Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge

 

Hi Reader,

My name is Caroline, and I am in charge of all the communication-related projects here at First15. Craig invited me to share about what I’m challenging myself with this year, so if you’d like to find out more and be a part of the challenge with me, read the blog below. I hope you enjoy!

 

My Background:

A few years ago I was part of a program through my church where I spent 9 months deepening my understanding of what it means to be a true disciple of Jesus. This class provided us with numerous opportunities for growth and learning, and one of the main avenues was through an extensive reading list.

As much as I would like to say differently, I’ve never been a huge reader myself. But I was surprised to find out that the books were one of my favorite parts of the class, though I didn’t have the opportunity to give each book the time it deserved. And ever since then I’ve had a desire to go back through some of these books and really dig my heels in. Especially one book in particular: Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster.

In this book, Foster takes the reader deep into the practice of many important disciplines that we as believers have heard of, but very few of us really put into practice in our daily lives—myself very much included. Sure, I exercise one here and there, but I’m far from living a lifestyle of discipline. So that’s why, since the class ended, I’ve been drawn to the idea of taking a year to challenge myself in each of the 12 disciplines he talks about in his book.

And almost three years later, here I am finally committing to doing this. So clearly I have a lot of room to grow in this area!

The Idea:

“Discipline”. What does that word make you think of? How does it make you feel?

Right now, the word “discipline” makes me feel a little nervous. If I’m being honest, it sends thoughts of inadequacy spiraling through my mind. And, though I know better, it also sounds like a principle that is void of fun, joy, and freedom.

But I think that might be why Foster titled the book the way that he did – “Celebration of Discipline” – because it is so different from what you or I would normally think of when we think of discipline. Most of us don’t think of it as a celebratory thing, we think of it as a burden. Something that we have to strive and struggle for, yet somehow it’s always out of reach for us.

But the reality in Jesus is so different. Discipline is a joy. Discipline offers us deeper freedom. Discipline can even be fun! And it’s something that we can journey towards with God; it’s not something that we have to accomplish before we can be “good enough” for him, whatever that means.

And this year I am looking forward to going from a place of knowing that but not feeling it, to really accepting the truth about discipline and living a lifestyle that celebrates it. My hope is that, as I do this challenge and share it with you, my focus would shift. That my eyes would not be on myself and my own needs as they so often are, but that they would be first and foremost on my Good and Faithful God, and on his people that he so dearly loves. I hope that out of that place I can experience deeper levels of joy and freedom than I’ve ever known before.

Our Challenge:

Each month of this year I will be focusing on and practicing one specific discipline, and at the end of the month I am going to write a blog about it and share it with all of you through a link at the end of the devotional. So, if you’re interested in following along and joining me in this journey of discipline, I would love to share the experience with you. You can even purchase the book (Celebration of Discipline) and participate in this challenge with me, so that we can all grow to look more and more like Jesus each day this year together.

If you have any questions or comments about this challenge I’m doing, please reply leave a comment below and I’d be happy to answer them. Thank you for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful day!

 

Caroline Richard

Communication | First15

 

129 thoughts on “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge

  1. What a great goal for 2019. This is encouraging and I will enjoy watching and praying for your progress. I will be reading the book also this year.

    1. Thanks so much, Lisa! I’m so grateful for your prayers and support. I hope you enjoy the book as you read along!

        1. That’s so encouraging, Roxanne! I am looking forward to growing closer to Jesus every day this year with you!

          If either of you are interested, I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be open so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! But of course that’s optional 🙂 Have a wonderful day!

    1. Hi Laura, thanks so much for your interest in following along with my experiences with this challenge! I will share an update blog on the last day of each month (attached at the bottom of the emailed devotional, linked in the app, and shared on social media), so check back on January 31 for the next installment.

      1. Hi Laura! If you are interested, I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be open so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Have a wonderful day!

    1. Hi Susan! I’d love to share them with you. I can’t remember them off the top of my head now, but if you could tell me your email address I’d be happy to send you a more comprehensive list. Or if you’d be more comfortable emailing me directly instead, you can contact me at caroline@first15.org. Thanks!

