Rest your soul through reflective journaling,
and worshiping the Creator who
longs for intimacy with each of us!
Yahweh, build in me a faith like Mary’s; like Elizabeth’s; like Miriam’s; like Anna’s. Pour Your strength and love into me until I am overflowing, so I may give it to those around me. Lord, my words fall short today. All I can do is give Your words back to You and wrap myself in the warmth of their love and promise.
“Little children, let us not love in word or speech, but in action and in truth” (1 John 3:18) God, please teach me how to reflect Your love through my daily living and not let my faith die within my words.
“One generation will declare your works to the next and will proclaim Your mighty acts. I will speak of Your splendor and glorious majesty and Your wondrous works.” (Psalm 145:4-5) Yahweh, write within me a praise song that sings of Your greatness to the generation after me, a melody of my own redemption story that glorifies Your love for each of us.
As always, Your words suffice where mine fall short. Hear my heart’s prayer, Lord, and let me become a stronger reflection of You just as the great women of the Bible exemplified.
In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
As humans, we are inherently sinful (Psalm 51:5, Romans 3:10-18) Though we may desire to choose righteousness, we still find ourselves falling into pesky traps of sin as we are tempted by the way of sinful desires. (Romans 7:14-15)
One such trap is the lie we can be trusted to run our lives better than God. Control is a lucrative lie! It’s much easier to believe in something we can see with our own eyes rather than the unseen power of the Almighty, so we conjure a convincing illusion that we have control. The reality is, God created everything we can see and everything we cannot see. (Colossians 1:16) He IS life. (Colossians 3:4)
When we focus on the truth of His attributes, we more readily relinquish our façade of control with open hands of total surrender to His goodness. As we head into a new year, maybe you’d like to study the character of God with GT! “Character”, “He”, and “Kaleidoscope” are great options!
Find solace with the Savior through His Word as you replace your sorrows with singing. Christ, who knew suffering would be our reality (John 15:18-25), promised us peace through His victory (John 16:33)!
On Wednesday, Carol highlighted several important lessons from Mary’s praise-song. (Luke 1:46-55) First, she provides a glimpse of the power of memorizing Scripture. In Mary’s song, she quoted God’s words back to Him, highlighting His sovereignty and never-ending love for His people.
Though Mary was young, the lyrics of her song indicated a childhood immersed in the teachings of God. Regardless of whether we grew up rooted in Scripture, we are presented with the opportunity to read a verse, a chapter, or even a book in the Bible every day. We are given the opportunity to join Mary’s song and pray God’s Word back to Him! (Matthew 4:1-11)
Second, Mary rejoices over her role in bringing about the fulfillment of God’s promises. We each have a role to play, even if it doesn’t look like Mary’s. Will we steward our opportunities with worship?
Third, in death we also find life and Jesus’ death and resurrection ensured that eternal life would be available to each of us if we choose to place our faith on Jesus as the Son of God. Fourth, our heart posture can either bring us closer to God as it did for Mary when she humbly submitted to His will, or it can blind us to who God really is as it did for the Pharisees. (John 8:1-11)
In the end, our heart posture is what God cares about most, so we must be vigilant in centering our hearts on Jesus every single day. (Proverbs 23:26)
Prayer is central to our ministry as believers in Jesus as we carry eachother’s burdens and intercede for one another. Our team is honored to share the work of praying alongside you!