I am part of a fabulous ladies bible study group and we are currently studying Andy Stanley’s “The Five Things God Uses to Grow Your Faith”. If you haven’t heard of the study, you should definitely check it out: www.fivethingsgoduses.com. Based on years on ministry experience, Andy Stanley teaches that the five things God uses to grow our faith are: Providential Relationships, Practical Teaching, Pivotal Circumstance, Personal Ministry and Personal Disciplines. All of the weeks have been phenomenal but last week, we studied Personal Disciplines.
Although the bible study was actually on “spiritual personal disciplines” like prayer, giving and fasting, God showed me how I have been undisciplined in many areas of my life.
Being late to EVERYTHING, forgetting things, not being able to FIND ANYTHING and allowing Kray-Kray Katina to make surprise appearances have been the norm for me recently. I just feel sooo overwhelmed and stressed out all the time. (If you don’t know who Kray-Kray Katina is, go here otherwise just know it stands for Krazy Katina and she is NOT a nice girl!)
After some personal reflection, I was able to see that as much as I would like to play the victim, a lot of my problems are self-inflicted by a lack of discipline.
One thing that I have not been consistent on is my daily quiet time/devotion. My best time for devotion is in the morning before my girls are awake. This requires that I get up early which means I need to be disciplined about my bedtime and nighttime preparation.
To be honest, I just don’t feel like getting my clothes picked out at night and packing up all of my bags and putting them at the door but it definitely allows me more time in the morning for devotion and makes getting out of the door easier!
It feels hard and boring to do a quick 5-10 minute pick up around the house every evening but it sure makes the full house clean easier.
A good way to think about discipline is to think: hard now easier later.
Last night, just before I got ready to go upstairs to retire for the night, I looked around saw several things that needed to be put up. My first thought was, “just do it later”. My second thought was “I’m tired and I don’t feel like it”. Then, I remembered my revelation about my lack of discipline.
I said a quick prayer to God for strength and I did a quick pick up. I also picked out and ironed my clothes for today!
We were early for the bus this morning without any appearances from Kray-Kray!
Discipline my sweet divas can be the agent of change from victim to victorious.
Where do you need to be more personally disciplined?
Hebrews 12:11 (NLT) No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.
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