Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Christmas Blessings

     It's that time of year again. The time where family and friends get together with the ones they love. A time when gifts are shared, and laughter is made. A time when families reflect on the year, and celebrate what's to come. A time when, most importantly, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. A time when we're reminded that it's better to give than receive. This year, has been filled with much excitement for me.
     Back in February, my husband and I got married. God began to change us and mold into a family unit of one. God began to work on both my husband and I, in our lives with each other, and those around us. We no longer worked as an individual, but as a team. Now, God has added another family member to our home. The little baby that grows inside my womb, is part of the Narwold family tree, that's growing by the day. :) 
     This Bible verse was perfect for this time of 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. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭9:6-7‬ ‭

     What are your plans for Christmas? My husband and I are headed to Wisconsin as I write this to spend Christmas with the Narwold Family. :)
     Have a wonderful Christmas and remember that Jesus is the reason for the season! 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Learning to be Humble


     This past week, I've had to learn a lot about sacrificial love, and about being humble. On Tuesday, I was feeling weak with a Cold that I had been trying to get over. I couldn't do much around the house without me having to take a break to catch my breath. I couldn't bear it, because I felt like I was letting my husband down for not keeping up with the house, and more importantly, God... because I wanted to serve my husband, but couldn't in the way I wanted to.

     Josh has taken very good care of me, especially when I'm sick. When we sat down on the couch, and I needed more water, he was up before I could stop him with my cup in hand, getting me water. 
Yesterday, I woke up, and my stomach had this odd, queasy-empty stomach feel to it. After 4 years of no stomach bug, I had gotten it somehow. I guess I was way past due. 
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      Josh drove to the Family Dollar down the street from us to get me some things, and later that night, he was a total servant! I didn't even ask him to things, he just did it knowing that it'd help me. I was on the couch all day yesterday either falling asleep, or watching a movie. When Josh came home in the evening, he made me a Grilled Cheese Egg Sandwich, and sat next to me. Later that evening while I was resting on the couch, he went to our church to help the men with some building projects. He's great like that. 
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     It was very humbling for me to see that I don't have to do it all. God gave Josh to me. We work as team. It was even more humbling for me to actually LET Josh do things, as opposed to me telling him that he doesn't have to. Today, I feel so much better! Today, I'm thankful for the man that Gods blessed me with! I'm truly humbled to have such a Godly man like Josh! I love you dear husband of mine!... more and more every day!!! 
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1 Peter 5:6

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you..."

Philippians 2:3-11

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. ..."

James 4:6

But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

Matthew 23:12

Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted."

2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land."

2 Corinthians 11:30

If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness."

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Morning Sickness?

     Now that ya’ll know that I’m pregnant, I can tell you a bit about my pregnancy.
     From what I'm told, I haven't had much morning sickness. I've never been pregnant before, so it's hard to compare it to anything, but from what I gather, I don't have much morning sickness. :)
     Most people who know me well, know that I was never much of a breakfast eater, and that I could be satisfied with coffee for breakfast. That would usually hold me over until Lunch. Well, since being pregnant, I have to eat immediately after waking up, and every 2 hours or so, otherwise I feel so sick that I can’t eat anything without feeling like I’m going to throw up. So, there have been many times when my husband will come home, and I just want to sit on the couch and watch something until I feel better. Usually by the end of the show, I’m feeling better. I have to force myself to eat at that point. sigh. Also, I’m starving in the morning and afternoon, but usually after dinner, I’m fine for the rest of the night. weird! 
     The first time I was hungry after dinner, my husband brought up a bag of chips and we ate and played a game of Sequence on our bed upstairs. 
     Because I didn’t used to need much to eat, before I was pregnant, there was a point when I was about 4- 4 /12 weeks along into my pregnancy, where I seriously hated food! Because I had to eat all the time! I still hate food! ;) 
     Since being pregnant, I actually can’t stand coffee! seriously! Many of you know that I’m a coffee lover! I was a snob about it and thought, “when I get pregnant, I’m never going to not like coffee.” Well, I don’t like it. :( I guess it’s better that way though. No more Starbucks runs. ;)
     Many of you know that I love burgers! Well, last month I had my first craving. Can you guess for what?! ;) Not only did I want a burger, but I wanted a Big Mac Meal from McDonalds! Not just any burger, but a big mac! ;) Since then, I haven’t had too many other cravings… no pickles! bleh! On Sunday I had a craving for a steak because my pastor talked about it in his sermon. ;) However, I haven't had too many cravings... maybe 3 since being pregnant. :) 
     This being my first pregnancy, everything is new, and exciting at the same time! I’m constantly being reminded to trust God in everything. My parents and family members are so excited, and I'm excited to be talking about this with them.
    On December 1st I had my first midwife appointment. My blood pressure was great, and I was drinking enough water! :) I'll be getting a blood test soon, so ya'll can pray that will go smoothly.

