Some of you may roll your eyes when you see this title. ’That stupid boyband’ is what you think. What you see is five boys who has taken so many teenage girls’ hearts and you think it’s all ridiculous. Well, let me tell you a story.

I was 14. I was girl who was confident. I loved being with my family, I loved playing the piano, swam at least twice every week if not more, and enjoyed life to the fullest. I was a girl, a simple girl, who loved God and I was living in His freedom. Time passed by and I started 9th grade. I didn’t in particular enjoy school anymore. Suddenly nothing seemed exciting anymore. Something happened, something shifted and life turned from being awesome (you know like life is when you’re 14) to being something I was just getting through day after day. I started to spend more time on my phone. When I say more time, I mean hours and hours. My life consisted of waking up at 6, being on my phone until 6:50, getting dressed, ate something quick to leave the house at 7:10. Then I was at school, pushing through the day, just getting on, to then get home, eat something, then quickly go before anyone else was done so I didn’t have to help washing up and then spent more time on my phone for the rest of the night. The nights when I had swim practice was extra tough. Because I actually had to leave the house, go somewhere and exercise. So I decided to give it up, no more swimming. Who cared? It costed tons of money and I didn’t enjoy it anymore. Now I could spend even more time on my phone. Great, just great.

But what did I do so many hours on my phone? What could possibly be taking me so many hours? Here’s the answer, take a look at the title again. Yes that’s right - One Direction. The band stole my 14-year old heart and I was locked inside it. I read fanfics about them, I looked at their music videos, I knew every song they recorded, I knew every dance move they did, I saw every meme of them and I even wrote stories about them. It was a gift God had given me, to write - so of course that was the right thing to do. I had one Instagram account for my personal photos and one ”fan account” for all One Direction- stuff. I loved it so much. Everything about them. The way the came together as a group, their characters and how brilliantly their voices worked together. I stuck through this one year. Sure, I was growing more than ever in my gift of writing. Sure, I was having loads of fun, but at the same time, I never saw my family anymore. We lived in the same house, but I couldn’t find the energy to see them or actually talk to them at times. It had gone to the point when I came down one night and they all looked at me like they were surprised to see me. ”Are you coming to sit with us tonight?!”


Thinking about it now breaks my heart. Because at the time I was just an innocent girl. But as all this was going on, I started to loose sight of myself. I never spent time with God anymore. My family who loved me rarely saw me because I had given up ridiculously many hours on my phone to something that didn’t even matter. This changed me. I wasn’t as confident anymore. I got influenced with all the other girls who were in the same seat as me. I was not eating, because now all of a sudden I was ”fat”. I didn’t find my worth in God, I found it in how many likes I had gotten on my latest Instagram post. (and if it was up to 20 it was a lit one I tell you). I knew something was wrong, and at times I tried to do something about it. During Christmas my grandmother kept asking me if I was sad or tired, and it absolutely made me wanna burst into tears because no, I had just turned into a really really sad person. I wasn’t happy Nellie anymore. One night I decided to change, so I gave my sister my phone, she was going to be away for the night and come back around 10, and she went away with my phone in her bag. But as she had it I didn’t know what to do with myself. I played a couple of songs on the piano, but then I sat in a chair, staring at the floor and I remember crying. Crying because I didn’t know what to do with myself. It was awful. It was like my existence was in a little machine that somehow had managed to take over my life. I tried to convince myself and people around me that I kept it at a healthy level, but I knew well that it wasn’t healthy. Not only my mental life got affected, but my body as well. I got head aches, I was constantly tired and rarely spoke to people. I lost weight, by wrists and hand hurt, especially my right one from holding my phone too much. My neck was sore and going from a swimmers body to siting still all day really took it’s toll.

But then summer came. It had gone 10 months, nearly a year. During the summer I went to a camp. The camp was so far out in the forest which meant internet couldn’t reach the spot. I could barely get a signal. This meant I go to spend 5 full days without any internet, with my best friends and in God’s presence. Let me tell you if God had things planned. I can’t remember any special worship night where it all just changed, but I do remember lying in my bed and deleting all the 650/1000 pictures of 1D I had. I remember coming home from the camp with only me, my sister and cousin in the room, and tearing off the posters I had inside my closet. I was done. They had taken so much life from me and I was not okay with that anymore. I got on my Fan account and changed the password to something like this ”hfjdsöahb488” and then logged out former. I was done. During the camp I had realized what actually had happened to me. Instead of worshiping God, who is worthy of all praise, who loves me more than I could ever understand or imagine, I had started to worship something else. Instead of spending time, reading my bible and saying yes to God’s promises, I read books about One Direction and said yes into accepting them to my life. I spent money on buying CD’s and what else I could get my hands on, but I never once gave my money to church. They had taken the place God was supposed to have in my life, and I knew in my heart that it had gone bad. After they had released their music video I had hyped for a month, I felt a hole in my heart. Like a big hole I knew shouldn’t be there. A hole I deeply knew only God could heal. That was a turning point for me.

