A Lovely Stay in Norway

Hi,

This last weekend I’ve visited my parents in Norway and had a lovely stay. It has been great being in Norway again after not having been there for almost one year and often missing Norway a lot the last months.

I’ve enjoyed lots of hood fellowship, met my brother David too, and enjoyed Norwegian food and nature to mention something.

Hi. I’m back again, this time in England. The above text I wrote on Sola airport in Norway. As I was in the air I wrote a poem about my lovely weekend in Norway:

A Lovely Weekend in Norway

Being picked up by my brother David and having a little chat in the car on the way to my parents place

Being with my parents, having a typical Norwegian dinner – made just because of me

— love in thoughtfulnes and action

Receiving love from my paretns in so many ways, being touched and uplifted again and again

Relaxing with my parents and watching some online TV programmes

Eating a slice of bread with Norwegian brown cheese on and drinking a glass of Norwegian milk

Enjoying a long night’s sleep and soon after a bubbly bath in a Jacuzzi

Eating my mother’s nice rice porridge for lunch

Going for a short walk and finding nice gifts in a little gift shop

Enjoying having the house to myself as my parents were out in the evening

Eating the Norwegian Grandiosa pizza and lots of tasty snacks and sweets

Going for a day trip of sightseeing on Sunday with my parents – because they cancelled their plans of attending a church gathering to spend their day with me

— love in action

Walking up a hill and seeing great views of my birth city Stavanger and the surrounding areas around

Wandering through a forest and having a good time with my parents

Taking lots of photos and having fun

Going to a place of memory for the Norwegian kingdom

Enjoying the sun, fresh air and the sea breeze

Seeing three gigantic swords on a mountain base

Also noticing artistic photos photo motives

Using my dad’s photo camera from around that time, as my own phone had no more battery usage left

Going to a third place, a memorial place next to the sea

Watching marvellous views and thanking God for Norway

Walking and jumping from stone to stone, feeling active, healthy and happy

Enjoying the very strong wind together with the fresh air tainted by a sea smell

Enjoying time with my parents, loving them, Norway and Jesus

Coming back home to my parents place and eating a very nice Sunday dinner with beef steak and vegetables

Eating a sweet and very nice dessert

Relaxing and having “kaffikos” – a little cake meal – with my parents and my brother David who came visiting for a while – enjoying chatting and family time

Having a time of talking about important matters and praying together with my kind parents in the end

Having had a lovely and blessed weekend with my lovely parents :) and then saying farewells in the morning of today, Monday

Now looking forward to meeting my husband again :)

 

Ruth Kristin

 

A New Start :)

Hi,

A new start is always good.

Sometimes we need a new start because we’ve failed, slipped up, or messed up. Sometimes we need a new start because we’ve walked in the wrong direction. Sometimes we need a new start because we’ve done things in a way that hasn’t worked, perhaps over and over.

No matter what a new start feels good, refreshing, exciting, inspiring and uplifting. A new road is ahead of you. A new journey awaits you. A new challenge is there to be met. A new atmosphere is there to be delved into. A new inspiration is there to spur you on. A new time has come. A new chance is there – for you. You have a wonderful gift, a new start.

Today I’ve had a new start in one area of my life, and it’s been very good to feel I’ve had a new start.

Today I needed to ask God to forgive me for some things I’ve done wrong, and I needed a new start, and I’ve got it, because God is faithful and just and forgives me for my sins when I confess them to Him, and he then always gives me a new start. He doesn’t punish me or keep on reminding me of my failures, but he forgives me in His grace – a free, undeserved gift – and he helps me on my journey, after having given me a new start. I’m forgiven by God, and I’ve got a new start! Thanks to God! :)

Today I also needed to ask my husband to forgive me for some things, and also my husband has forgiven me and given me a new start today. :) My husband, Jonathan, is very kind, caring, loving and forgiving. He’s the best husband for me. :)

In the Bible we can read:

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you”

(Ephesians 4:32)

God has given us Jesus and forgiveness for our sins through Him. He loved us so much that He gave us His only son Jesus – who died for us – so that we could be reconsiled with God and receive forgiveness for our sins, and God tells us also in His word, the Bible, that if we don’t forgive others He will not forgive us.

