Share Four Somethings: September 2020

As we come towards the end of another month, I’m joining Heather Gerwing and friends in looking back over the last few weeks as we Share Four Somethings.

Something Loved

This month I’ve loved having several good conversations with various people. Some online, some even face to face!

Quality time is my love language, and it’s been difficult over the last six months when there have been so many restrictions to social contact, but I’ve really appreciated the opportunities I’ve had this month to have some good quality deep conversations about the things that matter and to be challenged and encouraged.

(And, as a bonus, I also loved a lovely walk in a different place on a beautiful day (see the photo above).

Something Read

I’m going to share something different this month – a poem.

I discovered it last week when my friend Trudy shared it on her blog and it was a big encouragement. The day I read it was the day when the new restrictions were announced, and it reminded me of the hope we have in God and that his grace will be enough to get us through.

He Giveth More Grace
by Annie Johnson Flint
(1866-1932)

“He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.

Fear not that thy need shall exceed His provision,
Our God ever yearns His resources to share;
Lean hard on the arm everlasting, availing;
The Father both thee and thy load will upbear.

His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.”

Something Treasured

Despite the tightened restrictions, this week I got a little bit of “normal” that I’ve missed so much over the last six months. I got to go into school and work with a class of children – actual real children in real life, not on a screen!

This is my job, and this is meant to be my life. Working from home, staring at a computer screen all day is not what I signed up for, so I was excited for this moment to come, while at the same time scared to get my hopes up in case it all fell through.

Fortunately it went ahead, and it was wonderful! I’ve missed their smiling faces and their joyful enthusiasm.

For now, I have only have one hour a week of this precious normality, but I’ll treasure every moment!

Something Ahead

Once again the question of what lies ahead is something of a mystery. With talk of severe restrictions potentially lasting six months, it’s difficult to plan anything with any confidence.

It seems ironic that my word for 2020 is “vision”. I started the year with a clear vision and just as I was beginning to see it realised, COVID intervened. I had been hoping this was the time to get going again, but with the latest restrictions it looks like it’s going to be impossible this year.

It’s frustrating and discouraging, but somehow I can’t let go of the vision – and I’m starting to think that maybe that’s the point. Maybe this is not the year to see the vision realised; maybe it’s the year to hold on to the vision even when circumstances prevent it from being realised.

God’s ways and God’s timing are not ours, but his plans will prevail, so I’m holding onto hope that this is the “something ahead” even if I don’t know how far ahead that will be.

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

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25 thoughts on “Share Four Somethings: September 2020

  1. I participated in Jon Acuff’s September January Challenge and it helped me to focus on one particular goal and get it finished. I feel quite accomplished at the amount of work I was able to put into it.

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  2. That’s neat that your able to do something with real live students in person on a regular basis! We don’t hear that good old hymn much any more, but we need to keep it in circulation. I like your perspective on vision.

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    1. Yes, it’s lovely to have a little bit of normal! I didn’t realise that was a hymn as I’d only discovered it as a poem on the blog I read last week, but I just looked it up on YouTube.

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  3. That was interesting how your view of your ‘word’ for 2020 is changing, sometimes we question whether we have got the ‘word’ right but it is our interpretation of the word that needs adjusting – that really spoke to me!

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  4. I remember hearing Chuck Swindoll share that poem on his radio program years ago. It had, and still does, a profound impact on me. I’m most grateful to have read it yet again this morning!

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    1. Yes, it seems a strange word for the year. I’m grateful for this new perspective on it. I’m glad you’ve been able to get back to school too. I think it’s so important for young people to have more normality again.

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  5. How wonderful that you got to be with a class of real, live children! Your joy from the encounter shines through your words. Thank you for sharing the beautiful poem, Leslie. I copied it so I can read it often.

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  6. I love that poem by Annie Johnson Flint! It was a huge encouragement during a difficult season several years ago. This was a great reminder of its truths!

    Elena
    elle-alice.blogspot.com

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  7. I’m glad you get to go back to in-person teaching, even if only for a little bit every week. Thank you for sharing that poem, I needed the first line today, “He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater”. Timely. I’m holding onto that reminder.

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  8. I appreciate your perspective on vision, Lesley. God’s plans will prevail … of this we can be sure! What a blessing to have an hour a week in the classroom … I know you will never take that time for granted! And I love how the words of “He Giveth More Grace” have encouraged you. I saw it on Trudy’s blog too, and was immediately transported back to my childhood church where we used to sing it as a hymn. 🙂

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  9. Awww, Lesley, this was a lovely recap of your September. I’m so, so happy you got to spend in-person time with children! What a gift that must have been.

    I also loved what you said here: “Maybe this is not the year to see the vision realised; maybe it’s the year to hold on to the vision even when circumstances prevent it from being realised.” How often have I assumed I knew God’s plans and I really didn’t? He does have this way of breaking things down so we truly rely on Him for each step of our journey, and for the timing of things.

    My September was pretty good. Stretching, a time of beginning again on some projects and dreams. The boys are in school, and I am enjoying still moments at home.

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  10. How wonderful that you got that one hour with the children in person! I miss the few hours that I used to get to spend with my daughter’s 1st grade class each week. She is teaching in person again but they aren’t allowing volunteers yet. Stay safe and enjoy, Lesley!

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  11. I’m so glad you’re back in school with your kids! I’m thankful that I’m retired and not having to face the challenges of the teachers like you today! You all are in my prayers! I love the poem and actually have sung it as a hymn in church. Isn’t it true? He giveth and giveth and giveth again!! Thank you for encouraging us to hold on even when we can’t see what’s ahead, remembering that God is in control.

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  12. Wow- that poem! I love it, thanks for sharing. So glad you’ve gotten to have good deep conversations and get to work in person with kids one hour a week!! I hope you get to savor those moments in this otherwise so abnormal a time. Your thought on vision perhaps not being realized this year but being what you are to hold on to anyway seems really wise. That reminds me of the verse about fixing our eyes- which is in Hebrews, the same book that talks about the heroes of the faith not seeing what they were promised realized but looking ahead to Christ anyway! Happy October!

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  13. Thank you for sharing your four somethings. I can only imagine how wonderful it was to be in a classroom again. I pray that the hour you spend with the children is one of the best hours of your week.

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