The Joy To Write

Yesterday is gone. Today came with new opportunities. Here I am, decided to grab my God-given talent opportunity to practice my writing and get closer to write more of what He has told me to write. Knowing I do have joy and peace when I write, and when I am writing, my desire is more than anything to give Him all the glory.

Photo: Reidun Friestad

First of all, I believe it is a miracle from God that I am able to write another language than Norwegian. I believe it started where I as a child got the passion to speak English when we had family visiting from America every summer. Where I later in my teens started to develop interest for writing poems and songs and singing along to popular songs. Then in my late twenties I had a growing interest for Country Music after I heard a wonderful voice from a country artist sing for the first time at Norwegian TV. Which inspired me in the 80s to get interested in country music where I started to read all I could read about country music artists, fan club letters, country music magazines, and books from inside the country music business in America.

But I was very close to “kill” the natural given joy God had given me for reading, speaking and communicate in English, by joining a class in the evenings for to become better in English. The teacher whom was very good teaching British English did not like that I had my heart in American English, and when I could not and would not speak the British English he wanted me to speak, he started to tell me that I would never be able to write, read or communicate in English. This took all the joy out of me. It hurt my feelings and I started to believe he was right. I went home crying and was not able to read books and magazines that had given me so much joy, I felt sick every time I saw any of those magazines or books, and I therefore put them all away out of my sight for to have peace. Not before I decided that I would not listen to this anymore, and I woke up and said out loud that I am not letting those negative words kill my joy for English – and I stopped going to the class, not before then did I see a positive change. Three months after I stopped going to the class, I started getting the joy to read, write and communicate in English back. Praise the LORD.

This shows me how dangerous it can be to listen to people that is speaking negative words over us.

It may take all the joy and peace out of you that the LORD has given you, where you are not able to develop the interest and skills on what only is possible for you to do through Him, and succeed.

By the grace of God, I am so thankful it is possible for me to write, to have joy and peace while I work on my writing, and that I can work every day on what I love to do for His glory, which is to write.

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An Earthquake Is Coming Very Soon!

April 9, 2016, the LORD said:

SHOUT IT OUT LOUDLY!  AN EARTHQUAKE IS COMING VERY SOON!

This week I have told everyone the LORD has sent me to talk to, on the street, in private homes, in business offices, and even to some preachers He has sent me to warn, with this message about the coming Earthquake. I have done it in love. I have felt the burden. Spent many hours in prayer.

Shout it out

Today, April 16, 2016, the Lord told me to shout it out loudly to as many as possible. He says that His Word is in a hurry. The sins among people on this earth has become very big.

I know that my country, Norway has been weighed in the balances, and found wanting. The judgement is coming to the church. Those that repent will be part of the revival He has started. Those that do not repent will come under the judgement of God. Many may die, as on November 1, 1755 when the Lisboan Earthquake hit Europe.

I believe the most important we as Christians has to repent from, is to turn away from the lies of the world that has entered into the churches, and get the truth about marriage, divorce and remarriage while the first spouse is still alive. Listen to Dr. David Pawson and Dr. Mike Gorri teach on this. To get that right with the LORD as in Scripture is very important for not to come under God’s judgment. There are only two options, for those that are divorced, one is to reconcile with the first spouse, the other is to be alone. I have a testimony on YouTube and here in the blog about how the LORD spoke this to me in 2007.

I could write a book about the things that I have had to repent from. We all need to seek the LORD, to humble before Him on our knees, and He will show us what we need to repent from. We all have something to repent from. Could be something like being angry about a person in your life that has hurt you. God does not like that either. Or words we speak that He do not like.

Only the LORD know what you need to repent from. There is a heaven and a hell. We only know today. Tomorrow we do not know. Make sure you have Jesus as your LORD.

This with the coming earthquake is also in the prophetic message on YouTube that Berit Thorstensen received with the title: THIS IS THE TIME! PARADIGM SHIFT!

Based on Ezekiel 3:17-21, I have to warn and tell what He speak to me.

The Earthquake is a call to repentance! It is God’s love for you and me. He that want us all to be saved!

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2. Chron. 7:14.

May the LORD bless you and keep you safe!

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I cannot change others, but I can change myself

By God’s help and through His Words I am often asking the Lord to help me change in me what needs to be changed. Knowing when I ask, He will show me things I need to repent from.

