Then the tables turned

I’ve been on a personal quest to lose some weight… been good about staying under or within my recommended calorie intake and have lost 4 pounds.

Today, or rather this afternoon, the tables were turned.  My husband made cinnamon rolls.

“I don’t eat cinnamon rolls every day, as a matter of fact… I haven’t had a cinnamon roll in a very long time”, I said.  “I’ll scrape the icing off…” my thoughts continued as I put a cinnamon roll on a small plate.  When you see the cinnamon roll you will see why that thought went through my mind.  Like it mattered…

So… I am still under my limit for the day but not by much.

I am committed…. I am committed… I am committed…

I’m not doing some crash diet, I’m making a life change.  I’ve cut out some things completely and don’t miss them, like soda pops, chips, and fast food take out.  I’m changing up the way I cook and am conscious of what I eat, even though I pushed conscious thought aside when I ate the cinnamon roll today.    I am not going to deprive myself of all the yummy stuff like home-baked bread or deserts, but I have for the most part been smarter about how I make them.  I have discovered you can cook some yummy food and it not be full of sugarinnocent smiles, fats, sodium, etc…  That’s if I’m cooking.

I will just have to be stronger and more self-controlled when others cook and remind myself of a verse in Psalms. The verse is talking about what we say but I think it can be used also for what I put in my mouth to eat.

“Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips”~ Psalm 141:3

Sonia

www.youravon.com/sparham

Maybe…

The daily prompt today is Maybe.

So, in regard to maybe… just an FYI…

I have updated the look of my blog along with the blog title.  The title is similar to the blog I had on blogger, in hopes to bring my followers from blogger over to this blog.

So, maybe, now that the title is a familiar name and I have posted an update on blogger, leading to this blog, maybe, just maybe, they will visit here too.

Have a great day!
Sonia

Morning

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As the sun rises the earth awakes.

The gentle breeze whispers “good morning”.  The birds sing “good morning to you…”.

I sit with my coffee and contemplate Your will for me this day.  I read Your word for guidance.

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Sonia

www.youravon.com/sparham

Moment of Clarity

 

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Last night was a night where I didn’t sleep, my mind would not quiet down.  I tossed and turned, I prayed asking for sleep, and still I tossed and turned.   So I finally got up, came to the living room and opened my Bible.

I read the book of Ephesians and then prayed.   Finally my mind felt like it might rest.  So I went back to bed and did fall asleep.   About three hours later I woke up and a very clear thought what I should do came to mind, my heart began to beat a little faster as it is something I’ve never done before.

I remembered in my study on Armor of God a scripture in the book of Luke.  It is in chapter five when  Jesus asks Peter to launch out in the deep and lower his nets.  Peter had been fishing all night and not caught anything, but replies.  “Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.” (Luke 5:5)

“Nevertheless at they word”… this came to mind as I thought about the task at hand.

I prayed…

I was apprehensive about the task and asked the Lord to confirm if that is what I am truly supposed to do.    I’m more at peace about it and know that when God calls, He equips.

So, I’m asking you to pray about this for me.  Please pray that I get the confirmation I need.

Sonia

www.youravon.com/sparham

Beauty comes in many forms

This morning my devotional was about the beauty that God has put all around us to remind of His glory and love.

So many times we rush through life and don’t notice the beauty that surrounds us and I realized that though I have had more time in the past six months than I have in years, I still tend to get so involved in what’s going on that I miss the beauty.  So, I decided to stop and notice.

As I went through the shots I took this week I realized beauty comes in all forms, from an awesome sunset, to the young bud of a rose, to little feathered friends, the formations created by ice as it freezes, and even the perfect bubble of air in an ice-cube.

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And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of His glory.” ~ Isaiah 6:3

“the whole earth is full of His glory”, as I contemplate that thought, things like a smile, laughter, the sound of rain and rolling thunder, the smell of lavender, the taste of chocolate, hugs and kisses, friendship, and many more come to mind.  We are surrounded by beauty.

Have you noticed the beauty around you?

Sonia

www.youravon.com/sparham

Full Moon

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The other night as the moon was rising I tried to get some pics of the orange color from the sunset with it.

The  full moon is just a beautiful sight to me.