    2. Hello, Susan. God has led my wife and I into a pursuit of a closer, more heartfelt relationship w/Jesus, as well. One book that has been extremely eye-opening and inspirational for us is called “Invitation to a Journey” by Robert Mulholland. He was a very gifted and spiritually insightful writer. This book will guide you into a solid understanding of something called “Spiritual Formation”, which is the overarching process of spiritual growth that the disciplines are designed to support. Mulholland defines it as “the process of being formed in the image of Christ for the sake of others”. In this awesome book, he covers the classical spiritual disciplines and much, much more, all of which, I believe, will beautifully complement your practice of the disciplines and your journey towards becoming the person God created you to be. Praise God for the desire He has put on your heart.

      1. Thanks so much for your suggestion, Jack! I’ll definitely have to look into “Invitation to a Journey” as well!

    1. Hi Lewis! Those are great questions, thanks for asking. I will write a monthly update blog on the last day of each month (the next one will be on January 31) and it’ll be sent out at the bottom of that day’s emailed devotional, linked in the app, and shared on social media. And it’s not really a class, but it’s a challenge that I’m participating in and sharing my experience, and I’m inviting anybody who wants to join in to be a part of it too! Hopefully that helps clear it up a bit, but feel free to email me if you have any more questions (caroline@first15.org)!

    2. Hi Lewis! If you are interested, I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be open so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Have a wonderful day!

  2. I think this sounds wonderful. Do you recommend the study guide to go along with book as well? or is just the book good enough?
    thank you.
    Suzanne

    1. Hi Suzanne, great question! I actually didn’t realize there was a study guide for Celebration of Discipline myself until I was looking for a link to include in the blog. I am sure it would definitely be helpful, but I wouldn’t say it’s necessary! I am considering buying a study guide myself though, just to assist me with the practical application of each of the disciplines 🙂 Hopefully that helps!

      1. Hi, this is Deborah, I’ve had the book and study guide for years and have never finished the study. Motivation, time and my blindness in not seeing or admitting I needed all that and doing it all by myself at home, with so many distractions; you have as you are challenging yourself are challenging me to challenge myself to pick up the book and study guide again. I won’t be doing it all by myself. Phew! I don’t do Facebook too much but once a month will be worth it. Thank you and to all who will be doing this with us.

        1. That’s amazing Deborah! This will be a great year for all of us! I’m looking forward to walk this journey of discipline with you 🙂

    2. Hi Suzanne! If you are interested, I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be open so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Have a wonderful day!

  3. Your story sounds a lot like my own in terms of discipline! I’d love to take the challenge and walk this journey!

    1. Also if you are interested, I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be open so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Have a wonderful day!

    1. Hi George, thanks for your comment! Since this is more of a self-led challenge, there’s not really a way to sign up. Because of the response, however, I’m considering making a Facebook group or something similar where we can all share in the experience together. If I end up doing that, I’ll definitely let you know so we can all share our experiences and what we’re learning as we go!

        1. Awesome Nelly! I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be open so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Have a wonderful day!

    2. George, if you are interested, I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be open so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Have a wonderful day!

  4. I would love to do this. I already see some roadblocks for me and .maybe you have advice. I am full time missionary with e3 Partners Ministry and lead short term mission trips overseas, some lasting 10 days but others lasting 3-4 weeks. Will thisbe a hindrance to keeping up with this “course”?

    1. Hi Charlotte, thanks so much for your question! I actually don’t think that your mission travel schedule will be a hindrance at all since it’s more of a self-led challenge. As long as you have the book with you (or even if you take great notes before leaving on your trips) you can definitely keep up! And since it’s self-led, you can decide to what level you’d like to be involved. Hopefully that helps, but if you have any other questions, feel free to email me at caroline@first15.org.

      1. Charlotte, if you are interested, I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be open so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Have a wonderful day!

  5. I am willing to try to join you on this Discipline journey. I will purchase this book. Thank you for sharing the link. Felicia Hess

    1. Hi Felicia! If you are interested, I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be open so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Have a wonderful day!

