HOPE… MY WORD FOR THE COMING YEAR

HOPE

Over the course of the holiday season, God kept giving me a word to meditate on… hope. It’s a word that applies to all areas of my life. What is hope? What does it mean to you? I looked it up and here is what I found.

Hope: to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true… 

And the full definition includes: to cherish a desire with anticipation, trust, to desire with expectation of obtainment, to expect with confidence.

Suddenly, a myriad of Bible versus came flooding into my mind. What a revelation! What a God-wink for me! I just love it when God speaks to me in such a loving way, and through a dictionary!

Hope is mentioned about 130 times in the NKJ version of the Bible. I guess God wanted to make sure we got the message. David and Job spoke so much of hope, and look how much each of them endured? The book of Proverbs speaks often of hope. And a favorite of many is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” But the one scripture that truly stuck out for me was,

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

Not only does God offer us hope, He offers us joy and peace in finding it.

I have to confess, I have always struggled with thinking positive, truly setting my mind free to live the life God has always wanted. Sometimes being shackled by the fear of the unknown or my failures. It’s always been such a fight. Sometimes, it’s so hard to believe God wants to bless me and use me for His glory. I constantly disappoint Him in my sin nature. Do you ever feel that way? Over the years, because of certain seasons in my life, I often wonder if our family will finally overcome financial burdens, health issues, relationship issues, ect…

I feel overwhelmed sometimes at the thought of even trying to overcome certain things. It can be exhausting.

Then God reminds me that I can’t do this all by myself. That’s why He sent His Son and then the Holy Spirit. I often mediate on the verse, 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.” And then there’s 1 Corinthians 3:16, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” He never designed life to be that way for me or for anyone.

These promises give me hope!

I don’t have to do it by myself! I don’t have to carry these burdens! I am such a stubborn, independent and prideful person. Hmmm, maybe that’s why it has taken so long to hear His sweet message of hope for my life? This past year, I have sensed a new beginning in my life. And I know it starts spiritually, connecting with God like I have never done before.

By leaning and resting in Him, I am now achieving things (in small baby steps), I have never accomplished before.

Things aren’t happening overnight, but they are happening in a slow constant pace. I am so grateful and excited to see what God has in store for me and my family. I am excited to see how HE is going to use us for His glory.

As the new year approaches, where is your hope? Do you even have hope for the coming year? Your future? What are you excited about in the coming year? Would you like to share your hopes or struggles? Please feel free to share here or if you need prayer. I would love to pray for you! You are not alone 🙂

Love in Christ,

Sonya 

SAVOR THE MOMENT…

Savor The Moment

It seems like the older I get, the faster the time flies during the holiday season. Does anyone else feel this way? Lately I have been pondering over how I just want the time to slow down so I can make cookies with my son, visit friends and have more playdates with our kids, and do more holiday art projects to look back and remember. I would love to create more special recipes with holiday spices, take the time to write out Christmas cards, letting everyone know how special they are in our lives, make lists of things I need to do before Christmas, and even get that special gift for someone. Oh, and with all of that still have time to soak up the special moments of spending time with loved ones and did I mention we homeschool too?

I really want to be so intentional this holiday season. Doesn’t every mom aspire to do wonderful and memorable things for their families? I want to savor every moment and not be so stressed, like I have in the past. I did pretty good for Thanksgiving and really enjoyed myself. However, Christmas has totally caught me by surprise and I find myself scurrying around to keep up with our busy schedule. We still haven’t put up the decorations on our tree!

I woke up really early this morning with thoughts of how I could get a “jump start” on my day. Any moms out there get excited when this happens? 🙂 After completing my devotions, I threw some laundry in the washer and was thinking about the next few things on my list. Suddenly, I heard God’s still, sweet voice remind me to just savor the moments. Then this Bible verse came to mind and I just smiled. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7.

Don’t you just love it when God speaks to you at just the right time? I love how when I slow down, I can truly feel His presence. Why don’t I do this more often?

In hind sight, I now realize why my food processor and blender both broke in the same week! And right before Thanksgiving. I truly believe it was God’s intervention, answering my prayers. Now I get to spend more time with my husband and son, build more memories with them, instead of in the kitchen.

