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Following Forward to Freedom

By | April 25, 2017|Categories: Following Forward, Retreat/Workshop|Tags: , , , , , , |

Photo Credit: Fabian Irsara By Nancy Booth, certified life coach and spiritual director Recently, I had the opportunity to join others at a Listen to My Life retreat featuring the “Following Forward” map. It felt like God had personally invited me to join Him on that day. I came in great anticipation of what He might have to say. The day was composed of times of silence and meditation, listening to one another without [...]

Childhood Valley Experiences—Redeemed!

By | April 18, 2017|Categories: Valley Experiences|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Photo Credit: Sharon Christina By Patty MacCarthy, onelifemaps participant Growing up, I attended church each week with my family. In Sunday school, I was told that I was "a perfect child of God.” I never heard the word “sin” or that I was in need of a Savior. Jesus was portrayed only as teacher and healer. As a young girl, I was often left in the care of my two older brothers. Their [...]

Reframing on Raspberry Mountain

By | April 11, 2017|Categories: Valley Experiences|Tags: , , , , , |

Photo Credit: Biegun Wschodni by Kim Nielsen, oneLifemaps Facilitator Waking up to a God-kissed day on Raspberry Mountain filled my heart with joy! Much of what is life-giving to me could be found on this day: being in the majestic mountains, walking in the wildflower valleys, receiving my breath of the Spirit from the cool morning air as God affirmed my life this day, spending extended time with Him on retreat and sharing [...]

Awakening in the Valley

By | April 4, 2017|Categories: Valley Experiences|Tags: , , , , , , |

Photo Credit: Carol Steffens by Carol Steffens, oneLifemaps Facilitator and Blog editor Have you ever realized something later in life that you may have carried around with you since childhood? So it was for me, as I uncovered a seemingly inconsequential item until I was willing to allow the pain to surface about an incident that occurred in my early years. After school one day, while rummaging through some old boxes, I came across [...]

A Choice: React or Respond

By | March 28, 2017|Categories: My Life Story, Why Your Story Matters|Tags: , , , , |

Photo Credit: Jordan Whitt Photography By Sibyl Towner Are you reacting from your past or responding to God? Our past experiences hold power over us—good or bad. In essence, our pasts compete with God for our attention. God is more powerful than any circumstance or experience, but we have to choose to give him that power in our lives. Sibyl Towner speaks about these life choices. Scripture: As a father has compassion on [...]

Lent – A Sacred Journey In His Shadow

By | March 21, 2017|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , |

Photo by Danielle Macinnes By Joan Kelley, Director of Facilitator Development and oneLifemaps Facilitator I remember when my son Drew was four. While Drew did not need a lot of extra hugs, he did like to know where I was. He didn’t need me to hold his hand. He just needed to be near me. I could be in the middle of Target, look around and realize one of my children was missing, only [...]

Life Giving Rhythms and Lenten Season

By | March 14, 2017|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Photo Credit: Pexels By Jennifer Grabianski I nestled into a comfy couch in the living room, surrounded by 10 caring and supportive women, most of whom I’d never met before. It was March 2011, and the Lenten season was about to begin. I had completed two-thirds of the Listen to My Life maps, and our leader was previewing the next map, “Life-Giving Rhythms,” which is about listening to God by forming an intentional [...]

Created for Something More

By | March 7, 2017|Categories: Peak Experiences|Tags: , , , , , , |

Photo by Luke Pamar By Julie Thomas, oneLifemaps Facilitator and Volunteer The Peak Experiences Map is one of those maps that was hard for me to wrap my head around. Like most people, I always thought Peak experiences where those high points in my life when I experienced success and was rewarded for it. The purpose of the map is to help us reflect on activities that were satisfying, whether anyone noticed or [...]

Confidence and Competence

By | February 28, 2017|Categories: Peak Experiences|Tags: , , , , , , |

By Sibyl Towner The works that God has given you to do are most often embodied in the most satisfying activities of your life. This leads to confidence and competence. Listen and watch as Sibyl connects these two concepts and discover your unique design. Scripture: “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 NIV Questions: 1. Name a skill [...]

My Champion

By | February 21, 2017|Categories: My Life Story, Participant Stories|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

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