This kind of conversation is what Spiritual Direction is all about! In Spiritual Direction we slow down, we create a spacious place to talk about the deeper things of life. Things like the inner movements of the Spirit of God within you and how you have responded in the past, how you respond in the present and how you desire to respond in the future.
Spiritual Direction is not discipleship or mentorship. As Director and Directee, we will walk together and explore the pathways and landscape of your faith. We will examine who God is to you, how He has made you and how you interact with God in this life. Together as companions we explore how God speaks to you and what your heart longs for in the deep spaces of your soul. We all need a safe space to speak about these things that go on within us, these interior movements of the soul. Spiritual Direction is that place.
"History shows that throughout the centuries followers of the way of Christ have sought help from mature Christians who had a deep capacity to listen with their hearts, who were familiar with the signposts and struggles on the Christian journey towards holiness, and who could, when familiar landmarks disappeared in the darkness, provide a strong beacon to keep the light of God alive." -Sue Pickering, Spiritual Direction
David G Benner describes Spiritual Direction as "a prayer process in which a person seeking help in cultivating a deeper personal relationship with God meets with another for prayer and conversation that is focused on increasing awareness of God in the midst of life experiences and facilitating surrender to God's will."
The goal of Spiritual Direction is to foster union with God and attunement to the movements of the Holy Spirit in the life of a Christ-follower. Spiritual Direction is for Christ followers of all denominations in any point along their faith journey. Whether you feel you might be losing your faith or you are thriving and long for more, Spiritual Direction meets each person right where they are in a safe and welcoming, sacred space.
What is Spiritual Direction?
I first heard of Spiritual Direction in 2007 from a dear friend who was in the process of pursuing a degree in counseling at Seattle School of Theology. Since that time, God has taken me on a scenic journey of discovery as I picked up little pieces and experiences of Spiritual Direction along the way. He has woven in me a deep sense of purpose and love for Him and for people along my pathway.
I believe that as Christians, we are all deeply longing for spaces to share how God moves within our spirit. We are hungry and longing for people who are safe to share together our questions, our fears, our longings, our grief and sorrow over the state of the hard places in life. There is joy and gratefulness that overflows even out of those dark nights in our path and we need friends to companion with us, to witness and validate both the grief and the joy. It makes the sorrow bearable and the joy more complete!
I was not raised in the church but came to Christ as a young adult. As I have walked with Jesus for 20 plus years I have found restoration, redemption and healing in the light of his love and it is my heart's desire for all people to notice God's love and voice in their own lives too.
I have been married for 20+ years and together we have three children. My story has messiness and darkness too, but I believe that each day I live is an opportunity to grow in holiness for the sake of the kingdom of God.
I live in St. Charles, MO and I love to be in nature, to garden and create beauty with plants, to move my body, laugh loud, to learn and to read. I especially love to talk about deep things of God.
Pathways Spiritual Direction is a member of the Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association. You can find a searchable list of Spiritual Directors in your area on their website.