Saturday, October 30, 2010

Health and Contentment

 Thank you again for all your prayers and sweet well wishes. Every one in my family is doing much better! :-)

One blessing that I always find after being sick is a greater appreciation for health. I am so blessed with an abundance of health. And yet sometimes I find myself struggling with discontentment even with so much to be thankful for. I always seem to be waiting for something to happen and expecting something to make me really happy. Maybe a trip to the craft store to get more stuff, maybe anticipating a visit with friends, maybe waiting for an illness to subside, maybe waiting for an event to come or a package or letter to arrive in the mail. At any example, expectations seem to get in the way of my joy. But what I need to be doing is standing in each moment, and being happy in life right now, loving God in my life minute by minute. No matter the time, the trials, the circumstances, the expectations, "This time" is the time to be content and enjoy life.
Because God is with me next month, next week, tomorrow and now. Christ is the one where all blessings flow. How can I not be thankful with an awesome, loving, father like Christ?...


What are you thankful for? 


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Update: Sick

Thank you all for your prayers! Unfortunately my Mom did get sick-Sam and Joe were almost recovered when she was sick thankfully- and I was planning on blogging yesterday that I had not gotten sick, but alas, before bed and all of last night I felt horribly nauseous. I threw up five times last night. But thank God I feel so much better today. My appetite is definitely not back to normal, but I am surprised that I even have a appetite.

This has been a very sick year for us. I really am sick of being sick. I think every one is slowly recovering. My Mom and Maggie felt sick, but neither of them vomited. Abby hasn't really gotten very nauseous. So, every one has gotten sick except Grandma.

Thanks again for all your prayers!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Prayer Request: Sick

Could you please pray for my family? We caught a stomach bug. John already got it, Sam and Joe had it at the same time and threw up at the same times every hour last night. My father is sick and my two sisters are sick.
Could you pray that neither my mom or me gets it? My mom is so tired from last night and it would make things a lot harder if either she or I got it. I know it's up to God. Please pray that my mom can gets some rest and my whole family recovers quickly. Thanks so much!
Hopefully this sickness will go away soon. :-)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Music...


My mother won this giveaway recently and the CD that she received has been such a blessing, not only to her, but to our family. Good wholesome music is very lacking in our society. Not only in places we go,
( restaurants, stores, etc.) but in our homes. We hardly listen to any music in our house. Just because we haven't taken the time to buy some. Our family loves humming. Someone is almost always using there vocals in our house. (In fact my little brother is humming right now.)
When my mother won.  I was so excited and I love listening to the music... I really want to get some more Getty music. (I read two very thought provoking articles on music recently, here and here.)
Music truly effects people. I think that it is so important to expose ourselves to the right kind of music.
Words to a song are as just important as the notes. Music can be inspiring or uninspiring, despondent or delightful, calming or confounding. But really music should be pleasing in the ears of God. Whether a song is happy or sad, it should be wholesome and honorable to Christ. I thought I would link to the lyrics of this beautiful song, Speak, O Lord. Click here.

"But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my words."
~Isaiah 66:2


Have a lovely musical day!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Earrings!

You might not have known, but I won a giveaway for some beautiful earrings! I have been anticipating their arrival and I was very happy to receive them in the mail!

                             I love a combination of bright and elegant clothing and jewelry...
              ...and these earrings are both elegant and stylish.

 I thought this little print on the earring card was cute.
 Don't you worry, I shall keep them for as long as they will possible last!
                                               
                             I am definitely going to wear them often....


                                       I love them....
                                                     

Friday, October 22, 2010

"Fall" out there

I have been simply loving fall. I am all out there when it comes to anything autumn-y!
I decided to write a whole seasonal post.

I took these leaf photos by spinning them around.
With my sister spinning, we captured some unique pictures.





Here are a couple of poems that the season has inspired me to write...

 Autumn
It whispers with the leaves,
It talks through the breeze,
I hear it shouting with the gusts of wind.
It's icy breath touching my neck and arms.
Painting colors on the trees,
making music on bird's wings.
Soaring high and whirling low.
Sweet and sharp, like a harp:
 Jesus Christ's art.

Leaves
Streaked with color,splashed with detail,
vibrant shades of red, orange, yellow.
Dancing and swirling, frolicking with the wind,
whispering good byes, for it is summers end.



::Pumpkin cookies::
Here is a very tasty pumpkin recipe that I tried baking today... They are so yummy!
They seem to be more cakey than the classic cookie, but I can't stop eating them.
Click here for the recipe! They're like biting into an autumn breeze... almost. :-)

                                     In the oven.

                                         They contain cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, vanilla and pumpkin.
                                     Many ingredients that taste like fall.