When I’ve messed up and done mistakes it’s always good to be forgiven, and it can feel humbling and make me grateful to receive forgiveness, because I know that forgiveness is something I don’t deserve. I also want to forgive others around me, like God has forgiven me.

I want to walk in the way of love, as God is telling me to do in the Bible:

“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

(Ephesians 5: 1-2)

I want to be someone who walks in the way of love and who is kind, compassionate and forgiving towards my husband and everyone else around me. I know God will help me with this, and His grace gives me strength to do what is right.

It is always good with a new start.

Perhaps you’d like to have a new start too? What do you then need to do? Well, it depends on what kind of situation you are in and what kind of area of life you want a new start in, but here’s some ideas for you if you need a new start in your relationship with a close person:

  1. Admit to yourself and to the person you’ve wronged that you’ve done something wrong towards them.
  2. Tell the person you’ve wronged that you’re sorry for what you did that was wrong.
  3. Ask for forgiveness, and receive it when it is given to you.
  4. Decide you are not going to keep on doing the same mistake as you’ve done before.
  5. Make a steady commitment to walk in a different direction than before.
  6. Enjoy your new start and focus on the new direction in your life.
  7. Keep on walking in the right direction.

Lastly, I want to tell you that if you struggle with any of the steps above, a good idea could be to share it with a close friend or support person and ask that person to help you, support you and maybe advice you in your process. It is good to not keep your struggles to yourself and reach out for help from others. We all need others to contribute to our lives.

Finally, when you’ve just started on a new start, like I’ve just done, I’d like to encourage you to let it inspire you and to keep on moving forward, in the right direction, even just with small steps, but no matter what, also if you slip up again, then never give up! Usually you will find it’s possible to have a new start all over again.

A new start has been given me, and I’m blessed. :)

Ruth Kristin

 

Married for 6 Months – Half a Year :)

Hi,

Today my husband and I have had a little jubilee, because we’ve now been married for six months. Precicely six months ago, on 3rd of October 2015, we got married.

To celebrate our little anniversary Jonathan, my husband, and I went for a little day trip together. After driving not too far we found a nice and cozy restaurant in a little village where we sat down and enjoyed a long and lovely meal. First we had a marvellous Sunday dinner with a main course consisting of a shoulder of lamb, roasted potates, green beans, carrots, Yorkshire pudding, red cabbage, cauliflower in cheese, gravy and mint sauce. In the end we had two different desserts, one each, my husband having a cheesecake with a sorbet and I having a great selection of icecream and sweets.

We were treated very well by a very friendly staff, and Jonathan and I really enjoyed our meal, and it was good for us to have some time to celebrate our little jubilee and to reminisce about our wedding day and our first six months as married. I suggested that we could tell each other about one of our favourite times from each month we’ve been through, and we ended up with often telling about more than just one favourite episode from each month. We had a lovely wedding day, and we’ve shared many good moments since then too.

After the nice meal Jonathan and I shared today, we travelled on and in the end decided to visit an abbey being an “English Heritage” site, fitting us well as we bought a membership to “English Heritage” whilst being on our honeymoon last year, something that gives us free or very cheap access to many tourist attractions in the UK. The abbey we visited today was an interesting place. We didn’t get the time to see it all in the end before the closing time, so we will hopefully see more of it another time.

When you read on my blog and think about me being newly married, you might think that it’s only easy and fun to be married, and you might think that since I’m newly married, things are just rosy and romantic all the time. Well, if you think something like that, it’s far from the truth, at least in my case, and I’m guessing in most cases. It’s often very challenging to be married in my opinion, and I think the period when one is newly married is often one of the hardest periods in a marriage, because there’s so many new things to relate to in this phase. In any case, what is for sure is that in the middle of it all and no matter what happens, I’m married to my prince, and that’s worth celebrating.

Jonathan, I love you.

 

Ruth Kristin