Round 2

We want to seek God with our whole hearts, bodies, and souls, so we're going to seek Him 6 weeks at a time.

Postby Matthew on Wed Nov 21, 2007 12:36 pm

tigerguy786 wrote:how is blue like jazz so far?

good to see your still hard at work on it. God has clearly been helping you through it.


I like it. Very quirky, but it's revealing stuff slowly too me. Mainly pride stuff, which I'm still learning how much it controls me. I think it is the root of all my sin, because I think I don't need God, or it's too small to bother God with, or that I somehow owe God something. It's a tough thing to get a grip on.
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Postby Matthew on Mon Nov 26, 2007 1:19 pm

Day 14-17 - Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, November 21-24

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nothing

Other
nothing


Day 18 - Sunday, November 25

Spiritually
Read Romans Chapter 14
Read 14 pages in "Blue Like Jazz"
No spiritual leader stuff

Other
Read 14 pages in "the Hobbit"
got in bed around 12:00.

Holidays pulled me away. Still felt close to God, but I realized yesterday that I had drifted. When we sit still, God doesn't, he's always moving. Got back on track yesterday, but still fell into temptation yesterday.
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Postby andrwfields on Mon Nov 26, 2007 2:10 pm

I have to ask, how does your wife deal with you falling into this temptation? I can't say that I know exactly what temptation you're falling into, but I'm curious.

Amber and I have talked about this before. We understand that we are going to see members of the opposite sex that are very appealing to us. But as long as we don't act on it in any way, there really isn't anything that we can do or that we need to do about it. Now that does go without saying that we don't let it slide and keep looking at that member of the opposite sex, but you know what I mean.

She once told me as a joke that she had to keep her "side options" if things went bad between us. I asked her what that meant, and she said, "Well, I know you really like movies with Natalie Portman the actress. And me, well I'd go for T.G. Shuck the weatherman on CBS!"

She cracks me up.... :lol:
"...An Apology. If you met me between 1987 and 2005 and I told you, "I'll pray for you," that was a lie. Never happened. I probably didn't pray for you. And that's not cool." - Prodigal Jon from StuffChristiansLike.blogspot.com
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Postby Matthew on Mon Nov 26, 2007 3:49 pm

andrwfields wrote:I have to ask, how does your wife deal with you falling into this temptation? I can't say that I know exactly what temptation you're falling into, but I'm curious.

well, we have talked about the temptations/gratification that I received through my eyes, and she understands. There are still things I haven't told her about, and it's pretty much what Chad talks about here
http://www.smelcer.net/board/viewtopic.php?t=1018

When I fall, that is why. It's brought on by several things. One, I let too many things into my head via my eyes. Two, I don't seek God with help with these things. This could be because I think they are too small, or frankly I'm still trying to run my life.
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Postby Matthew on Tue Nov 27, 2007 12:39 am

I was checking my place in Romans, and somehow I read up to Chapter 14. Didn't document chapters 12 & 13, but I know that I read them :D
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Postby Matthew on Tue Nov 27, 2007 4:15 pm

Day 19 - Monday, November 26

Spiritually
Read Romans Chapter 15
Read 7 pages in "Blue Like Jazz"
No spiritual leader stuff
Didn't get up early enough to do morning quiet time

Other
Read 7 pages in "the Hobbit"
got in bed around 12:00 again...
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Postby Matthew on Wed Nov 28, 2007 1:28 pm

Day 20 - Tuesday, November 27

Spiritually
Read Romans Chapter 16
Read 14 pages in "Blue Like Jazz"
No spiritual leader stuff
Didn't get up early enough to do morning quiet time

Other
Read 14 pages in "the Hobbit"
got in bed around 11:00!

it was weird. Last night I was reading "Blue Like Jazz," and after reading one part I just started crying. I don't know why, but it was like God was breaking me down, humbling me. It was mysteriously amazing. I still don't know how to process it though.
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Postby andrwfields on Wed Nov 28, 2007 1:30 pm

He'll do that from time to time. Get's me when I'm at either my strongest or my weakest times.
"...An Apology. If you met me between 1987 and 2005 and I told you, "I'll pray for you," that was a lie. Never happened. I probably didn't pray for you. And that's not cool." - Prodigal Jon from StuffChristiansLike.blogspot.com
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Postby andrwfields on Wed Nov 28, 2007 1:32 pm

Just out of curiosity, which part were you reading? I always thought the rabbit bit was funny...
"...An Apology. If you met me between 1987 and 2005 and I told you, "I'll pray for you," that was a lie. Never happened. I probably didn't pray for you. And that's not cool." - Prodigal Jon from StuffChristiansLike.blogspot.com
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Postby Matthew on Wed Nov 28, 2007 1:48 pm

andrwfields wrote:Just out of curiosity, which part were you reading? I always thought the rabbit bit was funny...


It was the part with the "confession booth"
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Postby Matthew on Thu Nov 29, 2007 11:01 am

Day 21 - Wednesday, November 28

Spiritually
Read Psalms 42-43
Read 7 pages in "Blue Like Jazz"
No spiritual leader stuff
Didn't get up early enough to do morning quiet time

Other
Read 40 8O pages in "the Hobbit"
got in bed around 11:00

I really got into the Hobbit yesterday, as you can see :D
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Postby Matthew on Fri Nov 30, 2007 3:43 pm

Day 22 - Thursday, November 29

Spiritually
Read Psalms 44-45
Read 0 pages in "Blue Like Jazz"
No spiritual leader stuff
Got up early and did my quiet time

Other
Read 0 pages in "the Hobbit"
got in bed around 12:00 :?

I feel good today. Now to stay humble and not let my pride get the best of me.
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Postby JustAGrl on Fri Nov 30, 2007 8:23 pm

I know you don't want to get too prideful, but there is a nice feeling to know you are doing well and are heading in the direction you want to be.

Glad things have been going well. I hope the trend continues! :D
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Postby Matthew on Sun Dec 02, 2007 10:50 pm

Thanks JustAGrl :)

Day 23 - Friday, November 30

Spiritually
Read Psalms 46-47
Read 7 pages in "Blue Like Jazz"
No spiritual leader stuff

Other
Read 7 pages in "the Hobbit"


Day 24 - Saturday, December 1

Spiritually
Read Psalms 48-49
Read 7 pages in "Blue Like Jazz"
No spiritual leader stuff

Other
Read 14 pages in "the Hobbit"
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Postby Matthew on Mon Dec 03, 2007 2:45 pm

Day 25 - Sunday, December 2

Spiritually
Read Psalms 50-51
Read 7 pages in "Blue Like Jazz"
No spiritual leader stuff

Other
Read 7 pages in "the Hobbit"
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