Guest Blogger – My mom, Sally Sparks – A faithful servant of the Lord.  She has been involved in just about every ministry of the church.  She is currently hosting a Bible Study on the book of John.  She has raised me to believe God is always good and nothing is impossible with God! Her kitchen table wisdom has flipped more of my flops than I can count. Here is a taste of her wisdom. I hope you enjoy.

I think I get to a place sometimes in my life where I have to honestly assess, “How I am doing?”

It’s not really a conversation I have with a friend or family member. It’s one of those middle of the night contemplations where there’s no one to fool. There’s no glossing over the realities staring me in the face.

I know certain things about myself need to change, but it’s easier to make excuses than tackle them head on. 
I know rationalizations are so appealing:

1.  I’m good in every other area.
2.  I make so many sacrifices already.
3.  I need this comfort in this season of life — I’ll deal with it later.
4.  I just can’t give this up.
5.  The Bible doesn’t specifically say this is wrong.
6.  It’s not really a problem; if I wanted to make a change, I could  I      just don’t want to right now.
7.  Oh for heaven’s sake, everyone has issues, so what if this is mine? 

       And on and on and on the excuses  appear…

I realize that excuses always get me nowhere fast. 

Looking back, I remember a few years ago I had to get honest in
the area of healthy eating.  Even if that’s not an issue for some folks, I suspect these same scripts of rationalization have probably played out in their mind over other things.  So, the cycle continues day after day, week after week, year after year.

I know that my whole lifetime could be spent making excuses, giving in, feeling guilty, resolving to do better, mentally beating myself up for not keeping my resolve, feeling like a failure, and then resigning that things can’t change.

Nothing changed for me until I made the choice to change. I had to want it, spiritually, physically and mentallyI know now for a fact that the battle really is in all three areas.

I realized that  getting honest with myself — spiritually, physically, and mentally  was a crucial first step to finding victory. We need to ask: Is there an honest admission I need to make today?

Let’s make a conscious decision (with God’s help) to seek out and change the things we find in our lives that is not pleasing to God.  We want everything we do to be a sweet smelling aroma before God !!!!    I believe seeking after the heart of God, it is possible to rise up and
do battle with any and all issues we may have. With the Lord’s strength in us, we defeat them…

 — spiritually, physically, and mentally — to the glory of God.

This scripture decribes how we should walk the walk if we’re going to talk the talk of Jesus.

“Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them,so that everyone may see your progress.”
I Timothy 4:15 (NIV)

Dear Lord, help me be courageous enough to speak honestly to You and to myself in those areas I’m giving in to compromise. Show me how to rely on Your strength for more self-discipline in my life — not for my glory but for Yours. 
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.