For this monthly round-up I’m using the “Share Four Somethings” format from Heather Gerwing’s link-up and also linking up with some other bloggers listed at the bottom of the post.
I had no idea when I began writing that it would bring me into contact with so many amazing people all over the world, but I’m grateful for the connections and friendships I’ve made.
One of my highlights of March was getting to meet one of these friends in person!
It was a pleasure to spend time with her and to hear some of the exciting things God is doing through her ministry, as well as to chat generally about life, faith, and writing.
Some words that have stuck with me this month came from a sermon at church where the speaker was talking about the story of Joseph from the book of Genesis.
I can’t remember his exact words but he was encouraging us that we should be faithful in the small day-to-day things but trust God to deal with the big picture.
Joseph was a great example of this, remaining faithful to God through his time as a slave and in prison when he had no idea how God was working to redeem his story and work it out for good.
I think, too often, I want to understand and control the big picture, and that can sometimes distract me from what God is calling me to do here and now.
I was reminded of the song “The Very Next Thing” by Casting Crowns, which provides similar encouragement.
This is not the kind of thing I normally write about here, but one of the most helpful things I have learned this month has been understanding vasovagal syncope.
Basically, it is when your body overreacts to certain triggers and your blood pressure suddenly drops, causing you to faint.
It is something that has recurred throughout my life since childhood, but I never understood it until now. I knew I was prone to fainting and that tests had ruled out any serious cause but I never understood what was actually happening.
This month, I fainted for the first time in a few years. I was at work, and as soon as one of my colleagues saw what had happened, she said, “It’s vasovagal.”
I had never heard that word before, so I talked with her some more and looked up information about it and it has helped so much. I was able to think back to some of the other times I have fainted and identify the triggers and, now that I understand more about it, it has taken away a lot of the anxiety I normally feel after a faint because understanding the triggers means I no longer fear an attack coming out of the blue, and I also feel more equipped to prevent a faint if I feel it coming on.
Evangelism is something that many of us find daunting. We want to share our faith in Jesus, and we know that it is something we should be doing as Christians, but we often struggle to know how to get started.
If you’re looking for some encouragement and inspiration in this area, then The Peg And The Pumice Stone is a helpful read. It contains several real-life stories of evangelism in action. Glyn Jones is a wonderful storyteller, which makes it enjoyable and easy to read, but it is also challenging and thought-provoking. The stories are honest, moving, and often humorous, providing insights into the joys and challenges of sharing faith with others.
I appreciated the encouragement that there is no one fixed way to do evangelism, but that we can each find a way that suits our style and personality, as well as the assurance that God can use our imperfect efforts if we make ourselves available to him.
Here are a few of my favourite quotes:
“Courage, intellect, charisma and a does of the “slightly odd” are not required skills for evangelism. An open and willing heart is.”
“To say we are “welcoming” or “inclusive” without being willing to go, leave our services and buildings and cross the neighbourhood to invite people to join us is a hollow claim.”
“Let God be God, you be yourself, and if anyone’s interested, tell them.”
What about you? I’d love to hear some of your March highlights. Feel free to share in the comments.
I’m grateful to Instant Apostle for access to a complementary digital copy of The Peg And The Pumice Stone. This is my honest review and I only share books here that I genuinely believe will be beneficial to my readers.
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