Attempting to be 'Faithful Meg'

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

Drawing Nearer To The Holy February 27, 2013

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So, while there are so many series ideas I have, as I have brought this blog back to life in the midst of the Lenten season, I thought it would be wise to start by writing on personal care and Sabbath.  

Especially for those in serving ministry, we are so filled with passion to serve that we often neglect our own care.  We feel guilty at even the thought of taking time for ourselves to refuel our hearts, our bodies, and our souls.  It catches up with us- sometimes in awkward and unexpected ways.  A blessing for me as a seminary student is that in our contextual education process, we are required to have Sabbath practices set up as part of our logged hours.  My two practices are attending worship someplace where I am involved either minimally or not at all in the leadership of the service.  The other is participating in a Yoga class at the town civic center.  (Perhaps a post about practicing yoga through a Christian lens will come another time)  With the combination of sketchy winter weather, and the President’s Week holiday class schedule, I may have had some extra time off, but things in my life that are nourishing to me were absent over that week.  That also includes spending time with my community of seminary classmates.

 An accidental conversation with a friend allowed me to see a clear example how my attitude is impacted when I am not taking time to be fed.  I had been texting both my husband, and a friend throughout the afternoon, and had another upsetting conversation about a frustrating conversation.  A text intended for my husband ended up getting sent to my friend accidentally.  It revealed my less than Christlike attitude about the person I had the frustrating conversation with.  Seeing those words through my friend’s eyes helped me reflect on what was going on in my heart.  That night at yoga, the focus of the week was on the focus of how flexibility in our physical lives help us be flexible in challenging emotional situations.  Our bodies are important and so when we think of self care and Sabbath- it’s important that we consider nourishing our whole selves made in the image of our Creator!  Following class I was able to go our for dinner with my husband.  There was an appropriate drink on the menu called the “attitude adjuster”.  I got a good chuckle about that! 

I have been working on the Rethink Church Lenten reflection through photography- here’s the start of the journey I’ve made so far- more to come!  

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And thus begins my return, pending the growth of thicker skin… February 20, 2013

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Greetings blogosphere!  So yes, I wrote two posts on one topic and gave up for a while.  (ok, a rather long while)  As I am in the last semester of seminary, and have had a roller coaster of a year and a half since I last posted anything.  I think it is time to take all the things I’ve been learning in ministry, academia, and keep saying “someday I’m going to share this with someone” and bring these ideas to life.  I usually get too scared to follow through.  I see how people I admire get beat up pretty bad in the world of social media that I get so caught up in the fear of unavoidable rejection, that I mostly keep my thoughts to myself.  For those faithful Facebook friends and Twitter followers, you get the the brunt of my occasional rantings.  But I realize that there will always be people who disagree with me.  After the various forms of rejection I have experienced in my life recently, I feel I am developing thicker skin to be willing to share and handle the responses that follow.  Feedback is about growth through both criticism and compliments.  I just encourage any readers to do so with respectful language and tact whenever possible, knowing sometimes I slip up in this area too.  

My Goals for “Attempting to be Faithfulmeg: Contemplation on Faith, Life, and Ministry”:

1. Become a conversational space for those serving in ministry.  Looking at areas where we find challenges and encouragement.  As I complete my seminary education, I hope to be a voice, an advocate if you will, for those in student ministries across New England who need someone to come alongside them as a support in their ministry endeavors.  This blog is the first step in that to share resources and gleanings from what I’ve learned from many years of education and serving in ministry.  I have a few series in mind already such as dealing with “Tragedy and Trauma in Ministry”, and “Learning the Hard Way: Lessons Learned Through Ministry Missteps”  

2. Share thoughts on living a life faithful to following Jesus.  This may be about family, about community, about social justice.  I have a hunch it will involve sharing a lot of links other people’s blogs who have inspiring and/or challenging messages.  

3.  The occasional self indulgent rant about some silly life challenge.  Especially if I get stranded someplace because American Airlines makes a huge mistake in booking a flight of mine.  (from a situation with hurricane Isaac this summer, doubt I’ll ever fly them again, but if I do I apologize in advance for the rants that will likely follow).  It may also be about my last months as a student at Boston University School of Theology.  I’ll try to keep them few and far between!  I want this to be a conversational space more than the narcissistic rantings of my college live journal page.  😉  

What would you all like to see and read here?  Looking forward to the journey to follow!