                                  My grandma got three pretty orange roses.
                                




God blesses us richly with beauty all around...it makes me happy when a new season arrives.
                                    
                   What have you been up to?...

Sunday, October 17, 2010

"The Narrow Path"



I named my blog The Narrow Path from the beginning and I had a purpose in mind when I named it, but I haven't truly written a post on what my purpose is for this blog except for my first post.


Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
Matthew 7: 13-14

My main goal for the creation of this blog is to voice my thoughts, encourage and interact with other people and grow deeper in a relationship with Christ.
I am striving to live on the narrow path and live the life in which Christ is the guide. The narrow path on which God calls each of us who take up our crosses and follow Jesus. A life that defines and distinctly shows to every one around us that we are God's followers. That our ammunition is not power and glory for our lives, but a character of love toward one another and a life that gives glory, praise, and all credit to God.
So my blog is a bunch of posts of encouragements, thoughts, and feelings on how to better grow and live closer to God; daily, weekly, through prayer and action. Through love and devotion. through acts of faith and trust. Through life struggles and life joys.
My blog is also a statement that I am trying to live for God. I am not perfect. I know for sure that my life would not what it is without God.
 Although I might write posts and thoughts on my opinions, I encourage your feed back, your thoughts and opinions, so that we may better understand and learn from God, together.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Giveaway...!

My sweet friend, valued mentor and violin teacher; Mrs. Anderson is having a exciting giveaway at her blog for some wonderful christian music CD's! She is celebrating her 500th post! I am sure she would love it if you'd drop her a comment. Give her a sweet congratulations and enter away!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

My Joy Filled Life

I have been very blessed this fall.

I've been continually working on school, among other things.After a summer break, I usually really enjoy school. I try not to think about "getting it all done" for the day and try to focus on learning. Having a good attitude helps. (some days that's what's lacking.) Putting a smile on and telling your self that learning is fun!, can be key to having a good day. Asking God to help you be joyful, effective, productive, and giving Him the results is very important.

Things I've been up to:

~I stitch ripped an old broken zipper out of my favorite jean skirt and replaced it with a new one.That's the second invisible zipper I've sewn. (Yeah!)

~I am working on a costume for our church's yearly reformation day. I usually buy a dress from the thrift store and decorate it.

~I have been wanting to make this dress, but unfortunately I have not been able to go to the craft store.I hope to go soon. It's all up to Mom when we go.

~I have been inspired by fall and wrote five poems the other day. I can never just sit down and write a poem; I have to be inspired.

~I've been enjoying our writing program, I am a little rusty after my break, but I love a challenge.

~My piano teacher has already given my sister's and I some Christmas songs. One of my songs is "Mary did you know"

~ But the best blessing of all is that...... my mom is pregnant! Her due date is in March. We don't know the gender yet, but I am really excited to have another brother or sister. We should find out the gender on Oct. 26th. My mom should be posting more about her pregnancy on the family blog. Do you think it will be a boy or a girl? Number seven... We have three of each, so we'll be happy with either! :-)

~Also Sam, Joe, My mom and I all got sick a couple weeks ago. After a week I still felt sick. Then for about four days I felt nausea only after dinner. My mom suggested that maybe I was lactose intolerant. I only have milk for dinner. So I stopped having milk and have not been having any dairy. I feel good. I am going to try for about a week with out dairy and then I am going to have a glass of milk, see how I feel then. I am not completely sure I am lactose intolerant. I just have to give it some time. :-)

~ I have been working on crocheted and knitted squares, too. It's fun to learn new stitches. I've been getting new books from the library each time we go.

I know I have not been posting that often; I hope to be posting more soon.

Now that I have rambled through my brain; I want to know what you've been up to!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Fall joys


                                          Isn't fall remarkable.  It is so nice to have a change in the weather.




                          Instead of hot, sticky, stuffy air, it is cool and refreshing...


                       The air has a sharp burst of chill to it... With beautiful, bright reds,
                 

                                Crisp oranges,

                                and bright yellows.


The leaves and weather is changing and so is my wardrobe... :-)
Good bye, flip flops! Hello, scarves and boots!



Fall is one of my favorite seasons, although every season has favorable aspects... "Autumn" has many warm memories and joys packed into the word. God has given us so much to enjoy here on earth. Different seasons, beauty and handy work. Christ's artistry has His' signature written all over it.

What is you favorite thing about fall?... :-)

Friday, October 1, 2010

Marie-Madeline Giveaway...!

Marie-Madeline is having a very exciting giveaway for a beautiful hand made quilt!

                                           So hop on over and enter away! ;-D

                                      The four young ladies who are behind the company... :-)