What causes pain? As an individual, we experience pain whether we want it or not. In my life I had experienced:

Pain because of sickness

Pain of losing someone to another and death

Pain of separation

Pain  of too much work

Pain in giving birth

Pain in shattered dreams

Pain of being mistreated, abused or cheated

Pain  if my loved ones have difficulties coz I feel their pain too.


I think most of us had gone through those kinds of pains and dealt with them differently.

 But how can we manage to get over it?

How can we go on living when our hearts and body is aching?


In the past few days I have muscles and joint pain and have to strive to do my job. Strive to take care of my home and other extra activities that should be done. And sometimes I feel sorry for myself. But when I think of other people especially in my family circle  that have more problems than me, I feel ashamed feeling sorry for myself. I have a lot of things to be thankful and I’m still lucky.


Lucky to have a job

Lucky to have a family and a home

Lucky to have food on the table

Lucky to have clothes to wear

Lucky to have a very kind husband

Lucky to have children and grandchildren

Lucky to have eyes to see, ears to hear and to move and have my being.


How do I dealt with my past pains and how do I deal with my present pain?


I think I survived coz I thought that one day it will get better. Life is like  a circle and sometimes we are up and sometimes we are down. And as long as I do my best and  forgive those that hurt me and let God do the rest, then I will be ok.


Jesus suffered so much pain for us.


 As a believer, we are connected to him and whatever we are going through, he too is going through it with us. Coz He is the head and we are the body. We can’t do it alone without Him. He has been the source of strength for me and had given  me hope when everything was hopeless. He assured me that although my loved ones are far away from me and I could not easily help them when they needed me, but He will be there for me.


And He said: “Cast all your cares unto me and I will give you rest “

Pain is a part of life and as long as we are on this earth, we are going to experience pain. Thanks God that one day it would end and He will dry the tears in our eyes. !


So for me, I just have to focus on God and keep on living and making the best of this life that He has given me. Pain or no pain.

JOY ( A repost from my other blog:

Visdoms ord i Øst!

Hva vi er, er resultatet av hva vi tenker.



Av hvem du har lært visdom?

Av hvem, som ikke er vise.

Hver gang jeg hos dem så noe støtende,

Tok jeg meg i akt å gjøre det samme.




Å lære uten å tenke har ingen verdi.

A tenke uten å lære er farlig.



Den virkelig vise fører et jevnt og varsomt språk.



                                                               Med ønske om en fin dag:)

I wish!

I wish God had blessed me with beautiful voice so that  I can sing songs for the elderly, coz I heard that music is healing for the soul, body and spirit.  But I am only good in talking, not singing. So I have to let others who has the gift to do it. Happy to have ears to hear though.

I wish I can play an intrument, but my fingers wouldn’t obey me! 


I wish I can draw or paint pictures of Gods creations’. But I could not, so I just take pictures of them.



I wish I can write something worth reading, but still I don’t know what it is. But I do love reading inspirational books. It’s like drinking cold water in summertime. Also it builds me up. Everyone of us needs to be inspired once in a while, coz sometimes this present world can crush us to pieces.

This is my favorite book thats inspires me everyday.  Reading is my passion. So although I can’t write stories, I love reading what others have written 🙂


There are a lot of things that I wish I had, but God has reminded me that I have what it takes to be the person He wanted me to be. And I know that I have a lot of things to be thankful about. And if I write them , it will be a long list.



This is my  wish for everybody though: ” To be  blessed by God in every area of their lives, and to be be a blessing to each other!


Charles Dickens said: Reflect upon your present blessings, of everyman has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.

A repost from my  English blog: 


Brother’s love!


This story that I read from internet really touched me. Hope others will be touched too!


A Brother’s Love


Like any good mother, when Karen found out that another baby was on the way, she did what she could to help her 3-year-old son, Michael, prepare for a new sibling. They find out that the new baby is going to be a girl, and day after day, night after night, Michael sings to his sister in Mommy’s tummy.



 The pregnancy progresses normally for Karen, an active member of the Panther Creek United Methodist Church in Morristown, Tennessee. Then the labor pains come. Every five minutes. Every minute. But complications arise during delivery. Hours of labor. Would a C-section be required? Finally, Michael’s little sister is born. But she is in serious condition. With siren howling in the night, the ambulance rushes the infant to the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Mary’s Hospital, Knoxville, Tennessee.


The days inch by. The little girl gets worse. The pediatric specialist tells the parents, “There is very little hope. Be prepared for the worst”. Karen and her husband contact a local cemetery about a burial plot. They have fixed up a special room in their home for the new baby, now they plan a funeral.


