You know those consistent little pricks you get in your spirit? The ones that tell you that somethingisn't right; that you need to deal with something lurking in your heart. Today, the very talented author Jodie Bailey, author of Smokescreen, shares her thoughts on those hidden-but-not-hidden (a play on Psalm 19:12-14 ;) ) ... um... M&Ms?
Give-away alert! As an added bonus, Jodie is giving away a copy of her latest release, Smokescreen, to one lucky reader randomly chosen from the comments left on today's post. Please note, the give-away is open to those in the continental US only.
Sweet Tea by Jodie Bailey
A few years ago, I realized my knees were very unhappy every time I went up the stairs in our house. And, eventually, my lungs got that way too. As a mid-thirties woman, that was a little bit scary. Trust me… never, ever google your aches and pains. Ten minutes in and you’ll be convinced you need life support, intensive therapy, and a drug that can only be concocted from the interior seed pod of a flower that grows in Outer Mongolia and only blooms once every century for thirty-two seconds on the second new Moon of the vernal equinox.
The truth was… I needed to lose weight. My husband had deployed a couple of months before and I was unwittingly finding a great deal of comfort in a phenomenal amount of M&Ms and sweet tea. And when I say “phenomenal” I mean… Really, it would be embarrassing to tell you just how weak I was when it came to two-pound bags of M&Ms on sale with a coupon at Walgreens and Steak ‘n’ Shake’s half price happy hour.
A friend of mine joined the gym with me, and she gave me a
food diary. Best thing that ever
happened. For the first time, I realized
just how much damage I was doing sucking down all of that sugar. But the biggest problem wasn’t the M&Ms
and the sweet tea. When I started
keeping track, I noticed a whole lot of tiny choices that piled up to whole lot
of fat and cholesterol. There were some
sneaky little buggers wrecking me even after I cut way back on the two biggies.
Things that, I never paid attention to ,that sort of just were there.
|Photo by Linda72 taken from Pixabay.com|
It’s like that with our spiritual lives. When we turn to Jesus, so many times we know exactly what our “big” sins are. We know what gets us every time, where we’ve fallen so hard on our faces that we have pavement marks embedded in our cheeks. We take those things to Him, and we work and we work… and Thank God, He helps us through them.
But sometimes we miss the little things. We get so focused on the “big baddies” that we fail to notice the little white lies… the music that has zero redeeming quality… the little piece of gossip. And those things can wreck us as fast as the big ones. Before long, we’re sitting in the ditch, wondering how we got there and why we aren’t growing in Christ.
“But God… We stopped the big thing! What’s happening?” And we totally miss the Dorito dust on our fingers.
It can be scary to lay it all out and inspect what we’re feeding
ourselves. It can be even
scarier to lay it out in front of God and let Him have a look. We might find we have to cut out some things
we didn’t even realize were there or, like sweet tea and M&Ms, we have to
cut out some things we think we love.
The thing is, once God gets ahold of us and we replace those things with
Him, we see the change in our spirits, and life is so much sweeter with Him at
the center. After a while, the other
things? We don’t miss them at all.
|Photo by Counselling taken from Pixabay.com|
When her life is on the line, Ashley Colson is rescued by the last person she ever expected to see again. Military officer Ethan Kincaid might have disappointed her once in the past, but now he's the only person who can keep her safe. They're under the gun to decode top secret files that can save the life of a friend who is in enemy hands. But the killers will pull out all the stops to get their hands on the files…and Ashley. With time running out, can they put aside their past and find the answers that could give them a future?
Jodie Bailey writes novels about freedom and the heroes who fight for it. Her novels include 2014 RT Reviewers Choice Award winner Crossfire