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If your answer is 'yes' to any of these questions, spiritual direction might be helpful for you.
During your meetings with the spiritual director, you become more attuned to the movement of God's Spirit in your life. Although there are some similarities to psychotherapy and counseling, the primary difference is that the focus of spiritual direction is on a person's relationship with God.
Spiritual direction has its roots in Holy Scripture and was practiced in the Church from the very beginning. From the fourth century on, people frequently sought spiritual guidance with the early Christian monastics in the deserts of Egypt and Palestine.
A spiritual director is a companion who helps us note and name the presence of God's grace in our lives, but also to explore areas of darkness that keep us from responding to God's desire for us.
Other topics in the conversations are the various spiritual practices through which the directee remains open to God's guidance. People who seek spiritual direction are committed to personal prayer and seek to grow in their prayer life. They are willing to let go of their own plans for the sake of God's plans and to become disciples of Jesus with an undivided heart
Want to find a spiritual director?
Check with the Western Iowa Synod Spirituality Network
Rev. Lorna Halaas firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Celeste Waymire email@example.com
Rev. Grant Van Lishout firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Jay Denne email@example.com
Rev. David Bergstrom firstname.lastname@example.org
Vicky Brodale email@example.com
Rev. Deb Mechler firstname.lastname@example.org
Judy Riemersma email@example.com
**Please continue to check back for updates regarding upcoming Spirituality retreats.