An Early Start

How wonderful to have just come in from a lovely morning walk with a lot of morning sunshine on me, a lot of fresh air, and a lot of lovely nature surrounding me.

Yuhoo! ๐Ÿ˜€

How great and fulfilling to know Iโ€™ve had a successful morning starting extra early with my day, following my morning routines in a very good way, and getting a lot of good things done, like tidying up in the bathroom and putting on a laundry even before having breakfast.

How nice to have walked around in a happy and good mood, meeting a neighbor boy waiting for a mate to walk to school with and having a little chat with this boy, then seeing some people in the nature area I chose to walk in talking and having some dogs with them and having a dog come over to me with no barking and with me not feeling afraid or worried, then keeping on enjoying being outside in nature for quite a while, exploring new tracks and places, enjoying the warm sun beams on my face, seeing a lot of trees and plants around me, noticing lovely sweet flowers brightening up my walk, finding some brumble berries and picking up one berry to have a taste, soon after giving my secret place a little visit and pleasantly noticing it being surrounded by and covered in a beautiful sunshine that was coming in from behind it, then soon after on my walk back being greeted by an elderly woman who smiled at me from her door, and then smiling and giving a greeting back to her and having another woman who stood with the first one greeting me too, and greeting her too, and then soon after seeing a sweet black cat in a window looking at me and enjoying the sight and choosing to wave at it in the end, then turning to go into my own street and saying hello to a lady walking by, and then o soon after coming indoors and feeling refreshed, ready to sit down and write, ready for the rest of my day.

God is good. Thanks to God for this wonderful morning that Iโ€™ve had since I got up around six this morning! Thanks to God for the lovely, beautiful sunny weather and the marvelous and splendid nature heโ€™s created! Thanks to God for all the little opportunities to connect with other people in various ways! Thanks to God for all the nice sights, the little surprises and the memorable moments from the morning walk Iโ€™ve just been to! Thanks to God for help to be focused, productive and positive this morning! Thanks to God for three successful morning hours!

Let my work day now begin! :)

 

Ruth Kristin

Three Nice Things

Hi, my readers,

I hope you’re all fine. :)

Here I am, delayed in my evening, and in need of eating and getting ready for bed soon, and unfortunately it’s right after midnight – so I didn’t catch the deadline I would’ve liked to catch, the deadline for getting the date of the 27th of June on this blog post…Well, I want to write a little to you tonight anyway, because I want to tell you about some nice things from the day that just has gone by.

The day that has just gone by hasn’t been a day where I’ve only been feeling good all the time or where I haven’t done any mistakes, because I’ve had some difficult times and not always felt good during this last day, and I’ve also done mistakes in the course of this last day, like irritating my husband unfortunately.

However, all in all this last day has been a quite good day for me, and I’ve had several nice things happening in my life during the day, and I’ll share three such things with you now:

  1. During the last day I’ve managed to be quite productive and have managed to get all these things done – to me it’s a lot and more than I’ve often done in one day:
    1. Doing a little bit of tidying up and cleaning in the bathroom. X
    2. Putting on a laundry and later on folding the clothes that were dry and hanging up the newly washed clothes. X
    3. Preparing lunch for my husband and myself. X
    4. Tidying up, washing up and cleaning the surfaces in the kitchen after the lunch. X
    5. Tidying up, dusting and hoovering in the living room. X
    6. Cooking dinner for my husband and I. X
    7. Doing some evening shopping. X
  2. I didn’t manage to get the dinner ready in time for my husband and I to eat it together before he had to leave for his work shift, unfortunately, but I managed to make it just in time for my husband to put some dinner into a plastic box and bring it with him to work, so that he could eat it in one of his breaks on his late evening shift. Later in the evening I got a message from my husband telling me that the dinner was lovely, and he thanked me for it, and that made me really happy. :) I’m so pleased that I managed to make a really good dinner for him this last day. :) I love him very much and want him to be happy.
  3. This evening I started on a writing course I recently was invited to by Charles Bordet fromย Become A Top Performer, and I think it’s nice to have joined several other bloggers and writers in a course where we’ll all learn how to write more than we already do and how to develop our writing.

I’m very pleased with what I’ve gotten done today and with all these three nice things I’ve experienced today, and I’m also happy about other good things that I’ve experienced during this last day and that I’m not telling about. I can’t tell everything here on my blog. I need to keep some secrets.

In any case, what I now do want to tell you before I end this blog text and then eat some food and get ready for bed, is that during this last day God has helped me and strengthened me and given me many victories. In Jesus I’m victorious. :) In Jesus I’m a winner. ๐Ÿ˜€ Yuhoo! ๐Ÿ˜€ Even though I sometimes do mistakes, as you know I’ve also done in the course of the last day, I’m still a winner, because I haven’t given up, but risen up after falling down into a mistake. I haven’t given up, and I will never give up in my life, because I’m a winner, and Jesus helps me to hold out.

