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Review: Reflecting on Clarity to Pain

Saturday is a day to reflect on everything that God has spoken to you this week and how it will affect your life going forward.

From those of us on the Tree Church Daily team, we hope that you have had an amazing week in your personal time with God. We pray that you were challenged and encouraged by God’s word and His presence in your daily life.

Today we want you to do something simple yet incredibly important. We want you take time to write in a notebook, journal, or record a voice memo in your phone answering the prompts below. This does not need to be profound, poetic, or polished. It is a record for you to visit later to see and remember all that God is doing in your life. Journaling is a way to remind you of what God is speaking to you. And speaking something out or writing it down makes what we are thinking tangible and makes us accountable to it. If God has challenged you or called you to do something specific this past week, making it tangible makes it real. So don’t skip today…today is about faith building and that is what we pray happens for you.

Before you get started, let’s pray together:

Father, my Perfect Provider, I am so thankful that I can always run to You and pray through the pain. I know You have told me to cast my cares on You because You care for me (1 Peter 5:7). And I know that ultimately, you will redeem my pain and restore me beyond what I could ever imagine. As I end this week, help to me recall Your goodness and remember that You are a God I can always depend on. Amen.

Here are today’s prompts for you to process through in your written or voice journal:

First, focus on God’s promises to you. When God asks us to take a big step, it can create fear and/or anxiety. Ask God how you can “cast” your cares on Him so that you can receive His promises of peace, which include provision, redemption, and restoration.

Second, focus on your current reality. Sometimes our present circumstances can feel overwhelming. Take some time to pause. Think about any overwhelming situations in your life and determine whether they are temporary or eternal. Then, ask God to help you focus on what is most important to Him, invite Him into those situations, and ask Him to help you start moving forward with confidence.

Lastly, focus on a step God challenged you in. How has the Holy Spirit prompted You to take a step of faith? What is one, active way that you can be obedient to His calling?

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