November 12 - 18

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Tim Suttle said...

Hey Guys,

Today I prayed the hours in the morning. But then I was stuck offline and couldn't pray them at noontime. I'm really frustrated by the lack of an office space and just a consistent work environment. I feel pretty unproductive without it.

I also spent the morning reading Acts, specifically the Ananias and Sapphira passage. Made me even more convicted about my "adding weight" in illegitimate ways. But it was good to spend the whole day in the scripture, even if it was sermon prep.



Tim Suttle said...

I prayed the hours this morning and again at noon. I'm going to shoot for doing them again before I knock off work today.



Mandy said...

I followed the reading on the k10 website yesterday and today Psalm in the morn then Ne, Rev. and Matthew, I hope to end with psalms again tonight. I'm going to try this for at least this week.

Kristen said...

I love Tuesdays! I get to have about 5 hours to myself and the silence. I spent the day thanking God. Here's a few things I thanked him for

-Thank you that my kids have such strong emotions, happy and sad.

-Thank you that I can make people laugh...some of the time.

-Thank you that my husband wasn't a Christian when I met him so I can be apart of him seeing God and his spiritual growth even if he doesn't see it.

-Thank you that I have a mom to be such a pain in the ass.

-Thank you for two year old who are trying to talk.

-Thank you that I have friends/husband that laugh when I say I have a great idea b/c they know what is about to follow isn't going to be simple.

-Thank you for loving me and all my imperfection.

-Thank you for making me who I am even though I fight it most of the time.

-Thank you that our world changes colors, I don't think I could handle living somewhere that didn't have seasons..even if it is in Kansas.

-Thank you for my path into ministry.

-Thank you for those who I turn too for wisdom....because they have the time and expierence to tell the truth.

That was my day...I am really looking forward to my community group tonight....they are awesome!


Kerrie said...

Hi there! Wow, I missed out on the confession let me make up for it:

-last friday I was a total menace to my kids and my family. I actually called my children names that I ought not repeat and pray I don't again.

-I am totally short tempered and rude too often.

-I missed an important event because I couldn't face people on friday night.

-I totally blew off scripture friday through sunday and felt like a slug.

Kadi and I had an amazing hour of listening and singing worship songs in the car Sunday was too cool.

I finished 1 kings was a great read and some great things to learn more about and reflect on. I am such a sucker for the Elijah story and how he totally disses the Baal followers with his altar. I love him throwing water on I that confident that God will show up?

Tim Suttle said...

I really dig hearing about this stuff from you guys. I love having a chance to share, too. I was really moved by Kristin's "thanks" stuff as well as Kerrie's confessions.

Today I prayed the hours and then sat down to work on sermon prep first thing. I'm really trying to live in the story of Ananias & Sapphira and think through what this could teach our community. I've been meditating on it quite a bit today, yesterdy too I guess. I'll try and pray the hours at noon and before the end of work. Yesterday I didn't pray them after work, but we had a great bible study at group. It was on John 15:5, can you believe that? It's like the 5th time in 3 weeks that scripture has come up...



Kristen said...

I bought a book called, "Solo" by Eugene Peterson. It's a devotion book of lectio divina's, one for everyday. He also has an index of "topics" if you are in need of guidance in a certain area.

Today's was Genesis 3:1-10 DESIRE FOR RECONCILIATION. It was about our rebellion toward God and when we are in hiding from him. He asks the questions 'when have we rebelled against God.'

I didn't have a clear thought right away b/c I was thinking it would have to be something huge...I sat and really broke down what that meant. I think when I rebell against God is more in the little actions..being a smart response to something I don't like. From lashing out at my kids to throwing Ken and attitude when he is not deserving of one. Thinking about it that way, this is probably a daily occurance for me...Also after owning this action of rebellion I will have to deligently work on my immeadiate reaction to things (which really sucks b/c I can't pretend I don't know).

Tim Suttle said...

