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SIMPLE40 - Day 10 - More Discipline = More Time

SELF-DISCIPLINE Do you desire to have more time in your day? Exercising the virtue of self-discipline well help you make decisions that bring order to your life and your duties. When practiced consistently, discipline helps you to accomplish more and feel less stressed. You will find that you actually have more time at your disposal, not less, and that leads us to simplicity and peace of mind. Self-discipline is not easy for most of us. If you exclude God from the process, it becomes way more difficult than it needs to be. Sometimes, you may have the mindset that you can make it on your own, and will only call on God if things fail. The truth is, things tend to fail because God is left out.

As a follower of Christ, you have the most powerful tool to help stay the course: the HOLY SPIRIT. Call on the Holy Spirit to inspire you to stay motivated and focused as you strive for holiness by growing in the virtues of self-discipline and simplicity. When you slip, stumble, or fall, (because we all do), it won’t change the fact that you can do it, through Christ who gives you strength. It just means you have to keep relying on God along the way, and clinging to His Word for guidance. True self-disciplie is making the choice to keep turning back to God, time and time again. Don't set yourself up for disappointment by going it alone. He is waiting for you to call on Him. Do not delay!

Whoever follows instruction (discipline) is on the path to life, but whoever disregards reproof goes astray. ~PROVERBS 10:17



Prayer for Self-Discipline Good and Gracious God, Help me to form the virtue of self-discipline today by staying focused on you and using the gifts you have given me. You have placed dreams and desires on my heart that no one else has. Guide me on the path to accomplishing these dreams so that you may be glorified. Help me to discipline my mind to keep my thoughts positive and grateful so as to stay focused on my duties and not be distracted by what others are doing. I desire to do your will, and your will alone. Through growing in self-discipline, I have confidence that I can do all you ask of me. Come, Holy Spirit and aid my efforts to grow God's Kingdom here on earth. AMEN



Sleep is so very important. Do you practice discipline in the area of rest and sleep? One simple, powerful way to practice self-discipline in regards to sleep is the "Heroic Minute" as described by St. Josemaria Escriva.

"Conquer yourself each day from the very first moment, getting up on the dot, at a fixed time, without yielding a single minute to laziness. If, with God's help, you conquer yourself, you will be well ahead for the rest of the day." ~St. Josemaria Escriva Click the link below to read more about the Heroic Minute. So good!!



Do you have the tendency to always run late? Out of charity to others and their time, discipline yourself to get to your destination 10 minutes early, even if you think it is excessive and a waste of time. When you arrive early, you have more peace, which can be felt by others around you, and that peace has a ripple effect. I challenge you to get to Mass 10 minutes early this weekend. I'll bet you enjoy the quiet time to prepare your heart for receiving Jesus.


today's recipe

Pizza Crust We love to make homemade pizza in our house and have tried many pizza crust recipes. This one is a favorite! Makes 1 large pizza crust. 1 cup warm water 2 tsp. sugar 1 tbsp. active dry yeast 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1 cup spelt flour 2 tbsp. olive oil 1 1/2 tsp. sea salt Preheat oven to 425. In the bowl of a kitchen aid mixer, add the water and then the sugar and yeast. Give it a little swirl and let it dissolve. Let it stand for at least 10 minutes to give it a chance to fully bloom. Add the flours, salt and oil. Beat with a dough hook until smooth. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Beat for 5 more minutes. Let it rise for another 5-10 minutes. You can cover with a damp towel if you like. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll in to a round. Transfer crust to a lightly greased pizza pan or stone (preferred). Top as desired and bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.


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