Monday, February 21, 2011

What I'm Praying For This Week: Self Control

I have spent the last week  purposefully leaving sugar out of my diet.  5 years ago that would have been an impossible struggle. 1 year ago it would have been possible, but not without some mental struggle.  This week it was cake walk.  All I had to do was prepare my mind, decide to follow through and it was done!  For Randy, that's a no-brainer.  He's pretty much always functioned that way.  He's goal-oriented so all that was needed for him was to make a decision.  When we got married, his self-control baffled me.  Life just never worked that way for me.



This week I am praying for self-control mostly because I know that its possible to learn it.  I've learned it in one very specific area and I see the need for it in EVERY aspect of my life.  Just about any problem I may have can be traced back to a lack of self-control.  Think of the people you know in the midst of unfortunate troubles - marital problems, addictions to alcohol or drugs, money issues, gossiping, all manner of bad attitudes, etc. - and you'll find someone who struggles with self-control.  Sometimes instead of praying for generic 'help the problem get better' prayers, it feels good to focus on something that can specifically improve lives in many ways.  We all could use help in following through to those goals we've been struggling to get to.
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