It’s the second Monday of the month and I’m joining with Erin and the ladies for our online tea/coffee date. Keep reading to find out what’s been happening in my life over this last month.
If we met for tea I might be a little tired. I’m currently in the middle of a two week teaching block and later this month I’ll be starting a teaching block that goes for six weeks. That’s a lot more full time work than I’m used to! It’s amazing provision, especially when I think that earlier this year I was worried that I wasn’t getting enough work. The class I have at the moment is lovely – Kindergarten and Year 1 – they’re very high energy sometimes but they’re sweet. I’m looking forward to my longer block as well. Still, I can’t help but feel a little daunted when I think of how much work this will actually involve. I suppose it’s just about trusting in God, that he who provided all this work will also provide me with the strength and energy to get through it all.
If we met for tea I’d be very excited to tell you about my new dining table! Our previous one was a cheap second hand table I picked up for a bargain when I first moved out of home. It was always a bit unsturdy but recently it was getting worse, to the point where it shook from side to side anytime someone sat down. A little embarrassing for inviting people over, actually! But our new table is sturdy and looks very welcoming.
As we’ve started at our new church, it seems as if we’ve got a fresh start for showing hospitality. And my new table makes me feel so much better about inviting people over. We’ve already invited the pastor and his wife for dinner, and we’re hoping to invite some more people over in the near future. It sounds a bit silly to say that this new table has changed our life, but in a small way it has.
If we met for tea I’d ask you about how things are going at church. Are you going through any particular topic or book of the Bible? What are you learning? What are you being challenged on or comforted about? We’re doing Genesis 1-11 at the moment, so looking at the foundational truths about creation, humanity, sin and grace. All the sermons in this series have just been reminding me afresh about how great God is, how it was all him at the beginning and how even now creation is sustained by his word. Daniel and I have also joined a Bible study at our new church, where we discuss last week’s sermon on a more personal level (and share some good food together).
If we met for tea I think we’d sit outdoors. It’s only mid-August but the weather has well and truly shifted over into spring. I’ll be honest, I’m a bit disappointed that winter lasted barely two months this year. I like the cold weather, I like chilly mornings and I like dressing up in winter clothes. But the gentle sunshine we’ve been having recently is lovely as well. It’s just arrived a little early! Now, if the really hot weather could hold off for a while, I’ll be happy.
What would you say if we met for tea?