Had a lot of fun using my dslr today. It’s been a while since I shared on here and really wanted to share this one of the moon and snow dusted mountains.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted on here.
So this Sunday I had a lot of fun visiting my first telephone box library in Bergen on my way to church. It was such a lovely thing to find.
There are only a 100 boxes left since the advances in technology and I love that some are being given new lives as little libraries.
I really enjoyed browsing the shelves and found a copy of Victoria Hislop’s book Øya (the island) which I’ve read a few times and thought it would be useful to read to practice my Norwegian.
Anyway that’s all for now.
Some late Wednesday evening scribbles.
When you’re a mixture of
both tired, awake and
restless all at the same time
And sleep for once feels
Like a long lost friend
that you haven’t seen in
But really you’d like to hang out
As late nights have been had
Oh night owl why?
Okay sleep maybe in a little while
Stories and songs
and memories full of hope
The golden thread in new beginnings
and new stories to tell
Summers full of joy
and train rides a plenty
The clatter of the wheels
on the tracks
Making a gentle hum
Seagulls and fresh sea air
From cliff tops with
wide open space and big blue skies
Exploring new places
and old castle ruins
by the sea
And walks through forests with friends
The roots crisscrossing the path as
we sauntered along
Bright garden flowers
with their bees humming
from yellow flower to flower
Their form so delicate
and always a wonder
Grandpa chasing granddaughter
and laughter abounds
Oh those glorious summer days
with loved ones
Are moments to savour
and the simple things are often the
Time and hugs and the stillness of
just being there.
A Saturday evening where everything is still upside down. Choosing to still find things to be grateful for.
Chiefly what’s now a favourite ‘Are you a student?’
Wanderings down familiar streets, Cobbles all uneven but still lovely. Little stone built houses looking like time has stood still.
Walking the floorboards where many an important person has gone before. Rooms laid out for a game of cards and upstairs to memories of childhoods long ago.
Escaping via the backstairs route wondering if you’ll make it out this side of Christmas. Meandering home down leaf strewn winding lanes.
Carole Farish 31/10/2020
Sometimes I feel like I’m lost in the woods
Branches and pathways ahead
These are the times I forget who is with me
When I don’t understand and ask Him why
When I want to know what is up a head
But I feel like I’m blinded by headlights
Occasionally seeing glimpses of things
yet to come
But there is gold to be found in the
seasons of inbetweens
Lessons of patience and grace
Despite all the questions
At the end of the day I know that I am loved and His even when I wander
He is still right there.
C. Farish 25.10.19
I’ve neglected the blog this autumn and early winter. Now its January already. I thought I’d give a run down of some of the best books I read this past year.
Firstly are two books by Brenè Brown.
In this Brenè weaves in stories and takeaways to put into action about vulnerability and shame. The main takeaway for me was realising areas in life where I let shame take over instead of being vulnerable. She talks in depth how to practically outwork shame resilience in both our personal lives and at work. She has really built on the work in The Gifts of Imperfection.
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” Brenè Brown
And also this..
“The willingness to show up changes us, It makes us a little braver each time.” Brenè Brown
Its how I endeavour to begin each day and especially on days when I’m finding things tough.
The Gifts of Imperfection
I’ve just finished reading this. It was my final read of the year. It had been on my to read list for a few years. I love how open and honest Brenè is. Aside from practicing being vulnerable one of the main areas I’m looking to work on is what meaningful work looks like for me.
“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” Brenè Brown
Also this quote inspires me to choose bravery over fear in my everyday life. Often we can let fear run amok instead of just being who we are.
Come Matter Here: Your invitation to be here in a getting there world by Hannah Brencher
This was one of my most favourite books. So much so that I gave my copy away to a friend. Its got me to understand the value of staying present both physically and mentally too.
“I think we worship these stories of leaving it all behind and going somewhere new, but I’m beginning to see that every one of those stories has the same truth holding up this romantic idea of leaving: The stuff you’re not facing will follow you. It will get in the car too. It will pack a bag too. Leaving isn’t the key; changing is. I’m learning that life isn’t about the destinations we can boast about getting to; it’s about all the walking in between that feels pointless when you try to take a picture of it because no one will understand it like you do. It’s the in between stuff that fleshes out a story—gives it guts and transformation.
It’s not about the scenery changing or the person you say good night to. The traveler must be the one to change. That’s what makes the story good.” Hannah Brencher
This I can relate to so much. I’m learning to see the value and learning in staying in the little town I currently call home. Also right now that looks like having the unknown coming for the ride to. I’m learning to continue to live life curiously and be open to what comes along the way. It’s not the easiest way but worth it. Also learning to not take people’s expectations for my life to heart. I find that when I do that the consequences are that I feel like a failure. Which is not true but it’s what the little voice in my head says.
Everybody Always by Bob Goff
Oh I just love Bob’s stories and his latest book is a cracker.
“Jesus talked to His friends a lot about how we should identify ourselves. He said it wouldn’t be what we said we believed or all the good we hoped to do someday. Nope, He said we would identify ourselves simply by how we loved people. It’s tempting to think there is more to it, but there’s not. Love isn’t something we fall into; love is someone we become.” Bob Goff
It really got me to see that even the people I can’t stand need loving too. That is still very much a work in progress. Also that loving people is no one of thing but what life is about.
Searching for Sunday Rachel Held Evans
I so loved reading this.
“Imagine if every church became a place where everyone is safe, but no one is comfortable. Imagine if every church became a place where we told one another the truth. We might just create sanctuary.”
This was the main point that I took away from reading this. Its one of the things I love about the little community I have here. Its so good to have a place where I can be myself and feel included and valued.
Taken on my walk to work this morning. I’ve added some scribblings from the other day.
Life is a series of in betweens
Paths that seem like dead ends
and some that are not.
Filled with joy beauty, hard times and wonder.
And sometimes it’s a fight
to see the light in the darkness
But most of all I cling to the hope that He is mightier than any troubles that I face.
Even in sorrowful times
I am glad that He holds it all
And brings comfort amidst the tears.
And when I look back
I’m in awe of all He’s done
And grateful that He’s there
all the time.
Carole Farish December 2017
Some days can be hard. When you’re not sure what to think and feeling anxious about things. With social media we can make our lives look like everything is okay even when it’s not.
There are times when I need to be honest cause sometimes even then I am struggling. Times of feeling lost, unsure, scared, but hopeful all at once. That despite all that I know that He is on the throne, right beside me, cheering me on and knows the rest of the story.
What may feel like one long slog to me is just a small bend in the road. Times of needing to get a different perspective on things. To lean in, be patent when sometimes all I want to do is escape from feeling scared. But actually it’s better to embrace it, to look fear in the face and say ‘I can do this’. To speak up for myself even if it means facing conflict. I usually just want to run and hide in those moments. But I am worth it! I am worth standing up for and my voice matters!
And I’m excited for what is next in the story… Here’s to continuing the adventure that is life..