What I want to say with this massive post is that, God’s first commandment may seem really easy. Don’t have any God’s next to Him and love Him with all of your heart. Yes Lord, I don’t believe in buddha or any other gods, it’s only you! But I’m only going to check Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Netflix and youtube first before (and I’ll see if I got time left over, you know have to go to bed early tonight!) I can spend time with you. But this guy is really cute, and he might ask me out so I can’t really turn my phone off, because what if he calls me?


What I’m trying to say is that it may not seem like other Gods, but what you spend your time on is what you worship. Worship is not necessarily only lifting your hands and singing a song. Worship is spending time on something. Be careful what you spend your time on. Don’t lose a whole year like I did. Go back to the source, read the word and worship GOD because He is worthy of all praise!


Thank you so much for reading this, this is one of the closest stories I have to my heart and during the next few weeks I’ll be sharing some more stories. Recently I’ve just realized how important it is to tell your story, what you’ve been through. Because God is working all the time, and maybe your story can help someone else massively. Maybe your story can change someone else’s.

Be strong, courageous and stay true! Jesus loves you.

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nope, can't hold it, have to have at least one smile in there

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Yes, this is me, I won't post one single post in a month and then bomb with three in one day. Don't judge alright.

About two months ago I was supposed to make this post, but I couldn't put words on it in the way I wanted to, but I will give it another go.

We had a session with one of the main leaders in church. He was teaching us about the Holy Spirit, who He is, what He does and all about that. It was a great session and it really inspired me. We talked about how we can ask the Holy Spirit anything. He spoke about some other stuff and then he said that we were going to get practical. I always get nervous when people say that. He wanted us to simply ask the Holy Spirit what animal we would be. Not as in, if I was born in a different age I would be a anything else but human, but as in what animal we could identify ourselves with. While everyone was nervously laughing, some closed their eyes, other kept theirs open and we all asked the Holy Spirit what animal we would be. It seemed silly at the time, but when I immediately got an answer, it shook me. I didn’t even finish the sentence before the word ”an Elephant” echoed in my mind. ”Geez thanks, funny God, Nellie the elephant. Big, fat, hairy and clumsy, great!” was me immediate response. Funny thing is, in that moment I actually insulted God by saying that was He identified me with, but like always God has a different perspective than us. Our lecturer then told us to ask a following question, why we should identify ourselves with this animal. A couple of words immediately came to my mind. ”Steadfast, strong, mighty and big”.

In a few seconds I realized how amazing elephants are. Yes we can see them as big and clumsy, but what about the power they have? The authority as the biggest animal on land? An elephant knows where he is going, each step has a determined setting, and there’s something mighty about them. If I was stood in front of an elephant I would slowly back away in amazement of how huge they actually are. God explained to me in four words what He saw me like. I’ve been viewing myself as the small girl all my life. The youngest of five siblings, the youngest in our class, tiny, I might spread some smiles, but God isn’t really going to use me more than that. Imagine the lies we can believe in! It’s so clear what lies that enemy had planted in my life! I am meant to do great things for God’s Kingdom! Even though I might be small physically, I am strong in mind. Even though I might be small, I have a big personality. I know where I am going, I know my steps and I know who I am bringing with me. I know who’s on my side and who I need to pray for. I am steadfast in what I am doing, and I am steadfast in my faith. I am, Nellie the Elephant. The great, great, Elephant.

Now I challenge you. What animal would the Holy Spirit like you to identify you with? We had all sorts in our class. Eagles, tigers, lions, polar bears… the list goes on. It was amazing. If you ask Him, don’t forget to ask Him why, because that’s the main reason to ask Him. I pray you will find some really cool sides of yourself you haven’t seen before.


and hey, they're pretty funny too.