     HOW I TOLD JOSH...
I told Josh that I had a surprise waiting for him when he got home. He kept asking questions, an he was getting a little warm. ;) When he got home, I told him that he was going to be a dad. He said, "Are you serious?!" He smiled, and gave me a hug. That night was a date-night, but we decided to stay home and let everyone know. We FaceTimed mostly everyone, and we walked over to Josh's brother's that night, and told them in person.
     Josh has been so good to me! And super patient with this baby inside me growing, and my hormones changing constantly. ;) I love you Josh, and I'm grateful that our baby will have a wonderful man to call their father!

     We are very excited to welcome a little one into our own lives. 
Please keep us in prayer, and the little one inside me. We’re blessed! :) <3 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Pregnancy Announcement! :)

     Hello all! I've been wanting to tell you for a while now, but my husband and I are expecting our first child!!!! 
I'm pregnant!!! 


     The baby's due-date is June 14th approximately :) Please keep us in your prayers as we prepare for a little one! This Thanksgiving, even though I'm a week late, I'm grateful for so much! I'm super grateful for a loving and fantastic husband! I'm also grateful for the little baby in my womb! I'm about 12 weeks along now, so I'd appreciate your prayers for a healthy pregnancy. I'll keep ya'll up to date as time moves on. :)

"For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am Fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I wake, I am still with You." 
~Psalm 139:13-18~

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Giving Thanks

     The Bible is filled with commands to give thanks to God. Most verses go on to list reasons why we should thank Him, such as “His love endures forever” (Psalm 136:3), “He is good” (Psalm 118:29), and “His mercy is everlasting” (Psalm 100:5). Thanksgiving and praise always go together.
     Feeling and expressing appreciation is great! Like any wise father, God wants us to learn to be thankful for all the gifts He has given us (James 1:17). It is in our best interest to be reminded that everything we have is a gift from Him. Without gratefulness, we become arrogant and self-centered. We begin to believe that we have achieved everything on our own. Thankfulness keeps our hearts in right relationship to the Giver of all good gifts.
     Giving thanks also reminds us of how much we do have. We tend to focus on what we don’t have. By giving thanks continually we are reminded of how much we do have. When we focus on blessings rather than wants, it changes our hearts and attitudes. When we start thanking God for the things we usually take for granted, our perspective changes. 
     1st Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” We are to be thankful not only for the things we like, but for the circumstances we don’t like. When we purpose to thank God for everything that He allows to come into our lives, we keep bitterness away. We cannot be both thankful and bitter at the same time. We thank Him for His promise that “all things will work together for the good, to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” ~ Romans 8:28
      We can have thankful hearts toward God even when we do not feel thankful for the circumstance. We can grieve and still be thankful. We can hurt and still be thankful. Giving thanks to God keeps our hearts in right relationship with Him and saves us from emotions and attitudes that will rob us of the peace that God wants us to experience. (Philippians 4:6–7)    
     Have a wonderful Thanksgiving ya'll, giving thanks to God the Father Almighty, who's Sovereign on His throne.
  • What are some things you're thankful for this year?
  • What are your plans for Thanksgiving?
  • What yummy foods do you have? 





Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A Letter to My Mom and Dad

Dear Dad and Mom,
I wanted to write a letter to know to let you know that I love you, and miss you so much! I wanted to let you know that everything's okay here. Dad, Mom, you don't have to worry about me, because you know what? You let me marry a wonderful man! A man who cares about God and the church as much as you've prayed for. You let me marry a man who kind, caring, and gentle. He's very sweet with his words, and he chooses them carefully.
     Dad and Mom, you've let me marry the man of my dreams! He's all that and more. He's so much more than I could've ever imagined, that I'm so grateful to God every day for him. You let me marry a man who is a seeker of the word of God, and a studier. He's a quick thinker, and a great man of integrity. He wants to please me, but more than that, he wants to be like Christ. He wants to strive to be like Christ every day. You know what? He reminds me of both of you. How much you both strive to be like Christ every day, and make sure that Christ is the center of everything!
     You let me marry a wonderful man who will be a fantastic father! Every time I see him hold a baby at church, or our little niece, I see how gentle he is with children, and I wonder, how can God be so good to me?! God gave me wonderful parents who've raised me by the Word of God, and who've let me marry a great man!
     Dad and Mom, Thank you for always being there for me! Thank you for all the times that you gave me advice and encouragement, even when I didn't receive it as well as I should have. Thank you for not letting me get away with things, and for disciplining me. Thank you for being a constant reminder that you are the example of a Godly marriage. Thank you for being there for me through the thick and thin... the days when I was going through trials, and the days when their were good days that I didn't want to end. Thank you for all the Family Traditions and Fun Times we've had. Thank you for all the times that you let me spend with my friends, and trusted me that you knew I'd make wise decisions or poor ones, and learn from them. Thank you for standing on the side lines and cheering for me and giving me encouragement as you watched me succeed and watched me fail. 
     Thank you for being there for me through my courtship with Josh. It's been wonderful to look back and see Gods faithfulness throughout it.
     Dad and Mom, thank you for being wonderful, Godly parents that I can look up to, and know that I have the best parents on earth that God blessed me with to nurture me and to teach me everything that you know! :)
     Dad and Mom, thank you for everything that you do, everything that you are, and everything that you stand for! Thank you for letting me marry the man of my dreams! You don't have to worry about me. I'm blessed! Blessed with Godly parents who lead by example, blessed by a good man who've everything I could've ever asked for. I'm blessed with a Godly pastor who leads us in the way of the Word; I'm blessed with a wonderful church family who've welcomed me in with open arms from day one. I'm blessed with a husband who has a great family! I married into a family that loves God, and loves each other. I'm blessed to have great in-laws, and great friends.
     Dad and Mom, you will always be there for me, and I will always love you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking care of me all those years, and for continuing to give me encouragement and wisdom. Thank you for all those times that I didn't thank you, especially when you went out of your way to make me happy. Thank you for the way you taught all of us to be studiers of the word of God, and to serve Christ in everything we do. Thank you for letting go of me, even though it was hard. You've let me leave and cleave to my husband, and although I'm not under your headship anymore, I will always look up to you! Thank you for being the great parents you are, and for always being there for me! I'm truly and undeservedly blessed by God! To God be the Glory forever and ever. I love you Dad and Mom!
Love your daughter,
Caitlin Nicole Narwold

