Friday, January 25, 2013

 My One Word for 2013
Discipline—For the longest time I thought discipline was another word for punishment. So I didn’t like it. Who likes punishment after all? But I later learned that it also means staying on task. And that means structure. I know many people, especially writer/artist types, eschew the thought of structure, believing it robs them of any freedom in their life. I’m exactly the opposite. I thrive on structure because it keeps me on track and makes my time fly.

So I do like discipline. I just don’t do it well. That’s why my goal this year, my one word, is discipline.  Thank you, Melanie, for making my one word button. Stop by her website,, if you’re interested in one for your blog. 

In the coming weeks I’ll be sharing how my journey toward greater discipline in areas is going. 



Cathy Baker said...

GREAT post, Ellen! I too thrive with structure but I'm also learning there's a fine balance. I like structured schedule but I also need to leave "room" for the Spirit to lead me somewhere other than what's on my "list for the day" - but even that requires discipline. :)

Melanie did a beautiful job with your button. :) Love your "one word", my friend.

Vonda Skelton said...

I used to think the same thing, Ellen. And then God MADE me give my testimony at a women's retreat (the very first time I ever spoke at a Christian women's event--and it is what led me to developing a ministry!) and I had to study and prepare. That's when I learned the real definition of discipline.

Although He's definitely taught me a lot about discipline through the years, it's still a difficult thing for me. Thanks for the reminder today. Guess I'd better get off the computer and get to work preparing for the 65-75 people who are supposed to come for my father-in-law's 95th birthday party at our house today! :-)

Ellen Andersen said...

You're right about making room for the Spirit to work. And listening for Him.

Ellen Andersen said...

Discipline is a tough one, Vonda. Have a wonderful time at the party. What a wonderful celebration!

Celeste Vaughan said...

That would have been a good word for me this year too! Love the button :) My word this year is Simplify. I think it's needed in every area of my life and I will need much discipline to get there!