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) Roving about in the dark, difficult seasons of our lives doesn’t rank high on anyone’s “list of favorite things to do”, but we all face tumultuous times when confusion, fear, and doubt swirl incessantly. As Sara beautifully reminded us on Monday, these times of darkness can indeed be used by the hand of a loving God, to help us see Him with fresh eyes of faith. There are treasures of hope glimmering in the darkness that we might otherwise miss. Be still, hold fast to truth while allowing the emotions to hit you, then prayerfully ask the Father of Love to teach you to “dance in the dark” as you seek His hope and certain triumph. Sometimes, calling out our current reality for what it is, helps us move miles forward. What your pockets of swirling confusion and doubt right now in this Christmas season? What specifics are speaking into this uncertainty? Name them. Write them. Hold them in your hands without backing away. Search Scripture to speak truth and hope over these dark spaces, asking the Lord to teach you to dance, even here. The book of Psalms is a great place to begin looking for timeless, steadfast hope! Share the psalms that have encouraged you in our Facebook group (Gracefully Truthful Community) or tell a close friend!
2) While Christmas is supposed to be light, airy, magical, and winsome, it’s during this season we often feel the pull of sadness and aching the most. No amount of gifts under the tree or sugar cookie frosting can compensate for the places we try so hard to silence. Especially now, as the Christmas tree glitters, the longing for real joy runs deepest. Perhaps it is significant that it’s now we hunger most for hope, real hope. Perhaps we feel its absence so deeply, because it’s now Jesus came to be born, live out love, and die sacrificially, effectively purchasing eternal hope. Christmas glitters last for December, the hope Jesus offers each of us lasts forever! Even if we have long followed Jesus, and we know for certain our hope is in Him alone, we are easily tempted during this season to forget. We are eager to exchange our eternal perspective for temporary happiness, placing unrealistic expectations on gifts, relationships, and magical Christmas experiences. Carve out space this weekend to sit with the Lord who was birthed centuries ago, in humblest of ways, for us. Ask Him to reveal the places in your heart you have readily exchanged true hope for temporary pleasure. Consider drawing a simple cross on your wrist as a visual reminder of real hope in this season!
3) One night this last week, my son spoke up while preparing for bed, “Just think about it mom… We, full of sin, are born in hospitals or warm houses. But God, fully HOLY…. He was born in a cave. He surely loves *all* people!”. In a few simple words, my 9-year-old summed up the hope of the gospel and the gift of One God who loves us completely, passionately, and unconditionally. We are indeed desperate for a Savior. Every Christmas seems to be adept at revealing just how deep this need runs! We are the ones who deserve the cave, yet we cling so intensely to our baubles of glowing faces on perfect Christmas cards, elaborate meals, and wonderfully happy children. It feels easier to cover up the magnitude of our need. We forget we are sinners. We forget we need a Savior. In the rush for more of this and less of that, we gloss over the simple, but remarkably profound reality, that a holy God chose us. What a true Christmas Gift to be loved by the Divine in spite of the glaring reality we are tragically imperfect. Where are you feeling lack this weekend? Perhaps it’s “too much” or a sense of “not enough”. Whatever it is, write it out on a sheet of blank 8 ½ x 11 printer paper. Then grab a pair of scissors and follow these directions to turn your “lack” into a beautiful snowflake! (https://www.firstpalette.com/craft/paper-snowflake.html) Place it in your Bible or hang it from your ceiling as a reminder that the Lord of all perfectly loves you.
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 Jeremiah 23:24 back to the Lord and
let His Spirit speak to you through it!
“Can a person hide in secret places where I cannot see him?”—the Lord’s declaration. “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?”—the Lord’s declaration.
“Silent Night, Holy Night” surely does not describe the majority of my nights, especially during December. But, Lord, as Your Spirit has prodded me, peeling back the layers I love to cover the corners of my heart with, I admit to filling the quiet with noise on purpose. Too much quiet leaves too much space to be reminded how unholy I am. Lord, let me not shy away from this place of honesty with myself and especially before You! There are no hidden places that You cannot see! You came to reveal every secret place that Your glory might be welcomed in and true life overflow. “”Can a person hide in secret places where I cannot see him?”—the Lord’s declaration. “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?”—the Lord’s declaration.” (Jeremiah 23:24) Teach me to come humbly to You, as You came humbly to us, that You might be born afresh in my soul!