Daily Discipline

I posted this last year on Facebook. “We are given an opportunity day by day to grow in knowledge and holiness. If I miss watering our garden, the plants wither and are in danger of dying. It is the consistent process of watering which nurtures a garden. Our life is not unlike a garden which needs to be carefully and diligently watched over. All the cares of life, the mindless reach toward social media, the lack of personal discipline rob us of the fruit of true joy. “Oh, I’m too busy to study the Bible each day,” some exclaim. Even I tell myself, “Oh, are you too busy to get on Facebook, play a game, watch a news program, a game show?” I personally have not received a paycheck from anyone of these companies or endeavors. But what I do receive from the disciplined daily study of His Word far outweighs my personal investment of time. Do we neglect that which gives life to our soul?

To which Alfreida More responded, “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful, later on it yields the peaceable-fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it!”

“Let me hear a reference!”

Yes! Hebrews 12:11.

Photo of my loving bride, Elizabeth my faithful companion on the journey to the heavenly city for the last 41 years. We love gardening together, reading the Word, communing with God, our Redeemer King Jesus Christ, taking daily walks and speaking of noble things and meeting pilgrims along the road of life. We have also honorably been called troublemakers by our friends and not so honorably by those who know not what they do.

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James and Elizabeth Stephens

James and Elizabeth Stephens presently live in Southern California and have been married since 1978. In 1999, James completed a MA in Intercultural Studies specializing in Leadership Development and in 2010 Elizabeth completed an Associate in Science in Business Information Technology.

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