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

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

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 [...]

Anticipating Autumn

By | September 9, 2014|Categories: Reviewing My Days|Tags: , , |

Photo by Lukas Haffele by Michelle Key, oneLifemaps Facilitator In God’s created world there are seasons that continually recycle throughout the year and return again and again.  There are times of drought, dormancy, root-deepening, new growth and fruit-bearing.  As humans, our spiritual lives too can be characterized by a series of stages that lead us toward fullness, wholeness, maturity and transformation. Each season has its mixed bag of harvest and loss.  I am in such a season at this time in my life.  Through God's leading, my husband and I have downsized. [...]

My Unexpected, God Ordained Bucket List

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

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 [...]

Faces of Poverty

By | August 5, 2014|Categories: Why Your Story Matters|

Photo by True Change Band by Barb Giordan I visited poverty last summer at Walmart. I was standing in the checkout line paying for my son's school supplies. It was piled in mounds like heaps of rubble; notebooks and pencils, erasers and paper. The cashier looked at me forlornly and said, "Wow, that's a ton of money for all those supplies." "Yes," I agreed. She said she was waiting for a woman to [...]

Six Steps to Sabbath Rest

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

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 [...]

Fast Fails

By | July 15, 2014|Categories: My Life Now|Tags: , , |

Photo by Kristina MM by Jennifer Whiteford, oneLifemaps Facilitator My yoke broke. The raccoon ate the greens. I couldn’t get the right words out. Critical phrases hounded my brain. She never showed up. Recently I passed some travel time by listening to an audio magazine talk about a new buzzword for professional women. Fast fails. Rack up your attempts to achieve knowing that many of them may fall flat. But… some will stick [...]

Is There Something More?

By | July 1, 2014|Categories: Desires & Longings|Tags: , , , |

by Sibyl Towner, Co-Author of Listen To My Life At one time or another, we all have succumbed to the pull of advertisers. Many of us have tuned into the Super Bowl to see the next latest and greatest ads. They do a good job of convincing the viewer to try their product because if you don’t, you are missing out. They are masters at convincing you that this is it, this is what will [...]

Order My Days

By | June 24, 2014|Categories: Desires & Longings|Tags: , , |

by Carol Steffens, oneLifemaps Facilitator The trees are limp with rain tonight and more is forecasted for tomorrow. I consider my desire for the warm sunshine of yesterday's weather, but find my discomfort fades as I watch heaven's water provide drink to the thirsty ground. I am reminded of an old hymn based on Psalm 42:1, "As the deer panteth for the water, so my soul longeth after you. You alone are my heart's desire [...]

Together We Drink This Cup

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

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.”  [...]

Valley Freedom

By | June 10, 2014|Categories: Valley Experiences|Tags: , , |

by Laurie Proctor, oneLifemaps Facilitator My mind races and I have the undeniable urge to run out of the room.  I grip the arms of my chair to make sure that I don’t.  I am about to share a painful valley experience with a group of near strangers who are all staring at me expectantly.  I have willingly agreed to do this but now it seems like a careless, almost reckless thing to do.  Something akin to [...]

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