It’s that time of the month again when I join Heather Gerwing and several other bloggers to Share Four Somethings as a monthly recap. The Philippians series that I began last week will continue soon!
As some of you know, over the last two years, I have been working on resources for Christian school groups in Scotland. The aim has been to create a programme taking children aged 9-12 through the whole storyline of the Bible, showing them how it fits together as One Big Story.
It has been a huge task, but so rewarding to hear the feedback – to hear that many groups are using it, that the children are enjoying it, and that it is helping them to understand the Bible in a fresh way.
I first had the idea for this project eight years ago, so it has been amazing to finally be able to make it happen, and this month I had the joy of seeing the project completed – all 55 sessions! It has definitely been a team effort and I’m grateful to all those who contributed ideas, edited, proofread, and debated theology with me along the way!
This month, my reading has been slightly different from usual. I have enjoyed reading two books by Lucy Foley – The Hunting Party and The Guest List.
They are similar in style – a bit like Agatha Christie mysteries in a modern setting. The Hunting Party is set in a lodge in a remote area of the Scottish Highlands while The Guest List is set on a small island off the coast of Ireland. In each case, a group of old friends reunites and someone is murdered. Part of the intrigue is that not only is the identity of the murder a mystery, but the identity of the victim is not revealed until close to the end of the books either. As you discover more about the characters and their back stories, various possibilities emerge, which builds the tension well.
I enjoyed both these books and I was drawn in to the stories and keen to keep reading, but I will recommend them with the warning that there is a quite a lot of bad language.
I think what I have treasured most this month have been moments of joy. It’s been an intense and tiring month, but such a good one.
Last month in Share Four Somethings, I wrote about the Journey To Heal mentoring programme that I was beginning in my church, and in Friday’s post I shared some of my reflections on taking the risk to step out in this and why it has been absolutely worth it. (Thank you so much to all of you who have been praying for me in this!)
There have been moments where I’ve seen God work in ways far beyond anything I could have imagined, and there have been other moments when, for no apparent reason, I have felt a sense of joy and freedom beyond anything I’ve experienced before, and it has been amazing!
Part of me has been scared to give in to it, telling myself it won’t last, but I’ve finally decided to embrace it.
It may not last, and I know there will be challenges as I continue to move forward with this, but I might as well treasure the moments of joy while I have them!
I feel like I have so many plans, hopes and dreams for the future right now!
I have a new resources project to work on following the completion of the Bible overview project, and there is the ongoing development of the work with Journey To Heal. There are some other exciting new possibilities with my church, and I have two trips planned for later this year to places I’ve never been – one is a holiday and the other is to play in a music festival, but I’ll share more nearer the time.
And I have a writing project I really want to make some time for…
My prayer in all of this is for wisdom and balance – to make the most of all the opportunities while I have them and to be willing to work hard, but also to pace myself, and to discern what God is actually calling me to and what I need to prioritise rather than trying to do it all!
What about you? Feel free to share a highlight from the last month or a prayer request for something coming up.