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 been let down, disappointed by another’s action, words, or lack thereof? If you’re breathing, I hope you’re raising your hand and being honest! It took me only seconds to think of more than 1 person who has left me feeling hurt, disappointed, and confused. We tend to elevate certain people to hero status, don’t we? Think for a moment and let these “hero” names come to you. Israel’s kings were supposed to be their heroes, protecting them from harm, providing for them, and shepherding them by pointing them to God’s heart. But, over time, each of these kings fell to the snare of sin, leaving Israel spinning and confused. They needed One who would never let them down, and our hearts scream for the same. When have you most ached for One who would never abandon you? How did you feel in those times? Have you ever considered that God was there, ever present, in the midst of your swirling confusion? As you think about your longing to know you will never be left alone, be confident in the True King Jesus who gave His all for you!
2) Christians are known for staunchly believing in a glorious life after death more stunning and brilliant than anything this life offers. These are not glib statements delivered at deathbeds and funerals for the purpose of merely comforting those who grieve. Christians believe with unswerving confidence and assurance that Christ, who came to earth in the flesh, who offered Himself as a sacrifice to bridge the yawning chasm between sinful humanity and God, who died a horrific, humiliating death, is the same Christ who conquered Death forever by rising again. All who surrender themselves to spiritually die with Jesus, are also raised to walk in the fullness of life that will never end. Guaranteed. What are your heart responses to this proclaimed truth? Do you wonder at how we can know the end with such confidence? Have you ever given yourself permission to ask? Whether you are personally resting in confidence or have swirling questions, set aside time this weekend to study and be refreshed by the truth of the Blessed Hope of Jesus’ sure and certain return. (1 Peter 1:3-9)
3) Do you find yourself striving? Working hard to earn the “next”, the “best”? In what ways do you recognize yourself working for more? Who do you most often seek approval from? Why do you think this is? Let your pace slow enough to take these questions and your answers to the Lord in prayer. How does your desire to “earn approval” or be proven to “be the best” color your relationship with God? Do you hope He will “look the other way” when aren’t “all the things” you feel you should be for Him? What justifications for your choices are your favorite ones to call up and use either in your relationship with God or with other people? As you slowly pick your way through these heart questions, hold fast to the truth that while you will never be enough, Jesus will always be your enough on your behalf! What a glorious God to give such lavish love and such deeply radical grace! If you were to permanently tattoo some reminder of this truth on yourself, what would it say or look like?
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 Luke 24:25-27 back to the Lord and
let His Spirit speak to you through it!
He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Wasn’t it necessary for the Messiah to suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 Then beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted for them the things concerning himself in all the Scriptures.
Evidence for You surrounds me every single day, God! However, my step is quick, my eyes glaze over, and my heart is easily distracted from perceiving the ways You are present, always ready to engage me. Just as the ancient Israelites had memorized Your words and studied Your prophecies, remind me to actively look for Your work around me. Holy Spirit, remind me of truth when I’m tempted to believe the lie that You are far from me, aloof, and uncaring. Show me Who You are, Lord God. Show me even a glimpse of Your glory. Let me see You in the midst of my confusion, my questions, and my circumstance. Your Word says if we seek You with all our heart, we will find You. Unveil our eyes and hearts, prepare us to encounter You, and may the pattern of our everyday moments be forever changed as we see You for Who You truly are!