The GT Weekend! ~ Blessed Week 3
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) Several years ago, a slogan became popular, “Know Jesus, Know Peace. No Jesus, No Peace.” It’s simplicity speaks volumes of the only path to attaining true, lasting peace. We chase after many things in attempt to be at peace. If I just have this amount of money in my budget. If only my husband would make these changes. If my child could just stop this, or start doing that. If everyone would just let me off the crazy train every now and then, I could have peace!! Am I right?! Alas, none of those things have the capability of bringing lasting peace, only the illusion of cessation from all the other noise. Where are you chasing peace? What series of events are you waiting for before you can finally have peace? Choose to stop the mad race to grasp at handfuls of wind, and sit with the one and only peacemaker. Jesus didn’t come to drop spoonfuls of peace from the sky when we behave. Rather, His peace is available in full at every moment, in every situation. Welcome the Peacemaker, then live as His ambassador as you extend His invitation of peace to others!
2) No one wants to suffer, right?! Often, when we, as believers, experience difficulty or intense struggling in our faith journey, we pray for the Lord to remove it, to heal us, to get us OUT of our trial! As Sara referenced Wednesday on the process of making diamonds, it’s only through intensity that rocks eventually glisten as jewels. A wise friend once shared with me this simple phrase, bringing deep clarity for me, “Believers will suffer because they follow Jesus. The only way to end persecution is to stop following Jesus.” Wow! Truth like that cuts straight through all my defenses. Jesus promised suffering for those who truly follow Him, and so the logic follows, “stop following Him, end persecution of the believer.” I want to follow my Savior more than I want my comfort. I know there are many times where I choose comfort, but pray with me for both of us to choose Jesus over and over, even in the face of adversity!
3) If persecution is guaranteed for every believer who truly follows Jesus, what should our response be when persecution comes our way? The Bible shares story after story of the early church responding to attack and trial with prayer, and perhaps most surprisingly, thanksgiving for who God was and continued to be. Their prayer was neither to remove the persecution, nor give them the upper hand, but for boldness and endurance to honor Christ and preach freedom in Jesus amidst intense struggle. When have you encountered persecution, on some level, for what you believe? Ask the Lord to grow your heart in boldness for Him, and willingness to speak of Him and of His truth! Spend time praising Him for His unchanging character of kind goodness towards 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 Matthew 5:13 back to the Lord and
let His Spirit speak to you through it!
You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
You’ve rescued us from ourselves, and our eternally condemned state because of our sin, by giving us Your righteousness instead of our rightly deserved death. You’ve lovingly embraced us, adopting us as Your own children, giving us the right to reign with You. You’ve given Your own Spirit to dwell within us to teach us to become more like You. Your love knows no boundaries. Your welcome casts off all disgrace. Your forgiveness makes all shame flee. You prepare a perfect eternity for us to dwell with You forever, face to face. Lord! It’s too astounding to take in! Yet, in the meantime, in our right now, You’ve called us into a life of purpose knowing it will be met with difficulty, persecution, and struggle. You’ve promised to never leave, Your Almighty Presence is indeed the richest blessing of a truly “blessed life”. Encourage our hearts to live with love, to remain deeply connected to Your truth, that we might be salt and light to a world around us, so desperate for truth and grace!
Worship Through Community
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