Deepen your Spiritual Life > Listen to God's Voice > Discover your Own
Have you struggled to hear God’s voice and to understand God’s will for your life? Has COVID-19 disrupted your calendar and your plans?
Has the uncertainty of this time and an unknown future caused you to ask, “God, what’s next for me?!?! God, what are you saying? What are you doing and what is mine to do?”
If you are wondering what’s next and feel called to listen more deeply for God’s voice, I want to invite you to join The Discernment Journey, a four-week, live virtual course.
The course meets for four consecutive Mondays, July 6, 13, 20, 27 at 5:00pm PST / 7 PM CST / 8 PM EST
Each group session lasts 75 minutes and will include a brief presentation, reflection, live Q&A and spiritual practice.
Please bring a journal and Bible. A weekly spiritual practice worksheet will be provided.
All course participants will receive the recording each week. You will have lifetime access to the recordings.
The class builds each week so I highly encourage you to attend each class live (video preferred), if you can. You will be amazed by the power of connecting, learning and growing together in community.
We will use Zoom.us, a video teleconferencing platform. A private link will be provided upon registration.
Please download and log into the Zoom platform before our first class.
Currently, there is not a book for the course. Participants will receive a recommended reading list.
I created this course from scratch. It is informed by over 20 years of ministry experience, theological education and training focused in discernment and Christian spirituality. I am an ordained minister, spiritual teacher, coach and chaplain who has journeyed with hundreds of people on their discernment journeys and spiritual formation.
I will reference the Bible and other texts that have significantly informed Christian discernment literature and formed my own theology and practice. My work is particularly shaped by St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and autobiography, Dr. Timothy M. Gallagher, Rosemary Daugherty and other women and men who are experts in the topic of discernment.
Preparing for Discernment - How to Cultivate a Discerning Heart in COVID-19.
We will discuss the impact and divine opportunity of COVID-19. We will define discernment, examine the myths about decision-making and why it is so difficult to confidently make decisions. We will discuss the pitfalls of discernment and debunk myths that get in the way of spiritual freedom. We will lean into the grace and invitation of living a discerning life with God in uncertain times. In the end, we will remind you of who you are and whose you are.
Define discernment by exploring Biblical and real life experiences.
Identify the loudest voices in your life and commit to nurture a discerning ear to God’s voice.
Discover your underlying beliefs about God’s and your role in discernment; challenge whatever gets in the way of experiencing spiritual freedom.
Practice new ways of listening to God’s voice and connect with your deepest desires.
Paths of Discernment - How to Trace God's Movements in your Story before, during and beyond COVID-19.
Through Biblical and real life stories, we will deep dive into the many ways God speaks. You will also explore your personal discernment journey and the lessons learned about God and yourself. Trace God’s unique movements through your spiritual journey.
Look at your own journey with God with new, grace-filled eyes.
Consider the unique ways God has guided your life.
Discuss the difference between discernment and decision-making.
Practice attentiveness and stillness in daily life.
Process of Discernment: How to Practically Listen to God in everyday Life.
This week, we roll up our sleeves and learn several discernment practices, ways to notice God’s movements in our lives and the world. You will be encouraged to pay attention to God’s ever speaking voice; to hear and follow God’s direction in small and big ways.
Distinguish between the gift of discernment and the grace of decision-making.
Practice ancient and modern tools of discernment.
Share best practices.
Discuss ongoing sticking points.
Practicing Decision-Making: How Discernment and Decision-making work Together.
During this last session, we will reflect upon our takeaways from the course, do live coaching and commit to God’s invitation to lead a discerning life.
● Share your key takeaway(s) of the course
Apply discernment tools to current sense of call
Commit to living a discerning and decisive life during COVID-19 and beyond
Celebrate and affirm your ongoing discernment journey with God
I hear you. Sometimes we need focused attention. Having a skilled and prayerful presence in your life is priceless. I get it. I have spiritual coaches too.
For this workshop only, you can add one 60-minute implementation call for an additional investment of $40 [course ($60)+ one coaching session ($40) =$100], a radically reduced rate for those taking this course. This rate is only offered as an add-on to the course.
It’s ok if you aren’t able to invest in coaching at this time. There is weekly Q&A built into our sessions. Feel free to raise your questions in our group calls.
If you are interested in private coaching packages, please email email@example.com
Yes. If you are not able to join the course, I invite you to listen to these two sermons from a series on discernment.
While these videos are a few years old, the information is timeless and pertinent to people of all ages.
Sermon #1 - https://youtu.be/ds3qB5b7BJE
Sermon # 2 - https://youtu.be/UvHRAOAHoh8
I also recommend books on discernment by Fr. Timothy Gallagher, Rosemary Dougherty and Ruth Haley Barton.
Lastly, I encourage you to ask God to teach you how to pray. Practice listening and talking to God. Take note of the ways in which you have successfully discerned in the past. Trust that God is eager to guide you today. I am praying for you.
I invite you to purchase the course, join the first session and fully engage. If you discern the course isn’t for you, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a full refund. No problem. All requests made by 11:59 am PST on July 7, 2020 will receive a full refund. Requests made after July 7, 12:00 noon PST are non-refundable. No exceptions. Thanks for understanding.
I teach women how to deepen their relationship with God, self and others so they can lead a life of impact.
Brenda Bertrand is an author, speaker, spiritual mentor and mindset coach. She finds joy in helping women find the confidence and courage to take their next leap of faith. She creates safe and brave spaces for high achieving women to tell, mend, and redesign their stories.
Her diverse career spans the worlds of media, ministry, higher education, and the political world in the nation’s capital. She lived overseas in mainland China and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA. She serves God and country as a seminary and military chaplain.
Born and raised in America’s paradise, the Virgin Islands, Brenda Bertrand came to the U.S. mainland to earn undergrad and graduate degrees. She completed graduate degrees at the University of Texas and Princeton Theological Seminary.
When she isn’t traveling the globe to find its most sacred places and beautiful beaches, she inspires women to step into their brilliance, amplify their voice and believe they are enough...because they are.
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