Friday, November 13, 2015

Mourning with those who Mourn

     The Bible talks a lot about mourning and weeping.
     Last week, a close friend of ours at church had a miscarriage. To see such a dear friend, so close go through something like this, was hard. I cried, a lot. I cried because I know how important children are to their family, our church, and God. I know that God knew how long that baby was going to be in the womb, before He decided to take the baby home. God knows it all, and it was His will that the baby went home early.
     The Bible says in Romans 12:15, "Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep."
      Jesus Christ himself mourned the death of Lazarus.(John 11)
     Many years ago, when I was 9, my mother was carrying a child in her womb. She was 8 months into her pregnancy, when she knew something was wrong. My dad and her rushed to the hospital, and my little baby sister, Grace Elizabeth Baughman, was a still-born baby. My parents mourned for a long time. In many ways, it still hurts. However, in the midst of that hurt. In the midst of them fighting those tears, and long nights; they knew that God was in control. They knew that this was all part of Gods perfect plan. Although they didn't understand it, they both begin to seek the Lord even harder than they ever have before.
     God blessed them with another baby 6 weeks later, and 8 months later, my sister, Joy Elianna Baughman, was born. We don't always understand why God does what he does, but we know this... God is in Control! He's Sovereign, and He's on his throne.
     I'm constantly reminded of God's Sovereignty every day. From praying and having faith that my husband gets home safe from work every day, to God's sovereignty over the womb of many babies who've died. God has his perfect plan, and although it doesn't make sense to us, it's His plan. 
     Revelation 21:4, "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
     Matthew 5:4, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."

Thursday, November 5, 2015

GOD IS GOOD!

I know I've been posting a lot of posts from other people lately. This one was so good that I started to cry. ;) 


"God is so good. Just when I needed that check, I opened the mailbox and there it was."

"My fuel light was on, and just as I pulled into the gas station, my car died. God is good!"

"I was exhausted and just as I reached the grocery store, the best parking place became vacant! Isn't God good?"

God is good. But life is not always good.

Is God good when a child is hit by a drunk driver? Is God good when your husband is unfaithful? Is God good when your teenager is suicidal? Is God good when a God-fearing father is killed in a tornado? Is God good when people lose their homes and lives to fires and storms? Is God good when yesterday you felt fine, but today you're told that you have cancer?

Yes, He is good. Because His goodness is not dependent on our circumstances. He is good because His character is all-goodness. His Word tells us He is good and so we believe it is true. In Him there is no darkness.

Clouds of doubt overwhelm us in the darkest of trials.  We weep, we grieve, we cry out that we don't understand. It has all been said and the feelings all felt, long before we existed (Psalm 88).  In this world we will have tribulation. We are wise if we become students of the Word and prepare for our times of crisis before they come, not being content to be hand-fed by others. Because come, they will.

Is God in control of these terrible circumstances? Yes. He doesn't sleep. Nothing takes him by surprise. He is good not because he didn't allow it, but because He is our stronghold in the midst of it. He is our shelter and under His wings we have a place to hide when we are overwhelmed with sorrow.  He is near to us when we cry ourselves to sleep. He keeps an account of the tears we cry. He sees us when we are soul weary and can only groan out an unintelligible prayer because the hurt is so deep.

We can't take comfort in stability of our lives because they can shift and change on a dime. We take comfort in His unchanging love and compassion. We remember that He has told us all things work together for good.

You have kept count of my tossings;
put my tears in your bottle.
Are they not in your book?
Psalm 56:8



When George Muller's wife of 39 years died, he preached her funeral sermon using the text Psalm 119:68:

"You are good and do good; teach me your statutes."


