Thursday, November 12, 2009

Be Still

I have had more of a chance to be still this week. Such a relief!
But there is a long way to go...
When I started out in Ministry (17 years ago on the 28th November) I thought that I just had to get through December and then could relax. Now I know better. Minister's diaries are full of stuff from September until June/July and if you think there is any down time you are sadly wrong!
It is not so much the going out and being at things, it is the the thought needed and prioritising that I struggle with. Still, it is an amazing and varied job and God continues to teach me so much through it.

It was my turn to choose the Salt challenge this time. If I am honest I was going to duck out of this one due to all the stuff I have been whinging about recently! But I am so glad that I didn't because it was something I needed to do. Phil looked at my journalling and said "hhmph, so are you going to live it out then?". That is where I am and what I needed to remember this week.

I chose the theme of Psalm 46 as there are so many helpful words of comfort and strength there. And this is what I came up with
The papers are Scenic Route Belleville with a tiny piece of WRMK (the leaf). There was supposed to be a bigger piece of WRMK but I forgot to stick it down and it would have been the bottom layer. Ah well! The black strip is glitter paper and the letters are black glitter stickers by Doodlebug. There is a WRMK journalling spot and rubons too and that is that really.

The photo is me at half term at the top of British Camp in Malvern. Phil photoshopped the bag of doggy doings I was holding out of the photo. (No bins on British Camp) Thanks hun! We came down to extra special ice cream - I had Damson and Sloe Gin. Mmmmmmmm.


And here is the layout I posted for the previous challengeOooh look, more Scenic Route! This is a mix of Liberty and Salem. SR - I will miss you.
The photo is of the kids at the eco centre in Machynlleth in the summer. (Go on, try and say it! I can't even begin to explain it in writing). I liked the fact that there were signposts pointing in all directions that life might take them in serving God in the future.

And finally...
this layout is in the latest Docrafts mag. I spent half term searching for the mag to show Phil's aunt as I did a layout about her husband - only it hasn't been published (may appear online though). But this one was - it is the story of my Dad's cousins and how the one who died was the one kept at home in a reserved occupation. I love that turquoise and brown Papermania paper. It has built in gradient colour. And look at all the brads I used! Can you tell I didn't pay for them as I would never be so extravagant otherwise. Although maybe I should be as I love the look. The brads, ribbon and letter stickers are all Doodlebug

Here is the journalling - you may still need to click on it to read it


I'm listening to songs that might form part of our Christmas kids service as I blog. Multi tasking at its finest!

12 comments:

MonaS! said...

You have done some beautiful work! Thank you for the inspiration this week - it really touched my heart.

Hazel said...

I so love your LOs - your beautiful writing - and the apt content of what you write - and the brilliant way of blending lovely papers etc with your crafting skill. Praying for you to experience the strength and comfort of Psalm 46 - a lovely choice for the Salt challenge x

Rachel said...

Loving the salt one - but then now I can still see the doggie doo-ings - ewwwww. Thanks for planting the thought! Lol

Rachel

Fiona said...

Great LOs. And people think ministers only work one day a week - LOL!!!

Stacy said...

thanks lythan awesome words this week thinking of you and have you in my prayers

Ruth Whitehead said...

Machynlleth - there! easy-peasy: but as you know I have an unfair advantage.
Thanks for your thoughts - as someone else who gets too busy I appreciate it!
I also had a smile at the thought that you only get a moment to yourself when you're holding a bag of doggy-do! x

Jo said...

Glad you are having a (slightly) quieter week. Love the picture of you (chuckling at the poo bag removal) Great layouts :D

Jo x

Jozza said...

How I wish I had your scrapping talent! Gorgeous layouts. xxx

Kathy said...

Seems to me you found exactly the right topic to remind yourself of the need to be still sometimes and to remember what's important.

Your LOs are as ever, inspirational and thought provoking

Kim said...

Beautiful work Lythan! And a wonderful topic to meditate on this past week.

Lana said...

Beautiful work and I must confess that I rather laike the idea of damson and sloe gin ice cream! Usually make my own sloe gin but haven't got around to it this year! Thank you too for the commnent on my blog! x

Traceyr said...

Beautiful layout and what a moving story. :)