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Bold Declarations. During this Advent may we be bold. May we declare God's Awe and Wonder at every turn of our day. Something in me excites at the idea that I know what I believe. But, am I willing to boldly declare it?
~Declare it in my personal journal for my eyes (and Jesus!) to see.
~Declare it in my deep thoughts. The thoughts that drive my attitude and demeanor towards others.
~Declare it in my heart. The place, the root, where outpouring of faith begins.
~Declare it with my spoken words. This is tough. What will people think when they hear me speak bold declarations? Let's start with our personal space and hopefully it will spill out into your thoughts, your mind and your spoken word today.
Today's Reading: Psalm 104: 1-5
Today we are journaling through these five verses as we write out bold declarations of God's Awe and Wonder. It is my hope that the definition of exactly that, awe and wonder, will begin to etch on our hearts. May we develop a personal description of God's awe and wonder starting from His Holy Word in the book of Psalms.
In your journal write out each of the verses below. Yes. It will take time and attention. This is where the rubber meets the road in our journey. Do join in with your paper in pen, ok? For each verse there is a journal prompt...
**I will be using THE VOICE translation.***
Psalm 104: 1 Call Him good, my soul, and praise the Eternal. I am here to declare my affection for You, Eternal One, my God.You are indeed great—You who are wrapped in glory and dressed in greatness. Journal/Prayer prompt: Lord, today show me how to boldly declare my love and affection for You... ~Write words that come to mind of how He is "wrapped in glory and dressed in greatness." How has God shown you His glory lately?
Psalm 104:2 For covering, You choose light—Your clothes, sunset and moonrise. For a tent, You stretch out the heavens; for Your roof, You pitch the sky.
Journal/Prayer prompt: You, oh mighty Lord, created the heavenlies. You created the earth and beyond. I will sit in awe of your creative wonder today...
Psalm 104:3-4 Your upper chamber is built on beams that lie in the waters overhead, and the clouds, Your chariot; You are held aloft by the wind. You make Your messengers like the winds; the breeze whispers Your words,Your servants are like the fire and flame.
Journal/Prayer prompt: Father God, You are powerful and above all. Today I want to make You my highest priority...
I put You above all else and knock down anything or anyone that I put above You...
Psalm 104:5 You made the earth, and You made its frame stable forever.Never will it be shaken.
Journal/Prayer prompt: Lord, these things are uncertain in my life... I will hand over my burdens, my worry, of life's uncertainty and declare that I believe that Your kingdom will NEVER change...
Awe and Wonder:
How can you be bold in your declarations today? This can be lived out in many ways: how we serve others, how we worship, how we talk about why we love Jesus. What does this look like YOU today?
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Check back in tomorrow for Day 3. Hugs!
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