 He also spoke these words:

“I bow, I am satisfied with the will of my Heavenly Father, I seek by perfect submission to his holy will to glorify him, I kiss continually the hand that has afflicted me… Without an effort my inmost soul habitually joys in the joy of that loved departed one. Her happiness gives joy to me. My dear daughter and I would not have her back, were it possible to produce it by the turn of a hand. God himself has done it; we are satisfied with him.”

Lives on earth are but a vapor.  And while we sojourn here, we do so through many dangers, toils and snares.  Our hope is in the finished work of our Lord Jesus.  He took the penalty for our sin, forgiving us even while we were still sinners.  It pleased the Father to crush him for our sake. If we are in Him, God sees us now through the righteousness of Christ. New creatures bound for the Heavenly City. This truth is our only sure foundation.

http://www.nurseryofthenation.com/

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Goodbye Halloween!

     I'm sure that many people won't like what I post on here, and will disagree with me, but I feel like I should re-post this article with Halloween quickly approaching. I ask that you take some of these questions into consideration. I realize each family is different no matter what they read, and I realize that, but this is a great read nevertheless... 
The more I learned, the more I became convinced that this “holiday” (a word that means “holy day,” by the way) was not honoring to God in any way. I began to see that my refusal to give up Halloween was evidence of a divided heart — but Jesus wants my whole heart.
Ever since deciding to “just say no” to Halloween, I can honestly tell you that the blessings and joy of obedience are far greater than any fun I ever had “celebrating.”
And since many people, even Christians, think my decision is odd or even legalistic, I finally decided to put together a list of the top ten reasons I kissed Halloween goodbye.
1. Halloween glorifies evil, not God.
It’s no secret that Halloween is all about witches and ghosts and fear and death. Haunted houses, Hollywood movies, even neighborhood patios are graced with blood and dead bodies and axe murderers … giant replicas of poisonous spider and cobwebs … scary organ music, skeletons, and gravestones. Can anyone deny that this holiday glorifies Satan and every evil thing?
“Oh, but our family only dresses in good costumes,” we are quick to point out, as if somehow sugarcoating the evil with smiling pumpkins and sparkly Disney princess costumes somehow changes the meaning of the celebration.
I too continued to dress up for several years, but no matter what creative spin I put on it, eventually I could no longer justify that anything I was doing in respect to this holiday was honoring to God. Sure, my costumes were cute. Sometimes they were even sophisticated, clever, funny, or smart. But none of those things changed the fact that the holiday itself glorified evil, and I could no longer lend my talents and attention to remain part of it.
Most of us know that Halloween is one of the highest, most holy days for witches and Satanists. Even though we ourselves may not be involved in the practice of witchcraft, we give credence to the holiday by celebrating it. If we abhor evil, should we not also abhor any day designated to celebrate it? The Bible says to avoid even the appearance of evil.
“Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.” —1 Thessalonians 5:21-22
It also doesn’t take a rocket scientist to discern that the Halloween is all about fear. Scary costumes, haunted houses, and horror movies are designed for no other purpose than to frighten us. Seeking out opportunities to be scared is, on this day at least, the highest form of entertainment. If we do not have a spirit of fear, should we even acknowledge a day whose purpose is to invoke a spirit of fear in us?
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, and of power, and of a sound mind.” —2 Timothy 1:7
2. If the seed is bad, the fruit will be bad.
Halloween has never been a Christian holiday. The foundations of Halloween are occultic, and the symbols and traditions we continue today all have roots in pagan practices. God tells His people over and over again to avoid all pagan rituals and traditions...
3. Don’t dine with demons.
Samhain was the one day of the year when the dead were allowed to come back into the world and commune with the living. People traditionally set a spot for the dead at their table, inviting them in. Since there was also the possibility that evil spirits would come looking for them, people took to “guising” themselves for protection. In other words, it’s okay to dine with demons — as long as you wear a costume to protect yourself.
“You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.” —1 Corinthians 10:21...

10. Come out from them and be separate.
Perhaps the reason I finally let go of Halloween was precisely because I didn’t want to.
If that sounds like a contradiction, let me explain. You see, the very fact that I kept coming up with reasons and excuses so I could continue celebrating eventually led me to question my motives. Why was I hanging on so tightly? Was it possible that my celebration of Halloween had become an idol to me? Certainly it appeared so, because still I embraced the traditions of men even when I knew God’s heart on the matter.
“Therefore come out from them and be separate from them, says the Lord.” —2 Corinthians 6:17
God wants His people to be holy, which means to be set apart. If everyone else is doing something, and I’m doing it too, that is a good time to examine myself to see if I’m really in the faith. If people don’t look at me and think I am peculiar (1 Peter 2:9) — if I fit right in with our culture and no one can tell I am any different — then I am probably doing something wrong.
The Bible doesn’t say that we should have less up do with darkness than other people do; it says have nothing to do with evil. By even acknowledging and associating with the holiday, I was giving credence to it in my life and opening myself to deception.
It is my prayer that everyone who follows Christ will be open to prayerfully seeking God’s wisdom about the traditions of man.
“Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.” —Ephesians 5:6-10
Here are additional Bible verses you can review as you prayerfully seek God’s wisdom regarding whether your family should continue to celebrate Halloween:
http://www.openbible.info/topics/celebrating_halloween...
Read more on this article, here:
10 Reasons I kissed Halloween Goodbye

http://www.girldefined.com/should-we-celebrate-evil-sexualized-holiday-year

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Seasons Change

     You know, it's funny; I look back at where I was last year, and so much has changed since then. I look at my life here in Ohio, and stare in awe at the wonders God's done in my life. 
     It was a year ago, when Josh wrote a guest post on my blog, found here: http://daughterofdestiny-generation78.blogspot.com/2014/10/guest-post-surrendering.html


