"There are things in my soul that are absolutely hindering or blocking my ability to relate to God and others. These are things I need to be delving into or growth is out of my reach." - Dave C.
"As a believer I realize the value of spiritual growth. Knowing myself allows me to know God. This program has significantly increased that knowledge. With loving freedom God continues to want me to know myself and to also know him. That knowledge brings a deeper trust in His goodness. Small groups can take a while to gel. Intimacy is often not forthcoming until this occurs. This group moved more quickly toward intimacy than I have experienced before." – Anonymous
"I decided to participate in Life With God
because I felt that I was ready to dig deeper in my relationship with God, to explore the many issues of my heart more in depth, and to better understand my ways of relating to others. One of the most significant concepts for me that I knew was true, but came to greater understanding during this course, was how fully God knows me. I am important enough to be cared for so deeply and generously, by God. Keep doing what you are doing...lives will change because of it..." April K.
"I decided to participate in Life with God
because, while I have been working on the meditative aspect of my faith, I find the relational aspect much more difficult. I knew that I need to address this and was looking for a safe place for that. I think I needed the reminder about the goodness of relationship. My tendency is to either isolate or resist closeness. Life with God has encouraged me to face up to that resistance and try to challenge it. I think the most significant thing was allowing my struggles to be known to others. This is a challenge for me and I appreciated the safety to be able to talk about both past and present struggles in my faith and life. This course came at a time when I needed some structure to my spiritual life what with the sleep deprivation that our new baby brought with it and the normal professional demands on my life, I needed something regular to do to deepen my spiritual life. I'm grateful for to our leaders and to ECSW for the opportunity to 'work on myself' in such a gentle, but structured way." Phil S.
"A minister once described joy as Jesus, others, and yourself, and all these components were important to fully experience God's love. Funny that I remember it now as I am writing this almost 30 years later. Although I thought I understood the components of joy at the time, I think Life with God
Journey has truly deepened the meaning and my understanding of these components." – Katherine M.
"I needed a spiritual kick in the pants, and this seemed to be a God-given opportunity to get one. The focus on relationship, and the aural immersion in Scripture were fresh expressions for a traditional "Bible Study". The structure of repeated listening to Scripture over the course of the week helped to bridge the "Sunday to Monday" gap." – Mary C.
"Life with God
helps people to deepen their relationship with God, to open their heart and begin to explore what’s going on. All of this is done in a spirit of compassion and mercy. Although I knew intellectually that I have a relationship with God, I had never considered that God WANTS me to enter into a relationship with Him. I can deepen my relationship with God by talking to Him about the things that are in my heart, like a friend. There are things that may prevent us from having a deeper relationship with God – e.g., wounds from past relationships, relational habits, etc. God is compassionate and loving when we stray away from Him." – Margaret D.
"I was really wanting to grow closer to God alongside of others who could were wanting the same thing. I desire deep, true relationships that are created through honesty and grace. Love, love, love this program and I am completely excited to move ahead with the next 12 weeks. All of our group members said that they grew in their relationship with God and want more." Christy S.