Rewards of Discipline

sunrise april 008Each morning, before heading out for a walk, I battle my unwilling flesh. My heart wants to seek God in His creation, yet I fight to stay comfortable in my own creations. I desire to be close to God, yet my Bible lays unopened on my coffee table. I long to meet God in prayer, yet I so often give into my wandering thoughts.

There are great rewards in discipline. This morning the blessing of the early morning overwhelmed me. Young eagles soared above my head, reminding me to surrender my desires to a great God, whose ways and thoughts are far beyond my own.

sunrise april 015“Lord, draw my heart.
Break my prideful will and turn me into an obedient vessel,
surrendered to your ways,
which are higher than my own.”
~
“My heart and ways are earthly bound.
My mind and eyes draw from this ground.

God, draw my will to ways above.
Move me to see Your ways of love.

For all Your ways are good for me.
They’re higher than I dare to see.

Your thoughts are not like mine at all.
May Your ways be my will and call.

sunrise april 013“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:9
~
(Pictures and words, Heidi Viars, 2014)

About Heidi Viars

“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth ...” ― C.S. Lewis ..... In my pursuit of self, I found utter darkness. In my pursuit of truth, I found Jesus, who dispelled the darkness by His forgiveness. Now I follow Him and try to understand Him better. I am a wife, mother of 6, blogger and love taking photographs of sunrises.
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30 Responses to Rewards of Discipline

  1. Very inspirational words and beautiful pictures, Heidi. Awesome!

    • Heidi Viars says:

      Dearest Bill, you have been on my mind much these days. As we embark some difficult challenges for our family, God has used you more times than you can imagine, to bring the Unshakeable Hope to my mind. Eternity will bring an opportunity to tell you how much your blog and words mean to me! Many unshakable blessings your way, dearest brother!

  2. Nancy Ruegg says:

    It’s encouraging to know that I’m not alone in my distaste of discipline! I hate exercising, but I do it because I like the results. The same principle of focusing on the rewards can help motivate the spiritual disciplines of Bible study and prayer, scripture memorization and worship. Great blessings await! Thank you, Heidi, for the inspiration!

    • Heidi Viars says:

      Thank you for your words of encouragement, Nancy. I also struggle with memorizing the Word … I am grateful for God’s unfailing love and His patience with us 🙂 Have a wonderfully blessed Easter, dear blogging friend!

  3. Beautiful photos and message, thank you for sharing

  4. Beautiful words, thank you for these important reminders!

  5. pattisj says:

    You said that very well! Nice sunrise.

  6. Good message. Lovely pictures–you are fortunate to live near water!

    • Heidi Viars says:

      I do feel so incredibly blessed, Cynthia … I grew up with lots of woods and water and for the longest time “wandered in desserts” … God has given me this undeserved gift of living in this wonderful area. Thanks for letting me share. Happy Easter to you!

      • Wonderful–my preferred landscape–plus mountains which I am mad about in OR.–And I get it! I am one who strayed from the path too many times despite loving God always. Sober for 23 years. Happy Easter to you and yours, as well!

  7. Debbie says:

    Thank you for encouraging us to be disciplined in such a beautiful way! God bless you , Heidi, and those precious times with Him!

    • Heidi Viars says:

      Thank you for your always encouraging comments. We do serve a wonderful God who longs for us to know His abiding presence. What a blessing it is to share with like-minded brothers and sisters, like you, what He is teaching this stubborn heart. Thanks also for blogging again!!!!! YOU ARE A BLESSING!

  8. Starralee says:

    Beautiful truths, Heidi! Okay, I can’t resist this: I leave my Bible open all the time, so just in case I don’t get to today’s reading–maybe, maybe the Word will mingle with the dust motes in the air and land on my head and heart. (but most days I’m disciplined)

    • Heidi Viars says:

      I love the thought of leaving the Bible open during the day … (and I could really benefit from some dust-osmosis 🙂 ) … Thanks for being such an encouragement and bringing smiles to my day!!! Blessings to you this Easter, dear friend!

      • Starralee says:

        Easter Week is like pre-Christmas, but not. There’s a lot of heavy-duty reflection about the cross–which I used to dwell on way too much and get so depressed that I couldn’t enjoy Easter Sunday at all. But HE’s brought me through all that, so I can be mindful, reflective and pensive, and appreciative–and then truly Celebrate “He Lives!” Have a super Easter–set a place at the table for me, and I’ll put out a plate for you here!

        • Heidi Viars says:

          I will be setting a place for you, dear friend … I think while it might be tad crazy at our place, there is always enough room for one more … after all it’s not really about the room one has in a house, but more about the room one has in the head 🙂 Blessings to you, dear friend!!!

          • Starralee says:

            We should all fly down to Texas and crash my cousin’s Easter bash–talk about crazy, el huge-o crowd of people, lots of good bar-b-q and other foods!

  9. theywhoseek says:

    Heidi, your thoughts bring to mind my own wandering ones. May the Lord give us all minds that stay focused on Him in everything, for everything . . . always! ~ Blessings to you my poet friend ~

    • Heidi Viars says:

      Thank you, Debbie, for your words of encouragement. I am grateful He is so patient with us when the world distracts our wandering thoughts. Have a wonderful Easter, friend!

  10. Oh, I know the feeling. And when I set my mind on Him instead of me, the beauty, wisdom and peace greet me in such amazing ways. I treasure how you capture the beauty that He sets before you. Thank you!

  11. Thank you Heidi, I really needed this today. I’m going to print this up to memorize your lovely words of encouragement. Happy Easter!

  12. Skye says:

    Oh, Heidi…it is so true!! The rewards of a disciplined life are incredibly wonderful!! Praise the Lord!!

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