Attempting to be 'Faithful Meg'

Contemplation on life, faith, ministry, and motherhood; Knowing I don't always get it right

A day that didn’t go quite as expected… August 17, 2011

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The journey from when God put yesterday’s dedication to fasting and prayer for yesterday on my heart has been interesting to say the least.  Here’s how:

I  felt a stirring to share what God had laid on my heart with others in my life- perhaps God might be doing something similar in the hearts of others.  I wrote about it here,  about everything that led me to set a day aside for extended prayer, and also my motivation to invite others to join me in doing so if they felt led.  But then, perhaps I got a little over-excited about this and made a “facebook event” to better share, and so that others would also be able to share.  Some potentially exciting things happened from this.  People I didn’t expect to respond did, and passed the invitation along to others in their lives.  I even shared this through the facebook account I have for work, and got a rather different response- being called rediculous, not in an inbox message, but right on the very public event wall for all the world to see.  I admit it was good for my ego that I admit can swell rather easily.  I was challenged to re-think how much of what was on my heart was of me, and what was of God.  It also helped me re-evaluate how I go about sharing what God is doing on my heart.  So I chose to lay low in the world of social networking, until night before, I reminded people through a  tweet of what my call for the following day would be. 

Then yesterday came:  A Tuesday morning that felt more like a Monday in so many ways.  It was cold (for August), and I just felt exhausted before my day even began.  The good thing about making a committment to prayer and fasting public is the accountability.  I knew that I was blessed with so much and asked God to help me keep a grateful heart; and to stay mindful of the fact that so many face so many worse challenges.  When I finished my time working at the pool, I came home still really exhausted.  When I found out my amazing husband had taken care of an errand I was supposed to run for church- I saw an opportunity to sneak in a quick nap.  That was a bad idea.  I must have slept on my neck wrong, and awoke worse with a pretty severe tension headache-turned-migraine.  I broke my fast with some organic applesauce, and soon the headache worsened to the point of upsetting my stomache.  I know I shouldn’t be talking about this on a third blog, but my belly didn’t even like keeping water down. 

 As I went to bed early, thinking about not spending the the time I wanted in focused prayer, the research on the big issues on my heart to share with others, not to mention the things for work that didn’t get done, I felt pretty defeated (not to mention in a good amount of pain).  No matter how stinky I felt, I was able to imagine the great strength of those who are dealing with so much more.   I knew that if my dehydration/keeping water down became too much of an issue, the right medical care was right down the road.  I thought of the families taking extremely long journeys to get to find food and medical care that most would consider primative.  I thought about the children who are so malnourished they can’t even take in food on their own.  I thought of families in my own country who go on sick because they don’t have the money or the insurance to cover medical expenses.    I was feeling pretty icky, and I admit I was rather cranky.  But in my rough day, I was able to be reminded of how blessed I am.  As I discovered another person who God gave a similar vision for prayer and fasting (only a day earlier), they hope to take another day next month to do the same.  I hope to as well. 

If you were one of those who took time for fasting/prayer yesterday, thanks- Please share about your day here!  I’d love to hear about what God is doing in the hearts of his people!

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Crying Out- A Day of Prayer and Fasting for our broken world August 12, 2011

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I have decided that on Tuesday August 16, I will be taking a day to fast and dedicate extra time towards praying for our broken world.  In a time when so many of us seem helpless as we wittness all of the brokenness around us- our prayers can be more powerful than we realize.  I’ve often asked teens I work with if when they pray for healing or miracles, they really believe that God just might do what we ask.  They’ve admitted they don’t always.  I think we all- no matter what age need to be willing to come into times of prayer with expectancy.  This is not the same as making demands as to what God will and won’t do.  We are not God, and for that I am grateful.  Grateful to have that responsibility off of my shoulders, and grateful that our God is so great that His ways are higher and greater than we could ever comprehend.  It is in this that I invite you join me infasting and praying for our hurting world (even more than a typical day) on tuesday.  Pass this invitation to those you know, and have them pass it along as well.  Paul urges the Church to never neglect unity.  Let us be united now, more than ever as we seek God’s healing in our broken world.  If you’re in the Greater Boston Area and want to gather someplace to pray together at any time on tuesday- leave a comment below or find me on twitter @faithfulmeg3 

“Lord, I belive. Help my unbelief”

 

All talk, and maybe some action? A Call to PRAY August 11, 2011

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So this is my first post of the blog I’ve been saying I would start since May.  It’s August, and it took the sleepless heartache I feel over what is going on in the Horn of Africa right now.  Yes, financial markets are tumbling across the westernized and technologically advanced nations.  The violence in the streets of London is terrifying.  Something in me cannot stomach what’s going on in Africa, and I feel completely helpless. 

I already have giving committments, I can give a little, but not as much as I’d like.  Going to Africa would be silly without the proper training, nevermind the process to gain permission to get there!  I feel helpless. Staring at the TV screen with tears in my eyes, what can I do?  Will the Church fail our neighbors in the Horn of Africa?  There are those in the church who can give, and go.  But the one thing I know I can do is pray. 

I’m not talking about a little pretty-sounding prayer.  I am talking ‘face to the ground, crying out to God from our guts’ prayers.  We in the Church talk about believing God can move mountiains, but do we believe it?   I know so many Christians feel too overwhelmed to know how to respond to the terrifying things going on in our world.  Our God is bigger than these things.  I’ve seen how amazing things can be when God’s people truly come before their maker with honest hearts, poured out to the Lord of Lords.  Bringing God our joys, our anguish, our anger, and even our doubts. 

It would be amazing if all of God’s people could take a certain day and time wherever they are, and whatever they are doing to become a unified cry out to the Lord “As deep cries out to deep”  for the Good News of Christ’s Love to work in the darkest of places in our world, and into the darkest places of our own hearts.  (stay tuned)

Join me in praying- perhaps in ways we’ve never done prayer before!  If you never read this blog again- pass this on as we seek to motivate a movement of prayer.

 

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