How To Have The Abundant Life

By October 14, 2011Get Inspired

A NOTE FROM KAT: Today’s guest post is from Katie Orr, my dear, faithful friend who helps create the Maximize Your Mornings Bible Studies each session. Katie blogs at Do Not Depart.

Life More Abundant

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I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. -Jesus
(John 10:10 ESV)

I didn’t wake up today and say “I think I am going to try to fail as much as possible today!” No! I woke up longing for the abundant life Jesus promised, yet so often my life is not filled with much abundance (except in laundry and dirty diapers!)

If I am to experience fruitfulness in my life, there are two components which must be true of my days.

The Need for Self-Discipline.

I long to live the disciplined life. One which results in me and my family spiritually thriving, physically healthy, and living with devotion to the eternal.

I don’t pretend that these things are true of me. I have a long way to go, but without self-discipline I cannot expect these characteristics to become evident in my life.

Getting up at the crack of dawn is no fun, but if I want to experience the fruit of a deep relationship with Jesus I must spend regular time with Him in His Word. If mornings are the only way I can do that, then mornings it is.

The abundant life takes time, perseverance and hard, hard work.

I discipline my body and keep it under control… (1 Corinthians 9:27 ESV)

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 3:14 ESV)

The apostle Paul understood this, that self-control is a must in living the Christian life. Yet, Paul also knew that governing ourselves is not enough.

The Need for Dependence

How foolish can you be? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort? (Galatians 3:3 NLT)

I must learn to become dependent on the Spirit of God. My best efforts are futile without the working of the Holy Spirit in my life.

Even if I were to find a way to manage my every step, there is no way I could even touch the construction needed to be done in my heart. That is a work of God alone.

The Secret to the Abundant Life

Here it is, plain and simple.

I must be disciplined.

I must depend on the Spirit of God.

I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit…Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. (Ephesians 3:16.19 NLT)

 

A Resources Giveaway

To help us in our efforts, we have some resources to share with you!

  • An e-copy of Savoring Living Water: How to have an effective quiet time, by Lara Williams and Katie Orr (that’s me!)

    • A practical how-to method for studying the Bible on your own.
    • Tips on connecting with God in a meaningful way through journaling and scripture memory.
    • Ways to deal with the distractions that inevitably arise during a quiet time.
    • How to apply God’s word to the moments of daily living.
    • …and much more.

This is a great, easy to read study of Romans 8. It reads like a book, with lots of personal examples and practical teachings on what it looks like to allow the Spirit of God to permeate and affect your days. You can also read my own review of Walking in the Spirit here.

How to Enter

Which do you struggle with the most? Self-discipline or depending on the Spirit for your efforts? (Or both?)

Just leave a comment to win!

For extra entries, visit the Crossway site or read more about Savoring Living Water, and come back here and let us know your thoughts!

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  • […] can also enter for a chance to win a copy of Walking in the Spirit over at Inspired to Action, where I am sharing about how to experience the abundant life Jesus […]

  • Avatar Kathy says:

    Walking in the Spirit sounds like the book for me!

  • Avatar Kelly says:

    Yes! The past two days I’ve successfully gotten up for Jesus before the kids woke! Praise Him! But it’s not always the case- could use all the encouragement I can get 🙂

  • Avatar AmandaZ says:

    I definitely struggle with both! I either get so caught up in the self-discipline that I try to rely wholly on myself (which lasts about three whole days), or I focus so intently on the help of the Spirit that I end up staying in bed, snuggling under my covers praying “God, if you want me to get out of bed, just help me” until I fall back asleep!

    Finding the balance between the two is truly difficult for me.

  • Avatar Kylee B says:

    I struggle with both, thank u so much for the encouragement and the chance to win!

  • Avatar Katie says:

    I definitely struggle with self-discipline. It’s so easy to just say ‘i’ll pray later’ or ‘i’ll clean that later’ or ‘i’ll exercise later’ and so difficult to do the duty of the moment and realize how much easier things become when we do them until they become habit!! I would love to read the books in this giveaway!