    1. Also if you are interested, I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be open so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Have a wonderful day!

    1. Amazing, I’m excited to go on this discipline journey with you Jeanne! Since this is more of a self-led challenge, there’s not really a way to sign up, but I am thinking about creating a Facebook group or something where we can all talk about our experiences and challenges together as we go. I’ll definitely let you know if I do that!

    2. Hi Jeanne! If you are interested, I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be open so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Have a wonderful day!

    1. Also if you are interested, I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be open so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Have a wonderful day!

    1. Also if you are interested, I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be open so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Have a wonderful day!

  6. I’m all in!! Wonderful idea❤️
    Please let me know how to sign up and how it is planned out.
    Thank you Caroline!

    1. Great question, Robin! Since this is more of a self-led challenge, there’s not really a way to sign up, but I’m thinking about creating a Facebook group or something where we can all talk about our experiences and challenges together as we go. I’ll definitely let you know if I do that! And as far as the structure goes, I will read a chapter before each month (there are 12 chapters!) and make a plan of how to practice that discipline in my life, then at the end of the month I’ll share another blog where I’ll talk about my experience, what I learned, how it was hard, etc. This is very open to interpretation, so I’d encourage you to do what feels right for you! And if you have any questions, feel free to email me at caroline@first15.org 🙂

      1. Thank you Caroline! I think a facebook group is also a wonderful idea! I would love to be a part of sharing this experience as we take each chapter and grow in discipline. It sounds like a wonderful journey! 😃

        1. Awesome! I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be open so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Have a wonderful day!

    1. Also if you are interested, I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be open so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Have a wonderful day!

    1. Awesome, Mark! I’ll be sharing an update blog on the last day of each month which we’ll link at the end of the devotional email, in the app, and we’ll share it on social media too. Hopefully that helps answer your question, but if you need any more information feel free to email me at caroline@first15.org. Thanks for wanting to follow along!

    2. Also if you are interested, I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be open so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Have a wonderful day!

    1. Wonderful, I’m excited to go on this discipline journey with you Dianne! Since this is more of a self-led challenge, there’s not really a way to sign up, but I am thinking about creating a Facebook group or something where we can all talk about our experiences and challenges together as we go. I’ll definitely let you know if I do that! And as for the structure, I’m planning on focusing on one chapter per month (the first chapter is on Christian meditation, and there are 12 chapters!), and then I’ll share a blog at the end of each month to share about my experiences 🙂 This is very open to interpretation, so I’d encourage you to do what feels right for you! And if you have any questions, feel free to email me at caroline@first15.org.

    2. Also if you are interested, I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be open so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Have a wonderful day!

    1. Wonderful, I’m excited to go on this discipline journey with you Deb! Since this is more of a self-led challenge, there’s not really a way to sign up, but I am thinking about creating a Facebook group or something where we can all talk about our experiences and challenges together as we go. I’ll definitely let you know if I do that! And as for the structure, I’m planning on focusing on one chapter per month (the first chapter is on Christian meditation, and there are 12 chapters!), and then I’ll share a blog at the end of each month to share about my experiences 🙂 This is very open to interpretation, so I’d encourage you to do what feels right for you! And if you have any questions, feel free to email me at caroline@first15.org.

      1. Hi Caroline,
        In response to your statement about creating a Facebook group. Not everybody is on social media, I for one is not, however, I want to be a part of the Journey with you and receive information from you. Can you consider other ways of communication besides Facebook/social media?

        Kind Regards,

        AGJ

        1. Hi Adrian! Thanks so much for your input. I will certainly be sharing the monthly blog similar to how I shared this one (in the devotional email, in the app, and on social media as well) that updates everybody on how the last month has gone, and what my general plan for the next month’s discipline is, so you’ll definitely still be able to follow along that way. The Facebook group is going to be more for people that are participating in the challenge to be able to talk about their experiences together, so it’ll be more of an “extra” thing. Hopefully that makes sense. I’m looking forward to sharing this journey with you and growing in discipline together!

    2. Deb, if you are interested, I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be open so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Have a wonderful day!

