our motivation and heart posture for every action are critically important. While God doesn’t mind us doing things for ourselves, He wants us to serve others as a way to demonstrate true worship. Serving others displays the true heart of God. Take an inventory of how you spend your time. Is there a greater focus on self or others? Check out the Neighbor Journey Theme to connect with real life stories of serving our neighbors. Be inspired and identify who you can serve this coming week. Write down several ways you can serve them, pick one and then serve them with the heart of God and His generous love.
2) Take a few minutes to think about prayer. What does it mean to you? If you were to describe it to someone else, what words would you choose? Go ahead and try it out loud! Do you get what you ask for? How important is it? Is it even necessary? Why or why not? Wrestle with these questions long enough to feel uncomfortable. Like every other discipline that believers in Jesus take regular time to practice, Jesus modeled prayer for us. When we want to become exceptional at something, we study the professional, and when it comes to prayer, there is none better than Jesus Himself. On Thursday, Rebecca suggested reading through John 17, one of the richest passages of Jesus’ prayers. Take time this weekend to read it through multiple times and make simple notes and questions that stick out to you as you read. As you read, ask the Lord to open your eyes to see and understand prayer better. Ask Him to teach you how to pray just as He taught His disciples.
3) We live in a world where busyness and noise are prevalent. We’ve grown so accustomed to noise that if there is a pause in conversation, we feel the need to say something, anything, to end the silence. We fret when we’re resting, feeling like we’re wasting time. But solitude is actually biblical. As we saw in Christine’s Journey, Just Being, Jesus modeled solitude for us throughout the gospel accounts. He frequently slipped away for restorative time alone. His invitation to come and sit with Him in solitude is a gift for us (Matthew 11:28), for here He offers healing and rest. Are you taking advantage of His invitation? If so, how frequently? If not, what’s holding you back from starting? Spend some time journaling how you think solitude will help you receive God’s peace. Check out A God of Peace Journey Study for a little help. Plan a daily time of solitude for the next week and see how God uses it to bless you.
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 Galatians 5:13-14 back to the Lord and
let His Spirit speak to you through it!
For you were called to be free, brothers and sisters; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love. For the whole law is fulfilled in one statement: Love your neighbor as yourself.
Lord, thank You for providing us with the example of how to live our lives as followers of You. As we’ve studied this week, we know we should serve others, pray, and spend time alone in Your Presence. Did You not also do all these things? Help us embrace these disciplines so we can grow closer to You, spread Your love to those around us, and grow more Christlike as You heal and teach us in solitude with You. Only good can come from imitating You Lord. Let us pursue You with intention and gladness.