"abide in me as I abide in you..." John 15:4
I am reading Matthew this week.... and am looking forward to haning out with my community group for the KU game.
I did the BCP hours yesterday morning. Today I did the hours and spend the morning reflecting on Romans at school, listening to an incredible lecture on the significance of the death of Jesus in the first three chapters of Romans.peace,-t
Been roaming around the bible with my study. This week focus is an active prayer life and putting a scripture behind evey person that you're praying for....I'm loving it.
I read this quote on the Sojourners website today and I really love it. Boy do I need a "...friend, advocate, savior...."What unspeakable comfort and strength is ours to know that in the midst of all our mischief, amid our scheming and bad speculations, regardless of our shaping, misshaping or reshaping of life, with all of our activities and failures, God is among us. God is not a graven image of our own longings and shortcomings. Rather God, through Christ, is among us as friend, advocate, savior, and above all as our living Lord, to correct, to forgive, to comfort, to love, and to heal.- John A. StromanThe Thunder from the MountainI did the Divine hours at 4 and am going to do them at 10....I promise. Did you guys set your phones??Amanda
hey! I am still reading Matthew this week. I said the Lord's Prayer at 2pm b/c I was picking up Taven at the time..missed 4pm and planning on the 10pm...I have set the alarms on my phone so after a couple of days I will get used to the rhythm the the prayer times.
I hit all the hours yesterday, although the late two were just the Lord's prayer, but it was good. This morning I did the BCP hours and was really struck by the reading on William Law. I think I'll post it on my blog.Last night we had a great bible study in my community group on Eph. Chapter 5. We were talking about the Holy Spirit and the life of complete discipleship. It was really great - lots of good insight and open dialogue about our need to really change.
I am reading in Matthew still....I missed 9am hour this morning but am planning on making the rest today.
Yesterday I did 3 out of 4 hours (rehearsal went through the 10pm office) and the whole reason is setting my alarm on my cell phone & realizing other people were going to pray at that time. I can't believe I've never done this before!!! I'm a moron!Just did the morning office from the BCP. There is a great reading on the life of Bonhoeffer. It's truly stunning.peace,-t
I completed the 2,4,10pm prayer yesterday, and 9am this morning I have high hopes to do all 4 today...kd
I did 2 offices yesterday and one today, but the 9:00am one is hard I would love to do that earlier, but I want to be synced-up with you guys. more later...
Hey I just wanted to mention that I prayed a lot today (and by a lot I mean 2 times), about our meeting tonight. I mention this not so much for accountability, but so you will know that I have held you 4 in prayer today. Is this my 2nd post?? Oh man I am getting so spiritual.
I made the rest of the hours yesterday...even during the meeting last night...Mandy and I said the Lord's Prayer at 10:00...you were talking Tim so we didn't want to interrupt...I guess we should of b/c that is the point like you said about band practice...there is always something to strive towards.can you send the link you use for the BCP?
It was really interesting to have the alarm reminding me about the hours yesterday. I was stressed out and dealing with church name stuff and with other drama and I really didn't want to do them at 2 and 4 when the alarm went off. I did the divine hours each time but found it very hard to concentrate. I think my body will have to get used to the rhythm. That's the point, though, isn't it? I also think it is going to teach me to let things go and just focus no prayer even in the midst of the chaos in my mind. I have a hard time doing that.I'm hopeful to get all 4 hours in today. So far so good.
Friday Afternoon Confessional:I confess that I stole the idea of blog-confessional from a much cooler blogger who is brilliant and my superior in most every way except age.I confess to sinful worrying and fretting this week…the kind of worry that just assumes control for things that God clearly is on the hook for, not me. This is an area in which I need some SERIOUS work.I confess to struggling to remain upbeat. I confess that this has reaffirmed how badly I need community. There are just times when I need to feed off of someone else’s optimism in order to not become depressed.I confess that I’m cynical about KU’s national championship and the obligatory fan frenzy which follows that sort of affair. I confess that I never pass on a chance to cast it in a negative light and this is only because I’m vindictive and small. Isn’t there something in the bible about sharing joys and sorrows? I’m lame.I confess to staying up late this week to hang out with friends.I confess that I’ve totally screwed my family this week because I’ve been busy with church stuff every single night Mon. – Friday. Kristin has been so cool about it, but this week has had to suck for her.
I’m too keyed-up to go to bed, I feel the stress of this week pressing me down (I don’t know how better to say that), I did only the morning prayer today, Im still going to do the 10:00 even though it is after 11:00, but now after praying simultaneously with y’all a few times I feel like I’m on an island. Isn’t that weird?I confess that I don’t want to hang out with anyone from k10 for a couple days because the tank is empty and I don’t want to talk about our name or Morph or child-care or any of it. I confess to gossipI confess to feeling superior while accusing others of acting superiorI confess I have been a jerk to Bill this week, I get mad at him for being insensitive and then I roll my eyes at his attempts.
Friday, well actually 12:02am on Saturday.I confess that I was entirely way too excitied that the Great Wolf had free wifi, this just means that I am too dependant on my computer. I confess that I am in a place where I want to learn and apply that knowledge on a larger scale then I am allowed in this life stage and that is frustrating. I chose to be home with my kids and I need to be fine with that b/c I know if I wasn't home then I would be frustrated that I couldn't be...it's a no win.I confess that I am guilty to being upset at someone and didn't talk to them about it but I told other people about it. I confess that it is really diffcult to be with Ken's boss and co-workers when we have this weekend thing b/c I can't handle the consumerism and arrogance, I just don't fit in with them very well. I confess to being judgemental.kd
I'm blown away by your honest confessions. It is powerful to read your struggles. I'm with you guys...I said the Lord's prayer at 9am - I was hoping others were praying because I was up to my elbows in waffle syrup & lewis' attitude.I'm hopeful that I can have some good time with God this afternoon as I study for 3-4 hours. I should be able to make the 2 and 4 o'clock prayers.Peace,-t
Guys had to share this.....after I posted last night I did the Vespers. I really loved and appreciated the greeting- “I do not occupy myself with great matters, or with things that are too hard for me. But I still my soul and make it quiet, like a child upon its mothers breast; my soul is quieted with in me." Psalm 131I needed God to speak to me in that way and my soul was truly quieted.
Sorry to have not been consistent on the blog this week. I've been terrible at it. I'll do some confessions and general thoughts. The funny thing is I've actually thought about doing it and then forgotten at least 3 times.The only day this week where I was truly good about my prayer life was Thursday in anticipation of our meeting. I confess that since I was not really good at this, I blew my temper with Kadi.I confess to being so tired that I just want to sleep....and have no time for that! I was up way too late Thursday and Friday and tonight is Kadi going to prom....so you can forget sleep tonight. I should be lovely to be around tomorrow.
I went to an exhibit at the Kemper yesterday and was intrigued by an exhibit called “Where Else”. I know this sounds nutty, but I think God spoke to me through the art. (I’m a sensate) The room-sized installations follow the journey of this genderless, ageless, sightless hybrid nomadic character, who lives as a verb (a process) not a noun. (keep in mind it’s modern art)The literature reads: “This idiosyncratic protagonist condemned to a nomadic life…stumbling upon rather bizarre and dubious situations uncertainty and potential peril underlie these sojourns……but this wayward figure trudges onward through the revolving scenes of its existence “ This sounded like the Christian life to me, or any life for that matter. I feel, at times, like a sightless nomad who stumbles around a lot asking where am I going and more perplexing what is my purpose? And I’m relieved that I find those answers in Christ and to know that my salvation is an evolution. Just wanted to share that, I also have been doing the hours, only missing a few!
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