These pictures aren’t the best but the moon was truly beautiful that night.

A full moon lights up the night so that the clouds, mountains and open fields are highlighted.

The full moon inspires stories  in everything from Christmas to romance, comedy, and horror.

Have you ever noticed children and adults are more “energetic” when there’s a full moon?

There’s just something about the full moon…

 

Sonia

www.youravon.com/sparham

State of my year…

One of the daily prompts is “State of your year”.

My year started out with a blessing and an answer to prayer after almost three years of knowing I was in the wrong place.

I remember that day as if it happened yesterday.   I was no longer employed but it was one of the happiest days I had experienced in quite a while.  I was thanking the Lord as I walked to my car and if my arms hadn’t been full I would have had my hands raised in praise.  I’m thankful for lessons taught and learned.

So my year has been a restful blessing for me since January.  Each day I start it with a Scriptural devotional and prayer time, then I read a chapter or more in my Bible.

I have searched and applied for work every week, have been to several interviews and drew unemployment until it ran out.  I have done all this with prayer and communication with my Heavenly Father and I have peace, about my lack of employment that surpasses understanding, trusting God.  He has provided our needs thus far and I believe He will continue.

In the meantime, I continue to search and patiently wait on Him to open a door.  I don’t want to make the mistake I made with my last job, by jumping and accepting a job, just because it would be steady income.

When I’m not searching for a job, I stay busy with promoting my Avon sales, sewing, quilting, watercolor painting, and reading inspirational fiction.  Sometimes I will play a video game.

This week I’ve been working on a small quilt that will go to our local community outreach service.   Here are the two blocks that I’m going to use in it.  They are both nine patch blocks.  The traditional looking nine patch is a little wonky and they will all be that way just to give it a little quirkiness.  I plan to border each block with a contrasting color.  These two blocks are 8″ square and will be 12″ when I add the borders.

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My son, Joshua, was in for a short visit last weekend and if your children have left home, you know what a blessing it is when they come back for a visit.   I have written before how my home is filled with music with my husband and both children playing guitar, bass, drums, and piano.  If they aren’t all playing together, one of them will be playing something.  I can’t imagine life without music.

To sum my year up so far, again I’m thankful for lessons taught in my walk with God and what I’ve learned.  I’m thankful for peace the surpasses understanding, for the family I was physically born into and married into.  I’m thankful for my church and church family.

I’m thankful for the freedom I have to share this with you.  I’m thankful for you visiting and reading.

That’s the state of my year.

Sonia

www.youravon.com/sparham

Calm or Squawk

It’s a rainy morning this morning.

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Question: Does rain put you at ease like these little calm chicks…

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Or, does the rain make you uneasy and ready to squawk like these little chicks?

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Sonia

www.youravon.com/sparham

 

Depth…

One of the daily prompts this week is Depth… so I began to write… in honor and memory of a young man who attended my church… Dallas Lee Lloyd; 3/14/2000 – 7/14/2016

Depth, is seen in a smile.

Sometimes a person smiles and you see their lips curl upward but when you look into their eyes you see something other than happiness.  It may be the shallow depth of just putting on the smile for propriety sake or it may be the deep depth of sorrow and grief.

But then you meet someone and see a smile that goes beyond their eyes and shines and emanates from deep within the individual smiling.  You know without a doubt that they are truly feeling the joy they show.  Their smile shows total peace deep within even though you know that person is going through a tough time, living one day at a time.  Their smile, each time was so deep and full of love, joy and peace that you will never forget it.   That is how I will remember Dallas.

Sonia

P.S.  While writing, this verse came to me.  It shows the reason Dallas could smile and I pray it gives comfort to those who miss him.

Isaiah 41:10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Please keep his family in your prayers during this time of sorrow.

 

How appropriate…

How appropriate today’s Daily Prompt is Storm.

We had a storm blow through earlier today.   The winds were high and sheets of rain fell.  I have videos posted on my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/sonia.parham

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The temperature dropped to a cool 75 degrees.

 

After the rain slowed I went out and saw a lot of debris from the trees and a tree across 5th street that was taken out.

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So lots of wind and rain makes for a storm today.

hugs,

Sonia

www.youravon.com/sparham

 

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