“October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again.” (Hal Borland)
As we come towards the end of another month, I’m joining once again with Heather Gerwing and friends to Share Four Somethings.
One thing I’ve loved this month is having a bit more time! September had turned out to be much busier than I had expected, and a week off work in October, as well as a slightly less crazy schedule generally, has been just what I needed.
I’ve managed to do some household chores I’d intended to do for months, I’ve had some more time for music, and I’ve particularly enjoyed doing some crafts. I have a latch hook kit which a friend gave me for my birthday, so I’ve enjoyed trying something new.
And last year I began knitting a scarf and my aim was to complete it by the end of 2020. I’m not quite there yet, but I think it’s doable! Watch this space!
This is the second month where I’ve struggled to read as much as normal. In September I just didn’t have time, but this month the problem has been more a lack of focus, so I’ve been grateful for books I can dip into and read in short chunks.
I’ve also enjoyed How Sweet The Sound by Laura L. Smith. As you’ll know if you’re a regular reader here, I love music, and it is one of the ways I most readily connect with God.
This book contains reflections on 30 classic hymns: Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing, It Is Well With My Soul, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, Amazing Grace, and several more old favourites.
Each short chapter contains reflections on some of the Bible passages the hymn lyrics are drawn from as well as a story relating it to modern life. The addition of questions for reflection or journalling make it ideal to use as a daily devotional.
I love how each chapter also highlights one of the benefits of hymns and how God can use them to build up our faith – for example, they unite us, they remind us of God’s faithfulness, they help us fight our battles, they centre us, they sustain us… And by reminding us of the truth contained in the lyrics of the hymns, the book also fulfils many of these purposes.
One thing I have treasured, particularly over the last week or so, has been time with God.
I wish I could say that it’s always something I treasure, but lately I’ve found it hard to connect. Honestly, I think 2020 had hit me harder than I realised, but it feels like, at last, something might be shifting.
It’s hard to explain, but I think the quote at the start of this post expresses it well. Maybe it’s that in finally reaching a greater acceptance of the falling away of so much “normal”, it has helped me to focus more clearly on all that remains.
I don’t know – but I do know that I’ve been enjoying time with God and hearing him speak more clearly than I have in months, and that is definitely something to treasure.
It’s 2020, so who knows!
It still feels like everything changes on an almost daily basis, so making plans seems impossible.
A couple of days ago I planned to write here about how I was planning to step back a bit from blogging for the rest of 2020, and take some time out to reflect and refocus.
But then the strangest thing happened…
I started feeling inspired! Ideas for posts began to flow, and the desire to write was stronger than it has been for months.
So, maybe I will be around after all. I’m hoping that what lies ahead may even be a new focus and productivity, but we’ll see what happens!
What about you? How has October been for you? Feel free to share a highlight or prayer request in the comments.
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