Life is like a journey with many ups and downs, twists and turns that can take us to new places, people and events along the way. As we journey on our experiences vary and our needs change. I have discovered the value of moving from the periphery of the daily events into the deeper movements of the soul with the help of spiritual friends. This is where I’ve begun to discover the many treasures of the heart. The Holy Spirit is the guide who directs and leads us on to see God’s peace, purpose and presence unfold in the everyday fabric of our lives.
Aspects of my journey include being a wife, raising four beautiful children, working 15 years as a Registered Nurse, active involvement in healing prayer ministries, playing and listening to worship music, outdoor recreation and connecting to the many people my life intersects with. After leaving my nursing career I heard God’s invitation to follow my passions into a fuller life and so much more then ever expected.
My training for spiritual direction at PRC was completed in 2010. Since then I’ve been privileged to sit with and witness individuals, including children, reflect on their stories and meet with God in those sacred spaces. Facilitating silent retreats has been a highlight and leading contemplative prayers for individuals as well as small or large groups. I have worked as a spiritual care leader in an elementary/junior high school creating a ‘chapel ministry’ and as a leader of spiritual formation in a church setting. My ‘Masters of Theological Study’ at Taylor Seminary was completed in 2014.
While my Christian roots are in the Christian Reformed Church I respect and value the places where my path intersects with other Christian traditions and have been greatly blessed by the various riches that have been gleaned and shared from them. In meeting with individuals my value is to facilitate an atmosphere of respect and openness seeking to listen well to their sacred stories and to God’s movement and creative ways of connecting with each person as needed. My awe continues to grow at the way God meets every individual in the joys, sorrows, mundane and exciting events that awaken us to the sacredness in everyday life. This is expressed in one of my favorite quotes, by Irenaeus of Lyons “The glory of God is a ‘human being’ fully alive….!”