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August Review

August was a whole month of no rush for school drop off, or quick get to school for pick up, and packed lunches, and no after school activities. It was a month of skipping the alarm clock, enjoying quiet days, working on projects, and enjoying summer. The weather is beginning to feel cool and so I am thinking of all the soups to make. I am ready to find my scarves.

Tomorrow is the first day of school for Miss K though she had three days of orientation last week. Uniforms are labeled, a new backpack ready, and excitement is high. Last week for the first day of orientation she was up and dressed at 6:30 ready to go. I wonder what time she will be up tomorrow?

So what happened in August working toward my 2018 goals.

Let me just say that it is August and I still remember my word for 2018. One of the reason is I write my verse that goes with the word in the margin of my planner most weeks. Writing it and seeing it helps me to remember it keep that focus.

So what happened in August.

I have been spending some time considering special needs in the Bible. Some of the those are written here and here. I have a bit more reading, pondering and writing to do on the subject. In addition to the Bible, I have read Disability and the Gospel and The Bible, Disability and the Church

Currently I am doing an in-depth study of II Corinthians getting ready for autumn small groups. I am being challenged and encouraged. I shared a big about what to do when you are overwhelmed.

In August I read 10 books. Technically I should say I finished reading 10 books in August. One interesting book that I read was Stasiland Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall. In April we drove through that part of Germany and spent a few days in Berlin. I was able to picture bits of the book from our trip. We had also visited the DDR Museum which helped to understand life in the DDR. Reading can you to new places or old places, give you glimpses of life in other places and time.

I finished a project. Let’s not talk about the fact that I still have seven projects to finish. I finished an autumn table runner.

August 2018 Finished Project

I did buy the backing to finish another project. Now to just do it.

At the end of July I was mentioned looking to reduce our use of plastic. I have begun to make yogurt in the Instant Pot. We like our yogurt thick so I strain it. Then I end up with whey. I discovered a great bread recipe that uses the leftover whey.

August bread

What am I looking forward to in September?

School – The routine is good for all of us. Miss K has a great schedule and I am looking forward to seeing how she grows and learns this year. Finishing high school with my son. We, well really, he is almost finished.

Autumn Activities – small groups, dance, and just a bit of briskness in the air. A set time to exercise as I walk to pick up Miss K from school.

Book Discussion – I posted on Facebook that I wanted to read The Gospel Comes with a House Key and did anyone want to read it with me. I am ordering 10 copies of the book for local friends and have a few others friends around the world that are joining us reading and discussing this book. I don’t really know what I am doing but am excited to read this. Have you read it?

How was your August? What are you looking forward to in September?

Is Sleep Important

is sleep important

Does it really matter how much sleep I get? If I stay up late, I can get all kinds of things done. What are some of the things that you tell yourself about sleep?

Sleep (noun) ” a condition of body and mind which typically recurs for several hours every night, in which the nervous system is inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscles relaxed, and consciousness practically suspended.” (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/sleep)

Why We Sleep

A few months ago I read the book, Why We Sleep. I read it based on the recommendation of someone. My disclaimer for the book is that the author believes in evolution and throughout the book talks about how humans have evolved to this point.

Why We Sleep

The book was full of studies of what happens when people do not get enough sleep. There were studies of how after learning something people then sleep and how the sleep helped them to retain what they had learned. One study showed how the lack of sleep impaired reactions for driving at the same level as alcohol.

I thought I would share some of the things from that book. But also some truths from the Bible regarding sleep. Some of this might not be new.

We do need sleep. The goal should be eight hours.

Sleep helps us physically boosting our immune system. It also reduces injury risk for athletes. I found that section fascinating to read about the performance of athletes relating to sleep.

I remember when I was working in Taiwan the work hours were long and sleep was not always important. The author advocates that employees should be rewarded for sleep because as a result of sleep they will be more productive.

“Sleep has proven itself time and again as a memory aid: both before learning to prepare your brain for initially making new memories, and after learning, to cement those memories and prevent forgetting.” (page 109)

If you can’t sleep, get up and do something that will help to relax you.

Get exercise outside in the sun late morning. This helps with the cyclical nature of our days.

Put screens away two hours prior to going to bed. For me that means I need to have a real book to read in the evening instead of reading on my iPad.