  • Avatar Erin says:

    This post is so encouraging! God is dealing with me right now in this, and those verses from Ephesians are so encouraging! I long to really live in the power that only God can provide out of the gift that is the Holy Spirit – thanks for writing this!

  • Avatar Peggy says:

    Thankful for God’s patience and help as we walk this road.

  • Avatar Leanne says:

    I a, slowly worlking on my self-discipline…but it yo-yo’s and drives me nuts.

  • Avatar Lia says:

    Both, definitely both. I can be disciplined about getting up early, but I have a hard time just sitting down to be with God, because there are SO MANY things to get done (that get done faster when the kids are still asleep!) I am working on letting go of those…slowly.

  • Avatar Kathy in IN says:

    Self-discipline is the hardest for me.

  • I think probably both. I definitely am at the point where I need to have self-discipline in every area of my life, but also not to neglect the work of the
    Spirit and try to do it on my own. It’s a tough balance!!

  • Avatar Pam Gordon says:

    Definitely both. First, I lack self discipline, I can easily talk myself out of important things, such as exercising, reading the Bible, eating well, etc. by justifying it saying I’m too tired, etc. I also have trouble putting everything into God’s hands. Definitely 2 areas I need to work on.

  • Avatar Kelly says:

    Both, definitely both. I need self-discipline to go to bed on time so that I can wake up for my time with God, and I need to depend on the Spirit throughout the day so that He can live through me.

  • Avatar Dani says:

    Both. I am self-disciplined in some areas, but really need to learn how to depend on the Spirit daily or hourly if needed.

  • Avatar Marissa says:

    Self Discipline!!
    I should be having my quiet time right now, instead I am at the computer reading this very convicting post. It seems so bizarre to me how easily I am drawn to a glowing screen, I’m going to the wrong light.

  • Avatar Kim says:

    I struggle with both. But I appreciate the Hello Mornings Challenge because it is helping me with the discipline part.

  • Avatar holley says:

    Most definitely both! I see my need for self-discipline more clearly than I see my need for Spirit dependance.
    Thanks for the encouragement.

  • Avatar Shonda says:

    I struggle with both!

  • Avatar Shonda says:

    I desire to “savor” so Savoring Living Water would be a great book for me.

  • Avatar Julie says:

    These 2 things are true for me as well!!!

  • Avatar Jill says:

    Oh how I long to be self disciplined, accomplishing all the things I have before me with energy and enthusiasm. BUT, I tend to much more lethargic and procrastinating. I desire to to be all that God wants me to be and called me to be!

  • Avatar Julie says:

    Crossways looks like they have some great books!

  • Avatar Brandi says:

    I struggle most with self-disciple. This is an area that I am working to change now.

  • Avatar Sheila says:

    I struggle with both!

  • Avatar Julie says:

    Your ebook looks wonderful… I really like this part as I often use my blog to journal and grow in God…

    “•Tips on connecting with God in a meaningful way through journaling and scripture memory.”

  • Avatar Valerie says:

    I struggle with both. The encouragement to live for the glory of God with this MYM study has been so sweet. Thanks for the chance to win this giveaway and thanks so much for the time and work you have given to this program.

  • Avatar Danielle says:

    I totally struggle with both! But I have been doing a series at my blog called 31 Days of Discipline, and it has been so helpful for me to walk through the spiritual disciplines. I actually just gave away a copy of Savoring Living Water!

  • Avatar Shawn Bensley says:

    self discipline I suppose, I don’t think we would be in the difficulty we (husband & myself) are in if I had more self discipline (finances). If I were walking closer to God, self discipline would be better.

  • Avatar Valerie says:

    I have visited the crossway site! Wonderful to read about the authors and their books.

  • Avatar Shannon L says:

    Both. I definitely need self-discipline. & one of my favorite ways to remind myself to depend on God & His Spirit is to simply say “walk in His strength cuz you have none”. It’s a simple reminder but oh so hard to follow sometimes. Because it seems we’re hardwired to try to do everything on our own.

