Catching Up

Hi, folks!

I’m sorry, but again I’ve had a period where I’ve often been very busy and where I haven’t come around to blogging on my blog. I could say it like this: I’ve gotten delayed and found it hard to sit down and do some blogging in the business of my life and in a situation where I’ve often had very much to deal with. However, I know that I could’ve chosen to sit down and blog several times, so it’s not that it’s not been possible for me, but unfortunately I’ve kept on putting it off and at the same time often been very busy and had very much to do and deal with, and then blogging has become one of those things that it hasn’t been so easy to do, and I guess that it hasn’t been so tempting to sit down and do it either, often, because in a busy life period one often wants to relax and feel no pressure, and with my blog there has been some kind of pressure for me in a way, because I’ve had a lot of ideas and wishes for what to write here.

The thing is, though, now that I think about it, I don’t have to put any pressure upon myself about writing things, and I can just write down my ideas for what to write about, and whenever I feel I want to and have time available for it, I can spend time on writing about those things I’ve got on my list of blog ideas. I also want to mention that this evening I really felt like blogging, and after sitting down to do it, in a room of my own, being on a Christmas holiday at my father-in-law’s place, I have felt that it’s quite relaxing and rather nice to be sitting and doing some blogging, and it’s actually a pleasant way for me to be getting some ME-time, if you know what I mean.

When it comes to my blog, I’ve often had many ideas for what to write about here during the last months, and unfortunately I have – as mentioned – found it hard to come around to doing blogging lately, and also in general many times this year. With that I’ve sometimes felt a bit sad about not having written about certain occasions or episodes that I wanted to write about, and like with many other things I’ve often felt as if I was “behind schedule”. I’ve often felt delayed, and I’ve felt like I’ve gotten a bigger and bigger pile of blogging ideas to deal with as time has gone. However, my blog is for now only a hobby blog, and no one has told me to put out a certain amount of posts here or something like that, and it’s just I, myself, that in a way has put some pressure on myself by having lots of blogging ideas that I’ve wanted to do something about, around a certain time, often. In any case, I can still write about a lot of those things I’ve wanted to write about, even if my blog texts are “delayed” in a way. Futhermore, when it comes to episodes in my life I’ve wanted to write about, it’s still possible to write about them long after they have happened. Whenever things from the past are written about, they can always be put out onto my blog, because stories from our lives can be told as long as the one who experienced the story is still alive.

One of the things I now believe I should do in the nearest future, is 1) to make a long list of all my blogging ideas, 2) plan for when I’m going to do blogging, but also 3) be open for spontaneous blogging sessions like I’ve had many times before and like I in a way have tonight, and 4) first of all just have fun and enjoy my blogging, because it is one of my many hobbies, and one that I really like doing. I basically think I should put less pressure on myself when it comes to my blogging, and I should think that in the future I can always catch up on writing on my blog and fulfilling the writing projects here that I’ve thought of. There’s always a chance in the future to write more, as long as I put aside time for it, and even five minutes of writing can make a difference on my blog.

When it comes to catching up it’s something that I sometimes have felt as a difficult topic, because for me it has often been related to me feeling that I’m delayed or “behind schedule” on different tasks or projects, and I’ve had things to do piling up for me again and again. Unfortunately I often struggle with planning and organization of my time, and I easily get delayed, and I often struggel with getting started on things and getting things done too. Things can vary and are not always very challenging for me on these mentioned areas, but I often struggle with getting a lot of things that I ideally want to get done, done, especially when my life feels very busy and there’s much for me to think about or deal with. This can for instance often happen when it comes to preparing birthday gifts and Christmas gifts. Sometimes I’m not planning ahead enough and/or starting soon enough with my preparations for a birthday, and then I can for instance get delayed with buying a birthday gift to someone in my family, especially if I’e got a lot to think about, and I can easily forget it around that time I ideally should be doing it, and also if I’m delayed with getting it done, I can easily forget about it later on in between. Often I think about things that I haven’t gotten around to do in between, and they can sometimes feel as if they are all hanging over me as a burden or pressure of things to do.