Sleep in the Bible

The first mention of sleep in the Bible was when the Lord put Adam to sleep and created woman. (Genesis 2:21)

A deep sleep fell on Abram. While asleep God speaks to him foretelling what will happen to his offspring. (Genesis 15:12) God had already given Abram the promise but reminding him.

It was while Samson was sleeping that Delilah cut his hair. (Judges 16:1-22)

God calls to Samuel while he was lying down. (I Samuel 3). I think that is a time when we are quiet and still.

David spares Saul’s life when he was sleeping. (I Samuel 26)

Being awake at night at times can be part of God’s plan. That happened to the king. He couldn’t sleep so he had the book of memorable deeds read to him. He remembers what Mordecai had done. (Esther 6:1)

Psalm 4:8 “In peace I will both lie down and sleep for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” (ESV) We can sleep when we feel safe and that comes from the Lord.

We are warned not to sleep if we have done something wrong to your neighbour. (Proverbs 6:1-4)

Ecclesiastes 5:12 sleep is sweet to the labourer. I agree with that. At the end of a busy day of work it is sweet to go to bed and sleep.

Sleep is also used in the Bible to refer to those to death.

There are also numerous passages about dreams in the Bible. God often spoke in dreams.

So a quick summary. God is the one who gives sleep and there are times that he keeps us awake. We were created to need sleep. God does not need sleep (Psalm 121:4) but we need it. Get the sleep that you need.

Are you getting the sleep you need?

Hinderances to Disciplines

Over the past few weeks we have been looking at the disciplines for success. These are some of the things that you need in your life in order to have success in reaching your goals. Each of these are in response the things that hinder us in our growth.

In this post I listed seven things that can hinder you in achieving your goals. I was thinking of things in myself and things that I have learned from listening to others.

Last year I coached a few friends on getting things done. I enjoyed cheering them on and watching them succeed. I began to realise that in order to truly be successful you need to deal with the heart issues. If you do not deal with those issues, then it doesn’t matter what you true you will be struggling. The perfect planner won’t help completely. The wonderful schedule will leave you frustrated. The organised house will only satisfy you for so long. You need to deal with heart issues.

How do you know what is hindering you?

The easy answer is not really easy but here it is — ask God to search your heart and show you.

Pray asking God to show you the things that are hindering you. Pray Psalm 139:23 for yourself. “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts.”

Be still and listen. That can be the difficult part for me. My suggestion is to have a blank piece of paper so you can write what you are thinking and what God is telling you.

Be honest with yourself and with God. It might hurt to look in your heart but it will help you grow.

If you are still struggling, knowing the issues that are hindering you, talk with someone who knows you and will be honest with you. Others can often see things that we are blind to.

You might find other hinderances then the ones I listed. That is fine. You know yourself. Take those and then look at what needs to be done so they are not a hinderance.

When you begin to understand the hinderances, then you can begin to address those issues and grow in disciplines for success.

Disciplines for Success

Disciplines for Success

Each week for the past few weeks I have listed a discipline for success. The list of disciplines is below with links to the posts that give you more to help you understand the discipline and how it can help you.

Humility

Diligence

Self-denial

Grateful

Generous Living

Faith

Contentment

So let’s review these disciplines in our own lives. How do you rate yourself in each of these? Which discipline is the most difficult? Can you think of some ways that you could grow in one of these disciplines?

While this might be a challenging topic, I trust that it encourages you to grow.

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

Keep going. Keep growing.

What verse encourages you to address these hinderances and grow in disciplines for success?

Know the Disciplines for Successful Growth – Contentment

This is the perfect pad to organize my to-do list. So I put one in the shopping basket. Let’s ignore the fact that I have numerous other pads at home that would work. Someone told me this was the best pad to organize your to-do list. I wanted it;  I was not content. Maybe this was a better way. Guess what, now I have a basket full of pads of paper to declutter. We will save that for another time and a post. Let’s pause and think about how contentment as a discipline for successful growth.

Contentment, will that really help me succeed? I thought that it was discontentment that moved me to set the goal and now you are saying that contentment is going to help me be successful. Are those the thoughts running through your mind? They are running through mine. Stay with me and let’s work through this and see how contentment can be a discipline for success.

