Norway in a Nutshell

In a nutshell, Norway has to be one of the most stunning countries on earth! The vast beauty of the fjords, rivers, and mountains gave us a constant visual feast for our long drives to and from Bergen. There's something about the outdoors that instantly relaxes me and makes me feel alive again. I love old cities, but there's nothing like God's created nature. It always reminds me of one of my favourite texts in Romans 1:20 "For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse" (NKJV). God has created such amazing beauty that even though sin has tainted it, probably more than we can understand at this point, God's invisible attributes still shine through. IMG_7193

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To see more of stunning Norway in pictures, take a look at our Instagram feed.

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We had the privilege of hanging out with some great people, who up to now have only known through twitter. It was fantastic to get to know them better and be inspired through a shared love of God, ministry and song-writing. We stayed with our new friend Stein Halvorsen for a few days and got him to do a few of his songs before our concert at Bergen Seventh-day Adventist church. He has written some incredible songs! We hope he puts out a CD soon!

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We decided to add 'Ask Seek Knock' and a new song 'Doubting Thomas' to the concert set list as it wasn't going to be translated. Seeing that we haven't sung 'Ask Seek Knock' since we recorded it on the Live at Psalter Studios album, we had to do a bit of practice. I'm not sure why we haven't sung it. I guess sometimes it easy to just get into a rhythm with the songs that we automatically think to sing at a concert or church service. But it was really refreshing to pull 'Ask Seek Knock' out of the dusty closet and it definitely added to the concert's message.

prepPhoto credit: Stein Halvorson

Sunday morning was another early morning wake up that awarded us with a stunning sunset over the beautiful view of Bergen!

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On the long, yet beautiful drive to Oslo we were able to drive through the 25km tunnel again. That's right 25km! Crazy awesome!

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To be honest, it had gotten to the point in this tour where the weekend was proving to be nearly too much. Not much sleep. Lots of wonderful conversation. Two concerts 7 hours drive apart. Exhaustion hit as we parked in Oslo and began to walk around trying to find something to eat. The constant prayers in our minds throughout the concert was "Lord, give me the strength as I have none" and "Lord, please don't let the exhaustion shine through, but let You be the only One that can be seen". BUT were so glad we made the quick drive back to Oslo as we met so many wonderful people there! It was such a blessing to worship together and to connect with those who came.

Also I can't forget that at the beautiful and old Betel church Eric met with this beast! Instant creativity boost!

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We praise God for how He has led us throughout the last four months. We appreciate any prayers as we continue to minister through Word & song this weekend in Sweden.

~ Monique

Eric & Monique