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) James 1:22 tells us to “be doers of the word and not hearers only”. One topic the Word covers is worship that is acceptable to God. He told the Israelites from the beginning to worship Him alone. They did, but it was often not acceptable. God requires us to worship Him, not by checking a box on a worship “to-do” list, but by knowing and living His truth and confessing when we dishonor Him with sin. But how do we find this truth? We can know His truth by renewing our mind, as we are instructed in Romans 12:2. Evaluate your own worship this weekend. In what areas do you see yourself leaning towards “checking boxes”? What distractions can you eliminate so you can better connect with God? Are you allowing God to transform you through His Word and your relationship with Him? Write a prayer to God asking Him to help you identify areas you are more rooted in ritual than truth. Check out 1 Samuel 2:30 for encouragement about honoring God and the reward He gives!
2) Jesus kicked everyone out of the temple and overturned the money changers’ tables. This shows us how seriously He takes the command from Exodus 20:4-6 to not make or worship other gods. When we place more importance on anything other than God, our worship is misplaced. God wants to be the sole focus of our worship and rightfully so. Nothing and no one can match God’s greatness. Yet people have idols, even today. Let’s decide together to not allow anything to take first place in our life except God. Consider plotting out the ways you spend time this week, asking the Lord to open your eyes to time you could repurpose for intentional worship. When we focus on who God is and why He deserves our worship, everything else falls into a right perspective. Choose some passages from Exodus this weekend and read of God’s faithfulness to Israel. How has that same patience, mercy, grace, lovingkindness, and power shown up in your life? Record some instances to help you place your focus and worship squarely on the One who deserves it.
3) In Friday’s Journey Study, we learned how the Old Testament fellowship offering was for communion with God, and the burnt offering was for forgiveness of sins. Yet, neither of these sacrifices could truly fix Israel’s sin problem. The ultimate sacrifice, with the power to conquer sin once and for all, was Jesus, which is why we should worship Him with our whole lives. King David was good at worshipping whole-heartedly as he had made worship the practice of his life. We read his songs of worship throughout the book of Psalms and in his Psalm of Thanksgiving in 1 Chronicles 16. The way he continually worshipped God provides us with a beautiful model for how we should worship. When was the last time you worshipped with everything within you? Did you share your experience with anyone or encourage them to lean into worship? Jesus has given us an incredible gift that deserves our full worship, but let’s not keep it to ourselves. Encourage your family and friends to adopt a lifestyle of praise along with 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 1 Chronicles 16:28-31 back to the Lord and
let His Spirit speak to you through it!
Ascribe to the Lord, families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name; bring an offering and come before him.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness; let the whole earth tremble before him.
The world is firmly established; it cannot be shaken.
Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice,
and let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!”
Lord, there are many places we can direct our worship. Sadly, it’s not always to You. I acknowledge there is no one like You. You are worthy of every bit of my praise. I want my life to reflect love and gratitude for Who you are and all You do for me. Spirit, remind to meditate on Your character because I know that when I do, You remind me I owe everything to You. They remind me of the great sacrifice Jesus made to reconcile me to You. May I never again give Your importance to another. Instead, let me proclaim Your glory with my life. May it spill into others’ lives, so they may also be drawn into worshipping and honoring You. Let me bask in Your glory, Lord, and declare it with my life so everyone knows You are the One True God, worthy of all our praise.