By Mary Beth Beck-Henderson
Sunrise, Rocher Percé (Pierced Rock), Quebec, Canada
One day, she decided to treat herself with the same kindness with which she interacted with others.
One day, she decided to be gentle with herself.
One day, she decided to embrace the child of God that she already was.
One day, she decided enough was enough and she beautifully and bravely claimed her power.
One day, she decided to be intentional about accepting who she was and live into who she was meant to be.
The next day, she did it all over again and kept doing it until she found out that the person she always was truly was one strong, resilient woman who had found her groove.
Then, when the gravity of powerlessness and hopelessness tried to pull her down, she was loving towards her mind, body and soul, her own inner trinity.
Simply put, she honored her story and began writing the next chapter, one day at a time.
Spiritual development is multi-faceted and constantly evolving. I don’t know about you, but since the inception of the COVID pandemic, colors seem brighter, birds chirp louder, and in general, my senses are speaking louder than my words. The ways in which we interact with our ideas of God, ourselves, and those around us are changing. The ways in which we connect with the Divine within and outside of ourselves are also transforming.
When we think about approaches to promote our spiritual development and what it means to be a woman in ministry, we must start with our own story. Is there a one size fits most approach to caring for the Divine within us or is it so unique to each individual that the journey becomes a trek that no one else can ever take? It starts by honoring our stories and leaning into them via intentional practices that bring about change, such as self-care, engaging with the Creator through nature, lectio Divina, etc.
Spiritual development is essential to our overall well-being. This is particularly true for women in ministry. When we nourish ourselves with the bounty of the Spirit, we open new avenues that allow us to live into our truth with honesty, integrity, and joy. We are all rooted in the reality of our lives just as a tree is rooted in the soil that surrounds it, but just as the tree soaks in sun and water to thrive, as women in ministry, we can invest time and resources into noticing, naming, and holding our inner trinity of mind, body, and soul.
How might you find rest in the soil of spiritual development?
What is one action you can take to bring balance to your own inner trinity?
What might your next chapter hold?
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.