So this morning, I’m making a curry chicken in the slow cooker, and waiting for my son to wake up so we can spend the day together doing some random acts of kindness for others while we run some errands. Hey, maybe we will even pick up some Christmas cards! I will eventually get to everything on my list. My Blendtec replacement blender was shipped out this week, and hopefully I will get a new food processor for Christmas. Until then, I’m going to focus on building up my treasures in heaven, since this is where my heart truly longs to be…

I would love to hear how you are spending your holidays and savoring your own precious moments. Please share below in the comments! Merry Christmas and have a blessed holiday season!!!

WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT IN THE COMING YEAR?

Christmas Family Pic

It is bitter-sweet that Christmas has come and gone this year. We have been traveling and spending quality time with close friends and family. What a blessing this has been for us. Bonding and building healthy memories with your loved ones, or even making amends are so integral in life. Did you know that your emotional needs are just as important as your nutritional needs? I refer to this as primary foods. I will be expounding on this in coming posts for you. Want to learn more about primary foods or nutritional coaching? Contact me for a complimentary consultation.

My husband and I are so excited in planning and implementing our vision plan for this coming year. I’m adding some activities for our son in our homeschooling schedule, my husband is expanding his business and I am working on a clean-eating cookbook for families. I will also be offering detox and essential oil classes to improve your health and well-being! I’m so blessed and excited in helping family’s live a more salubrious lifestyle!

So what are you planning or excited about in the coming year? Did you set any goals? Are you making little or exciting changes? Anything new and good that will be life-changing for you and your family? I would love to hear from you!

Thank you for letting me share this little part of your world in social media. It’s an honor to be here with you. I look forward in getting to know you better in the coming year!

Love In Christ,

Sonya

“It is more blessed to give than to receive…”

Christmas CrossThese are the words Luke quoted in the book of Acts. This year my husband and I are being intentional in teaching our son the true meaning of Christmas. So often, our world takes “Christ” out of Christmas.  Christmas is about celebrating and remembering the birth of Jesus Christ. While we love to shower our son with gifts, watch his eyes light up when we pick out our tree, and decorate the house with colorful and festive decorations; we want him to learn that it is better to give than to receive. We want to teach him the history of Christ.

So with that said, we are planning things we can do for others during this Christmas season. We are following the Advent calendar our church gave us to do family activities together. You can check out our church at www.gochristfellowship.com. This calendar helps us focus on the story of Christ and giving.

Another thing we are doing is called R.A.C.K. It is Random Acts of Christmas Kindness. My friend Karen kept posting her family’s acts of kindness throughout December and it really inspired me to do this with our son. I will share those moments with you in my blog! So watch for them here…

What kind of Christmas traditions and giving ideas do you do with your family? I would love to hear about them and share them with others!

I pray that you have a blessed and joyous Christmas season. I am so thankful for you and looking forward to a new healthy and inspirational year!

 “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 9:6

Merry Christmas and have a salubrious new year!

Sonya

Less Stress and More Memories!

Would you like to be thankful for less stress and more memories this year?

I can hardly believe the holidays are here. I didn’t even get to the fall decorations in our home! Next week we will be pulling out the Christmas decorations and planning when to get our Christmas tree!

As I am sitting here writing you, my son is sitting next to me playing with his legos and humming Jingle Bells. I am so thankful for such a wonderful and loving son and husband. They bring such joy to my life.

I encourage you as wives, mothers, sisters, and friends, to take time in your hectic schedule to truly enjoy this time of year. Focus on what you are truly thankful for. It’s so easy to get caught up in the chaos of holiday shopping, cooking, and preparations as we strive to make it just perfect for our loved ones.

This year I am being intentional in truly enjoying the holidays and thankful for all that God has done for my family. I challenge you to do the same 🙂

Don’t fret if you don’t make all of those Thanksgiving side dishes and desserts. Let go of your mommy O.C.D. 🙂 Instead, be thankful for the extra time you can spend with your children or spouse! Let your family help you prepare for your big feast. Even if everything doesn’t look picture perfect, you have made wonderful memories with your family to remember. I find that when I am not stressed out by the details, my son seems to enjoy our time together even more. That my friend, is priceless.

So this year I am making more memories and less cookies, unless Malachi or my husband want to bake some goodies with me 🙂 So what are you thankful for this year? I would love to hear your thoughts!

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” Psalm 107:1

Encouraging You,

Sonya