Come Away with Me: Encountering God in the Ordinary Rhythms of Life

Date/Time: Wednesdays | September 21-November 16 |1:30-3:30pm
Locations: Fellowship Rogers | RCO Great Room
Cost: $0
Description: This experiential series of weekly mini-retreats invites you to slow down, to breathe, and to walk with Jesus as His friend and apprentice. Tapping into tried-and-true spiritual practices, you’ll walk with Him, learn from Him, and encounter His heart for you. Whether you’re mature or new in your faith, we invite you to strap on your sandals and walk with Him at 3 mph—the speed of love, friendship, and transformation.

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30, The Message)

“Come Away with Me” will offer you an interactive experience, weaving together spiritual practices that create space for you to meet with God, group discussions and mutual encouragement, teaching, Scripture study, and discussion of reading outside of class.

All you will need:

1) a notebook or journal

2) purchase one book from the resource list below for reading throughout the length of the workshop (preferably purchased before the first session)

RESOURCE LIST

Select a book from this list that appeals to you and purchase it (preferably prior to the first mini-retreat) for reading throughout this journey. Each week you will share with the group what you are gleaning from it.

Calm My Anxious Heart: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Contentment, Linda Dillow. This book helps you let go of anxiety and experience the contentment that comes from trusting God.

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World: Finding Intimacy with God in the Busyness of Life, Joanna Weaver. As this book encourages intimacy with Jesus, it also addresses how to deal with worry, how to be faithful in trials, how to be teachable, and how to find the balance between worship and work (devotion and duty).

Holy Habits: A Woman’s Guide to Intentional Living, Mimi Wilson & Shelly Volkhardt. Jam-packed with personal stories, this book helps you understand God’s character intimately, while introducing many practical habits that will allow God to conform your heart to His.

Hungry for God: Hearing God’s Voice in the ordinary and the everyday, Margaret Feinberg. Combining the prayerful and the practical, along with personal stories and Biblical truth, Feinberg stimulates a hunger for God and helps the reader understand the “language” God speaks.

Invitation to Solitude and Silence: Experiencing God’s Transforming Presence, by Ruth Haley Barton. Inviting us to step outside the demands and noise of our daily lives, this book encourages us to step into His presence where we can hear His voice.

Not A Fan: Becoming a Completely committed follower of Jesus, Kyle Idleman. Jesus didn’t recruit admirers; He recruited followers. This is a challenge to deeply consider what it means to truly be a Jesus-follower—everyday.

Sanctuary of the Soul: Journey into meditative prayer, by Richard Foster. This book weaves bible teaching, quotes, and stories to describe the riches of a quieted mind and a listening heart. This book can lead you to experience an intimate relationship with God through silence and listening.

Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for spiritual transformation, by Ruth Haley Barton. This book addresses your craving for a way of life that opens you up to the presence of God. Through personal story and exercises, you’ll be inspired to build a way of ordering our life around the values, practices and relationships that keep us open & available to God for the work of spiritual transformation that only God can bring about. (Includes group questions for each chapter.)

The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus knows, James Bryon Smith. This book refutes the misconceptions about God and each chapter delves into a true characteristic of God. Each chapter also offers soul-training exercises for experiencing God more intimately. (Includes a small group discussion guide.)

The Good and Beautiful Life: Putting on the Character of Christ, James Bryon Smith. This guide to a joyful life in Christ refutes the false narratives that are commonly thought to bring happiness & success. Soul-training exercises throughout the book help you discover intimacy with God and abandon such destructive practices as anger, self-centeredness, greed, worry and judging. (Includes a small group discussion guide.)

The Reflective Life: Becoming More Spiritually Sensitive to the Everyday Moments of Life, Ken Gire. This book helps you cultivate a spiritual sensitivity that allows you to see God at work in all of life’s moments, so you don’t miss the holy moments within the mundane. As you learn habits of the heart, along with refreshing ways to meditate on Scripture in prayer, you will deepen your intimacy with Christ.

The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, John Mark Comer. Does your life seem too hurried? This contemporary author shares a practical, personal and challenging call to imagine new ways that our lives can slow down and imitate Jesus.

Walking with God: Talk to Him, Hear from Him, Really, John Eldredge. Referring his own journal for one year, Eldredge shares personal experiences and conversations with God, along with Scripture to show what an intimate relationship with God looks like day to day. God longs to speak to us and we have the privilege of hearing from Him.

Windows of the Soul: Experiencing God in New Ways, Ken Gire. In our longing to hear the voice of God, Gire explores the unexpected “windows” through which God can speak in addition to Scripture (such as art, nature, poetry, dreams, movies, etc.)


Fellowship Rogers Campus

Contact
Bekah Mulvaney
[email protected]
(479) 659-8884

Location
Fellowship Rogers | RCO Great Room

Date / Time

Registration closed on Tuesday, November 1, 2022