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Often He will show us what we need to change and repent from that which is not right with the Lord and His Words. But the question is, are we willing to listen to Him, are we willing to repent, and are we willing to let God prune us, so that we can bear more fruits for His glory. John 15:2.

It is painful, but important to repent, and to be pruned, if we shall bear more fruits for the Lord.

As I was out driving one day this past summer, I suddenly had some thoughts coming up in my mind about one person that had been negative and whom did not have a nice behavior. While thinking about this person I felt something I did not like was about to steal the peace I had in my heart as I was thinking about those words I just had heard spoken a few days ago.

Then as I were thinking about it, I suddenly head the Lord say: Reidun, you cannot change others, but you can change yourself.

Thank You Lord. So true. I cannot change others, but I can change myself.

A huge peace entered back into my heart and it was like a heavy burden was taken off my shoulders as I heard those words. He was making me understand, first I should forgive this person, which I had done, then I should work on my own reaction and myself and no matter what not allow myself to react wrong, but to react with love and kindness. No matter how bad, I had the choice to not react on their level of thinking, because I could choose to react with God’s love.

Often we may look at others that do not understand us and think, why do they say that, and why do they not understand that this is not right. But right then, it could be wise to remind ourselves that we cannot change them, we can only change ourselves from not letting others behavior destroy our day. But also reminding ourselves that sometime this could be God that is trying to show us that we might need to repent because we could be wrong as well.

But this also reminded me about Zig Ziglar and his speaking on stinking thinking, the well-known cat-kicking-story. A story that have helped many remember not to let others stinking thinking and bad behavior take them down to their negative level. As we have the option to choose our reaction.

As I was driving, and as I saw how bad this person’s attitude and words was, and as I head those words from the Lord, I realized; I cannot change that person, but I can change myself.

Knowing the best that I can do is to turn away, be silent, keep my mouth shoot, praising the Lord inside myself and blessing the person, and keep doing what I am doing not letting the person’s negative comments enter my heart. Understand that to forgive the person is important to do asap for to have peace. Then leaving it all up to the Lord to work on the person’s attitude.

Thankful for the Lord’s lesson.

I cannot change others, but I can change myself.

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Letter to the LORD

Dear Heavenly Father God, You know my heart. You know how I seek You and long for Your guidance. You know how I love Your Words and how I cannot be without them. How I long to be in Your presence in Your Word, guided by the Holy Spirit. How I love to read Your Word, pray, sing and praise Your Holy Name every day before I start my work. Not one day can I be without the Holy Spirit to guide me. Not one day can I be without Jesus my Lord and Savior. Oh how I want to keep You Words in my heart all the time.

Asking You to write Your Words on my heart, forever and ever Amen.

You know how I work and desire to fulfill Your will in my life, but how I often fail and have had to repent serval times from my sins on this my journey with You my Lord Jesus Christ, Almighty God.

You know how I am getting sad in my heart every day that I have not written what I should have written that day. You know I love to write. But You have also seen many times how worn out I have been when I got home late many nights after been out working all day helping others, and just could not make it to write much that day at all, but climbed into bed for to sleep. You know what I was doing wrong and You know what I was doing right. But thank You for always getting me back on track every time I get off this writing track.

You know how it has been like a burning desire in me to be a fulltime writer for years now and it just keep getting stronger and stronger in me. It is a desire that You have given me for a reason only You know. I am so thankful for Your guidance. You know how to direct me in the right direction when I struggle with finding the writing passion and You often have done that. In God I trust! This is the day You have made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.

You know how I long with all my heart to be whom You have called me to be. So that I can do the work and help as many as You want me to help. Oh, how I want to be filled with the Holy Ghost and Your love and show people all Your glory. You know how I long for the day that I have written, published and started to sell lots of books on Amazon and elsewhere. All for Your glory. I have so many books inside me, because You have given me so many testimonies and stories to share. You have also given me many great business and income ideas that I am keeping close to my heart for the right time, the right place and the right business connection.

You know how I long to live the life You have called me to live, to be the fulltime writer that You have called me to be. You know the text You have given me in dreams and spoken to me during the days, things that I need to write about. And how I often felt sad when I could not remember all the wonderful details You told me. Even though I have written most of it in my many journals for the last ten years, things You have given me to write about. Some of it is still very difficult for me to start writing, to find the right starting so to speak.

