As this Friday has come to a mid day and the weekend is just around the bend. It is a beautiful day with a blue sky and some fluffy white clouds. The snow is glittering and yes it is cold. Everything is in waiting. Soon will new lives pop up and bright new colors will brighten our days. (The only down side is pollen, but it is a small thing in all the splendor that keeps popping up.)
It is one of these days that you can see how God works behind the scenes. Yes he is here and with us, but he is also behind the scenes as well. He has done all things, even the smallest things.
Psalm 139: 13-16
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb
He stretches out the north over empty space;
8He wraps up the waters in His clouds,
10He has inscribed a horizon on the face of the waters
at the boundary between light and darkness.by Lady Birgitha
It is Friday afternoon and winter has really established it self both with cold and snow. Yes it is nice with the snow, but I do dream of hot tea in a cosy spot. My dream company would be Jesus. Imagen to have a low tea with Jesus! To break bread with him….
Well talking about breaking bread. It is always fun to break bread with people that you care about, but how would it be if you had to break bread with a person you do not like as much? Would you do it? Would you follow Jesus example?
In the sermon of the mount from vers 21 and down to 47 we find as follows:
21 Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.
26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.
27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:
32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.
33 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:
34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne:
35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.
36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.
37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.
41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
So think about that. I know it is hard to follow, but it is so worth it. Yes I do get upset and angry with people. I do think less nice toughts about them. But when I am done with that I do ask our Father for forgivness and I do pray over them. In my prayer and at times when I can show kindness to the ones not so nice to me I feel a huge peace insed of me.
Now there are times when one has to put a stop to bad behavior and do one self the gift of leaving a toxic enviorment. God did give us free will and a brain. Use both wisely.
God´s blessing upon all y´all.
LBby Lady Birgitha
It is Friday the 20th of December. Looking out and it is hard to believe that it is winter. It is hardly any snow and the fog is thick. But never the less is Christmas soon here.
God gave us the ultimate gift, His only son, so that we that do believe will have eternal life.
So re joys in the knowledge that our Savior is born!
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.
22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.
Gods blessings upon all y´all!
by Lady Birgitha
So now it has happened again. King Bore (Winter) has arrived with his court of snow and cold. The sky today is crisp and blue and not a cloud in the air. I had the most marvelous walk at lunch today together with a very sweet coworker.
While I was outside looking at the beauty that God has created and how the sun and the shadows really made it all stand out. All looked so crisp and clear, just so clean. It was also a bit quiet, which it hard to get in the city, but to day it was like even the engines were quiet as they did their work. So was it that you were quiet and just listening? I was this morning. The Psalms are very good to read, ponder and pray over. After that use some time to listen to God.
So it became Friday agian, as it should be. Life is a circle. We are born and the we die. Time waits for no one. So be sure to take care of the time you have been given. The day death comes knocking at your door it will be to late. (But when death do come, I would sugest that you do invite him in on tea and crumpets.) Remember that it is just your physical body that dies, your soul will go home to our Father.
God´s plan is at work! Death has lost its grip and has been left toothless after our Lord Jesus Christ´s death and resurection.
55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”[a]
56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[a] Christ Jesus our Lord.
So think about this when you think that your life is not worth anything. You are so important. God knows you from before you were born. Your life is not less than anyone elses. God loves you and see you as his child.
When the days are dark and you do feel all alone, reach out your hand and grab the only one that never fails.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Yes this post is a tad gloomy I know, but it is an important one. So many of us feel like this. I am in no way trying to tell anyone that feels like this to pull them selves up by the bootstraps. No I am just trying to hopefully be able to show them that they are not alone, they are loved and they do matter!
God bless all y´all
by Lady Birgitha
I have not been logged in here for a while. Last entry was in June. Jeeezzze that is a while ago. Well I had vacation in July, then days has just passed. So a quick look on what has happened is that my inlaws were here and we had a great time with them and our best friends. We had the annual church camp at Pengsjö. One of the most beautiful places on earth. So quiet and beautiful. God´s presesens there is so noticeble. You can almost touch it, that is how it feels anyway.
The first night there I went out on a photo shoot after sunset. One of our kids were with me and we ended up on the pier where you usually walk out when you are going for a swim, or get baptised. We lay down on our backs looking at the pitch dark sky with trillions of stars. We talked a bit, but mostly we just lay there enjoying each others company. It was the best evening I have had in a long time. As we lay there looking at the sky we also spent time with God then and there. I could feel his touch on my forhead. That is what life is all about. There on that pier I discovered something that I always knew: 42! What is six times seven? 42. So when we spend time with God in prayer, or in a quiet moment just letting the spirit work within us we get to understand what the meaning of life is and that it is 42. (The human number is six, since it is imperfect and the holy number is seven. So 6X7= 42.
John 6:35 – And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
Matthew 6:33 – But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 8:12 – Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Life is short, grab hold of these moments and cherrish them. Life is all about God, just look around you. From the beginning in Genesis 1 to the last verse in the Book of Revelation. God want us to love him with all our heart, soul and mind.