  • Avatar Meriidth says:

    Honest answer? I struggle with both. I long to be more self-disciplined, and I can’t live without the Spirit of God. I know from past experience that when discipline leads me to consistent time with God, then I feel more confident in His presence and His spirit leading me. I have been very curious about Romans 8 lately, and would love to have a copy of the book!

  • Avatar Ana says:

    Dear Kat,
    I live in Brazil, and my native language is not English, obviously. I have two woderful kids here with me, and unfortunately another one couldn´t be born. I also work as a psychologist, and know I serve as a bridge between people and God, most part of the times. Though the work is not religious, I am religious and God is the beloved Father of me and the people I help. The point is, I can´t teach what I am not. So my life has been a path I walk inch by inch (sometimes I run, and many times I crawl), trying to be a better person, a better mother, trying to be worthy of God´s unlimited love and care. When I “accidently” found your website, I started to feel stronger and could walk some miles. I really need to thank you (and your guest writers) for my life – and indirectly the lives of many others of whom I care.
    I am more dependable than self-disciplined, but I really look eagerly for improving myself in both areas. And I being helped. Ah! And getting up at 5am, praying, exercising and planning! Thanks!

  • Sigh. I struggle with both, for sure. But if I had to pick one, it’d be self-discipline. Thanks for hosting this giveaway. The ebook sounds very good!

  • Avatar Christie says:

    So glad you referenced 1 Corinthians 9:27. I have GOT to discipline this post- partum body of mine so that it will be strong and healthy if God decides to bless our family with other little ones! Would love to win a copy of both books!

  • Avatar JaimeB says:

    Without a doubt, self-discipline is my biggest struggle! Following through with something until it becomes a habit in my life is a miracle. I don’t fail to realize that I need God in my life in order to succeed, but doing my part is where I falter. I’m actually in a study right now, taking this to heart in order to see change in my life! The MYM Challenge is a great coupling with that!!

  • Avatar Diane Weidenbenner says:

    I struggle with discipline and one discipline that I struggle with is dependence on God. If I spent as much time just doing what I wish to do (getting up early and spending time with God), as I do thinking about it, I’d be the most discipline person I know.

  • Avatar Nicole Goodfellow says:

    For me it is self discipline, I wake up every morning wanting to do what I should but something always seems to take me off the path.

  • Avatar Dawn Clark says:

    I struggle greatly with discipline, especially since I have a sleep disorder that the doctor says can’t be helped, so mornings are terribly hard for me. I am now trying to find an alternate time during the day to spend focused time with the Lord.

  • Avatar Sara says:

    I struggle with both. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  • Avatar Lindsay says:

    I struggle with both. I ‘try’ to be disciplined, but am not depending on the Spirit to give me what I need to actually get up and do the things I need to do to grow in fruitfulness.

  • Avatar Sonya says:

    Wow, great post! I would have to say I struggle with both. I recently downloaded Savoring Living Water and am loving it so far. It’s giving me practical ideas to increase my walk with Him – thank you so much!

  • Avatar Sara Wiggins says:

    I would LOVE both of these! They would definitely go to good use 🙂

  • Avatar brianne happel says:

    self-discipline!

  • Avatar Lauren says:

    I so often forget that my human effort will never be enough! Good reminder.

  • I struggle with self discipline more than anything. It’s easy for me to run to God and ask for His help but I struggle with the simple things of not eating things that are no good for my body.

  • Avatar Dani says:

    Oh I defintately have a problem with the self discipline. I have such good intentions each morning to “live abundantly” but later in the day when I am discouraged by all the constant “laundry and diapers” I turn bitter and moody. Being disciplined to have a faithful and thankful attitude is what I need more of for sure. Help me Jesus!

  • Avatar beth says:

    BOTH!!! I need to work hard in both areas! Thanks for this blog and the opportunity to win.

