by Deitra Shoemaker, oneLifemaps Affirmed Facilitator Early on this cold December morning, I venture outside in my warm bathrobe to watch the unusually colorful sunrise of orange, pink and blue as the colors meld together. Even though the 37 degree chill is beckoning me to run back inside, I stand and wait . . . I know that within minutes this “hidden manna moment” will disappear as the sun fully rises. So I decide to [...]
Photo by Sharon SwingPoem from Advent Book by Kathy and Jack Stockman by Joan Kelley, Director of Facilitator Development for oneLife Maps Questions to Ponder: What story of Christ might you want to spend time reading this Christmas? What might you want to explore during this Advent season? Is there a door in your life that needs opening? What possibilities lie behind that door? How can you be present to the Creator’s Presence [...]
by Sibyl Towner, Co-Author of Listen to My Life Click here to listen to Sibyl share some thoughts on the importance of tradition in knowing our place in our families and the family of God. Click for more information on the book Sibyl refers to: Living the Christian Year.
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 [...]
by Sibyl Towner, Co-Author of Listen To My Life Have you ever stood at a crossroads in your life? Do you want your decisions to reflect more of who you are in Christ? Are their things cluttering and confusing your decision making process? Listen as Sibyl shares three practical pieces of wisdom from God’s word and putting the facets of your story together with God’s story. Recommended Books Related to this Video: Life of the [...]
by Sharon Voyda, oneLifemaps Facilitator Sometimes when I hear the word “discipline” used in reference to experiencing God’s presence, it revives images of failed New Year’s Eve promises or early morning gym routines that are riveted by blaring music. My thoughts are crowded with notions of striving, enduring and straining to “get God.” In her book, Enjoying the Presence of God, Jan Johnson suggests noticing what is present, immediate, the thing that is right in [...]
by Sibyl Towner, Co-Author of Listen To My Life Have you ever had this phrase, “I want a deeper relationship with God,” stir in your heart? When phrases like this emerge in life, you have the opportunity to allow them to help draw you toward conversations with God. Paying attention to those questions can help you grow in your relationship and trust in God. Could it be that God has put those questions in your soul [...]
Photo by Unsplash.com by Mark H. Crumpler, Pastor for Teaching and Spiritual Formation, Peachtree Presbyterian Church The fruit of the Spirit is . . . patience (Gal. 5:22) Mark Buchanan’s fine book The Rest of God relates a story handed down through several generations of his wife’s family. This piece of lore tells about his wife’s grandmother Alice, who lived in a part of the Yukon known for luring gold-hunters willing to take great [...]
by David Benner, author Once, when asked if he believed in God, Carl Jung said, “I don’t believe in God, I know God.” Although it could sound scandalously arrogant, with what I hope is appropriate honesty I can say the same. I know God—certainly not exhaustively, but nonetheless genuinely. Can you say the same? Those who have never developed a personal knowing of God will be limited in the depth of their personal knowing of [...]
by Sibyl Towner, Co-Author of Listen To My Life Sleepless nights. Anxious thoughts. Easily distracted. Extra cups of coffee. Discontent. What is causing the restlessness behind this lifestyle? Can you name it? Restlessness is God at work in you. He is paying attention to you.