I can not even remember the last Friday that I brought a “Fresh Word Friday” to “Sweet Tea”.
As I have pursued God’s Word this past week about balance and priorities, the word DISCIPLINE has been rolling around in my mind and heart.
When I hear or even THINK, the word discipline, I get ready for fun to go BYE-BYE!!
treadmill verses rocking chair and good book
skinny latte verses White Chocolate Mocha
car wash verses a good movie
“sale” racks verses “New Arrivals”
DISCIPLINE is just NOT a “fun” sounding word to me.
A have have a very old book on my bookshelf titled “Celebration of Discipline” by Richard Foster, originally published in 1978.
time in my garden–just for fun, not because I NEED to
time just meditating on God’s goodness–not working on a 3 point outline or a book chapter
I have some signs in my life that tell me when it is time to regroup.
Mr Foster says in his book, ” The disciplines of the spiritual life call us to move beyond surface living into the depths. They invite us to explore the inner caverns of the spiritual realm. They urge us to be the spiritual answer to a HOLLOW world.”
He goes on later to say, “JOY is the keynote of all of the spiritual disciplines. The purpose of discipline is FREEDOM from self interest or wordly measures”.
As a deer longs for water, so I long for you God.
I thirst for God, the living God.
As the heart pants and longs for the water brooks
so I pant and long for you o God,
My inner self thirsts for God,
for the living God.
A white tailed deer drinks from the creek;
I want to drink God,
deep draughts of God.
I am thirsty for God alive.
Mr Foster closes his first chapter with these words:
That is the kind of discipline that I desire and purpose to maintain in my life.