I might be interested in spiritual direction. . . but what is it exactly?
Spiritual direction is learning to listen to God, to learn from him, and to receive his guiding ways in your life. Whether you’re in the midst of a personal crisis, a season of transition, one of stagnation, or even a time of smooth sailing, spiritual direction can be especially helpful in drawing near to the Lord and allowing him to direct your path.
Unlike counseling or pastoral care which often focuses on problem solving, spiritual direction is a ministry of companionship, where together the trained director and directee are observing the Lord’s present actions and guiding invitations.
What is a session like?
You and your director would set a time and plan to meet for one hour. The session begins with a few moments of quiet, and then your director might read a few verses of scripture as you open your time and agenda before the Lord. When you’re ready, you can begin sharing whatever the Holy Spirit brings to mind. The director will listen and may reflect back what he or she hears, ask questions, or suggest pausing for a moment to ask the Lord. There is no judgment, no advice giving, no attempts to fix the situation shared. Rather, we ask the Lord to guide us.
How often would we meet?
Sessions last an hour and occur monthly at the most. However, you may find you want to pursue direction for a season or just one time. No pressure to decide now.
Ready to try it?
Sessions available Thursdays at 10am, 2pm & 4pm (in-person or Zoom).
Other times available by request – just contact Beth.
What other contemplative options do you have?
We pause three times a year for half-day retreats at Restoration: In December (during Advent), March (during Lent), and in July. These are intentional times set aside to be still and listen to the Lord. We worship together and provide questions and prayer guides for you to use during the retreat time. It is hard to be still, but it helps when someone else holds the space for you. Just come and give it a try! The Lord is near.
The Lord is near to all who call upon Him…
Be still, and know that I am God…