     Many of you may not know, but I help take care of an elderly lady just down the street from me. I take care of her, right now for one day a week, from 7:30AM-5:30PM. Mary White (Mrs. White) tells me so many stories of her and her husband. She's 92, and has 5 generations of children/grand children/great grandchildren/etc...! When I look at Mrs. White, it's very clear that she's a Christian. For her, being a child herself was just yesterday. She has so many wonderful stories, and many stories when she had to lean on the Lord for complete and full guidance. Seasons change, and she got older. She fell and broke her hip in June, and ever since then, it's kind of been down hill with constant pain, and medications. But through it all, she still finds words to praise God... and to pray. Praying is never her last resort. We pray before each meal together. When she's worried, she'll offer a prayer up to God.
      Seasons change, and one day Mrs. White will no longer be on this earth, but with God. I can't help but wonder, what kind of a person I'll be when I get old. Will my husband and I have many children, and grandchildren? Will we be healthy? Will we read the Bible and pray all the time? I pray that we will! It seemed like it wasn't that long ago that I had my "sweet 16" birthday. I didn't want to get married anytime soon. In some aspects, I wanted to stay a child my whole life. However, God has other plans. God changes heart, and with time, God changed my heart. I longed to have a husband and children. I had the image that we'd have many children and sit down in the living room with our Bible's in hand, doing devotions, together, as a family.
     Now look at me?! I'm married! I got married at 22, and I pray to God that He'll bless our home with many children in the years to come.
     So, seasons change, and so do we. I need to remember to praise God in each season of life... even in the not-so-great-times. I'm reminded of Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8, 11, 14 "To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away; A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak; A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace.  He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. I know that whatever God does, It shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, And nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him."

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Reflecting on Media

     This week, I've had the chance to reflect about how much time I spend on the computer/social media sites etc... My husbands computer decided to quit on us on Saturday, and will be in the shop until the end of this week. My laptop stopped working when we got married, and hasn't worked since. Today, I have my smartphone, but my sister-in-law needed my phone charger for the day... which happens to be the only one I have at home. ;) It gave me a chance to reflect on how much I not only use the computer/phone, but rely on it to do so many things. The computer/internet can be used for so much good, but it can also be used for evil.
     I use the computer usually for catching up with friends via email/Facebook, researching things, reading articles, writing on my blog, chatting with my husband throughout the day, and various other things. It's a day and age when we use the internet a lot. Don't get me wrong, having the internet is awesome! I can keep in contact with my family and friends in Colorado, while I'm here in Ohio! There's Face-time to see my families facial expressions to things, Facebook that I can load pictures on and tell stories of my life and what I'm learning, Blogger, so that people can know what I'm learning both spiritually and physically, and so many articles that you can read with just the click of a button! You can order things online, and have them shipped to you, you can watch documentaries, and you can store your pictures and video's on the computer. It's amazing how far we've come in the last couple of decades!
     I'm reminded of the Bible verse in Psalm 90:12, "So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." ... if we spend so much time on the computer, how can we enjoy Christ in the little things, like the birds, butterflies, flowers, trees, and blue skies? Are you spending so much time on the computer/internet, that we don't study the word of God, or pray?
     I tend to get into this cycle, where I reflect on things I should change, I change for a little while, and then a few weeks later, I'm back to my original self, doing the exact same thing that I promised myself I wouldn't do. Any way, just a  little something I've been thinking about this week. :) I hope that I might encourage you to think about these things. 
  • How often are you on the computer daily?... whether that's for research or not. 
  • When you get home, or when you're on break, what's the first thing you do?
  • Should you consider taking a Computer Break?


     Having a computer/laptop around the house, has been wonderful, and it's helped me to keep in contact with many friends/family who I otherwise wouldn't know about. It's helped me to write down things, and look up recipes, articles, and so many things that I wouldn't otherwise do, if I didn't have a computer. I pray that God will help me to remember to not rely on the computer for my happiness, but ultimately, in Jesus Christ my Savior. May you all be blessed this week!   


