12 So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. 13 Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.
I am attempting to loose some weight by eating better and exercising. This is not enjoyable to me at all. But I know that if I don't give up and I discipline myself then the reward will be well worth it.
I have a lot to learn when it comes to being a good wife and mother. Having my failures brought to light is not enjoyable, but if I can learn from them I know that they will help me to grow.
As a child of God, I want to be disciplined to study God's word daily. To be knowledgeable about the Word and to develop a deeper relationship with my Lord. When I fall and fail, as I always do, it's not pleasant. Growth can be painful. I know my daughter is going through a growth spurt because she will often wake up in the night crying because of pains- growth pains. Just as our physical bodies grow and experience changes and pains, so do our spiritual selves. There are things in my life that God has asked me to put aside. I have had to "die to self" and sometimes that is really not easy. Sometimes I kick and pitch a fit, moan and grown, and tell God how it's not fair. That little thing in my life isn't that big of a deal. Everyone else is doing it, why should I feel convicted about it when no one else seems to be? But God says, "My relationship with you is personal, don't compare it to anyone else. Will you choose to live for you or for Me?"
Hebrews 12:10 God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness.
Do you want to share in God's holiness? I know I do. Sometimes it seems like a pretty impossible goal. Sometimes I'd rather just take the day off and be selfish and just do what the rest of the world is doing, but God has called me to something better. He has called you also. He calls all of His children to live a better life. To step out of the world's standards and norms and hold themselves up to a higher standard. That includes what we choose to talk about, what movies and tv shows we watch (ouch), our actions and attitudes toward others.
God has had to administer some discipline in my life lately. No, it's not enjoyable, but I know that it is good. It means that God loves me, that He calls me His own- His child. I have to discipline my own children, and although it may seem to them that I am just being a mean Mommy, the truth is that I have to discipline them for their own well being. If I let them do whatever they wanted then they would probably end up in prison or dead. Little people need big people to lovingly guide them and train them in the ways they should live.
Is God working on something in your life right now? Take time to let God. I know that sometimes there are areas in your life that you just don't want to address. You want to push them to the side and not think about them. You don't want to pray about them, because deep down you know that they are not good or Godly. We can't hide from God. We can only grow when we are ready to face the growing pains.