Number of weeks: 1
Required books?: No
Live video session?: No
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
We all lead very busy lives, but our busyness makes it even more necessary to spend daily time with God. Spending time in meditation and prayer each day has been shown to have real physical and psychological benefits, and helps center us, calm us, and call us forward as Christians.
This course is designed to give us a week in meditation with God — of listening as He speaks to us, of meditating on His Word (reading it and keeping it in our hearts), of talking to Him about the concerns in our lives, of thanking Him for our many blessings, for asking for forgiveness of our sins and the sins of others, and worshiping Him.
We will share several meditating techniques and resources. You’ll need a Bible, but no other books are required. Join us in this special time with God for a life-renewing experience!
About the Instructor
Shirley Connally is a retired teacher/counselor/ minister with a B.A. (English/French) from Texas Southern University, an M.Ed. (Counseling & Guidance) from Texas Southern University, M.Div. (Theology) from Houston Graduate School of Theology, and additional studies on a Doctor of Ministry degree. She retired from public education with 36 years combined experience as an English teacher and secondary school counselor in the Houston Independent School District and Los Angeles Unified School District. Shirley also taught freshman English on the collegiate level for several years. Additionally, she served as an adjunct professor at the Charles Harrison Mason Bible College and operated a private practice counseling service (LPC) for several years.
Shirley was ordained after completing seminary while serving in ministry with three Baptist pastors and went on to serve as associate and senior pastor in the United Methodist Church. Even though most of her training and service has been in the United Methodist Church, her childhood years were equally divided between three denominations (Methodist, Baptist and Catholic).
She is the mother of one daughter in business and one granddaughter majoring in marketing/fashion design in college. She loves teaching Disciple Bible Studies at her church and serving wherever needed, tutoring school age children, helping individuals and families, reading and watching her #1 sports teams (Texans, Rockets and Astros).
Past Students Said…
“This course brought me to think more on my need to be with Christ on a deeper level, which is exactly what I was hoping for!!”
“I learned to calm my fears and listen to God with my heart and soul and not my mind. Let God speak and follow his lead. I learned that others can push you to a different understanding of the scriptures.”
“It made it easier for me to examine my heart in a deeper level, something that I had not done for quite some time. I learned to be patient with myself and was reminded to fully rely on God. He is in control and how much a quiet time is needed for my soul.”
“This was a fantastic course. It fact, I’d like to take it again. The instructor had beautiful readings and she did a GREAT job!”