It's been too long since I last blogged, sorry, lots has been happening. Steve and I have been on holiday for a few days to Lee Abbey while our daughter was away on a school trip (the last time we were away on our own together we had to get rescued by the RNLI on a beach near Clovelly, but that is another story!) Adrian and Bridget Plass were speaking and we really enjoyed their sessions. In particular I was comforted by their belief that "Nothing is wasted, bad things add texture to our lives, what has been is what we offer to others." Phrases like this help me to justify my earlier 'spiritual striptease' in the open mic session, read by Bridget from Beyond the Edge!
On my return I spoke at an event in Bristol organised by a local charity, Hopes Place. We were an intimate gathering but no less meaningful and my heart was thrilled as we discussed depression and despair with honesty, hope and faith. Also I have been to two other meetings, to discuss suppporting families affected by PND, which were very encouraging - one regarding the development of Bluebell Nurses and the other involved training by Liz Wise.
It seems ironic that I am writing about 'nothing being wasted' just after I have put the recycling and food waste outside! Certainly in a spiritual context I do believe this to be true, however I can't help thinking that the Lord is raising His eye and suggesting I try a little harder on the material waste front! Anyway that aside, I am off to N. Ireland for a couple of events next week. Please do come if you can to either event (see forthcoming events page), as I am always keen to meet folk who like to discuss the recycling process, (preferably the spiritual one)!