For the first Christian Writers Retreat at Mount Hermon in 2021, Melanie Jones put together an amazing collection of inspiring quotes, Scripture verses, prayer prompts, poems, articles, and hymns to enhance the retreat experience. This extensive content was printed out and placed in three-ring binders for all of the attendees. (Those who signed up for the virtual retreat received a PDF of the binder.) We encouraged participants to skim through the pages during the retreat and prayerfully choose parts that the Holy Spirit might be prompting them to ponder, then review the rest after they returned home to hear what God might want to continue speaking to their hearts.
Now, thanks to the efforts of our wonderful website coordinator, Michelle Murray, the incredible material from that printed binder is available online for retreat registrants. During the retreat, ask the Lord to guide you to the sections of this virtual binder that He wants you to consider. Or spend your time enjoying all the other things we have to offer and look over the binder after you get home.
There’s a lot packed into this virtual binder! Don’t try to “get through it all” during the retreat. There’s far more here than you could possibly do in the time allowed. Instead, choose a section and start reading the Scriptures, quotations, and prompts thoroughly. Ponder each one for a moment. Ask God if there’s something He wants to say to you through it.
If the Lord impresses something on your heart, pause and listen to His voice. Reflect on it. Write what God is saying to you, or what you wish to to Him in response, in a journal.
If a Scripture, quotation, or prompt doesn’t resonate with you after considering it for a while, move on to the next one. Do this until something connects with your heart.
Remember, this isn’t reading to get information; it’s about hearing what God wants to say to you.
Click on the windows below to view all of the elements in the Mount Hermon retreat virtual binder.