Photo of Day – Round & Round

VickiManuel:

I posted last year that I was ready and willing to fulfill Gods will for me but the truth is I have been getting in my own way. Having a hard time separating man’s world from Gods world.
A friend of mine sent me this and I thought I would share with you. I hope you enjoy.
Hugs and Blessings,
Vicki

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SONY DSCApril 25, 2013 … Round & Round

Yesterday I asked if you ever felt like you were going round & round & feeling like you were getting no where. I talked about how you needed to serve God Willingly and when you surrender to God and make him Lord & Savior of your life that we are given the Fruits of the Spirit. This is what it is going to take to get off that Merry Go Round and get on a straight path to progress. So the next step in not only learning what those Fruits consist of but knowing if we are manifesting those fruits.

The key to the reception of the Holy Spirit is repentance. John the Baptist was preaching repentance for the forgiveness of sins and as preparation for the coming of the Messiah. He was baptizing with water as a symbol of cleansing, but He…

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G.L.O.W.

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For the past couple of weeks it seems that all my conversations lead to the discussion of Love!  Each time, I am leaving the conversation thinking about my journey; where I have been, where I have gone, where I am now and daydreaming of my future. Which is a good thing because we should never forget how we got to this moment.
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I DID IT

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Dear Readers, 
 
I have news for you!
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Let’s Play – Let’s Be Gods Children

Let's Play - Let's be Gods Children

Let’s Play – Let’s be Gods Children

For those of you who know me, know that I have been debating to leave my day job for months. The job that provides food on the table, gas in the car, and all the other conveniences in this life. I call it my Blue Cheese Job; old and stinky, sometimes I like it and sometimes I don’t. It has been a blessing to say the least but it is now draining me of my energy to do fully what God has in store for me. I feel in my heart that this chapter in my life is ending so why do I hold on so tightly? Is it fear, is it not knowing what the future will bring? Or is it just being patient and waiting for the right time? When I think about quitting I get so excited, the excitement where your belly gets butterflies and your smile reaches from ear to ear. But, when it comes to actually giving my notice I get all squirrelly. I just can’t seem to do it. Is it fear or is it not the right time? How does one know the difference? As Christians it is so hard to separate our thoughts from Gods thoughts. It seems as though I get signs all the time of what I should do but by the time I read the whole thing it becomes confusing, such as, I will here a sermon on being obedient and do as God has said when He says it on His terms, not mine but then the next sentence says “be patient”.  How do you know when the right time is? Today, I had the opportunity to ask my preacher that very question. His answer was basically the same as everyone else’s. Only you and God know that answer, you will know. Sigh….That was not what I was looking for. He did suggest that I pray for wisdom. To ask for guidance and direction. I appreciated what he had to say and I left.
On the way home instead of turning left, I went straight and ended up at the park. I had never been there. I was just going to sit in the bandstand/theater building they had built and read the Bible. Then I realized on the other side of that there was a playground. I headed straight for the swings. I love the swings, wind blowing on my face, kicking up to the sky. Then it was onto the slides. I remembered a couple of days ago hearing someone asking “what was your childhood passion, what made you feel happy?” The first thing that popped in my head was playing on the playground and swimming. As I was climbing up to the slide I noticed that there was a creek running along the park, I love water! After I was done playing I went over and just sat beside the creek. Listening to it sing, it gurgled and burbled. Watching it flow fiercely over the rocks, so hard that it was creating waves, but these waves were going backwards (I don’t know the terminology for that.)  The more I sat there and watched the more it reminded me of life. Up further around the bend the water was flowing calmly over the smaller rocks but as it curved around it came in fierce (reminded me of a crowd on Black Friday night waiting after the doors had opened) over the dips and larger rocks picking up speed causing the water to flow so fast that it was back tracking causing white water, just as we do in our lives we get so caught up into the situation and get in such a hurry that when we get to our destination we have to take 2 steps back to realize that we have reached it, if we had only slowed down.
As I got up I decided to get back on the swing, this time I was facing away from the sun only because that was the direction I was going in. I was on there 2 seconds before I got up and turned around. It only felt right when I was swinging toward the “sun”. I swung with my eyes closed, feeling the warmth of the sun and the cool breeze in my face, I felt so calm and peaceful. Then before I knew it, I jumped off!!!! Me?, I was shocked. I got back on and swung some more, I thought hmm, I wonder if I can do that again? Sure enough once again, I jumped. This time it was fun, wondering when my feet would hit the ground. I got on again, this time fear set in just a little bit and when I jumped I tried to hold on to the chain. It didn’t go as smoothly as the first two times. I did land on my feet but my arm got pulled. I decided, that was enough. Trying to learn from all that I do, I decided that I learned that I  need to just let go and stop trying to hold on! Just in our lives we try to hold on to the past that we don’t experience and allow God to guide the way.
We are the children of God. What do children and parents do best? They play, they laugh, they share, they talk, hopefully they grow an amazing relationship and most importantly parents teach their children. What better way to get close to our Father then to play, to bond, to listen, to learn and to build a relationship. The innocence of a child’s mind has the ability to have more Faith then any other. So, when you feel you need to get close to God and prayer just doesn’t seem to be doing it. Let yourself just be, get back to your innocence and just play.

