Thursday, December 22, 2011

The power of prayer!

A Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble,
but it is a "steering wheel" that directs the right path throughout.

Do you know why a car's WINDSHIELD is so large & the Rearview Mirror
is so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. Look
ahead and move on.

Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes few seconds to burn, but it takes
years to write.

All things in life are temporary. If things are going well, enjoy it, they
will not last forever. If things are going wrong, don't worry, they can't last
long either.

Old friends are gold! New friends are diamonds! If you get a
diamond, don't forget the gold! Because to hold a diamond, you
will always need a base of gold!

Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, God smiles from
above and says, "Relax, sweetheart, it's just a bend, not the end!

When God solves your problems, you have faith in His abilities;
when God doesn't solve your problems, He has faith in your abilities.

A blind person asked a wise old man "Can there be anything
worse than losing eye sight?" He replied: "Yes, losing your vision!"

When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them,
and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone
has prayed for you.

Worrying does not take away tomorrow's troubles, it takes away
today's peace.

Got this description of prayer from a friend that I thought worth sharing. Be inspired and be blessed:)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Dirty, dirty, dirty

I don't know why, but in Norway before Christmas time, it is a tradition to clean the whole house from the ceiling, to the walls and to the floors. And not only that, they clean the cabinets inside and out. We call it general cleaning :) So today I started cleaning all the cabinets in the kitchen. It looks clean and nice when I opened the cabinets, but when I take out all the things that were inside, then the dirt became visible. And I used wet cloth to wiped the surfaces inside the cabinets. Afretwards  the wet cloth became dirty. My cabinets surely needs cleaning.

Then I thought that as humans, we too used take a bath, to  make us clean in our outward appearances. We don't like to be dirty. We want to smell good all the time. But how about our innermost being? How do we clean our soul, body and spirit? Coz I am pretty sure that they are being polluted everyday by what we hear, what we see and and what we  feel. And if we are not going to be cleaned and renewed, at the end the garbage that we are taking in will pollute us, and the people that we meet everyday. But there is no impossible with God. He said:

It means that we have to talk with God. Reason with God. And how do we do that? Of course by reading His words and in prayer. And the Bible is a thick book, so it may take some time, but we need to be renewed by His words  everyday.

Think how easy it is to be cleaned by God. We don't need water and soap at all. We only have to talk with God about it and we shall be cleaned.

Or we can  follow the advise of this dear old woman:)

 And to remain clean :

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

My provisional Christmas Tree

In Norway, they don't decorate their Christmas trees so early.  It is a tradition to decorate the Christmas tree on the 23rd of December. And for me it's quite late. And so I tried to make my provisional Christmas tree. So I cut a branch from my lilac tree.

There is no leaves on the tree in wintertime, but I just needed the branches to make my provisional tree.

This is how this tree looks like in summertime.

And this is how my provisional Christmas tree looks like. Not so fascinating, but I was amazed  
 one day when I saw that the leaves began to sprout. There is no root in this branch that I cut, but the  warm temperature inside the house makes the leaves to popped up. so I thought that it will be needing water, so I put water in the pot. Then it can continue to grow.

Who knows, maybe the flowers will come too:)

This too can happen to us if  we are  connected to God. We need Him coz He is the source of life and to meditate his words to make us grow. We too can flourish. Because God said:

Think how wonderful it will be if we succeed in everything we do!  That no matter where we are, we can blossom and bear fruit.  It does not matter what kind of temperatur we are into. If we trust God and have confidence in Him, we will always be full of life :)
Coz He promised

Well, soon I will be decorating my real Christmas tree, but for now I can just enjoy my sprouting provisional Christmas tree :) 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Why I believe!

Why I believe God when lots of people don't!

