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2 Corinthians 4:7-9, 16-18

“Now we have this treasure in clay jars, so that this extraordinary power may be from God and not from us. We are afflicted in every way but not crushed; we are perplexed but not in despair; we are persecuted but not abandoned; we are struck down but not destroyed…Therefore do not give up…For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. So we do not focus on what is seen but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Prayer Journal Entry

Yahweh, life has been heavy lately for all of us. There is brokenness in this world we each feel. In this, remind us how desperately incomplete we are without You!

As loved ones and strangers alike inflict pain on me, Lord, please give me a heart that reflects Your love. You delight in mercy (Micah 7:18), and it was Your Son who taught us to forgive tenfold, not for the purpose of counting tallies against our brothers and sisters who hurt us, but with the knowledge that You forgive us everyday for our own sins. (Matthew 18:22, 35) You are the only One who can make our spirits feel whole, God, and I want so badly to show others what wholeness in You looks like!

When my mind and body grow weary in suffering, simplify my thoughts, God, and focus them on Your sweet, unending, incomprehensible love, Lord. Be my strength in these times of trouble and straighten my path so my steps do not falter. (Psalm 37:31, 39-40) I pray for my brothers and sisters in this same way, that we may be blameless in Your eyes, Yahweh. May it be as You’ve said that on the day of judgement, we will know You and will be made whole, praising You in all Your glory. It is in Your Son’s name I pray this, Amen.

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Journal Prompts

JOURNAL ONE

A beautiful thing about God is His inclination toward mercy and forgiveness. He’s the purest embodiment of love, and we are made in His image! (Genesis 1:26) God shows us the ultimate act of love when Jesus died on the cross for our sin then resurrected, reconciling us to God so we may live with Him eternally. (2 Corinthians 5:18-19)

Eternal life with Him starts now and He has called us to spread the news of this ministry of reconciliation to lost souls in this life. (2 Corinthians 5:19-21) If we view our daily interactions and conflicts through this lens, forgiveness and mercy will come naturally. We have all been hurt and we have all hurt others, but with God as our example, we can reconcile our relationships.

Challenge yourself to understand why someone may have wronged you; ask questions and communicate your pain to them. If you wronged someone else, listen to them and allow them to feel heard. This creates a space to restore what was broken and move forward with love and hope rather than hate and fear. Remember, we are each more similar to one another than different, and often, we share the same fears.

JOURNAL TWO
Faith cultivates hope and hope presses us into action. The Bible overflows with beautiful promises of God and, as we place our faith upon His trustworthy word, He calls us into action. 

By studying the visions of Living Water and the Tree of Life (Revelation 22:1-7), we allow ourselves to be filled with the Lord’s joy and urgency of our mission. We must trust God’s timing and recognize our duty today to carry out the Great Commission of Christ. He commands us to spread the news of the Gospel and the Ministry of Reconciliation to the ends of the earth while we still have time! (Matthew 28:18-20

How do we begin this enormous task with our God’s Spirit living inside us and our brothers and sisters in Jesus linking arms together around the globe? 

Don’t overcomplicate it; invest in those around you. Perhaps it means volunteering at local soup kitchens and shelters, donating items and time, mentoring troubled children, or tithing at church. Or it may look like reaching out to someone at work or in your Bible study and spending intentional time with them. It can look like prayer groups and coffee dates and serving at church. Jesus made an impact by investing in people; let’s follow His example!
JOURNAL THREE
Sonder” is an informal word (not in the dictionary) meaning the realization that each person, even strangers passing by, have a life as complex as one’s own. Every human being has a story; each has a past and a future; each has made mistakes, found success, and will do so again. Jesus came to forgive it all

In each of their stories these brave women shared, we see how difficult expressing pain and sorrow can be, but God is present. (Psalm 147:334:17-18). In their stories, we realize we aren’t alone in our doubt and stress, but God is present (Philippians 4:7).

We all struggle with worry and anxiety, especially when plans don’t go as we expect, but God is present (Matthew 6:34). Through others’ stories, we remember we are not alone, but we’re also reminded how God is moving in our lives.

I challenge you to share how God has made you whole with someone in the next week and experience the joy of God’s stories in us used for His glory. Who knows what doors and fruitful conversation will open when we share about Jesus!
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