The Process of Spiritual Guidance
Our time together will focus on examining your life eyes of faith to discover where the Lord is asking you to grow. We will look at:
Prayer: I find there are two main areas people struggle with prayer: how often and how to pray. We will spend time looking at both, what has worked for you and what are approaches that fit your personality.
Seeking the Lord: We will work on discerning, or discovering, the Lord's presence, voice, and will in your life. Once we begin the process of praying on a regular basis, it can be challenging to understand what we are receiving.
Obstacles: There are many ways the spiritual life can become derailed: persistent doubts, family dynamics, life challenges, etc. The path of life is not always smooth and together we will look at how the Lord is asking you to overcome both interior and exterior obstacles on your journey with Him.
Is Spiritual Guidance for You?
Your faith journey may benefit from spiritual guidance if you find that you:
Wonder if your time in prayer is working.
Try praying but are not getting an answer.
Doubt if God is answering your prayers or maybe you're just missing it.
Think "Lord, I want to do you will, but you are not telling me what it is!"
Worry about the emotions or thoughts that arise in prayer.
Desire to change an area of your spiritual life, but you feel like you keep repeating the same patterns over and over again.
Struggle to find time for prayer, scripture, or Church despite a longing to be more connected with God, his teachings, and His people.
Frequently asked questions
What is the difference between Spiritual Direction and counseling?
Spiritual direction is focused on your relationship with the Lord, your prayer life, and building your life around Christ, scripture, and His Church. I will work with you to examine your life with the eyes of faith and discover where the Lord is asking you to grow. We will spend our time talking about your experience of prayer, what your day to day practice of the faith looks like, and how you can walk more closely with God.
Shouldn't I just go talk to a priest about these things?
Absolutely you should! Priests have a special role in the Church that cannot be replaced. They are one of the 'many' scripture speaks about in 1 Corinthians 12: "There are many parts, yet one body." Those who serve to spiritually guide others are also one of the "many parts." The Lord is great in that he gives us a whole community with whom we can walk our journey of faith. I am able to offer another voice and a caring heart in your search for God.