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

When I was single and Waiting

     Being single is hard, when you have the desire to be a wife to a loving husband, and a mom to children of your own. It's hard to see friends around you get married, and have kids, and you're still at home, with no possible man for your future... or at least that's how and what you feel.
     I was there. For me, as I got closer to 22, I was wondering if I'd ever be married. 22 is still young, don't get me wrong, but, I had hoped to be married by 21, at least. The closer I got to 21 though, I realized, not only was I not ready to become a wife yet, but, God wasn't ready for me to become one yet either. Josh wasn't ready to be a husband yet... he was still figuring out his life. It's crazy how God works everything out for His glory.
     During my single years, my mom told me, "You have to keep yourself busy. Give yourself purpose. Never stop learning. Help and serve others as much as you can." That was probably the best advice that was given to me for my single years. Along with teaching Piano, being the Chauffeur of my family, studying to become a Doula, I also served. Once a week, I'd commit my whole day to helping out a family in church.
     If you sit around waiting for Prince Charming to come, what could you have gotten accomplished if you would've used your time more wisely? Will you look back at your single years and be grateful that you had an opportunity to serve others, or will you look back and wish that you'd done things differently? God knows when you'll get married. If you have a desire to get married, God will bring that man to you!.. in HIS timing. If you're a man waiting to find that right girl... she's out there, somewhere! ;) God will bring her to you, in HIS timing! In the meantime, serve Christ with everything you've got! Serve your family, and your Church. Make Christ the center of your life! And when that time comes, that Christ brings your spouse to you, continue to make Christ the center of everything! It'll all be well worth it! ;)

Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Psalm 27:13-14

I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Questions to Consider:
  • Have you prayed to God and asked Him to send you a spouse? 
  • Did you pray just once, or do you pray over and over again? 
  • What has helped you to be patient and wait on Gods timing? 
  • Why do you want to be married? Is it for selfish reasons? 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Awesome Food Award


I've been nominated for the "Awesome Food Award"! Thank you Megan for nominating me! If ya'll want to check out Megan's blog, here's the link: http://farmgirlinmontana.blogspot.com/

The rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated you, as well as the link to their blog.
2. Answer the 10 questions provided
3. Come up with 10 more questions that relate to food
4. Nominate at least 5 people 5. Let those people know they've been nominated.
My answers to the questions:

~ What is your favorite food? Pizza, Taco's, and Burger's! :) 
~ Do you like chocolate?  If so do you like dark, milk or white chocolate better? I LOVE chocolate! I prefer milk chocolate, but I love white chocolate as well. 
~ Do you prefer to cook / bake food yourself or have someone else do it? I prefer to cook/bake food myself, but love it when people want to help me. :) 
~ What is your favorite food to cook / bake? I love to bake, so I love baking cookies, cakes, really any types of desserts. :) 
~ What are your 5 favorite desserts? Hmm... tough one. Anything chocolate! ;) I love cookies, cakes, muffins/cupcakes, puddings. 
~ Cake or pie? Cake! 
~ Hamburgers or hot dogs? Depends on the Hamburger, but I'll go for a hamburger any day!... you can ask my husband that! ;)
~ Nuts or cheese? Cheese.
~ Soup or salad? Depends on the soup and Salad. Probably soup. 
~ What is the one food that your whole family likes? In Colorado, my whole family loved Taco's. Here in Ohio, my husband and I love Chicken Salad melts. :) 

I nominate:
Crysyln from: http://bloggingcryslyn.blogspot.com/
Suzanne from: http://suzanneliveshere.blogspot.co.uk/
Ashley from: http://ashley-funfarmgirl.blogspot.com/
Chloe from: http://blooming-maiden.blogspot.com/
Sadie from: http://irishragamuffinslilsister.blogspot.com/
Stephanie from: http://theenchantingrose.blogspot.com/

My Questions for the Nominee's:
1.What are your favorite Soup's?
2. Do you prefer Scones with your Tea or separately?
3. What's your favorite kind of Pizza?
4. Do you prefer baking or cooking?
5. What types of foods do you like making most?
6. What exotic food have you tried that most people haven't?
7. Do you prefer cookies or cake?
8. Are you more the chips and salsa type, or just the plain old chip without salsa?
9. Do you like Chicken or Hamburger meat better?
10. What's your favorite Dessert? Why? 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Facebook and the Real World

     A couple weeks ago, I asked my husband, why he doesn’t post on Facebook about the good times he has with different people, and why it’s usually articles. He made a good point. He said, “I feel like at times, people post about all their good times, that it’s almost creating a picture that they don’t struggle in life. That they’re always enjoying themselves.” I agree with him. Occasionally I see people post about when they’ve had a rough day, but for the most part, people only put on a fake smile, and post about good things. So, all those posts that I’ve made about how great my husband is… it’s all true. ;) Yes, we’ve had our disagreements, and our days when we were frustrated with each other. Days when we’ve cried together wondering if God hears our prayers, and days when we have regrets about how we responded in different situations! Marriage has been very sanctifying. Yes, I've had bad days, just like everyone else. I also choose to see the joy in life. Instead of looking at how late I am to an event, I try to see it, as God protecting me from a possible accident that I could’ve been in to, or Gods just simply testing my patience… which I fail at most of the time. ;) It’s not always easy to see the sunshine, when you’re in the midst of the rain. Choose Joy rather than pain. Try to look at the bright side of things. It’s not easy, I can assure you, but I’m trying my best.
   
