Saturday, March 1, 2014

What does sustainable discipline look like?

Honestly … I don't. know.

I've got a confession to share with you all today. I'm a runner.

Not in the pretty cool "I run marathons" kinda way. I'm a runner in the "if something gets hard, I move away from it … as quickly as possible" kinda way. And let's face it, discipline and maintaining positive change is just so stinkin' hard.

And this is a huge problem for me. As a former health coach and current health advocate, not maintaining my own physical fitness and weight means I can't effectively teach others. I can't share what I've learned with any level of credibility. I can't legitimately lead others to God's truths about how important it is to treat their bodies well, as His creations, until I get my own cravings under control.

As I come to the end of the Proverbs 31 Ministry Made to Crave online bible study, I'm humbled. I don't know exactly what discipline is going to look like for me in the coming weeks and months. I don't know exactly how it's all going to go and how it's all going to work out.

But, what I do know is that I want to figure it out, with God's help.

Because … He is the God who …

"...equipped me with strength and made my way blameless. He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights. He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great. You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip." 
Psalm 18:32-36

I find so much comfort in these verses! And I hope you do as well :) 


  1. I can 100% agree with you when you say "discipline and maintaining positive change is just so stinkin' hard." Character building and taking the easy way out do not go hand-in-hand. One day at a time and baby steps moving forward and then taking the lessons we've learned forward is how we live. Making good choices don't always happen, but there's wisdom in the bad choices. We're learning what's good and true! I did find comfort in the verse you shared and I enjoyed reading your post. Thanks for sharing. Blessings on your journey sister :)

    Trish (P31 OBS Blog Hop Team)

  2. I'm a 'runner' in some areas of my life too. As easy as it is to run, my issues never get resolved. Sometimes I try to resolve them myself- which doesn't work well for me. :) I like how you mentioned that this study humbled you. I totally think that God can do great things with us when we are humbled. I'm believing that God will help you figure your plan out.

    Heather (Group 40)

  3. thanks Christa for sharing Psalm 18:32-36, with the strength of the Lord, we will maintain consistency.

    1. You're welcome, my dear! Hope your trip is going really really well!!! :)