Updated: Feb 15, 2021
Weekly Journal Entry
Date: February 14, 2021
Verse: Galatians 5:5
What I know for sure is that striving to get it "right" involves a lot of self and a lot less of Christ. This week, I literally had to stop a few different moments and truly breathe.
I had to really listen and apply the wisdom you gave me in the past week and take it on easy on myself. I was trying so hard to be what I thought was right that it began to reflect as this image of "self" righteousness versus Your righteousness that You have for me.
God, I cannot earn your love.
Nothing I do is going to cause you to love me more or love me less. You love me already more than I could ever imagine. You said in Your word that You loved me so much that You gave Your only begotten Son. Your only begotten Son, Father? You gave up Your only begotten Son, to save me?
God, I battle so much with thoughts and feelings of being unworthy. I enter these places of bondage and striving and literally wonder, "how in the world did I get here?"
I know that I am loved.
I know that I am chosen.
I know that I am adored by You.
Yet, sometimes I struggle to embrace that this affection You want to show me, is not based on what I can do for You, but what You've already done for me.
Signed with Love and Exhaustion,
Your Daughter Zane
You're exactly right. You are chosen.
You're exactly right. You are loved.
You're exactly right. I adore you.
You're exactly right. None of these things have anything to do with you. But, yes, they do have everything to do with who I am.
You're exactly right. I gave up My only begotten Son, for you.
What you are experiencing is normal.
Where you are is just a portion of your journey.
Don't be hard on yourself, My daughter.
Embrace this place in your life. Embrace these questions.
Be present in this place. Appreciate your struggles. Learn these lessons so that you can then teach others.
Zane, a lot of times when we strive so hard to "get it right," it has a lot to do with control.
When you learn to surrender this part of your journey to Me, you will learn to embrace the thoughts, the questions, and the lessons.
The very things I am using to teach you, train you, and continue to cultivate you as My masterpiece.
Signed with Love and Grace,
Your Weekly Journaling Prompt
God's Word in Galatians 5:5:
"For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness."
2. Our Posture of Waiting.
3. The Hope of Righteousness.
Put this into Practice:
1. Journal about a place in your life, where you are currently striving to be more and finding yourself exhausted. Are you striving to do more for God because of all He's done for you? Are you striving to live "right" so that you can be blessed in life? Are you struggling with receiving the blessings and goodness that He has bestowed upon your life?
2. Rewrite Galatians 5:5. Write this verse as if it was speaking personally to you. Read it aloud. Let the words spoken, really sink in.
i.e., Sherai, it is through the Spirit, by faith, that you should eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness.
3. How should we wait? When we eagerly wait for something, we know that it is ahead. How are you eagerly waiting for Christ and His righteousness currently in your life?
6. Pray. Pray and ask God to help you with every place that you are currently striving to earn what He has already written for you in your life. Surrender your striving to Him. Ask Him to help you to rest in Him and His promises in this place.
Faith and Hope are two of the best friends that you can journey with through this life, I hope today you make the decision to allow them to tag along.
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Note: *Zane is a fictitious character that represents every woman in this world that we desire to reach and provide a online space for them to rest and be restored.