Matthew 22:37 –Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
Luke 10:27 – And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
With these words I will end this time.
God´s blessings upon you and your family.
by Lady Birgitha
So it actually did happen even here. Summer has arrived! Now is the time to get baked. Life is put on hold a bit when vacation comes. It is time to visit family, camping and maybe even some ice cream. Just do not forget in all this to spend time with the Lord, our Dad. Do not put Him on hold. This is a perfect time to start a stronger relationship with Him and to find a way to uphold it after vacation is over. Because you will discover that your life will be more at peace and that you are in His hands and mind. He will be there for you, as He always has and always will be.
Philippians 4:6-7″Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Life is not only the now, it is also what will be when we pass on. How we chose to live now will be rewarded later.
Matthew 10:31-33 So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows. “Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.
The choise is yours this summer. To start a better relationship with Him or not. I leave it up to you.
LBby Lady Birgitha
So it finally happened even here in the north as well. Spring is in the starting block. The snow is melting and everything is turning into a greyish slush. Soon the green tender leaves will start to sprout. A new clean sheet is being given. Just as God has done for us. He has forgiven us and taken away our sins. I might have said something about this before, but it is an important thing to remember that we are saved! We that have confessed that Jesus is our Lord and Saviour, Gods only begotten son. So there is nothing to fear, because we have been adopted into His family. Our sins have been forgiven and we are restored and lifted up by Him. We have been given a clean sheet that is blank, a new life.
9 David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”
2 Now there was a servant of Saul’s household named Ziba. They summoned him to appear before David, and the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?”
“At your service,” he replied.
3 The king asked, “Is there no one still alive from the house of Saul to whom I can show God’s kindness?”
Ziba answered the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is lame in both feet.”
4 “Where is he?” the king asked.
Ziba answered, “He is at the house of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar.”
5 So King David had him brought from Lo Debar, from the house of Makir son of Ammiel.
6 When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honor.
David said, “Mephibosheth!”
“At your service,” he replied.
7 “Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.”
8 Mephibosheth bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?”
9 Then the king summoned Ziba, Saul’s steward, and said to him, “I have given your master’s grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family. 10 You and your sons and your servants are to farm the land for him and bring in the crops, so that your master’s grandson may be provided for. And Mephibosheth, grandson of your master, will always eat at my table.” (Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.)
11 Then Ziba said to the king, “Your servant will do whatever my lord the king commands his servant to do.” So Mephibosheth ate at David’s[a] table like one of the king’s sons.
12 Mephibosheth had a young son named Mika, and all the members of Ziba’s household were servants of Mephibosheth. 13 And Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, because he always ate at the king’s table; he was lame in both feet.
If David a human king to do this, then think about what God can do for you when he restores you and lifts you up. Let this be a guide to what God can do for you in your life and remember that you are a new person and part of a big family.
It is a new snowstorm outside again. I am happy that I am at the moment inside. Soon I will be outside going home. It is going to be a very snowy lady. The leap from the snowstorm to our own anger and hate towards other people that has hurt us is not too far. The hate and anger towards people can just like a snowstorm or storm ruin us from the inside as the emotions are raving on the inside and giving the Devil a foothold. We need our anger, but we have to carefully make sure where and whom we let our anger out on and for how long. We have to make sure that people we are angry with, have a grudge with or have hurt you, do not take up too much space in our lives. Not for their sake, or for any ones sake but yours. Why is that? Mark 11:25 5 “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
It is not as bad as it sounds. If we have something against another person the negative feelings will start consume us and the Dev il will get a foot in. Your anger will lead to hate and hate will lead to the dark side……
I know that it is not easy to forgive some people that has hurt us, but we can always pray for help in this. Remember that God always hear prayer and that he will come to our aid when we ask. When we pray for the ones that hurt us we forgive them and can move on with our lives. If we do not, we will end up stuck in a time loop where we will chew on the same old thing and soon our anger and recensent has made us into a Gollum like creature. Not a pretty sight.
So instead of dwelling on old pains, kneel and pray for healing, help and for his grace. Then raise and feel how he will take your yoke and give you his instead. Now you are ready to move on with your life and leave the old rags behind.
May God´s Mercy and Grace be upon you!
by Lady Birgitha
So Christmas and New Years has come and gone. We have snow and the cold has also entered the scene. It is actually really winter and cold this first month of the year. So a new year and a new beginning. I can tell you that I did no new year resolutions at all. I find it somewhat not my thing. Why would you promise something that you have to rely on your self to keep? How many of you have even ever kept yours longer than maybe a year? We humans are so bad at keeping what we say we will do, and to rely on one self or other humans are to just write your self and others up for disapointment. To relay on humans are not a good idea. So who should one actually rely on? Well I myself put all my trust in God! He has never failed me from the day I said yes to Him and confessed that His son Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
This does not meen that I never trust humans or that He has given me a get out of jail card to use with no limit usage. No I do trust humans and I do relay on people around me. God I realy on always, both in the good times as well as in the hard times.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
God bless all y´all!