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Into the Garden

Photo by Baby QB by Kathleen Bolduc, author This morning I bring my Bible, journal, and cup of tea into the garden. A light mist hangs over the fields across the road, and I am surprised to see tender green shoots of corn forming rows where yesterday there was nothing but dirt. All around me, Dame’s Rocket thrusts purple and white spires toward the skies like holy hands reaching toward heaven. Boxwood shimmers [...]

By | April 15, 2014|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Where is Your Bridge?

by Mark H. Crumpler, Pastor for Teaching and Spiritual Formation, Peachtree Presbyterian Church On March 11, 2005 Kevin Berthia had finally stopped thinking about taking his own life. On this day those thoughts and the mounting despair that came with them had reached a tipping point, pushing him to take action. Having climbed over the rail of the Golden Gate Bridge, Berthia stood perched on a narrow pipe high above the waters of the San [...]

By | February 18, 2014|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

A Collection of Moments

by Pete Wilson, Senior Pastor of Cross Point Church I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I can live with a greater awareness of God’s presence even in the very ordinary, mundane, moments of life. Frederick Buechner wrote, “The question is not whether the things that happen to you are chance things or God’s things because, of course, they are both at once. There is no chance thing through which God cannot speak — even [...]

By | February 4, 2014|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Who is God to You?

by Sibyl Towner, Co-Author of Listen To My Life "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say that I am?" Peter answered, "God's Messiah." Luke 9:20 NIV "Your image of God forms you." Richard Rohr This was the way that Linda Holmes began the morning worship for The Springs Retreat Center board meeting this week. This was a familiar question as it was the theme of the Facilitator's Circle Gathering at Glen Eyrie [...]

By | July 16, 2013|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Unconditional Acceptance

by Sharon Swing, Co-Author of Listen To My Life: Maps for Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story I recently witnessed a conversation that was beautiful in its vulnerability. The level of honesty was disarming and uncomfortable for the woman disclosing her story.  She began to repeatedly clear her throat. The listener spoke simple questions and observations, without judgment, that led to a deeper self-awareness for the speaker. “I notice you sound irritated when [...]

Forgotten Invitations

By Cheri Hudspith, oneLifemaps Facilitator I don’t know about you, but I have a stubborn and rebellious heart.  This summer I was reminded how true this is.  When I left a training program in June, I was working through Steve Macchia’s book called Crafting a Rule of Life.  Numerous times during that process I was aware of something God was inviting me to consider - a daily time of silence. Once I put the book [...]

By | January 8, 2013|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Summer Lake Meditation

By Linda Holmes, Spiritual Director “He leads me to calm waters.” Psalm 23:3 NCV As you look at the picture... Reflect on the height and depth of His love… Ponder His peace and presence… Stand firm as summer’s storm steals into the picture… Listen for His whisper in the wind… wait… watch… wonder… All creation cries out, “I AM here!” Riding on the edge of clouds, Dancing on azure pools of water, Waving from every [...]

A Tool in the Hands of the Master

Photo by lraine by Marcy Hardy, oneLifemaps Facilitator If I had a life verse to share with you-- one that I believe God gave me early in my life and keeps bringing me to it would be "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 In my life-- in [...]

The Best Birthday Gift

By Sharon Swing, Co-Author of Listen to My Life:  Maps for Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story I turned 50 a few weeks ago. I wanted to see if God might have something he wanted to say to me on my 50th birthday. I headed off to a beautiful garden and walked the paths admiring blooming crab apples, lilacs (in Chicago's early April?) and tulips. I basked in the sun and soaked it [...]

By | April 24, 2012|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

Holy Week

by Sibyl Towner, Co-Author of Listen To My Life and Co-Director of The Springs Holy Week is here. Aren't all weeks holy? What is different about this week?  It is the week where we see, feel, touch, taste, hear and ponder the length, width, depth, height, and breadth of God's love for every human being that ever was and ever will be. It is the week where we witness the full extent of Jesus' obedience. [...]

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