Childhood Valley Experiences—Redeemed!

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

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 [...]

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

by Julie Thomas, oneLifemaps Facilitator It was Saturday morning, November 6, 2010. I sat in a circle with a group of eight other women at a Listen To My Life workshop as our facilitator began to read a paraphrase of Mark 10:46-52. “Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, I, a blind woman named _____ (that is, the daughter of _____ and _____), [...]

Looking Back vs. Going Back

Photo by Richard Park by Joan Kelley, Director of Facilitator Development for oneLife Maps I’ve heard this multiple times from people as I’ve invited them to the journey through Listen to My Life.  “I don’t want to go back into my story.  I don’t want to relive those memories.”  I’ve been thinking about those men and women lately and what is holding them back from looking at their stories.  For some people, this [...]

By | May 14, 2014|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Into the Garden

Photo by Baby QB by Kathleen Bolduc, author This morning I bring my Bible, journal, and cup of tea into the garden. A light mist hangs over the fields across the road, and I am surprised to see tender green shoots of corn forming rows where yesterday there was nothing but dirt. All around me, Dame’s Rocket thrusts purple and white spires toward the skies like holy hands reaching toward heaven. Boxwood shimmers [...]

By | April 15, 2014|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , |1 Comment

What If There Was No Joseph?

by Michelle Key, oneLifemaps Facilitator One of my favorite times during Advent and Christmas is when I pull out my nativity scenes.  The ritual is usually the same each year. Right after Thanksgiving, and not before, I pull out all the boxes of decorations, play sacred Christmas music and light candles.  It is a time I enjoy with Christ as I prepare my physical and interior home.  It is sacred space set aside to abide [...]

By | December 23, 2013|Categories: Desires & Longings|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Sitting at His Table

by Jennifer Whiteford, oneLifemaps Facilitator Steady. Engaged. Soulful. That is my usual operating speed. But not now. Not this month. Not in a long time. Insert these words instead. Numb. Frail. Sobered. In the midst of Advent, I am in yet another familiar warring season. A battle for my relationships, my body, and my mind. Experience has taught me to keep a rhythm of disciplines despite how I feel. These weeks the one thing I [...]

Just Do It

By Annie Sander, Worship Leader and Vocal Director, The Compass Church This morning I was on my way to a church conference. My car pulled out of my driveway at 8:32 am; and frankly – I was pretty proud of myself for being ready with perfume on, make-up on and my 8 and 6 year old kids fed by this hour. As I was driving out of my neighborhood, I saw this woman running with a [...]

A Bold Plan

by Don Krause “How can I live with the purposeful intention of being who God desires me to be?” Sibyl Towner, co-author of Listen to My Life, had just asked me to consider this question as we worked through one of the life maps.  Working through the maps had shown me places where I had certainly followed God’s leading, but it also revealed other areas where I had strayed from his path in order to [...]

By | September 10, 2013|Categories: Following Forward|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

5 Minute Meetings

by Emy Lyn Bell, Photographer Did you know I was fired from my first big girl job? Yep.  It's true.  It seriously sucked and has for a long time now.  A 5 minute meeting and BAM my life was thrown in a totally different direction.  Though I've attempted to not allow that 5 minute meeting to affect me so much, it has for years.  I have been angry.  I have been embarrassed and ashamed.  Every time [...]

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