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About a month ago I published a post about dreams, how important it is to have dreams, small or big ones and how it affects us in various ways (hopefully good). Today I'd like to address practical ways to make you find what you dream of. If you're not really sure what you want to do or achieve, how can you dream? Here are 3 steps that may help you.


1. Create a pinterest account.

Sounds silly I know, what can some internet do right (a lot to be fair)? But as I shared in a previous post, I can't help but to love pinterest. Because even though it makes me stare at my screen for an hour or so, it inspires my heart. I've never gone away from the app thinking, "gosh now I have no ideas what to do". I always find something new, something inspiring. It could be whatever! I find loads of advice on writing, home decorating, clothes - yes about anything! Start scrolling and you might find that perfect new recipe you've been wanting for years. Start looking for what makes you happy and do more of that!


2. Visualize your dream.

Dreams are great when you're far away from them. To tell people "one day I will be doing that", or "I'll move there". But what I'd like to challenge you to do is starting to see yourself in the position. Don't only see it as a dream, but as a vision. Because when you start to see yourself somewhere, that's when you think it is possible. That's when things start to shift in you and you finally start to sense that God actually wants to take you where your heart desires.

When I write 'visualize', I mean literally seeing yourself. If you dream about being singer, close your eyes and imagine being one in the audience, looking and listening to yourself at the stage. If you want to be a architect, imagine being one of your clients, and seeing yourself showing them the room you just designed. It's scary to do, but it is so good to get down to practical ways. If you struggle to see yourself in the position you desire to be in, remember you can only go as far as you let yourself! Get confident!


3. Get a dream book

When I was in Stockholm last year with my sister we were strolling through the stores and when we were in Urban Outfitters I found a book that I absolutely fell in love with. It is called "The Bucket List book". What it allows you to do, is write down your dream on the left page and fill in the right page when the dream is achieved. It's an truly inspiring book ! I got it for Christmas which I was super thankful for. Because when I write it down in an actual book, it becomes like a promise to myself, that one day I will do this, I will create it. What is important though with these kind of books is not to fill up our lives with "exciting things" to feel like we've accomplished something, but to go for the dreams that makes us smile, the desires God has put in our heart. Don't go for experiences to make yourself look cool or good, but do what makes you smile and only search for God's confirmation, but not others.


So go for it! Put a vision, any dream and work towards that. God wants to work with you and trust me, He will if you let Him! ❤

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Lately we've been speaking about reading and listning to a lot of podcasts on college. There is so much wisdom out there, so why wouldn't we draw out the most of it? I realize that life gets crazy busy, and that we often find that we don't have time to read or listen. But it is all about priorities. Listen while you are driving, listen when you are cleaning, read as a cool down before you fall asleep, wake up 30 minutes earlier to start the day with a good word.

It's easy to do, but it is also easy not to do.

Anyways, for you who really want to get started in filling yourselves with great words and new creative ideas, here are a few recommendations!

BRAVE LOVE, CHARLOTTE GAMBILL - PODCAST

This is a great podcast by one of my pastors, Charlotte Gambill. Nearly every time she speaks I find it hitting my heart, and this one has especially changed my heart. Even though I don't have any children to raise just yet, it speaks about life in general. It is definitely worth the listen! Unfortunately I can only find it on Life Church's website, but still great!

https://www.lifechurchhome.com/ondemand/brave-love-pt-1/


DEEP AND WIDE, ANDY STANLEY - BOOK

I agree, it does look like a very boring book. A book no one would get through the 317 pages if my memory is correct. But trust me, this book is oh so good. Every one who desires to be in church in any kind of way should have read this magnificent piece. He writes about how we should create and form church into a place where unchurched people feel like they belong. Stanley opened my eyes completely and this is probably the book I would tell everyone to read - especially if you desire to lead church. read, read read!

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Often when dreams are on the topic, we address the big ones. What are your dream work? Dream house? Or even better, who is your dream spouse?

We always talk about them in such great manner, that we rarely see that they once actually might be a reality. Or at least a close reality. We think we'll get the perfect house when we are 45, good job and have good money for it. We think about that great job we really want, and we are trying to go for it, and all of that is amazing. We should be doing all of those things. Going for our dreams.

But, let me ask you one question. What could you do today, to take one step closer to the dream you want to have as an reality later on in life? Might not be saving up all of the money at once but what small step do you want to take to make that dream your reality?

