Something Loved –
Well I did mention briefly last time that we were hoping that my eldest son would be able to come over from Northern Ireland for a visit, and he did! Only for a few days, but it was good to be able to spend time together. We didn’t do anything in particular, lots of sitting around chatting and having ‘favourite’ meals, a BBQ lunch of freshly caught mackerel, a roast dinner on Sunday, and plenty of home baking! The weather was mainly dry and sunny which really helps with visiting other family members in an outdoor space. Then, all too quickly, it was time to take him back to the port for the ferry – hoping and praying that now the non-essential travel restriction has been lifted it won’t be so long before we meet up again!
Something Read –
I have really enjoyed reading this commentary on Psalm 119 – it is broken down into twenty two sections, making it ideal as a daily reader. The author states that many people dip into Psalm 119 for ‘golden nuggets’ and I must admit that I have been guilty of doing so, some of my favourite scriptures come from this psalm. It has been a long time since I read it through from beginning to end. The writer identifies eight ‘word’ words in the psalm, although different translations may record variations on these: Instruction, Testimonies, Precepts, Statutes, Commandments, Judgements, Word, and Promise. These are covenant words: “And Covenant is the wallpaper of the psalm; it lies behind every verse.” He refers to these words as two-way words and the first direction is grace – that these are words that create and sustain relationship. I thoroughly enjoyed going through this study – the book could also be used for a small group, and there are two questions for reflection/discussion at the end of each section. Available from Amazon
I am reading my way through a number of different books, but I haven’t finished them yet – so maybe more on those next time…. I am also trying ‘The Bible for Everyone’ a new translation – at the moment I am reading it alongside my favourite NIV Study Bible and comparing the two.
Something Treasured –
I love the beauty of the countryside here in Wales, the quality of the light on the coast, the beautiful beaches and the backdrop of the mountains. I love all of the seasons, for different reasons, August is the month for blackberry picking, they grow wild in the hedgerows, and it is a common site to see families out with their containers collecting – a time of purple stained fingers and scratched hands! Our family’s favourite is blackberry and apple crumble pudding and I have recently discovered a blackberry crumble topped cake – ice cream is optional!
And I love in this ‘summer’ weather relaxing by meandering along the country lanes on horseback – a different pace of life and a great way to view the countryside.
Something Ahead –
Looking forward to the return of Church life and also returning to work….
Our Church has met outdoors in a small group, but difficult with our unpredictable weather – the last few days we have caught Storm Ellen, so although mild, it has been very wet and windy! Hoping and praying, that we will get back in the building soon, and that we will be able to restart our Ladies group, among other things! I co-lead the Ladies group and we had been having a breakfast meeting, and studying a book together, so in the near future, we could forgo the breakfast and be solely a ‘bookgroup’. We had started a study on ‘Catching Contentment’ – following Liz Carter’s study guide, highly recommend this book Amazon UK Amazon US
It could generate some interesting conversations in how we have applied contentment to the last few months!
I will also be returning to work in September, after being off for six months, due to the Covid pandemic. Of course things will have changed, where I work, the way that I work and even who I work with is going to be different – one colleague has decided to retire and will not return at all. But I am looking forward to going back as it is another step into our new normal and I feel that it is time to embrace the changes and move on!
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Anyone interesting in reading more about Mia – my Knabstrupper (Danish Warmblood Spotted Horse) check out these posts, Forward and Worth. I am sure she will continue to make occasional appearances in my writing!
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