Første date i år!

Yes, første date med mannen min i år:) Han sier alltid til meg at vi dater likevel hverdag selv om vi er bare  hjemme. Men denne gangen kjørte vi en tur til byen. Meningen var å bruke gave kortene som han hadde fått sist han feiret bursdag til å handle ting han trenger. Men, vi slo to fluer i en smekk, så det ble en date i tillegg til shopping for han og meg.)

 

Vær gudene var med oss og lyste dagen med fargesprakende syn på himmelen.

 

 

Hele turen på vei til byen har vært en fornøyelse pga det fine været

 

 

 

 

 

 

fuglene nyttet utsikten

 

kuene koset seg

 

 

 

litt snø på veikanten

 

kirke som har vært samlingpunkt før, men nå….

 

forlatt hytta

 

fred i det uendelig

 

Nå er vi kommet til shopping senteret

 

inngangen

 

Lunsj til gamlemor og gamlefar:)

 

Ja, ja! Mannen handlet fort, mens kjerringa måtte bare prøve og prøve klær og ut og inn på butikkene.  Det var jo salg og du vet….må bare benytte sjansen.

Til slutt, måtte jeg kapitulere og vi kjørte hjem.

 

Solnedgangen

 

Avslutter med disse ord:)

 

 

JOY

Garbage of our lives!

It really tickles me everytime I  come across  articles, blogs or pictures about crafts like this one.  I am a fan of those talented people.

 

 

And I am so  amazed  how God had made each and everyone unique and constantly  giving them different kinds of  ideas that are really inspiring.

Anyway, one of my passion is cardmaking and I loved to cut papers and cardboards in different shapes and sizes to decorate my cards. As a result, my trash can is always full of paper strips. Well……garbage?

 

Not actually , coz I used to burn this garbage of mine in our fireplace to produce heat to make our  inside temperature  a little bit warmer….coz it is really cold in wintertime.

 

Anyway, everyday, we throw  lots of garbage, which in many undeveloped countries recyle, so that they can be usable again in another form or as they are. And garbage collecting is a means of income for many.  Garbage then becomes a source of life for them.

 

  But it is not only things we can throw as a garbage. Words too. Spoken words have power!

 

 

Words that we speak everyday can either gives life or destroy someone. What we say probably affects more people than any other action we take.

 

So be careful with our words or else it will be like a garbage that we  have to recycle to be usable again.

 

Instead we can:

 

with our words 🙂

A repost from my English blog: Joysnotepad.blogspotcom

 

 

 

Saturday again!

I woke up with full of energy today! At last its saturday and a free day from work……. Wait a minute! I  have to think…..not really free from work, coz today is cleaning day 🙂

After a quiet time with God I got up and

eat my breakfast. I feel that now I’m ready to start the day

 

 

So I prepared all the things I need to clean the house.  And there was no problem to find dust and dirt everywhere. Our cat have been busy going out and in  the house taking with her dry leaves and dirt, not to mention me and my daughter’s mess 🙂

 

 

The sun was shining and I can’t help it but to smile and dance while I was cleaning the house. I turned on the radio to listen to music too. And saturday morning has begun.

 

 

I put dirty clothes in my washing machine, so that I can hang them outside when its finished

 

 

and iron them later.

 

Half the day  is gone and still I’m I have a lot of things to do. The energy is running out. I supposed I’m getting older. Maybe it helps to take a break and see what is going on

 

Well, this is my saturday!

 

JOY

 

 

My colorful clowns!

Since it’s winter and it is dark and gloomy,  I try to make my day a little brighter. So I am still making clowns. Hope I can make others smile with these colorful clowns. I did 🙂

 

 

 

and a few cards that I made lately:)

 

 

for small girls

 

 

 

for the young at heart

 

 

for small boys

 

 

and hoping that spring will be here soon:)

 

JOY

A repost from my English blog: Joysnotepad.blogspot.com


Min reise til Norge!

Vet ikke om noen er interessert i å lese mitt liv som en utlending i Norge, men jeg har lyst å dele til norske lesere mine tanker og opplevelser. Det er jo mye å fortelle fra en som meg som havnet i dette vakre landet med fire årstider og med annet språk og kultur enn meg. Det har skjedd så  mye både på godt og vondt i løpet av 24 år og jeg kan virkelig kalle meg som en Askepot som måtte kjempe for å få et bedre liv og nå mine drømmer.

  Jeg kom til Norge som au-pair for mine nieser i august  1989. Det var fortsatt sommer og  jeg fikk oppleve litt av det vakre omgivelser om sommeren før høsten kom med sine nyanser. Sommeren som for meg var så kaldt at jeg brukte lag på lag med klær når solen ikke skinte.  Jeg var tynn og veide bare 43 kilo.

Slik så jeg ut for 24 år siden.