Maybe you can't save all your money for it, but maybe some! Do you want to write a book? Start working on a plot. Do you want to draw a picture? Start saving up for the material you need. Do you want to work as a police officer? Start studying what they do, start applying for some education!

Often we see dreams as something that will happen overnight. One day I will be there, one day I will be happy, then I'll be living my life. But truth is, all of these big dreams requires hard work and a lot of perseverance. A big beautiful house might come in your hands, and your dream is fulfilled, but you still have to sell your old house, you still have to move all of your stuff into it. All dreams requires hard work. But do you know what? It's worth it.


Moving away from the big dreams, I want to encourage anyone who is reading this to have smaller dreams as well. What about those small thoughts you have, that you think "One day I'll do that" not as in, "I'll have that job" but "I'll treat myself with that". It is so important to keep doing things you love. See small dreams as great success! For example, four years ago, I had a dream of having really long hair. So I decided to grow my hair. And it got really long! Just about a week ago I had a dream I have never had before. I wanted to plant a seed and watch it grow from something small to something big and beautiful. So simple, but still a dream! So this Monday I went to the store and bought some seeds, and then I put them in a jar of dirt, yes Jack Sparrow, my jar of dirt. And today i could see the first results! It might not have changed the world or my life, but it surely made me smile!


So what are you dreaming about? Small or big? What can you do to make it happen? Send a text message? Make a call? Buy something? Be creative!

Be Y O U.

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Since I came home from Sweden last monday, life has been a bit difficult. I caught the flu whilst I was there and let's just say that flying is not recommended when you're having a cold. I got to Bradford and felt like I needed a day to just rest it off. What I thought was one day turned into four days. On Saturday I went to work for 9 hours, and it went very well actually. Yesterday was a busy and really fun day at church, so now I feel well enough to come to college finally!

at least I got a lot of time for my assignments haha!
🤗

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Yes I went to Sweden over the past weekend! What an amazing four days I got to spend with my family. It was truly incredible. Bummed I missed the conference YA Movement here, but I would never trade it for the trip I got to make! Sweden, I will forever love you.

The reason I travelled to Sweden for only four days was my brother Linus' wedding. It was a wedding with 50 guests, and it was so beautiful. To be able to be a part of such a special day made me cry so many times. No one can understand how proud I am over my brother. He might be 11 years older than me, but I am still so proud over him. He is such a good guy with the biggest heart, and he has surely married the perfect match for him. They couldn't be better for each other. Here's some pictures!

Decorations

Waiting for the bride and groom

Cutest wedding date ever.

Lisa and Oskar wanted to take pictures but we stopped them to...

...take another beautiful *hrrrm* portrait.

Sister and brother in law

My beautiful, beautiful mother.

For those of you who weren't at the party, I'm gonna have to explain this. This is me and my sisters dancing and singing to a song we re-wrote. I laughed my whole way through. It was awesome.

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Halfterm is over, weeks has passed and I feel like I'm a different human.

Being on college, experiencing everything and seeing myself develop really proves to me that people change all the time. When I look back on January, I see a different Nellie back then to what I am now. It is crazy how much one can change and see God move in ones life during such short period of time. It is a true blessing to be in an environment like this with people leading me and drawing out the best in me in so many different ways. Having friends who supports me, drops God-chosen words into your life and helps you become a better person is just such an enormous blessing. I am truly growing everyday in my leadership, walk with God, strengthening my strengths and learning so much about myself.

God is good.

And a more detailed post about half term will be uploaded in a short while, so keep your eyes open!

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In my application of being creative, I came up with this idea! It's so simple: an empty glassjar (you've probably thrown out 100s of these, literally all food in England are stored in these) and fairy lights stuffed into it! Really cute, and really easy!

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What I am writing in this post is three miracles to me. What has happened the past week has not happened by coincidence, but by God's amazing grace and blessing!

Living in another country and studying is obviously not free. Everything has to be paid in time and sometimes that has been a struggle to me. I saved up a lot of money by working this summer, and that kept me going through all of last term. I was working on the side while being on college, 6 hours a week as a cleaner at a daycare., Financially I was getting on well really well last term. But as we were coming to a this term I found myself wanting to do something completely different from what I was doing. After all, it was my third cleaning job and I found myself not enjoying it at all. I wanted something else, something that would challenge me, something to grow in and that actually could provide for me through the rest of college. I had my last cleaning shift at the end of January and I still didn’t have another job, even though I quit my cleaning job. I had spread my CV’s in the town’s mall and I was praying for God to provide a job for me. Not only a job that would pay the bills, but a job I enjoyed, a job that gave me energy instead of draining me. I knew He would provide for me, it was just a matter of timing. Earlier during the term I heard about a fund that supported Christian people who went to bible college and did stuff for Christ, and my friend had gotten 2 000 pounds from them, so I filed in for an application. It couldn’t hurt right?

