Celebrate

Celebration was the theme over the weekend, starting with my daughter graduating and getting pinned in nursing as LPN from Arkansas Tech University.  I don’t have a picture of Audre in her cap and gown ready to post yet, but hopefully will have soon.

Then at 10:00 a.m., Saturday morning, David and I were married 28 years.  I’m thankful God brought him to me.  He knew I needed a man who is an example of trusting in Jesus Christ and living by faith.  He knew I needed a man who is patient, level-headed, and a man of his word – a man of integrity.

On Mother’s day I found this beautiful picture, Audre drew, along with some books she gave me for the day.   Mom and I went to church together and my son, Josh called me in the afternoon.  He lives out-of-state and it’s always good to hear his voice.

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You may have noticed I’ve added a new page titled Your Avon on the menu at the top of this page.   Each Monday I will post a new special from my website.  Be sure to check it out each week.

Sonia

 

I See…

If then you have been raised with Christ,  seek the things that are above, where Christ sits, at the right hand of God.  Set your mind on things above and not on things on the earth. ~ Colossians 3:1-2

When I see sunrays coming through the clouds, I get a glimpse of glory.

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As I took these pictures, in the past couple of weeks, I could see and feel God’s glory in creation itself.

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The week before Easter, I awoke one morning with this image in my head and began to paint.  Because of things going on in life… it has taken me awhile to get it done.  Finally finished it on Tuesday.

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As I’ve studied the two verses at the beginning of the blog this week, some other verses came to me in a webinar I participated in; by Matt Tommey.

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire and it shall be done for you.  By this My Father  is glorified , that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. ~ John 15:7-8

So the priorities are… seek those things that are above.  Seek God.  Abide with Him, learn His words and keep them close, in your heart, your mind, and your spirit.

 

Sonia

PS… just a reminder… there are some great gift ideas for Mother’s day on my Avon website.  Check them out.  www.youravon.com/sparham

 

 

Shine!

Earlier in the week, Thursday I think, I noticed the daffodil pin on my handbag went into shadow and then out again as the sunlight played across the car through the windows as we drove to Fort Smith.

Into the shadow…into the light…

As I watched, it reminded of me of how we have days of shadow in life.  Sometimes we see a glimpse of the light but don’t quite get to it.  But, if we stay focused on the light and move toward it, we eventually shine!

Sonia

PS… for Mother’s Day visit my Avon EStore  www.youravon.com/sparham

This entry was posted on April 29, 2017, in update.

Identity

This morning, I stayed home with a major headache. I got up around 11:00, tired of being in bed and needing something for the pain.  Since I missed church, I watched a service on TV.

The sermon was out of the book of Ephesians.

For by grace you are saved through faith; and not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10)

It was about identity.  We identify ourselves with titles such as mom/dad, son/daughter, etc., our occupation or our hobby.   Titles don’t matter or make up for the need of Jesus Christ in one’s life.

As I listened it hit me that I tend to go negative at times about myself with titles like “worthless with no purpose”.   When I am negative it affects everything in my life; my health, my spirit, and my relationship with others.

I realized that feeling that way about myself is a sin against God.  For I know Jesus Christ as my Savior, and because of Him, I am worthy and have a purpose.

My purpose? To follow Jesus Christ.

I pray that I can release the negative within as I strive to focus on my worthiness and purpose in Him.

But my eyes are fixed on You, O Sovereign LORD; in You I take refuge – do not give me over to death. (Psalm 141:8)

 

Sonia

This entry was posted on April 23, 2017, in update.

As I wait…

I went garage selling with my mom and aunt yesterday.  We had an enjoyable time together and found some good bargains.  I sat out on few of the garage sales.  While waiting at one of the sales, I began to write.

4-7-17  As I wait…   I hear the sounds of town life – traffic on the main street, the soft conversation between a dad and child, laughter rings out as he teases her.  I hear the birds singing in the distance.  They are unaffected by the traffic as it goes by.  A butterfly flutters by as if it doesn’t have a care in the world.  “It works!”, I hear called out, as a sale is made.  The breeze is gently blowing.  It’s a beautiful sunny day.    Sonia R. Parham

Here’s what I found while out.  My total dollars spent was $6.00.

In among the things was something I wasn’t sure about.

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I did some research.  It is a K-Tel Knitter.  It’s made in the USA and found it was marketed in the 1970s.  Here’s link to a YouTube video showing the commercial. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eit8ulpCypY

Just goes to show, you can learn something new every day.

Sonia

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It is pouring down rain, as I write.  Earlier as the storms were rolling in I went outside and started the video on my camera.  Here are some pics I was able to pull off the video.

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The video has some pretty cool lightning shots of it spreading across the sky, but I am unable to post the video to this blog.

Sonia

This entry was posted on April 4, 2017, in update.