Happy are the people whose God is the Lord.
Psalm 144:15

Monday, June 13, 2011

What is Discipline?

When I was twelve years old Mama bought a book of poetry by Amy Carmichael called Mountain Breezes. While reading through the collection she found and loved one called, What is discipline? Soon, we had all memorized it as a family. I cannot tell you how many times I have found myself quoting a line or phrase of this wonderful poem. At night I enjoy quoting it to myself that I might not forget it. It has, in a way, become a family reminder of our duty to God, home and each other.

This is one of my favorite verses and it happens to go right along with the poem.
"For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it."
Hebrew 12:11


"When I refuse the easy thing for love of my dear LORD,
and when I choose the harder thing for love of my dear LORD,
and do not make a fuss or speak a single grumbling word;
That is discipline.

When everything seems going wrong and yet I will not grouse,
When it is hot, and I am tired, and yet I will not grouse,
But sing a song and do my work in school and in the house;
That is discipline.

When Satan whispers, "Scamp your work"-to say to him, "I won't,"
When Satan whispers, "Slack a bit"-to say to him, "I won't,"
To rule myself and not to wait for others' "Do" and "Don't";
That is discipline.

When I look up and triumph over every sinful thing,
The things that no one knows about-the cowardly, selfish thing-
and when with heart and will I live to please my glorious King;
That is discipline.

To trample on that curious thing inside me that says "I,"
To think of others always-never,never or that "I,"
To learn to live according to my Savior's word, "Deny";
That is discipline."

~Amy Carmichael


Taralyn Rose said...

Hi! I happened on your blog =) Where do you get all the beautiful old pictures? Are they for free?
I'd really like to use some for my blog.

I'm hoping to explore here some more =)
In Christ,

Madeleine said...

Hi Taralyn Rose,
I actually collected all my pictures abouut three or four years ago, when the internet was full of sites that allowed free usage of their pictures. It's realy hard to find lovely, inspiring pictures for free now! Feel free to use any of mine, except family pictures. I visited your site- so excited your family is starting the adoption process. Praying the Lord will bless you with many more siblings. I love your poem about the home with no children. You definitely have a way with words. I also love your drawings.
In Christ,

Taralyn Rose said...

Thank you!! That's very kind of you to let me use your pics =) I won't use your family ones.
Thank you for visiting my blog; I'm glad you like it.
Yes, I can't wait to get more brothers and sisters, Lord willing! It's a slow process, though, isn't it? Your little sisters are so cute =)

Sorry, I have to tell you, the poem about the children is not my own. Maybe I forgot to put the author's name under it -- oops!!
I wrote the Father's day poem, though.