  • Avatar Miranda says:

    For me it’s both. It hard for me to rely on something other than myself even when it’s the Savior who made me! This resource would really help me.

  • Avatar Kelli says:

    Oh my, I am afraid I struggle with both. I have really started to try and get up early in the morning and spend time with the Lord. Now, I just need to do it every morning instead of two to three times a week.

  • Avatar Heidi says:

    I struggle with both, and I usually err on the side of self-discipline, trying too hard to do it all by myself. I need to remember that what I want is only possible through dependence on God.

  • Avatar Lisa Fischer says:

    While I’m certain I struggle with both, self-discipline comes harder for me. Thank you so much for the encouragement today.

  • Avatar Holly says:

    Both, but probably following through with the self discipline!! Thanks for your website, REALLY enjoying it!

  • Avatar Deana says:

    BOTH!!!! Self-discipline at night – to get to bed on time so that I can actually get up in the morning!! I have started doing my Bible reading at night which I have realized works much better with how things roll in my home right now but I still need a more intentional start to the day!! Also, dependance on the Spirit I believe will be something I will always struggle with, but by God’s grace and through community with other believers I see rays of God’s light shining through my self-reliance 🙂

  • Avatar Christy s says:

    I struggle with both!

  • Avatar MichelleElaine says:

    What an awesome giveaway!

  • Avatar Amanda says:

    I struggle with the self discipline. It is so easy to get defeated by all the things I need to do, and avoid it by distracting myself with other (lazier) things…i do this daily. Lord help me to be self-disciplined in all areas of my life, but mostly in my walk with you.

  • Avatar Tricia says:

    Without a doubt, I struggle constantly with self-discipline. “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

  • Avatar Trezlen says:

    I struggle with both. I have had to depend on myself for a lot of things in my life, which is tiring. It’s lonely and it means that sometimes I don’t always do the things that I should. It also means that I have a hard time depending on others–especially the Spirit–to guide me through my days and nights, through my life.

  • Avatar Courtney says:

    Romans 8 is following me! I just discussed it in a book review on my blog, and now here it is again . . . so that does it, I need help with allowing the Spirit to lead me.

  • Avatar Pam says:

    Both are definitely issues for me. I’ll start out really strong, but then get distracted, sleep in a little, etc. and have to start over.

  • Avatar Sheryl Schnare says:

    Both! I do find it a bit easier to depend on God because I am fully aware of my weaknesses but I struggle with being self-disciplined!

  • Avatar Shannon C says:

    Both for me, too. Perhaps if I had more self discipline, I’d be able to rely on God more because I’d be spending more time with Him!

  • Avatar Terri Tullis says:

    Definitely both. I need self-discipline to be fruitful. I need more dependence to increase my self-discipline. I see them as fitting together like a puzzle, but a puzzle I have yet to figure out.

  • Avatar Tameka says:

    I want to get back into a morning devotion routine. I’ve gone for pregnancy fatigue to Mom of a newborn fatigue. But still the early morning is the only time I KNOW I can fit in for devotion. I’m looking for all kinds of help, outside of a night sitter. 🙂

  • Avatar Daniella says:

    Self-discipline is what I struggle with the most. I can read for days at a time, and see the fruits of that time with God, and then….FORGET. I just FORGET how rich and wonderful His Word is, and I don’t have enough discipline to get back to my morning reading time in the Word. Thanks to God’s GRACE He always finds me and brings me back!!!!

  • Avatar Traci says:

    I read each post and love the info I get, but really todays post spoke to me. Self disciplne is the hardest thing for me. There is no one telling me what to do, which is how I was raised, so, it is very hard to regulate myself. Thank you for all of you!

  • Avatar Melanie says:

    It’s definitely self-discipline for me. Thank you for your wise words and the opportunity to win these books. 🙂

  • Self-discipline is DEFINITELY my struggle. I would LOVE to win a copy of these books!!

  • Avatar Melanie says:

    I really struggle with disapline when it comes to eating. I need to work on self control and give it to God! I also need to trust in God when it comes to money. Trusting he will provide for all of our needs!

