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

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

SKY

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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Lightning 1

Lightning 2

Lightning 3

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

Breathe

Today, I took a few pictures of the colors of Spring in my flower bed and during a small road trip today of the Arkansas River and pasture land.

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Breathe in the fresh air of Spring, let go of the past and take your first step into the future.

Sonia

Road Trip!

My friend Rita and I spent last Friday on the Spring Fling Shop Hop here in Arkansas.  We left Paris at 8:30 a.m and arrived back in Paris around 9:30 p.m.  The day was filled with beautiful quilts, laughter, and blessings from God during the travel.  Seriously, there were openings in traffic that could only be a God thing, especially when we got turned around.

Each shop displayed a quilt they made using and Exclusive Arkansas Focus fabric and a special background print by  Quilting Treasures Fabrics exclusively for the shop hop.  The quilts are shown in each set of pictures for each shop.  I’ve included a link to each shop’s website as well.

Our first stop was in Huntington, AR at Momma’s Log House.  This little shop is packed full of quilting and sewing goods.  http://www.mommasloghousequiltshop.com

Elvis fans run this shop, as you’ll find out, if you spend any time there.

Then on to Greenwood, AR to Crooked Creek Quilts.  This is a charming little quilt shop with friendly people who can answer your quilting questions.  www.crookedcreekquiltshop.com

After Crooked Creek Quilts we headed to Fort Smith, AR to the Sewing Machine Center. This shop is easy to find on Phoenix Ave. and has a lot to offer.  www.sewingmachinecenterfs.com

We left Fort Smith and drove northwest to Siloam Springs, AR; where Sager Creek Quilts & Yarnworks is located.   Again, a great quilt shop to visit.  I would have loved to spend more time here and to explore the town.  www.sagercreekquilts.com

It was time for lunch and when we asked for places to eat, we were told about Hawg City Grill. We found it and had a delicious lunch.  The prices were good and you get a lot of food.

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Working our way up to Sulphur Springs, AR, we found the Quilt Corner situated across from the Sulphur Springs city park.  This shop has a great assortment of fabrics to choose from.  You can find them on Facebook.  https://www.facebook.com/TheQuiltCorner/

From Sulphur Springs, we dropped down south, a little, to Pea Ridge, AR.  There were two shops for us to visit in this town.  I’ll start with Country House Quilting.  You can find them on Facebook.   https://www.facebook.com/CountryHouseQuilting/  This shop had a lot going on from voting on quilts made in a class to quilt giveaways coming up in the near future.

Next in Pea Ridge is the Sew-N-Sew Quilt Shop.   We were greeted by smiles when we entered this shop and got to participate in coming up with a name for the quilt they had on display.   https://www.facebook.com/Sew-N-Sew-Quilt-Shop-102344073211187/

Sew A Stitch was next, in Rogers, AR.  This shop has fabric but also has a lot of sewing machines to choose from.  www.sewastitch.com

We are getting close to the end of the shops to visit and got caught in “after work” traffic, as we got close to our next stop. Sew In Heaven in Fayetteville, AR.   I hate to say it, but we rushed in and out of this shop, as it was after 5:00 p.m. and we had until 6:00 p.m to get to the last shop, several miles away.  From what I could see though, this shop has a lot to offer.  You can check it out at www.sewinheaven.com

Last but definitely not least was the Lonesome Pine Quilts shops.  This charming shop is located outside of city limits near Elkins, AR.  I have to brag on this stop.  The ladies who run this shop were gracious enough to stay open after 6:00 p.m for us and they have a lot to offer! One of the first things you notice as you walk in is a beautiful vintage Ford pickup filled with batting and quilts. If you’re ever in the Elkins, AR area, check this shop out.  You will not be disappointed.  www.lonesomepinequilts.com

So 10 for 10, we made it to all the shops in one day.

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Total miles driven: 393 miles.

Sonia

Great way…

What a great way to start the day!

I shot this picture from my carport this morning.

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The word “Blessed” came to mind when I saw the sunrise this morning.

Have a blessed day!

Sonia