Very soon the fund contacted my referees, but after that I didn’t hear anything from anywhere in three weeks. I kept strong in God’s promise that he was going to provide for me. If He wanted me to stay in college and if He wanted me to stay in England, He better make sure I can make it financially. I am just following Him where He wants me, and if I have done what I can by putting in an application and handing out CV’s, it’s all up to him to decide whether or not it’s right for me to get a job or not.

Last Friday, I got a call in the middle of class. I declined it since I was in a lecture, it rang again and I turned it down. As soon as we finished I called them back and it was the manager of the company ”The Works”, a bookstore at Broadway. They asked me if I was able to come in for an interview that Monday (yesterday) and since we have Mondays off, I was there. Same afternoon one of my leaders texted me and asked if I could babysit her 9year old daughter. I didn’t expect anything for it, but as I had been watching a film and danced to the game ”just dance” a couple of times, they handed me good money for it, and it was just a big blessing for me. God was telling me twice that day that he would provide for me. The day after, I got a mail from the fund, and they wrote me that they were going to give me the 2,000 pounds I had requested! I was literally jumping with joy! What an amazing blessing! This would not only pay for college for the rest of the year, but also all of my rent! Not having to worry about any of that made me so relieved. God truly showed me that he had my back!

So this Monday I went to the interview. I had prayed about a thousand times that whatever the outcome of that interview was, it would be for the right thing. And, I got the job! After an interview of maybe 45 minutes of a sheet filled in and some questions asked, I am now coming to training on Thursday already, which I am thrilled about!

To conclude all this, I really just want to encourage you to keep trusting God. It’s easy to say that we are all trusting Him, but to really do it is another thing. To give in wholeheartedly without knowing all the answers and keep believing in His promises even though we have no idea how, that’s when He will shower us with blessings. So if you’re in a sticky situation at the moment, keep going, keep giving to church, keep on doing the awesome job you do - God’s got your back! And if you ever need someone to cheer you on or just talk to - I’m always just a phone call away.


All praise to the Lord, He is our provider!

Jeremiah 29:11-13

"For I know the plans I have for you," declared the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."

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The past week God has spoken to me a lot about being creative. Sometime it's difficult to see all the talents He has put in us, simply because we believe we don't have them. For example, I've always wished I was good at art, drawing stuff. I've always loved creating something, but as soon as I try to paint or sketch something on my own, I've always been disappointed at the result and quit, thinking that it's simply not one of my talents. But God spoke to me about that there's a reason why I think it's so much fun. There's a reason why I love to create. I am created in His image, the creative God created me to create! How can I not do stuff and create even more things?

It is so important to not become consumers. Some things are great to consume. Like food for example. But it's important to find your drive in life, your mission and your passion. What do YOU love? What do YOU want to create? What is YOUR next big thing? Don't say that you are not a very creative person, because believe me - we all are. In one way or another, we all like to build something, to create. We are made in God's image, so we all do.

Stretch your wings and fly!

Creative things to do:

Songwriting, pärla, building with lego, painting a room, drawings, design clothes, write a novel, design a website, edit a film, takes photographs, decorate your house, cook food, invent new stuff, make up, hair styling, create an event, baking, party planning, sowing new things, ... the list goes on and on, and there is always something for you!

About a week ago I took some pictures of a very dear friend of mine. Since I still don't know how to edit, they are all unedited, but I hope you enjoy anyways haha!

BD3

"Oh my gosh you have to caption this 'Album coming soon'"

Endless times walking down Wapping Road.

We're positive it's Lydia.

too pretty, no one can handle

"Pretend you're in an emo-band"

"I can't get down"

well hello there

She was dancing to the sound of.... well. Bradford.

Welcome to beau... Bradford.

Just casually sassy as a last pic

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Why are you not doing college?

It's an honest question to all of my readers. Yes, you may have other responsibilities, and yes you might have a job, but what is stopping you from giving your all to God?

