Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Those hidden-not-so-hidden Sins

You know those consistent little pricks you get in your spirit? The ones that tell you that something
isn'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
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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.

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
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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. 

Smokescreen:
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

18 comments:

  1. Jodie though I didn't know you were heavy into M&Ms I do appreciate your addressing some things that were timely for me.
    I'd love to add your new book to my bookshelf.

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    1. Hi, Daphne!

      My weakness is tootsie rolls, and maybe pride which has a tendency to reveal itself as self-protection. I really enjoyed her post as well! I always love her unexpected presentation of truth! :)

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    2. Oh, M&Ms are such a weakness. And Doritos. And Mountain Dew. I have to stay away from them because I can't eat just one. Next thing you know, there's a two-pound bag gone.

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  2. This was a fantastic piece of goody. I gave up sugar months ago and for the first two weeks I did nothing but cry. I couldn't figure it out and when I called the doctor, she said it was the withdrawal from my blood. I gave up sugar because God directed me to do so. I couldn't do it on my own. Thank you for your encouragement.

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    1. That's interesting. I loved how she used her sweet tooth to point to a spiritual analogy. :) Thought provoking and inspiring, for sure!

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    2. Giving up sugar is not for the faint of heart. Those withdrawals, they're a beast.

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  3. Love this! I've always tried to be aware of the little sins...the ones we don't notice, but they slowly strangle our spirituality. I think of the them as "LITTLE foxes" that spoil the vine (Psalm 2:15). Great post, Jodie!

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    1. "Little foxes"--I love that! I heard a message on "little foxes" in relation to marriage once. It was a great message! I love Psalm 19:12-14 and like to pray it regularly.

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    2. It's the little things that trip us up. So often, we have our eyes out for the big things, and we miss the small ones.

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  4. Sugar is the enemy. Ugh. So are those little sins. We know better, but good reminder. Excellent post, Jodie

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    1. And have you noticed sugar is EVERYWHERE?!? Kind of like those little things that sneak up on us.

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  5. Would love to read your book. And I think I need to start a food journal!

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    1. Best thing ever, Vicky! I started mine up again about a month ago. I just eat mindlessly if I don't. It keeps me accountable and I make much wiser choices.

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    2. I've tried doing a food journal before and had trouble keeping up. Yes, I eat a lot. hahaha. Might need to try again. But tootsie rolls don't count, right??????

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    3. LOL ONE wouldn't count... Honestly, I don't count the creamer I put in my coffee. I only have one cup a day and I don't use a lot of cream, but I psychologically need that one thing that makes me feel extravagant and that I don't have to be accountable for. It makes it feel like a treat. Now, there's no spiritual application there, so don't try to find one. LOL

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  6. HEY! What is He up to? He had me give up all sugar July 4 this year! Haven't had any since, and I was a sweet-tea-a-holic. I live in Texas...doesn't that go without saying. I've dropped 32 pounds so far - have been on a bit of a plateau, ready to start dropping again. Guess He's wanting his daughters to get in better shape :)

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