Contentment, will that really help me succeed? How is contentment a discipline? You can learn what it means to be content and grow in knowing God.

 

Discontentment is one of the things that can hinder you from reaching your goals. To overcome this hindrance we need contentment.

Know the Disciplines for Successful Growth

We want to grow and that means knowing the disciplines that will help us grow. Humility is one of the foundational disciplines. Contentment will help us be focused.

What is contentment?

In his book The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, Puritan author, Jeremiah Burroughs defines it, “Christian contentment is that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God’s wise and fatherly disposal in every condition.”

Contentment comes from within. It is the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It comes by fixing our eyes on Christ and seeing all that Christ has done for us.

Contentment is quiet. It is seen through the actions of a person and not from their words. The person that quietly goes through life enjoying all they have and seeing it as blessings from God.

Contented people understand that what they have comes from God. So they are willing to give graciously to those around them. They understand that God will meet their needs.

Contentment submits to a loving father who is caring for us. When we realize that we have a perfect heavenly father who is caring for us, contentment and praise should flow from our lives.

“That to be well skilled in the mystery of Christian contentment is the duty, glory, and excellence of a Christian.” Jeremiah Burroughs

You can learn to be content.

That is what Paul writes in Philippians 4:11, “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content” How do you learn this?

Paul is striving to know God. Philippians 3:7-11 Paul writes that “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (verse 8), Then in verse 10 he writes “that I may know him and the power of his resurrection . . .” When we strive to know God, the things around us will mean little to us. We will grow in contentment as we realize how God loves us.

Paul is striving toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. He is fixing his eyes on eternity. When we do that the things of this world will lose their appeal. We have a confidence that God will work with all that we have.

Discipline of contentment

How does this help achieve our goals?

We will be satisfied with what God has given us. Instead of complaining about what we don’t have and how that is hindering us we will be thankful and work with what we have.

We know that God has placed us in the circumstances that he wants. We will stop comparing our situations and circumstances with those around.  Understand that God has sovereignly arranged the details of our life. So glorify him.

Maybe you were discontented with the way things were and so you decided to make a change. Is that discontentment in something you have control over and can change? If so use that to make a goal but if the discontentment is in the circumstances that God has placed in your life. Learn to be content.

Do you struggle with discontentment? Discipline yourself to be content. Learn to give thanks for what you have. Learn to use what you have instead of buying more. Guard your thoughts against complaining but dwell on God’s goodness.

Know the disciplines for successful growth. These disciplines will help you know God and grow in what he has called you to do.

July Review

It is hard to believe that it is the end of July. Where has the month gone? Where has the year gone? Here is a quick review of what happened in July.

Miss K finished school and is enjoying her summer break. The weeks leading up to the end of school were challenging as we waiting to find out where she would have a school placement for autumn. (I won’t go into all the details but most of this has to do with her special needs and the process here.) She has a place at the local secondary school and we are pleased with the schedule that they have put together for her. It is a mix of classes with SEN and mainstream. We are thankful to know where she will be attending in the autumn. Now on my list of things to do is buy uniforms.

Miss K turned 14. Her birthday always is a time to pause and reflect on how God has sustained her life.  She is all about birthdays and one of her favourite things to watch in YouTube is birthday parties. We had a party with the girls from her class.

July Miss K turns 14

My son and I took a trip to Scotland. We rode the train and visited some friends. It was a nice getaway and fun to see some new parts of the UK and a fun time with my son.

July Review Loch Lomond

2018 Goals

My goals for 2018 are listed here. I also have them written in my planner and will add notes of things that I have done towards those goals.

Both kids were at camp the same weekend. That has never happened so we took advantage of that and planned tourist. When I told Miss K what we were doing she said, “that sounds boring” which was exactly why we were doing it when they were at camp. We enjoyed a day out in Lincoln. We knew that it would be almost impossible to get Miss K to go on a Towers Tour so we did that. It involved quite a bit of climbing but then we had a wonderful view of the city. That falls under the goal of relationship with my husband.

