Practices for you
Some challenges you may face
The way you best receive information when learning in other areas of life is similar to how you receive spiritual information as well. As the Sage, you want to know how things are ordered, how things came to be, and how things can best be maintained in an orderly fashion moving forward. You value tradition. To stretch yourself, try to read and engage with materials from sources and contexts that are unfamiliar. You may want to learn more about a religious tradition you are unfamiliar with, or about the spiritual context of an ethnic group different than your own. To ground yourself, lean into mystical practices of simply being in the moment. Think of the scripture, "Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10
The work of nurturing your spirit starts with your relationship with yourself. Whether your health and happiness are suffering, or you want to learn to prevent future problems, tending to and cultivating your spirit is a critical part of self-care and healthy habits. And taking care of your spirit requires new ways of thinking.
In this Ebook, you will learn to identify the strong and not-so-healthy aspects of your spirit’s well-being and grasp the real power of the nine fruits of the spirit and how they can transform your life for the better.
Melissa’s passion in ministry is to live and worship alongside the people who live and work in rural communities. She has served the Illiopolis Christian Church (DOC) since July 2, 2001. January 1, 2012 Melissa began serving both Illiopolis and Niantic Christian Churches (DOC) and continues in ministry there today.
Melissa is at home in the difficult spaces of peoples’ lives, willing to listen and to walk with those who struggle and suffer. She is a trained coach and has consulted with churches in conflict. Melissa embraces the Gospel with joy as she seeks to help those around her grow in faith, always striving to leave people better than they came. Melissa works to invite others into a space where they can understand how loved and valued they are by the Holy.