  7. Hi, as I read your experience and exacting plan, I have a question?
    What do you do as a disciple to discipline another body of Christ not counting your book. Thanks

    1. Hi Edith, thanks so much for reaching out with your question. I’m not sure I fully understand what you’re asking, but I would say that it’s not necessarily our job to discipline another person – that would be God’s job! Hopefully that helps, but if I’ve misunderstood, feel free to email me at caroline@first15.org. Thanks!

  8. This is going to be great! I have read it a couple of times, love the book and have been drawn to read it again, then this pops up, so like God to confirm my thought to read it again. Thanks!

    1. That’s great, Linda! I hope you really enjoy reading it again, and that you encounter God’s heart for the disciplines in a new way! Also if you are interested, I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be open so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Have a wonderful day!

  9. Caroline!! I absolutely love this idea, and LOVE this book. I will have to pull my copy out and dust the cobwebs off. Thank you for this challenge!

  10. Hi Caroline,
    Your post reminds me of my very similar experience this past year. ☺️ I too went through a year long class / program through church where we grew in faith through deep biblical study, serving in ministry & also read many books throughout the year… Celebration of Discipline being one of them. I really loved this book. It was definitely one of my favorites too!

    I absolutely love your idea of reading a chapter a month & focusing on THAT specific spiritual discipline so I will be following along with your journey. I’m so excited to see the growth & transformstion that comes from this.
    Blessings to you!

    1. Wonderful, Heather! I’m looking forward to sharing this experience with you 🙂 If you are interested, I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be open so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Have a wonderful day!

  11. This sounds terrific! I am looking forward to it, too. If you end up trying to make it interactive or more “public” somehow … my vote is some other avenue than Facebook : / (Sorry) … I do realize I’m one of the few without a Facebook …but, anyway …..just chiming in for what it’s worth. Thanks for letting us join you for the journey! May you be richly blessed!!

    1. Great Kathryn, I’m looking forward to sharing this journey with you!! I will continue to share the monthly blogs in a similar way to this one (in the last devotional email of the month, in the app, and shared on social media as well), but the Facebook group is more of an “extra” thing. We can all talk about our experiences in the comment section of the blogs as well, so the only difference between that and the Facebook group is that this will just be a little less often! Hopefully that helps 🙂 Have a great day!

  12. This is a wonderful opportunity for growth. My word for this year is obedience! I’m excited how God has lead you to share this which will give me a great group of fellow believers to pray for me as I pray for them. I’m excited! Thanks for including us.

    1. Hi Vanessa, that’s incredible! I love your word for this year – “obedience”! I’m looking forward to going on this journey with you 🙂 If you are interested, I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. You can search for it and ask to join (which we’ll of course approve!) so we can be more involved in this challenge together. Alternatively we can all share our experiences in the comment section of the blogs themselves. Have a wonderful day!

    1. Awesome, Colin! I’m looking forward to sharing this year of celebrating disciplines with you! If you are interested, I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be searchable so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Have a wonderful day!

    1. Hi Don, that’s wonderful! So glad you’re going to join me in this journey! If you are interested, I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be searchable so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Have a wonderful day!

    1. Hi Sandy, I’d love to share more information with your wife! I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge” that will include a lot more information. It should be searchable so that she can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Alternatively, feel free to email me at caroline@first15.org with any questions you may have. Have a wonderful day!

    1. Hi Grace, thanks so much for wanting to be a part of this journey with me! If you want to get the book and participate in the challenge along with me, you can use the link in the blog above (it’s linked in blue in the “Our Challenge” section). I will be sending out a blog as an update on my past month practicing one of the discplines and my plan for the upcoming discipline on the last day of each month (next one will be on January 31!) in a similar way to how I shared this one. It will be sent out at the end of the day’s devotional email, it’ll be on the app, and sent out on social media. So however you found this blog the first time, you’ll be able to find it there again! And we can all share our experiences in the comment section of the blogs 🙂 Hopefully that helps, but if you have any further questions, please feel free to email me at caroline@first15.org. Have a wonderful day!

