I can do this writing

I believe that I can do this, being a fulltime writer and author – with the help of the LORD. And, I am fully convinced that God is able to perform whatever He has promised. Just like Abraham had faith when it looked like all hope was gone – I have faith and trust in The Almighty God of Israel. Knowing for God nothing is impossible, and knowing through Christ I can do all things.

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In August 2015 I started to go fulltime as a writer, with my first book, “Den Blå Kjolen”, a Norwegian children book that I wrote and published as a book manual on October 31, 2015, and which was published in January 2016 as an Audio CD, and published in March 2016 as a soft cover book.

Then when the sale slowed down a bit in the end of January 2016, I again had to ask for some support from the government.

And for six months from March 2016 I offered some free consulting to help a young man where I wrote letters and went to meetings speaking for him – and where we won the case in September 2016. All the glory to the LORD that did help us win.

But as my income started to increase during the year of 2016 with more work that I did for clients every week, I saw that I needed less support from the government, and with an upcoming launch of a new Christian book on October 20, 2016, I decided it was the right time to trust the LORD and go fulltime as a writer and author from October 1, 2016.

Not an easy thing to do, but for me the right thing to do.  “A small start is better than no start”.

When I took this step in faith on October 1, 2016, I had no guarantee for an income to pay all my bills for the month of October, other than to trust the LORD for the extra income that I had faith would come through selling books. At that time, I took the step in faith, I had about 35 % of my total need secured through work to clean houses every week. But Praise the LORD, so far, He, has made it possible to pay every bill.

Right before the launch of my book, I got the deliverance from printing over two weeks later than planned, and as if not that was enough, me getting sick with a painful appendix just when I should be around and pre-sell books. But, praise the LORD, He healed my appendix in the middle of the night when I slept, on October 4, 2016.

I can do this writing, because the LORD is my helper.

It is the LORD that has called me to write. It is He that has given me advise and guided me step by step from being broke and unemployed to start my own business and now as I write this be on the way to run my own fulltime business as a writer, author and consultant – trusting the LORD.

Not that I have reached this goal yet, but I am on my way toward it – trusting the LORD with all my heart.  Only with His help am I able to get through every day as my income slowly grows without taking any loans, but slowly are able to pay my bills and build up the business from what I earn.

My next project will most likely be the children book that I first published in Norwegian in 2015, that I have translated into English with the title “The Blue Dress Children Book” and that I plan to publish on Amazon.

To be an indie writer and author publishing my own books, is for me a longtime dream come through, and I look forward to write many books in the future. The joy of being able to sit down and write what comes to my mind whenever and wherever I am, and to create products that I am the owner of, and then to sell them to people that say they are inspired and motivated by my writing is nothing but amazing. I am very grateful to the LORD for this. All the glory to the LORD.

And I will do whatever I can to never take anything for granted, but strive my best to be humble and thankful for every person that wants to buy one of my books – just like I am today in the very small beginning as an indie writer and author. Knowing that as a writer, I can only succeed when the reader wants to buy and read what I write!

Trusting the LORD with all my heart and hoping that my writing will be a blessing for many people. And being fully convinced that God is able to perform whatever He has promised.

I love to write, and I love the fact that I may touch other people through my writing.

I believe I can do this writing!

Through Christ I can do all things!

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Get up and keep going

Earlier this year, I watched a sermon, with the title “GET UP AND KEEP GOING”.  This title spoke to my heart. It reminded me that no matter what, I just need to get up and keep going.

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Being a writer, first of all we need to show up, then we need to start writing. Also if we do not know what to write. Often the words and the ideas will come when we start to write. And as we write we get more inspired, and soon the words are just coming, more and more.

And I have to say, it is wonderful to get up in the morning knowing I have my own business, where I am helping other people through my business Reidun Hjelper Deg (Reidun is helping you), and where I can write, publish and sell books and write blogs. Having my own business and being my own boss is just a wonderful freedom.

But I have to admit it can also be difficult to keep the inspiration while working on building my writing business, especial when things are difficult, as they often are in the start of any business.

It is in times like that, it is good to be reminded to “GET UP AND KEEP GOING.” So easy said, but still so difficult, words we might need to be reminded about often.

My experience when not knowing exactly where to go next, is that when I take the situation and go down on my knees and lift it up to the LORD asking for His guidance, trusting Him, and start to take one step forward, He will show me the next step that I could not see. I have seen how He has guided me with His eyes and showed me the way in many situations with my business and writing.

Just like when I did not have any idea about how to put together the content and create the outline of my new Christian book that I started to write in 2016. Step by step, the LORD gave me ideas and guided me.

