Share Four Somethings: June

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First of all, I’m sorry the blog has been so quiet over the last couple of months.  I hope to get back to posting more regularly soon.  Since the lockdown, my work has changed to be far more screen-based than usual and I have found it much more tiring.  (I’m so grateful for Zoom but it sucks my energy like nothing else!)

I’m not sure how quickly this is likely to change, but I just wanted to let you know I am still here, I have no plans to give up on writing, and I miss you all when I’m not able to connect here as much as usual!

As it’s almost the end of June, I’m joining with Heather Gerwing and friends as usual for Share Four Somethings.

Something Loved

I’m not really a podcast person as I normally prefer to listen to music, but, to my surprise, this month I discovered a podcast that I love!

If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ll know that I am a fan of the Bible reading plans at She Reads Truth.  I’ve used their plans for over five years and I was vaguely aware that they had started a podcast, but I had never listened to it until this month when I put it on while doing some cleaning one Saturday.

The format is simple – two of the SRT staff team talk with a guest about the Bible – but I loved the discussion and that it centred around the readings from the SRT plan for that week.  It was a great way to recap the week’s readings and go a little deeper into them, and it has now become a regular part of my Saturday routine!

You can find the podcast here.

Something Read

This month I completed my re-read of one of my all-time favourite books – The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom.

I’m sure many of you will have read it, but it is the amazing true story of a Dutch family who hid Jews from the Nazis during World War II.  They were eventually caught and arrested and Corrie and her sister, Betsy, were taken to Ravensbruck concentration camp, but the book is a wonderful testimony of God at work, even in such awful circumstances.  It always challenges me and inspires me.

Something Treasured

If the lockdown has taught me one thing, it’s to treasure the little things.

Driving an hour to sit in the garden with family for a short time doesn’t seem like much, but after three and a half months of not seeing them, it was definitely something to treasure.

Other moments I’ve treasured this month have also been those little steps back towards normality.  It feels like the general focus here has shifted a bit towards a future beyond lockdown and a gradual easing of restrictions, and I’m grateful!

I can’t help feeling that there will be lots of “something treasured” moments like this in the coming months.  Some, like gathering as a church family for the first time, are probably still at least a few months away, but I know I’ll treasure them all the more when they finally come!

Something Ahead

After months of cancelled plans, and with continued uncertainty about most things, I’m just excited that I have something ahead to look forward to that actually seems likely to happen!

Over the last two years, one of my favourite places to share my writing regularly (apart from here!) has been Gracefully Truthful.  I love how their studies dig deep into Scripture and encourage others to join in that journey.

Next month, for the first time, there is going to be a gathering for all their writers, and since it’s on Zoom I get to join in from afar!  I am looking forward to connecting with the other contributors and getting to meet some of the people behind the words!

I also have a couple of other Zoom writing gatherings happening with people in the UK, and the fact that I feel energised and excited by this despite my love-hate relationship with Zoom gives me hope that the path ahead may include my inspiration and joy in writing beginning to return.

What about you?  How has this month been for you?  Feel free to share a highlight or a prayer request in the comments.

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32 thoughts on “Share Four Somethings: June

  1. Now I’ve just recommended a podcast – I find out you’re not so keen on podcasts 🙂
    Love ‘The Hiding Place’ but haven’t read it for years….will investigate Gracefully Truthful, that sounds like a great opportunity to meet up with other writers!

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  2. I’m with you on the beauty of seeing people face to face again. A friend and I took our kids to play in the creek at nearby park while we sat on the banks and talked. It was shady and breezy and felt so much like normal life again.
    I’ve also discovered some great podcasts in the last year. When I started driving my kids to school half an hour away, I realized I needed something to pass the time. It definitely makes me enjoy all the driving around more and sometimes I prefer podcasts to music when I’m walking for exercise as well.
    Glad you are finding some things to enjoy during this strange an unpredictable time.

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    1. Yes, there’s something special about those moments that feel “normal.” Our weather at the start of lockdown was unusually dry and sunny for weeks. While I appreciated it, there was also something wonderful about the first time I was out walking and it began to rain. I think it was the sense of normality!

