Archives for March 2008

Mar 18

Procrastination or Lack of Discipline?

Hi! If you are visiting my blog for the first time, welcome:) Many of you may have ventured over here due to the fact that my devotion was on the Proverbs 31 or Crosswalk website. If so, thanks for stopping by. I hope you will feel comfortable enough to share your thoughts, whatever they may be. Feel free to post, I’d love to hear new input, ideas, comments, and encouragement … if you have some to share.

Procrastination is really what the devotion was about today. Even though I don’t believe I ever mentioned the word, Today is Tomorrow is about breaking the habit of procrastination.

If I’m honest, I have to tell you that I am probably one of the best procrastinators this world has ever known. Even though some of my best work is done in the final hour, the stress and panic it brings to my life plus the chaos it brings to my family’s life is not worth it. When I think back over the years of my life, I even remember doing my homework on the bus on the way to school, when I should have done it the day before. And that was when I was in the 2nd grade!!!!

Just like Scarlett O’Hara, I’ve put off things, tasks, and responsibilities off until tomorrow for too long. Plus, I’m old enough to know better! Even though procrastination is a problem for me, it’s really not the main problem in my life. It’s a bi-product of the real problem, which is more serious: Discipline.

Discipline by defintition (and I’m including all 6) is: 1. punishment (I knew it!..just kidding) 2. instruction 3. a field of study 4. training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character 5. self-control 6. a system of rules governing conduct or activity (from Merriam-Websters online dictionary)

I have great intentions of being disciplined. I can make the best plans. I usually get off to a great start. But then somewhere along the way, I fizzle out. My discipline fades.

There are 2 great ways that I have found to develop a healthier pattern of discipline. The very best is to seek God first every single day, being totally aware and dependent on Him … and not just first thing in the morning, but continuously during the day. The other way is to seek help from another person, some healthy accountability. It’s great when you can enlist someone else to help you. It doesn’t mean that you are weak because you can’t do it yourself, it means you are smart because you’ve realized your weaknesses and you are wise enough to get help!

I will tell you, that I have not mastered this Today is Tomorrow thing, but I am trying. I developed another blog titled I Am Beautiful (http://www.beautifulp31.blogspot.com/) to help myself and others with discipline, self-image, weight control, and to combat my negative thought life. I needed help in this area so I decided to turn it into something positive. Just last night, Joy, who I met by blogging, posted a comment saying that I hadn’t posted my progress in 3 days. She is holding me accountable for the goals I posted on there! Now I have to tell her that I haven’t posted because I haven’t exercised in 3 days and for 2 days I’ve had a pity party for myself!!!!

To sum this up, I’m tired of putting off what needs to be done today until tomorrow. It makes me crazy! Whether you call it procrastination, lack of discipline, or whatever, it’s not good. Join me in making a change, won’t you? Or if you have some great insight to share on how you keep it all together, I’d love to learn from you:)

Have a great day!
Much Love,

Melissa
***to read today’s devotion, visit http://www.proverbs31.org/.
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Melissa
Mar 17

I will never leave you or forsake you.

Have you ever really thought about the magnitude of that sentence? Who else on this earth can you honestly say will never leave you? Never forsake you?

God knows us better than anyone knows us. He even knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows EVERYTHING. It blows my mind that NO detail of my life is hidden from Him. Yet while others may walk in and out of my life for one reason or another, the Lord will never leave.

I find myself praying and asking God, “Why Lord? Why haven’t you given up on me yet? I let people down all the time. I mess us regularly. I screw up Your plans for my life through disobedience. How could you stick with me through all of this?”

His answer came to me through scripture. Today it was 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 and Joshua 1:5.

“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in
Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his
Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to
come.”
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (NIV)

God gave me (and you) 2 gifts as believers:
1-seal of ownership….WOW! I belong to God! It doesn’t matter what anyone else says about me or thinks about me. I belong to God. No one can take me away from Him.

2-the Holy Spirit….Double WOW!! The Holy Spirit guarantees that salvation is mine NOW, and I will receive more when Christ returns. The Holy Spirit brings comfort and power to my life today. It’s like a deposit of the benefits of eternal life. (NIV, Life Application Bible)

“No one will be able to stand up against you all the
days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will
never leave you nor forsake you.”
Joshua 1:5 (NIV)

Did you get that? God is on my side, He’s on your side too provided you invite Him there. (and once you do He will not leave you) Notice it says, “all the days of your life”. We may not conquer nations like Joshua did, but every day we face tough situations, difficult people, and temptations. God promises He will never abandon us or fail to help us.

The world may not understand us. All we can do is draw closer to God. If we let Him, He will fill us with His love and truly that is what matters most. If we can start there, He will put the rest of our lives in order.

Blessings,

Melissa

Melissa
Mar 14

My new friend….


Just FYI…until I can get back and post for real. I did not post this
title or this picture.
My blog was hi-jacked by Renee Swope today.
She put this picture on here. I hope anyone viewing enjoys it.
Make sure to stop by Renee’s blog and tell her how much
you loved Melissa’s new friend:) You can find a link to her blog
in the sidebar of mine.

Also I just wanted to warn you. Beware of Blogging Hi-Jackers! They look so innocent. They come in all shapes and sizes. Renee had a unsuspecting partner named “Pearls”. That’s all I’ll say.

Melissa

Melissa