Grief is hard.
Whether you are reeling from the death of a loved one, struggling with loss of community, or feeling lost and unanchored, you are experiencing the truth that this isn’t how it was supposed to be.
You can ignore the pain, pretending it doesn’t hurt and letting it pull you away from God.
Or you can actually lean into it, instead, and choose to press even closer to Him.
Which one are you going to do?
Is God even listening?
Why didn’t He stop that from happening?
How am I supposed to move forward from this?
I am at such a loss.
I don’t have anyone to talk to about this…
A Safe + Sacred Space to Just… Be
It is my desire to sit with you in the places where you have questions. To hold a sacred space for you. To pray for you. To listen to God with you.
I do this through spiritual direction and soul care.
Simply put, spiritual direction is the practice of listening to God together. It’s about becoming more aware of His presence and movement in your world.
And friend, let me assure you that God is present and active in your life–even when you are hurting. I’d love to help you recognize His presence in your story.
During our time together, you’ll gain:
>> The Space to Process + Grieve
You don’t have to hold it all together any more. Here, you’ll have the time and space to honor the pain and loss you have experienced, leaning upon Jesus for comfort and grace.
>> The Power to Name
No more murky feelings of uneasiness. Learn to name what is stirring in your heart and soul so you can bring it before God and surrender it to Him.
>> The Ability to Recognize
God is moving in your life. Learn to discover signs of His presence and know–beyond the shadow of a doubt–that He is there with you.
>> The Invitation to Respond
Is God calling you to rest? To forgive? To praise Him? Learn to identify (and receive) His personal invitations to you.
A modern-day letter writing style of spiritual direction for Christian women drawn to quiet spaces and written words.
Soul Care for Quiet Souls
- Want time and space to prayerfully consider questions?
- Have a hard time focusing on God when someone else is in the room?
- Express yourself better on paper than in person?
In my experience, I often found I didn’t have the words to share in person, but if I could write them out, the words found me instead.
That’s why I specialize in providing written spiritual direction. It’s perfect for us more introverted gals who need time and space to process what’s going on inside of us.
Throughout our correspondence, I will compassionately listen to your story, gently ask questions that point you to God, and help you discover personal spiritual practices that invite you to stay close to Him.
Hearing from God doesn’t have to be complicated.
It’s common to question God in the midst of your grief and heartache. To wonder why. To be upset. To ask why it had to happen that way.
And sometimes, God feels silent in those moments. But usually, He’s just working behind the scenes.
I’ve developed a 4-part process that positions you to peek behind the curtain, sort to speak, and see what God might be doing in your heart and life:
- Ready – Getting ready to hear from God
- Recognize – Recognizing God’s presence, movement, and invitations
- Receive – Receiving what God has for you
- Respond – Responding to what God revealed to you
Don’t let the silence fool you into thinking God doesn’t care. He does. And I’d be honored to walk with you as you discover how.
What you get from written spiritual direction
>> Personal support.
Someone to compassionately and prayerfully walk with you through this season of grief, disappointment, or spiritual dryness.
>> Timely access.
Send questions, reflections, or insights when they’re weighing on your heart. No need to wait for a meeting.
>> Space to process.
You don’t have to come up with an answer on the spot. Take the time you need to pray and reflect before responding to a question.
>> Personalized resources.
Receive recommendations for tools and spiritual practices that help you stay close to Jesus.
Invest in your spiritual life.
Spiritual direction is $85-$155 per month. You are welcome to pay in monthly installments, due as we begin each month together.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does written spiritual direction work?
Simply put, it’s just a conversation on paper. We’ll use email to write back and forth. I’ll ask you some questions as we get started, and then we’ll follow the Holy Spirit’s leading from there.
What if I’m interested in spiritual direction, but I’m not sure what to write about?
You should take the Journal Gently program first. Journal Gently will give you a taste of written spiritual direction as we write back and forth, but you also receive content each week to guide your writing. It’s great for discerning if written spiritual direction is right for you!
How often do we write back and forth?
As we begin our correspondence, we’ll settle into a rhythm that is natural for us. While regular communication will be encouraged, you’ll have the time and space you need to process. Many women write once a week or once every two weeks.
What’s the difference between counseling, coaching, and spiritual direction?
Very generally speaking, counselors look into your wounded past to help you heal, coaches look toward the future and help you take action so you can live more fully, and spiritual directors focus on God and your relationship with Him. You might lean on one more than another in different seasons, but all can be incredibly helpful and have their own role to play.
Do you have any additional resources to help me learn more about spiritual direction?
Yep! I’ve compiled a group of podcast episodes that speak to spiritual direction, especially written spiritual direction.
You can also read this great post, The Beginner’s Guide to Spiritual Direction from Celia A. Miller. In it she provides an overview to spiritual direction and shares about her own experience working with a spiritual director.
Are you ready?
I work with Christian women who:
- are going through some sort of difficult season (i.e., death of a loved one, divorce, depression, chronic illness, conflict, or other grief)
- need time on their own to process and reflect
- often use writing to journal or pray
- desire a safe and sacred space to raise questions and seek God
God is working in you, dear one, even in the midst of your grief and heartache. Let’s ask Him to show you what He’s up to.
Hi, I’m Kari.
I have found spiritual direction to be a great help to me in that I have someone to simply sit with me in the silence, to prayerfully listen to what was stirring in my heart, and not to have any specific agenda we were working toward.
We were just… together. In God’s presence. Seeking Him.
I felt supported. I felt noticed. I felt cared for. And I want to do the same for you.
Training & Certifications
- Certified Writing Guide, Write Your Self (a trauma-sensitive approach to writing)
- Certified Painted Prayers Instructor
- Walking Through the Narrow Gate spiritual formation program, Victory Noll Center
- Spiritual Direction with Children with Lacy Borgo, Companioning Center
- Creating Space for Kids to Encounter God with Melissa J. MacDonald
- Professional Coach Certification, International Coach Academy
- Using Writing, Play, + Art to Connect with God
- Gospel-Centered Soul Care
- The Benedictine Vows of Stability, Fidelity, + Obedience