But even with His help, I have struggled a few times earlier this year to move on with my business and my writing. I lost the inspiration when book sale slowed down in February 2016, and when I was not writing as much as I should because I had to handle a situation for a client and spent a lot of time on writing letters for him. It was difficult for me, as I wanted so much to also write on my book, but I could not get myself to do what I wanted. Looking back, I think my problem was that I had some wrong thinking, as I allowed my mind to dwell on the problems I faced, instead of seeing the opportunity in my situation.

Those words spoke; “GET UP AND KEEP GOING” kind of woke me up so to speak.

I grabbed those words to my heart and I jumped up, full of new hope and inspiration. It was like all that had hindered me was gone, as I said out load: “GET UP AND KEEP GOING REIDUN”, that is all you need to do – “GET UP AND KEEP GOING”.

A Word spoken at the right time can turn any difficult situation into new opportunities.

Where we see no way, there is a way – but we must; “GET UP AND KEEP GOING”.

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Enlarge my territory

On December 29, 2015 I was reminded about Jabez prayer. And since 2005 I have been praying this prayer. But maybe God wanted me to refresh my focus. So I started to read 1. Chronicles 4:10.

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And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.

The day after, which was December 30, 2015. I woke up full of new ideas, new product ideas that I could create and sell. The Lord had answered my prayer to “enlarge my territory” by giving me new ideas.

On the first of January 2016, I started the year by reading the book, THE PRAYER OF JABEZ by Bruce Wilkinson. Have had that book in my hands since April 2005, and have read it serval times. But as I entered into the new year 2016, I was reminded by the Lord to pick up that book for to read it again.

While reading that scripture in my New King James Bible, where I also read through the verses before and the verses after Jabez prayer. I read through all the names. Suddenly it was like the Holy Spirit gave me wisdom and opened my eyes to understand something about this prayer that I had never seen before or heard anyone speak about.

I saw that Jabez name was standing in the middle of lot of other names, in the middle of his family, in the middle of the tribe of Judea.

It was as The Lord showed me that Jabez prayer was placed there, hidden in all those names for a very important reason, that when Jabez prayed it, he prayed for the entire tribe of Judea, God’s people, the Jews, for Israel. And He gave me the thinking that when we pray it today, that is exactly what we are also doing, we pray the blessing over the tribe of Judea. Wow.

And then I understood that the Lord wanted me see that I had my name in the middle of my Norwegian family. And by praying this prayer I would also bless my entire family, just like Jabez blessed his family, and still keep blessing them through that prayer when we are praying Jabez prayer.

Excited, on January 1, 2016, I started to read the entire book about Jabez prayer. I then decided to follow Bruce advice, to pray it for thirty days, to write down everything, writing a journal on this prayer, to read this book once every week, to write down what I experience, to tell others, to put notes with the prayer inside my house, and to start pray this for my family, friends and church.

Next night, while laying in bed I could not fall asleep because I had so many ideas.  And by January 2, 2016 I had made a prototype on the new idea I got. I saw new ideas I could not see earlier. Things I needed to change and how it suddenly could become a very nice product.

Suddenly I also saw that my business would expand into many levels. Things I did not see before.

On January 4, 2016 I had a huge favor in a meeting. Another answer to expand my territory.

On January 8, 2016 I got favor and a very good price to produce the idea that I got.

I see new possibilities open up before my eyes so to speak. The Lord enlarge my territory.

I got new ideas on books, production, writing and different wrapping of the product. I got ideas on how to print the book.

I got new ideas on how to write my testimonies and pack it into the book that the Lord has asked me to write since 2005.

In less than fourteen days so much did happen, just because of the prayer that I started to pray.

I suddenly got the idea to send out an email with information about my new book for children and share the good news about soon having three products of the one book, and sharing the story that the newspaper did on me in Norway October 28, 2015 because I had found a way to start my business in the midst of being unemployed by wrapping the children story a little different as a book.

I sent this out on January 13, 2015 to my connections, and as I started to write my blog about ENLARGE MY TERRITORY, I got an email coming with info that one person that loved my inspiring story would spread my email to his over 6000 contacts. I said wow. Thank You Lord. All the glory to the Lord.

Thank You Lord, for enlarging my territory.

 

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Writing blog posts again

It is August 9th 2016, and I have had a short break from working on my new upcoming Christian book that will be published in Norway this year. In this break I found myself reading through some of my earlier blog posts.

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And as I read, I suddenly heard the LORD say: “Reidun, you need to start writing blog posts again.”

