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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 [...]

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

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

The Joy of My Salvation

by Leslie Dawson, oneLifemaps Facilitator I was thrilled when I first learned I would have the opportunity to work through the Listen to My Life maps.  Being the rule follower that I am, I diligently filled out both the My Life Now and My Life Story maps before the event began.  I took a lot of time filling out the My Life Story map because I had never really chronicled my story in such a [...]

By | November 20, 2013|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

What’s Your Story?

by Joan Kelley, Director of Facilitator Development and oneLifemaps Facilitator   I asked the question on Facebook, "How has story work been an important part of your ongoing spiritual formation?" Sharon Swing eloquently responded with words expressing the deep connection between life story and spiritual transformation. If you have ever wondered if story is important, you will enjoy her quote. "I don't know how to think about spiritual formation apart from my story! If I am [...]

Soaring in Tandem

by Joani Hughes, oneLifemaps Facilitator This summer, our family returned to the beach. It did not take us long to make our way to the ocean and establish the little towel kingdom that would be ours for five days.  One afternoon the beach breeze was especially strong and we watched as our “neighbors” pulled out an unusually large bright red kite and began to fly it. Unlike many kites, this one was rectangular in shape [...]

By | August 6, 2013|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , , |4 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 [...]

Everything and Emptiness

by Joan Kelley, Director of Facilitator Development and oneLifemaps Facilitator Everything and emptiness...somehow in God's kingdom they are related.  In this human world we strive and grasp for everything we want and need and end up with emptiness.  In God's kingdom we are called to emptiness and somehow he gives us everything we need. As we enter this holy week, I wonder what is pulling on your soul… the “emptiness” that results from the world [...]

By | March 26, 2013|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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