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 Leslie Dawson, oneLifemaps facilitator What is thanksgiving? It is an expression of gratitude, especially to God. It is giving thanks for the harvest. What has God harvested in your heart this year? Each person, regardless of race, position, or circumstances has a reason to be thankful. Enjoy these encouraging words by Meister Eckhart.
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 Leslie Dawson, oneLifemaps Facilitator It’s summertime! Many of us make plans to get away, slow down or even take a vacation. Our family has enjoyed some wonderful times together. When I am away and get the chance to slow down, I often find it is easier to notice God and hear his voice. However, noticing God in the very heart of daily life can be a challenge for me. Being aware of his [...]
by Leslie Dawson, oneLifemaps facilitator photo by Joan Kelley, Director of Facilitator Development and oneLifemaps Facilitator Questions to Ponder: What adjustments need to be made to set your sails so you may be fully alive to God and in the center of his purpose for you? Sailboats are uniquely and expertly crafted to navigate the waters. How has God uniquely crafted you with the intention of showing his love through you to a hurting world? Are their [...]
By Leslie Dawson, oneLife Maps facilitator As we begin this new year, I want to make wise choices going forward which include God in deeper ways in my everyday life. In order to do that I have spent time reflecting on my past patterns, my interactions with God and struggles in faith to help me reframe my steps going forward. One area I began to explore first was my known trigger points. These are places [...]
by Leslie Dawson, oneLife Maps Facilitator While driving in early December, I heard a familiar Christmas carol on the radio. Though I’ve known and loved this song for years, this day I was deeply struck by the lyrics. I listened. Questions crystalized in my mind, one after another. I was taken by The Drummer Boy’s obedience, willingness and focus. The boy was asked to come and he did. He had no gift to bring but [...]
by Leslie Dawson, oneLifemaps Facilitator A year ago, my sister invited me to join her in running the Paris marathon to celebrate her 50th birthday. This was not an unusual request because I am also a runner and when we are in the same town, we enjoy running together. Because of my current circumstances and prior commitments, I could not take the time needed to train. I really desired to share fully in this with her and [...]