Transformation Begins With Change


I instagramed this photo last week and little did I know taking the moment to close this chapter of my life would be so transforming.

Months ago {hello Easter} I commited to reading the book Celebration of Discipline for Lent

Three months later, last week, I finally finished.

Over the past few weeks I only had a few chapters left and I kept on telling myself I just needed to finish it.   I have so many other books I wanted to start reading but I knew if I didn't just make myself finish this book now, I would never finish it.

And that day that I finished that last chapter...a chapter on the discipline of celebration...I closed the book with a sigh of relief and a heart of joy.   

I did it.  I finished.  I made it.

What at first was celebration over finishing this goal...this book...lead to the realization that not only did I finish this book but I gained so much more.   

A more disciplined and focused life.

Along with the book, the change was slow moving.  It didn't just happen one day.  There was no one day where it all just clicked.

I was slowly being transformed each day I chose discipline.

I look back at the person I was when I decided to read this book and the many months before.  I was in a rut.  I was lazy.  I was unmotivated.  I lost sight of myself and the person I wanted to be and the person I believe I am designed to be.

I cannot even begin to pinpoint the changes that have lead to this transformation.
 
So many of these things I have been dealing with for a long time...even perhaps my whole life.

But in discipline I have found freedom.  Freedom to be. 

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If I could sum this all up in a song, it would be this one by Florence + The Machine.

Whenever I hear this song come on I want to dance with my arms wide open...bare footed...and in the rain.

My spirit is full...and the weight of the world disappears as it flows away with the rain.

The dog days are over.



8 comments:

  1. Very inspired by your post! I know just how you feel! Climbing out of a rut is hard to do, and discipline is a part of having joy! :D Might add the book to my list! :D

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  2. What an open and inspiring post. It makes me want to read Celebration of Discipline! I think we all feel better when we feel disciplined in whatever capacity that means for us individually. The occasional lazy day feels nice but I loathe the feeling of habitual laziness in my own life. It really drags me down in other areas of my life too. Thanks for the reminder that it's good to push ourselves a little sometimes!

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  3. Beautiful post...it's easy for us to get in ruts, and get lazy...I go through those periods too. Then I find something that puts me back on track!

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  4. So true, have just completed something similar recently. Also I love the song by Florence:)

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  5. I love Florence & The Machine!!!

    The book sounds amazing. I will add it to my ever-growing list of new ones to check out. :o) I'm glad it has had such a positive influence on your life. I love reading "fluffy fiction" books, but they are all the same. It's books like these that will actually leave a mark.

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  6. Adding this to my list of books to get tomorrow at the library. Thanks for the recommendation, girl!

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  7. Hey Ashley, I got a copy of the book!! I am excited to get reading and thank you for the inspiration and encouragement to get reading and not be too hard on myself. I get so overwhelmed that I don't even want to start a project, never mind finishing one. So, I hope and pray this book will give me some guidance and encouragement to get myself out of this rut!! Bless you and love your fence your putting up too!!!

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  8. Ashley! We are so much alike it's not even funny! I am the same way with books and when I finish one I have such a sense of accomplishment. (it's rare)
    I know Shawn has this book in his office so I'm definitely going to tell him to bring it home for me. Sounds like something I so need to read!
    Btw I LOVE that song!!
    Xoxo

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