A Million Canaries

How can we be both shrewd and innocent? Like a snake and a dove? Apparently it is possible because it’s part of the instructions Jesus gave to the twelve disciples as he sent them out to proclaim “the kingdom of heaven has come near.” (Matthew 10:7 CSB) The Message Bible puts it this way, “Jesus…

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Missing the Point

We’ve all had conversations with others who’ve missed the point. We’ve been the one missing the point in conversations. Hopefully, we’re willing and open enough to understand that we have something to learn from others. This story from the Bible shows how dangerous missing the point can be. The story is told in Matthew, Mark,…

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He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

I held a flower in one hand, plucked a petal with the other, and said, “He loves me.” I pulled another petal off and said, “He loves me not.” Pick a petal, he loves me. Pick another, he loves me not. Again and again until the last petal plucked determined whether the one I loved…

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Watching and Waiting

During Lent I read Henri Nouwen’s From Fear to Love: Lenten Reflections on the Parable of the Prodigal Son. As a result I’m thinking about the story in new ways and reading it in different versions of the Bible. I enjoy reading a variety of Bible translations because it gives a different perspective and an…

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Those People

During Lent I read Henri Nouwen’s From Fear to Love: Lenten Reflections on the Parable of the Prodigal Son. It’s a small booklet, more like a pamphlet really, with short daily readings. If you can find a copy I highly recommend it. Over the next few posts I’ll share some of my own reflections on…

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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.