Date with hubby

Hei på deg:)

Som du har sikkert skjønt hvis du har lest mine innleggene er at jeg liker å pleie kjærligheten med mannen min. Og en av dem er kjøreturen i vakre Norge. Å oppleve Guds vidunderlige skaperverk sammen.

Vi skulle til et sted som heter Roan for å se et kirke der og et fyr. Og på vei dit var det vakker natur å oppleve som du kan se på bildene. Blir med kjøreturen?

Her er kirken.

Info om kirken

Fikk ikke bildet av fyret. Det var så langt unna og det var tåkete da. Men det er dette fyret vi tenkte å se.

Ellers har det vært en fin date med min kjære:)

Liker du å kjøre tur og oppdage nye steder?

 

If you are weak

If you are weak

He gives power to the faint,

    and to him who has no might, he increases strength.

 30 Even youths shall faint and be weary,

    and young men shall fall exhausted;

 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. Isaiah 40:29-31

Reflection: This passage speaks really to me because I am weak in many areas of my life. I need strength on daily basis to be able to function at work, at home, in my calling and other things to be taken care of. Strength to study God’s word, to share, and to serve. 

This verse tells me that if I wait on the Lord, my strength will be renewed and I shall mount up with wings like eagles, I shall run and not be weary, and I shall walk and not faint.

In these past few days, I cut all my medicines intake and just rely on healing and strength from God and I am thankful that God had sustained me of what I needed of strength and capability to work in these last few days. I had been walking longer and also feeling better and I felt the extra strength in my body. Truly God is faithful.

The main word in this verse is WAIT.

WAIT means to stay where one is or delay action until a particular time or event. 

In waiting, one needs patience, and I am a woman who does not like waiting very much. But it said in the Word that I need to wait. Wait until my prayers are answered. Wait to be healed. Wait to succeed. 

I believe I am not the only one who does not like waiting. In this time of age…everything is almost instant. People want instant food or drinks, relationships, websites, success, immediate answers, and so on.

But in reality, if one wants success, it needs a lot of planning, working, patience and sacrifice. 

I read one day; “The worst thing that can happen to a person is that they succeed before they are ready.” ( RT Kendall)

While many preferred instant foods that one can just microwave, however, food that is made from scratch and meat that has been marinated taste better than all those instant foods. So, in waiting, there is a gain.

As I said, I don’t like waiting and most people don’t. It frustrates me if I wait for someone who cannot come to our agreement on time. A long line in the grocery store especially when I am in a hurry because I am hungry or need to pee. And traffic on the road is what I don’t want to encounter especially on the way to work. It can happen too here in Norway. It happened to me last few days because of people who were repairing the road and I was on the way to work. Thankful that I did not come late to work.

It makes me impatient also waiting for God to answer my prayers especially for loved ones that needed to be saved. I am thinking that what if they die without accepting God as their Savior? I also need to be patient in reaching for the lost because it seems that hearts are closed when it comes to the word of God. But I need to wait because God’s timetable is not like mine. He knows the right time better than I do. God is not in hurry. The Bible says He is slow at going about things. I need to keep it in my mind that whatever happens, it happens because God has a plan and purpose in my life and others too.

 On the road of life, difficult decisions are like crossroads that I/you need to choose the right passage to get where God is leading us to. The best thing to do I believe is to seek guidance from Jesus who is the way, the truth, and the life. Sometimes what Jesus is revealing to us or making us do does not make sense in our thinking, but afterward, we will discover that it is the best thing to do.  

I learned that God wants me/you to wait to get our attention

Maybe we are focusing too much on our destination that we forget many important details in our lives. Our families, friends, or much-needed rest. And if everything is going all right, we can forget to give God the credit.

At times, God makes us wait because He wants to get our attention. He may be trying to reach us or speak to us about a certain situation in our lives. When everything is running smoothly, we tend to forget the Lord. But when challenges strike, we draw near to God for guidance. By aligning our steps with His and walking in submission to the Spirit, we open our ears to hear His voice. The delay might be what God needed to prepare everything. He may put us on hold to coordinate events to line up with His will.

Waiting helps us grow spiritually. Because while waiting we need to pray more, trust more, rely on God, and not on ourselves. If we get all that we want the moment we pray, then how can we exercise patience, and then we will lose the opportunity to grow in faith. And besides, maybe we are not ready yet for things we are praying for. We pray for growth in our ministry, but maybe God wanted us to grow first and practice what we are learning from Him. To build our character. To make our rough edges smoother. To make us more tolerant and merciful. 

