Finding God's Goodness

Week Thirty-Five. Self-Control. Looking for God’s Goodness and Weekly Reflection Summary.

Valuing My Body. Temperance with love leads to chastity.

Looking for God’s Goodness in contemplation and prayer. Set a timer on your phone for ten minutes. Begin your time reading The Litany of Letting Go from turning the Paige blog, give up all control, sit for the remaining time in silence and wait for God to pull on the strings of your heart.

PRIDE + CONTROL

From the belief that I have to “do it all”…

From the fear that if I don’t do it, no one will…

From the belief that my way is the best or only way…

From the temptation to give unsolicited feedback, advice, or correction…

From resistance to accepting the help or ideas of others…

From the tendency to seek inner peace by controlling my outward environment…

Deliver me, Jesus.

BUSYNESS + STRIVING

From the constant urge to be “productive,” even if it means filling my time with unimportant tasks…

From the desire to “keep up’” with those around me…

From the view of busyness as a status symbol…

From the belief that I have to earn rest or wait until I’m completely exhausted to pause…

From all unnecessary pressure or “shoulds”…

Deliver me, Jesus.

PLANNING + PREPARATION

From the insatiable desire to always know what’s coming…

From the fear that if I don’t perfectly plan or prepare, I will endure needless suffering…

From the belief that my plans are better than Yours…

From any suspicion or skepticism of Your infinite love and care for me…

Deliver me, Jesus.

SELF IMAGE + SELF-TALK

From my ruthless inner critic…

From impossible or unreasonable expectations of myself and others…

From the belief that I am lazy or inadequate if I lower or adjust my standards…

From the temptation to equate my work/productivity with my worth…

From false ideas about who I am or who You are…

Deliver me, Jesus.

PEOPLE PLEASING

From the fear of what others will think of me when I am true to myself and to Your call for me…

From the tendency to care more about what others think of me than than what You think of me…

From the desire for affirmation…

From the fear of asking for what I need…

From the fear of setting and maintaining healthy boundaries…

From the fear of letting others down…

From the fear of letting others see my mess…

Deliver me, Jesus.

RESTLESSNESS

From all forms of restlessness…

From any false sense of urgency…

From my love of comfort and fear of the cross…

From the desire to “earn” Your love rather than receive it unconditionally…

From undue attachment to anything other than You…

From fear of what will happen when I surrender all to You…

Deliver me, Jesus.

Jesus, I love You. Help me to love You more. 

Jesus, I trust You. Help me to trust You more.

Jesus, I surrender to You. Help me to surrender more.

Amen.

Weekly Reflection Summary: Self-Control.

Sunday. The Beauty of Self-Control. A fruit of the Holy Spirit.

Monday. Peace of Heart. We must first have peace within our heart.

Tuesday. The Wisdom of Self-Control. Loving the good is the key to life. 

Wednesday. The Crosses we Bear. The cross will not crush you, 

Thursday. Our Dreams. Self-control is critical in helping us achieve our dreams. 

Friday. Leads to Love. Do that which best stirs you to love.

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