The seven retreat series can be modified to fit your scheduling needs. Each include outlines, small group discussion questions, and four weeks of email follow-up pages to encourage individual and community spiritual growth. Sue is willing to fit the theme and needs of your group depending on the time allotted and God’s leading.
Growing Something Besides Old: Seasoning Our Lives to Perfection
Talk 1: Holiness vs. Happiness – Maturing For Jesus’ Sake (Hebrews 13:21)
Talk 2: Growing Holy Hearts (Acts 24:16)
Talk 3: Growing Holy Habits (1 Peter 2:2)
Talk 4: Growing Holy Hands (Titus 2:3-8)
“Hangeth Thou in There” – Finding Strength for the Journey
(this series can be modified for four or five talks, depending on schedule/need)
Talk 1: Strength in the Father’s Arms
True strength comes from recognizing and accepting our weakness. Resting in Jesus gives us all we need to follow Hispurpose for our lives.
Talk 2: Finding Strength . . . Through His Word
Scripture is the grounding for our faith, the grid for our belief system and our guide for our lifestyle and daily journey (Romans 15:4, Psalm 42:1)
Talk 3: Finding Strength . . . Through His People
We provide strength for others by being accepting, by being available, by coming alongside and by being a “sister”, assisting those who need to be brought to Jesus. (Romans 15:7, Romans 12:15, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, Luke 5:18-19)
Talk 4: Finding Strength . . . Through His Call
When we understand God’s call on our lives – to be His child and to grow in His likeness, we can persevere with joy and confidence. (I Corinthians 7:16-17, Ephesians 1:4, Romans 8:29)
Talk 5: Finding Strength . . . Through His Presence
The more time we spend in God’s presence, the more we are reminded who God is, who we are and what it is we need to be doing. (Psalm 103)
Joy and Faith – Two Peas in a Pod
Talk 1: Ten Facts of the Joyful Woman
Talk 2: Joystealers . . Thieves in the Night (and day!)
Talk 3: “Faith, Mighty Faith” – What does it look like?
Talk 4: “Faith, Mighty Faith” – How do I get it?
Recipes for Life -Four Courses to Know God Better~
Talk 1: The Appetizer: Invitation to Taste
Psalm 34:8 – “O, taste and see that the Lord is good…” Using story – mine and yours – to taste the goodness of God and cultivate a taste for Jesus as a full-time occupation.
Talk 2: The Bread: Invitation to Rest
Matthew 11:28 – “Come to Me, all you who are heavy-laden and I will give you rest…” The more we come to Him alone, the more we understand how He Himself is our rest.
Talk 3: The Main Dish: Invitation to Abide
John 15: 4 – “Abide in Me, and I in you…he who abides in me, bears much fruit…” The three C’s of abiding: conscious awareness, careful consultation, continual enjoyment of Jesus–day in and day–just because He loves us. He created us to know HIm. Our lives are meant to abide in His.
Talk 4: Dessert – Invitation to Serve
Hebrews 13:2 – “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.” God wants to use our hospitality as a vehicle for Him to change lives: our lives and those we invite (don’t you just love that?)
Remodeling 101 -–Building a Heart Like His
Talk 1: Essentials of Remodeling
Ephesians 3:14-21 – Strong foundations, wise construction, God’s blueprints
Talk 2: Building a Holy Heart
Romans 8:29, Fear vs Surrender, Pride vs. Humility
Talk 3: Building a Grateful Heart
I Thessalonians 5:18, To be thankful in everything helps us reelect the faithfulness of God’s character and His promises.
Talk 4: Building a Growing Heart
Colossians 2:6,7 – Spirituality isn’t a slice of the pie, it’s the whole pie. How do we grow faith muscles?
Road Trip with God: Embrace the Journey
Isaiah 30:21 – “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘this is the way; walk in it.’”
Talk 1: Traveling Confidently – Get Out the Map
Proverbs 3:5,6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; lean not on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all you do, and He will direct your paths.”
Study the Mapmaker more than the Map! What plugs our ears to God’s voice? How do we keep our hearts sensitive to His leading?
Talk 2: Traveling Light – Rest Stops on the Way
Hebrews 4:16 -“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
We need to come to Jesus all the time simply because we need rest. Why don’t we and how can we? If we’re too busy for God, we’re too busy.
Talk 3: Traveling Gratefully – Joy in your Journey
I Thessalonians 5:18 — “Give thanks in all things for this is the will of God.”
“Gratitude not expressed is not gratitude.” Giving thanks is a powerful tool as well as obedience to our Father’s command. When we live gratefully, we lift up God’s name, as well as our “traveling companions.”
