Love Came Down

The days between Thanksgiving and the beginning of the New Year naturally and hopefully draw us into a time of reminiscing and reflection. We look back and remember – and smile. Maybe cry. We miss those we’ve lost and enjoy those we still have. The unique and beautiful collection of people God gives us throughout…

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Inside Out

This Just For You comes at just the right time for those of us who, on purpose or by accident, spend the holidays in a bit of nostalgic reflection. There’s nothing like the holiday season to take us back to the days of our childhoods. The smells, sights, and sounds of the season stir long-ago…

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A Few Words

I’ve had fewer words lately. This is out of the ordinary for me, because I love words. Spoken ones and written ones, too. I thought of some to share, then lost them, and I kept losing them. I haven’t understood this because the thousands of words on this site have had a part in saving…

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Life Is People

I’m entering into the part of my school journey when I get to practice what I’m learning. I’m both excited and amazed. I marvel that I’m here doing this, the whole lot of it. The schooling, the residencies, the writing, the conversations with the bright minds who are passionate about the Kingdom of God, and…

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The Holy Work

When I first learned the early church fathers and mothers recognized the essentiality of knowing ourselves, I wondered why this was frowned upon in the evangelical church. Not only frowned upon, but discouraged because knowing ourselves was taught to be a selfish endeavor. Then I read Ministry in the Image of God by Stephen Seamands…

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Hello, I’m Marie.

I am an essayist, student, speaker, and spiritual guide - in my spare time. Currently an accounting professional, I've always been a teacher and pastor at heart, so I'm making a change. I'm working toward an MDiv at Wesley Seminary and my MA in Christian Spiritual Formation and Leadership at Friends University. Several years ago, I went through a season of untangling my faith from man-made traditions and came to know Jesus in a new way. As I learn about the wide goodness of God, I guide others in their own spiritual formation, help them know themselves, and journey with them through the stages of faith. I'm wholeheartedly devoted to learning to live like it matters and encourage you to do the same.