#Arttherapy, the colour of #happiness and a #journal page

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.

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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

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Photo’s and Thanks 11_09_2013

I had a very helpful advice from Instant Apostle today, having had a rejection letter for my book yesterday. They pointed out that it sounded like a blog post or a preach – which when I thought about it wasn’t at all surprising as those are the two things I have most practice at when it comes to communicating to a lot of people at once.

Of course I was disappointed, but i have decided to learn from it… and do what I know best.  So starting tomorrow, I shall be serialising my “preach” here on my blog – the intro and first bit of “The Zedonk Christian”.

I am thankful to Instant Apostle for taking the time to write back to me – they didn’t have to! I’m also thankful today for the time to catch up with my dad, do the shopping and go to the cinema with R this evening. In the meantime, the park was as beautiful as ever, autumn is creeping on, and a quote I read today has been rattling around my brain:

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Photos and thanks 31_08 to 06_09_2013

I have been away with work the last week, and half my thanks is to do with that. It was a really encouraging week which has given me a good start to my job. I was particularly thankful to see young people coming to faith. I am also thankful to God for:

  • R getting a company car until we manage to move house
  • My dad not piercing his lung when he fell onto a brick wall and cracked is ribs
  • Time this weekend to go and see R’s family
  • Winning a free book by Peter Rollin from  Hodder Faith via facebook
  • Dear friends not forgetting us and sending nice things in the post

I am hoping the book will be a real place of learning for me. It is called “The Idolatry Of God – Breaking the addiction to Certainty and Satisfaction”  I am already on this journey, what with the difficulty of our house move – I have learnt to be content even through we have no clue what will happen or when. In the end I think life is a process of handing over ourselves to God, until all of it is truly his, the evidence being true contentment or peace, regardless of circumstance.

I managed to take a few photos while I was away, so they count as my photos of the day, and some of they beauty I saw, the rest being in the actions and words of the people I now work with and the young people I met this last week .

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Photos and thanks 30_08_2013

Today I am thankful for the time to sit in a little slice of heaven, share it with the dog, and have time to think, pray and learn:

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How is it that all the things I have been learning of late have been staring me right in the face? Ah well, better late than never.

We are trying to move house, and I find it all very unsettling. I would love to put roots down, and having moved 15 times in the last 20 years, it’s all a bit much.

It got me thinking. If home is where the heart is, what do I love? Well that’s easy, my husband, family, the garden, the dog, green spaces, books creativity and the work I do as a youth worker… and all this as an expression of my love for God.

But that’s a lot to move house with. I mean, I would just love to see the third year of my garden…

It was so much easier when I was a student, a poster on the wall, my duvet on the bed and I was home.
And there is the answer, right in front of my nose.

If I have less stuff, I will make home quicker. And then it won’t matter how long I am anywhere.

So the plants are staying in pots, the books are being culled and all the stuff I never use is going. And I am going to spend better time on the people I love. What about you…?
Where is your heart?

what is home for you?

Do you need to cull anything or spend more time on something?

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Photos and thanks 28_08_2013

Today’s photo blurs into something beautiful as there were so many nice things to see while out with the dog. But before that, today I have learnt the importance of visiting the sick. OK so I already knew this, the Bible tells us to do it, Mother Teresa has a word or two on it, like this one:

“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty — it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.”

― Mother Teresa, A Simple Path by Mother Teresa

But there is nothing like seeing Jesus in the eyes of a dying man and having the truth stamped on your soul.  Meet Dwight Peterson. What he has to say for a mere eight minutes is worth hearing. He is worth hearing:

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And so I find myself  thankful for all those people in my life who have stopped and listened to me when I have been off work, loved me by turning up and visiting me when I was ill. Dwight is so very right when he says it is a gift from God.

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