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) On Monday, Lesley reminded us that “one small act changed everything” in the relationship between Adam & Eve and God. Where oneness and beauty once splendidly danced, brokenness, shame, fear, and blame took over. In what ways can you identify with this concept in your own relationship experiences? We’ve all acted certain ways or said certain things to bring about brokenness and destruction in our relationships. It’s painful and messy to think about, but every one of us have both brought about brokenness and been the receiver of such wounding from the people we love. In these scenarios, it’s easy to see the other person as the enemy, blaming them and growing angry or bitter, but this is exactly the trap Adam and Eve fell into. The real enemy is Satan, who loves to break our relationships with eachother and God. As you consider this when you think about the people you love, be intentional in praying for them, remembering they are not the enemy!
2) Israelites were enslaved under Egyptian rule for 4 centuries; they needed a rescuer. When God freed them from captivity, He promised to bring them into a good land of abundance and freedom. After a few days of foot travel across the barren desert, they arrived at the entrance of the Promised Land; God had been faithful, good, and kind. But Israel, on discovering that the Promised Land was full of enormous fruit and fearsome giants (true story, guys, read Numbers 13:17-29), completely rejected God’s good gift! (Numbers 14:1-10) Sisters, don’t miss this, I have also been guilty of rejecting the good gifts God offers me because they aren’t what I expect. Israel’s rejection of Canaan, resulted in God leading them to turn around and wander the desert for 40 years. I don’t want to miss out on what God has deemed for my good and His glory just because it doesn’t fit my expectations. What about you?!
3) God continued pursuing His people, Israel, despite their constant rebellion. Even though they had prophets and priests who pointed them back to God’s heart, sin has its stealthy way of sneaking in and bringing death and destruction in its wake. Prophets who loved God, called aloud for Israel to turn her heart back to the Lord Almighty. Just as God faithfully pursued Israel, so He pursues each one of us. Imagine this! The God of all on a mission to catch you with His infinite love and mercy! How does this make you feel? Can you look around your life and point to ways His voice is raised like the prophet’s to call you to return to Him? He is always waiting, never put off by your rebellion enough to cease in His pursuit of a real, authentic relationship with you. If He will stop at nothing, what’s holding you back?
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 Romans 3:10-12 back to the Lord and
let His Spirit speak to you through it!
There is no one righteous, not even one.
11 There is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away;
all alike have become worthless.
There is no one who does what is good,
not even one.
Lord God, sometimes I lose sight of my sin. I forget how stealthy it is and how intent the Enemy of my heart is to steal, kill, and destroy. I become lulled into mediocrity as I chase after the sins that tempt me, neglecting to remember You alone are worthy of love and worship. I forget that my phone and my social media feed will never love me back for all the time and attention I give them. I justify my rudeness, pretending I’m just “being confident”. I cover up my manipulation tactics, my sharp words, my eye rolls, my deceit, my anger, my arrogance. I forget, Lord God, I forget these are the very things that destroy the oneness You died to share with me. Lord Jesus, remind me this weekend. Remind me as the days move towards Easter that You came to destroy the Destruction of sin. Remind me that when I surrender myself to You, I don’t have to forget about my sin, it’s paid for by Your blood. Don’t let me forget my sin, Oh Christ, let me remember You.