     Yes, I only post the good things about my husband. In 1st Corinthians 13, we’re told that “Love keeps no record of wrongs…” How would I be honoring my husband, if I put him down, and if I keep track of everything wrong that he does, or every sin that he’s committed? No. Instead, I choose to see the things that I value in him. I choose to see a Godly man who’s in need of a Savior, just like me. I see a sinner, who’s saved by the grace of God. I see a husband, that Gods blessed me with, when I didn’t deserve to have such an honorable man! I thank God every day for giving Josh to me! Josh has been a great man, who, yes, stumbles and falls just like me. Yes, they’re days when I’m in constant tears, and when I’m battling inside of myself. No, it’s not all fun and games, but it’s sanctifying. I praise God every day, because Josh is a gift that I open every day, and I can see what an honorable, Godly man he is!
   
     Now, what I'd encourage people NOT to do, is when you're in tears, and just having a rough day, to not post on Facebook about how you're having a good time... because, that's lying. However, I'd encourage you, that in those moments when you just feel so blessed, to write it down. It doesn't have to be for the world to see all the time, but people like to know that you're counting your blessings, and that you're doing okay. My friends from back in Colorado like to see pictures of my home here in Ohio, and what I do every day. They like to see that I'm doing good. :)
   
     The main reason I post on Facebook, is to keep in touch with everyone back in Colorado. They like to know how I'm doing, and if I'm adjusting okay. I assure them that I love it up here in Ohio! The church, community, friends and of course, my hubby! ;)
   
     So, when you post on Facebook, or any other social media sites, just be careful when you post. You don't want to post things that aren't true, or that make you look good, and make you look like a great person. Truth is, everyone has bad days. Days when you just want the night to come, so that you can go to bed, and start again in the morning. The day will be over before you know it, so enjoy it... even on those bad days. :)
  • What do you generally post on Facebook or other social media sites?
  • In what ways has Facebook or other social media sights helped you, if at all? 
  • Do you feel like you've posted things that you regret posting doing later? 
   
      


Friday, September 11, 2015

Labor Day Weekend Fun!

     This past week, Josh and I headed up to Wisconsin to visit with Josh's family. While we were there, they threw a "We've-tied-the-knot" party for Josh and I. 
     We enjoyed our time in Wisconsin, talked a lot, laughed a lot, had fun, and enjoyed each other's company. While there, Josh opened his birthday gifts from his brother, Joel. Likewise, Joel opened his gifts from Josh. We all had Ice Cream Cake afterwords. I also tried Frozen Custard for the first time, and it was soooooo good! :)
     I posted some pictures below of what our weekend looked like. What did ya'll do for Labor Day and/or labor Day weekend? I'd love to hear! Leave a comment below! 

Josh enjoying the party!

 Grandma Narwold holding her first granddaughter!
 Grandpa Narwold holding Norah Jane for the first time!
 Uncle Josh holding Norah
 The beautiful outdoors
 Josh holding Norah, and Josh's younger brother, Joel.
 Daddy Narwold enjoying his sweet daughter!
 I love Josh and I's rings! <3
 On our way back we stopped at Mar's Cheese Castle. It was pretty neat!

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Struggle is real

      I struggle. Every day I struggle to live out my faith, to love others well, to be Christ-centered, and to live intentionally for Christ. Every day I desire to read my Bible, and sometimes it does happen. But more often it doesn’t. Every day I desire to pray, and sometimes I pray for long periods of time. Sometimes it’s one sentence. Every day I long to be perfect, to have my life together, to accomplish everything on my to-do list. And every day I fail because I need Jesus to be made perfect in my weakness.
     Because of my personality, and not feeling very confident in myself, and who I am, it makes it a challenge every day. The struggle is real. You can't just call yourself a Christian... you have to live it out... daily! You have to constantly be on your knees in prayer, and repentance. You have to come to the foot of Christ, daily, and humbly seek His face.
     Recently, my husband was struggling with some personal things. I can't tell you how many times I cried out to God. I can't tell you how many times I've woken up in the night, and prayed that everything would be okay.
     Day's passed, and I hadn't read my Bible, except for the Bible verses that I send to my husband, every day, via text. I don't go to God in prayer as much as I should. I struggle. I struggle on a daily basis. I struggle to be the good wife that God wants me to strive to be, knowing that when I please my husband, I please God. I strive to make my home warm and inviting for all that enter, and I try to keep my house clean, so that when my husband comes home, he feels relaxed. I struggle with being a good wife... almost, too much. I'm a people-pleaser, and when I know that someone isn't pleased with me, I try to fix it. What I have to realize is that I can't fix everything. In fact, without Christ's help, I can't fix anything.
     The Christian walk, is a daily struggle. It's a struggle to keep my priorities straight, and to make sure that Christ is the head, in every area of life!
      It's a daily struggle to put on a happy face at times, when I've been crying all night long. I struggle to be like the Proverbs 31 woman. I fail... every day. My husband can tell you first hand, I don't have the greatest memory, so I forget a lot of things.
    I'm tired, and I'm worn. I struggle every day.
     Yesterday, my pastor talked about Prayer, and to never give up praying. In 1st Samuel 1, we see that Hannah prayed unto God, and never gave up hope for having a child. In Daniel 10:12, we read, "Then he said to me, "Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words." Don't give up! Keep praying! Keep striving to serve Christ daily! You will struggle, and you will fail at times, but don't give up! Yes, the struggle is real, but so is my God! Give God your daily struggles, anxieties, and fears; for He is mighty to save! (Zephaniah 3:17)
     2nd Corinthians 12:9, "And He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness'..." 
  • How do you deal with struggles?
  • In what ways do you feel like you've become stronger in God? 
  • Can you give any Bible verses that have helped you when you're weary or struggling?