July Review Lincoln

One of my goals for July was to consistently blog three times a week. I have copied some posts from my old blog. Some of the posts that I copied this month were a number of posts about My Asia Journey. I share those just so you can learn a bit more about me. You can find Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

I finished a fun sewing project that I had been working on for a long time. It took some time to collect the selvages. I made a mug rug with fabric selvages. I like the way it looks and have begun collecting selvages for my next selvage project.

Selvage Mug Rug

A few trips on the train gave me extra reading time. I finished Why We Sleep, Among the Poppies, which is a Christian Fiction set in World War 1, and Essentialism.

Two things I made in the Instant Pot this month that have changed my world. Okay, maybe that is a bit dramatic but changed my cooking. I made mashed potatoes and hard boiled eggs. I have to say both were easy.

Ponderings in July

Recently I discovered that a zero-waste store has opened nearby. That got me thinking about all the plastic that we use. I am slowly making changes. So I got out the bread maker and made bread — saves plastic bags. I made some felted soap to try that instead of liquid hand soap. Next on my list is making yogurt in the Instant Pot.

How was your July? What did you do? Any good book recommendations? I can always add a few more books to my to be read list.

July Review

Faith – Discipline for Success

What does faith have to do with achieving your goals? Why do I need faith to achieve my goals? Is faith a discipline?

Faith Discipline for Success

Fear is one of the heart issues that hinder us from achieving our goals. Fear can hold us back. It can paralyse us. Do we need to overcome fear to achieve our goals?

What fears do you have?

What does faith have to do with achieving your goals? If fear, holds us back then it is faith that overcomes fear. Faith is important for us to achieve our goals. We do need the right kind of faith. It is not the “I believe in myself and I can do it.” kind of faith. This is a faith in God, who he is and what he has called us to do.

Faith - Discipline for Success

What is Faith?

Faith is a belief. Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1) The faith that will overcome fears has at its foundation, God. With God as the foundation our goals should be what God is asking us to do. When we are confident that God is calling us to do, we have faith to step out and do those things.

Faith is an attitude. Do we have an attitude of believing God. Our attitude should be that we can do what God has called us to do. What attitude do you have towards your goals?

Faith is action. Faith is active it is doing. Read through Hebrews 11 and look at all the things that people are doing by faith. Abel offered, Enoch was taken up, Noah constructed, Abraham went out to a new place, and Moses was hidden. Keep reading the chapter and see what else happens. Faith can mean suffering. I think often we read through the list of all the “Heroes of faith” and forget to read verses 35-38.  In our suffering God is with us.

Why do I need faith to achieve my goals? Our faith gives us the right perspective about our goals. The goals we have really are not our goals but rather God’s goals. Our strength comes from God. The wisdom we need comes from God. This should give us encouragement as we work on our goals.

Is faith a discipline? Yes, it is a discipline. It is something that we need to be reminded of and work towards building and growing in faith. Faith does not come naturally and so for that reason it is a discipline.

Caleb had Faith

I love the story of Caleb. He is full of faith and full of action. Some people when they are old, just want to sit around but not Caleb. He had a goal; he wanted the hill country. Caleb had faith. Caleb was following the Lord. Because of his faith, knowing that he was following the Lord, he had no fears. (Joshua 14:6-15)

Do you have faith like Caleb? Are you ready to do the hard things? Are you following the Lord?

Faith moves people to action. Grow in the discipline of faith.

Generous Living – Discipline for Success

Generous Living

The message that the world tells us is all about me. Making sure that I get “my time”.  That is “my money” to spend. My goals and my plans. It is all about me. But that is not the way we are to live. As Christians,  we are to give, to be generous.  Our focus should be on others and not ourselves.

Christ has given us an example of giving and living generous. His interaction with the Samaritan woman was when he was tired and traveling but he spent the time with her. He gave his time to share the truth with her. We have an example of how to live generously.

Selfishness was listed as one of the things that will hinder us as we work to achieve our goals. Selfishness is thinking about yourself and putting yourself first.

Are you reading this and wondering how this could be? Maybe you are thinking, “I thought these were my goals and I am the one that is supposed to work on the goals so should I be selfish to get those goals done?”

Let’s talk through that.

Yes, while these are your goals hopefully as you were setting the goals you were praying and asking God to guide you. So these are not your goals. These are God’s goals for you. It might not look like it is much different but pause and thing about it. There is a big difference there. These goals are God’s goals for you.

