Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to Me. Get away with Me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with Me and work with Me — watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. — Matthew 11:28-29
Kingdom Soul Care
God is constantly with us and loving us, but we get distracted and weary in our busy lives. We slip into serving God and each other out of compulsion and comparison while our souls are longing for authenticity and rest in God's presence. Kingdom Soul Care offers the facilitating of deeper attachment with Jesus and experiencing his love through contemplative prayer practices and God encounters. Soul care invites you into increased self awareness, authenticity and freedom to be your true self. Consider how you can make space to further care for your soul and experience God’s restoring love in spiritual direction, inner healing Immanuel prayer, workshops, and retreats.
Transformation in becoming your true self in Christ begins with awareness and mindfulness of self and God's loving presence, and then nurturing a deeper attachment with him. As we awaken and commune with him, we then live in emotionally healthy freedom. This spiritual formation has deep roots in our Christian faith.
"Lord, let me know myself; let me know You." - Augustine, Confessions
Spiritual direction invites us to journey together, believing God is speaking and active in every area of our lives. Spiritual direction is a companionship of prayerful listening and discernment as you reflect on your life experiences and relationship with God - becoming increasingly aware of His presence in your life, noticing how He has been at work, seeking you out, and drawing you to Himself. In this confidential and compassionate conversation you will become more aware of what is happening in yourself, and the ways you have cooperated or resisted God’s grace and love.
I offer flexible scheduling with a free initial session. I offer one-on-one spiritual direction, workshops, retreats and other group-based ministry. I’m happy to schedule appointments in Elgin, St. Charles, and online.
The spiritual life is a treacherous journey when we travel alone. Spiritual directors are companions on this road...to listen, help us clarify motivations, and recognize destructive patterns...who don’t judge us or tell us what to do. We need people who encourage us to reach within and listen to the Holy Spirit for our directions for the future, and who challenge us to stand up and reclaim our identity as the beloved sons and daughters we are. - Henri Nouwen, Home Tonight
Immanuel prayer starts with the presumption that God longs for deeper connection with each of us, and all the resulting benefits of peace, joy, and inner healing are ours to possess. Immanuel prayer is a facilitated prayer experience to seek Jesus’ presence for emotional healing. During your session, you will be guided to connect with Jesus on a deeply intimate level. As your security and attachment deepen, the interaction with Jesus may answer fears and questions of that result from trauma. This prayer ministry is relationship-focused rather than pain-focused.
No matter where one is on his/her journey with God there is always more of God to experience in deeper intimacy and connection. Receiving Immanuel Prayer increases one’s capacity for grace for yourself as well as for others. The goal is emotional maturity found in a securely attached relationship with Jesus.
Contact me for workshops on the following topics:
- Spiritual Disciplines
- Soul Care
- Immanuel Journaling & Lifestyle
Silent Directed Retreats
We don’t withdraw to escape our lives. We withdraw for the time and space apart to focus our full loving attention on God so that we can return to our lives filled with the peace and joy that comes only from God. _ - Jane Vennard, _Be Still
Silence restores equilibrium. It enables us to deepen our relationship with God and to be ourselves. - Sara Park McLaughlin
Contact me for information for next scheduled retreat.
What retreatants have shared about their experience:
- A time to get in touch with God without a lot of distractions, to let Him minister to you.
- The best part of the retreat were the many opportunities to enter into solitude and rest. The most helpful was Lisa's teaching and sharing on scripture. She acted as a spiritual guide into what was a timely invitation for me. It was refreshing, a time to slow down and open up to really hear from the Lord and to receive from Him!
- God showed up immediately. From the first moment, God was present. Space was provided for teaching and guidance as needed, and then plenty of space for alone time with God. He was in every moment!!
- This was a great time to connect with the Lord, to sense His presence. To have time to communicate with Him in an unhurried manner. There is a real presence of God in these retreats.