Today’s #lentphotos is “a luxury” – this is one for me – have rediscovered a love for swimming, and somewhere that’s hot enough to swim outside, with chill out spots – would hit the spot:
As I was re-reading The Magician’s Nephew this sentence struck me
‘But I’ve a sort of an idea he likes to be asked.”
We (or is that the ‘Royal We’) often think that God knows it all anyway … but this reminds us of the relationship that God wants with us, that he wants us to chat with him – as well as come to him in thankfulness and with our requests. I can sometimes be seen muttering underneath my breath, or staring at things around me as I like to pray as I walk … but I often forget – so be good to be more intentional … have 10+ minutes from bus-stop to the office most days! And how interesting is that – love seeing how themes overlap … @pamjweb reflection today from Stephen Cottrell is reflecting upon prayer:
We would be a poor friend if we met with our friend and did nothing but talk about ourselves, never asking them about themselves or giving them space to say what they wanted to – yet so often we think nothing of doing that with God.
Now today’s Bible reading finishes “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” which I struggle with as I see many unanswered prayers, and then we are told that we must have ‘prayed for the wrong thing’, or without enough faith – but we are told ‘faith as small as a mustard seed is enough’… faith that has been enough to bring me up to Durham… I’ve read a couple of really good books on prayer (Too Busy Not to Pray, and Confessions of a Prayer Wimp) – which I’ve started a board for Pinterest on … so let me know if you have recommendations to add!
“God is a communicating God” says David Wilkinson, and I am reminded in the second part of the prayer “you value communication at the heart of ours with you” of what I saw this morning on EA’s Culture Footprint with @RussBravo:
Do you think Christians ‘get’ the importance of media?
Not as much as they need to. Some just see the worst excesses and run a mile. Jesus called us to be communicators and get stuck in.
Today’s challenge is to look for opportunities to mentor others … and we can always find someone who’s behind us on the journey – right? I trained as a life coach with The Kerslake Company – and wrote about how that had changed my perspective as an educator for my PGCLTHE. Right now trying to get myself under control – but have loved the times that have supervised dissertations as that’s a real form of mentoring – otherwise I seek to encourage at all times…
After such a terrible weekend (mentally), and such a nice sunny day yesterday – I decided it was time to sit on my garden bench (thanks previous owners) and absorb some sunshine – so I managed about 15 mins yesterday, though my mind still won’t sit still as it tries to work out how to manage my ‘to-do list’, but did come out with some ideas as to how to achieve a few others things… Meantime today, I got up and got myself down the swimming pool, did 50 lengths (don’t be too impressed, only 16m pool) – then decided to do my #notbusy in the steam room … I think I lasted 8 mins!! Good place to stop & think though…
Brian’s thinking and challenge today is to be open to disruption – to not have lives that are so busy/heavily structured that there’s no space for the unexpected. I’ve always liked having a flexible life and am rather stressed that my life looks like it’s rammed til the end of May … part of me saying that’s how it has to be … but also, at a retreat with Brian before I moved to Durham I promised myself that this was an opportunity for a new start – life that would be full for fun/adventure, fellowship and fitness … I’m doing quite well at finding some gym classes I’m enjoying, but struggling to find time that I’m not just ramming with work … so was super please to have time to chat with Merry today at lunch as we discussed some possible ideas – and then off for a chat with @BeccaDean which was a great space to ‘think out loud’ – both about workload and also how to make some of the right choices… before coming back with a chat with @BreakoutR on #tfbloggers
Plenty to chew over between those…
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.