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Lent – A Sacred Journey In His Shadow

Photo by Danielle Macinnes By Joan Kelley, Director of Facilitator Development and oneLifemaps Facilitator I remember when my son Drew was four. While Drew did not need a lot of extra hugs, he did like to know where I was. He didn’t need me to hold his hand. He just needed to be near me. I could be in the middle of Target, look around and realize one of my children was missing, only [...]

By | March 21, 2017|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Life Giving Rhythms and Lenten Season

Photo Credit: Pexels By Jennifer Grabianski I nestled into a comfy couch in the living room, surrounded by 10 caring and supportive women, most of whom I’d never met before. It was March 2011, and the Lenten season was about to begin. I had completed two-thirds of the Listen to My Life maps, and our leader was previewing the next map, “Life-Giving Rhythms,” which is about listening to God by forming an intentional [...]

Letting Scripture Read Me

Photo Credit: joshuapaulphotography.com By Sharon Swing and Sibyl Towner, co-authors of Life to My Life *Excerpts from Listen to My Life: Maps for Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story; “My Life Now” map reflection page. One purpose of the “My Life Story” map is “to uncover how beloved you are and always have been by the God who created you.” We map our lives to obtain perspective of how our story [...]

Stop and Think About It

Photo by Bridget AMES by Joan Kelley, Director of Facilitator Development for oneLife Maps Have you stopped before you start this holiday season? My eight year old son, Mitchell, and I were reading a book before bed one night. It was a silly mystery book called Jigsaw Jones. We ran into this line in the story, “The whole family was piled tightly into the car, like a hippopotamus wearing a Speedo bathing suit.” Mitchell giggled and [...]

By | December 2, 2014|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , |1 Comment

A Question of Gratefulness

By Sharon Swing, onelifemaps author “What if all I did not thank God for today would be gone tomorrow?” That question stopped me in my tracks when I heard it. Really, what do I have that does not come from the hand of God? What am I assuming came to me because of my own efforts? Did God not give me the ability to apply my efforts toward things of my choosing? I find these [...]

By | November 18, 2014|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , |0 Comments

Simply Grateful

Photo by Jean Lakosnyk by Joan Kelley, Director of Facilitator Development and oneLifemaps Facilitator I remember the things our kids said thanks for at the dinner table when they were small…peas, ketchup, ants on the sidewalk, ice cream cones. My kids are getting older but I’m still learning lessons from their thankful hearts.  Here’s what God put on my heart just this week as I reflected on my need for gratitude.  “In the [...]

By | November 11, 2014|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , |1 Comment

God’s Invitation to Be-Come

photo by Anne Spratt by Linda Holmes, Spiritual Director BE… In the beginning God created people to live and move and have their very BEing in Him. The great I AM chose us to BE like Him, intimately related to and in relationship with Him.  In spite of our failings and falling out with God, He waits for and welcomes us to spend time with Him not doing, but ‘being’ still that we [...]

The Sacrament of Letting Go

by Kathy Bolduc, author Do you ever throw yourself a pity party? You know, one of those parties where you’re the only one who shows up? When you’re all by yourself, down in the dumps, knowing absolutely no one can possibly relate to your life situation? I had a day like that last Sunday. Feeling sorry for myself is easy on gloomy days when I can’t get to church for the fifth week in a [...]

Six Steps to Sabbath Rest

Photo by Leslie Dawson by Keri Wyatt Kent, oneLifemaps Facilitator It used to be, when people would ask, “How are you?” we’d often answer by saying, “Fine.” Even if we were not fine, we’d say we were, to be polite, I suppose. These days, when people ask, “How are you?” the standard answer has changed. We say, “I’m so busy!” Even if we are not, we say we are. Why is that? Perhaps [...]

By | July 22, 2014|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , |0 Comments

Noticing

by Sharon Voyda, oneLifemaps Facilitator Sometimes when I hear the word “discipline” used in reference to experiencing God’s presence, it revives images of failed New Year’s Eve promises or early morning gym routines that are riveted by blaring music. My thoughts are crowded with notions of striving, enduring and straining to “get God.” In her book, Enjoying the Presence of God, Jan Johnson suggests noticing what is present, immediate, the thing that is right in [...]

By | April 22, 2014|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, My Life Now|Tags: , , , |2 Comments
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