When we get the mindset that our goals depend solely on our work, we are missing so much of what God has called us to do. Our work should be through the Lord and his work in us.

How does selfish hinder us?

One way this happens is when we are selfish, the focus is on us and not others. We want to accomplish the goal no matter what. We are focusing on what we want.

Generous Living Disciple for Success

 

Generous Living will overcome selfishness

Adding the word generous means more than giving. Generous has the idea of giving more and more. You know the generous helping of chocolate sauce versus the stingy dribble of chocolate sauce. Be generous in your living.

Be generous with your time. Have an attitude of valuing the person you are with. Listen to people, be genuinely interested in people.

Be generous with your resources. Are you willing to share and give to others from what you have? It is not just money but so many other ways that you can be generous.

Have a heart attitude of loving and giving others.

I will honestly say that I am not sure how God will use that generous living to help you reach your goals but I can say that generous living is pleasing to God. We are honouring and pleasing God when we are giving. (Proverbs 3:9)

As I look my goals for this year, a number of my goals are growing relationships with others. The one thing that will grow relationships is giving, both giving my time and my resources.

So how can you give this week? Maybe it is a meal, maybe it is a note saying you are thinking of that person. Strive to be generous to those around you.

Here are the other Disciplines for Success, gratefulself-denial, diligence, and humility.

Forget Perfection – Chase Excellence

We spend time looking for the perfect schedule, the perfect diet, the perfect outfit, or the perfect chocolate cake recipe. At times we think we have found it and then the schedule doesn’t allow time for something we need, the diet is not working, the outfit gets stained, and the cake flops. Perfection is difficult to achieve and we cannot maintain it. Don’t give up but rather chase excellence.

We want perfection because that makes us look good but that is the wrong goal. We want perfection because we think that is the answer to the problem but we forget that we live in a fallen and broken world. Don’t get frustrated with the lack of perfection. Chase excellence.

Forget Perfection Chase Excellence

What is excellence? The simple dictionary definition is “the quality of being outstanding or extremely good”.

How do we chase excellence?

Realise the difference between perfection and excellence. Perfection often implies that there is one way or one answer. Excellence is doing the best that you can at what you are doing. It can vary based on whatever you do.  Understanding the difference will help you to chase excellence.

Have an attitude of excellence. This is an attitude or mindset that says, “I am going to do the best that I can no matter what the task.” The attitude sets the tone or what you are doing. Set the tone of excellence.

Realise the goal of excellence. The goal is not the perfect whatever but rather to give God glory in what we are doing.  The goal is doing the best that you can given the limitations you have. When you realise that, your focus will change.

“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” I Corinthians 10:31 (ESV)

How can you live this?

Do the best that you can. Depending on what it is that you are working on it might require that you learn some new skills. Be humble and allow others to help you.

Evaluate your life. Take some time to evaluate things that you are working on, things that you are doing. Are you chasing excellence in those areas?

Pray and focus on what God has called you to do now. Know what is your priority so you can focus on that. Keep your priority on what God is asking us to do at this time.

Be ready to say no to some things. I am going to say something that I am sure you have heard before but at times you and me need to hear it again. You can’t do everything.

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17 (ESV)

Give God glory and give thanks to God for the opportunities that have been placed before you. Those two things will help you chase excellence.

As I write this, I am pondering in my own life this question. Am I chasing excellence? Sometimes I am the type of person that is quick and get it done and for me I need to pause and make sure that I have done my best. I want to chase excellence. I want to use my time wisely doing the best that I can to bring glory to God.

What about you? Are you chasing excellence?

One thing that will overcome excuses

Excuses, Excuses

“I don’t have time. I am tired.” It does not take long to come up with excuses. Excuses are a way of putting off things or blaming others for not doing what we should do.

Why do I make excuses? It could be to avoid doing something or maybe not taking responsibility for what you need to do. Why do you make excuses?

This week I was reading and meditating in Exodus. In Exodus 3 God has just appeared to Moses. The first thing that God does is tell him that he has seen the affliction of his people and then gives the promise that he will deliver them and take them to a good land. God also promises that he will be with them. Then in Exodus 4 Moses responds to what God has asked him to do.

