A Mixed Bag

I like to have a theme for my Just For You posts but I don’t for this one. Even so, it’s a mixed bag of good stuff. I’m reading more fiction in 2024 and one of the books I’ve read is called Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. Elizabeth Zott is a chemist in the…

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Disco Dance Party

I love to dance! The only opportunity to be on a dance floor with others is the occasional wedding I attend. And when my daughters are with me, we’re out there together, singing the songs and dancing along…having a blast. So when I saw a disco dance party happening at a familiar venue nearby, I…

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There Is Hope

January is Spiritual Abuse Awareness month. Since 2020, when I began writing the story of my experience, I’ve learned more about spiritual abuse and its impact on those who’ve survived. We continue to see the headlines, watch the documentaries, and hear the heartbreaking stories of people affected by manipulative leaders and organizations. Fortunately, more people…

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It’s Complicated

After reading Hillary L. McBride’s Practices for Embodied Living: Experiencing the Wisdom of Your Body, I wished I’d already read her previous book called The Wisdom of Your Body: Finding Healing, Wholeness, and Connection Through Embodied Living. It’s now in my ever growing cue of what to read. I heard the author on a podcast…

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Looking Back at 2023

I look back at 2023 overflowing with gratitude. The year brought so many gifts: restored friendships, new experiences, a clearer understanding about what I want to do in the world, and lots of dreams came true. A few 2023 significant happenings: The Posts The year brought a deeper appreciation for my friends and a keen…

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Hello, I’m Marie.

I am an essayist, student, speaker, and spiritual director in training - 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 earned an MA in Christian Spiritual Formation and Leadership from Friends University in May 2023. I've paused the work toward my MDiv at Wesley Seminary while I receive training as a spiritual director. While I receive my training, I offer a variety of ways to help others. To learn more, visit my website called Spiritual Direction with Marie.

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 God and themselves better, 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.