There hasn't been a whole lot of activity here on the Spiritual Journey blog, nor my email newsletter, mostly because life things on my end have been ever-evolving. But here are a few updates.
I continue to serve as a spiritual director in various capacities. I have people I meet with for one-on-one spiritual direction, which is one of my primary ways of living out my calling to be a spiritual guide and companion for others. I love the variety of people I get to journey with as a spiritual director, and honored that people offer that place in their life to me. Currently I have a bit more space to do this, so if you are looking for a spiritual director, please contact me.
Ministry on Oahu
Steve and I are planting a ministry movement that is currently based on the West Side of Oahu in Hawaii. The last few years has been an adventure of seeing God's Kingdom transform individuals, families, and neighborhoods around us. Our faith community has launched several missional expressions of ministry, including a few house churches, a ministry for mothers of young children, and a prayer group for staff and faculty on a university campus. I personally lead several groups for discipleship and mentoring, which is probably where I feel my gifts are best used. It is a joy to see people living their unique purpose and calling, and extending the Kingdom outward into the world.
Spiritual Journey Website
Several years ago I launched this website to house a lot of the spiritual formation resources I had created. Since putting this stuff online, these materials have been utilized by people around the world. On a weekly basis, I get emails from people saying they used the Life Reflection or one of the Creating Space For God guides during a prayer time or retreat, and had a powerful encounter with God. Some of you have found this website because you were seeking online resources for your spiritual growth. I love hearing from you! As long as this website continues to serve people in need of spiritual guidance, I'll continue to keep it going.
Another resource that I began alongside this website is my email newsletter. I originally called the newsletter "Weekly Notes," which ended up being a bit ambitious. I now realize I don't have the bandwidth to send weekly emails, and doubt many of you want a weekly email from me anyway. So I've renamed the newsletter, "Notes From Larissa." I'll send them once in a while to offer encouragement or other tools you may find useful. If you've ever replied to one of my emails with a prayer request, please know that I take that request seriously and truly do carry you into my prayer times.
As a wife, mother to three, ministry planter, and a whole host of other roles, I am constantly editing my life and recalibrating to the call of God. I used to write and blog more, but have done a lot less this past year. I've been reading a lot, most recently enjoying memoirs by people with vastly different experiences than mine. Our children are each in different schools, so I'm constantly juggling multiple schedules, school needs, and social commitments. And while pieces in my life evolve and change, my values and purpose remain steady. I know I am a daughter of God, beloved no matter what I do. My commitment is to hear and obey the voice of God. Though ministry forms change, I am a life-long disciple of Jesus, and life-long disciple-maker.
All that to say, thanks for joining me in the journey.
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