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Discipline Challenge – Week 3 – Spirit

Well, it’s safe to say that I am a terrible blogger. I hope that everyone starts out so poorly and that I’ll somehow be transformed into a much better (more consistent) blogger with practise. Such is my self discipline, that this week I had to cold turkey Facebook and blogs so that I could get some assignments done! I’m arguing that I had the discipline to use Cold Turkey but I think my logic is questionable!

This week, the discipline challenge is in relation to Spirit.

Women Living Well Discipline Challenge

This is a very interesting challenge for me, as you will see. This week, Courtney challenges us to soak up His word, for at least one minute, first thing in the morning, before we do anything else. Courtney has a wonderful way with words and she explains it here.

Now I would love more than anything to say that I stuck to this rigidly this week… But I didn’t. I am in the final weeks of my final year of college and my assignments have had me up to all hours of the morning and I don’t want to think about how many times I overslept this week :0

However, there is another reason that this is not an easy challenge for me… I DON’T OWN A BIBLE! I know you’re thinking that I couldn’t possibly call myself a Christian and not own a Bible, but hear me out first. I am but a poor (or thrifty!) student. My income at the moment is around €30 a week, sometimes a little more if I get some babysitting work or tutoring and this goes towards supplies for college, car tax etc. At the moment, I put €20 petrol in my car to get to my flat and home again, and I spend €10 on food. And that’s it! I walk to college every morning,  make my lunch everyday and bring some herbal teabags in my travel mug. So as you can see, there isn’t a lot of spare cash left over.

Which brings me to why I do not own a physical Bible – I can’t afford one! Pathetic excuse I know, but this means I had to be creative this week- It’s not called a challenge for no reason people! I was fortunate enough to receive a Kindle for my birthday, which is fantastic, as now I can read all my favourite e-books on the go. It also meant that I could download a free version of the Bible on Amazon! So now, although I can’t leaf through the pages, or ask the Holy Spirit to guide me in what page I read, I can read the Bible on the go, in bed, in the kitchen… everywhere!

Now, as I stated, mornings were manic for me this week, so I did not diligently take the time to read my Bible in the morning. I was lacking in discipline through the semester, and now I’m paying for it… oops! I was also lacking in the discipline to get to bed on time and the diligence to dedicate a bit of time each morning to reading the Bible.

So, I carefully wrote out some verses that I thought might help me in this area.

Diligence:

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

-Romans 12:11

Self- Discipline:

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

-2 Timothy 1:7

(Both NIV)

And I also wrote this out, as I came across it in a time when I was feeling very overwhelmed by all the work and errands I had to do.

The task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

These words that I wrote, sit on carefully cut-out clouds, on the ceiling over my bed. So now I wake up to God’s word every morning (however bleary eyed I am) and I read the Bible on my Kindle between lectures, at lunch time, in bed at night… I just can’t get enough. Courtney, your post was the spark that ignited the passion for His word in me. Thank you.

However you do it, make sure that you take some time to read His word everyday. In one week, this simple action has given me a knew perspective and made me more accountable for my actions. It has given me strength when I needed it and a shove in the right direction at times too. His word has provided for me in ways that I never imagined. If like me, this isn’t something you would normally do, try it for just one week. I promise you, when you see the answers the Bible gives us, for every eventuality, you won’t want to stop!

And for those of you wondering- I cannot wait to buy a real paper Bible, (I’d really love a leather-bound copy!) but I am content that God will provide in His time.

~Positive prayer yields positive results~

-Katie

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The Ironically Entitled Discipline Challenge- Week 2

Understandably, it would appear from my blog that I have little to no discipline! However, bear with me, I am new to this blogging world and it’s going to take me a while to get into the swing of things.

Last week was not a good week for me. I have been in and out of hospital and in a lot of pain and so I was unable to partake in my exercise regime and won’t be able to for a couple of weeks. However the Lord has provided for me in so many ways this week and I have encountered some wonderful healthcare professionals who are really trying to help me manage my condition better. On the flip side,I did get lots of rest and drank lots of water.

This week is all to do with Time Management and there is no excuse for me not to work on this, as in my incapacitated state, I have plenty of time to get things in order!

Time Management in my greatest challenge, and it is purely down to my self discipline. I put everything on the long finger and I often find myself under pressure for tasks that I know I have had loads of time to do. One resource that I have to recommend is Time Management 101 from Money Saving Mom. It is a comprehensive ebook looking at all matters of Time Managemnt and how to create a Time Budget. You can download it free as well so don’t hesitate to get this resource!

Courtney’s challenge this week can be found here.

I’m not going to state all my priorities here but one thing that I’m struggling with is my Bible study and the time I spend studying other Christian resources. I find it difficult to fit it into my day and I usually leave it until the evening when I would much rather sit down and chill out with my love, or watch some telly! Now I work hard at college and I don’t go out often so I don’t want to begrudge myself some down time. However, I am learning that it is far more important to get my priorities in order, before I indulge myself.

I have written out a list of things that I think are important that I incorporate into my daily living. I prayed on this list and funny enough, it has changed a bit. With some thought and prayer, our priorities often change. For example, I now go to bed a half an hour earlier and get up a half an hour earlier. God wants me to make time for my Bible study, I know that! But I need to give it my best and that is not last thing at night. My new priority is to read my Bible and other resources first thing on the morning. I have established a new morning routine and this has made such a difference to my days. The way we begin our day sets the tone for the rest of the day.

I am excited to share with you that I have learnt, making time for God IS making time for me. They are the same. I no longer feel the need to watch brainless rubbish on the telly. My evenings are filled with more of His word and I am enjoying my time spent with the Lord. I have even starting sharing some of His word with my love and while he has not accepted Jesus as his Saviour, he listens with and open mind and this means so much to me.

My next aim is to make some more time for sharing my experiences and my new journey with the Lord with all of you.

How are you arranging your time more carefully? Does spending more time with the Lord actually result in a more productive day?

~Positive Prayer yields Positive Results~

-Katie

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Discipline Challenge- Week 1

So yesterday I spoke about making resolutions following Easter. This morning, when I checked my email, it seemed that Courtney from Women Living Well  had a similar (but far more inspired) idea and so I am linking up with her today. Hop on over to her blog to see the complete explanation of what this challenge entails.

5 weeks - 5 disciplines

What a wonderful idea! It is the push I have been waiting for to get my act together. I suffer from a condition called Hypermobility Syndrome. It is a connective tissue disorder that means my joints dislocate very easily and are often very painful. There is no cure for this- ironically the only thing that can aid the symptoms is… you guessed it- exercise! I don’t do any exercise at all at the moment. I have become so lazy. I use the pain as an excuse not to exercise even though sitting around doing nothing, makes me more stiff and the pain worse. Then that decreases my chances of getting up and actually doing something. When I wirte it down it sounds like a pretty poor excuse! Really I have no excuse, my issue is, I have no self-discipline!

This is why I love Courtney’s idea so much! We can hold each other accountable and progress through the challenges together. Courtney’s challenge to us this week, is to choose one healthy habit we would like to create and maintain over the next five weeks and so here is mine:

I will do 30 minutes of exercise five times a week, drink more water and get eight hours of sleep every night.

It doesn’t seem like much but I know it will make a difference to me and to this body that the Lord has given me to reside in. I plan to find some creative ways to enjoy my exercise more and some creative ways to fit it into the day also. I will keep you posted on my peaks and lows and hopefully encourage some of you to undertake the challenge as well.

Blessings,

~Katie

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