GOD KNOWS THAT for transformation to happen, we must dig deep. To bring order and direction to our lives and to invest them fully with the power of the Holy Spirit, we must be disciplined. Not punished, as discipline is commonly understood, but held to the highest standard, voluntarily. That is, we must dedicate ourselves to the practice of spiritual disciplines such as prayer and worship, confession and fasting, and sacrificial service and giving, in order to align ourselves with God’s will.
—Wendy LeBolt, Made to Move: Knowing and Loving God Through Our Bodies (Upper Room Books, 2019)
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Now, discipline always seems painful rather than pleasant at the time, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
—Hebrews 12:11 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, help me put my love for you in motion: reaching to hold, lifting heavy loads, showing up when it counts, applauding to share my joy.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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