  • Avatar Shelly Roy says:

    I struggle with both! My copy of “savoring Living Water” is helping me with self discipline, so a copy of “Walking with the Spirit” seems like a good addition for me!
    Thanks Katie, once again for your insight!

  • Avatar Emily says:

    Definitely the self-discipline is something I need to work on right now…consistent morning rising time, consistent chore schedule, and limited computer time!

  • Avatar Natasha says:

    I struggle with both but definitely more with depending on God…..I have had my eyes opened to my self-sufficiency through the gift of a baby who does not sleep well-leaving me tired and exhausted and physically unable to DO what I usually can do (including getting up early for a quiet time)…..God has taught me He wants me here, in weakness, so that I will cry out to Him and realise “…apart from me you can do NOTHING” Thanks for the great post and the studies!xxx.

  • Avatar April says:

    I think it would be self-discipline. I do well for a few days/weeks and then seem to “fall off the wagon” from time to time.

    Just wanted to say that I LOVED your studies on Philippians and am now doing the Abiding Fruit one. Great, great stuff! Thanks for sharing your passion and talent with us. 🙂

  • Avatar Sarah says:

    Both. However, I also think that if I depended on the Holy Spirit more, I would probably have more self-discipline?!

    I’ve been enjoying the MYM Bible Study! Thanks!

  • Avatar Sherry says:

    I think it is self discipline. I’m trying to start a morning quiet time. Thanks for this post and the encouragement.

  • Avatar Ellen says:

    Hi! I love your website! I am 40somethingish and feel like a complete failure with many parts of my life. I have been married almost 25 years, mostly happily to the same man. I have such a hard time completeing anything…..I am way harder on myself than I prob. should be. you have such good advice. I would love to learn how to do quiet time better.

    Thank you and have a blessed day!
    Ellen

  • Avatar Mary Campbell says:

    Both! For me, self-discipline and depending on the Spirit are wrapped in each other. I need the Spirit to have the self-discipline. It’s always seems easier at the start, most people don’t agree. But at the start I have the passion, the desire is new and burning, but life steps in and I allow one excuse, then another is waiting in the shadows and then another and before I realize it I’m right back at the beginning. If take my eyes off God, the world steps in and takes my attention, I lose my rhythm with the Spirit.

  • Avatar patty says:

    Both! i have struggled with self-discipline for quite some time and at times, i can allow it to bring me down. i can feel like such a failure as a mommy because i often fail to be disciplined in consistently training my kids. it wasn’t until i read this post did i realize how self-discipline and dependence on the Spirit go together! it was if the blinders had been lifted!! thank you so much for sharing this. i would love, love, love to win the books!!!! 🙂

  • Avatar Donna Brown says:

    Somedays both are hard for me.

  • Avatar Nancy says:

    yes and yes! I am thankful for such encouraging resources to keep working at improving!

  • Avatar Jody says:

    I struggle with both and this really spoke to me. I really like the way you broke it down. Thank you!

  • Avatar Sarah Cleaver says:

    I think self-discipline is the biggest challenge for me. I want to get up early to have that time with the Lord, but I stay up too late at night, so I think I should have my time with the Lord at night, but don’t follow through with it…then I pray for the Lord to help me in this area, but I know if I don’t do my part nothing will change! Thanks for this post, to remind me that I really MUST do just these two things, and when I do, I will begin to see the fruit I long to produce. Both of these books look great!

  • Avatar Whitney says:

    Thanks for your openness and encouragement. I know this is something that I struggle a lot with and want to become better at for His sake.

  • Avatar Joyce says:

    Thank you for the verses. I need some more self-discipline.

  • Avatar Lauren says:

    I do struggle with both, but I struggle more with depending on the Spirit. I live and think such a works-based life. I am in the process of learning (praise God) that I am who I am and He accepts me right there. I love your Bible studies – they have taught me so much. Thank you for all of the work you’ve put into the Philippians and fruit of the spirit lessons.

