"abide in me as I abide in you..." John 15:4
I did the Divine Hours at 9am. Hoping I wasn't alone! I'll try and do them at 2 and 4 today as well.peace,-t
I need to pick up my bible today! I've had some good prayer time though. K
yesterday i had a great time reading mark 8 in the morning. its the story where Peter tells Jesus he 'shouldn't say things' like 'i'm going to suffer, be rejected and ultimately crucified.'Jesus' response was to say: you are seeing things from a human point of view, not from God's. i love that idea and am challenged to look at every situtation i am in from God's point of view. today, i got to work late and started working on my sermon, no time for devo. i'll do better tomorrow.
So, I read Mark 8 also, because I had seen it written down twice today so thought I'd better see what God wanted me to see. Then I'm working on the call of Abram. I am struggling with my kids being home and needing a lot from me. I am struggling with Jeff being gone most of the week. It feels too busy to be summer.
I did the Divine hours yesterday at 2 & 4 so you were not alone Tim.I have been reading in Psalms the past few days, and what struck me was that the Lord "delights" in us/me. He doesn't just put up with me, but delights in me. Nice!
I'm meeting with God every morning and continuing to read through the New Testament. Read 1 Timothy today. I couldn't get over how many times Paul encouraged Timothy to live a life of godliness and holiness in all aspects of life as an example to those who were watching.
I did the BCP hours this morning, nothing major to report. The readings are a little wierd right now. It's fun to have everyone interacting this week - it makes me focus more and keeps me more accountable!Peace,-t
I read Proverbs 18 today. It holds one of my favorite proverbs, "The first to present a case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him." Then I continued the story of God's Convenant with Abram.
I was reading in Genesis about Abraham and the "sacrifice" of Isaac....at the same time, I read about the world hunger crisis (which breaks my heart). All I can lean on is Gen 22:7-8. This hit me...I can't think that God is calling us to sacrifice these innocent lives...so how do we help? Where do I start. Hunger just does not sit well with me, it's my holy discontent. I feel that this reading is timely, and I'm still unclear what exactely God is trying to tell me.
Friday Afternoon ConfessionalI confess to having all sorts of control issues. I can’t stand it when somebody else has control over me unless I want to submit to the person – which usually means I’m going to get something out of it in the end. When I feel like someone is exerting undo control I'll pick them apart or snap at them.I confess to living inside my own head. I sometimes wonder if all my reading is permanently warping me.I confess to being irritable on hot days & gloating when we have bad weather because I prefer rain to the heat.I confess to playing with bad habits as though I actually have some sort of control over them. For instance, I love nicotine especially when ingested through cigarettes, which I also love. Apparently this habit is disgusting to some (who are we kidding…smoking looks cool!) and not good for you so I’ve decided to not make nicotine a permanent part of my life. My confession is that despite my apparent lack of resolve concerning the matter, I’ll indulge occasionally, which only makes me crave them and irritable when they run out. Sadly this is not my only bad habit, just the one I confess today.I confess to worry and self-centeredness. Also, I better throw some gossip in there as well – though I truncated it in the middle once I realized what I was doing. I confess that trying to control what I eat is much harder than I thought. I’m an Enneagram 7, which means my favorite sin is gluttony…no kidding.
I confess to have taken the low road in a conversation with my son today. (Oh, yeah-I'm the parent/adult.) I confess to not wanting to say I'm sorry, because he was just as much a part of it as I was.I confess to totally judging someone today and then making my thoughts known. I read Titus today. Paul tells Titus to "do good" 8 times in the short letter. I confess I haven't done much good today.Forgive me, Lord.
Okay, so I missed confession friday, here's my saturday thoughts...I confess to spending way to much time on the internet and my email. It is such a bad habit.I confess to being a little bored with life right now.I confess to being on edge with my kids most of the week.I confess to being really upset about world hunger and not doing anything about it this week.
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