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What is Discipline?

WHAT IS DISCIPLINE?

By Amy Carmichael

 

When I refuse the easy thing for love of my dear Lord,

And when I choose the harder thing for love of my dear Lord,

And do not make a fuss or speak a single grumbling word,

That is discipline.
When everything seems going wrong and yet I will not grouse,

When it is hot, and I am tired, and yet I will not grouse,

But sing a song and do my work in school and in the house,

That is discipline.
When Satan whispers, “Scamp your work–to say to him, “I won’t,

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When Satan whispers, “Slack a bit”–to say to him, “I won’t,

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To rule myself and not to wait for others’ “Do” and “Don’t”

That is discipline.
When I look up and triumph over every sinful thing,

The things that no one knows about–the cowardly, selfish things–

And when with heart and will I live to please my glorious King;

That is discipline.
To trample on that curious thing inside me that says “I,

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To think of others always–never, never of that “I,

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To learn to live according to my Savior’s word, “Deny”,

That is discipline.

2013 Goals ~ The Simple Version

Happy New Year! It is hard to believe that it is 2013. I don’t know if there is anyone else who struggles like I do, but it is easy for me to make goals for the new year but never follow through. This is mostly because I make my goals so complicated. This year I am determined that things are going to be different.

I have decided to make goals for this year, but I am keeping the actual goal very simple. I have these goals printed and posted a number of different places in my home – above my kitchen sink, in my planner, and in my Bible. There are six areas I want to focus on. Though the daily application of these goals is a bit more involved, these goals are the driving force and the foundation of the choices I make this year.

Be faithful in spending time with the Lord.

Be purposeful in growing in my relationship with my husband.

Be intentional about teaching and spending quality time with my Littles.

Be consistent in teaching and training the children in the fear of the Lord.

Be disciplined in carrying out daily tasks.

Be loving reaching out to those who are hurting.