I believe God because:
* I was in darkness, but He showed me the light

* I was lost, but now I'm found

* I was weak, but now I find strength in God

* I was filthy, but was purified by God

* When evertything is hopeless, I find hope in God

* When everthing is in turmoil, I find peace in God

* When I'm sick, I can find healing from God and His grace is sufficient for me

* When I am in doubt, He assures me that He is alive

* When I lack wisdom, He said that He provides for those who ask

* When I feel unworthy, He assures me that I am worthy to be loved

* When I am angry, He calms my soul

* When I sinned, He tells me to repent and I can be forgiven

* When my body is aching and I'm feeling old, He gives me new strength so that I can soar my wings like an eagle

* If I can't forgive, He tells me that I should, coz I too was forgiven

* He helps me to understand, when there is chaos inside and around me

* He shows me the way, when I don't know the right way to go

* He gives me the desires of my heart according to His will

* He helps me to see the light behind the dark clouds of my life

* He promised me that I can do all things through Him who loves me

And most important of all, He has given me life !

And my question for you: Why do you believe in God? Or why not?


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Mirror, mirror on the wall!

If there's a thing that we can't live without, so it's the mirror. We can't go anywhere without first looking at the mirror. And maybe once in a while we ask too " Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?"

The well known question from the evil stepmother of Cinderella. She wanted to be the fairest of them all and the mirror always told her that she was, until one day. Cinderella had grown up and she became the fairest of them all.

 But comparing does not only happen in fairytales. It happens also in real life. Like ours! In fact when we were born, our parents already compares us with other babies. Although they say that in their eyes, we are the most beautiful baby in the world.  But they just can't help it. Many times they ask questions to compare like:
-Does your baby sleeps whole  night or not.
- What  kind of milk the baby gets. Expensive or cheap?
- Who learn to crab or go first
- Who learn to talk first
- Who has the nicest clothes

 And then we grow up, and our parents do everything to help us so we can be the best. And then more comparisons
- Whos the prettiest?
- Whos the most clever
- Who goes to private or public school
- Who recieve more honors and medals

And then comes the adolescence age. Here it is not only  the parents that compares.  Now we too compare and compete with each other. We want to be the best, we want to be the person that everybody likes, we want to be the best dressed, the most popular and so on.

Then we get matured, but still competing and comparing.
-Who has the best job
- who has the best furnitures at home
- who has the nicest or biggest house
- who has the most expensive car
- who has more money
- who has been to many different places
- who has acquired more

But we can't help it. We want to be the best. But God said that:

So we must not compare. And if we lack something, God promised that we only need to:

So the next time we look at the mirror, we can say " Mirror, mirror on the wall, I may not be the fairest of them  all, but I am unique that Jesus loves  and provides for.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Chritsmas is?

Soon it will be Christmas and each one of us wants a gift this day. Our hearts crave for more than we already have. Things, things, things! But in life, we can't just be happy having all the things in life. As I thought about Christmas, I began to ponder what this day really mean to me and for others. This day is supposed to be Jesus day, but for many, it is like " my day" or "what I want this Christmas."
But as I ponder, I realized that this season not only brings joy. It brings also sadness:

- Sadness for those that will celebrate Chritmas apart from their loved ones.
- Sadness for those that can't afford to buy gifts
- Sadness for those that did not even know if they have food to eat that day.
- Sadness for those that are sick
- Sadness for those who lost someone near

And I thought, can Jesus be sad too at Christmas when the whole world is celebrating His birthday?
Well, I believe Jesus can be sad at Chritmas, because lots of people celebrate Christmas not because of him....for some it is just a holiday. Eat, party and be merry.

For people who are not really looking forward for  this season because it brings more pain than happiness, maybe we can ponder what this day really means for us. It is the day that we can remember how God really loved us by giving us His Son Jesus on that day. Jesus is our Savior.  He can lighten our loads. He promised to carry them for us. He can make the dark rooms in our lives brighter coz  He is the light of the world. He can fill the empty places in us with the fruits of the spirit.

He loves us so much that He died for our sins.

We can read in  Psalm 46:2-4
God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress. 
Thus we do not fear, though earth be shaken and mountains quake to the depths of the sea, 
Though its waters rage and foam and mountains totter at its surging. 4 The LORD of hosts is with us; -

This song is for those that needs to be uplifted this season of the year!

 God will carry you! He will carry your burdens for you. So smile and be merry. Look to the source of light and life and you will never be in darkness and will be alive body soul and spirit :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The little things we do!

It's the little things that we do, and the little things that we don't do, that make the big difference in life!
A minute read........