The lives of Bible heroes in the bible consist of waiting. Abraham waited for a son for many years. Jacob waited and served for Rachel to be his wife. It also took time for Moses to be a great leader. He had to undergo many changes in his life before God could use him.

Like them, we need to wait with peaceful confidence in God.

 I believe God will tell us if we continue to trust Him when we are ready, and the time is right.

David is also a good example of a person who waits. He prayed: “Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly” (Psalm 5:3). So, the only thing we need to do is bring our request to God daily and wait expectantly.

Of course, if you are like me with health issues and wanted to be healed, chances are we get impatient sometimes. But I learned that if I can trust God with my eternity, I can trust Him with my life here on earth. It does not help me to grumble or to be impatient. Good to be reminded of God’s word: but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles

I/ We need to depend on God for everything because in waiting we can be distracted by the world…be passive…seek worldly pleasures or trust more in people, ourselves than God. We must remember that God is so near to us as our breath. His presence is our assurance that everything will be alright.

Application: I will wait on the Lord with patience and with thanksgiving. I will not give up on praying, serving, loving, trusting, and trying. 

Dear God, those “I will” are difficult to accomplish without You. But I thank You that I/ we don’t need to wait alone. You wait with us. You provide all the resources that we need as we put our trust in You. Thank You for everything that You are teaching us while waiting. For molding our character.

Thank You for the reminder that as we wait for You, You shall renew our strength; we shall mount up with wings like eagles; we shall run and not be weary; we shall walk and not faint. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen

Wishing you strength in every way.

 

Drømmen oppfylt…nesten

Jeg hadde ønsket meg lenge en vinterhage som kunne bygge på verandaen vår. En forlengelse av huset på en måte som jeg kunne også bruke til vinteren.  Da endelig min mann sa ja, fikk vi problem fordi det bli vanskelig å få det til. Døren, vinduene og taket blir I veien. Løsningen til slutt var å kjøpe et lysthus og plassere det midt på verandaen. Og mannen bestilte denne. Men det blir ikke montert før neste gang han kommer hjem fordi fundament under må tørkes i ca 21 dager sa han. Og da blir det mye stress å holde på med det de siste dagene før han skulle  reise ombord igjen. Men det er i hvertfall i gang:) Så drømmen er oppfylt….nesten:)

 

Har du et lysthus eller vinterhage hjemme?

Jambalaya creole

Hadde lyst til å prøve noe nytt som vi skulle til middag i dag ute i det fri og fant denne oppskriften:

 

Linkenhttps://millasmat.com/middag/louisiana-creole-jambalaya

Her er ingrediensene: Trykk til linken for mer detaljer:)

Ferdig laget. Mannen min likte det veldig godt…og jeg:)

Middag ute i det fri:)

Den er litt sterk…mye chili. Men liker du ikke sterke mat, kan du forminske mengden av chili:)

Hva har du spist i dag?

Traff skogens konge og frue

Det er ikke hverdag man kommer seg i nærheten av disse dyrene, men i dag fikk jeg se de veldig nær.

“Se på dem” sa mannen min som kjørte bil mens øynene mine var klistret fast på min mobil. Han stoppet bilen slik at jeg kunne ta bilder.

Og her er de under flukt:)

Jeg er ikke sikkert om det er han og hun ( et par)  eller om det er mor og barn, men artig å se dem.

On the road again

Yey! En strålende dag i dag også. I går solen var også på sitt ess, men jeg har ikke vært ut på tur. Hadde mer enn nok med arbeid, handle matvarer, og koronavaksinen.

Men i dag derimot, ettersom jeg fikk ikke influensa lignende virkninger etter vaksinen, kun vondt i armen, blir det tur for meg og mannen. Vi må pleie kjærligheten.

Deler bilder fra forrige kjøreturen:)

Vakre Norge!

Her er meg og mannen i dag. Skal jakte på flere motiver og pleie kjærligheten.

Hva skal du gjøre i dag?

Hektisk på godt og vondt

Nå er dagen kommet  at jeg skulle få det andre stikket av koronavaksine. Første stikket for noen uker siden var Astra Zeneca og nå det  andre stikket Pfizer. Jeg trodde hun som hadde stukket meg traff bena på armen min. Det var veldig vondt. Håper at det blir ikke bivirkninger av denne vaksinen da. Første stikket fikk jeg influensa lignende symptomer.

