The Best Route



No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening. It's painful!
But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest
of right living for those who are trained
in this way.

Hebrews 12:11

My husband got a new GPS and I like it much better than his old one. Now when we make the wrong turn, the classy English voice says: "alternate route" one time. This is so much easier to take than hearing "off course" repeatedly!

Discipline is one of those topics that feels like the "off course" reprimand. This is not God's intent. He is so much more loving than a human. I know He disciplines in love regardless of how it feels at the time. I don't always realize when I'm off course. Not only does He get me back on track, but His process trains me for holiness.

I'm remembering that when He disciplines one of His children, three things happen:
1. It's painful temporarily.
2. A blessing is promised from it.
3. In the end, it leads to a purpose!

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Comments

  1. None of us like discipline but His is always with love.
    Thanks for sharing, Annette

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  2. AMEN!!!
    1. It's painful temporarily.
    2. A blessing is promised from it.
    3. In the end, it leads to a purpose!

    JO
    LazyonLoblolly

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  3. great analogy...and really encouraging words.

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  4. Amen Mary! Remembering that He disciplines those HE loves is key!

    Love you

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  5. So true!





























































    Amen!
    I always enjoy your blog, and thank you so much for your sweet comments and encouragement, my friend!

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  6. It's good to remember those three things. Nicely done!

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  7. I love your analogy! I wish the Lord only had to tell me once. Sometimes I think he has to tell me twice. before I get it.
    God Bless,
    Ginger

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  8. What a great post, Mary! The three steps, I must commit to memory and remember these while going through a trial. Thanks for sharing.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  9. Hi Mary,
    I tried to leave a comment earlier but I see it didn't go on so I'm back to leave another. I like the three steps you mentioned in your post and I am going to commit them to memory which will help when going through a trial. Excellent post! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  10. We've never had a GPS. I think it would be really handy to have. I think it is important to remember that God disciplines His children. He does it because He loves us and I'm thankful for it. Thank you for this reminder.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  11. Great post. Something we all need to hear and think about. Thank you.

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  12. Hi Saleslady371,

    Discipline, "it leads to a purpose." I can think of nothing better than living a disciplined life with purpose. Thank you for sharing these inspirational words.

    Blessings and peace.

    MTJ

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  13. Appreciate the post and reminder. Very encouraging Mary, thank you. Blessings.

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  14. Sometimes we don't realize that discipline, though painful, is an act of love. My husband got me a new one few days ago also to replace the other I was borrowing from him. But I never really use them a lot. Only when I go to those unfamiliar places. But how much more do we truly need His guidance not only in unfamiliar roads, but even on the ones we're on now? There's always that chance of driving off course when we start to not rely on His Voice. God bless you sister Mary and keeping you in prayers. Thank you for yours. Love you in Christ!

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  15. Great thoughts. Our GPS say"recalculating" every time you turn off course. Sometimes I want to yell back" I am not, I just have to go to the bathroom" You would think someone could come up with a smarter one he he he. Blessings, Debbie

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  16. Mmmm ... I'm thinking you've lived this out well over the years given the name of Carrie's blog: Pain to Purpose. Sounds like it was caught more than taught.

    Great thoughts, friend!

    Kathleen

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  17. Great post... I am so lucky to serve an amazing God even when He makes me look in the mirror to guide me in the right direction..

    Love to you
    Kelly
    I've Become My Mother

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  18. It's funny how God leads we "bloggers" to write about the same topics sometimes. Just Sunday I posted something about getting "lost" -

    I love the thoughts that you added to the ones I was thinking!

    GOD BLESS!

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  19. Amen, Mary!

    These were the encouraging words I needed today!!

    He is Faithful!

    Love and Hugs!
    Jackie

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  20. This is powerful and so true! Thank you for sharing! I'm grateful for His hand of discipline as it's a true promise provided to those whom He loves.

    Blessings to you!

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