About

Welcome!
Peace be with you!
I’m somewhat of a transplant to Massachusetts, a native Texan, thriving in Yankee soil for over sixteen years now.  I’m also blessed to be a mom of three beautiful grown daughters, and I remain happily married to my amazing husband of 34 years. I have a passion for good stories and deep conversations.  I’m a spiritual director, lover of hikes in the woods, newbie at the sport of golfing and biking as I rediscover some of my childhood pastimes. I write meditations, local articles, and I’m the author of this blog.   I facilitate a Christian women’s group locally, and have written several devotionals for Lent and Advent. I am also a hospice volunteer and am blessed on a regular basis by the dear souls with whom I work. They teach me so much.
 I enjoy walks in the woods or on the shore, reading good books, and conversation with friends and family.
I’m grateful to live in a world of so much beauty, and I support ways we can get involved and care for it, such as through CSAs (community supported agriculture) and locally crafted goods.  I love trying new recipes with our weekly farm share and blessings my family with the fruits (and vegetables) of the earth.  I give thanks each day for the gift of life, of loving and being loved.
 Who Inspires Me: Mary Oliver, Henri Nouwen, Brennan Manning, Wendell Berry, C. S. Lewis Eugene Peterson ,Richard Rohr Ronald Rolheiser , Dallas Willard, Rainer Maria Rilke James Hollis Pablo Neruda Jeanie Miley, Robert Mulholland, Richard Foster, Marcus Borg, Harvey Cox.
 More About My Faith: Contemplative Christian, member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Southborough, MA

What’s my background?

Though I reside in New England, I’m still a Texas girl, the daughter of a campus minister, which meant I spent a lot of time in churches.  I didn’t fully appreciate then the gift of a solid doctrinal background, or the daily examples of ministry I got to witness through my parents.  I’m grateful to have been raised in a family where there was always enough love to go around.  I received a degree in Communications from the University of Texas, and my first career involved writing copy for Texas ad agencies.  Working in the secular world was eye-opening, and it prompted me to return to my roots and renew my faith commitment. I met and married my husband in this era and moved with him to Maryland when he finished his doctorate.  There I worked part-time for Mass Media Ministries, writing and editing Christian film reviews.  We moved back to Texas when our first daughter was born, and I chose to stay home to raise our kids. That’s a challenging job, but I’ve never regretted it once.

It was within those child-rearing years in Plano, Texas where I met other women struggling to balance life, family and faith.  A friend asked me to help her start a women’s Bible study in our neighborhood, which was terrifying and wonderful all at once.  This is where my passion for women’s ministry began, helping women discover and accept God’s grace.

We moved to the Boston area in 2000, and once I got over the culture shock, I fell in love with New England.  I’m grateful for God’s faithfulness in all we’ve been through, including some very tough teenage years with our kids.  Looking back, I marvel at the work of His hands, in all of us.  We’re stronger for it.

In 2005 I discovered the gift of spiritual direction, and soon found how life changing those spirit-led conversations can be, especially when one is in transition or has a question they can’t resolve or is struggling with a relational issue.  There have been days when I could check all those boxes, and having a spiritual companion has given me a different perspective.  It’s taught me to let go of control, choose life, and find peace in God’s ongoing presence with me.  It resonated so much with me that I began training as a director myself in 2012, and now am able to offer this experience to others in my area and by Skype.  I can’t think of a greater privilege.

Currently I’m leading a weekly women’s discussion group, writing, volunteering with MetroWest Hospice, and serving as a member of the Vestry at my current church, St. Mark’s Episcopal, Southborough MA.

Feel free to comment or ask questions on any of the postings you see here. Or email me at leslealine@gmail.com.

May the Lord bless you and keep you.  May the Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you.  May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

4 Responses to About

  1. holywholly says:

    I would love a response to this quote from “Sacred Rhythms.”

    “As we begin to awaken fully to the spiritual, social and sexual dimensions of ourselves in God’s presence, we find that they are inseparably intertwined and not to be compartmentalized. In fact, many spiritually awake people have noticed that our sexual feelings intensify as we are made whole. Many think that sexuality will go away or at least become more quiescent as we grow spiritually. On the contrary! As we abide more closely to the God who is the source of all creation, the God of the Incarnation, we begin to experience sexual energy in a new way, as a holy, inalienable generative force. Learning to honor the body as a place where God makes his presence known becomes, then, an important discipline for the spiritual pilgrim.”

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  2. Ginnie nigloschy says:

    I believe that to be true because as we grow spiritually in deeper union with God so do we with one another, and begin to experince the reality of our oneness with God and other, which is inseparable. If God is in me and I am in God so is all and all. Our sexuality is that truth incarnate.

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    • holywholly says:

      I agree, Ginnie. Thanks! I think largely because the body & sexuality are not common areas of focus in spiritual development, it’s easy to think they matter less. It’s encouraging to see someone who’s so spiritually mature say that we can expect our sexual feelings to intensify, not diminish. I agree, so it’s nice to not be out there on a limb by myself! I wish she had taken it a step further, to explain or give a personal example of how that has played out in her life. Maybe that’s what my book is for. Still, love that she’s writing about it at all. Other thoughts?

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  3. Soulscriber says:

    Hey Leslea, I’m so excited to see that you’ve started this site and are focused on finishing your book this year! Your writing is compelling and always so deeply provocative, and I look forward to seeing more of it.

    On the quote from Sacred Rhythms, I agree with the “holistic” concept. When we are more attuned to God that spills over into every area of our lives. Jesus said he came to give us “life more abundantly” which implies a total coverage, affecting every relationship and sexuality as well.

    Joining our spirits in covenant relationship with God, accomplished through the atonement, we are bound to Him in the intimacy of a love-based relationship. You can’t miss the built-in comparisons to marriage, to the extent that the Lord calls us His bride. “This is a great mystery,” it says in Ephesians, yet the example stands. God is author of the design of our sexuality and desire for relationship.

    All of God’s nature reflects Him, and His handiwork is the expression of His own heart. Since we are sealed with His Spirit, filled with Christ, Creator of the universe, who could sensibly argue that He wouldn’t heighten and enrich a single part of marriage or sexuality? We are truly whole and wholly free to enjoy life and sex and the world around us, beauty, joy and the gifts of the Spirit, our children, our lover, our family, even the family pet, when we are in communion with the One who created these things.

    Keep writing Leslea!
    Kari

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