JULY 27, 2013 – DISCIPLINE – Do you have to force yourself to do certain things in life? That’s called discipline! When you force yourself to do those things on a regular basis, long term, your daily discipline then turns into your daily life. When I began running, I forced myself. When I began eating healthy on a regular basis, I forced myself. When I began fasting on a regular basis, I forced myself. When I began worshipping my Lord in a very particular, personal way, for a set amount of time, I forced myself. You are probably thinking, “What? Stacey, you had to force yourself to spend time with Jesus?!” Yep, I sure did, because I wanted more of Him, and that meant I had to give Him more of me; more of my time. Here’s what I love about discipline: When you discipline yourself in one area of your life, it then spills over to other areas in your life because you are becoming a person of discipline. When you discipline yourself everyday, and do not give up, what was once forced now becomes the way that you just live life. I now can’t imagine not running. I now can’t imagine eating foods that are filled with fat and grease ON A REGULAR BASIS (Hey, I will eat a good chicken fried steak from time to time!) I now can’t imagine not spending my specific amount of time with my Lord. What I once forced upon me, has now become me! 1 Corinthians 9:24,26-27  Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. (NKJ)