  • Avatar Talitha says:

    I struggle most with relying on the spirit. I try to control and do everything on my own. It is a real struggle but God is teaching me through His word each day.

  • Avatar val says:

    I struggle with both…and quite honestly, even having a desire to try anymore at times.

  • Avatar Sharon says:

    I struggle most with depending on the Spirit

  • Avatar Shannon Van Wye says:

    I most definitely need guidance in both quiet time management and especially with walking in the Spirit.

  • Avatar Melissa says:

    Well, I wind up in this funny little bind when it comes to balancing self-discipline and dependence. It seems the more self-disciplined I get, the less dependent my mindframe becomes… When I “master” (a little bit of ) self-discipline, I start to think that my spiritual life (and parenting life and physical life) are all up to me and so I don’t easily remember my true and utter dependence upon God. But the pendulum swings the other way when I utterly fail at being self-disciplined and return to an in-my-face recognition of my utter dependence upon God. It’s finding that balance — between self-discipline and utter reliance upon God — that I need to find!

  • Avatar Shannon says:

    I would have to day just a few weeks ago my answer would have been self-discipline however now that I have been doing the MYM challenge self-discipline is becoming easier and easier. My sisters in my e-mail group have been such a source of strength. Depending on the spirit is a daily battle. Releasing everything to Christ is what I should do however I am not always good at it. Would love to read the resources.

  • Avatar erin says:

    I definitely struggle with both, but I would say that I probably struggle more with depending on the Spirit because I just plain don’t do it often enough, whereas I’m always trying (often in my own strength) to be more self-disciplined.

  • Avatar Katie T. says:

    Our pastor is preaching through a series on Romans 8 and the Holy Spirit! And, I was just thinking today, “What does it look like for a mom (tired, frazzled, insecure) of little ones to live an abundant life?” Needless to say, this is very timely for me!

  • Avatar kel says:

    I struggle most with depending on the spirit – always trying to do everything myself, forgetting that:
    1. I don’t have to!
    2. Everything I do is imperfect anyway and it is only through God that I can do anything.

  • Avatar Erin says:

    Thanks for sharing those “secrets” aka truths!
    Thanks too, for a chance to win.

  • Avatar Sarah says:

    Have been studying these concepts and learning to ask the holy spirit to help me be disciplined…sounds like these would help

  • Avatar Jenna says:

    BOTH! Especially self-discipline. I’m an instant gratification kinda girl :/

  • Avatar Stephanie says:

    Self-discipline. Think this books sounds great!

  • Avatar ann says:

    I struggle with both, but Maximize Your Mornings has been a HUGE help to me! Really! It has changed my life. Not only the habit of being in the Word every day, but this method of Bible study–the daily questions and reading with an open heart and mind–have truly transformed me. Well, I guess the Word has transformed me, but Maximize Your Mornings has helped me to learn how to let it. Thank you so much, Kat, Katie, Lara, and others!

  • Avatar Julie says:

    I struggle with both, but if I had to choose, I’d have to say self-discipline first. I’ve been working on that, but although I’ve been getting up early to read and pray, I’m nowhere near as effective as I could be. The main problems are how to study the Bible and how to deal with distractions. This ebook would be perfect for me please!

  • Avatar HopeDF says:

    I really struggle with depending on the Spirit. I want to do everything myself and prove that I am capable. So childlike of me…

  • Avatar K. says:

    I struggle with both. Often times, I work so hard at trying to become self-disciplined, that I forget the Spirit. Yet on the flip side, there are times when I’m so tired of trying to be disciplined that I excuse myself from the trying by saying,”Oh, the Spirit will do all the work for me!” Ha!
    I’ve been trying to keep up with MYM…to discipline myself to wake up and meet with Jesus. I was doing great until I FINISHED my “Breaking Free” bible study book. Now that I’m book-less, I don’t know where to start. I’ve been opening the Bible up randomly…and late in the day. I need help maximizing my time in the word with my MYM challenge!

