Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Broken down walls...... Part ONE....

Proverbs 25:28 "Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self control."

hmm.... walls, city, self-control??

I have been re-reading through my journal lately.
Something I wrote back in January really jumped out at me.
What are walls?? They provide protections (by keeping things in or out), create boundaries, create an identity. They provide safety, security and freedom. The strength of my walls is directly related to my self-control!!! YIKES! What kinds of "walls" can be broken down in my life if I lack self control?
  • Financial
  • health/physical fitness
  • purity (in thoughts, word and actions)
  • time management
  • education
  • relationships
  • spiritual growth
  • respect
  • peace
  • organization
  • simplicity
  • routines/order
  • priorities
  • balance
What does self control in those ares look like?? Self control is not just NOT doing something, self control is discipline to DO the things that need done. Self control is the BALANCE of the NOT and the DO.

God, what else do you have to say to me about this??

Prov 31:11-12 "Her husband has full confidence in her, and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good and hot harm, all the days of her life."

Prov 31:27 "She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness."

WOW... God you do have more to say to me about this... directly relating to my daily life!

The Proverbs 31 woman (admit it, we love to hate her!) takes care to protect the "walls" in her life: her home, her husband and her children. She does not reap the consequences of idleness, she lives out the blessings of diligence. If she idled away her time she wouldn't be able to keep the walls up and secure and her husband, her children and her home would suffer harm!

I am not naturally born organized. I am not naturally strong in the area of routine and order! I am a very creative person by nature.... I don't want to do the same thing, the same way every day... BORING! The good news: God is a creative God, but he is a God of order and balance. I can live in self control without becoming a dud. I can find FREEDOM in self control! I can keep the very important walls in my life intact so that I can ENJOY life!! What our flesh wants to reject is really what we NEED! Just like my 3 year old fighting his nap!

How can we practice self control in our daily lives to keep our walls strong?? I will be continuing this post tomorrow and share with you more of what God has been trying to teach me... sometimes I can be a slow learner! Visit here for more Wellness Wednesday posts.

Part TWO



tammi said...
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tammi said...

Oooo, you've just pricked me in the seat of my conscience!! Will-power/self-discipline are hugely lacking in my life right now. This is such a good post!

If you're looking for the Living Well group and Mr. Linky, we'll actually all be over at the official Live Well Wednesday page again tomorrow. I was just guest hosting for two weeks.

And I'll probably be taking the next three weeks off ~ well, from posting Live Well Wednesdays anyway. My summer is half over and I'm still spending more time here at the computer than I said I was going to! With joining the "Mary Spirit Mondays" Bible study and participating in LWW each week, that's two "obligatory" posts each week. If I want to keep it down to just two or three posts per week, that doesn't leave a whole lot of room for just posting whatever I want, so something's gotta go!!

(the deleted comment was mine. I saw a glaring grammatical error and then ended up writing a whole new paragraph.... ugh, I really need to get to bed!!)

tammi said...

PS. Here's the link: CWO's Live Well Wednesdays.

Okay, NOW I'll leave you alone!!

More than Survival said...

Thank you, Tammi, for leading me to the right place to join in with "Wellness Wednesday"!

Tami @ This Mom's Delight said...

Did you write this on my behalf?!? LOL I can relate. ~Tami

penguinsandladybugs said...

Wow!! What a great post! I love the comparison to our flesh fighting what we truly need, like the toddler fighting the nap. God sometimes is just trying to put us down for naps--we can be fussy babies, can't we? =0)

Darlene Schacht said...

That was awesome! I want to come back to this often. It's so rich in scripture and thought provoking. Thank you.

Denise said...

Such a great post, thank you.