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
Reverend Shirley J. Connally is a retired teacher/counselor/minister with a B.A. (English/French), M.Ed. (Counseling & Guidance), M.Div. (Theology) and additional studies on the Doctor of Ministry Degree. She retired from public education with 36 years’ experience as an English teacher and/or secondary counselor. She also taught freshman English at the Houston Community College for several years. Additionally, she served as an adjunct professor at the Charles Harrison Mason Bible College and owned a private practice counseling office for a couple of years.
She has served in ministry in the local church and community for most of her life. She was ordained after completing seminary while serving as an associate 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 as an adult has been in The United Methodist Church, her childhood years were spent equally divided between three denominations (Methodist, Baptist and Catholic).
She has always been drawn to teaching and helping people, so, naturally using her gifts of teaching and counseling have been dominant in her life. She has offered courses in Christian care and counseling and Bible studies for children, teens, young adults, middle adults and senior adults, reaching all developmental stages of life. She has also offered courses on God’s purpose for the family and prayer retreats, providing time and guidance for those times when we need to go to a quiet place and spend time alone with God. Her prayer is that we can study and continue to develop additional skills and a basic knowledge of how we can use the Bible to help people live better lives.
She is the mother of one daughter in business and one granddaughter, a recent graduate from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, with a B.B.A. in Marketing/Fashion Merchandise and is presently working on her M.P.S. (Master of Professional Studies) at LIM College in Manhattan, New York. She loves teaching Disciple Bible Studies, serving on the Scholarship Committee, Nursing Home Ministry, St. Stephens Food Pantry and helping wherever she is needed in her church and community. When relaxing she loves reading, crocheting and watching Houston’s #1 sports teams (Texans, Rockets and Astros) and helping people.
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!”