Thanks and honour to God, my Father, Lord and Helper through The Holy Spirit, for the good things I’ve experienced during this last day! :) God is good. :) Yuhoo! ๐Ÿ˜€

Good night, everyone. :)

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

 

Jesus is Alive! :D Yuhoo! :D

Hi,

Jesus is Alive! ๐Ÿ˜€

I hope you’ve all enjoyed a happy Easter time. I’m very happy that Jesus is alive, and yesterday I enjoyed spending Easter Day with my husband and my in-law-family at my father-in-law’s place, and then it was great to know and to celebrate that Jesus is alive, that he rose from the dead and has won over sin and death. Here’s a qoute from Jesus Himself:

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Jesus died for all of us and rose again, and we can all receive Him who is the Way, the Truth and the Life into our lives, and I can recommend it.

Jesus is my Saviour and Lord, and my best friend. :)

Hallelujah! Jesus is alive! ๐Ÿ˜€ Yuhoo! ๐Ÿ˜€

God bless you all.

 

Ruth Kristin

A Lovely Birthday

Hi!

Today I’ve had a lovely birthday, celebrated with my husband and my parents in the morning, gone to a very nice Christmas party in the church and celebrated with two lady friends in the evening.

(I just clicked on the publish button too late again, so that the date of my publish text become the wrong one, the one I didn’t want, again, but at least I know that I’m writing around midnight, and that my birthday that has just gone by, the 19th of December, is my birthday and that I’ve just written this text a bit late. I started writing just right before midnight and tried sending out the text above before midnight, but was just too late again (like last night), but the main thing is that I’m telling about my lovely birthday, and now it’s only four minutes past midnight – it’s just become later and later as I’ve written this. Now I’ll soon tell you some more…)

In the morning I got a lovely handmade birthday card from my creative and sweet husband Jonathan, and I enjoyed a long and late birthday breakfast with him and my parents where I opened many nice gifts and had fun. Later on, some time after my husband had gone to work, I enjoyed a nice lunch with my parents and my friend Grace, and then we attended a very nice Christmas party in my church The Living Word where we socialized and also watched a very nice nativity play where the children did very well in the performance, and we got to see acting, singing and dancing. I met many different people, also people I hadn’t met before, and I had a very good time.

During my day I’ve received many nice greetings and hugs, and I’ve had many nice phone calls, including family people calling me, and some of my family members even sung for me on the phone, which was very nice.

In the evening I’ve enjoyed a very nice little party with my good friends Elodie and Grace. My parents went out for a meal and were gone for most of the time when my lady friends visited me. Grace and I made some food, and Elodie joined us a bit later and helped us prepare for our celebration time. We enjoyed a very nice meal, and we really enjoyed our time together. My husband joined our party not long after he had come back from work around half past ten and after I had finished watching a film with my lady friends, and then we ate a lovely cake my very kind mother had made for me with assistance from my fabulous dad. I’ve got lovely parents who’s helped out very much this day, and also the other days they’ve been here lately.

Now in between as I’ve written this blog text I’ve had breaks and spent time with my lovely husband. Now I’m very tired and will go to bed soon. I’m sitting and writing in a sofa in our living room as my husband is relaxing and watching “Match of the day”.

I’m very blessed and have had a very lovely birthday and had a lot of good experiences and many lovely and happy moments. I’ve been smiling and laughing a lot. The day that has just gone by and was finished about half an hour ago has been a very nice one for me.

I’m blessed. Thanks to God, my God, for a lovely birthday! :) Jesus is my Saviour, my Lord and King, and my God. He has blessed me with a wonderful birthday. :) Thanks to Jesus! ๐Ÿ˜€ Juhoo! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Newly Married!

Hi, everyone,

Yuhoo! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m newly married! ๐Ÿ˜€ Yuhoo! ๐Ÿ˜€

The 3rd of October I got married to my prince, my dear Jonathan, who had been my fiance for over two years and whom I’d known for almost three years, my sweet prince and darling, yes, my gift from God.

I was very excited about and looked very much forward to marrying my prince Jonathan, and I had waited a long time for marrying him, and we’d even experienced postponing a wedding we’d planned having last year, so it was very good to finally marry my dear Jonathan.

Here you can see me on the morning of the wedding day in the hotel room I stayed in the night before I got married, and where I also did my last preparations for the wedding:

20151003_120450 (Rutti som brud klart hรฅr med Elodie)I was very happy about the hairstyle I had chosen and that I received on the wedding day, and I thought my hairstyle and my hair looked beautiful and romantic, and I thought that my bridegroom would like it too, and he did. :) He also liked my viking styled wedding dress, and I really liked his prince Edward suit and his hairstyle. I thought my prince Jonathan looked gorgeous. He was and still is my English prince. I was and still am his Norwegian princess.

