Apply Scripture

Look in the Bible for topics and references related to what you struggle with.  Take those verses and reflect on them.  Think of examples from your own life and how it applies.  Take a notecard and Re-write the verse using your own language and examples so that it makes sense to you.  Often I will write the verse out on one side of the notecard, and on the other side write my example.  Then take the cards with you or tape them around the house where you know you have trouble.  For instance, put a verse about self-control on the refrigerator or pantry.  Or you could put a verse about self-image on your mirror so that every time you see yourself, you are reminded of your identity in Christ.  I put a verse about discipline on my exercise machine.  You could put a verse about finances in your wallet, to keep you from spending money unwisely.  Or you could put a verse about fear by your bed, so that you can look at it before you go to bed at night.  Look for more examples under the category tabs.

Hebrews 12:11

11No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. (NIV)

My version (applied to MY LIFE):

No discipline (like exercising, getting up early, losing weight, living on a budget, getting the kids on a schedule) seems pleasant at the time.  You have to work at it.  Yes, it’s painful.  Later on, however, it produces results.  (You feel good about yourself.)  Your hard work and effort really pay off.  (You will lose weight, get in shape, get a ton accomplished because you are getting up earlier, have some alone time because the kids are in bed early, even have money in the bank.)  You will feel good because you know you have done the right thing–made the right choices to get to where you’re at.  It will train you to do even more!