 Michael, keeps begging his parents to let him see his sister, “I want to sing to her,” he says. Week two in intensive care. It looks as if a funeral will come before the week is over. Michael keeps nagging about singing to his sister, but kids are never allowed in Intensive Care. But Karen makes up her mind. She will take Michael whether they like it or not. If he doesn’t see his sister now, he may never see her alive.


 She dresses him in an oversized scrub suit and marches him into ICU. He looks like a walking laundry basket, but the head nurse recognizes him as a child and bellows, “Get that kid out of here now! No children are allowed in ICU.”


 The mother rises up strong in Karen, and the usually mild-mannered lady glares steel-eyed into the head nurse’s face, her lips a firm line. “He is not leaving until he sings to his sister!” Karen tows Michael to his sister’s bedside. He gazes at the tiny infant losing the battle to live. And he begins to sing. In the pure hearted voice of a 3-year-old, Michael sings:


“You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are gray ” Instantly the baby girl responds. The pulse rate becomes calm and steady. Keep on singing, Michael. “You never know, dear, how much I love you, Please don’t take my sunshine away—“


The ragged, strained breathing becomes as smooth as a kitten’s purr. Keep on singing, Michael. “The other night, dear, as I lay sleeping, I dreamed I held you in my arms…” Michael’s little sister relaxes as rest, healing rest, seems to sweep over her. Tears conquer the face of the bossy head nurse. Karen glows.


 “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. Please don’t take my sunshine away. God heard the little boys song and his plead.



Three weeks later they heard these words “The baby girl is well enough to go home!”


 Woman’s Day magazine called it “The miracle of a brother’s song.” The medical staff just called it a miracle. Karen called it a miracle of God’s love.


 For with God nothing shall be impossible – Luke 1:37


— Author Unknown — sent to Joy by : Jacquelinemae A. Rudd

Shared By : Joy Lyons


My thought!

This little boy’s love for his sister won’t just give up. He kept tugging his mom so that he can sing for his little sister. Maybe he thought that when he sang for her when she was in mothers tummy, she was alive and to keep the baby alive, he must continue singing for her. And God answered his prayer. So we too must not give up in praying to God, coz God always answer prayers in His perfect time.

God too keeps knocking at our hearts door,

 coz His voice makes as alive. Apart from Him and his words we are lost and will wither. But sometimes we are so stubborn and won’t hear from Him.



In psalm 36:9 It said that with God is the fountain of life and through Him we can see light.


And who would not want to find the fountain of life? Everybody does! So let us focus our eyes to God coz He is “the fountain of life!


Father, thank you for the life that you had given to us and for providing a way so that we can have an everlasting life with you. Let us be life bearers and let everything we put our hands into flourish and multiply, for your glory. Let us see others and everything  with your eyes, hear with your ears and feel with your heart.


A repost from my other blog:


Busy life!


I wonder if I can still find someone who is not busy with everything that’s need to be done in their lives!


I wish the day has more than 24 hours, so that I can spend time with all the things I supposed  to do with the 24 hours that God has giving me everyday.


But how do I do that?

When my alarm clock rings and the morning, I wish I still have more time to sleep .



Still have more time to have a quiet time with God before I begin my day.


Quiet Time with God


Then when I get up, I wish I have more time to enjoy my breakfast.

Have more time in front of the mirror so that I won’t look so tired when I arrived at work.



At work, I wish I can spend more time with the elderly so that they will feel not feel neglected. I wish to do a lot of things together with them, but I don’t have enough time.


At home I wish I will have more time  to do all the household chores



More time to spend with my with my loved ones, but the circumstances and distance holds us apart. I’m happy though for internet coz through facebook I can communicate with them and see their pictures.

I wish I have  more time to spend with my hobbies like:  handcrafts, facebooking, writing blog, reading christian articles, hobby books, blogs and connecting with others to name a few.


I wish I have more time to spend with my friends. To be a part of their lives too. I have many of them that I seldom see!




 I wish I will have more time to study Gods word and to share Gods love to others.

I wish I will have more time to exercise. So that I will be stronger.


More time to just watch God’s creation and meditate on His goodness.



But I have only 24 hours a day and I get so frustrated when the days go by and I’m getting older with still so much things I wanted to accomplish. Then God reminded me in:

Ecclesiastes 3: There is time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.




Anyway I will be in heaven one day ( I hope so) then I will have all the time I need.



Is there someone out there who knows how to use the 24 hours a day wisely?


Den vakre himmelen!

