"abide in me as I abide in you..." John 15:4
Enjoyed our lectio time today. Very convicting the line in the message: Anyone who comes to me, must let me lead- you are not in the driver's seat-I am. If you've ever seen the controlling driver that I am, you'd understand why I can relate to this one so easily. I just need to hand it over to HIM. I need to practice giving over my control. I don't even do it with Jeff....who else can I trust if not him?
Lectio was really good today. Kerrie, I completely concur with your thoughts. OK. I owe a few confessions from the past two weeks. I confess that I did not spend my usual time with God every morning these two weeks. I confess that I love to watch tennis on TV. I confess that I allow it to come before God during the slam seasons. I confess that I have not allowed God control over every part of my life - especially regarding food. I confess I allow peoples' lack of commitment to bring me down, rather than relying on Jesus to fill me up. I confess that I do not want to go to Mission Adelante on Tuesdays anymore for pure selfish reasons. I need to get out of the driver's seat...
Today I worked on my study of the psalms of ascent. It was contrasting psalm 120 and 121--great stuff. I'm loving it.
I did the BCP hours this morning and tried to engage a little more intentionally with the scripture. I journalled some with the intent of just communing with God. It was a good time. Pray for me, I'm sort of frustrated with trying to deliver the Babel story in connection with father's day in any coherent fashion!Peace,-t
Tim, Do you have to make a connection? Can't you say "Happy Father's Day" and get on with God's stuff!? :) Don't get stuck on the world's calendar.I met with God briefly early this morning, but of course He is always more faithful than I, and blessed me at Mission Adelante today.
I enjoyed God in Paul's prayers for the church in Philipi this morning. I love praying his prayers for different people and myself!!
I have been thinking about submission lately. Not so much the 1Timothy …women being quiet and not having braided hair in church, as much as the Hebrews 5:7 “…Jesus was heard because of his reverent submission. Just before that it says “he offered up prayers with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death…” I think there is something here for me, but I can’t see it yet. Like someone trying to show me their sonogram pictures, its all cloudy and gray. I’ll let you know when it comes into focus. Mandy
hey all, I have been struggling with my devotional lately. It seems that it's the first to get set on the back burner when life gets hectic. I am trying to regage with the hours and stop ignoring my phone alarm.
Mandy, I'll be interested to see how that becomes clear to you. I've been trying to figure out the submission thing myself. I'm continuing to hone in on Psalm 120 and 121.....they just get better the more time I spend in them.
I did the BCP office for morning prayers today and yesterday. This morning the reading from the New Testament was from Galatians. It's this stunning juxtaposition of flesh and spirit and the fruit of those two things. Sandwiched in between is this warning about the kingdom of God. It's pretty stark. I'll be thinking about this all day.Gal. 5: 16- 24 (NRSV)16 Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, 21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Finished my study on Psalm 121 today....really enjoyed writing it in my own words....it really is very encouraging. Also read some of my book, "They Like Jesus But Not the Church" I really like his definition of being "missional" it seems the most clear to me. I'll probably give you each a copy just to look at.
I did the BCP hours this morning, although I did them rather quickly. I'm sitting here listening to Alan Roxburgh and John Franke talk about the missional church...it's pretty cool.Peace,-t
Friday Confessional:I confess to having anxiety about living a life that matters. I confess that in the past I have tried to force this instead of waiting on God to make that happen. I confess that often I baptize my delusions of grandeur with religious cultural language and the idea of “serving” the church.I confess to wishing I were a radical while living a very non-radical life. I confess that I’ve been saying that this is the tension I’m going to live in for awhile, but I’m wondering in I’m now just using this idea of living in the “tension” as an excuse not to change the way I live.I confess that I would sit in a room and read books all day everyday if someone would pay me to do that. I confess that this worries me in terms of how little I really care about other people. It makes me think that I’ve never really reflected upon the idea that living inside my own head can actually be an effort to keep myself safe and to trust in the things I’m comfortable with instead of trusting on God.I confess to managing my own reputation far too much. I confess to having an ardent desire to live faithfully in my own skin that, unfortunately, comes and goes. It’s the going that worries me.
I confess to not setting time aside for God.I confess to being way too competitive. I confess to being frustrated when people don't do what I think they should do...like I know! I confess to being afraid of my surgery but I don't want to truly admit it to anyone.
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