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Days Like These

Hello all! As I write blog posts, I've kind of come to a "writer's block" so to speak. I've been super busy with teaching Piano and babysitting lately, and as the fall season hits, I'm thinking my weekly schedule will be a little more organized. ;) 
     If most of you don't know already, I'm officially an Aunt! :) Precious little Norah Jane Narwold was born a couple weeks ago, and everyone is so happy to welcome her into this world! 
Proud mama: Ashley!

 Proud Papa: Jonathan
 My hubby holding his niece! ;)

 Norah Jane Narwold

 
     As I was listening to "Days Like These" the other day by Natalie Grant, I was reminded about all the times I've had with my husband. The moments when Josh decides last minute, to put our wedding song on speaker, takes my hand, and we dance right before bed. The moments when we take a walk, hand in hand, talking about life's many blessings. The moment when I see my husband hold a newborn for the first time, and I'm in awe. Life is full of so many blessing!... some of which I take for granted so often. I'm so thankful for a wonderful, Godly husband, a wonderful Church family, who's brought me in under their wings, and for those days that I wish wouldn't end. I'm thankful for Tuesday Date-Nights with my hubby. I'm thankful for wonderful Godly parents who are continuing to build Christ kingdom. My mom calls days like these, "Eat-em-up-days". :) I'm so thankful for all my friends and family! Thanks be to God for all the many little blessings in life!
     What kinds of blessings are you grateful for? 



Thursday, August 13, 2015

Abortion and Planned Parenthood

     Many of you probably know that Planned Parenthood has been selling aborted babies and their body parts, profiting from the death of the unborn. This dark truth has just recently come into the public eye thanks to a series of videos released by the Center for Medical Progress. For those unaware of what's happening, please take a look at Doug Wilson's writeup on the story (http://dougwils.com/s7-engaging-the-culture/ghouls.html) and watch the video below.
     I thought I'd take this opportunity to share an excerpt from a report presented to the General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in 1971. It's not exhaustive, but it provides a solid groundwork on the topic:
     
As we search the Scriptures for God's will concerning abortion, we find that the whole abortion issue can be reduced to one question: Is the fetus in the womb of the mother a human life? If the answer is yes, then abortion for the sake of convenience is murder, and the Christian church has the obligation to teach its members to protect and nourish the life of the unborn child. The sixth commandment gives an absolute prohibition against murder (Exodus 20:13), and so murder is never, under any circumstances, to be regarded as a moral option.    
 Often supporters of abortion confuse the issue by pointing to the financial and emotional hardships that both mother and child will face if a pregnancy is carried to full term. Certainly, the pressing social hardships surrounding unwanted pregnancies are enormous, but if an unborn child is a human life, some way of treating the problem must be found other than licensing the hospitals and clinics of our nation to perform mass executions of unwanted children.     So is a fetus in the womb of the mother a human life? I believe the Bible answers with a resounding yes! Consider the following evidence:
  1.  God relates in a personal way to the unborn child (Ps. 139:13-14; 51:5; Jer. 1:5; Luke 1:44). He does so because the child is created in his image.[2]
  1.  The Bible teaches that both conception and birth occur because of the sovereign rule of God (Gen. 21:1-2; 30:1-2; 1 Sam. 1:19-20; Job 31:15; 33:4; Ps. 100:3; 127:3). "It would be a willful act of defiance against the Creator intentionally to kill an unborn child whose conception is so intimately a divine as well as a human act."[3]
  1.  The Greek word for "child" in Luke 2:12 (brephos) is used in Luke 1:41, 44 to refer to John the Baptist while he was in his mother's womb. A Hebrew word for "child"(yeled) is used of the unborn in the mother's womb (Ex. 21:22).[4]
  1.  Theologian John Jefferson Davis points out that "the personal history of the Son of God on earth begins not when he was 'born of the Virgin Mary,' but when he was 'conceived by the Holy Spirit.' His human history, like ours, began at conception."[5]
  1. John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Spirit even while he was in his mother's womb (Luke 1:15).
The Bible treats human life, from conception to death, as a continuing experience. To willfully terminate it for reasons of convenience is murder. Faithfulness to the Word of God demands that this truth be taught in the church of Jesus Christ.  
(Taken from: http://opc.org/feature.html)