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  3. I love that we’re able to meet for church and Bible study through Zoom, but I also find it draining. Sometimes the voices or video aren’t complete clear, so it’s a strain to listen. Then there’s muting and unmuting when you want to say something. Sometimes it seems easier not to try to speak, so Bible studies can be a bit quieter. But I find I just have to push past that inertia. I do want quietness when a Zoom session is over, though!

    I don’t listen to many podcasts, either–I usually listen to either music or audiobooks. But I’ve found a couple I hear occasionally.

    The Hiding Place is a favorite. I’ve read it a couple of times and caught parts of it on BBN Christian Radio’s read-through of it.

    So glad you got to visit with your family.

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  4. I love rereading a treasured book. I have read Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek many times. I will have to check out The Hiding Place after reading your recommendation.

    I also have a love-hate relationship with Zoom. As the lockdown drags on, it is trending more toward “hate”. 🙂

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    1. Hope you enjoy The Hiding Place! There is something comforting about re-reading a favourite book. And it’s good to know I’m not alone with my thoughts on Zoom!

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  5. It is amazing how many are finding Zoom to be both a blessing and yet, so draining. The Hiding Place is a book that is unforgettable. I may have to get my copy out once again 🙂

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  6. I hope you really enjoy your Zoom meeting next month! Before coronavirus, I met monthly with a small group of writers to share work and complete writing prompts together. It was a creative and inspiring time and I miss it. This month, I was able to attend a Zoom meeting with a member of our group and we completed some prompts and shared them with one another. It felt good to be creative as I’ve really been struggling with making time to write since quarantine has started.

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    1. Thanks, Megan! I’m glad you enjoyed your Zoom writing meeting. I’ve been finding it hard to make time for writing too over the last few months but I really want to get back into it more.

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  7. For sure – sitting in the garden with those you love (and haven’t seen for months) so well worth the trip…and just lovely!! I hope your month ahead holds even more of those special moments!!

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  8. It’s so good to “hear” from you again, Lesley! I always enjoy your “four somethings” posts. I haven’t read The Hiding Place in years, but this is the second or third mention of it in about two days. I think it’s time to pick it up again. 🙂 I’ve enjoyed seeing people face-to-face again too. Our church is opening up for indoor services this coming weekend. Though at a limited capacity, I’m looking forward to worshiping with fellow believers again.

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  9. Doing everything online can be tiring; I hear you. I am a big podcast fan but the problem is I have TOO many that I love. 🙂 As with books, too many is a problem. ha. It’s been awhile since I’ve reread The Hiding Place but it always challenges me as well. Glad to hear from you!

    Our state of Alabama is getting hard hit with covid right now so I’d appreciate prayers for God’s mercy on those directly affected. Thankfully none of my family members or close friends have gotten sick, although one has been tested for possible exposure (the results came back negative!).

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    1. I agree, there are far too many good books and podcasts out there! Praying for those affected by the virus in Alabama, and that things are able to be turned around quickly and the infection rate goes down.

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  10. So glad to find you here Lesley! You know? I don’t remember ever reading “The Hiding Place”. I’m going to have to do that! Our church has been open for a few weeks now. We are very small under normal circumstances. It’s very different with masks and no singing but it’s so good to at least being together. We’ve had between 8-11. I’ll be glad when we can lift our voices again and not just sing in my own head (although I sound better there 😉)

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    1. Thanks, Cindy! I think you would like The Hiding Place. That’s amazing that your church has been able to worship together, but it’s hard to imagine church without singing!

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  11. Lesley, I’m so glad you were able to see your family again after so long, and that you have the Gracefully Truthful gathering to look forward to. I’ve missed seeing your posts but totally understand the need to scale back on blogging when your energy is needed elsewhere. Hugs, friend!

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  12. Ah, no apologies for taking a break, friend! I think alot of us are pulling back just a bit. Sometimes we need to just live our lives and let the creativity begin to flow when it does.

    I’m glad to see you again!

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  13. Hi Lesley! I’ll add that podcast to my list- I’ll have a commute soon and I’m hoping to discover I enjoy podcasts haha! Thanks for the recommendation! The Hiding Place is such an incredible book. Hooray for seeing family, even distant in a garden, and so many gatherings to look forward to (oh, Zoom.) Hope you have much to treasure (safely) as restrictions ease!

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