You are loved - and liked - by God. Yes, YOU! It’s from this reality that we explore inner work.
You are so brave! It can be messy and hard, but so worth it.
Spiritual Direction feels like meeting your friend for tea or drinks, except you get the space to focus only on your life for an hour! Friendships are a two way street, but this is a place where you get to let your guard down. You don’t have to worry about burdening someone else, or whether or not they can handle the heaviness or joy you are bringing to the session. It is a practice of holy, attentive listening.
Spiritual Direction has historical and theological roots, as well as a modern practice. A spiritual director is also referred to as a practitioner, companion, soul friend, co-pilgrim, and spiritual midwife; essentially, a witness to the deep places of your soul and the with-ness of God in your life.
As your spiritual director, I can help you notice what is stirring up in your life. It is not about problem solving, but engaging with God. There is no topic that is unwelcome in spiritual direction. As Fr. Richard Rohr says, it all belongs.
We are integrated humans, and whatever you bring to the table (spiritual life, relationships, work, leisure, play, joy, silence, grief, pain, doubt, frustration) is welcomed. Or, maybe you are trying to discern next steps or a big decision. This is a space of letting go of ego, or assuming you have to have it all together. Your story is worth hearing. It is an honor to hold these sacred moments with you.
I may recommend spiritual practices that could help you reflect and grow; those are always invitational and never forced. I will listen, ask questions, and invite you to go deeper. It’s all about exploring what is going on within you!
These sessions are topic specific. Are you considering or wrestling with a particular theological issue? Or maybe you are interested in a broad topic like, what does “Image of God” mean? Are you wondering how to interact with God when there is so much pain in the world? Or curious what the Bible says about… you name it!?
In these sessions, we consider the methods of processing theology and various viewpoints on Scripture, and how those perspectives affect our interaction with God.
The Enneagram is a personality typing system that can be a great tool, if we are honest with ourselves. There are 9 main types, numbered using 1 though 9. Each type has a subtype and a wing number that can be found on either side of their main type. The Nine Types are (1) Reformer, (2) Helper, (3) Achiever, (4) Individualist, (5) Investigator (6) Loyalist, (7) Enthusiast, (8) Challenger, (9) Peacemaker.
How is the Enneagram helpful?
By learning and understanding our type, we can begin to make sense of the internal messages we have believed, wounds we have experienced, and the patterns in our life including how we interact with those around us. We can begin to engage in our life in meaningful and intentional ways, instead of reacting.
Being aware, observing ourselves, and understanding the meaning of our experiences are necessary for transformational work. “The heart of the Enneagram is the universal insight that human beings are spiritual presences incarnated in the material world and yet mysteriously embodying the game life and Spirit as the Creator… One of the great strengths of the Enneagram is that it steps aside from all doctrinal differences. It has helped individuals from virtually every major religious faith to rediscover their fundamental unity as spiritual beings.”
Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson, The Wisdom of the Enneagram.
I wanted to formally study the Bible mostly because I had a lot of questions and wanted answers. I had a pretty sure footing on theological beliefs, or so I thought. I graduated, got married, became a mother, and in experiencing more real life, still had a lot of questions about God and theology. Those questions took me to seminary, in a different tradition. I was introduced to some ancient/modern spiritual practices and learned new ways of being with God that were expansive and transformational. I experienced the changes in myself and in the ways I interact with my family, relationships, and work. Immediately after graduating from seminary, I specialized in Spiritual Direction where I learned to process spiritual life with clients (directees), to embrace both pain and beauty, and witness the present process of growth. I’m currently continuing my education as a doctoral student, studying Leadership & Spiritual Formation. I intend to graduate in May 2023.
SDI (Spiritual Directors International), ESDA, and AAR (American Academy of Religion)
I am a member of the following professional organizations:
• D.Min Student, Leadership & Spiritual Formation, Portland Seminary (anticipating completion in 2023)
• M.A. Spiritual Formation and Direction, Richmont Graduate University
• Seminary, Mission School of Ministry
• B.S. Biblical Studies, Moody Bible Institute
I’ve been married to Joey since 2010, and we have 3 children together - Sephia, Marly, and Finn. I have a heart for foster care and have welcomed 7 children into our home. Most recently, a baby girl for 16 months who was reunited with her mother in another country! Chattanooga, Tennessee is home but I love to travel. Being outside, especially near water, is my favorite place to be.