Speaking Topics

 

 

(NEW) He Restores: 

Why do we so often minimize our losses and stuff down our grief? We work hard, press through, and we just get by. Is this because we believe that’s what good Christians do? Yet at what cost to our souls? Jesus cares about the hurts buried deep in our hearts. He cares about the trials we’ve endured and how they’ve impacted us. And He stands before us with a fire in His eyes, ready and willing to speak to those places in us that need assurance, love, and redemption. Jesus lives! And because He lives, we too can live fully alive, nourished, and free. God wants to restore your soul and your story in ways you never thought possible. Psalm 23:3 ~ He restores my soul...

 

 

 

 

She is Loved

How would you live differently if you knew that your identity was not up for grabs or changeable with popular opinion? Would you take more risks? Love more freely? Believe more boldly?  Jesus is already sold on the idea of you! In Christ Jesus, we are made brand new, through and through. And when we understand who and Whose we are, we stop living in reaction to our fears and insecurities, and start living in response to the finished work of Christ. Everything changes when we believe the truth about who we are.

*Based on Ephesians 3:18-19

(Susie’s ‘Uncommon Woman Message)  

 

(NEW) He Rewards: 

John Burke once said, Most Christians know so little about heaven that they’re more excited about retirement than they are about eternity. How do we make this life count if we’re flying blind when it comes to heaven? And why does it matter how we live if we’re simply saved by grace? We have this one life. None of us knows when we’ll see Jesus face to face. How we live here directly impacts how we will live there…in heaven. Jesus spoken often about stewardship because He loves us and wants us to reap a harvest when it’s all said and done. We’ll explore the kind of life that God rewards. Jesus lives! May we live like heaven is real because it is! Revelation 22:12 ~ “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done."

 

She is Transformed

How do we grow in our walk with Christ? It’s through the healings and dealings of God. As we allow Him to heal the deep hurts from our past—the ones that rob us of our joy and steal our perspective—we will dare to trust Him with our future. By looking at Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well, we’ll find the courage to be real with Jesus so He can redeem our story. Jesus has more for us! *Based on Ephesians 3:16-17 and John 4

(Susie’s Staying by the Well Message)

 

She is Free!

The Bible says the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but Jesus intends to give us life abundantly. How do we walk free when all we've known is captivity? We’ll talk about how to recover the land the enemy has stolen and how to stand boldly in the freedom Jesus secured for us. He invites us to lay hold of our God-given freedom but the enemy doesn’t surrender territory lightly. We have to contend for it, but overwhelming victory belongs to us because we belong to Jesus. *Based on John 10:10

(Susie’s Freedom Message) 

 

 

She's an Heir 

The Bible tells us that in Christ Jesus, we are heirs of God! But so often we think and pray like orphans. We beg and plead, and allow our disappointments to mark our lives to the point of unbelief. How do we remember who we are in Christ Jesus? What if we approached life like an heir, especially when hardships come and threaten to steal our joy? Our perspective on our adoption into the royal family of God, changes everything.

*Based on Romans 8:17

(One of the messages from Susie’s book, ‘Your Powerful Prayers’)

 

She is Called 

Do you believe that God created you for a purpose? Does it seem that once you awaken to this idea that you hit one roadblock after another? How do we navigate the waters of opposition, the reality of our fears, and the timing of God to lay hold of HIs best purposes for us? The days are growing more evil but we have every reason for faith. God is busy and active in our world and He will profoundly use those who are willing to take hold of His promises and walk them out in their everyday lives. It’s impossible to please God without faith. Get ready for a time to be challenged and motivated to become and accomplish everything God intended for you since the beginning of time!  *Based on Ephesians 3:20-21

(Susie’s ‘Your Beautiful Purpose’ Message)

