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Lite sånadär höst-myspys-bilder en fredageftermiddag!! Bara njuter av att se på dem, alla dessa färger... Ska spendera kvällen i vår församlings ungdomsgrupp, Glorious! Kom och kika in vettja! Vi håller på och har det allmänt najs i Immanuelkyrkan (köpenhamnsvägen 3) från 19:30 och framåt.

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Postad i: Weekdays, Around the World

It is practically storm in Malmö right now (the only thing heard is the roaring wind and rain smashing unto the windows). One of those cozy fall days that I LOVE!! I fell asleep last night listening to the wind blowing,.. I'm so excited for fall and winter!! Curling up, wrapped in a blanket and drinking hot tea while reading of watching a movie is one of the things I live for. I love the way the leaves turns in all the different oranges and reds, I love the morning runs when the air is crisp and cool, and the only warming thing is the sun... Unfortunately, the usual fall weather in Sweden is an overcast sky...

For you who don't enjoy the cold as much as I do, I thought of sharing one of the days of my summer! My sister has been at Öland working all summer, so we went one day just to visit her. I think it is one of the best memories of my summer! Byxelkrok, the name of the town we went to, is a "harbour town". So we strolled around looking at the sailing boats and had a lunch at a greek place.


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Postad i: Design & Art, Weekdays

These past weeks we have, in Biology class, been assigned to do a herbarium. So I've spent a lot of time working on this! And since design is something that lies closely to my heart, there shouldn't be any question of me sharing it with you! I really enjoyed making it in spite of a little pressure :) I am after all very pleased with the result and I can't wait to see what the teacher will say when I hand it in. I don't think she actually thought that I'd put this much effort into it. Ha!

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The text is in swedish, but on the picture up to the left, it' basically just says how the leaves are sorted and then below is the table of contents. Beside each leaf is the species name in swedish and latin.

For you who didn't know, a herbarium is a collection or preserved plants, usually in dried form mounted on a sheet of paper. So we went out in a park and picked some leaves off the trees, later to put them under pressure between heavy books for a couple of days.

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Postad i: Faith

"The earth is The LORD'S, and all it contains. The earth, and those who dwell in it." Psalm 24:1

"Behold, to The LORD your God belong heaven and the highest heavens, the earth and all that is in it." Deuteronomy 10:14


Something which I've experienced or that has challenged me lately is accepting that I can't afford anything I want. Accepting the fact that my money don't entirely belong to me. It's been a while now since I worked, it rarely happens nowadays. About a month ago, the café I've been working at about two years, closed. Due to this my income has sunk drastically. This has affected me in a way that has been difficult for me to accept. A reason to me now why I shouldn't buy things can now be: "I can't afford it" or "I don't have enough money". Challenging it has been, for sure.

I enter a store and find something that I like, not necessarily something which I need. My first impulse is to buy it, because I've earned it. I am the one who has worked for the money in my bank account, I am the one who has spent hours and hours behind the espresso machine, sweating and struggling. I am the one who's been weeding under the blazing, merciless sun. This is the way this world thinks; everything I do, everything I earn, is for myself only. Me, myself and I. We don't even spend a second thought to what else we could do with the money that would promote others. All that is before our eyes is our wellbeing.

I want to break this way of thinking. I want myself to stop looking at myself and wondering how I can be any better. I want to stop wondering how I can please other more, in the visible way. I want to break this stronghold of mine. My prayer is that God will open my eyes, so that I can see past these barriers of mine and look to others needs. I've come to the point when God has told me to instead of looking after what I want, I've got to look after what I need. What I truly need. And as soon as I find something that I want, I am to ask God whether I can have this or that. This is another step of handing over a part of my life to God. My economy.

I did not actually realise that I had this way of thinking before the café, on which I worked, closed down, and I think now that it was a part of God's plan to do so. To make me earn less money, in order to make me see things the way they were. That money held me. That I thought that I could have anything I wanted.

I can now actually recall a very special person in my life, who lately has questioned me buying new things. And I've just waved these comments off with phrases like; "I don't actually buy that much" or "Is it my money or yours? Let me decide over the things I purchase". I also think that this is something which God has caused. He made this person confront me with these things, to make me aware of all my outlays.

Handling over my economics to God will be the next chapter in my story of trusting God more, I believe. It will be challenging, for sure. But I'm so thankful that He planted this seed in me and has introduced me to this part of our relationship. My goal is to be fully dependent on God, and constantly rely on Him to take care of my money. I want to stop wondering whether I've spent too much money or not, I want myself to always be sure that the money I earn is helping not only myself, but others. I want to live in the awareness that everything that is in my life is a fruit of God's grace. And therefore, it belongs to Him and Him alone.

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." James 1:17

Love always,

Johanna.

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