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.
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.
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.
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!
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.