Share Four Somethings: June 2021

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!

Something Loved

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.

Something Read

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:

Something Treasured

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.

Something Ahead

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.

Linking with: Inspire Me Monday, Tell His Story, InstaEncouragements, Let’s Have Coffee, Recharge Wednesday, #HeartEncouragement Community Link-Up

41 thoughts on “Share Four Somethings: June 2021

  1. I love that you’re back interacting face-to-face, Lesley … the caring ministry at church sounds oh so good and surely necessary after all that’s happened the last 1 1/2 years.

    Did you design your own material or use some type of published curriculum? I’d love to hear more as our own church is talking and praying about how to do the same.

    Do tell!

    ;-}

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    1. Surrender was my first word of the year in 2016. It was really challenging but I grew a lot in that year. A book I’d recommend that I read then is Anything by Jennie Allen.

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  2. I love it when someone says, “I love my job!” So many people whine and complain (and have genuine complaints) about their job…it is just so nice when someone enjoys – even loves – their job!!

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! I have my moments of complaining too, but most of the time I do love my job. I am appreciating it more after not being able to do it properly for too long.

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  3. You have a lot of really exciting things going on! I think it’s lovely your church is actively helping people. One of our churches, that does a lot with the homeless has partnered with a clinic to give the homeless access to the vaccines. Here you need access to the internet or a medicare card, neither of which a homeless person can easily access. They are truly admirable in their practical thinking.

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    1. Thanks, Lydia! Yes, churches can make a big difference by showing God’s love in practical ways. The work your church is doing sounds wonderful.

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  4. So glad that you’ve been able to return to more normal in a job you love (that’s becoming rare to hear about people that love their job) and being able to join in worship and ministry face-to-face. I think we all treasure those things a bit more after a year or so of having it limited. I love the music clip you shared along with the book – what a beautiful song!

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      1. Yes, it’s been a bit of a shock Lesley. Our vaccination program was interrupted by the EU stopping our ordered & paid for supply from Europe for themselves. So we had to get our supplies elsewhere.
        Thus, we are behind in the vaccination roll out which has now led to this situation…

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  5. It’s so nice to hear the words, “I love my job!” I would venture to say the children also feel loved and sense your enjoyment in being with them!

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  6. Lesley,
    My June has been a bit much as well. I’m looking forward to a few more empty blocks on my July calendar. I am the school crossing guard for my neighborhood elementary school. I will miss the kiddos, but not the crazy drivers lol. Glad to have a summer break!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

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  7. It’s so wonderful that you were able to interact with students again! Teaching is so much easier when we can interact in person! May was a rough month for me, but June has been better and spending time with family has made it easier to get over May.

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    1. Yes, in-person interaction is much better! I’m sorry May was hard for you but I’m glad June was better and that you got some time with family.

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  8. Lesley, I’m so happy for you that you’re beginning to live out “normal” again. Though there have been other highlights in June, a couple are my morning walks where God has this fun habit of showing me His beauty all around, and two, He allowed me to final in a writing contest. That was pretty humbling and amazing!

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    1. Thanks, Jeanne! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed connecting with God through your early morning walks. And well done in the writing contest – I’m really pleased for you!

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  9. I’m SO happy you’ve gotten to do these things above!! Wow, it sounds very busy but so rich. And that thank you card is precious. Here’s to a calmer, but equally rich, July!

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