She is WISE 

The culture around us seems to be swirling out of control. Add to the mix, our own daily battles and you realize that it only takes a moment for us to lose our footing, our joy, and our perspective.  Using WISE as an acronym, Susie unpack four key strategies for keeping perspective and for navigating through life with a heart of wisdom. (W: Worship, I: Intimacy/Identity, S: Stand on Scripture, E: Eternity)

*Based on Proverbs 9:10

(One of the messages from Susie’s book, ‘Your Sacred Yes’) 

Say YES to God's Best 

It's so easy to give away our time to things un-appointed by God. We commit to something because it's a good cause or there's a great need. Or maybe because no one else will help out. The result? The days blur together and we find ourselves overworked and underjoyed, desperate for a faith awakening. Here’s a critical point: all of our racing and rushing not only makes us tired, it makes us vulnerable. We tend to take shortcuts, lose focus, and unknowingly open the door for the enemy to lead us astray. God’s will for us always involves a measure of rest and reflection. We bear fruit in this life to the degree that we abide in the Vine, follow Jesus’ lead, and do what He says. His will for us is our best-case scenario. Will you say yes to the One who will rejuvenate your soul?

*Based on Psalm 90:12

(Susie's 'Your Sacred Yes' message) 

 

Christmas Message:

Comfort & Joy 

The holiday season is meant to inspire fresh gratitude, deep wonder, and a renewed sense of God's great love for us. Jesus entered the womb of a teenage girl in poverty, to meet us in the places of our deepest need and to bring redemption and freedom there. So why do we get so caught up with the notion that our holidays need to resemble the three minute commercials or polished magazine covers? The word “Selah” appears many times in the Bible – it is a call for us to pause…and take it in. True joy happens in our Christmas season when we look for a find Jesus amidst our story. When we acknowledge the God-who-is-with us in every hardship, in every blessing,  we approach our holidays with a fresh measure of faith. We shift from the obsessive need for a polished presentation to a deep desire to experience God no matter where life finds us this season.  Jesus beautifully illustrated this very point by the way He came to us. Come and enjoy a message that will make you laugh, warm your heart, and encourage you this season.

Intimacy with God 

True intimacy is linked with familiarity, warmth, affection, and confidence. As the days grow evil and the times more chaotic, God invites us to be continually refreshed in His presence. What are the hindrances to intimacy with God and how do we overcome them? Nothing speaks peace to a world in need like a soul that knows how to rest in God. And nothing will bless our own lives more than the firm belief that God cherishes us. Even in hard times, we have more than enough because we have Him.  

*Based on Zephaniah 3:17

Living the Promised Life

The Bible tells us that we have access to every spiritual blessing and that overwhelming victory is ours in Christ Jesus. We are promised abounding grace and peace for all times in every season. God tells us that all of His promises are true and they are for us because we belong to Him! The days are growing more evil, but we have every reason for faith. God is busy and active in our world and He will profoundly use those who are willing to take hold of His promises and walk them out in their everyday lives. It’s impossible to please God without faith. Get ready for a time to be challenged and motivated to take hold of all that’s been offered to you in God’s Word!

*Based on 2 Peter 1:4

 

 

 

 
 

Session Examples for Retreats

These examples are to show retreat planners a few different ways to fit various messages together under a particular theme.

Drink Deep
Session One: Trusting God
(Mercy in the Wilderness message [My story]).
Session Two: Drinking Deep
(Staying by the Well message)
Session Three: Living Free
(Embracing Your Freedom message)
Session Four: Drawing Near
(Intimacy with God message)

Awaken My Heart
Session One: Awaken My Trust
( Mercy in the Wilderness message)
Session Two: Awaken My Faith
(Living the Promised Life message)
Session Three: Awaken My Courage
(Embracing Your Freedom message)
Session Four: Awaken My Heart
(Staying by the Well message)

Extraordinary Expectation
Session One: Courageously Real
(Staying by the Well message)
Session Two: Purposefully Devoted
(Intimacy with God message)
Session Three: Boldly Uncommon
(Uncommon Woman message)

*Messages can also be written to accommodate your event theme.