Like a Prayer

The best writers, poets, and songwriters have a way of using words that put us more in touch with how we feel. They say what we want to say but can’t or won’t say. So they tell a story, write a poem, or sing a song. Great music, especially, helps us pay attention to our…

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Loved and Whole

This weekend, I began a new phase of entering into the work I want to do in the world. I and a dozen others completed the first module of the first year of our training to be spiritual directors. One of the exhilarating feelings I had over the weekend was that I am right where…

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When We Can’t

I often talk with people who, after years of prayer and Bible study groups, no longer feel comfortable in those groups and do not pray or read the Bible on their own. They want to pray. They want to read the Bible. Some admit they don’t want to, but they want to want to pray…

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We Have It In Us

We have it in us to change. At whatever stage of life we’re in, we have it in us to grow, learn, and dream. “It’s never too late” is not some pie in the sky quip. It really is never too late. It’s not too late to: A thousand other options could be on the…

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Knee Deep in the Hoopla

We like to think we’re different than the religious leaders who judged Jesus and his disciples for eating with tax collectors, or dragged the woman caught in adultery into the streets to stone her, or became indignant when Jesus healed the man with the withered hand on the Sabbath. We are not. When we’re more…

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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 completed the MA program in Christian Spiritual Formation and Leadership at Friends University in May 2023. I've paused the work toward my MDiv at Wesley Seminary while I receive training as a spiritual director.

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.