I smiled and said; “LORD You are right, thank You for reminding me. I am truly sorry that I lost the inspiration, but I know You can set me on fire again, so I can get back writing blog posts.”

My latest blog was written and posted in the beginning of May. Which now in August is over three months ago. I had been busy helping and working and serving other people, and in the midst of all that I lost the inspiration and motivation and found it difficult for me to pick up the blog writing again.

Not only my blog writing had a break, but my book writing had also come to a pause. It was like I had entered into a different season, still doing what the LORD wanted me to do, but now doing all I could for to help and give service to other people – not able to also keep writing books and blog posts.

Being called to write by the LORD, and having a heart that longs every day to be a fulltime author, I often found myself also when I was too tired to write, longing to finish my next book and my next blog – but felt the pain in this that I was not able find the way to get back on track with my writing.

But in the middle of June I experienced a new start so to speak for my writing. An author friend of mine all of a sudden stopped by, for to buy my children book that was published in 2015. Then a neighbor also came by, and wanted the same book. Then an elder man called and wanted serval books. In a few days I sold some more books. Not much, but enough to give me new writing inspiration. During that first week I found I was writing every minute I could. After not too long time I had finished writing The Blue Dress Children Book, and I had started writing on a Christian book.

It was in the middle of a break from the joy of this new season to work on writing my next book that I looked into my earlier blog posts, and heard the LORD say; “Reidun, you need to start writing blog post again.”

So on August 9, 2016 when the LORD spoke those words to me, I grabbed my journal and added into my goals, that by September 1, 2016 I will start to write blog posts. I had set a goal to reach for.

Today as this is posted, it is September 1, 2016, and here I am writing the first blog, telling the story on how the LORD inspired me and guided me with His eyes and showed me how to get back writing another blog post.

Only God knows the dream in my heart. Only He knows how I have been longing to get back in the saddle again so to speak. Not for to ride a horse – but back writing blog posts, and as soon as possible working fulltime writing books. How wonderful to know that God, does never regret the gifts or His calling.

“For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” (Rom 11, 29)

“And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God.” (Rom 8,28)

The LORD knew I needed to get back writing blog posts, so He started to inspire me by saying: “Reidun, you need to start writing blog posts again.”

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The joy to write

Yesterday is gone. Today has 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 lots of joy and peace when I write. My desire is more than anything to give Him all the glory through my writing.

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First of all, I believe it is a miracle from God that I am able to write another language than Norwegian.

Will not take that for granted. I believe it started where I as a child around seven, that got the passion to speak English when we had lots of 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 also in English. Then in my twenties I experienced a growing interest for Country Music after I heard Randy Travis sing for the first time in Norwegian TV, his song; “Forever and Ever, Amen.”

Which inspired me to become interested in country music, where I started to read all I could read about country music artists, fan clubs, through country music magazines, and through many business 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 here in Norway, for to become better in English. The teacher whom was very good teaching British English did not like that I had my heart in America. He started to tell me that I would never be able to write, read or communicate in English if I did not follow his teaching on British English.

This took all the joy out of me. It hurted my feelings and I started to believe he was right. He had somehow poisoned me with wrong thinking and I did not see it coming. But I saw that I was suddenly 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, so I put them away out of my sight for to have peace.

Not before a few months later, I decided that I would not listen to this anymore. I woke up and said out loud to myself that I am not letting those negative words from the teacher steal my joy for English – and I also stopped going to the class. And 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 just shows how dangerous it can be to listen to people that is speaking negative words over us.

If you listen to wrong voices, it may take all the joy and peace out of you. The joy that the LORD has given you, where you should be able to develop the interest and skills on what you are called to do through Him, and succeed.

By the grace of God, this that I experienced is over 30 years ago now in 2016. I was not a born again believer in Christ at that time either. So thankful that I did wake up, that I did not allow this wrong words to stay in my mind for more than those, for me much too long, but actually few months.

Praise the LORD, I have forgiven this teacher, and I am so grateful, that it is possible for me to write and read in English. That it is possible for me, to have joy and peace while I write and read, and that I can work with what I love to do – which is to write for His glory.

And I do have the joy while I write. Hallelujah. Praise the LORD!

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I cannot change others

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 ask Him, 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 be pruned, to repent, 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 one day recently was very 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 this person 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 this persons level of negative thinking and speaking, 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 immediately understand and knowing it would 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.

This also reminded me about Zig Ziglar and his speaking on “stinking thinking”, his 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, blessing this person, and keep doing what I am doing, not letting the person’s negative comments enter my heart. Understand that to forgive this 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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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!

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