Friday, April 21, 2006

Fridays - Your Turn To Talk, Blog World

I had this idea while blow drying my hair this morning. :)

Fridays will become your turn to talk. I have some of the wisest friends in the whole world - I love hearing you pour out your thoughts. Maybe we can do this every week. I'm a Language Arts teacher, so consider it your morning prompt (go, Christopher Lee, go)

There's something on my mind and I want to hear what YOU have to say about it... so don't feel silly, but post your thoughts. If you have time or whatnot...

TOPIC # 1 - What are your thoughts on disciplining yourself? In general or specifically in regards to spiritual disciplines? I know people who wake up at 5 every day of their lives, never drink cokes, run 3 miles without a sigh, read 2 books a week, etc. (Some of you!) When life gets REALLY busy, how do you manage your time and keep up? Feel free to share your experiences, verses, thoughts, frustrations with the topic. And someone has to go first or no one else will. Counting on you, Slade. Joey dear - want your thoughts, too. :)

9 comments:

gerlthouse said...

My thoughts are up, Miss Moore. Thanks for the prompting to think about these things.

Mrs. Jamie Butts :) said...

Those of you who don't have Blogs, feel free to just comment your thoughts. I think I have it fixed where non-Bloggers can comment. Erin and I are hoping to learn that we're not the only people that struggle in this area. :)

Michael Stone said...

I gave a stab at it on StoneLife this morning.

Good idea to give us all a topic. We need to do this more often.

gerlthouse said...

Agreed. I'm up for it whenever.

Kevin & Becky Peek said...

If only more could be said...Jamie, seeing how I have not talked with you in a while, I shall greet you in my post, Hello. I hope all is well. I must quickly respond though for time is short. I must first apologize for I am one of those. You may be asking who is "one of those". They are the people who read your blog and do not respond. Apologies to the Gerlts and Stones as well. But in brief, I find myself wanting to grant more of a response, but in order to do so, I would have to neglect the discipline of studies which are currently pressing. But I do like the idea of prompts and hopefully after finishing finals, and two papers I will be more able to respond to them.

Mrs. Jamie Butts :) said...

Kevin.. wow, it's really you. We haven't spoken since your wedding... what's up with that!?! Praying for you and Becky. I know it's tough. Hoping to see you both soon. :) Lord willing...

Praying for Terra.

Mrs. Jamie Butts :) said...

When I said, "Kevin, I know it's tough" - I mean to say "busy"... I hear you have mega papers coming up and I know you are both working! So, correction, Blog World, "Kevin, I know it's' BUSY"

Joey said...

You asked for my thoughts- The way I see it, disciplining yourself is just the process of developing a permanent habit,of making something a part of who you are. For example, I've been getting up early for Bible study and prayer since junior high. No room for pride there- I wouldn't even call it a discipline. It's become ingrained into my daily routine, no matter how busy I am. Same thing with not drinking cokes. Other things, however, I have to work hard at to make them habits. Those I would call disciplines. And until they become habits, those areas are where the frustration and begging for grace come into play. And I think if before you begin a new discipline, you sit down and think about why you are going to do it, like Jamie did with blogging, doing it will be easier and more purposeful-you'll be motivated and spurred on...as opposed to cluttering your life with aimless, prideful, and frustrating disciplines.

Rebekah said...

Let me first say, thank you Joey, for sharing your thoughts. They were a blessing to me.
I have SO many struggles in this area, especially when it comes to balancing the requirements of mothering an almost two year and keeping up with other housewife/motherly duties while trying to find a time to sit quietly and read, pray and think over God's Word.
I believe that self-discipline ought to be a trade mark of a Christian's life, in some form or another. The area of personal devotion is an especially critical one to our staying close to Christ and maintaining our level of joy, stedfastness, etc.
Saying all of that, I cannot say that I am necessarily a disciplined person. It is however an area in which the Lord is dealing with me more and more. I believe it's something that demands more of my focus and an area in which I covet much prayer!
So, Miss Jamie, those are my thoughts for tonight. Thank you drawing all of us into this discussion. You have been and continue to be an encouragement to me and an example of a Godly young woman!
I love you and am praying for you!