Jonathan, my prince, and I, had a lovely, wonderful and unforgettable wedding day, and we enjoyed our day very much, with Jesus there with us through our day and with Jesus getting a lot of attention and praise, Jesus, our Saviour, who has saved us and helped us through many things. God had brought us together, and God joined us in the holy covenant of marriage on 3rd of October 2015. Jonathan and I were very excited and happy about becoming husband and wife, and here you see us as a newly married bride and bridegroom inside the church we got married in, on our way out:

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“What God has joined together, let no man separate”.

20151003_231131Our fingers with our wedding rings on.

Jonathan and I have been on a lovely honeymoon, and after that we’ve often been very busy, and now we’ve been married for 20 days, and finally – after thinking much about it – I’ve come around to writing about marrying Jonathan on my blog. I’m sorry I haven’t written until now. I was so excited about having married Jonathan that I was even considering blogging about it while being on the honeymoon, but I decided in the end that it was best to not spend time on blogging and rather just spend as much time as possible with Jonathan and enjoy my honeymoon with him, and I decided it would be better to write on my blog soon after coming home from our honeymoon. Unfortunately, I’ve kept on getting delayed and not coming around to blogging, much because my life often has been very busy lately, but at least now I’ve written some words about getting married here, and now I’ve gotten to tell you my good news and to share some photos in relation to getting married. Perhaps I will tell more about getting married another day, and perhaps I’ll also add in some more photos here.

In any case, I’m now Mrs. Burton, and I’m my dear husband’s wife. :)

Take care, and have a blessed weekend, everyone! :)

 

Ruth Kristin, the newly married Mrs. Burton :)

Overloaded

Hi,

On Wednesday I had a very nice and relaxed day at a friend’s place in Lyngdal, not so far from Kristiansand, in the south of Norway. I think I needed that relaxed day. However, in the afternoon and evening I met different people again, and I spent the night at another place than the night before, and then the next morning – that’s on Thursday, yesterday – I met even more people. In other words, I was travelling a lot around for some days, visiting and meeting up with many different people, and I also met people that I hadn’t planned to meet, and my days were very busy and intense. In the middle of it all I didn’t get enough sleep and rest over these days.

After the intensive period of travelling a lot and being very active and social and meeting many people and having little time for myself, when I was back at my parents’ place in Stavanger yesterday I got a reaction and cried a lot after we had eaten dinner. I was very tired and felt exhausted. I was very emotional and cried quite a lot for a while. I believe I was overloaded. I had a feeling of everything being too much for me and that I hadn’t had enough time to rest or to be alone, and I decided I needed to rest. Soon after this I took a time of relaxing and resting alone in the guestroom I used.

After a little time of resting I was social again for a while before I again withdrew to be alone, but this time I withdrew through having a bubble bath in the jacoozi in the flat I visited, a flat my parents rent now. No one in my family had ever tried out the jacoozi before, and I was the first to try it out. It was very nice to use it, but unfortunately I didn’t know how to turn it off, and I didn’t manage to get it off no matter what I tried, and it took a long time before it switched itself off by itself, but my mother had then prayed for God’s help, which was very good, so I believe God helped us, but soon after the fire alarm in the hall way outside the bathroom went off, and then it repeated itself three times! It was so much steam coming from the bathroom. It was all quite crazy and funny. :) It gave me and my parents a laugh. :)

It helped to have some time alone and some time to take it easy yesterday, but today – Friday – I’ve travelled back to England and had a busy day and still feel very tired and not at my best, so I feel I need to relax, rest and sleep a lot this weekend and the coming days, and start gathering new strength.

We must listen to our bodies, and we must try to avoid being overloaded.

PS. By the way, today I’ve been very encouraged and happy by a very positive event that took place in my life today, but I can’t tell you what it is right now, but hopefully I can tell you about it tomorrow.

NB! I also want to say that I’ve met my fiance Jonathan again today, and it’s been lovely being with him and enjoying good moments with him again. We’ve got a great future ahead, and I’m looking very much forward to marrying my dear darling, my precious prince and my handsome husband to be, Jonathan, my love. :)

Good night, everyone! :)

Enjoying Meeting People Again

Hi.

Yesterday I visited my uncle called onkel Sigurd and my auntie Marit. I had not seen them in many years, and it was very nice to see them again.

Today I have met many people I know, ย also some I didn’t ย expect to see, like a friend I had lost touch with. It has been so nice, and I have had a lovely day.

Text added in 22/5:

I was writing in bed and also added the text below, wanting to tell about having met several people I know in the Kristiansand area and that I would sleep, and I also had wanted to write “Thanks to God” and also “Good night” I think, but as you can see from the text below, it is not a good idea to do blogging late at night when you’re tired:

Today I have met several people that I know in the Kritiansand and now I will sleep. Thanks tHg Hod

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