So, did I get the answer I was looking for? Probably, but I have yet to ungrasp the past, and the comfort of what I know, so I am not hearing. I have two choices –  He conforms to the life that I choose for myself, still having the opportunity to do His work OR I can choose to conform fully and completely to His life that He has planned for me. For now, I am going to be happy and fulfilled with what I have in my life. God has and will continue to bless me, when the time comes I will know when to let go and I will be at peace.

Many blessings and hugs to you!

Vicki

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Steps to Your New Year’s Resolutions

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This is the article that I mentioned that would be in É vero Magazine. Unfortunately, the magazine is going through a revamp so the article wasn’t published. The good news is that I can share with you, right here, right now!

2014 is now here, with that, is the dreadful New Year’s Resolutions.  Every year we say “this year is going to be different”. Continue reading

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Let’s Dance and Connect the Dots

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For those who know me, know I love acronyms. My business name is one, and I am always trying to come up with new ones. My latest one was P.R.A.Y. Continue reading

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My new year’s resolution

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It has been a very long time since I have posted. This year has provided me with more experiences than I could ever have imagined. Here is just a little bit of what I have been up to, not in any specific order.
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Food Issues – a chat with my health coach

VickiManuel:

My wonderful blogger and friend did an interview with me on her podcast and then wrote about it. Come join us! I hope you enjoy it. :)

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My latest podcast is a chat with my friend and health coach, Vicki Manuel. We talked about our food issues, like emotional eating, the reasons we don’t want to diet and why it’s all about changing the way we think. Continue reading…

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There’s No Food In My Food

VickiManuel:

This is a blog post from a fellow blogger and my client. She has come such a long way and I am very proud of her. Change doesn’t come overnight but you can start the change overnight and that is exactly what she has done. Please take a moment and read her blog post.

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As I sit in the drive-thru waiting for my vanilla shake, it occurs to me that I have a first-world relationship with food. What I’m eagerly anticipating to consume isn’t about feeding my body. In a physical sense, I don’t need a luscious, creamy, cold, smooth, delicious vanilla shake.

But I sure do want one.

In my life, food past long ago beyond the role of necessity, and into the realm of luxury and accessory.

While I may eat because I’m hungry, I don’t do so with a mindfulness about nourishing my body. Quite often my aim is convenience. I go to fast food because it’s quicker and easier than preparing something myself. I buy prepared foods because it’s faster and easier to open a box and add water than it is to do all the peeling and chopping required when you cook from scratch.

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I am willing

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If you read yesterdays post you would know that I had a little meltdown. Luckily, we are all blessed with nights so that we can start a new beginning the next day. Today I woke feeling much better and with answers.
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