Doing college has changed me completely. Learning how to cope with myself moving to another country, getting to know new people and just learning so much about Jesus and leadership has changed me majorly. There is no way anyone can finish a year of College without being completely transformed. I want to encourage you to do college, because honestly - why not?

Financially it might seem impossible. Paying rent for a room for 12 months, paying for college, food, phone and everything - it's a lot of money when you count it up for a year. The great thing about college is that you can work alongside it. You only have to be in college between the hours of 9:30-1PM every day + your serving hours which can be suited around your work hours. There is every opportunity to get a job in Bradford. If you save up during the summer (if you're not already working and saving) you have every chance to manage financially. And, it says in God's promises that He will provide for you, so why not take a step in faith and see what it really does to you. I tried it. I am still alive!

If you are interested in doing college, please visit the website (http://www.lifechurchhome.com/college/ ) come to the open day on 2nd March or 2nd April 2017, or get in contact with me! I would more than love to chat to you about college and answer any questions you may have. Don't hesitate to make an investment in your relationship with God. James 4:8 speaks about that if we draw closer to God, he will draw closer to us. That is a promise!

Step out in faith and I will see you in our September or January intake!

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Nope, this is no commercial. I just want to share how my love for this app during the past week has grown. I tried it out about three years ago, but didn't fully understand how to use it, so I deleted it (yeah, that's how I used to handle my problems. Delete them) but this Tuesday I got it again and I really like it!

It is not like other social media, where you waste your time, dying on the inside, because it doesn't really give you anything. Seeing other people's selfies and posts are great, but does it really give you anything? This app makes me dream. Visualize my dreams. It gives me inspiration to try new stuff and empowers me with great ideas!

I highly recommend this app, and I hope you enjoy it. If you choose to download it, follow me as @nelliestiberg and I'll follow you back!

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Last night I introduced Melodifestivalen (translation: Festival of Melodies) to my dear English friend Lydia. Basically it's a 6 week tour with 30 artists/bands competing to represent Sweden in Eurovision Song Contest.

And how a 19 year old christian English girl would sum it up?

"This is what I imagine being on drugs is like"

If you wanna know more about Melodifestivalen just call me or google is your best friend!

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It is finally done! After procrastinating for weeks, this years (or last years, depending on how you see it) decemberfilm is finally done! Instead of me telling and writing about my christmas and holidays, just simply take a look at this video. Hope you enjoy!

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Yesterday we took a couple of pictures for RockNations new t-shirts and wests!


#rocknations

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Today, we had a special speaker with us. His name is Thomas Christensen, and he brought an amazing word for us. He is originally from Denmark and travels all around the world, preaching about Jesus, praying for healing and what he spoke about really made me jump to the edge of my seat.

Because the thing is, you can really tell when someone is passionate about Jesus. You can totally tell. It’s not always about the way they preach, or what they’re saying, but it’s just in the way they are. The way the shine and the look in their eyes. You can easily tell the difference, and one thing is for sure - Thomas is truly passionate about Jesus. The first 20-minute session we had with him, he preached about being on FIRE. Not literally of course (even though he did give an example of when his pants were on fire in his backgarden), but on fire for Jesus. Because, if we are not on fire for God, the people who is building church, then who are?

He took the example of fire, what it needs to burn. Oxygen, fuel and heat. He put flames on the disciples heads when they received the Holy Spirit to show them that they were on fire. Literally? I don’t know. For Jesus? For sure.

Just like fire needs three things to be able to stay alive, we also need three things to stay spiritually alive.

  1. Oxygen. He did not only give the disciples or us the Holy Spirit, but he breathed it into us. We need the Holy Spirit to stay spiritually alive.
  2. Fuel. We need to continuously refuel ourselves with strength and power from Jesus. Because when we go and serve, we are using our fuel and it’s so important to go back to the source and get more fuel from the only one who can give it to us.
  3. Heat. We need to surround ourselves with other people who are on fire. We need the heat in our lives, we need to be around other people who are just as passionate if not more about Jesus. We need to be in church. It is so important.


And these things are really basic, but somehow they just come alive again. When we are reminded of these little things in life we get encouraged to do what God has called us to do. Sometimes we just need to get out of our comfortable seats and show the world what that we have the answer! Jesus Christ is the answer.


The two other sessions was really amazing as well. They were about communicating the word and to trust God in the journey that is ahead. It was really a fantastic morning and I really enjoyed every bit of it. God is so good, and I love to see and hear how He is still doing miracle after miracle. It didn’t only happen in the bible people, it happens all the time, all over the world. He is faithful, faithful till the end.