Thinking that You one day might get tired of helping me when I am so slow to do what You asked me to do. So I ask You to please forgive me Oh Lord. You are my rock and my shield, I am going down on my knees before You Lord, and I do repent and I do turnaround from my wicked ways. I will not waste my life one more day. I will not let others whom do not believe or people and situations I cannot change, disturb me and steel the dreams and hopes that You have given me to work on. I have wasted enough years, months and days of my life not writing what You have called me to write. I want to do Your will Oh Lord more than anything in this world. Proclaiming; I will do Your will. I will do what You have said. I will write the stories You have given me to write. Your will be done unto me Oh Lord!

For with God nothing will be impossible. Luke 1:37

Praise the Lord, now the last five months of 2015 I have been blessed and able to do more writing. I know I will make it through a few challenges, climbing over a few more hills, because I will do Your will. I will succeed with the writing that You have called to me do for Your glory. Knowing I cannot afford to waste one minute of my life any longer not writing what You want me to write. I just cannot and will not waste any minute Oh Lord!

In 2014 and all the way up to July 2015, I was an unemployed. However, thanks to You Oh Lord, from August 1, 2015 I started on a new excited journey, and from that time I was not an unemployed, but I was able to slowly start my own business, being my own boss helping others getting what they wanted done, and therefore also able to start doing more of the writing You wanted me to do.

I started to write and create products, and have now thanks to You Oh Lord three products to sell. All the glory belongs to You!

I believe that I have now experienced what You talked to me about in 2014, on how to go from being broke and without a job. I believe that I have lived the life of being broke and I have lived the life of being without a job. Therefore, I believe I will now start to see a change for the better now from 2016 where I am now ready to enter into this excited journey to experience the life on how to have my own successful business by using my God-given talent to write and the biblical principles on money. I know it will happen as You have said. I know You have given me this experience on being broke and without a job, because there is a need for me to help many people around the world that has lost their jobs and do not know what to do.

You have all the wisdom and knowledge there is in the world and therefore You know what I have to write today, tomorrow and the next day. You know what story I shall tell. You know what testimony I need to share. You know where I need to start. You have often said when I slowed down and almost stopped to write; Reidun you have so much to write about – just keep writing! And yes, I do have a lot to write about.

You do give me advice and guide me in the right direction. I am so thankful for Your help. You care so much for me that Your Son Jesus Christ died on the Cross also for me. To say You do not care would be to tell a huge lie. I have seen every day how You Jesus Christ are fully alive and care so much about me when I have been struggling to find the right direction in this in-between so-called being broke and not having a job at times, but now praise the Lord being on my way to have my own successful business, where I have been willing for a time to take different smaller works for to find the extra income so that I can keep writing more and more, like You have called me to do, all for Your glory. You have been there. Every step I have taken, You have been there too.

You knew every word that I was to write today in this letter to You. Even before I got the idea to write You this letter, You knew all the words I would write. You saw that I had the plan to write something else, but You guided me over to write this letter for a reason only You know.

You knew what I would put on paper today, and You know what I will put on paper tomorrow. Thank You Lord! You have given me so much to write about, so much to be thankful for, and so much to share with the world.

You told me in 2005 to go out into the world and tell people about the miracles that I have experienced. To tell people how Your glory has touched me. To show them Your glory. Please forgive me for not been doing what You have said I should, and now please help me start to do more of Your will. I now start to take small steps, moving forward to become the person that You have called me to be.

However, Oh Lord, to write what You have called me to write, I admit I will always need Your help. So I am asking You to help me find the right topic that I shall write about this week. I am asking for Your supernatural help to outline this book that You want me to write the way You want it to be, not my way, not according to the world and their way, but the way You want it to be. Your will be done with my writing! Your will be done with the books that I have started to write! Your will be done with the books that I now have started to sell! Your will be done with all the upcoming writing and books that You will guide me to write and sell! Thank You Lord for Your wisdom, knowledge and guidance! All the glory and honor belongs to You!

Oh Lord, that You would bless me indeed, enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain. 1 Chronicle 4:10

And I pray that this prayer that Jabez prayed, and whom You answered so wonderfully, will speak in new ways to those hearts that read this letter, which I wrote to You Oh Lord.

Oh, that You would bless them all indeed, and enlarge their territory, that Your hand would be with them, that You would keep them from evil, that they may not cause pain! Your will be done in 2016!