Talk 4: Traveling Strong: Growing Up While Going On
Colossians 2:6,7 “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
How do we continue to grow up in Christ and become more like Him along the way? By hungering after Him, deepening our roots, and using the right tools to build our “faith muscles,” no matter what we encounter on our road trip.
The Welcoming Heart of God –- Invitations from the Ultimate Host
Talk 1: Invitation to Intimacy – “Come to the waters…” Isaiah 55:1
Jesus is our invitation to God – handwritten with nail-pierced hands. The more we understand who Jesus is, the more we come to understand God’s welcome heart.
Talk 2: Invitation to Rest – “Come to Me…” Matthew 11: 28
We are invited through Scripture to come to Jesus, not only to receive His strength, protection and forgiveness, but to know Him simply for Himself. As we yield ourselves to our Father, we are gifted wit the grace needed to minister to others.
Talk 3: Invitation to Know Him by Name – “Come and see…” John 1:46
God has shown us Himself, in part, through His names. The more we know God by name, the deeper our prayer life can become and the stronger our faith will be.
Talk 4: Invitation to Serve – “Come and eat…”John 21:12
God wants to use our hospitality as a vehicle for Him to change lives. We’re to be His welcome to the world.
Keynote Topics and Workshops
CONTENTMENT IN A WORLD OF MORE –God wants us to be content to prove His goodness and power. How do we cultivate a heart of contentment that brings Him glory and delight?
GROWING SOMETHING BESIDES OLD – Marks of a Maturing Believer
Developing holiness is a lifetime process, but it’s one we all need to be on! Growing in Jesus is a privilege and a partnership between our passion for God and His work in our lives.
GOD’S HOSPITALITY — Hosting Like the Ultimate Host
Hospitality is God’s idea – not Martha’s – and He loves it when we invite others to our table, whether a picnic on the floor or hamburgers in the back yard. Explore God’s hospitality and how we can engage in showing His welcome to the world.
A MOTHER’S LEGACY – What to Pass on (While not passing out!)
Parenting is the biggest adventure of faith – and the most challenging! Much of what happens is out of our control, but we do have control over what we pass on to our children: tools to help them live out their own adventure of faith.
THE FRIENDSHIP CONNECTION – Women encouraging women is how God shows His love to us and to the world. Steps on how to build gospel-community starting today.
WHY AM I HERE? – God’s Call on my Life
Living as God intends is the most exciting life because we are called to trust His purpose and plan for our lives. Taking risks for His sake is really no risk as depend on Him.
RETREATING WITH GOD – God’s Presence, My Strength
Oswald Chambers said, “My worth to God in public what I am in private.” Gaining strength for our daily journey comes from digging deep with God, consistently and intimately, with the ultimate goal to know Him better and love Him more.
THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS: What Jesus Wants for Christmas
God chose the perfect gift for each of us and He didn’t need help from Nordstrom or Sears catalog. The Christmas season busyness can make even good activities be counter productive to what God really wants to accomplish in and through us. It helps to ask God what He wants –to do the one or two things that would showHis love best.
A CUP OF JOY –Undercurrents of God’s Grace
To be a joyful woman, we need to understand that joy and happiness are not the same. In fact, if you’re not happy, it’s really no big deal! Joy is not a personality trait. It comes from the Perfect Joy-Giver, God Himself.
NO ORDINARY HOME – God’s Dream House for You
Wisdom, understanding and knowledge top the list for the best building materials for our “Dream Home.” When we focus on these, we can’t help but create a home filled with treasures designed by the Ultimate Decorator.
STRESS RELIEF – Women Encouraging Women
We all have stress and one of God’s best resources is His children: believers building up other believers, with the common goal of nurture, emotional healing, and becoming a bridge to Christ.
REMODELING 101: God’s Redesign for Your Life
Lessons learned from a three-year remodel easily translate into homespun wisdom on how God may want to tear down, rebuild, and redesign our lives for His pleasure and purpose – even it means going down to the studs!
TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF–Goal Setting for Holy Hearts
God is in the business of fresh starts. He likes the word “new.” and He loves it when we decide it’s time to “turn over a new leaf.” He even knows the leaves that we need turning over the most. And, He’s our biggest cheerleader while we do it.
If I had to name the top three character qualities that describe Sue they are: humility, wisdom and humor. Sue knows her Bible and speaks from a heart that desires to know her God, and share His love with others. Her passion for hospitality, and using whatever the means at hand to open your home to others, has had an effect on our women. There are women stepping out to host an event, or just invite a friend in, no matter the state of their home. Sue is a speaker of integrity, in that whatever the topic she reveals her own struggles and triumphs relating to the subject matter.
I highly recommend Sue as a speaker and look forward to having her back with us in the near future!
–Emily Head, Director of Women’s Ministry, Canyon Creek Church, San Ramon, CA
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