“Your word is truth.”

John 17:17


Notes for Contemplation as You Use this Devotional:

  • This declaration is part of Jesus’s prayer for his followers, according to the Gospel Writer called John.
  • Jesus is a great teacher and wayshower because of his masterful God connection. He reminds us that God is connected to each of us, no matter who we are, how we look, where we live, what we do, or who we love.
  • God’s word to us is our deepest truth, something we can use to live fully, as is our purpose.
  • Words, whether positive or negative, are creative. They help us design the life and experiences we want. So, we determine whether what we create fulfills our purpose and supports our well-being.  If things are working, we may affirm our words as truth.  But if life isn’t going as we want, we can alter our words to affirm new truths.
  • Truth is defined as something actual, real, or verified. It’s faithful to an original or standard and is certain, without any doubt or compromise.
  • Spiritual truth is a broad category. We don’t all live by the same truths or experience our connection with God, or our Higher Power (whatever name we use), in the same way.Yet, even those who doubt the existence of God often agree that a loving, peaceful mindset can create true harmony and understanding.
  • Demonstration is the outer expression of your understanding of Truth and your ability to use it. In discernment, you verify your truths so you know how best to live them.
  • Your intuition, your still, small voice—the presence of God within you—is one of the main ways you hear God’s word and discern your truth.This truth may come through a particular phrase or image, or through a sense of calm knowing or gut reaction.
  • Whatever your words of truth are, they always lead to something affirming and life-enhancing for you and/or others.

Contemplation Questions:

As you reflect on your life and circumstances, ask yourself:

  • What am I affirming for myself now?
    • Using as many pages as you need, list, word map, or illustrate your affirmations.
  • When I contemplate these affirmations, which resonate most for me?
    • Create a new list, word map, or illustration of these affirmations, revising as you feel guided.
  • Which words are repeated often?
    • List, word map, or illustrate those words, eliminating any which are negative.
  • As I contemplate my remaining, positive words, which best affirm my truth?
    • List, word map, or illustrate these separately from what you noted previously.
  • As I continue contemplating these words, which three (3) to five (5) words, are my words of truth?
    • Take as many days as you need with this part. Speak your words aloud to yourself and listen.  If it’s comfortable for you, place your hands on your heart and breathe deeply.
    • Then, when you’re ready, move onto the last question.
  • Of my three (3) to five (5) words, which one (1) word resonates most deeply within me as the truth I want to demonstrate this year?
    • Write or illustrate that word, and keep it in a sacred place so it guides your thoughts and actions all year long.

Take your time using this devotional and listening for your words of truth.  Remember that your truth is about being, not just acting, so focus your energy and attention on demonstrating well-being in all aspects of your life.  Especially, as you discern your truth, trust your intuition to speak in ways you can understand.  Then let your truth guide your life.

© 2023 Rev. Jennifer L. Sacks – All rights reserved.

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