Sometimes I get delays and things I feel I need to catch up on on many areas of my life at the same time, and sometims all these delays and undone tasks just adds up to a bigger and bigger pile, in my head in a way, and then if I think about lots of them at the same time, which I often have done the last years, I can feel very overwhelmed and like it’s all too much for me. I’ve often felt like that during this year and during the last 2-3 years. Basically, it’s something that easily happens with me, because I often struggle with doing all those things I ideally want to do, for different reasons, but it’s mainly because I’ve got Asperger’s syndrome, and in a way I just can’t have too much pressure on me or too much to try to do, because that’s not good for me and can often make me feel very stressed or overwhelmed. Then at the same time I want to catch up on things, like birthday gifts, and I’ve done that many times this year by sometimes buying and giving out delayed birthday gifts and other gifts that was meant for a very long time ago, sometimes even for special occasions that was over a year ago. I did that recently for instance, and by doing that I was catching up on things to do. Now I’m almost finished catching up on giving out those gifts that I want to give out for people around me, so that feels good.

However, the thing is, all this catching up on things, is maybe not always good for me, especially not if I put pressure on myself to do certain things in the first place, like giving out birthday gifts. With putting pressure on myself to do certain things, I might make my life harder for myself than necessary, and I’m thinking that perhaps I should try getting better at accepting that I’m often finding that doing a lot in a short amount of time and being very busy is often very difficult and sometimes not very healthy for me, and that I don’t always manage to do as many things as I ideally want to do within a certain amount of time, and that I don’t have to try to do as much as many others do. I’m me, and I’m ok as me, and I can be me. I often have high expectations of myself, lots of things I want to achieve, and many ideas about things to do, but in real life I often struggle with getting it all out into life, achieving everything I want to, and I have sometimes felt upset, low, sad or dissapointed because of these things. It’s not always easy for me to handle that I’m often struggling with getting things done and that I easily get delayed in my process of getting things done, and I have many times experienced to feel low and perhaps I can say a bit depressed because of it. It can be very upsetting and sad for me to think about all the things I haven’t managed to get done and to know that I’m very far behind in relation to all the things I’ve got to do, but I believe that I need to accept my own limitations and remind myself of them and try to not expect or demand too much of myself, and I need to try to make my life easier for myself.

It’s ok for me to try to do some catching up sometimes, and I think that sometimes it is necessary, but certain things can be cut out, and sometimes I think I just need to accept that some things I just didn’t come around to doing, and then just let it be and stop thinking that I should try to get it done. Instead of thinking a lot about things I want to be cathing up on, as I think I have done sometimes, I should focus mainly on the here and now and on the future. I can try to become more organized and get better at doing things in a good time in the future, and at the same time I need to make sure I don’t put too much pressure on myself and accept that I can’t try to do too much in one go or in a short amount of time, because trying to do too much, easily leads to stress, and I can quickly become very stressed by having too much to do and think about. Catching up can be good, but I should find a balance in relation to catching up and sometimes accept that I didn’t get something done and then just leave it like that.

Now I’ve written for a long time, and it’s late, so I have to say good night. Sleep well, and good night, and have a happy Christmas holiday, all of you, my readers!

 

Ruth Kristin

 

Married for ONE year! :)

Hi,

Today my husband and I are having our first wedding anniversary. One year ago we married each other and entered a life long covenant with each other, and we had a lovely wedding day and celebrated with family members and friends.

Today it’s been very nice to surprise my dear husband Jonathan with different gifts and a nice card, and I was surprised by receiving gifts from him too, including a beautiful orchid, and I also got a homemade card, something he’s very good at making.

Jonathan is the best man for me. I was very excited and happy about marrying him last year, and I’m very glad that I can celebrate this special wedding anniversary with him today. We’ve enjoyed many good moments today, like when we went for a walk in the sun earlier on, and the day isn’t over, so I’ll go and spend the rest of this day with my husband now after finishing this. I can always write more about the anniversary another time. Now I need to seize the opportunity to spend some more time with my man, my lovely husband, my handsome prince Jonathan.

Thank you God for my dear Jonathan! :)

Ruth Kristin

 

 

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! 😀

How great and fulfilling to know I’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 I’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 he’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 I’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

My Secret Place

Hi.

I’m sorry I haven’t written here in a long time. I’ve kept on getting delayed and not coming around to writing here on my blog. However, I want to write more the coming period, and here is a text I wrote on Wednesday last week and that I just haven’t come around to getting posted until now – sorry about the delay:

My secret place

When I was a child there was a period of time where I used to have a secret place. It was a place in the nature not far away from my home, and I called it my secret place. My secret place was an area with a little stream of water and some nice trees next to the stream. I could sit down next to the running water and see nice yellow water flowers and have some peace and quietness and be alone with my own thoughts. I often had a note book with me when I was there and liked to write some poems when I sat at my secret place. I liked to have secrets as a child, and I liked to have a secret place.