  13. Hi Caroline,

    That’s so wonderful.
    I will like to be a part of that challenge very much. This could be the BREAKTHROUGH in my life in 2019. Living the Disciplined life.

    Blessings on you as you embrace this Challenge.

    1. Amen, Debbie!! I’m believing for a breakthrough in my life as well – I’m excited to share this journey with you! If you are interested, I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be searchable so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Have a wonderful day!

    1. Hi AnnMarie, I’m so glad you want to be a part of this challenge with me! If you are interested, I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be searchable so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Since it’s more of a self-led challenge, I would just recommend getting the book and starting with Chapter 1 on meditation this month. I’ll share an update blog on the 31st with my experiences and my plan for the next month, and if you’re not on Facebook, we can all converse in the comments about how it’s going in our own lives. Hopefully that helps, but if you have any further questions please feel free to reach out to me via email at caroline@first15.org. Have a wonderful day!

  14. I’m looking forward to digging into discipline a little deeper myself in 2019. My New Year’s resolution is to live a life that is consistent, disciplined, obedient and joy-filled in the areas of faith, fitness, finances and food. Thanks for sharing your journey with us!

    1. Amen, Lynda! That’s a wonderful resolution! I’m looking forward to sharing this journey with you 🙂 And, even if you’re not participating in this particular challenge, I’d love for you to join our facebook group if you’re interested (under the same name as this blog – Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge) so we can hear about your progress throughout this year as well. May God bless you as you seek him!

  15. Hi Caroline. I actually took the class a couple of years ago and loved the book as well. Although we did practice the disciplines while taking the class, I meant to go back to reread so I could apply them more in depth but never did. I too would love to walk this journey with you. Thank you for doing this. -Melinda Ortiz

    1. That’s great, Melinda! I’m excited to share in this journey with you 🙂 If you are interested, I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be searchable so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Have a wonderful day!

  16. My “word” for 2019 is DISCIPLINE (and DISCIPLE); so perfect is God’s timing!!!
    I will purchase the book and look forward to more info on a Facebook group!!! Great idea!!

    1. Wow that’s incredible Stephanie!! I am so looking forward to growing in discipline this year with you!! I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be searchable so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Have a wonderful day!

  17. Thanking God for highlighting this idea of celebrating discipline. Praying for your journey and looking forward to seeing what God will use it for in many of our lives

  18. Just ordered the book and workbook from Amazon. Wow, quite a group has been stood up here. May God richly bless us as we seek Him above all else.

    1. Wonderful, Lee! I’m looking forward to sharing this experience in discipline with you! If you are interested, I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be searchable so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Have a wonderful day!

  19. I very much want to come along with you on this journey. I’m getting the book and will be watching for your month-end posts.

    1. Wonderful, Julie! I’m excited to share this journey with you! If you are interested, I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be searchable so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Have a wonderful day!

  20. I have been a child of God for over 30 years, been a member of 6 churches and not a one focused on disciplines. I have had the book and study guide you’re speaking of and have picked them up and put them down before too long due to a lack of motivation, time, pride, distractions and just not wanting to do it alone. But guess what! I’m gonna pull it off this time because I have all y’all doing it with me, motivating me, and holding me accountable. Thanks! I don’t do Facebook too tough but will tune in once a month.

    1. That’s so encouraging, Deborah! I’m sure this will be a wonderful year of growth for us both! I look forward to sharing in this experience with you at the end of each month 🙂

    1. Amazing, Nezzie! I look forward to sharing in this journey with you! If you are interested, I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be searchable so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Have a wonderful day!

  21. Hi Caroline,
    This is something needed in my life at this time, thank you.

    How do I follow you, can I also partake in this journey along with you? I purchased the book from Amazon yesterday, just waiting to receive it. Amazon also had journals and workbooks available do you recommend any or all of the additional material? Please advise.

    Looking forward to our journey.

