Discipline Yourself

In order to complete the call on our lives, and live the life we desire, we must incorporate a disciplined lifestyle.  My definition of discipline is:  LIVING BY RULES, IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THE DESIRED OUTCOME.

YOU get to set the rules for what YOU want to accomplish.

As women, we are often “moody”.  U-hum… yes, I said “moody”!   Women tend to be more emotional than men.  So trying to get everything done and be the GRAND woman we see ourselves as, will not happen if we do not have a disciplined lifestyle.

The problem is, that as we are tied to our emotions, we often act or react on the spur of the moment.  I know I have, many times.  I would go for a few days and do really well, then it was over, LOL…, Spur moment kicked in gear and off I went following my immediate desire, and didn’t use discipline AGAIN, and would find myself in a harried state.

Do you want to gain control of some areas, or EVERY area in your life?   DISCIPLINE  YOURSELF!

Remember, YOU get to make the rules for YOUR desired results.  Stop looking around at what others have, and make a list of what you want, and do something to get it.  You get to decide how long it will take you, and what you can do to accomplish your desires.   I guarantee you will feel much better about the outcome of a disciplined life, than letting your emotions rule you!  Start using those emotions to feel good about being disciplined:)

2 Timothy 1:7
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

THE OPEN DOOR

Many times we do not move forward with the desires of our heart because we feel inadequate.  I had so many different talents I wanted to pursue, that I didn’t know where to start to be effective for the Kingdom  of God.  I would pursue this, then that… but never really focused on my gifts.  Why?  Because of FEAR!

I felt I wasn’t good enough, didn’t have the right connections, enough education, etc. etc…  When you see, God called me to do something and it’s been in my heart for  a long long time.  I’ve had man tell me that I couldn’t do something, and was downright rude about it.  In my heart I believed I could, but when it came  to really pursuing it, fear crept in and stopped me.

Several years ago, I went through a really hard trial.  I was dying to myself and trying to follow the Lord the best I could, when all hell seemed to come against me.  I couldn’t understand it at the time.  My boss and three other department heads, and one of my employees were speaking against me.  In fact, when I spoke to my boss about my employee cursing me, he said “Oh, she probably didn’t mean it”, and then proceeded to tell me that if I didn’t raise sales in a particular area, that I would be fired after 12  years, and that I had 90 days to change. 

Instead of blaming everyone else for being wrong, I asked God what I had done?  I didn’t want to get angry and do something out of anger, so I sought the Lord.   And in the mean time, I raised sales 70% in an area that no one was prospering in!   And during that time when I was so down, the Lord spoke to me one night after a church service.  I’ll never forget, it was January and very cold outside.  My girlfriend suddenly had a pain in her side, so my friends and I immediately started praying for her.  The Holy Spirit visited us in such a special way, it was wonderful.  I asked my friends to pray for me too!  I wanted to feel His touch. 

The Holy Spirit not only touched me, He spoke to me.  I will never forget it.  He said, I WILL OPEN A DOOR THAT NO MAN CAN SHUT!

Oh, how wonderful it was… I knew then that my job was safe as long as the Lord wanted me there.  After my 90 day trial was over, I asked my boss to let me know if I was to continue working for that company.  He said he had never seen such a Christ like attitude, and that my job was safe.  I stayed another 2 years, and then my department closed. 

That allowed me to start my own business, and begin a journey that I knew God wanted me on. 

I will continue to follow the desires of my heart, and know that there is an open door, because I am doing what God called me to do.

Let me ask you…  What is one of the deepest desires you have in your life?  What door is available to you now?  I’d say, WALK THROUGH IT, and let the Lord lead you the rest of the way!

Revelation 3:7-8

And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia, write; These things saith He that is holy, He that is true, He that hath the key of David, He that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept My word, and hast not denied My name.

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