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My Champion

Photo by Gordan By Sharon Feryance I grew up in the 1940s. At that time, a child born to unwed parents carried the stigma of being identified as an “illegitimate.”  I never knew my father, and my mother was in and out of my life. Thankfully, my grandmother raised me, but my early years were colored with loss and abuse. We moved around quite often, and I attended multiple grade schools — some [...]

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 [...]

Below the Waterline

Photo by Oh Kaye by Diana Malone Akins, oneLifemaps Facilitator When I was a child I loved to make an image out of a page of disconnected dots. You remember them, a mass of numbered dots that mysteriously sat on the paper, a puzzle waiting to be solved. The excitement mounted as you followed the numbers and discovered the image hidden inside. Out it popped! Like an object under water! Transitional seasons can [...]

You Cannot Die Badly If You Have Lived Well

Photo Michelle Travis by Leslie Dawson, oneLifemaps Facilitator “You cannot die badly if you have lived well.” St. Augustine These words were spoken by the minister during the Memorial Service of one of my closest and dearest friends of thirty years and fellow oneLifemaps Facilitator. Debbie Smith recently lost her life to a Stage 5 brain aneurism while filling a pitcher of water at her kitchen sink.  It was sudden, shocking, and incredibly sad [...]

By | October 21, 2014|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , , , , |6 Comments

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

by Julie Thomas, oneLifemaps Facilitator It was Saturday morning, November 6, 2010. I sat in a circle with a group of eight other women at a Listen To My Life workshop as our facilitator began to read a paraphrase of Mark 10:46-52. “Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, I, a blind woman named _____ (that is, the daughter of _____ and _____), [...]

Listen to My Life: The Wisdom of Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story

By Sharon Swing, Co-Author of Listen to My Life - The Wisdom of Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story I arrived at this particular life crossroads after an exhausting three-year run that included a challenging "hair-on-fire" job while parenting a preschooler. I loved the purpose behind the work and the people, but the way I went about engaging in it left me depleted. In leading, I had isolated myself. Professionalism, discretion, and pride [...]

By | September 16, 2014|Categories: My Life Story, Why Your Story Matters|Tags: , , |0 Comments

My Unexpected, God Ordained Bucket List

by Dr. Anita Schamber, oneLifemaps Facilitator Many people have seen the movie, “The Bucket List,” in which two dying men (Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman) create a list of things they want to do before they die. Ignoring their illnesses, together they abandon their hospital beds and set off to travel, engage in daring activities, and finally, face issues buried deeply in their hearts. What “my life story” reveals, however, is a bucket list of [...]

By | August 26, 2014|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Together We Drink This Cup

by Malinda Patterson There is something sacred in telling a story.  There is something especially sacred in telling one’s own story.  And it is an honor to be trusted with the story of another.  And so last week, our newly born community gathered around one another ten times to tell the stories of our lives. Frederick Buechner writes that “the story of any one of us is in some measure the story of us all.”  [...]

By | June 17, 2014|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , |2 Comments

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

by Joan Kelley, Director of Facilitator Development for oneLife Maps “Hope and faith will both come to an end when we die.  But love will remain.  Love is eternal.  Love comes from God and returns to God.  When we die, we will lose everything that life gave us except love.  The love with which we lived our lives is the life of God within us.  It is the divine, indestructible core of our being.  This [...]

By | May 22, 2014|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , |4 Comments

Looking Back vs. Going Back

Photo by Richard Park by Joan Kelley, Director of Facilitator Development for oneLife Maps I’ve heard this multiple times from people as I’ve invited them to the journey through Listen to My Life.  “I don’t want to go back into my story.  I don’t want to relive those memories.”  I’ve been thinking about those men and women lately and what is holding them back from looking at their stories.  For some people, this [...]

By | May 14, 2014|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , |1 Comment
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