Again and again I’ve noticed that I like having secrets, and I’ve carried a lot of secrets during my life. Sometimes it’s been secrets that I didn’t want to share with anyone and that I’ve just kept to myself, and other times it’s been secrets that I have wanted to share with one or more close friends. There have also been times when I’ve kept a secret only for a limited amount of time because I wanted to surprise someone. In any case, I’ve never had a place I’ve called my secret place as an adult before, as far as I can remember now, until today…

This morning I went for a walk and found a new area to walk in when I was walking in a nature area, and after walking for a while I suddenly found a lovely tree that was a little bit hidden away in a little forest area, and then I thought to myself that it was my secret place. I was happy and touched by seeing the tree, a tree with many branches and many bends, and I felt I yet again had found a secret place in nature that could be my little hiding place to go to for being alone. In this little secret place I felt that I wanted to reflect, pray and have some alone time with God and that I would want to use the place for writing too in the future.

I found this little nut beneath the lovely tree in my secret place, and I thought it could be my little memory item from the first visit to my new secret place. Before leaving the area I walked over to an apple tree nearby and found this little apple which I also decided to bring back home with me.

I was very pleased with my new secret place. I even tried climbing a tiny bit in the special and lovely tree I had found there before leaving it, and in the future I want to climb further up into the tree and perhaps sit in the tree while I’m writing.

It’s good to have my own secret place. It’s not a place that others can’t reach, and I saw examples of that today through seeing some dog walkers walking passed the area I now call “my secret place”, but to me it’s still my secret place, a place I don’t need to tell anyone else directly about, and a place I can enjoy a lot of alone time in. I might show it to my husband Jonathan once, since he’s one with me, but in any case I’ll use it mainly as a secret place for me and my private thoughts, prayers and writings. One day maybe some of my future secret writings from my secret place won’t be secret anymore, because I might want to publish them, but I don’t know what will happen yet when it comes to those things. However, I’m definitely sure about this: Today I’ve been inspired to write on my blog…

…by my secret place.

 

Lost in My Day

I’m lost in my day,

but have to find my way

My tummy is helping me out,

making more and more noise – I want food

So I know I need to start cooking soon

and feed my body

I know that

Anyway I’ve just kept on getting more and more delayed –

typically me –

in my day

Lost in my day

That’s how I feel

Lost in my thoughts and ideas and spontaneity

Just lost

Out of track

Out of order – not in my ideal order of things

I got up late

Haven’t followed any routines

Have kept on getting ideas

and been spontaneous,

watched a lot of videos

searching for ideas, inspiration, solutions and support

Need to meet reality,

deal with life

I’m delayed

Yes, I am,

but I still have some hours left of this day –

about four hours –

before I need to go to bed

I can cook

I can eat

I can write down important notes

I can reply to emails and messages

I can read in the Bible

I should do that after eating, actually

I can create order in the middle of my mess,

try to make the rest of the day less messy than the first part of the day,

try to create some order around me,

tidy up in the kitchen,

do some dishes

I can do little things

Little things

They’re better than no things

I can do some things

That’s more than nothing

I can start on my journey

towards a better future

I can take control

and create control

and order and progress and success

by taking small steps,

by focusing on my needs,

on my goals

and what’s urgent;

what’s necessary;

what I want to prioritize

I have to do things in a simple way

Create progress,

but make things simple

Take one thing at a time

Give myself food

Have time with God

Do some planning

Do some housework

Do some painting for the doing up project maybe

In any case do something

and also breathe

and know I’m alive

and I can be me

I’m ok

I’m more than ok

I’m created in God’s image

I’m unique and valuable

I’ve got abilities, talents and gifts

I can do something of use today

I can bless someone today

I can make progress

It’s not too late

The seconds and minutes and hours are waiting for me

to fill them up with love, care, creativity, fun, seriousness when needed, faith, hope, work and rest;

to fill them up with good things

I can be myself

when doing this

I can be me

I can make a difference as me

I can make a difference in someone’s life

No matter how lost I may feel in my day or my life

No matter how chaotic my life or home feels at the moment

I feel lost in my day,

but I can find my way

to feel I’m living in my purpose, my destiny, my walk of life

that’s meant just for me,

with God

there always

by my side

I can find my way

with God’s help

Step by step

Giving Him everything

Trusting in Him

He’s in control

He’ll help me find my way

to stop feeling lost in my day

Encouragements

Encouragements are strong

Encouragements are powerful

Encouragements are life giving

Encouragements give hope

 

Encouragements inspire me

Encouragements lift me up

Encouragements can spur me on

Encouragements show love

 

Encouragements are gifts for me

Encouragements are gifts for you

Encouragements can bless my life

Encouragements can bless yours too

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 from 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. 😀 Yuhoo! 😀 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! 😀

Good night, everyone. :)

Silence on My Blog

I’m sorry to tell you, but again, I’m delayed in my blogging, and I’m delayed in my life, and I’ve had a long period of “silence” on my blog. Now I want to tell you some of the reasons why.

