40 Journal Entries: 8-Week Series, Wks7-8

The 40 Prayer Journal Entries is an eight-week series designed to exam certain words which describe emotions and actions that keep us from having a close relationship with God. Each week we will examine five new words with accompanying Bible verses. These five words and Bible verses will be prompts for you to write about your own feelings, responses, and prayers surrounding these words and verses.

Happy Easter

Sometimes things just don’t go as planned. We all have had that experience at one time or another. Just like this 8-week series – 40 Journal Entries. I have not posted consistently in this series as I had planned due to health issues. Last week was surgery, I had not planned, but praise God all is well.

After reviewing the posts to date for this 40 Journal Entries, I noticed I had given you the word, guilt, twice in week 4 and in week 6. Perhaps it was my own feeling of guilt and worry over presenting this journal series in not the perfect manner I had intended. But praise God again for His perfect love and forgiveness when even our best efforts fall short in our eyes.

Since we are in the midst of Holy Week, on this post I will be combining Week 7 and Week 8 to wrap up the 40 Journal Entries: 8-Week Series.

10 Words for Journal Reflection:

When you reflect on the following 10 words, what questions would you have about each one before and after reading the scripture verses listed after each word. What do these words mean to you?

Life

“Teach me, O LORD, about the end of my life. Teach me about the number of days I have left so that I may know how temporary my life is.” Psalm 39:4

“My son, listen and accept my words, and they will multiply the years of your life.” Proverbs 4:10

“But the narrow gate and the road that lead to life are full of trouble. Only a few people find the narrow gate.” Matthew 7:14

Death

“Even though I walk through the dark valley of death, because you are with me, I fear no harm. Your rod and your staff give me courage.” Psalm 23:4

“As righteousness leads to life, so whoever pursues evil finds his own death.” Proverbs 11:19

“I can guarantee this truth: Those who listen to what I say and believe in the one who sent me will have eternal life. They won’t be judged because they have already passed from death to life.” John 5:24

Surrender

“Surrender yourself to the LORD, and wait patiently for him. Do not be preoccupied with an evildoer who succeeds in his way when he carries out his schemes.” Psalm 37:7

“Either you will surrender your reputation to others and the rest of your years to some cruel person, or strangers will benefit from your strength and you will have to work hard in a pagan’s house.” Proverbs 5:9-10

Perseverance

“Now that we have God’s approval by faith, we have peace with God because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done. Through Christ we can approach God and stand in his favor. So we brag because of our confidence that we will receive glory from God. But that’s not all. We also brag when we are suffering. We know that suffering creates endurance, endurance creates character, and character creates confidence. We’re not ashamed to have this confidence, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:1-5

“We were saved with this hope in mind. If we hope for something we already see, it’s not really hope. Who hopes for what can be seen. But if we hope for what we don’t see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. At the same time the Spirit also helps us in our weakness, because we don’t know how to pray for what we need. But the Spirit intercedes along with our groans that cannot be expressed in words.” Romans 8:24-26

Relationship

“God has done all this. He has restored our relationship with him through Christ, and has given us this ministry of restoring relationships. In other words, God was using Christ to restore his relationship with humanity. He didn’t hold people’s faults against them, and he has given us this message of restored relationships to tell others.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

“But it’s unthinkable that I could ever brag about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. By his cross my relationship to the world and its relationship to me have been crucified.” Galatians 6:14

“It’s far more than that! I consider everything else worthless because I’m much better off knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. It’s because of him that I think of everything as worthless. I threw it all away in order to gain Christ and to have a relationship with him. This means that I didn’t receive God’s approval by obeying his laws. The opposite is true! I have God’s approval through faith in Christ. This is the approval that comes from God and is based on faith that knows Christ. Faith knows the power that his coming back to life gives and what it means to share his suffering.” Philippians 3:8-10

Redemption

“Through the blood of his Son, we are set free from our sins. God forgives our failures because of his overflowing kindness.” Ephesians 1:7

Forgiveness

“His Son paid the price to free us, which means that our sins are forgiven.” Colossians 1:14

“That’s why I’m telling you that her many sins have been forgiven. Her great love proves that. But whoever receives little forgiveness loves very little.” Luke 7:47

“You will open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light and from Satan’s control to God’s. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and a share among God’s people who are made holy by believing in me.’” Acts 26:18

Mercy

“But I show mercy to thousands of generations of those who love me and obey my commandments.” Exodus 20:6

Grace

“God saved you through faith as an act of kindness. You had nothing to do with it. Being saved is a gift from God. It’s not the result of anything you’ve done, so no one can brag about it.” Ephesians 2:8-9

Christ

“Peter answered them, “All of you must turn to God and change the way you think and act, and each of you must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins will be forgiven. Then you will receive the Holy Spirit as a gift.” Acts 2:38

“You and all the people of Israel must understand that this man stands in your presence with a healthy body because of the power of Jesus Christ from Nazareth. You crucified Jesus Christ, but God has brought him back to life.” Acts 4:10

“The angel told them, “Stand in the temple courtyard, and tell the people everything about life in Christ.”” Acts 5:20
(All Bible verses are GOD’s Word translation.)

In closing,

Biblegateway.com or Bible.com are both excellent online resources to continue in your prayer journal experience. Keep writing your way through whatever has brought you to draw closer to Him.

Alleluia He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

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Blessings!
Sheri

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