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) Have you ever watched a garden grow? From one day to the next, the growth of the garden looks nearly the same. But over the course of a summer, what was once a patch of brown, unimpressive dirt becomes a jungle of plants, vines, and fruits. This makes me think of the work of the Spirit of God in my life. I look much the same today as I did yesterday. But if I consider how I’ve changed over the last 5 years, I see substantial ways that the Holy Spirit has done His work in me. As I have grown more aware of Christ’s love for me, my love for others has grown in tandem with my love for God. As I become more aware of how undeserving I am of His love, I have grown more eager to share with others. No matter where you are on your faith journey, the Spirit of God can change you. Are you still undecided about whether this Jesus is for you? Ask God to reveal His great love to you. Are you a brand new believer? Praise God that He loves you just as you are and ask Him to grow your love for Him and others. Are you a mature believer wondering why you still struggle with accepting His love or showing it to others? Cast all your troubles at the feet of Jesus. The Spirit empowers and brings about your transformation. You need only obey His leading. Write down 3 ways that you have seen evidence of God’s love in your life, and 3 ways that you can show His love to others. Thank Him for the work He has already done, and ask for His strength to walk in obedience.
2) What comes to mind in your everyday life experiences around the word “joy”? Close your eyes, slow your breathing, and think about joy. Where do you see it? How do you feel it in your body? What sounds do you hear? What smells tantalize you? What does your tongue taste as you consider joy? Do you find a smile spreading across your face even as your eyes are closed? Go ahead and try it! We will be here waiting when you open your eyes! As you reflect on these rich experiences, what was absent for this joy to be so free? Did your joy center around an experience, a person, or an object? If this joy were tangible, and you could submerge yourself in it like ocean water, imagine the glee and the freedom here. Now, know with confidence, that the highest peak of delectable joy humanly possible is like a drop in the bucket on a parched day compared to the richness of joy found only in relationship with Jesus Christ. Do you believe this? Have you experienced this? In what way? Dig into Scripture this week, seeking out this lasting joy in relationship with Jesus!
3) Peace feels…. What adjective would you use to finish this sentence? Slippery? Calming? Impossible? Our previous experiences with peace often dictate whether we view peace as illusive, tangible, or even mythical. It’s important to be reminded that biblical peace is not the absence of conflict. Scripture teaches that the gospel is indeed offensive to those who rebel against it. (1 Corinthians 1:18, 1 Peter 2:7-8) As long as we are at odds with Christ and the true peace that He brings, the idea of peace will always seem slippery, illusive, and impossible. Where Christ rules, and our surrender is wholly given, peace floods. Identify the places in your life where peace is glaringly absent. Where does it feel like “peace” is laughable? Describe these scenarios in a few words on a post-it note and stick them by your bed. On another card, write out Philippians 4:4-7 and place it close by. Make time throughout the coming days to intentionally memorize these verses. What is the secret to unleashing God’s peace according to these verses?
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 Peter1:2-4 back to the Lord and
let His Spirit speak to you through it!
May grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. By these he has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may share in the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world because of evil desire.
Oh Lord our God, how great is Your love for us. Father, Son, Spirit, Your love is perfect. You did not need mankind to make Your love complete, but because of Your great and overflowing love, You chose to create us for relationship with You. What joy this truth brings to my heart. You are not a far-off, unseeing God. No, You hear the prayers of Your people and You speak to us. Forgive me, oh Lord, for my forgetful, hardened heart. I long to follow You and obey Your commands, yet I often choose the lesser things, rebelling in my innermost being against the relationship You have offered me. Have mercy on me, oh God, and renew my heart. Thank You for the gift of transformation You give to Your children. Thank You for the fruit of the Spirit that is evident in my life. I know that without Your great power, I would not have the love, joy, or peace that I have in my life today. Help me to be steadfast and faithful, following the leading of Your Spirit at all times.