Welcome to Abundant Joy Wellness! I'm Hope Stockman, a wife, mom and wholehearted follower of Jesus. Brussels, Belgium and Frederick, Maryland are the places I live, and I call home wherever I am with God and my family.
I'm passionate about sharing God's hope and healing and encouraging others on their spiritual journey;. Abunlife dant Joy Wellness was created as place to do just that and to nourish and nurture people on their life long spiritual journeys.
I have always had a heart for those who are in need of hope, encouragement, freedom which led me initially to pursue an education in social work and law that led me to a career as an attorney working in the criminal and social justice systems from both sides of the courtroom.
That same desire motivated me to complete further training as a spiritual director through Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Also, as a Christ-centered yoga instructor registered with Yoga Alliance through Living Soul Institute and Holy Yoga, I am committed to helping others explore the amazing gift each of us has been given by God.
Having lived in four countries, moved internationally eight times, been married for almost twenty years, forged through the China adoption process, loved my little brother through decades of addiction until death, and lost my mom far to early, I come to you with a life lived having followed God through many of my own twists and turns, wandering places, significant losses, dark valleys and mountain tops and meadows.
As a spiritual director, I walk along side of you in your journey of faith, holding space and helping you notice the presence of God, respond to invitations for a deeper relationship and discover and discern how to live into the fullness of your unique design with abundant joy. I walk alongside of you and the Holy Spirit provides the direction.
I also enjoy teaching breathwor, Bible studies, and Wellness workshops, topics related to prayer, spiritual formation and living at peace within ourselves with others and with God,
Practicing the Presence of God and developing sacred rhythms that enrich your life through scripture and prayer (with words and without), along with other spiritual disciplines will renew your heart, mind and body and bring joy into your life.
I love connecting with people of all cultures and perspectives sharing God’s hope and truth. I have learned that following God’s path offers us a life of surprises and adventure, heartache and happiness. God's path is hardly ever the shortest distance between two points and just when you think you know where you are going, get ready for a turn! No matter where you are on your path, God looks at you with love and will hold your hand.
I can confidently declare the truth of Psalm 16:11 that in God’s Presence there is fullness of joy and at His right hand are pleasures forevermore. My sincere prayer is that you will experience the reality of this promise on your path as well.