The Disciplined Life: 5 Tips I Am Trying to Follow

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Joyce Meyer, a phenomenal writer of devotions, wrote this in a devotion I read this morning.

“We need to be mature, disciplined,  Holy Spirit-controlled people, determined to walk in the Spirit.  It takes a constant act of the will to do things God’s way rather than our own way.”

Whether you are trying to organize your house, follow a fitness program, or manage your family, discipline is required. Let’s be honest! We like to be in charge, submitting to no others. We like to make our own rules.  The truth is, that is not the definition of discipline.  For me, living a disciplined life is hard. I am constantly checking in and making changes. I proudly acknowledge that I need the following tips for help.

Here are 5 tips for trying to live a disciplined, Christ – centered life.

1. God is in charge, not you. Discipline means becoming a disciple of something. God wants you to choose Him. We live out our lives in a disciplined way due to obedience to God. Always remember to put God first. Other pieces will fall into place. Pray for His help. Don’t go through change alone.

2. Find a source of motivation. If simply living in obedience to God isn’t enough when you are in the trenches, find some motivation for the hardest days. Social media can be destructive, but it can also be uplifting.  I can always find other blogging mamas out there who motivate me. Pinterest is my go-to place.  There is a wealth of motivating posters and articles for when we lose our steam.

3. Make a plan. This is not the same as a goal or wish list. Write out the steps you will take to reach your goal. What will you do each day? Each week? Make it realistic! Know that life will happen. Make it changeable and allow for adjustments.

4. Start small. If your goal is to read the Bible each day, start with a devotional instead of in depth studies that require a hour a day. If you want to run a 5K, don’t go 2 1/2 miles the first day. Starting too big leads to discouragement.  You are looking at life changes! Allow God to work in your life, but don’t try to force him to change your mind, body, or spirit over night.

5. Take care of yourself during the process. Get enough sleep. Eat healthy foods. Get a flu shot. Surround yourselves with positve, loving people.  When you feel tired or get sick, it is easy to give up. You can not create new habits or stick to a plan if you feel terrible and exhausted. 

Okay folks, time to get it all together over these last ten days of 2013. 2014 lies just around the corner!

Blessings! 

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The Disciplined Life: 5 Tips I Am Trying to Follow

Leave a comment

Joyce Meyer, a phenomenal writer of devotions, wrote this in a devotion I read this morning.

“We need to be mature, disciplined,  Holy Spirit-controlled people, determined to walk in the Spirit.  It takes a constant act of the will to do things God’s way rather than our own way.”

Whether you are trying to organize your house, follow a fitness program, or manage your family, discipline is required. Let’s be honest! We like to be in charge, submitting to no others. We like to make our own rules.  The truth is, that is not the definition of discipline.  For me, living a disciplined life is hard. I am constantly checking in and making changes. I proudly acknowledge that I need the following tips for help.

Here are 5 tips for trying to live a disciplined, Christ – centered life.

1. God is in charge, not you. Discipline means becoming a disciple of something. God wants you to choose Him. We live out our lives in a disciplined way due to obedience to God. Always remember to put God first. Other pieces will fall into place. Pray for His help. Don’t go through change alone.

2. Find a source of motivation. If simply living in obedience to God isn’t enough when you are in the trenches, find some motivation for the hardest days. Social media can be destructive, but it can also be uplifting.  I can always find other blogging mamas out there who motivate me. Pinterest is my go-to place.  There is a wealth of motivating posters and articles for when we lose our steam.

3. Make a plan. This is not the same as a goal or wish list. Write out the steps you will take to reach your goal. What will you do each day? Each week? Make it realistic! Know that life will happen. Make it changeable and allow for adjustments.

4. Start small. If your goal is to read the Bible each day, start with a devotional instead of in depth studies that require a hour a day. If you want to run a 5K, don’t go 2 1/2 miles the first day. Starting too big leads to discouragement.  You are looking at life changes! Allow God to work in your life, but don’t try to force him to change your mind, body, or spirit over night.

5. Take care of yourself during the process. Get enough sleep. Eat healthy foods. Get a flu shot. Surround yourselves with positve, loving people.  When you feel tired or get sick, it is easy to give up. You can not create new habits or stick to a plan if you feel terrible and exhausted. 

Okay folks, time to get it all together over these last ten days of 2013. 2014 lies just around the corner!

Blessings! 

9 Mile Backups and Choosing New Routes

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Yesterday afternoon there was a wreck on the interstate I drive on to get home everyday.  My school sits close enough to the interstate that I could see the backup before I left.  Once in my car, the radio said a tractor and trailer had wrecked.  All southbound lanes (the direction I needed) were closed.  A detour was in place, but there was still a nine mile backup.  It didn’t take long or much brain power for me to decide that even the detour would be slowed way down with congestion. I needed an alternative route!

I have lived in this area for six years now.  During the winter, when the roads are covered in snow, my husband likes to pile us up into his big truck and drive the back roads.  It is beautiful to see, and I have learned a lot about different routes to get from one end of the county to the other. 

When I decided that the kids and I would need a third option yesterday, I didn’t need my navigation.  I didn’t need to call my husband for help.  I knew the way.  I had been prepared by past experience to find the right route.

I often write about listening to God’s will and choosing the path He lays ahead for us.  Sometimes the most obvious path is blocked.  Other times, the detour doesn’t look too good either.  There was no doubt in my mind yesterday that I needed a less traveled, narrow road.  It wasn’t the easiest way to get home, but it was the path that led to the least amount of destruction and congestion.  When the time came to choose a path, I didn’t need to get on my hands and knees and ask for help.  The pathway was clear.  I had been prepared to make that choice.  

I believe God does this for us all the time.  His actions don’t always make sense to us at the time, but our circumstances often prepare us for what is coming next.  I wouldn’t say that knowing God’s will is always easy, but I do think He guides us clearly enough that we can discern His will if we listen closely.  

When the road ahead is blocked for you, think about the other routes you have learned.  I bet you have been prepared for the right one!

Blessings!