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Stolen Joy

By | 2018-06-20T14:33:55+00:00 July 17, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , |

Photo Credit: Milan Surbatovic on Unsplash By Joan Kelley I sat with a friend recently who was frustrated with a relative. I listened and then said, “It sounds like their extreme reaction to you is stealing your joy.” My friend teared up immediately. My comment had opened a place of vulnerability, of sadness, of a desire for something more, and a grief for what was unjustly taken. Later that day I sat with [...]

Wondering

By | 2018-06-18T14:11:13+00:00 July 10, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , |

Photo Credit: Kalen Emsley on Unsplash By Joan Kelley “People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the circular motions of the stars and they pass by themselves with out wondering.” Augustine What have you wondered at lately in God’s creation — a hawk sailing through the sky, a lily pad on the pond, the brilliant colors on [...]

Scars

By | 2018-06-18T13:47:53+00:00 July 3, 2018|Categories: Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , |

Photo Credit: Fancycrave on Unsplash By Joan Kelley “If you do not transform your wounds you will transmit them.” Richard Rohr The other night at dinner we each shared about a childhood injury and resulting scar – a literal one still present on our bodies. It was interesting to note we all had one and an interesting story to go with it. Scars remind us of the wound that happened long ago. They [...]

Beginning of Love

By | 2018-06-18T12:55:21+00:00 June 26, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , |

Photo Credit: Kevin Delvecchio on Unsplash By Joan Kelley “The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” ― Thomas Merton Loving [...]

Third Base Coach

By | 2018-06-13T13:50:12+00:00 June 19, 2018|Categories: Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , |

Photo Credit: Joey Kyber on Unsplash By Joan Kelley “Listen to My Life is like your personal third base coach.”. –Sibyl Towner The third-base coach stands in foul ground, just behind the third-base bag, and helps relay signals from the dugout to both batters and base runners. Additionally, the third-base coach is responsible for advising base runners on whether to stop at the second and third base or to continue running home. The third base coach is critical to the baseball game. They [...]

Restless?

By | 2018-06-05T14:59:27+00:00 June 12, 2018|Categories: My Life Now, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , |

Photo Credit: Joshua Earle on Unsplash By Sharon Swing Feeling restless? Maybe unsettled or bored? Have you considered that restlessness has a purpose? Maybe it could be a prompt from God to pay attention. What underlies the restlessness? What might God be moving you toward or away from? Consider that it may be prompt from the God who is FOR you. Maybe it is time to get curious about your restlessness. Why not [...]

Co-Creators

By | 2018-06-02T14:31:54+00:00 June 5, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , |

Photo Credit: Brooke Lark on Unsplash By Sharon Swing It’s all grace. It’s all a gift, this life of ours. Oh, to see it for what it is! To take nothing for granted, to live in wide-eyed wonder. Living aware of the good world God is creating, there is an open invitation to join in generating more love joy peace kindness. Co-creator? Yes! No need to RSVP. Just jump in the flow.   [...]

God, Incognito

By | 2018-05-29T14:16:16+00:00 May 29, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , |

Photo Credit: Robert Murray on Unsplash By Sharon Swing How might your day change if you assume God is present everywhere you go and right where you are? As we learn to recognize and respond to God, I have come to understand that this basic assumption is foundational.  It is a part of what it means to have faith - to assume God’s presence and activity even when we cannot sense it. When [...]

Is Self-Knowledge Scary?

By | 2018-05-14T14:10:05+00:00 May 22, 2018|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , , , |

Photo Credit: Nick Beswick on Unsplash By Sharon Swing Is gaining self-knowledge scary? Some people think so. I have come to feel that I would rather know myself well - so I can choose to lean into who God made me to be and what he made me to do. Equally important is the fact that I want to know myself so I don’t unconsciously do things that get in the way of [...]

Comprehending Your Own Storyline

By | 2018-05-14T13:36:44+00:00 May 15, 2018|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , , |

Photo Credit: Daniil Silantev on Unsplash By Sharon Swing It is possible for a human to live their own life story without comprehending the storyline. The only reason we keep inviting people into the experience of life-mapping using 'Listen to My Life' is so to help them to recognize and respond to God in their stories. That’s it. We have witnessed that when a person leans in, desiring to recognize and respond to [...]

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