As we come towards the end of June, it’s time for another Share Four Somethings, and what a month it has been! After months of lockdown, restrictions have finally eased significantly here, and it feels like several months of activity have all been crammed into a few weeks!
This month, I have remembered how much I love my job! It is the first time for fifteen months that I feel I’ve been doing something resembling my actual job and, while I’m grateful to have had a job all through the pandemic, it is so good to get back to some degree of normality and doing the actual work I was employed to do!
While activities are still limited, I got to run a day camp, spending a whole day with real-life children. I also finally got to run a training course that had been postponed three times, and I have loved having far more in-person interaction this month.
To add to the general busyness, I was also helping to organise a training series with my church on how to care well for others. We ran four sessions looking at general caring and listening skills, self-care and setting boundaries, and then various specific issues: abuse, domestic violence, addiction and mental health. It was intense and a lot of hard work to put it together, but I love being part of a church that wants to care for others well and is willing to invest time to be equipped for that. We had some wonderful speakers with lots of helpful input and some great discussions.
There hasn’t been a lot of time for reading this month, but I have begun a book that I am sure is going to be a favourite from this year.
My word for the year is “faithfulness” and so this book, “Faithful,” ties in perfectly. It contains a series of reflections on different women of the Bible and how their stories display God’s faithfulness. Each reflection is contributed by a different author, and there is also an accompanying album with a song tying in with each reflection.
I have really enjoyed what I have read so far, and I love how the music enhances each of the reflections. Here’s a little taste:
I’m continuing to tick off items on my list of things I want to do this year, which are mostly things I’d have considered normal in 2019.
I didn’t manage to do Share Four Somethings in May, so since the last update, I have managed to go to church in person, stay overnight with my family, play music with someone else (for worship in church), attend a real-life exercise class, and go to the cinema!
My “Something Treasured” though has to be going back into school to work with children. I had begun a set of lessons in September and October, but with two lessons to go the rules about visitors changed and I wasn’t allowed to continue. A few weeks ago, I finally got permission to go back in, but then it was delayed again after someone in the class tested positive for COVID and they all had to self-isolate! We finally managed to do it, just before the end of term, which feels like quite an achievement, and the thank you card the children gave me (picture above) is certainly something I’ll treasure.
Amazing as June has been, it has probably all been a bit much! I’m grateful for the moment that July looks like it will be a bit quieter. Hopefully there will be the chance to rest a bit and to catch up with some other family and friends.
How has June been for you? Feel free to share a highlight or a prayer request in the comments.