I’m so thankful for a year with Nicole McClurg as my Spiritual Director. As a leader in ministry, I was hungry for time where another person might invest in me. It was important for my soul to have a thoughtful, objective, Christ-Centered listener. Meeting with Nicole each month gave me fresh accountability and connection with the Lord. Nicole was prayerful and sensitive to the Spirit, encouraging in her words to me, and intentional about the questions she asks. God used this time to weave important truths into my life. I recognized his stirring after each appointment and was grateful for his timely revelations. Nicole’s desire to create space for others to encounter Jesus was such a gift to me. This movement of God to raise up Spiritual Directors to listen and love others will bless the body of Christ. I affirm Nicole’s calling to use her skills, training and gifts this way. She is blessed to be a blessing!
I have had the privilege of being invested in by Nicole for the last two years. She is kind, compassionate, filled with the Spirit of God and empathetic. I don’t know of a better listener. She has the ability to cut through the haze of my inconsistency and gently point me towards God’s best. You cannot find a better spiritual director.
I have been meeting with Nicole for Spiritual Direction for several months now. From day one, it was evident that the Lord was going to use Nicole’s guidance to nurture a closer walk with Him. Nicole’s gentleness, compassion, and tangible love creates a space where I feel invited to share my heart on a deeper level. The way she listens to me, as well as her sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s leading, has opened up clarity and confirmation over life issues that would have been left unresolved. While I have enjoyed personal quiet time with the Lord for several years, my time with Nicole has deepened that communication and opened up new ways of seeing God’s hand in my everyday life.
I have enjoyed many fruitful conversations with Nicole. Her gentle and honest questions always help me see things in a new way and “tune” my ears to hear God’s still small voice. The Lord has used her to help me, and many others, draw nearer to Jesus by identifying and moving beyond those faith-barriers that we all carry but find difficult to describe.
Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new. And yet it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through some stages of instability and that it may take a very long time.
And so I think it is with you. Your ideas mature gradually – let them grow, let them shape themselves, without undue haste. Don’t try to force them on, as though you could be today what time (that is to say, grace and circumstances acting on your own good will) will make of you tomorrow.
Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be. Give Our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you, and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J. (1881-1955)