It only takes a moment to stop and think of the good things in my life and suddenly I am filled with love for life and all that God has given me. Here is my little slice of joy via the app, “this is not an app”
Bible study is one of those things i feel i ought to be able to do with enthusiasm every day. Sadly it doesn’t always work out that way. So, i am always on the look for reading the Bible in ways which will bring me closer to God.
It dawned on me today, that perhaps I could put two things I love together… So smash book scripture it is!
I have a book called search the Scriptures, which I am going to do smash book style and I started today:
I work four days a week at the moment, and it has given me the chance to think about and now finally act upon an idea I have carried for a long time. This is from the new blog,
I hope you might go and take a look 🙂
For fifteen years or so, I have carried a dream. To begin with, it looked like a retreat centre, but how expensive is that? Now I am attempting to go to where people already are.
I long to provide a space where people can find rest for their minds and souls, a place where they might find skills to help them in their everyday lives and a little oasis of calm in the meantime.
Hence the Blue Canary Birdhouse. It is an obscure reference, but if you remember the80’s song by they might be giants about a little blue canary night light, it makes more sense:
“Blue canary in the outlet by the light switch
Who watches over you
Make a little birdhouse in your soul”
So here I am, offering courses and workshops for community groups and churches in order to help people build their own birdhouses for their souls.
I am busy planning next term’s youth cafe activities for work. As part of this I am using Soul Pancake’s Art Therapy Experiment. The young people will grade how happy they feel (1-10) before and after they do the exercise and it will give me an opportunity as a youth worker for some meaningful conversations in the middle.
Afterwards we will give them this journal page to take home.
As we are a Christian organisation we are ever linking everything we do to the Bible, helping young people see how God has a monopoly on the truth, and hopefully brining a bit of joy and fun en route.
I have to say, I am looking forward to doing this for myself, and certainly Soul pancake’s video is aimed at any age.
You can get my journal page here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B–jM8Hqcbx3YXI5RHRYMVNqV2lMNEhqZzc0V29wY0JqeW5z/view?usp=sharing
And the art therapy and happiness video from Soul pancake here: https://youtu.be/BN2rTaFUlxs
This year instead of resolutions, I have decided to go for goals.
The difference may well only be in my head, but it feels much more positive and doable to me.
They are fairly predictable and revolve around my relationship with:
But they are all things which feel hopeful. It has been born out of the middle of a mindfulness course at the moment.
It is helping me take a different approach to life. Instead of fighting the things I want to change, i am instead, learning a more peaceful approach.
For example instead of fighting the temptation to eat my own weight in chocolate, I am learning to walk away and do something more productive instead.
Its how I have been teaching teens to deal with bullies for years.
Anyway, the bible puts it this way:
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
I think that includes living at peace with myself.
To finish, one of my goals is to journal smash book style each week. This is today’s page:
And if you would like the journal cards I made, here they are:
Happy New Year x
You know you are sunk when you get to 28,000 words and realise you just don’t want to be writing the story you are. So although practically I could finish nanowrimo this year, I won’t.
Life is too short to be writing stuff you are not interested in. However I will keep on writing.
I have been reading Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird and she talks about writing because you want to write, not because you want to get published. That, is a very liberating thing, because it means you can write what you feel drawn to, not what you feel you “should” be.
And nobody likes shoulds.
So today I will write… Something. And when it isn’t an awful first draft, I shall post it ❤