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) Most people don’t think of kings as servants. The Jews surely were looking for a king with authority and powerful army to rescue them from Roman oppression. This was their idea of the promised Messiah. Monday’s Journey Study showed us how Jesus, the true Messiah, came, not as a Roman-conquering-king, but as a humble servant. Indeed, He was and is, a king, in fact the King of Kings, but he didn’t come to defeat the Romans. He came to defeat the darkness of sin and death. He was the infant Messiah born to bring Truth and Light into the world. Journal about your salvation experience as if you were telling a friend about it. Share how Jesus is your light, and how He came to conquer your sin. Scripture teaches us to be Christlike, what are some ways you can practice humility as He modeled? Ponder how viewing Jesus as a humble servant changes your perspective of Advent as you prepare for Christmas. How can you better anticipate the light and truth ushered in by the birth of Jesus because of what you’ve learned about Him in Scripture? If you feel ambitious this weekend, revisit Week Three from the Journey Theme, If as it digs into Jesus as Victorious King.
2) In Deuteronomy 28:1-26, Moses lays out the benefits of obedience to God and the consequences of disobedience. Our midweek Journey Study pointed out that the Israelites seemed to choose sin instead of obedience. Have you ever judged them as you read the Old Testament? I’m guilty of it. But don’t we do the same thing? Think back on times when you have chosen sin over obedience. Did the consequences echo those described in Deuteronomy 28:15-26? You can also visit Glimmers Day 6 Journey Study for more on the sin cycle and Jesus as our rescuer. Prophets were sent to help the people know, and hopefully obey, God’s Word. One thing they consistently presented was the prophecy of the coming Messiah. From Hosea to Malachi, Jesus is consistently mentioned as the solution to sin and death. On this side of the birth of Jesus, we lose some of the awe and wonder of who the Messiah was and is. Pick one or more of the minor prophets and record how their prophetic work helps you recapture the true sense of who Jesus is. What is one thing you can do each day to lean into the wonder of the coming Messiah?
3) Can you imagine doing the same thing over and over in order to be forgiven, but knowing that forgiveness would never be permanent? That’s exactly what the Israelites had been doing with sacrifices. As Lesley showed us on Friday, the Messiah would be a once-for-all sacrifice granting permanent forgiveness. How does meditating on this reality help you understand the depths of the Messiah’s love for you? Being the ultimate final sacrifice means defeating sin and death’s darkness. What shoots the darkness? Light. Jesus was, and is, that eternally powerful light. Because Jesus, our Messiah, is God, no darkness can eclipse Him and therefore, when we have accepted Him as our Savior, the darkness cannot overcome us either. Jesus came, and His light conquered the darkness. In John 8:12, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.” Who knows this world is still full of darkness? Record some areas you are personally aware of that need the light of Jesus. Write a prayer asking Jesus to shine His light there. How can you be part of shining that light?
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 Isaiah 9:6-7 back to the Lord and
let His Spirit speak to you through it!
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; a light has dawned on those living in the land of darkness. For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. The dominion will be vast, and its prosperity will never end. He will reign on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish and sustain it with justice and righteousness from now on and forever. The zeal of the Lord of Armies will accomplish this.
Father God, as this Advent season begins, help me to feel the anticipation the Israelites felt, waiting for the Messiah. But having the benefit of knowing how He arrived, and how His birth was ultimately the source of my salvation, may I also anticipate His return. God, I am always baffled as to why You love me enough to send Jesus to take on a human body so that He could reconcile me to You. I am eternally grateful for Jesus, and I pray that I can avoid the sin cycle the Israelites followed. Instead, help me to choose obedience. Help me anticipate Jesus’ return and all that will mean for myself and the Church. While I wait, help me shine the light of Jesus on others so that they too can leave darkness behind.