Out my Window: A little bit of snow, lots of green poking through the ground, robins in the yard
Enjoying: All the people sharing their gifts and talents online, people looking out for others, opportunities to serve with others, reading, sound of birds chirping in the morning
Listening to: I listened to the latest episode of Holy Post Podcast. https://www.holypost.com/home/categories/holy-post-podcast Also listened to John Branyan’s podcast https://johnbranyan.com/listen-podcast/ https://dreambigframework.com/podcast I listened to Kirsten Powers and Bob Goff talk. I also was back to listening to On the Road with Saint Augustine: A Real-World Spirituality for Restless Hearts by James K. A. Smith on Audible. Still not a big fan of the narrator, but the content is very interesting, although I am wondering if I should just switch to reading it.
Reading: As I mentioned last week I am reviewing one book and helping launch three. My review book Leveling the Church: Multiplying Your Ministry by Giving It Away by Micah Fries and Jeremy Maxfield is a slower read, but interesting. I finished one of the book launch books, Everything is Yours by Kris Camealy (April 7). This was a very good read. I received my advanced copy of Shining Like the Sun by Steve Wien (April 7) so I am reading. It is very good timing for this book as it is various ways to connect with God. His voice is different than ones I would normally read on this topic so I have to remind myself that I chose to read this for that very reason. My advance copy of Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire Jen Hatmaker (April 21) came, but I am waiting since this one releases later.
Pondering: What does loving people look like right now? I was reminded that when a crisis arises I want to go to people and help. I want to hug, encourage, and laugh. This social distancing is trickier than I thought. When I first heard about it I was annoyed, then I was kinda secretly giddy thinking of time to read, write, clean… etc, then I was panicked to serve and help for every minute it was still allowed, and now it is official. Home. I love home, but I also love serving and being with people, especially when times are tough, so I am pondering what that looks like. Social media feels like a gathering of too many people in one space to me right now, so I just share stuff for the kids and some for the adults to help everyone use their time more enjoyably and productively. Who doesn’t need a daily dose of a baby hippo or penguins hopping down stairs. There are tons of churches, cultural performances, opportunities to learn new things, virtual field trips… Today is my first day of slowing down so I have much to ponder and figure out over these days to come.
Learning: I am planning on learning how to use Zoom to connect with my small group. Also thinking about starting another group that can connect maybe a book discussion or something. First to learn the best way to go about this.
Home Life: Planning to finish up the projects I started last break. I have almost finished reclaiming our office/homeschool space. It is now a cozy reading nook/ office space. This week closets are on the docket.
Fitness and Mental Health: I hurt my knee last week being the clutz that I am. So I have been trying to only walk and do Pilates. Lots of moving this week. I am thinking I need to do some sort of 30 day challenge or something, as the weather gets nicer I want to schlog, but I am trying to let my knee heal. I am not so good at that as I have shared in the past. https://inkblotlife.com/2018/10/30/it-band/ Mental Health has involved serving this past week and staying away from anything that talks about this virus no matter if it is supposed to encourage me, or just the facts. I just look at the powerpoint screen that tells me the new rules each day and that is it. I have deleted every email from all the blogs, ministries, etc… that has the virus in the title. It was good for my mental health.
Giving Thanks: That I have a home, food, books, internet, electricity, provisions, ability to get my older son what he needed, for all the ways my younger son has been helping and serving as we get our church online, for connections with people this week, opportunities to serve and laugh, for Spring arriving, for technology to stay in touch with friends and family, for all those who are serving and working at the food banks, hospitals, stores…