Books, books and more books! I LOVE God given opportunities. I have started collaborating with Finding God Among Us, by writing some book reviews. This means I receive ‘free copies’ of books to read – which is fabulous. Mainly, they are new releases and already I have read some different genres. This is great experience for a writer, to evaluate and absorb a variety of styles. God is so good, in how He brings different people together. I love seeing His hand at work, in the detail of our lives. My hope is that this will be a collaboration which will be a blessing to us both, and will also work outwards to bless others. There is a link here, to a review from the beginning of October, if you want to check it out:
Bible Study Guide – Revelation, Hope in the darkness by Scotty Smith
Something Read in October
This is the book that I have used as a daily reader, through October. I have been challenged by it’s clear uncompromising message for being a follower of Jesus.
Be Still My Soul – Reflections on Living the Christian Life by Elisabeth Elliot. Available from Amazon.
“I have spent my life plumbing the depths of what it means to be a Christian. I am, as of this morning, still learning….” The first line of this book drew me in straight away, what an inspirational start. The humility in that sentence from a woman who had shown her faith in God throughout her life.
This book is, as it says, a series of reflections, bound together by the theme of ‘Be Still My Soul’. The chapters are broken down into clear sections, which is ideal, as you can meditate and dwell on a short passage at a time. It explores many of the big themes of how ‘to know’ God more with a clarity and with no compromise. Acceptance, peace, and suffering all taught as being viewed through God’s sovereignty. And then the true inner peace that comes from that knowledge and experience. Great teaching and testimony!
October – Something Treasured
#Iamwriting – I am thrilled to have been able to create a ‘quiet space.’ This is what I was hoping for in September. I have rearranged the furniture and been blessed with a new desk and chair for my very own writing corner! I am facing the window with views of the front garden and the bird table. We have about eight ring-collared doves, hedge sparrows, chaffinches, blackbirds and a robin. We are feeding them already and it’s fascinating watching the bird table hierarchy – although I try not to get too distracted!
The clocks go back this weekend, which signifies the start of winter! The hardest season of storms and gales, with shorter days and long winter evenings. Yesterday, a lockdown was initiated again by the Welsh government. This means no socialising, and essential outings only for seventeen days.
Ahead feels like a blank page, and that is okay. I love a new notebook, with all the possibilities and potential in those clear pages. Who knows what they are going to record and what they will look like? Beautiful images or rough sketches, copperplate writing or a hurried scrawl. Maybe what is important though, is not so much how it looks on the page, but the message that is conveyed. Looking ahead the days may appear to be uneventful, but they are full of opportunity to have meaning and purpose. Maybe this is a time to take our focus off the visible, and instead start to perceive the invisible. What is God writing on the tablet of our hearts? What is He creating in us, as individuals, as a church community and as a nation? By next month what will those blank pages have been filled with….
There is rest and ease, in trusting in God’s sovereignty and it is well with my soul!
This post is part of the ‘Share Four Somethings’ October link up with Heather Gerwing.
Some of the other link-ups I may join are here.
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