Share Four Somethings: October 2020

“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.

Something Loved

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!

Something Read

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 wrote last week about Treasure In Dark Places by Liz Carter, and I shared an interview with Liz, so I’d encourage you to check that out if you haven’t already.

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.

You can find How Sweet The Sound on Amazon at these links: UK, US.

Something Treasured

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.

Something Ahead

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.

I’m grateful to Our Daily Bread and Netgalley for access to a complementary digital copy of How Sweet The Sound. I only share books here that I genuinely believe will be beneficial to my readers.
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26 thoughts on “Share Four Somethings: October 2020

  1. Isn’t it wonderful to get things checked off your to-do list? I’m glad October was slightly less busy for you. I haven’t done latch hooking in years. I used to love it! I may have to look into getting a kit. It’s something to do during these longer evenings. Selfishly, I am so glad you reconsidered taking a pause from blogging. Your inspiration benefits everyone who looks forward to reading your posts!

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  2. Happy Autumn! Time is such a gift. I love that you’ve had more of it, and that your time with God has been so precious lately. The book reflecting on hymns sounds so refreshing and uplifting. I’m so glad you’ve been inspired and hope to keep writing here! You are a blessing, Lesley!

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  3. Your review of Treasures in Dark Places is why I’m reading that book now and I’m loving it, so thank you! I’m glad you’re feeling more inspired with regards to writing – I’ve had the opposite, ideas but not enough time so I’ve decided to just go with the flow and write when I can and not according to a schedule. I’m glad you’re enjoying your time with God again – this year has been odd and sometimes we are not even aware of the impact it’s had on us x

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    1. I’m glad you’re enjoying the book. And I’m glad you’re not putting yourself under pressure to keep to a blogging schedule. Sometimes we have to just go with the flow. X

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  4. What a nice month! It’s nice that the schedule slowed down a bit and you have a book you can dip into. I did a few latch hook projects many moons ago. It was a lot of fun. I know what you mean about how some times with God are wonderful and uplifting, but other times, it seems an effort. It’s good to persevere in either case, but the former is so much more enjoyable. Yay for writing inspiration!

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  5. I’m so glad the inspiration has started flowing again for you, Lesley! Seems like the onset of fall has been a head-clearing transition for many people … although yes, it’s 2020 so I supposed we should hold that clear head loosely! Hugs, friend.

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  6. I, too, have been thinking it is time to step away from the blog. Hmmm – maybe, I will feel unexpectedly inspired! I (sorta somewhat) keep hoping that will happen but it clearly is not. Sigh.

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    1. I’m sorry you’ve been feeling uninspired too, Jennifer. Sometimes we do need to take a break to come back refreshed. Praying for wisdom for you in this.

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  7. I for one treasure October as the month when cool weather returns. (Summer is my least favorite season after 40 years in sultry Florida.) Perhaps that’s where the inspiration to write came from, Lesley–the cool, crisp air cleared away the humidity that causes us to droop!

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  8. I used to LOVE doing latch hook rugs. I hope you get “hooked” on it too. 🙂

    Yes, 2020 has thrown me for a loop in many ways. I think I’m turning a corner with it, but we’ll see. There are still two months to go. lol.

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    1. I am enjoying it! I bought a kit for my cousin as a Christmas present but I’m considering getting her something else and keeping it! I’m glad you feel you’re turning a corner too, but I agree, it’s hard to know. I’m still a bit up and down from day to day.

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