    1. Hi Adrian! I think I may have answered part of your question in a previous comment, but if I miss anything feel free to comment back, or email me at caroline@first15.org 🙂 As far as the extra study materials, I actually didn’t even know those existed until I was looking for a link to buy the book to share with you all, so I don’t have those other materials. I’m sure they would be helpful, but I don’t think they’re necessary, at least not for the challenge that I’ll be doing. That being said, I may end up buying the study workbook at some point just to help me with some of the practical application of the disciplines. Hopefully that helps!

      I’m looking forward to sharing this journey with you as well!

    1. Wonderful, Shannon! I’m looking forward to sharing this journey with you! I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be searchable so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Have a wonderful day!

  22. As a new Christian, I am alwsys searching to draw nearer to Jesus Christ.
    Wish to know more of this challenge without purchasing a book.
    Please advise.
    Blessings.

    1. Hi Oscar! That’s wonderful, I’m looking forward to sharing this journey with you! If I were doing this challenge without purchasing the book, I would probably make a simple plan every month to study each discipline (which I’ll share at the end of the month – this month is on the discipline of Christian meditation) and to practice that discipline. I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be searchable so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together, and that could probably be really helpful for you as well! If you have any questions please feel free to email me at caroline@first15.org. May God bless you as you seek him!

    1. Awesome, Charli! I’m excited to walk this journey with you! If you are interested, I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be searchable so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Have a wonderful day!

  23. Thank you very much for deciding to do this. I’ve been stirred up on the inside and i believe a lot of us have. Personally, I’m on a walk with Jesus ( getting to experience him more) and this challenge is sure going to help me. More grace to you, ma.

    1. Thank you so much, Hilary – I’m so encouraged! I’m looking forward to sharing in this journey with you! If you are interested, I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be searchable so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Have a wonderful day!

    1. Wonderful, Lorraine! I’m looking forward to walking this journey with you! If you are interested, I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be searchable so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Have a wonderful day!

  24. Dear Caroline Richards,
    I would like to participate in your 2019 challenge program. Can you please send me the information to sign up. Thank you for your time. God Bless.

    1. Hi Robert, that’s wonderful, I’m looking forward to sharing in this journey with you! I have actually already started with the first month’s discipline – meditation from chapter 1 – so if you’re planning on participating in the challenge yourself, you are welcome to join in whenever you’re ready.

      I will be sharing an update blog on the last day of each month, and it will be found at the bottom of that day’s devotional email, in our app, and on our social media pages. Also, if you are interested, I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be searchable so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Please let me know if you have any questions (my email address is caroline@first15.org), I’d be happy to help in any way I can.

  25. Hello Caroline,

    Thanks for reaching out to me. I’m excited to join the caravan. Although I have been serving the Lord for many years. I know how challenging it is to live a victorious life, and more so a life of discipline. I hope you don’t mind me saying that we’re all beggars, pointing others where to find bread. I’m really looking forward in joining in this journey!

    1. Hi Sigismund, I absolutely don’t mind you saying that and totally agree! I’m looking forward to sharing looking for bread with you 🙂 If you are interested, I just created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be searchable so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Please let me know if you have any questions (caroline@first15.org), I’d be happy to help in any way I can.

  26. I’m excited to join this group & I’ve started reading today! May the Holy Spirit walk this journey with each of us for His glory!

    1. That’s amazing, Susan! I’m excited to share in this journey with you – can’t wait to hear how it goes for you!

  27. My goal for 2019 is to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ! I need to make Him my first love and walk in the spirit, not in the flesh! This challenge sounds like it’s just what I need!! 🙂 I can’t wait!

    1. That’s incredible, Emma!! I’m looking forward to sharing in this journey with you 🙂 I have actually already started with the first month’s discipline – meditation from chapter 1 – so if you’re planning on participating in the challenge yourself, you are welcome to join in whenever you’re ready. I will be sharing an update blog on the last day of each month, and it will be found at the bottom of that day’s devotional email, in our app, and on our social media pages. Also, if you are interested, I created a Facebook group for this challenge under the same title as this blog “Journey in Discipline: A 12 Month Challenge”. It should be searchable so that you can join so we can be more involved in this challenge together! Please let me know if you have any questions, I’d be happy to help in any way I can.

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