Praktfull himmel bilder utenfor vinduet mitt

Thoughts to ponder in between

Leadership qualities

Leadership does not depend on being right. – Ivan Illich

Don’t accept evil

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

 Be generous

Be generous with kindly words, especially about those who are absent. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Thought for the Day #342 ? Forgiveness is hard

All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives. – Dalai Lama


Cultivate ideas

Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to conceive. – Nicolas Malebranche

Strength in adversity

When you face the perils of weariness, carelessness, and confusion, don’t pray for an easier life. Pray instead to be a stronger man or woman of God. – Luis Palau

Ønsker dere alle sammen en vakker dag!


Trip to the Philippines 2011


Etter en god natt søvn, dro min sønn, meg og min eldste datter på Filippinene  til et sted som heter Trinoma. 

Svigerdatteren var også med.


Trinoma er et stort shopping senter

Jeg hadde gledet meg til å spise filippinsk mat igjen, og da var det bare å sette i gang:)

Bildene ble tatt før jeg har begynt med blogging.

Koselig å være sammen med familien min der. Savner dem  veldig mye!

Innlegget er fra min engelske blogg: joysnotepad.blogspot. com.

Tenkt å dele innleggene fra min blogg der til dere og prøve å skrive på norsk.




The cross to bear!


Different people. Different cross to bear.


As human we have all kinds of cross to bear, both seen and unseen.


-It can be a husband or wife that is unfaithful

– Death of someone that is near

– Children that are going astray

– poverty

– being jobless


-being handicapped

– sickness

– unhappy marriage

– being alone


The list is endless. Each and everyone has a burden or a cross to bear. But it is up to us how we carry them. We can either carry our burdens alone or  seek help. Be joyful or be bitter. It is up to us. 


I wonder what Jesus felt when he carried the cross for us!  Was he lonely? Did it hurt so much? I am sure that no one of us can do the same deed. But still, His last word was ” Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” It only means that He really understand us and he really cares.


So whatever cross that we are carrying, we don’t have to carry it alone. Jesus carried our sins on the cross for us and He said:



Come to Jesus and find rest in your soul. I did:)





Svigermorens dag!

Ja, første juledag er svigermorens dag. Det betyr at middagen inntas hos henne. Jeg har ikke imot det. Hun er veldig flink til å lage mat og hjemme hos henne er det alltid åpen for besøkende. Har alltid følt at jeg er velkommen dit til tross for at jeg kom fra et fremmed land. E land som er ukjent for henne. Men gjennom meg, fikk hun innblikk  av mitt  land og hvordan vi er som mennesker. Håper at hun er fornøyd med svigerdatteren for jeg føler meg som en nordmann nå:)

 Etter å ha spist julefrokosten,  vasket  jeg bad og toalett . Det er kanskje bare meg som tar fatt på rengjøring første juledag, men jeg fikk vaskelyst. Hi hi. Etterpå ble det å skrive innlegg til bloggen min. Til slutt, dro vi til svigermoren. 

Første juledagen har vært en dag uten regn eller snø. Slik ser solnedgangen ut da vi ankom hos min svigermor.

Nydelig utsikt som får en til å være takknemlig for at man får oppleve å se himmelske farger. Blir minnet hvem skaperen  er  bak det flotte synet.

Neimen, her er det nissen som ønsker folk velkommen. Lyser inngangen for oss besøkende, selv om vi vet veien til døren:)


Og her er juletre pikene: meg og min yngste datter. 

Men, se under juletreet!  Nisse kjerring som jeg har laget til min svigermor som hun fikk  som  julegave fra meg:) Hun passer akkurat hjemme her.

Hun har pyntet huset til jul også:)

nydelig blomster

Endelig, maten ble klar til servering:)  Svigermoren tilberedt  stekt lammelår, kokt potet, gulrøtter og rosenkål. Brunsaus og kjøtt kraft at åt.

Etterpå, karamel pudding til dessert. Hun må selvfølgelig bidta med litt kalorier i dag også.

Til kaffe, mente svigermor at vi må smake på julebaksten hennes og kaffe likøren. Selv om vi var søte nok fra før,  takket vi ikke nei. Eller kan svigermoren bli skuffet:)

Mens vi inntar kalorie bombene, nytet vi freden…. jeg mener tveen…

Og jeg heklet et par grykluter. Bruker man å gjøre det til første juledag? Ja, ja, Dere må unnskylde meg, fordi jeg er en utlending.  Jeg gjør så mye utradisjonelt:)

Soloppgang i dag. Herlig!

Ja, ja, Alt ser vidunderlig ut, men bak kulissene kan det være at noen har det tøft. Så jeg avlutter denne posten med denne bønn.

Jesus, takk for at selv om det stormer på vei til himmelen,

trenger vi ikke å bekymre oss,

fordi du er sammen med oss

gjennom reisen.

La oss møte fremtiden

med mot og troen tl deg.