Have I ever been more excited for a new month? Never.
To my Dallas people, y’all we only have a few more weeks of heat. WEEKS.
Like most women, September releases this powerful and wonderful basicness that’s always hard to deny. Pumpkin spice lattes, friday night lights, and cooler temperatures. Is there anything sweeter?
September, I love you and you are so welcome here.
Around here, a new month means a new theme to study. Last month we studied patience and I ended up learning a lot of things about myself that were tough + and very edifying. Sanctification is real, y’all.
This month, we’re studying Discipline.
Honestly, I couldn’t be more excited. Two years ago I would cringe at the word “discipline.” Discipline used to be scary and boring – mainly because I didn’t understand and because I didn’t really have much. Through some hard lessons from the Lord and through getting punched in the face by the real world a few times, my self-discipline is something that makes me really proud.
I’ve fought for it and grown it into something that greatly affects how I live, how I serve, and how I seek the Lord.
Learning God’s perspective on discipline has changed everything for me. Truly, everything.
I’m one of those people who are easily seduced by busyness. I’m the queen of having so much to do and yet getting nothing really done. Do you get that? I love being productive and crossing things off of my list. I’ve been like this my whole life and it was only a few years ago that I realized I wasn’t being productive in a healthy way and that I was rarely getting the right things done. When I was getting the right things done – prayer, spending time in God’s word, serving the Kingdom, and building Godly community – I wasn’t getting things done the right way. These were simply items on my grand to-do list. The quicker I got them done, the better.
That’s not the way, friends. This way of “practicing discipline” builds up self-righteousness in a nasty and powerful way. This way takes away intimacy with God. It stifles the Holy Spirit inside you and it disables you from being the hands and feet of Jesus.
My main purpose throughout the month of September is to challenge the way you spend time with the Lord, how much time you give to the Lord, and how you practice discipline on your daily life.
If you’re ready to put in some work this month, stick around. I already believe in you and am praying for strength only God can provide.
“No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.” Hebrews 12:11
– Caitlin –