 

 

 

Så kom julen. Første julen jeg skulle feire borte fra mine nærmeste. Jeg reiste fra mine tre barn for å jobbe i Norge slik at jeg kunne forsørge dem. Faren deres hadde ødelagt alt for oss og dro sin vei. Jeg måtte ta valget å reise, da tilbudet kom fra min søster. Siden jeg hadde ikke mye skolegang fra før, var det vanskelig for meg å kunne finne en bra betalt jobb på Filippinene den tiden. Pengene jeg skulle tjene ved å jobbe som au-pair i Norge var mer fristende. Takket bare moren min og mine søsken på Filippinene, som tok vare på mine barn mens jeg har vært borte.  Det var ikke lett, men jeg måtte ta den vanskelige avgjørelsen.

 

Det er meg og mine neiser. Søte jenter. 

 Det var min første jul sammen med dem og borte fra mine barn for første gangen og mange jul fremover. Jeg gråt og jeg gråt og hadde så mye hjemlengsel. Det var virkelig tøft for en mor, men livet hadde ikke gitt meg bedre valget enn dette. Det var noen nordmenn som ikke forsto meg. De skjønte ikke hvordan jeg kunne  dra fra mine barn. Men hva ville de velge da hvis de har ungene som trengte mat og skolegang og ikke fikk  noe hjelp fra staten? Vi  har  ikke slik hjelp på Filipinene. Nordmenn reiste da også i Amerika og forlot familien mange år tilbake for å få et bedre leve vilkår. Man må  kanskje oppleve selv fattigdommen  for å kunne forstå at man er nødt til  ta tøffe valget noen ganger.

 

 

Men det var ikke bare sorger. Da snøen kom, var jeg veldig lykkelig. Drømmen har gått i oppfyllelse. Å få se og berøre den hvite tingen som jeg hadde bare sett på filmer. Det var virkelig en opplevelse. Jeg koste meg skikkelig sammen med mine nieser. De har jo vært en trøst for meg å få være sammen med dem.

Så ble da noen turer til byen Trondheim. 


 

Det var som et eventyr for meg. Jeg følte meg så heldig fordi jeg fikk mulighet til å se byen. Oppleve andre manns kultur også videre.

Au-pair jobben min tok slutt etter bare  noen måneder pga. søsteren til mannen min døde. Jeg fikk heldigvis jobb på en blomsterbutikk. Butikkeieren var en snill dame som hjalp meg slik at jeg kunne jobbe hos henne. Sendt av Gud, spør du meg.

Jeg lærte mye av norske språket gjennom jobben på denne butikken. Språket som jeg lærte selv på egenhånd. 


 

Og da kom våren med masse tulipaner… og livet forsetter videre

Jeg deler mer i neste innleggene.

Ord for dagen

Livet er som et lerret.

Det gjelder å sette mest mulig farge på det.

Danny Kaye

JOY

Dangerous desires!

 

You might wonder what I am talking about.  Strong words………….                  

 “Dangerous desires”.


In my devotion today, I read this verse:  Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world – the cravings of sinful man, the lust of the eyes and the boasting of what he has and does – comes not from the Father, but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives foreever.

1 John 2: 15-17


But then something puffed up in my mind. I said to God, didn’t you loved and still loving the world? Jesus even died for this world. The well known verse: John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

How can you tell us not to love the world when you are loving this world? Now, I don’t understand. Can you please explain it to me Lord? Coz now I am confused.

Have you ever experienced to be answered by God when you asked question?

Well, for me this time I got this answer:


He told me that there are two different kinds of love. 

1. God’s love is self sacrificing. It was to saved the world ( human) from destruction. That is the kind of love I /we ought to show to the world.


  2. The other kind of love is self uplifting. 


* cravings of sinful man

* lust of the eyes

* boasting of what he has and  does


Now I understand!

But then again, I have to point my finger unto myself, before I look to others. Because, I was the one who read his words and that is why he was talking to me. 

I am a woman who have lots of desires or maybe a less dangerous word : wishes 

* Wish to be better than what I am today.

* Wish to served God better than I am doing today.

* Wish to create more things, be more creative

* Wish to know more people

* Wish to be the one who helps, not the other way around.

* Wish to be successful in everything I do and in evey area of my life.


Maybe you will say, but your desires are not bad?  But it can be, if  my goal will change from glorifying God into uplifting myself. Because all of these take time. And it is easy to be sidetracked. 

And I believe that is what God is telling me today. Be careful of my desires, coz they can bring me to downfall. And maybe it’s for everyone?


How about you? What are your desires?


JOY

Simen min skilpadde

Jeg som sagt reiser snart til Filippinene på ferie. Det blir  i slutten av denne måned. Simen, min skilpadde reiste før meg fordi han er så treg at han trenger god tid. Han har også hatt på seg  til å beskytte seg mot varmen:)

Imens, skal jeg ha på meg lue for å beskytte meg mot kulden:)

 

Dagens ord

Gud utruster meg med styrke

og gjør min ferd uklanderlig.

Han gir meg føtter som en hind

og lar meg stå på høydene. 

Salme 18:33-34

 

Ønsker alle sammen en fin reise i  år 2014 og selvfølgelig en god dag:)

JOY

What God is to you?

 Father?


