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Offline NightOwl

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Discipline
« on: October 04, 2012, 08:14:58 PM »
How do I attain it? I am so lazy in my spiritual life it's insane. Maybe I need a couple fire and brimstone sermons or something...  :-\

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Re: Discipline
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2012, 08:40:33 PM »
When you figure it out, please let me know.
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Re: Discipline
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2012, 09:18:43 PM »
Join the Marines.
If you will, you can become all flame.
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Re: Discipline
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2012, 12:24:37 AM »
Join the Marines.

Lol I thought about it once. Although it would probably be a non-combat position in the Army.

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Re: Discipline
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2012, 07:26:27 AM »
Pray. Attend services. Pray more. And offer it up to God. You don`t even have to say a word. He knows, He hears you. He is there for you.
What you (me too and so many else need to try doing) is to let Him reach to you and through you.
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Re: Discipline
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2012, 08:41:48 AM »
How do I attain it? I am so lazy in my spiritual life it's insane. Maybe I need a couple fire and brimstone sermons or something...  :-\

Or a crisis in your life,


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Re: Discipline
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2012, 02:21:43 PM »
I found this podcast helpful in the midst of angsting and procrastinating over a big assignment:
http://ancientfaith.com/podcasts/closetohome/first_things_first
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Re: Discipline
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2012, 02:46:44 PM »
Procrastination and inconsistency are two of my greatest flaws.  Thanks for the podcast link... I'll listen to it later after kids are in bed.  (See????? There I go again! Ack!  :o ::))
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Re: Discipline
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2012, 06:03:44 PM »
A good sermon always brings me back to my senses... and the thought of hell, but usually only for a little while.
Maybe the only cure to lack of discipline is self-discipline?

Speaking of procrastination, I have a final cumulative exam of 40 chapters on Tuesday. I see myself cramming Monday night.

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Re: Discipline
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2012, 11:34:06 PM »
How do I attain it? I am so lazy in my spiritual life it's insane. Maybe I need a couple fire and brimstone sermons or something...  :-\
What kind of discipline are you specifically trying to develop?


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Re: Discipline
« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2012, 05:06:23 PM »
Try fighting your vices. You will see that the bad things you do which you often did not take very seriously do actually hold a serious grip on you, and that through fighting them you will need to constantly pray and keep yourself occupied when you feel tempted. Ultimately this will help you develop spiritual discipline.
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