  • Avatar Jessica W says:

    Both! But self-discipline seems to be more of a struggle for me. Thank you for sharing about this book! It looks so helpful!

  • Avatar Caroline says:

    I struggle with both of course, but I struggle most with fear, which leads to a lack of trust and reliance.
    I’m with you, Katie… I MUST depend on Him.

  • Avatar Becky merritt says:

    I struggle with self discipline… Pretty much in most areas of my life (waking up, diet, working out, tv time). This is ridiculous! I need to change.

  • Avatar Nicole says:

    What a great giveaway! 🙂 I’d love to get it… 😛

  • Avatar Amy Nap says:

    I have typically been a self motivated person..
    .disciplined, some would say stubborn. If I set my mind to something I will succeed. However being daily disciplined to read, pray, and exercise had been a struggle for my. I have loved the MYM challenge. While my exercise had been hit and miss I have been better than ever with my reading. Praying doesn’t come easy for me, I find my mind wandering and I loose concentration and then I forget to listen to his still small voice. I desperately need to learn to walk in his Spirit. I love Romans 8. One of my favorite verses is 28: and we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose ….. I know God has called me and I know he has a plan for me. I just need to learn to listen and let his Spirit guide me. I need more discipline to patiently wait for his instruction. Thank you for all the encouragement you have given me. My prayer today is each and every woman feels the touch of God in their lives today and willing we will submit to his power and guidance. Blessings to all

  • Avatar Kel says:

    Hardest for me is self-discipline.

  • Avatar Dawn says:

    I have always struggled with understanding the balance between being and doing. I would love wisdom in this area.

  • Avatar Laura says:

    I struggle with both to be honest. I haven’t been as disciplined the last few years as I need to be. But lately I have been struggling a lot with doing everything and doing it perfectly. Galatians 3:3 just hit me right in the face!!

  • Avatar Johanna says:

    I struggle with both too. Trying to re dedicate myself to a morning practice.

  • Avatar K8yk8yk8y says:

    Self Discipline! Seems to be my lifelong battle- that and procrastination. The Lord continually gives me the blessings of opportunity and I fail again and again, and Again to seize those opportunities.

  • Avatar Nicole says:

    Both! I start of with lots of gusto and it fades too quickly. I then lose focus and try to change EVERYTHING at once. I need to let Him guide me and lean back, letting Him hold my weight.

  • Avatar Maria says:

    Yes, Walking in the Spirit sounds like a book for me too.
    Discilpining myself is a struggle indeed. In the summer I started waking at 5.30 in the morning and having my time with the Lord and it was glorious – until I had a vacation and then when school started, 5.30 is not early enough… now I’m working my way to 5.00 (in 5 minute increments). At the same time I have some new responsibilities at church and the absolute NEED to walk in the Spirit becomes even more apparent…

    Maria in Chios, Greece

  • Avatar Jennifer says:

    I struggle in both areas. Hoping to find the best bible study tool to help me! 🙂

  • Avatar Ursula Liao says:

    I struggle with both equally. 🙁 These sound like really helpful resources for me.

  • Avatar Ursula Liao says:

    Walking in the Spirit sounds like a great guide. The examples and personal stories would be helpful in seeing more of the Spirit in action.

  • Avatar Ursula Liao says:

    Savoring Living Water also sounds like a great guide. I would love to learn more on ways to deal with distractions during a quiet time or tips on connecting with the Lord through scripture memorization.

  • Avatar Crystal Ashworth says:

    I definitely struggle with both areas. I think depending on the Holy Spirit is a teeny bit easier for me, but maybe it’s just when I get to the point of not knowing what to do, I finally turn it over to God. But I should turn it over to Him all day, every day. 🙂 This is my second MYM challenge – and it was easier the first time!! But this session has been harder for me (I blame it on the sun not being up as early – LOL). But I am so grateful for MYM and all of the wonderful ladies I’ve met, and the things I’ve learned. My One Word that I selected at the beginning of the year was “Growth” and I think I have definitely made steps in growth this year. 🙂

  • Avatar Laura says:

    Self Discipline is a toughie for me. I tend to set rules for myself and then chastise myself horribly for not doing them correctly. I set very high standards for myself. When they don’t go right the first time, I give up. Instead of forging on. I teach my children to keep going. I need to listen to my own words. Thank you for all of your blogs. I am learning a lot.

