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Attending Deeply: Eyes Are Not Enough

I want to see. Do you? In Mark 10, Jesus asked blind Bartimaeus what he wanted and then granted his desire–sight. But eyes are not enough to see all I want to see. What about you?

Do you want to see more of reality–the reality of God, yourself, and the world? Are you brave enough to search and and persistent enough to see not just with open eyes, but with mind and heart open to God?

If the answer is a resounding “Yes!” or even a cautious “I think so…,” you may see more than you ever thought possible when you ask God to open the eyes of your heart. Spiritual direction is one practice the Light of the World uses to help us see more clearly and to help us pay attention to God more deeply.

God has given me so much through spiritual direction that I feel a little microburst of joy when others discover this gift also. However, starting spiritual direction can be a frightening endeavor, as can any decision to really see, hear, feel and know God.

A lot of courage is required to intentionally invite God to enter and indwell us – mind, heart, spirit, and body. If this is your desire, God will give you all you ask and MORE!

About

Doreen Miller

Who am I? A follower of Jesus Christ. A wife, mother, nana, friend, learner, elder, teacher, reader, lover of God. A spiritual director. Read My Story.

So, What is Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual direction is extremely difficult to describe, somewhat like trying to convey the experience of swimming to someone who has never entered the water. Definitions (see below) help somewhat.

In brief, spiritual direction involves listening care-fully to another person, to help them see where God is already at work in their life. As we see how God is actively communicating with us and personally loving us, our relationship with God deepens. We see all of life more clearly, and we get more and more glimpses of how to follow God and how to let God love us as He desires.

Read more about spiritual direction.

Spiritual Direction definitions

Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network

“Fundamentally a ministry of prayer, spiritual direction is a one-with-one relationship in which directors accompany others on their journey to mature faith in Christ.”

Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association

“Spiritual direction is a safe place to explore your questions and concerns about your life with God. A Christian spiritual director is a trained listener who will accompany you as you share about your spiritual journey, helping you notice God’s presence and activity along the way, as well as your personal reactions and responses. Hospitable, confidential, and grounded in biblical truth, spiritual direction is a ministry that helps you grow in prayer and live into your calling as a follower of Christ.”

William A. Barry, SJ and William J. Connolly, SJ

“We define Christian spiritual direction as help given by one Christian to another which enables that person to pay attention to God’s personal communication to him or her, to respond to this personally communicating God, to grow in intimacy with this God, and to live out the consequences of the relationship.”

Getting started

Might spiritual direction be God’s desire for you at this time? Are you hungry to deepen your prayer life? Your relationship with God? Do you want something MORE in life, but you are not sure what? Are you curious about God or wanting to experience (see, hear, feel) God’s presence or activity more?

If so, spiritual direction may be for you. OK, then, where do you start with this new practice? First (and last), pray about it. Next, consider contacting me. If I have openings, I will set up an initial interview. Regardless, I will suggest other spiritual directors for you to interview.

By convention among spiritual directors, the initial interview is free. Read more about the initial interview.

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