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) Children seem to be born to ask questions. Day in and day out, they are curious about the world and how it works, so they ask! But as children grow older, sometimes their questions can move from curiosity to challenging and disrespecting others. As we seek to learn more about the Lord,our questions can reveal our heart posture toward Him. Take a moment to think about the questions you have been asking God lately. Are you asking Him for guidance? Maybe you are questioning why certain things have happened in your life or the lives of loved ones. Have you been questioning His character or motivations? Write down some of the questions you find yourself asking lately or the questions that keep coming up in your life. Consider what these questions reveal about your heart. Are you seeking to know God, or justify yourself?Are you asking questions to get at the heart of God’s will or to protect your own will? How do you respond to the answers God gives (or chooses not to give)? Are you content with His ways, even when they are not your ways? Take some time to reflect on your questions and your heart attitude. Confess where you have fallen short, and ask God to continue to reveal His character to you.
2) Have you ever feared surrendering fully to God because you worried it would mean packing up and moving across the world? Or maybe you anxiously wondered if surrender would be equated with sudden poverty. Go ahead and take a minute to think about your pre-conceived ideas surrounding fully relinquishing all parts of your heart and life to Christ. Which areas is the Spirit bringing quickly to mind? You know, the ones you push away firmly and discount! (I know, because I’m doing the same thing!) Be willing to hold these close for a moment. Why do you fear surrender? Do you truly have control in this moment anyway? Do you truly believe the Lord is kind and good toward you at all times? Even in surrender? Consider the man living in the graveyard from Wednesday’s Journey Study. Ravaged by demons who sought to destroy him, this man was as good as dead to everyone who knew him. In what way do you see that your sin renders you to the graveyard like this man? Jesus brought healing, instant forgiveness, and sanity to a hopeless situation and the man’s response was a pleading for Jesus to take him away with Him. The man was seemingly willing to surrender everything about his home and family to follow Christ, but Jesus sent him home. Sometimes, well, often times, surrender doesn’t look like we expect, but Jesus knows precisely the best path to accomplish our obedient following. Are we willing to go?
3) Friday’s Journey Study closes with the question, “Where might God be calling us to use what He’s already given us for His glory?” As we looked at the character of Lydia, we saw a woman who was intentionally putting herself in a place to be exposed to the Word of God, even when it was potentially uncomfortable. Then, after hearing His Word, she responded in obedience. What steps do you need to take to be like Lydia? Are you making space in your life to hear the Word? This will look different in different seasons of life. Maybe you don’t have time to sit and read chapters at a time, but can you make time to listen to a chapter or two of Scripture while you make your lunch? Or maybe you do have time to read. Are you stewarding that time well? When you hear His word, are you responding in obedience, taking what you have learned and applying it to your life? Make time this week to truly evaluate your habits. Write down a plan for how you will make time to sit under God’s Word, and then how you remember to apply what He teaches you. Trust that He will bless the time you show up to learn from Him.
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 Mark 8:34-35 back to the Lord and
let His Spirit speak to you through it!
And calling the crowd to Him with His disciples, He said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.
Gracious God and Savior, You are so good to us. I will never cease to be amazed by Your patience and kindness toward me. Even in my doubts and questions, You are steady. Even when I demand my own way, You are forgiving. Even when I drift from You, You bring me back and welcome me with open arms. I know I fall short of Your standards. Thank You for making a way for me to be made right with You. Thank You for being able to withstand my questions. Thank You for being trustworthy as I submit my will to Yours. Thank You for being a God who draws near. Help me, oh Father, to be steadfast. Help me to learn from my questions, to humble my heart, and to draw near to You. Help me to not grow weary in doing good, but to seek You out in every area of my life. Let my life bring glory to You in every way.