Christian Spiritual Direction
Surely the Lord is in this place,
but i did not realize it!
Jacob in Genesis 28:16 NET
IN THE RUSH AND BUSTLE OF EVERY DAY LIFE
IT IS DIFFICULT TO SET ASIDE TIME AND SPACE
TO HEAR GOD SPEAK TO US AND CULTIVATE
THE MOST IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIP IN LIFE.
A person seeking spiritual direction has a “cultivated awareness that God has been working diligently, redemptively, and strategically before I appeared on the scene, before I was aware there was something here for me to do.” (Eugene Peterson)
The Focus Of Spiritual Direction Is Two-Fold
First, it is spiritual, and is therefore different from counseling, therapy, coaching or mentoring. Secondly, spiritual direction acknowledges that the Holy Spirit is the director. The desired direction is a deeper relationship with God and how that intertwines with the life of the person seeking direction:
- To discern the voice and movement of God
- To be empowered to make decisions and take action in life giving ways
- To be nourished in the spirit and experience quietness
- To freely share struggles, joys, and challenges in a safe, compassionate space
I am presently enrolled in the Audire program for spiritual direction, and am classified as a Spiritual Director Intern in the second year of the three-year program. As part of the program I also regularly meet with a spiritual director and with a spiritual direction supervisor.
I also agree with and adhere to the guidelines for ethical conduct published by Spiritual Directors International, including their commitment to dignity and confidentiality.
I practice spiritual direction in the contemplative – evocative method. This approach to spiritual direction values open-ended questions and offers invitations to deeper reflection and noticing during the time of holy listening.
“Holy listening” is a term used to describe listening with an ear to discern the activity of God in daily life, hoping and expecting to encounter God in the midst of the listening.
Currently I am offering only in-person spiritual direction. If you live in the Central Florida area, please feel free to complete the form below and I’ll contact you about an introductory meeting, after which you can take time to discern the next right step for you.
Sessions are 60 minutes in length and typically meet once per month.