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Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. You can count on this. Take it to heart. This is why we’ve thrown ourselves into this venture so totally. We’re banking on the living God, Savior of all men and women, especially believers.

I Timothy 4:8-10 (The Message)

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Grandgirlie #2, Tori, loves cheerleading. What started as an invitation  by a friend to participate in an after-school activity has taken on a life of its own.

I never knew much about cheerleading, at any age, because I was the nerd. I tried out for Drill Team in High School and was politely told, “No.” So I ran for Student Body Office.

But the discipline necessary to be good at cheerleading is amazing. Tori can do things with her body that I can only imagine. She works off-season to develop her tumbling skills. Once or twice a week, she fits in practices after school around homework. She is dedicated. And it shows.

This weekend I sat glued to my computer as the Christian Cheer Nationals streamed from Winston-Salem, NC. Tori and her teammates have attended this competition  for the last four years and are highly skilled young people.

The big moment — announcing the National Champions — seemed to take forever. And last night, we didn’t win. We always win. (You notice I said “we.”)

Mel and I were texting back and forth after the announcement and she summed it all up with:

“But the girls did awesome and the best they could.”

That is all anyone could ask. The coaches. The moms. The other teammates. They gave it their best.

Our days need that same discipline for life — the ultimate competition. We can’t afford to be lazy or the Enemy will defeat us every time. God has given us every tool that we need:

  • His Word — the rulebook
  • His Son — our Coach and Guide
  • His Holy Spirit — the one who helps us endure
  • And each other to spur us on

We must strive, train, and practice long hours before the critical moment so that we can do it and win the grand prize.

All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 

1 Corinthians 9:25 (NLT)

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Discipline

To discipline a child produces wisdom,

    but a mother is disgraced by an undisciplined child.

Discipline your children, and they will give you peace of mind

    and will make your heart glad.

Proverbs 29:15,17 (NLT)

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I love being a grandmother because I’m able to enjoy all the fun things with my grandgirlies without having to deal with the hard stuff. And my world has lots of girlies — from teenagers to toddlers. I am also a Mentor Mom at MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers.)  Discipline is a fact of life.

While FaceTiming with the “littles” yesterday, Eleanor, the 4yo, was happily playing with a set of plastic cones, stacking them up, and chatting as we talked and watched. She is the first born and has a correct way to do most things.

Enter Sabrina, the 2yo and baby, who literally bounces from one thing to another. As she bounces past Eleanor, she grabs one of the cones—just because she can—and hightails it to the other side of the couch.

Wailing and gnashing of teeth tumble from Eleanor in a flurry of words and tears. Sabrina appears impervious to it all.

Enter Daddy (Now, Daddy is my son, so it’s interesting to watch the discipline scenario.) He is sitting on the couch between the girls.

In an effort to hear Eleanor’s frustration with her little sister, yet gently reprimand Sabrina for her unkindness, he disciplines them with his words in a way that affirms both (Mommy is quietly coaching in the background.)

Children are not born with self-control. That disappeared in the Garden when sin entered the world. Parents are God’s messengers to this sometimes, unruly world of growing up. It’s not easy, often messy, but so necessary.

Proverbs frequently mentions fools and compares them to the prudent. We want to raise wise, well-behaved, prudent children. Keep it up.

The father of godly children has cause for joy.

    What a pleasure to have children who are wise.

Proverbs 23:24 (NLT)

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Wisdom in the Quiet

A gracious woman gains respect,

    but ruthless men gain only wealth.

Your kindness will reward you,

    but your cruelty will destroy you.

Proverbs 11:16-17 (NLT)

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Getting up early in the quiet, and often dark, part of the morning has become a cherished routine. I gather my devotionals, journal, and Bible and settle into my couch. Since GRACE is my word for 2015, I’ve collected a few books with that theme and am gaining insight as to what grace really looks like.

But it occurred to me that I was doing a lot of reading of everything but the Bible. I know God wants to speak to me directly and His word is the best source. Devotionals are wonderful but the meat is in the Word.

I love the Psalms and have worked my way through them a couple of times, however, I wanted something different. Proverbs came to mind since it was the first of the month and there are 31 chapters.

I’m using my iPad these days because of my vision. I can increase the font so it is much easier to read. I can also highlight with a simple click.

As I reread Proverbs 11, a theme emerged. Several character qualities were listed: discretion, generosity, graciousness, kindness, honesty, integrity, godliness, and humility.

Thought provoking. Where am I on the scale?

Proverbs is known as a book on wisdom. I’m praying that God will teach me and prod me in areas that need work.

Wise words bring many benefits,

    and hard work brings rewards.

Proverbs 12:14 (NLT)

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