AN APPEAL TO HEAVEN, OH LORD!

YOUR WILL BE DONE, ON EARTH, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN!

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Evaluating 2015

It is December 30, 2015 and for me a good time to evaluate the year, to see what I have accomplished and to see what have I not accomplished. Based on the goals I listed in 2014, for the year 2015.

ACCOMPLISHED

I have joined Platform University. Have been listening to PU’s master class and other teaching. Have transferred my domain to Bluehost. Have set up my first WordPress site in March. I started to blog in March. Have set up Mail Chimp. Have set up Facebook. Have set up Twitter. Have started to write 500 words every day. I did my first YouTube video in June. I have been able to close the door to NAV the government support and working fulltime with my business helping others and being an author from August, meaning I am no longer unemployed, but are running my own business. I made small but just enough income through my own business and been able to let go the support from the government in the end of July and have since that been a fulltime author and consultant. Often difficult, but I have made it every day. All possible by the grace of God! Have set up Evernote. Have invested in Lead Pages. Have joined webinars with Steve Harrison. Have joined webinars with Amy Porterfield. Have joined webinars with Ray Edwards. Have joined webinars with Michael Hyatt. Have joined Platform University forum. Have been listen to videos, reading books on book writing, publishing books/eBooks, WordPress. Have in October ordered and received my first hundred ISBN numbers for my first hundred upcoming books. Have written, published, produced and started to sell my first children book “Den Blå Kjolen” in Norwegian this year in November, and have sold that book as a “book manual with audio cd”, and as “audio CD”. For every sold children book I have been able to make a deal where I give NOK 50, – ($7) to help poor children in Tanzania, Russia, East Europe, Ukraine and Israel.

 

NOT ACCOMPLISHED

 

I have not accomplished to get the site set up with Get Noticed Theme. Have not accomplished to lose the five extra pounds, on top of all the pounds I did lose in 2013 and 2014. Have not accomplished to get out of debt. Have not accomplished to get the book published on Kindle and Create Space. Have not used Lead Pages. Have not accomplished to set up email opt-in-automation on Mail Chimp. Have not published any PDF tips. Have not hired someone to help me with my website.

 

SUMMARY

 

All in all, I am satisfied with what I have been able to do in 2015, based on the small amount I have had in my hands of finances and based on what I knew how to do then. Some things that for me looked difficult in the beginning of the year, I have been able to learn and to accomplish.

 

Big things for me in 2015 was to be able to let go the government support, to set up the WordPress site, to publish and sell books, to start to blog and to start to publish on YouTube, to start to earn an Income running my business.

 

When I am looking back at the time plan that I had set for my business startup on July 4, 2014. I had planned to earn money and be on my own without the government from April 1, 2015. But, praise the Lord this happened August 1, 2015. Which were only 4 months after the scheduled plan I had. Which I guess is very good when consider that I was without any income, nothing at all and had only 20 NOK in my pocket and 54 NOK in my bank account, for 3 months, in October, November and December 2014, and because of that had to postpone every small and large investment for my business until February 2015.

 

When I also consider that I in November 2014, December 2014 and January 2015, had no money and could not pay my bills, and was trusting the Lord for food, every week when I needed more food, the Lord sent Christian friends on my door, saying they were reminded by the Lord that I should have that exact amount. Which was always exactly that I needed, not more, not less, just the right amount. All the glory to the LORD! What an awesome God we serve!

 

And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. Deuteronomy 8:18

 

Had to add this. I am so thankful to the Lord. Without Him I would not been able to accomplish anything. But through Him that has guided me with His eyes every day I have been able to go from many difficult situations in this of being broke and without a job – to have my own business by using my God-given talents.

HE DESERVE ALL THE GLORY!

Like Paul said, I am not there yet, but I am working on to reach that goal!

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On Your Knees Before God

It amazes me every day what a wonderful Almighty God we have. Praise His Holy Name. He is alive. He is the same ONE and only God.

On September 24, 2015 I was all of a sudden inspired to write an article and send it to a Christian newspaper here in Norway. The main message in my article was to inspire people to keep believing for His revival and change of our country with the title “Christ in you, the hope of glory,” but also saying that for us to see this change for His glory, I believe that pastors, preachers, bishops and all Christians included myself now need to repent and to go on their knees and pray to the LORD.