Well, first of all I want to tell you that when there’s a long period of silence or no action on my blog, that usually means the same general things, no matter what time of the year or what kind of period in my life you find the silence. The silence on my blog usually means these things, simply summarized:

  • My life has often felt very busy.
  • I have not been organized enough in my life.
  • I have not put aside time for blogging or pushed myself hard enough to get some blogging done.
  • I have procrastinated.

The thing is, no matter how busy I am, if I just prioritize something highly in my mind and decide that I’m going to do something at some point, sooner or later, I WILL get it done, usually. So at the end of the day, I just haven’t done well enough when it comes to my time usage, my decisiveness and my actions. I haven’t gotten the blogging done that I ideally would’ve liked to have gotten done.

Now when it comes to the last period of my life where I’ve had a long period of not blogging at all, it has often been particularly challenging for me to get any blogging done, much because I’ve had many very busy weeks lately, very much to deal with, and I’ve often been very stressed and had many challenges to deal with. When there are many things to deal with and when there’s much to do and think about, it’s often difficult for me to get around to sit down to do blogging, and often there are other things that are more important to me than blogging in the middle of a busy and challenging life period.

The good thing is that I’ve had many good blogging ideas during the last months, and there are lots of things I WANT to write about, so there’s no lack of ideas or good intentions. The problem is that when I keep on feeling that life is too busy for me, that I’ve got too much to do and think about and that it’s difficult to get around to sit down to write on my blog, or when I’m disorganized and have a lot of chaos in my life, which I often have had lately, then it’s often very difficult to get any blogging done, and my mind gets filled with more and more blogging ideas, and it’s like a pile of papers that needs sorted that keeps on growing. My pile of blogging jobs get bigger and bigger. There’s more and more blogging for me to do, and I feel more and more behind.

In a way I have a luxury problem as I have plenty to write about. There’s so much that’s been going on in my life lately that I’d like to share about on my blog. I’ve got lots of photos I’d like to post on my blog too. Basically there’s a very big amount of blogging work that is waiting for me, and that’s quite good, but when I’m already in a situation where I often struggle a lot with getting things done in my life in general, then it doesn’t make my life feel easier or less challenging when I’m also having a lot of blogging ideas that keep on piling up on top of other tasks that I’m behind with. I feel I need to catch up in getting things done in many areas of my life. It’s not always the best feeling. I’ve often felt quite overwhelmed or challenged or as if things look really hard by thinking about lots of different things I’ve got to do. It’s not a feeling I can recommend, but still it’s not the worst problem to be struggling with, and at least I’ve got ideas of what to write about on my blog.

Lately it’s often felt like I’ve had too much to deal with in my life, and since I know how my life has been, I don’t find it so strange that I’ve ended up with not doing any blogging for a long time. I want you, my readers, to be aware that I DO want to do more blogging, though. Yes, I want to do more blogging, and I want to get around to writing about those things that I’ve wanted to write about lately but that I’ve never come around to. I want to do something about my ideas for my blog and not just keep my ideas in my mind. I want the silence on my blog to last a shorter while and not for months or weeks, maybe not even for many days usually. I want you to know that my good intentions are there.

I cannot promise anything when it comes to my blogging, though, and I can only do one thing at a time and take one day at a time. However, I can tell you that I haven’t given up on my blog and that I definitely want to write more on my blog and also increase how much time I spend on it. I want to share of my ideas, share about my life and inspire people and mean something to those who read my blog. I want my writing to matter. I want my blog to count.

I want the silence periods on my blog to become a less lengthy happening. I want movement on my blog to happen more often.

I want to get better at just sitting down and starting to write – like I suddenly did today after being challenged from a guy who sends me inspirational emails, Charles Bordet.

I want to start moving towards a better blogging future – with more action when it comes to blogging. Yes, I want more action on my blog and less silence there. However perhaps I need less action in my life in a way and more silence in it, so that I have less things to write about and more silence to sit and write.

In any case, I want to keep on living my life, whether I blog often or seldom, because in the end of the day, my life is not about blogging, and I’m not living for my blog. I live and blog about my life now and then, and if I’m too busy to blog, the silence speaks for itself.

Until the next time I break the “silence” on my blog, fare well.

 

Ruth Kristin Burton

 

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