spring is here in vancouver and that means longer days, slighter warmer temperatures and the occasional appearance of a fiery ball in the sky. life feels fresh. the season of life i am in right now feels fresh. i am excited about the upcoming wedding season. excited to look back in november on my hard drive under a folder called “weddings” and see twenty-five folders with the names of couples on them. all those wedding days, captured, edited, delivered. i thrive off that feeling, that feeling of productivity, of looking at a finished job well done, of persevering through a crazy work season. this business fits me.
i want to define what being disciplined in every area of my life looks like. a few weeks ago i wrote about discipline in my prayer life… and i know these are thought processes i return to every year. discipline isn’t something i can learn once, put it in my pocket and enjoy the rewards of all the days of my life. discipline is a continual process. the opportunity to be disciplined is granted to me every morning. i have choices. i can make the wrong ones. some days i pray an hour a day, some days i give God five minutes. some meals i stop eating after a moderate portion, some meals i eat too much. in some moments of stress, i give headspace to thoughts i shouldn’t, or worse — i vocalize those thoughts.
at revolution, we’ve been working through a series on dating & relationships. one week’s sermon was titled how to be a woman worth dying for and pastor justin preached through proverbs 31. a woman worth dying for is trustworthy , free from commitment issues , works diligently [13-14], a hard worker and early riser , has learned to think logically , works vigorously and maintains a standard of health , knows her own value , generous and seeks to do good , dresses well , but her focus is being clothed with strength and dignity , has no fear of the future , speaks with wisdom and kindness , does not tolerate idleness in her life  and… is honoured by her husband and children.
one of my favourite “Christian-ese” words is sanctification. it’s the process of becoming like Christ as we read the Bible, pray, grow in understanding of God’s love. saved by God’s grace, in my imperfection, but yet called on to be more like Him every morning. this process is slow. it is humbling. proverbs 31 is an impressive list — but rather than be overwhelmed, i choose to be encouraged — these attributes are exciting things to seek after.
ps. i’ve been working on discipline in the area of health & exercise lately. [insert laughter from my friends here… jamie, the girl who always watches what she eats and exercises six times a week.] i want health to become a default setting — to truly honour the body i’ve been given. been running a lot more… and feeling amazing. little pictures like the ones below get me fired up. hah! ;)