God has appeared to Moses, told him what he is going to do and given him a promise. You would think that Moses would be thrilled and ready to obey and go back and lead the people to this new land.

BUT

God gives Moses a command. Instead of obeying Moses begins questioning and doubting.

His first excuse it putting it on others. “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice,  . . .” (Exodus 4:1)

Think about the things you know you should be doing. Is the response obedience or to decide how others will respond and because of that make an excuse?

The second excuse is about himself. Basically Moses says, “I can’t speak.” He forgot who it was that was asking him to do this.

Are the excuses that you have about your abilities and skills? When we do that we are doubting God.

God listened to his excuses but had a response for each excuse. Excuses don’t work with God.

Learn from Moses’ Excuses

Make sure that the tasks are what God has called you to do. Moses tried to do it his own way when he stuck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. (Exodus 2:11-12) So learn the lesson to do it God’s way in God’s timing.

Don’t make excuses. Trust that God has called you to do that and he will work in those around you. God will give you the abilities you need to obey him. Don’t doubt. Remember God’s promises.

Excuses, excuses

Don’t stop there. Keep reading. I love how the chapter ends. Aaron who will be the spokesman meets Moses and together they go back to Egypt. Aaron speaks and tells all that God has said to Moses.

This is the response that we need when we hear what God is saying.

“And the people believed; and when they heard that the LORD had visited the people of Israel and that he had seen their affliction, they bowed their heads and worshiped. Exodus 4:31 (ESV)

The people believed, bowed their heads and worshiped. That is the kind of response that I want when I hear what God is asking me to do. They did not make excuses but worshiped. That is the response that we need. Worship is what will overcome our excuses. 

Are you making excuses? Listen to God and worship him. Watch him work in your life.

You might also enjoy this post about the same topic, worship.

Self-denial Disciplines for Success

Practice self-denial. Disciplines for Success overcome self-indulgence

Deny myself, are you serious? Is that really something that I want to do? Denying yourself is saying no to yourself. Why should I do that? That is the opposite of what the world tell us to do. Yet, this is what we need to learn self-denial.

As we look to grow and achieve all that God is calling us to do, we need to overcome the heart issues that hinder us reaching our goals.  To overcome the hinderance of self-indulgence we need to learn to deny ourselves.

As I began to think about what is the discipline that we need to overcome self-indulgence, I was thinking that it was self-control.  As I thought more about this while I was baking chocolate chip cookies, I began to think about self-detail.  I was trying to have self-control but with warm chocolate chip cookies sitting on the counter it was difficult. Self-control is good virtue and we will look at that as we work through Fruit of the Spirit but I think the discipline that will overcome self-indulgence is self-denial.

That is means instead of limiting my cookies I need to say “no” to the cookies. Not easy, but it is worth it. We don’t like to say no to ourselves.

What does the Bible say about self-denial?

Jesus told his disciples “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24. (ESV) This passage is included in all the Synoptic Gospels. That gives us an indication of how important it is. The context for this verse is Jesus foretells his death and resurrection. Then after telling the disciples that they need to deny themselves he is putting it in the context of eternity.

Denying ourselves is not for glory but so that we can follow Christ. We need to deny those things that are making it difficult to follow Christ.

Another reason to deny ourselves is for the benefit of others and not to cause others to stumble. Paul was willing to deny himself eating meat if that was going to cause his brother to stumble. (I Corinthians 8)

Fasting is a form of self-denial. We are saying no to something so that we can draw closer to God.

Learn Self-denial

The discipline of self-denial is learning to say, no. We need to be walking in the Spirit and listening to the promptings of the Holy Spirit so we know what things we are to say no to.

I challenge you to practice saying no to yourself. Maybe it is saying no to warm chocolate chip cookies or saying no to spending money on something you don’t need. Learn to say, “no”.

Look at your goals. Are there areas that you have been self-indulgent and need to practice learning self-denial.

What areas do you find that you are tempted to self-indulgence?

Learning to deny yourself is not easy but as we grow in the discipline we will see God in new ways. We will grow. It might be that we see him provide as we deny ourselves.

Practice self-denial. Learn to say no, overcome self indulgence

The other disciplines for success include humility and diligence.