I sent this email to the newspaper just before midnight. And decided that from that night I would start a new habit of going on my knees every day. So I started to go on my knees and pray before I went to bed, and did the same thing in the morning. I do not know if the newspaper published it. Probably not, as it was not in their interest. But I did send it. Believing it is now up to the Lord what He wants to do about it.

This my thinking and writing to go on my knees in prayer and my email message to the newspaper about this same thing must somehow have pleased the Lord.

Just a little later that same day I got a phone call from an elder godly woman at 88 years, saying she had a song for me, and told me the name on an old Christian revival song. It was: “On your knees before God in Jesus Name.” After hanging up the phone. I had to smile. Saying; Thank You Lord.

Then a little later at night that very same day, as I walked out to close a door before I headed to bed, a CD player that stood in the hall started to play: “He’s My Rock, My Sword, My Shield” and out towards me came the lyrics:” I’m going on my knees and pray.”

Then came October 12, 2015, and I read on my Facebook page on a beautiful picture with text published by best-selling author Shelley Hitz; “She who kneels before God can stand before anyone.” My heart jumped. I said: “Wow, Lord, You do confirm this message to me again and again, so this is really starting to become interesting.”

I then started to understand that the Lord must have a hurry somehow to share this with many. So to make sure I were obedient and shared the message as good as possible, I created a YouTube video with the message; “Down on your knees before God in Jesu Name.” Not very many has seen it, not yet, but the Lord knows if that might change. All for His glory.

And as I am writing this blog post today it is early morning here in Norway, December 8, 2015, I hear Ronnie Milsap singing “O Holy Night” and hear “fall on your knees”. I am jumping off the chair to hit replay and listen one more time. Now this same message came towards me again. And never had I recognized those words in that song that I often have heard and often has song along to, not before today. But for a reason only God knows, He now has opened my ears, eyes and heart to songs and words saying: ON YOUR KNEES IN JESU NAME.

I must also add that this message has been burning in my heart since September 24, 2015 and I have shared it everywhere I could when speak with other Christians.

There is no doubt in my heart that the Lord with all those times saying this same thing, over and over again, wants you and me, and all whom believes in Jesus Christ to go ON OUR KNEES BEFORE GOD IN JESU NAME! Only God knows why this is very important!

Whishing you all a Shalom peaceful and Merry Christmas with “O Holy Night!”

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Reidun Friestad is publishing the children book in a new way

Today in my local newspaper Jærbladet here in Norway they had an interview with me about my new book DEN BLÅ KJOLEN with the launch date to be on Saturday October 31, 2015. I will be at the local shopping center to meet people and take orders on Friday and at the local bakery and cafe on Saturday. Just sharing the happy update about my book launch.

Jærbladet Oktober 28, 2015. Reidun Friestad gjer ut barnebok på nytt vis

This is the Norwegian version with the title DEN BLÅ KJOLEN. But I also have the same book available in English, then with the title THE BLUE DRESS.

About the book: The Blue Dress is a story about Heidi, a seven-year-old girl living high up in the Andes Mountains together with her parents and three siblings. Her father and mother are poor and has not been able to send their children to school. Heidi has therefor never learned to write or read. And because of their economic situation, her dress is dirty and ragged, and she has never had shoes on her feet.

It is a special story about Heidi a happy girl, who more than anything loves to help her sick mother.

It is about how she one day found a beautiful blue dress, and how that blue dress changed her life, gave her a dream, an idea, a hope, a goal that later turned into a calling to do something good for the village and the children in her home village.

It is a heart warm slow-paced life style story about how this little girl Heidi never gave up on her dream. It is a book that could give hope where there is no hope.

A book for children from age 4 and up.

I am offering this product as a “Book manual with CD”, where I the author of the book have read the story into the CD myself so they can both read and listen to the story about Heidi.

I am very excited to see how many that will show up on Friday and Saturday to meet me, have a nice talk, and possible order this new book that will be delievered with my autograph, and that is numbered 1-500. Only selling 500 books of this book manual with CD of the book in Norwegian version, and only 500 in English of that version.

If you like to read more about the children book THE BLUE DRESS click here

PS. After publishing this I got the info that our chairman of the county council of Hå Kommune will write a forword in my children book. I am so thankful to the Lord for His wonderful blessings! No doubt that something wonderful is about to start in my life now.

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