Have an awesome night everyone!

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This Christmas, I made a decision. I made a decision I have never done in my life before, and now I am hoping that I can influence more people to do the same. I decided that I will not go shopping for clothes for another year.


Why?

1. I don’t need more clothes

As much as I don’t want to admit it, it’s very clear that I don’t need more clothes. At the moment I have a big bag full of clothes that I don’t usually wear because those kind of clothes just won’t fit in my wardrobe without it falling apart (literally). I have many choices of clothing every day, so why would I go out shopping for more?

2. The only reason for going shopping is only to look more fashionable

Sure, keeping up with trends is awesome, and looking good is very cool, but at the moment I am trying to look beyond that. I’d rather save on this earth’s resources, and not let anything go to waste.

3. Most clothes are not made with a fair trade

It’s really awesome when you can buy a shirt for 4 pounds, yes, but when you start to dig into how the shirt was made, or where it’s from, it’s all of a sudden not that great anymore. A lot of our clothes are made from children, being slaves in factories. I don’t want to be a part of something that encourages that to keep going on.

4. Instead of buying new clothes, I’m totally up for change for change

Growing up as the youngest sister of four, most of what’s in my wardrobe is from my sisters. Very, very nice and handy if you ask me. It is another way to get ”new clothes”, without it costing you anything and without any of the worlds resources taken. It’s basically recycling.

But if you don’t have any sisters, don’t lose hope. You can do this with anyone. Get together with your girls, ask everyone to bring the clothes that are whole and clean, but that they just don’t wear anymore and change clothes! It’s an awesome thing that two of my close friends inspired me to do. Because you only lose things you don’t wear and you get something new whilst blessing someone else. It’s ultimate.


Just to clarify, sometime during this year I am probably going to break this decision. For example, when my brother and sister is getting married, and I want to wear something a little bit nicer than what I have in my wardrobe. But if we save it to those fine opportunities, it’s a whole lot better than buying from everywhere once in a while.


And finally, the source from my idea:

https://www.facebook.com/opposingviews/videos/10154239561061051/


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Yes I am back in Bradford again!

After having 13 wonderful days in Sweden with family and friends I am ready for another term of college with a lot of fun and great challenges.

I was suppose to surprise my family when I got back to Sweden, coming home one day earlier than planned, but they surprised me back. I thought they had no idea that I was coming on the Monday, but my sister betrayed me and told the fam I was coming and they surprised me back in return. But honestly, that was the best way around. Almost everyone was there and it was a great laugh!

Joakim was also there, he drove me from the airport to my home, meeting me with seven white roses in his hand. So amazingly thankful for him. He is the dream.

Throughout December I've been filming a lot on my phone, and I am making a decemberfilm out of it, I did the same thing last year! It is not fully complete yet, but when it is, it will be uploaded here. Here's last year's though!

happy new years everyone! xxx

Tillbaka i England igen!

Efter att ha haft knappa två veckor i Sverige med mycket familj och vänner så är jag nu tillbaka i England, redo för en ny termin med mycket roligt och många utmaningar.

Tanken var när jag kom tillbaka till Sverige den 19e december att jag skulle överraska min familj. De hade nämligen fått informationen att jag skulle komma den 20e. Men jag skulle inte komma förrän sent på kvällen och eftersom jag visste att pappa skulle upp och jobba tidigt dagen efter så behövde jag någon som kunde hålla dom vakna. Zara, min syster, kunde ju vara bra för det tänkte jag. Men icke, hon berättade det för hela familjen, och så bestämde de sig för att överraska mig tillbaka. Det var en otroligt fin överraskning och det gladde mig mycket i hjärtat. På så sätt var också min syster Ida där och det var himla trevligt att se dem allihop igen. Så glad jag var.

Joakim var ju såklart också där. han kom och mötte mig på flygplatsen, sju vita rosor i hand, och körde mig sedan hem till osby. Jag är så fantastiskt tacksam för den killen, han är helt fantastisk.

Och! Genom hela december så har jag filmat lite extra med min telefon, vilket jag kommer att klippa ihop till en Decemberfilm. Jag gjorde samma sak förra året, och det klippet ligger här ovanför! den för 2016 är inte helt klar ännu, men den kommer så småningom!

God jul och ett riktigt gott nytt år på er alla!

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