This morning I did the daily office from the Book of Common Prayer online. ( is a little longer than the Divine Hours, but it has such great readings and prayers. I just did it again for the noontime prayers and I took an especially long time meditating on Psalm 23.

I just realized that I'm sitting in McDonalds with my computer, doing the BCP Daily Office online, sharing about it with my community through a's a bizarre world we live in now.

kerrie said...

I totally agree with you Tim....we can really take isolation to a new level. At the same time, it can be really cool.
Today I met with my accountibility group of gals....we talked about freeing yourself from past mistakes. I love how our book put it, "Detachment does not mean that I am neutral, or passive or a zombie. It means that I am so committed to being rich toward God that I seek to be free of any encumbrances that could trap me." I love that thought.
Also, I started going through Galatians today and this verse stuck in my head and I can't shake it....verses 6-10 verse 9: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned! Why is it sticking with me? I'm trying to hear God's voice.

Kristen said...

hello. I haven't done my devo today but I wanted to say that I absolutely love this blog. I think that our disconnect was starting to show around the church and this is an important step to get back to being a "team". So, thank you Tim for getting this started and I hope it's something we continue to for a long time.

Tim Suttle said...

I'm going to pray the hours today w/Phyllis Tickle, because it doesn't take much time & I've got the boys all day.

Time for Friday confessions...

I confess that I would usually rather watch my kids play, than actually play with them.

I confess that the only reason for that is that I’m either lazy or distracted by something totally stupid like TV.

I confess that I spent too much money this week on a book I really wanted, even though I’m still having trouble making myself read.

I confess that, except for sermon prep which went remarkably well, I really struggled to study for school at all this week and never really spent any time reading.

I confess that I wasted a lot of time this week…again.

I confess that I’m way too revved up about the NASCAR race this Sunday.

I confess that I went to bed way too late almost every night this week and usually paid for it the next day in a short temper and general lethargy.

I confess that I’m often emotionally unavailable to Kristin after 8pm, probably for the above reasons.

I confess that I allowed my insecurities to make me act like a moron a couple of different times this week.

Confession is exhausting…here is one of the confession prayers from the book of common prayer

"Most holy and merciful Father: We confess to you and to one another, and to the whole communion of saints in heaven and on earth, that we have sinned by our own fault in thought, word, and deed; by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart, and mind, and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have not forgiven others, as we have been forgiven. Have mercy on us, Lord."

Kristen said...

hi guys

I did another lectio this afternoon on Genesis 32. I am glad to say that I met my goal of three days of devo time.


I confess that I was mentally rude to a friend that came over yesterday b/c she stayed way too was probably because she is lonely.

I confess that my fuse was short with Skylee because she wasn't reading like I know she can.

I confess that spend too much time on my computer doing absolutely nothing.

I confess that after seeing some pictures of myself for our Christmas card it's really tempting to start some old habits.

"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."


Mandy said...

I did the Book of Common Prayer this week. I have to admit I usually forgot to do the last one of the day. I felt satisfied with having done that, but I don’t feel transformed. It’s so like me to expect major heart and life change in 5 days, like it’s a magic wand I can wave and poof…mature Christian! Maybe its kind of like working out, I’m always glad I did it, but don’t seem to see any real results I go to the gym 2 times a week and then sit in front of the TV with a tub of unbaked cookie dough in my lap and have the nerve to act all indignant, like the gym I go to must suck.

I’m tired of begging God for forgiveness all the time for stuff I learned years ago.

Both times I have done this Friday confession I cry the whole way through…

-I confess my lack of discipline in almost every area of my life
-I confess that I indulged my anger several times this week
-I confess I was irritable with my kids because they wanted to be with me and would not allow me 5 seconds this week (real proud of that one)
-I confess that I basically bitched and complained my way through most of this week, mostly in sign language
-I confess that I used shopping (which I don’t even really enjoy), food and Bill this week to fill what I suppose is emptiness and longing