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) Marsha had been following Jesus, committed to living for Him, but struggled with voices of shame and guilt. She found herself quick to condemn herself, even though she worked hard to love others and give them grace, despite their own past mistakes. Sometimes, accepting the on-going, unconditional, perfectly complete, gracious forgiveness of Jesus on our behalf is much harder than that choosing to forgive others of their sin. Pause to take note of where you are much harder on yourself than you are on others. Where are you pushing too hard and not allowing margin in your life for your own self-care, for rest, and for dedicated time spent with the Lord? Unless we are accepting Christ’s lavish love for ourselves, it will be difficult to love others!
2) Laura’s life was made new because of the dramatic, insistent, presence of love. Love from neighbors. Love from adopted parents. Love from a sister. All of these examples of unconditional love pointed her closer and closer to the unending love of a Father God. When she finally experienced Jesus’ love for herself, she realized how deeply she had already been loved by Him through the people around her. Who has invested deeply into your life by showing you Jesus’ love? Who have you done this for and how have you seen it impact them? Take time this weekend to write a note to someone who has embodied Jesus’ love for you, and encourage them by letting them know they made a difference. How we love one another helps others see Jesus more clearly!
3) Shannon made many attempts to fix herself, sure that if she found and followed the right formula, she would find freedom and wholeness. Everything she tried not only failed her, but left her feeling more broken than before. The cycles of working at religion were so empty. Everything changed for her with a gracious invitation to participate in biblical community. As people around her shared vulnerably of their own transformation and lived out in regular everyday life what it means to be loved by the Savior, Shannon couldn’t get enough of this sweet truth! Believers who loved Jesus more than their own comfort zones were pivotal players in Shannon’s dramatic life change. Are you investing with everything you have for the lives of those around you? Who have you written off as being “too far away” or “unlikely Christian”? Pray consistently about who the Lord is placing in your life for you to live like Jesus alongside.
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 Ephesians 4:31-32 back to the Lord and
let His Spirit speak to you through it!
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor
and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted,
forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Like everything else, we humans try to work hard, fix it ourselves, rescue ourselves, and ignore the unmerited grace You offer through Your son, Jesus. Lord, I know I do this, even though I’ve been following You and studying Your Word for years. I still try to do the work You’ve given to me or love the people You’ve put in my life on my own power. It’s never effective without You, Jesus. Press this truth before me, Lord. Let me be reminded of my need to be totally dependent on You, Your Power, and Your forgiving, gracious love no matter what I do today!