  • Avatar Tiffany says:

    I struggle with both but I’d say lately I am improving in the self discipline area thanks to thinks like Maximize Your Mornings and Good Morning Girls but I still could use some guidance following the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

  • Avatar Tiffany says:

    I visited crossway. I love, love, love the ESV Study Bible but had never checked out the rest of their site. I am in love!! And I”m afraid I must now go repent of coveting. 🙂

  • Avatar Tiffany says:

    I just finished reading Savoring Living Water and am giving away a copy on my blog. I thoroughly enjoyed it! It was such an encouragement and I know I will be reading it again.

  • Avatar Sheila says:

    I struggle with both. I need self-discipline to go to bed on time so that I can get up early enough to be able to spend time with God, but I also need to depend on the Spirit throughout the day.

  • Avatar Laura says:

    I think I struggle with both. I think I have gotten better at being self-disciplined in my spiritual life with MYMs. Depending on the Spirit is hard for me….sometimes more than others. I tend to be a person who tries to control my own destiny…..until I realize (again) that I have no control!! I guess God keeps giving me oppotunities to work on that;)!

  • Avatar Edwina says:

    The most difficult for me is self discipline! Ohhhhhh………..sigh………..sometimes it seems so difficult, yet the Lord is there, I just need to lean on Him-so maybe it is both!

  • Avatar erica says:

    While I do struggle with both, I think self-discipline is much harder for me. I was never taught to be disciplined in anything as a child and it is something I struggle with every day. I am trying to become more disciplined so that I can teach my children to live a more disciplined life as well. It is much easier for me to say, “God, you have to change me! God, you have to work in me!”

  • Avatar Casie says:

    Definitely both, but more so the Self-discipline. I find I prefer to be busy so I have an excuse for not having discipline in certain areas. I long for discipline, but everyday it is a battle within me.

  • Avatar Julie says:

    Both for sure. We have been trying to teach our kids about self control and discipline…trying to rely on ourselves is not enough, we need the Holy Spirit. I am going to summarize this entry for my kids tomorrow morning. Thank you!

  • Avatar K.O. says:

    I struggle with depending on the Spirit instead of depending on myself, which is probably also why I lack in self-discipline. Because I’m too busy relying on my imperfect self!

  • Avatar sandee says:

    Loved your post. This is exactly where I am in my walk right now. I am in a home group at my church, going through Forgotten God by Francis Chan and I am wanting to know more and more how to walk in the spirit. Thank you for the simplicity of the 2 steps. I am making a sign today for my kitchen that says, Today: Have self-dicipline and walk in the Spirit.
    Thank you!

  • Avatar Christy says:

    Well, I realize I’m way late commenting on this post…hopefully I’ll still have a chance at the giveaway. I would LOVE one of these books. Recently I’ve been convicted that I constantly preach at and pray for and work on self-control with my 4 year-old daughter, and yet I myself am severely lacking in that area. How can I expect her to get it if I don’t demonstrate it and embrace it myself? Ugh. So hard to see little mirrors of my sin and struggle in my children. Praying for the Spirit to so fill me that the fruit becomes a real part of me…and so I can pass it along to the little people whose souls matter so much to me!

  • Avatar Pamela says:

    Oh, I struggle with self-discipline! I start out with great intentions but always seem to fail when it comes to a long term commitment to something. I love spending time with God and know how important it is for me, but I lack the self discipline to keep going. Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Avatar Pamela says:

    I read more about Savoring Living Water, it sounds like a great resource. I would love to purchase it someday!

  • Avatar Julie says:

    depending on the spirit is tough for me… i pride myself on my discipline in most areas.