As I was walking
Down life's highway
Many years ago

I came upon a
Sign that read

Heavens Grocery Store..

When I got a
Little closer

The doors swung
Open wide

And when I came
To myself

I was standing

I saw a host of

They were
Standing everywhere

One handed me a

And said 'My
Child shop with care..'

Everything a
Human needed
Was in that
Grocery store

And what you
Could not carry
You could come
Back for more

First I got some

Love was in that
Same row.

Further down was
You need that
Everywhere you go..

I got a box or
Two of Wisdom
And Faith a bag
Or two.

And Charity of
I would need some
Of that too..

I couldn't miss
The Holy Ghost
It was all over
The place.

And then some
And Courage to
Help me run this race.

My basket was
Getting full
But I remembered
I needed Grace,

And then I chose
Salvation for
Salvation was for

I tried to get
Enough of that to do
For you and me..

Then I started to
The counter
To pay my grocery

For I thought I
Had everything
To do the Masters

As I went up the
I saw Prayer and
Put that in,

For I knew when I
Stepped outside
I would run into

Peace and Joy
Were plentiful,
The last things
On the shelf.

Song and Praise
Were hanging near
So I just helped

Then I said to
The angel

'Now how much do
I owe?'

He smiled and

'Just take them
Everywhere you go.'

Again I asked
'Really now,

How much do I

'My child' he
Said, 'God paid your bill
A long long time
Got this poem from a friend through email and it is worth sharing.
So here it is:)

Tilbake til Mappe

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Friday, November 25, 2011

My place in autum!

                                                          Autum pictures!

This place is one kilometer from my home!

This picture is taken from the nearby town which is called Trondheim!

In the town center where I live!

Autum flowers from my garden.

The leaves that changed  their green color  to red and orange!

On the way to the seaside!

The seaside in autum!
Seaside in another angle! This is daytime, but it is already dark!

Wow! I found wild flowers that were still blooming!

                                        The trees nearby!


These pictures were taken last autum. Now is wintertime and the leaves had fallen and only the branches remain. I am still waiting for the snow to come. Then it will be brighter around, but much work shoveling the snow. Anyway, Michi, my daughter in the Philippines wanted to see autum in Norway. So I took some pictures for her to see :)

My boring life!

My youngest daughter told me one evening that I have to create a life! My life is definitely boring.

 That is her opinion........ "Do I really have a boring life?" I asked her. She said " Yes, because you are always at home everyday and everynight and on weekdays.
Then I told her that it is not true. Because I work everyday in an activity center and my job is to do different activities with young and old alike.

 There are lot of activities that we do there like: training, singing and dancing, bingo, painting, handcrafts, bowling and different games. And I sosialize enough when I am at work. In addition, I go to Zumba training every Tuesday evening, prayer meeting every Wednesday evening, and worship day every Sunday. And I read books, magazines, watch films, I make cards, I crothet, knit, embroider,  read and write blogs and addition to facebooking and I have never ending housechores. How can my life be so boring?

She told me that I don't have friends to visit and I seldom got a visitor. I said that I have friends in facebook and in blogworld and I know many whom I can visit and invite if I have time. But I do things that I like and that makes me happy. And I told her that my life is  absolutely not boring at all. And to think that when her father is at home ( he is a seaman) then my life is even more exciting.

For her, to be happy is to be with friends. Well because she is still young. Only 18 years old. But for me, I am happy and not bored at all! Im living up to my name which is Ligaya ( means joy in English) .Of course I appreaciate my friends too, but my 24 hours a day is not enough to spend too much time partying with friends. But I'm happy for them who is having a good time with each other.

Now, is my life really boring?

 I believe :)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The elevator!

I work in an activity center in a nursing home. This nursing home is connected to a consultation clinic, and a rehabilitation center. For many years ago, this building had kindergarten too. My youngest daughter went there and we had taken this elevetor many times before.
One day the weather was nice and I decided to take one resident of  this nursing home, who sit on a wheelchair for a walk. I am sure that fresh air and sunshine will make us feel better. Since he sits on a wheelchair, we need to take the elevator in order to go down to the first floor.  While we were at the elevator and talking, I thought that if only this elevator can hear us and talk, I am sure that it has many stories to tell. This elevator had carried people of all ages up and down. Young people, old people, sick people, well people, nurses, doctors, and people with different proffesion. People who were happy, laughing, crying, quarelling, complaining and so on. One day this elevetor will not exist anymore. It can be replaced by something better or be removed permanently.