Ellers har det vært hektisk. Jobb, gåturene, hus og hjem osv.

Har vært på jobb i dag formiddag. Vi hadde bingo, andakt, billedspill og kortspill. I går var det konsert på arbeid. De eldre hadde koset seg. Det var lenge siden det har vært underholdning på grunn av corona restriksjoner. Men da ledelsen ga meg lov til arrangere underholdning, kontaktet jeg et par stykker som brukte å holde konserter på sykehjemmene. Og det ble en herlig stund. Jeg blir så lykkelig å se de eldre som blomstrer i slike stunder.

Før konserten i går på ettermiddag rakk jeg å gå en fem kilometers tur. Selv om kroppen ville gjerne ligge på sofaen, presset meg selv til å gå og etterhvert følte jeg meg litt bedre mens jeg gikk. Det var nydelig vær og turen var verdt slitet.

Bildene fra gå turen.

Og nå føler jeg som jeg ble påkjørt av en elefant. Godt å komme hjem nå:)

Har du hatt en fin dag?

If you need joy

If you need joy

Your words are what sustain me; they are food to my hungry soul. They bring joy to my sorrowing heart and delight me. How proud I am to bear your name, Oh Lord. Jeremiah 15:16

Reflection: 

The verse implies to me that God’s words should be food for my/your hungry soul. They can also bring joy to our sorrowing hearts and delight as they did to Jeremiah. And besides, we should also be proud to bear God’s name.

It tells me that not only our body suffer hunger when it is deprived of food, our soul too can deteriorate if we don’t feed them with the WORD of God. Like our body can suffer if we eat unhealthy foods, likewise, our souls too can be polluted if we feed our souls with worldly things. Humans mostly seek happiness from this world, but the real joy is seeking God’s kingdom. To be in God’s kingdom gives joy to our heart no matter how sorrowful our life’s situations is. 

I learned that no matter if I am persecuted, not in the popular crowd, and especially when I feel alone, with God I am completely taken care of.

Although being a Christian is not popular nowadays, but I am proud to be one. I am happy to be the daughter of the King of Kings and the Lord of lords. The daughter of the Creator of everything. A loving and faithful God. 

It strikes me also that like God’s words, human words have power, so I/you need to use them wisely. Positive and beautiful words can cure and boost a person’s spirit whether one says it to oneself or others. It is also important to always says the truth because it is not good for one’s reputation to be called a liar. And also, it is important to how we convey our message to the world. Our words can change my/your life. Words can encourage people to attain more in life than being passive. My/your words can assist and even help someone who is in agony or hurting. It can develop, sustain, and motivate my/your loved ones.

On the other hand, if I/you say words with loathing, agitation, annoyance, bitterness, and bad critics or insulting, it can shatter and tear down other’s hearts and make the condition worse for everyone. Relationships will not be built in between people if I/you will not be careful with words.

 How about my/your reaction to other’s words?

Sometimes we can lose our control especially if someone says bad things to us. Gossips that are not true, or if we have been judged unfairly. But it helps to express ourselves calmly, and with understanding. God said that vengeance is His, so no matter what others say to us, we should let God handle the situation. It also helps to stop and take a breath or count to 100 before we speak when we are in that kind of situation. 

Lately, I received a comment in my blog with words full of hate, but I just felt sorry for the person and I prayed instead that this person will have a good life so that his/her heart will not be full of hate.

What I /you should keep in my mind is that we have the responsibility for the words we speak so we must always mind what we are saying.

I/ you need to select words that are useful, with care and affection, healing, motivational, and uplifting. Positive words will transform my/your life and the lives of those around us. We can help to produce a positive environment wherever we are if we pay attention to our words. Saying positive words to ourselves and others is an important thing in building our self-esteem. 

I remember when I am self-studying math to finish college, I wrote positive words in my math books like “ I love numbers”, “ I can do it ” and the likes. And it helped me to achieve my goals. 

 

Application: 

I learned from this passage that I should be careful with what I put in my mind because it will come out of my mouth. So, my words should be God-inspired and positive. My mind is like a garden bed, therefore I will plant positive seeds that come from the Word of God so that I will flourish.

Prayer: Dear God, I thank You for the reminder of how important it is to be careful with our words. Thank You that Your Words sustains us. It is joy and delight to our hearts. I pray for us your children to always speak the truth in love. To be humble, to be patient, and to endure. Let us always be proud of who we are in You and in bearing Your name. Always speak the truth and live after the truth. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen

What makes you joyful?