My friend Madge said she’d like me to answer some basic questions about myself like “why do you go to church?” Trouble is the answers to those sorts of questions are a bit complex! I’ve done my best below, without writing an essay in response to each one.
Why is the blog called Nack and Nace.com? What does it mean?
Nackley and Nacey were my imaginary friends as a child, more affectionately referred to by two year old me as “Nack and Nace”. I was thinkng along the lines of imagination, thoughts and writing and thought it had a nice ring to it.
Why am I writing a Blog?
It’s a way to be creative, my job is not creative at all and I needed an outlet. I enjoy writing, also I wanted to expand on my 100 days of gratefulness posts that I’d done on Facebook a while back and expand on the short little posts that I did there. I found keeping an online “Gratefulness Diary” helpful, it’s very hygge which is something I intend on writing an entire post about!
What stops me from writing?
Time, or lack thereof! Also, sometimes, wondering whether what I write will be interesting to others, so a bit of self doubt I guess.
Why am I a Christian?
Well, because I believe in God. I try to avoid debates about whether there is God or not because I know there is in the same way that I feel and know love exists and I appreciate that others will say exactly yhe same thing for why they feel there isn’t a God. Does this mean that I never doubt? No. does it mean that I have all the answers or find some things about Christianity easy to accept? Hell no. Does it mean that I can’t see things from the point of view of an atheist or that I don’t have atheist friends – nope. All are welcome in my circle, so long as you are trying to be good, wholehearted person.
Why do I go to Church?
A lot of people, including Christians struggle with Church. I get this, I do too – it can sometimes seem hard to find God there. It can be rigid, judgmental, unaccepting and self righteous. The thing is that Church is not God or Jesus, it is the meeting of imperfect people in a place (any place) where they come together to meet with God and Jesus. Sometimes those imperfect people forget why they are there and they forget what the face of Jesus looks like (that’s love, by the way). It can also be a bit magical though when you have a community of imperfect people trying to do wonderful and loving work and supporting eachother in their faith, they might not get it all 100% right but they can do a lot of good.
Why do I read the Bible? Do I believe everything in it?
I read it because it is how I learn to know God and Jesus better, how I grow in understanding my faith.
I believe every word in it is inspired by God and God breathed but that doesn’t mean that I believe that it can be read at face value. So much of the Bible needs to be read in context, with an understanding of the time in which it was written and the culture. I am not a Theologian and I know there are many ways of interpreting texts. I do my best and I try to remember what Jesus said and did and I take that as the basis for how I should behave and also how I should try and interpet stories, looking through a “Jesus Lens”, if you will.
Why do I call myself a Jesus Feminist?
I am a Feminist, I believe that women have the right to be treated as equal to men and that they aren’t a lot of the time. I believe that Jesus thought so too. In the Gospels there are countless examples of Jesus treating women with respect, allowing them to learn from him (unheard of before that time) and treating them as equal to men. It is what I believe that God intended and what should be the natural order of things.
Why am I interested in Hygge, Mindfulness and Hapiness?
I think it is human nature to search for happiness and purpose in life. I struggle with time management, saying “no”, people pleasing and generally being “busy”. I can find that I am suddenly existing rather than living, that I am stressed, tired and anxious. It is so much better to live and to enjoy this wonderful, crazy life journey, noticing it and not having it just pass you by. Using Hygge, Mindfulness and exploring my Faith help me to be more centered, more present and happier.
Christian Mindfulness is bascially just another term for being still and listening to God, Hygge is all about comfort and security, things that you also get from being mindful and from having a faith.
Essentially all of these things are about living in the present, being still and connected. I am a big believer in human connection and making time for you; it is instrumental to our mental health and well being.
Do I have any vices?
Chocolate. Specifically pralines.
Any other questions? Shout.