Maintaining discipline has never come easy to me. Timeliness and schedules are like a thorn in my side! I’ve always considered myself a free spirit, and these things feel more like a burden than something that is beneficial to me.
But as I’ve matured, I’ve grown to see how much living a disciplined life is so crucial to your success. And, especially after becoming a mother, I’ve realized more than ever how living an undisciplined life can negatively affect my family.
My children need and thrive off of schedules and routines, so I knew I needed to make some major changes!
I still find myself falling short daily but my prayer is that I continue to seek God in His wisdom as he empowers me to live a more disciplined life.
If you are like me and find yourself struggling with self-discipline pray this prayer with me so that God will help you in this area of your life:
Lord, your word tells me that for the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those that have been trained by it.1 I know that if I love your discipline, I love your wisdom, but if I hate your discipline, then I am unwise.2 For I know that your word is a lamp and your teaching a light to me, and the reproof of your discipline is my way to life.3 For I have the desire to do what is right but not the ability to carry it out.4 Please strengthen me, oh God. For I know you did not give me the spirit of fear but of a sound mind and self-discipline.5 Thank you for your grace and mercy. In Jesus’ name, Amen.