Read a really interesting article about self control. According to research those who appear to have more self control than others seem to actually be tempted less often than those who struggle more with self control. There are so many things to chew on in this article but another quality that those who have better self control is planning. An example it sighted was wanting to get up early. Those who are successful plan ahead and put their alarms across the room so that they can be more successful in rising early. If they are trying to eat better they pick a route that doesn't pass in front of a donut shop. Made me wonder how much of my struggle with self control could be avoided if I did things like did a better job at self care. Guess which kind of parents are less likely to loose their cool? Well rested, well fed, gas not empty, and not over scheduled and busy parents. It seems there are certain actions that I can take to help with "self control" but there seems to be a lot that really needs to just be surrendered to the Lord. There's a limit to one's ability to manufacture self control and it seems when we fail guilt and shame is often what ensues afterwards. I will be chewing on this one for awhile. What to do for those of us like me who really stink at planning?? Oy! Looks like the answer is Jesus. Want more self control don't be self reliant.
Oh the Lord is good! Humbled by His great love and mercy for me.
"Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song."
Psalm 95:1-2 NIV
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