You missed attending our CREATE workshop on November 5th where we explored what it means to be creative, discussed ways we get stuck, and how to measure success. We will be offering this workshop again in Spring 2023. Stay tuned!
AFFIRM Ministries ministers to those who struggle with feeling validated.
What does it mean to feel validated? Validation is acknowledgement. It is best demonstrated when we notice another's heart. Many of us didn't receive that kind of notice nor did we learn how to give it to others.
AFFIRM Ministries explores this message through THE NOTICE podcast, one on one mentoring, speaking, teaching and workshops.
At the heart of AFFIRM Ministries is Susan Hoekstra, who has a passion to teach others about validation and affirmation. At Maple Ridge PLACE, she hosts workshops for creatives who often struggle to share their gifts. She specializes in working with those who have been betrayed, abused, or grew up fatherless, utilizing the principles found in her book A FIRM GRASP - Feeling validated in a notice-me world.
As an outpouring of the mercy of God, Susan began songwriting, leading small groups, teaching bible studies, speaking at women's retreats, writing, and lay counseling. She has been featured in Just Between Us magazine, Christian Devotions and is a featured guest on PROCLAIM FM radio and numerous podcasts. She is host of God stories LIVE, and THE NOTICE podcast. Her book A FIRM GRASP - Feeling validated in a notice-me world explores the need for acknowledgment and approval and how the God of mercy satisfies! In the Spring of 2022, she and her husband purchased Maple Ridge PLACE, a 14 acre property that has become the home of AFFIRM Ministries and Freedom Farm Ministries, offering workshops, one on one mentorships, praise gatherings, equine therapy, gardening and more.