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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The Ill-Matched Threads

She who reconciles the ill-matched threadsof her life, and weaves them gratefullyinto a single cloth—it’s she who drives the loudmouths from the halland clears it for a different celebration. Where the one guest is You.In the softness of eveningit’s You she receives. You are the partner of her loneliness,the unspeaking center of her monologues.With each…

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Behind the Mask

We spend the better part of our lives creating brilliant disguises, masks that hide how we really feel, what we really need, and who we really are. We do this for a lot of reasons: to get approval, to please others, to feel loved, to be safe, to be invisible. Sometimes the disguise is called…

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Highlights from the Emerald Isle

I can’t possibly make a post that would adequately describe or show our experience in Ireland – but I can give you the highlights. From beginning to end, the trip exceeded our expectations.  We did not plan this trip alone. My friend, Mariyana at YOLO Dream Adventures, helped make this a dream trip. She’s already helping me…

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Making Way

I love words. Those who know me best know that sincere words are highly valued. I’m not the only one. It’s a common value – as it should be. James, the brother of Jesus, wrote that our words are either a blessing or a curse (3:10). Jan Richardson has a way with them. Words, I…

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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.