So today’s #lentphotos is ‘foodforthought’ – immediately my brain thought of recipe books, or pile of inspiring books, etc. but putting the term ‘thought’ into @seedresources – I liked this one, as it fits with #notbusy (which I have done today, brain was trying not to whizz over everything I need to do before Uganda!!) and @briandraperuk stuff:
As someone who is fighting back the black blur of depression, this Bible verse certainly rings true – especially this week. And this is where we truly emphasise that ‘depression’ is not related to “life” … had an excellence training session yesterday, off to Uganda on Sunday, but just comes from nowhere 🙁
I am feeble and utterly crushed;
I groan in anguish of heart.
9 All my longings lie open before you, Lord;
my sighing is not hidden from you.
Psalm 38: 8-9 and C.S.Lewis echoes this hugely in “you will know that there comes in the end a sort of quietness”… combined also with a feeling that all your energy has drained out through your feet – but just have to concentrate/hang in there, and know that this comes in waves, and it will get better… eventually (and sometimes!). I have found all kinds of means of communication – f2f, email, (not so much telephone), Facebook, Twitter, etc. – it’s good to know that people are encouraging you along life’s ups & downs! Definitely appreciating encouragement for #TFBloggers too – look out for opportunities to share what we’re doing with your networks too!
See also this great blog “Believer’s Brain”
Well sorry @samggibb, but today’s post is just going to make me angry – yes, spend time with all kinds of people – I’m spending time with @watfordgap tonight at @hopeandsocial – but I also spend a lot of time with his wife @pamjweb on Twitter/Facebook – and she is a “real friend” – just because that friendship is mediated through a computer doesn’t make it any less real – yes we meet f2f sometimes, but don’t have the opportunity often! #rantover! More keen on #Do1NiceThing today … “Organise a community clean up day for next Bank Holiday weekend”!
“Stop asking God to bless what you are doing. Get involved in what God is doing. Because it is already blessed.” Bono
We tend to see the worst in everything, but we can make a more conscious effort to focus on the good things and the blessings. Pause, notice the good things around you (see @JHOsborn #3GoodThings), and look for others to be a blessing to, rather than focusing on yourself.
And again Pam, looking at Stephen Cottrell’s book, ties in here
To be God’s people, his representatives, his agents. Living a life of God-worship, focussed, not on what we need, but what we can give.
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.