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This Week's Journeys

1 Peter 1:5-8

You are being guarded by God’s power through faith for salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. You rejoice in this, even though now for a short time, if necessary, you suffer grief in various trials so that the proven character of your faith may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Though you have not seen him, you love him; though not seeing him now, you believe in him, and you rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy, because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Prayer Journal Entry

Yahweh, I am bringing the honesty of my sadness in my current season. I am heartbroken at the trials I am facing, the ones out of my control and the struggles I have created myself. I pray for Your wisdom (Proverbs 8:11) and grace as I sort through them. I ask You to remove the veil from my eyes and show me, as You did Elizabeth, all the ways I can bring You glory in the hardship and all the ways I can grow to be more like You. Search my heart, Lord. (Psalm 139:23-24)

God, I know You are with me. (Psalm 16:8) I know You are my shield. (Proverbs 30:5) I know You will work all things out for Your glory and my good. (Romans 8:27-28) Please infuse me with Your almighty strength and wash over me with Your love. Pour into me as I face a difficult season, so I may pour into others and reflect Your love. I know my hope in You will not disappoint just as Elizabeth’s did not. (Romans 5:1-5)

Yahweh, help me press into You. Holy Spirit, lift me up in my weakness and intercede on behalf of my speechless tongue. (Romans 8:26) Reveal to me the way I should go because I appeal to you; may Your gracious Spirit lead me on level ground. (Psalm 143:7-10)

In Your Son’s name I pray, Amen.

Worship Through Song

Journal Prompts

JOURNAL ONE

The very thing everyone, including Elizabeth, saw as disgrace, disapproval, disappointment, and shame turned out to be the blessing of a lifetime. God blessed Elizabeth and Zacharias with the privilege of birthing and raising the man who would walk before Jesus, preparing His way, and living a life worthy of Jesus’ direct praise. (Matthew 11:11-15) That kind of responsibility requires steadfast preparation and diligent spiritual work to learn humility and sacrificial love.

When we allow the Spirit of God to shift our perspective while we worship Him, He helps us see hope and opportunities for growth within all circumstances; we get to witness God’s love in the details of our life. Through practiced obedience, our faith grows (1 Samuel 15:22, Galatians 5:5) and so do our blessings (Psalm 128:1-2, Luke 5:1-11, Isaiah 1:19). Take a few minutes today to reflect on the trials you are currently facing.

Where do you see God strengthening your inner soul as you trust Him? (2 Corinthians 4:16) What character of God are you leaning into with more trust because of your trial?

When we allow ourselves to pause and reflect through the lens of God’s vast love, we open ourselves up to new revelations, growth, and a deepening connection with our Lord.

Don’t underestimate the power of the Holy Spirit when we quiet ourselves long enough to listen to His loving whispers. (Psalm 131:2)

JOURNAL TWO

On Wednesday, Michelle guided us to explore the anatomy of Elizabeth’s faith. She wrote, “Elizabeth worshiped God by recognizing who He was, testifying about His ongoing work, and believing the baby in her womb was a part of God’s plan. She showed humility by honoring the mother of the Lord, as well as encouraging Mary in her faith.”

With a little intentionality, prayer, and Scripture-soaking, we can practice cultivating our faith in the same way! Start with a passage of Scripture (if you don’t know where to start, the Psalms are easy!). Ask the Lord to show you Himself as you read, making note of what you learn about God and His character. Where have you seen God demonstrating this characteristic in real life? This is recognition. The more we practice it, the more we see the Lord at work around us.

Next, pull out your phone or look in another’s eyes, and tell them how you’ve seen God showing up in your life. This is testifying. Though it may feel awkward at first, the more we do it, the easier it becomes!

The next step requires more reliance on the Lord as we choose to believe God is working in the same way His Word says He will, even if we can’t see it. If we know God is faithful, we can believe He will be faithful again in a new set of challenges.

When we stay grounded in God’s Word and anchored by faith in Him, we are equipped to encourage others in their faith!

Start practicing these four faith-builders every day this week and watch your relationship with God grow!  
*Written by Rebecca Adams

JOURNAL THREE

Looks can be deceiving. Don’t judge a book by its cover. Beauty fades. We are told, both by the world and by God, to see beyond the surface. Elizabeth’s story is no different.

Elizabeth may have felt the pain, disappointment, and alienation of being barren in her younger years, perhaps losing hope that her prayers of having a baby would ever be answered, but she never lost faith that God was present and working in her life. (Romans 8:18-27) He was still caring for her even if she didn’t understand why His plan looked as it did.

Her faith was strengthened as she leaned into God’s faithfulness during difficult years rather than pulling away from Him. In her obedience, she discovered that hope would not disappoint. (Romans 5:1-5). God was not punishing her while she waited; rather He was preparing her to carry the blessing He would soon bestow upon her family and the world.

As we traverse challenging seasons, we can be encouraged by Elizabeth’s example of patience, resilience, and obedience. As women, we are given the privilege of raising a new generation, be it our biological children or the spiritually adopted, in the knowledge of God. We get to point their tiny hearts toward their Creator and watch the miracles He is working out in their lives.

We are called to be pillars of strength to God’s children just as Elizabeth was to John.
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