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Many Words for the One Word

Of course, in my world, one word is never sufficient!
(It would be fine in my brother’s world, but not mine!)

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It was the first and only word that came to me when thinking about one word for the year. Not that I pondered long, studied hard, or thought deeply as some of you have! (feeling just a bit guilty here!) But I liked all the different nuances this word has for me, and I know I need to be more disciplined in…

  • my use of time (this is my major focus this year) I have to be the oddest combination of a structured- scheduled free-spirit that exists! My goal is to bring some of that free spirit under control to be more productive with time! This includes getting enough sleep, too. Not easy for this night owl!
  • how I discipline the boys
  • what I eat
  • exercise
  • my spiritual disciplines – consistency in reading, prayer, journaling

I have to admit – part of the reason I resonated with this word relates to the relative success I’ve had in the past month with eating and exercise. Pretty sneaky, huh?! Pick a word that I’m already successful with!

WELL… let me be honest.

Since I’ve put that out there for everyone in cyberspace, I have NOT been as successful with my discipline of what goes into my mouth. God has a way of humbling me! He’s reminding me that the success I had in late November & early December with HEW (Hard Exercise Works) really was about HIM, not ME!!! And HE’s the ONE, the only One, Who will help me with discipline this year.OneWord2013_Discipline

I’m thinking that this discipline thing is going to be more involved than I thought. In other words, I won’t be able to hit “cruise control” like I thought. It’s pervasive! Kinda like the word in the button – running into and over and around everything. (Thanks again, Melanie!)

But it’s also a great chance for me to listen for God’s voice
and respond in obedience. And that’s a discipline, too!

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Lessons Learned – Resolved

The fast is over.
Successful!
Celebrated the Resurrection – Hallelujah!

Post-fast: Had a few good days, and one where I really fell off the wagon. My struggle – how can I continue what I’ve done during the fast but not be in “fasting mode” continually??

One week later, to the day, the last lesson crystalized for me. I went to a workshop with 2 friends (may blog about that later) and God spoke to me – directly to me.

“Daniel resolved in his heart not to eat the king’s food.”

That’s the key. It’s that resolve of my heart to stay the course. To choose what God wants over what I want. My time of fasting was the starting point. Now I resolve to continue in what God showed me.

As I’ve been processing that today I realize I’ve believed a lot of lies about what I eat! I’m attempting to fill my mind with God’s truth to combat those lies.

  • “Listen to your body; it knows what you need.”   ~ WRONG! ~ I need to listen to the Holy Spirit. GOD is the one who knows what I need. Luke 12:22-34
  • “You’re missing out.”  ~ WRONG! ~ That’s the oldest lie in scripture! It’s what Satan used with Adam & Eve. Old but effective and also WRONG! Jesus said He came to give me abundant life! John 10:10
  • “You deserve it.”  ~ WRONG! ~  It’s not about me, (as much as I want it to be so often!!) it’s about HIM! ALL OF IT!! John 3:30
  • “A little bit doesn’t matter.”  ~ WRONG! ~ God says if I am faithful in small things He give me much. Matthew 25:23 He also warns that a little bit DOES matter. 1 Corinthians 5:6-7 “Don’t you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough?  Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast—as you really are.”

I’m working on that resolve of my heart – every day throughout the day.
Galatians 1:1
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.
Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves
be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
What have you resolved in your heart?

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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