Share Four Somethings: May and June 2022

I’m joining in slightly late this month, but it’s time to look back over the last month (or, in this case, two months) with Share Four Somethings.

Something Loved

As spring transitions into summer, one of the things I have loved the most is the opportunity for residential trips in a way that has been impossible for the last two years.

At the start of May, our church had a weekend away, and it was wonderful to spend so much quality in-person time together. It was also lots of fun, and I am so grateful once again that I said “yes” to the adventure of being part of this church plant!

Last week, I also got to be part of a training week for young people on the beautiful island of Arran.

It’s always an intense and busy week, but there is real transformation in the young people as they dig into the Bible together as well as learning about leadership and putting it into action by taking on practical tasks. It’s the kind of thing you can never replicate on Zoom (though we tried our best over the last two years) so it was amazing to be back doing it properly.

Something Gleaned

God knows what he’s doing!

Obviously I already knew that, but it can be easy to forget when you can’t make sense of your circumstances.

When I arrived at the training week, I wondered why I had been given the particular set of young people in my group. It didn’t make sense for various reasons.

But, halfway through the week, it became clear that I had been put in that position “for such a time as this” so to speak. I can’t share all the details, but a situation arose where I knew I was equipped to be the right person to handle it and it was also an obvious answer to prayer. The leader who had allocated the groups later reflected that she knew that it didn’t make sense to put me with that group but she somehow felt it was the right thing to do.

As I reflected in my Five Minute Friday post, God is often working even when we are unaware.

Something Braved/ Saved

The house issues I mentioned in April continue. I can’t believe the amount of time and effort it has taken to try to resolve things and I still don’t feel much further forward.

However, something I saved this month is a quote by Charles Spurgeon which a friend shared with me. It’s a helpful reminder that these struggles won’t last forever.

“Don’t you know that day dawns after night, showers displace drought, and spring and summer follow winter? Then, have hope! Hope forever, for God will not fail you!”

Something Achieved

This is always the hardest category for me!

However, I suppose something I have achieved this month is that I’ve reached an 800 day streak for learning German on Duolingo!

I hadn’t travelled abroad for ten years, and 2020 was meant to be the year, with trips to both Austria and Germany planned, so I began learning German in preparation thinking it would be good to know the basics. As you can guess, these trips didn’t work out, but I kept going with the German hoping I might get there one day.

I’m hoping the Austria trip is finally going to happen this September, so I’m excited to see how much I understand when I put all my learning into practice!

What about you? How have May and June been for you? Feel free to share a highlight or prayer request in the comments.

PS – Apologies that my posting has been a bit sporadic lately. Life has been a bit busy/ overwhelming lately (in a mixture of good and not-so-good ways). I hope to get back to posting more regularly at some point soon.

Linking with: Inspire Me Monday, Tell His Story, InstaEncouragements, Let’s Have Coffee, Recharge Wednesday, Tune In Thursday, Grace & Truth

23 thoughts on “Share Four Somethings: May and June 2022

  1. Oh Lesley, it warms my heart how God called you “for such a time as this.” Sometimes His perfect plan doesn’t makes sense to us, but it’s comforting that He knows every detail and every need. I love Charles Spurgeon’s quote! Yes, let us hope forever, because God will never fail us! Thank you for all the encouragement here! Love and blessings to you!

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    1. Thanks, Trudy! I’m glad the post and the quote encouraged you. It is great when we get those little glimpses of God working in unexpected ways. Love and blessings to you too!

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  2. Amen to this, Lesley: “God is often working even when we are unaware.” I’m glad you were able to go on the training trip with your church, and that you were able to see why you were put with your particular group. I love the Spurgeon quote … very encouraging AND a good tie-in to my word for 2022, “dawn.” πŸ™‚

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  3. Isn’t quality in-person time so good? With the right people anyway. hehe. Sounds like you’ve been on mission with some wonderful people. Congratulations on your 800-day streak with Duolingo! That’s amazing. I made it a full year with Duolingo learning Spanish, but then I had to consciously break the streak because it was becoming too much of an obsession. ha. Hope you get your trip to Germany and get to use the great skills you’ve worked so hard to earn.

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    1. Yes, it is amazing to be able to have that quality time with people after the limitations of the last two years. I know what you mean about the Duolingo streak becoming an obsession. I think I will have to choose to break it at some point.

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  4. I love how God uses us to serve Him especially when we feel so ill-equipped. Your trip sounds like it was quite transformational. There’s something so intimate about gathering in person that you can’t replicate on Zoom. I hope you’re able to take your trip to Austria and Germany.

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  5. Lesley what a wonderful opportunity and a great way to spend the summer! Isn’t it amazing how surprised we are when God does what only God can do? Oh we of little faith. Thank you for this beautiful testimony of your faithful service to God.

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  6. I will pray with you that your Austria trip happens in September!! And how is your German? Would you recommend Duolingo for actually learning a language??

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! I have learned a lot with Duolingo. I’d recommend it in that it’s free (there is a paid version but I have never used it) and you can get good results over time if you just keep doing it for 15 minutes a day. I think I am quite good at reading German now but I suspect I’d struggle in an actual conversation unless it was very simple. I think I’d take too long to process what the person was saying and then to construct my answer!

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  7. I love those times when it’s abundantly clear that God arranged circumstances. We know He always does–but it’s so neat when unlikely circumstances turn out just right. I’m glad you got to go on the outing. Good for you for learning German!

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  8. Lesley, I’m so, so glad you and your church are able to do things in person again. Being together in the flesh, so to speak, deepens experiences and teachings offered. It made my heart happy to read that God used you in such a specific way when you were the young people.

    For me, May and June were a bit rocky and a lot of busy. But, some sweet memories were made with my family, and I’m so thankful for that. One thing I learned is how to paddle an outrigger canoe. πŸ˜‰ So much fun!

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  9. Wow, the picture from I’d guess Arran is beautiful! Praise God for in-person time with your church and training, and for getting to see that God knows what He is doing! I pray the house things wrap up soon and you get to take your trip to Austria. 800 day streak?! That’s discipline! I don’t think I’ve ever made it past 40!

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