Virtue: Self-Discipline

It takes self-disciplne to teach and set the example of self-discipline.

This was a difficult virtue to explain to my nuggets.  Our conversation this morning on the drive to school ended in me feeling frustrated and speechless.  My oldest son said, “See mom?  This is what happens when we talk about these things — lets just stop.  Pleeeaaaassssseeeeee!

We did, for today — but what I’m learning as I journey through all of these virtues is how valuable they are, not only for my children, but for me too!  These virtues are significant and the desire is burning inside of me to continue praying specifically for my children.  Also, I’m seeing more windows of opportunity to give examples as we are living, not just during these specific conversations.

With that, I will share what I’ve discovered as I grow in this virtue is that discipline cultivates freedom.  I agree with this statement by Stephen R. Covey, “the undisciplined are slaves to moods, appetites and passions” — self-discipline is linked to self-control and when this fruit of the Spirit is alive in our lives we experience the other fruits of the Spirit abundantly.

Self-discipline is an act of cultivation. It require you to connect today’s actions to tomorrow’s results. There’s a season for sowing a season for reaping. Self-discipline helps you know which is which. – Gary Ryan Blair

How do we develop this discipline of self?

  1. Willingness — deciding and committing to do something different to get a different result.
  2. We need to get to know who. we. are. — awareness is crucial.  What are your needs, your strengths, your weaknesses?  What areas of your life need discipline?  What’s preventing you currently from doing what you need to do or fulfilling your dreams and desires?
  3. Courage to keep on persevering through the difficult times.  Mastering yourself is true power, but it will not be easy. Developing new habits, breaking old ones, discovering truth — these things take intentional consistent action and you must press through
  4. Accountability and Encouragement from you.  Yes, that’s right self-accountability through a firm commitment and self-encouragment through positive thinking is vital.  {Self-talk and goals}
  5. Last but certainly not least God — He is our strength and will walk with us as we continue to seek His will and purpose for our lives.

I pray, “Father, I pray that my children may acquire a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right, just, and fair.  May I grow in self-discipline and experience the freedom that comes from it. Amen”


You’ve just read day 28 of  the series: 31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Children.  Whether your children are young or old, whether you’re expecting or hope to be expecting, whether the children in your life are biologically yours, adopted, step, or they are just precious to you — you can join in and pray for them!!


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