As human , we hear a lot of talks everyday too. We hear people laugh, cry,  murmur, gossips, criticise, shout, whisper or praise us. And we can be affected by these talks either positive or negative. Coz unlike the elevator, we have feelings and we can talk and express ourselves.

God too hears a lot! In fact he hears everything. Not only what we say. He hears our thoughts too. He knows the deepest secrets of our hearts. But sometimes we  behave as if God does not hear us. We say words that are not worth saying. We think thoughts that are not worth thinking. And our hearts lust for things that we thought can make us happy, but in reality can destroy us. We thought that God does not care and we thought that He does not hear our prayers.


So don't doubt. He certainly hears every words that we say and He cares.


Sunday, November 20, 2011

The picture!

Well, I supposed I will not be satisfied if I can't try everything under the sun. Especially in handcrafts. This time I tried  embroidery. Since it was the first time for me, my work was not very neat at all. The backside was a mess, but the front side was not so bad.

This project is not yet finished, but when it is done, I am sure it will look better. I will put this picture on a frame.
A friend told us today in the " Food for the soul meeting" that we as humans have the good and bad sides. And we alwasy try to show the good sides to other people, but sometimes when the going gos tough, the bad side can be seen in us. And she said that when she was young, she did some embroidering too. And her work at the backside was not so neat, but the frontside was nice.  ( just like my work) She thought that as long as it looks nice on the front side, then it will not be a problem. No one can see the backside after all, when the picture is hanging on the wall. She told us that  her mother was better than her with stitch work.  But her grandmother was much better. When her grandmother was finished with embroidering a picture, my friend could not tell which is the frontside or backside. Because the needlework was so neat  in both sides. And she said that we are like a picture that God is embroidering. As we continue to walk with God, He can turn our both sides neat and nice and when people look at us, they can never tell what is the bad side or the good side. Because both sides will be beutiful and nice.

Then I thought that like this picture that I was making, in the beginning it was only threads and a piece of
fabric. But after some stiches with different colors, it takes a form and the picture becomes clearer.

Our lives is just like creating the perfect picture. God uses different colors with us to make the finished product perfect. There will be dark moments ( dark colors) happy moments ( light colors) there will be stiches with needles ( hurting moments) idle moments ( when God is silent)  but these process are needed in order for us to be a beautiful picture that this world should see. Gods workmanship, beautiful in both sides.

I read a very special letter that someone posted. This letter explains more how we can be the person that God inteded us to be:

If you never felt pain, how would you know that I am a healer?

If you never had to pray, how would you know that I am a deliverer?

If you never had trial, how could you call yourself an overcomer?

If you never felt sadness, how would you know that I am a comforter?

If you never make a mistake, how would you know that I am a forgiver?

If you knew all, how would you know that I will answer your questions?

If you were never be in trouble, how would you know that I will come to your rescue?

If you never were broken, How would you know that I can make you whole?

If you never had a problem, how would you know that I can solve them?

If you never had any suffering, then how would you know what I went through?

If you never went through fire, then how would you become pure?

If I gave you all  things, how would you appreaciate them?

If I never corrected you, how would you know that I love you?

If you had all power, then how would you know how to depend on me?

If your life is perfect, then what would you need me for?


It means that we need God in every area of our lives. No matter what is happening with our lives, remember that God has a purpose. He is the creator and He knows how to make us perfect and beautiful inside and out and both sides.  :)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Washing machine!

                                                       I was baking a cake one day,
but my thought was not with what I was doing. I began to think about our washing machine. I thought how this wonderful thing do the job for us so that we don't have to wash our clothes by hands.

We just put our dirty clothes in the machine, chose a washing program, put a detergent and turn it on. Then after a while, the clothes are clean and we can just hang them to dry.

