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Sorting Out Your Story

By | 2017-08-14T12:35:46+00:00 August 15, 2017|Categories: My Life Story, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , , , |

Photo Credit: Rob Bates on Unsplash Sometimes we don’t realize we have choices. We’ve been given ways to accomplish tasks, ways to view the world, ways of interacting with people, beliefs about what brings meaning, fears, worries, values, and expectations. We are also handed beliefs about who God is, or isn’t, all courtesy of our family and our culture. Without reflecting on our experiences, emotions, and stories, how do we sort out for [...]

Pain Avoidance vs. Purpose

By | 2017-07-31T14:41:32+00:00 August 8, 2017|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , |

Photo Credit: Rhonda K Native Florida Folk Artist There is a tension I want to bring to your attention. Discomfort Avoidance <-----------------------> Joyful, Meaningful Life When we avoid pain or various forms of discomfort, we seldom have the joy of living with a satisfying sense of meaning and purpose. It seems we live in a society that attempts to have it both ways, saying, ‘I’ll enjoy living with a joyful sense of meaning [...]

Thinking About How We Think

By | 2017-07-31T13:30:33+00:00 August 1, 2017|Categories: My Life Story, Valley Experiences, Why Your Story Matters|Tags: , , , , , |

Photo Credit: Christopher Sardegna Our past experiences shape how we react to our present, and how we predict our futures.  We tend to live on auto-pilot, using 'if-this-then-that' logic that our past has programed into our brain – especially when we are triggered by an unpleasant event. Options become limited – or left unconsidered.  We react to current circumstances without considering that there may be another way to choose to respond. That is, [...]

Essential Curiosity

By | 2017-07-26T14:31:54+00:00 July 25, 2017|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , |

Photo by Evan Kirby Curiosity is an essential prerequisite to love. Since love is at the rock bottom core of our desires, it might be helpful to understand what helps us to receive and give love. Falling in love requires a curiosity about another person. I think it is also the secret to staying in love – and working thru conflict.   What if, when someone is irritating, obnoxious or defiant, I could [...]

Dual Narratives

By | 2017-07-13T14:03:18+00:00 July 18, 2017|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|

We gratefully acknowledge the Source of the flowers, and the unknown photographer. By Sharon Swing, Co-Author, Listen to My Life:  Maps for Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story I was struck by the phrase ‘dual narrative’ when it was spoken in passing.  The phrase refers to a story written from two different people’s perspectives, or from one person at two different points in time. Immediately, what came to my mind was [...]

Overwhelmed: What is Affecting the Output of Your Heart?

By | 2017-07-06T14:44:51+00:00 July 11, 2017|Categories: Reviewing My Days|Tags: , , , , |

Photo Credit: Nitish Meena by Janine Wetzel God used a contaminated well on our property to give me a picture of the condition of my heart.  It was a not-so-subtle object lesson invite me to respond in more life-giving ways. Not too long ago, we had a torrential rain.  All seemed fine and dandy until nasty brown water started coming out of our faucets instead of the clear liquid we are used to [...]

Questions from the Master: Who do you say that I am?

By | 2017-06-30T06:53:51+00:00 July 4, 2017|Categories: Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , , |

Photo by Canva By Julie Thomas, oneLifemaps Facilitator and Blog Coordinator                              Scripture: Matthew 16:13-15 (The Voice) Jesus then went to Caesarea Philippi. Jesus (to His disciples): Who do people say the Son of Man is? Disciples: Some say John the Baptist. And some say Elijah. And some say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets. Jesus: And you? Who do you say that I am? Questions for Reflection: Jesus was always teaching the disciples something. He never seemed [...]

Questions from the Master: Do you want to get well?

By | 2017-06-26T18:34:21+00:00 June 27, 2017|Categories: Spiritual Practice, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

By Carol Steffens, oneLifemaps Facilitator and Blog Editor Scripture: Soon another Feast came around and Jesus was back in Jerusalem. Near the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there was a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda, with five alcoves. Hundreds of sick people—blind, crippled, paralyzed—were in these alcoves. One man had been an invalid there for 38 years. When Jesus saw him stretched out by the pool and knew how long he had been there, he said, [...]

Questions from the Master: Do you love me?

By | 2017-06-19T13:43:28+00:00 June 20, 2017|Categories: Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , , |

Photo Credit:Marco Horvat By Julie Thomas, oneLifemaps Facilitator and Blog Coordinator                              Scripture: John 21:15-17 (The Voice) They finished eating breakfast. Jesus: Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these other things? Simon Peter: Yes, Lord. You know that I love You. Jesus: Take care of My lambs. Jesus asked him a second time . . . Jesus: Simon, son of John, do you love Me? Simon Peter: Yes, Lord. You must surely know that I love You. Jesus: Shepherd [...]

Questions from the Master: What do you want me to do for you?

By | 2017-06-19T11:38:47+00:00 June 13, 2017|Categories: Desires & Longings, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , , , |

  Photo Credit: Lucas   By Carol Steffens, oneLifemaps Facilitator and Blog Editor                          Scripture: Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many rebuked him and told him [...]

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