What is Spiritual Direction?

What is Spiritual Direction?

This fall, I begin the second of a two-year program to become a Spiritual Director. If your background touches any Catholic or Anglican traditions, you’ve likely heard of Spiritual Direction and things are clicking into place. If not, you might be puzzled as to why you’ve never heard of this. That was me just a few [...]

To Hold Loosely

To Hold Loosely

A helpful way of life has been making itself clear to me, and the more I chew on it, the more goodness I taste. Can I share this way with you? It's bringing me a freedom from anxiety and a joy in the present that until now has eluded me. Just about every good transformation [...]

Advent Week 4: Love Has Come

Advent Week 4: Love Has Come

It’s two days before Christmas, and I give up on finding the last-minute gifts. It is what it is. Now is the time to be enough and have enough. It is Sunday morning and the day is before us and all shall be well. All shall be well for there is more than enough. My [...]

The second Week of Advent: Receiving the Unknown

The second Week of Advent:   Receiving the Unknown

There was the true Light which coming into the world enlightens every man. . He was in the world and the world was made through Him and the world did not know Him. . He came to His own and those who were His own did not receive Him. We have the luxury of hindsight, [...]

The First Week of Advent: Light

The First Week of Advent: Light

It's December Already? I am not quite ready to celebrate Christmas time, even though December is upon us and it’s been 30 degrees all week. Which is odd, because Christmas has already come and gone at the Springer homestead. My side of the family celebrated a Thanks-Christmas last week while all 14 of us were [...]

When God is Silent

When God is Silent

5 Ways to Hold On When You Can't Hear God's Voice --- For a good while now, my conversations with God have been one-sided. I talk... and then there’s silence. I ask... and perceive no response. I wait……  and still there is no sense of His nearness.  This is not normal for me and God. I feel forgotten, alone, defective. Hope wanes. The light of my countenance dulls. An extended “silent treatment” has afforded plenty of time to try a few new-to-me “are you there, God?” posturings.

He Leads Me Beside Muddied Waters

He Leads Me Beside Muddied Waters

For the life of me, I cannot get clarity right now. Can’t hear God, or feel Him, or see the way forward... At the same time, a great deal is being stirred, shifted, and exposed within my heart. Timidly trusting that growth and healing is taking place, I wonder if God is involved; if He [...]

Feasting on Full-Circle Moments

Feasting on Full-Circle Moments

Fall 2017 has been yet another season of transition for me. Cas began middle school, Jay settled into his new position, Jake (all five of us, turns out) joined a travel soccer league, Molly is learning to read, and I am working most days from bus pickup to bus drop off. All this means my [...]

On Being Overwhelmed: The One Question That Makes Sense of Everything

On Being Overwhelmed: The One Question That Makes Sense of Everything

Overwhelmed. It’s a state I’m quite familiar with. I thought we’d be less familiar the older my kids get. But Overwhelmed has a way of folding itself into every season of my life, in different forms and manifestations. For several years, God’s been teaching me to ask a specific question that disarms blurred anxiety and [...]

The {Less Travelled} Road Back to You // Lessons from the Enneagram

The {Less Travelled} Road Back to You // Lessons from the Enneagram

I've been quiet over here - it's summer, you know. But while I haven't been writing, I have been reading and listening and thinking. You know our ultimate dual-mandate: to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves? I've long considered this a three-pronged mission. For we are to love our neighbors as much as [...]