 It reminds me of what Jesus did for us. We were so filthy because of sin, but he washed us so we can be clean. White as snow. But he did not use a washing machine to remove the dirt. He used his body to clean us. He offered his blood to be the detergent to wash away the sins in our lives.

I believe God had used different  methods to work in us, so that we can be clean in the eyes of God. Yes we already recieved Christ as our Lord and Saviour and had been forgiven for every misdeed we had done. But we have a long way to go if we are going to be like Jesus in deeds and in love. There are some behavior in us that needs to be changed that maybe God have to cook us , so that these behaviors that hinders us to grow can be removed. Like we program our washing machine to cook the clothes that were so bemired, so that it can be usable again.  Others though were born kind and need only a lightwash from God.

When we wash our clothes, we put softener so that the clothes will be soft to touch, and will smell good. Like if we have Jesus in us, we can be people that are clean and smelling good. We can be somebody who can attracts others beacuse they feel God's presence in us, which is love. Why? Because everybody wants to be with people who is clean, smells good and loving. As believers, we should be the one who scatters sweet fragrance everywhere we go. What I mean with sweet fragrance is that God's love that flows through us to other people. Although it is not easy to do it all the time especially if someone treats us unfairly. But as God had forgiven us for every wrong things we had done, we can also forgive others for the wrongs they have done to us. Anyway, no one is perfect. Sometimes we are the ones who can hurt other's feelings and not the other way around.

Like the clothes that we wear that  need to be washed everytime, we too should be washed by God everytime, because sometimes we go to dirty places, say dirty words, think dirty thoughts, and do something that is wrong.

God says in Psalms 119:9 that in order to remain pure, we must live according to his word.
And He reminds you and me:

We just need to come to God! He is our washing machine that never runs out of energy :)

Monday, November 14, 2011

The gifts!

Soon it will be Christmas time and  many  of us are already  in the shopping mood. And the shops are selling everything that our hearts desire.
But think about it! Most of us had already recieved  gifts too many to count. The day we were born,  our birthdays, anniversaries, christmasses and so on. Still, we desire more gifts!

Anyway, the question is:
-Whom do we give our gifts?

First on the list  is our loved ones. Then after that maybe friends or someone we believe deserve a gift.

But are we happy when we give a present? What is our intention in giving?
If we can afford to buy those gifts, and if we love those we are going to give the gifts, then we are a happy giver. It is our desire to make them happy.  But if we cant't afford to buy gifts, but the reciever expects us to give, then it can be a burden for us.
Sometimes we don't like the person that expects gift from us and we are reluctant to give. Or maybe we only give because we expect to recieve a gift in return. Still, we have to give.
But are we happy when someone gives us a gift?
Usually, we are happy to recieve a gift, but sometimes if we don't like the gift that we received, because we already had that thing that the other person had given us, or maybe we expect something better, then deep inside us, we are not satisfied  and can be unthankful. Actually, we should be thankful just to receive something from other people. Strange though, because the people who already have more expect to recieve more, but those that are lacking, they are so thankful just to receive one gift.
As humans, sometimes we are happy to give or to receive a gift.
But I know someone who had willingly given us a priceless gift. That someone is the Almighty God.

 And God gave and gives and gives .........................
 Just think of God's creation that He has created for us. The heaven, the stars, the moons and the planets.
 And this beautiful earth for us to inhabit. Think of the oceans, the seas, the mountains, the trees, the plants, the flowers just to name a few. So many different colors. 


And everybody can agree with me that everything that God created is wonderful. God has created us too. It means that we are beautiful. That is why we must not criticise each other. We are God's workmanship. We are created in His image.

That is why I want to thank God who had given us gifts to many to count and even more.

                                     God: He is the greatest gift of all! 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Fathers day!

Every second sunday in the month of November  is " Fathers Day" in Norway. So the children or wives bake cakes for the fathers. My mother-in- law baked this cake for her son and son-in-law. She was very thoughtful.
Anyway I bought a cake for my husband. A small one!

And I want to greet every father that I know,  especially my husband and my son!
And I dedicate this poem to every father :)

And most of all, I want to remember God as my father, not only today but everyday!

He gave us the greatest gift of all!

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