7 Disciplines That Grow You – 28

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Sorry this podcast update is late. I wanted to pause and reflect yesterday on TEN years of blogging. If you’ve missed the 10 Things I’ve Learned About Blogging, click here.

The Gist:

I’ve heard it said that the grass isn’t greener in your friend’s yard, it’s greener where you water it. The same is true of our spiritual lives. If we want to grow like crazy, we have to water our spiritual life with disciplines. This used to stress me out because the word discipline doesn’t sound winsome or fun or creative. It sounds downright pedestrian.

But as I’ve walked further in this spiritual journey and looked back at the times I grew the most, I realized that I grew during times of surprising spiritual disciplines. You may have already read books on spiritual disciplines, but stay with me a bit longer. These seven disciplines are not your typical ones, and you may be surprised how refreshing and rejuvenating they’ll become.

  1. Discipline one: Small Obedience.   
  2. Discipline two: Secrecy.
  3. Discipline three: Creativity.
  4. Discipline four: Forgiveness       
  5. Discipline five: Rest         
  6. Discipline six: Singing
  7. Discipline seven: Heaven

Scriptures:

“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities” (Luke 16:10, NLT).

“You diligently studythe Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life” (John 5:35-40, NIV).

“I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness—secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name” (Isaiah 45:3, NLT).

“Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength, but you would have none of it” (Isaiah 30:15, NLT).

“I will shout for joy and sing your praises, for you have ransomed me” (Psalm 71:23, NLT).

“If the work survives [the fire], the builder will receive a reward. But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames” (1 Corinthians 3:14-15, NLT).

Quotes:

“Holding onto offenses to the point that we dangle them in front of our foes only makes us miserable. And it proves, in a roundabout way, that we haven’t really understood God’s giant forgiveness of us. We have a mountain of offense between us and the Almighty, yet our friend has a molehill of offense between us. Why is it that we can accept the mountain and not forgive the molehill?” Mary DeMuth

“Humility is relentless honesty with ourselves about ourselves. And humility is desperate hunger for God to change that which is amiss within us. Humility lets us see ourselves as we really are. And humility helps us live in daily yearning for God to have his way with us.” Mary DeMuth

“How is it that two people can read the same Bible, pray to the same God, worship at the same altar, throw money in the same plate, and yet one becomes increasingly angry and bitter while the other grows more and more thankful and grace-filled?” Mark Buchanan,  from this article.

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