God the Father is a title given to God in modern monotheist religions, such as ChristianityJudaism, in part because he is viewed as having an active interest in human affairs, in the way that a father would take an interest in his children who are dependent on him.

 ( Wikipedia)

 

Mother?


World Mission Society Church of God: People who believe in ? God the mother?

 

Spouse?


For your Maker is your husband?the Lord Almighty is his name?the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth (Isaiah 54:5).



Judge?


God is a righteous judge, a God who displays his wrath every day. Psalm 7:11


Lover?


John Wesley was thirty-five when he experienced the now famous “warming” of his heart-not his mind-toward Christ, and knew in that moment he had become not merely a Christian, but something more-a lover of God. Shortly after, he penned the hymn “Jesus, Lover of My Soul,” whose first verse goes like this: “Jesus, Lover of my soul/Let me to thy bosom fly.” Down through the years the hymn has left many a hymnologist reaching for a more palatable translation, “the difficulty,” as John Julian said, “is the term Lover as applied to our Lord.” Revisions now in hymnbooks read, “Jesus, Savior of my soul” or, “Jesus, Refuge of my soul,” which are touching but nothing close to what Wesley meant. He meant Lover. Source: http://www.ransomedheart.com/daily-reading/god-lover-0http://www.ransomedheart.com/daily-reading/god-lover-0

 

 

Redeemer?


 As we see in John 3, the Lord came as the Bridegroom, and Him being the Lamb of God to take away the sin of the world was for redeeming His bride!



Friend?


John 15:15 – Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.



Creator?


Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth


King?

For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise.


Healer?

Exodus 15:26 and He said: ‘If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in His eyes, and wilt give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases upon thee, which I have put upon the Egyptians; for I am the LORD that healeth thee

 

 

For me, God is all of the above and more.


I believe that God is approachable and responsive and many ways. We can receive answers from him in many unbelievable situations in our lives. His whispers in our souls, through other people or from his words. He can even talk to us through the vastness of nature. His marvelous creations.


 

 

God is also compassionate and gracious?slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Exodus 34: 6-7

 

 


 

How about you?

 Is God for you too good to be true? Is your understanding with God became distorted by your experience in life or other people?

 God says that he is patient, full of love, faithful and forgiving. Does thissound like the God you know? If not, take time to get to know Him. He is worth all your effort and you will be surprised to know that He is more than enough to quench your thirst. More than enough to satisfy your soul, more than enough to supply your needs, more than enough to make you feel loved and taken care of.

 

 

 

      Thought:

Knowing God is more than  knowing about Him.


 

JOY

 

a repost from one of my English blog: willyouhearfromme.blogspot.com

Heklet hatt ( grønn)

 

Hadde ligget på lat siden første nytt-årsdag. Det betyr at dagen ble brukt til å kose meg på sofaen med garn og heklenål:) Og resultatet ble hatt nummer 1 i grønn farge. Den første hatten som jeg hadde heklet siden jeg begynte med heklingen. Og jeg ble så inspirert at jeg begynner med en gang hatt nummer 2. Denne gangen, i gul farge:) 

 

Jeg skal snart til Filippinene og det er utmerket å bruke disse hattene som beskyttelse mot den sterke solen. 

                En tanke for dagen

Lykken er å ha noen å dele med.

                           JOY

 

Why I changed?

 

In my childhood days, I was not fond of animals. I don’t like touching them and the last thing I will do is to have a pet a home.

But people really change. I remember, when I was in still in  the Philippines,  we found a very little kitten in front of our door  one early morning. Judging from it’s appearance, we found out that the little kitten was just a few  days old. We did not know how the kitten managed to find it’s way to our front door, but it broke the hearts of my children. They wanted the kitten, and my heart melted too. But we didn’t know if the kitten will survived, coz it was so small and thin. Well, that kitten longed for it’s mother, so I decided I will be the mother. I found milk bottles that my children used before and started feeding the kitten. And sure enough, the kitten became the  cat that the family loved. But the cat story ended when the house that the family lives burned down. No one has seen the cat ever since.

 

Here in Norway, it is almost normal to have a pet at home. It can be a cat or a dog.

 

 

 When my youngest daughter was a little girl, she kept nagging me to buy a cat for her, but my ear was deaf. I don’t want a cat because then I have to clean the house everyday and not to mention cat’s po po on the floor. And she grows up without a pet at home.

 

But history repeats itself. When our neighbor went to live on the nursing home, her cat was left alone on herself. And typical me, then I felt so sorry for the cat that I said yes to adopt it. Adopting a cat again!

 

And finally, my youngest daughter dream had come true. After 17 years of waiting, she has now a pet at home. She is turning 21 this year and still we have the cat.

 

But this cat really changed me. Now it is me who  loves to play with  her. Playing with a cat was not even  in my wildest dream before. 🙂  And  I  talk to her too. I believed we understand each other. Now I don’t mind at all cleaning the mess after  her. And her food is on my budget too. 

 

Now I am really fond of cats, especially mine 🙂 She makes me feel not alone when everybody is away. Anyway animals is God’s creation too.

 

So; I am a cat lover now:)

JOY