Agonizing Discipline

“But I beat down my body, and bring it into subjection” . . . a reminder from 2019’s “no dairy, no sugar” fast!

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As I focus on a “no dairy, no sugar” fast for the month of September, I’m striving to be d.i.s.c.i.p.l.i.n.e.d. It seems when we become adults, we downplay it in ourselves but expect it of our children. However, if we modeled a disciplined life in front of our kids, I dare say they would fall in-line much quicker.

A disciplined life shows the world we are fighting to win. It’s bringing our thoughts and actions into subjection to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. In the Christian race, we aren’t matched against opponents but rather we “compete” against ourselves. We can all be winners if we run in such a way as to win the prize (2 Timothy 2:5; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27).

is a translation of agonidzomai from
which we get the English word “agonizes.”
To receive the prize of our Lord’s “well done” we need to…

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A “Sweet” Mission Conference

Let me share how difficult it has been participating in a “no dairy, no sugar” fast while at a Church Mission Conference. If you are not familiar with church fellowships, let me give you a snapshot—Delicious looking Desserts are served after each meal. Cookies are passed in front of my face. Donuts 🍩 of all … Continue reading A “Sweet” Mission Conference


We all can use support from time to time. So dig down deep to find faithful ones to walk this journey with BEFORE you need help! If you’re choosing a spouse, make sure they know how to keep a grip. If you’re choosing friends, make sure when life seems to be sliding out from under … Continue reading Support


Today has been hard saying goodbye to granddaughters! 😭 But we are excited to have arrived in Falcon, Colorado for my hubby to speak at a Missions Conference starting this evening where good friends pastor. God amazes me still with opportunities to share the gospel when we obediently follow. And, stewarding a “no dairy, no … Continue reading Sacrifices

Day Twenty-five

This post is from my very first “no sugar, no dairy” fast, September 25, 2017. It is such a good reminder to re-read these accounts of how the Lord saw me through difficult times, and will again!

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Day 25

No sugar or dairy

This really cracks me up! My devotional for today from my little book, A Spectacle of Glory, by Joni Earackson Tada, actually starts out by saying: “Enjoying a bit of junk food now and then in moderation is no sin. A little salty snack, a piece of chocolate, or the occasional Frappuccino won’t do us lasting physical harm.” Did you hear that? “IN MODERATION!” Yes, Joni is totally right, if moderation is the result. But if you are a sugar-addict like me, it usually doesn’t resemble moderation. Interestingly, other words that are synonymous with moderation are restraint and self-control. It certainly is no surprise that “Self-control” is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).


Leafing through Charles Swindoll’s book, Living the Proverbs, I re-read parts of Week 18, “The Grind of Addiction”. Addictions or Compulsions come in all sizes, shapes and colors…

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