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One Life

by Sibyl Towner, Co-Author of Listen To My Life Your life matters…we have only one life to live…live it to the full! We have heard these words before but the question remains, “How do we go about doing that”? The answer may just lie in living well into the common, ordinary moments given to us by God each day. There is purpose for each generation as we will hear about in the accompanying video. “Is the [...]

The Sacrament of Letting Go

by Kathy Bolduc, author Do you ever throw yourself a pity party? You know, one of those parties where you’re the only one who shows up? When you’re all by yourself, down in the dumps, knowing absolutely no one can possibly relate to your life situation? I had a day like that last Sunday. Feeling sorry for myself is easy on gloomy days when I can’t get to church for the fifth week in a [...]

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 _____), [...]

Big or Bitty – It’s Treasure

by Nancy Bentz, oneLifemaps Facilitator “Pour out the best you have, and always be poor. Never be diplomatic and careful about the treasure God gives. This is poverty triumphant.” - Oswald Chambers Say the word treasure and visions of rich dead uncles we’re not related to tease “If only…” from our lips. Say the word treasure and it’s over to the recycle bin to fish out that Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes envelope. Say the word treasure and [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:03+00:00 September 30, 2014|Categories: Following Forward|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Listen to My Life: The Wisdom of Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story

By Sharon Swing, Co-Author of Listen to My Life - The Wisdom of Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story I arrived at this particular life crossroads after an exhausting three-year run that included a challenging "hair-on-fire" job while parenting a preschooler. I loved the purpose behind the work and the people, but the way I went about engaging in it left me depleted. In leading, I had isolated myself. Professionalism, discretion, and pride [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:03+00:00 September 16, 2014|Categories: My Life Story, Why Your Story Matters|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Lessons Learned from Leading

by Julie Thomas, oneLifemaps Facilitator After completing my first attempt at leading some friends through Listen to My Life, I looked back and saw  an amazing adventure where God has taught and continues to teach me many lessons.  After spending much of my time at the Facilitator Circle Gathering asking questions like, "What does this look like in mentoring relationships?" and “How much of my story do I share as a facilitator?,” I decided to give it [...]

A Collection of Moments

by Pete Wilson, Senior Pastor of Cross Point Church I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I can live with a greater awareness of God’s presence even in the very ordinary, mundane, moments of life. Frederick Buechner wrote, “The question is not whether the things that happen to you are chance things or God’s things because, of course, they are both at once. There is no chance thing through which God cannot speak — even [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:10+00:00 February 4, 2014|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

My Chair

by Davis Crowell On the night of my 60th birthday, I enjoyed spending time with my kids, their significant others, and my best friend in the universe, Margaret.  I was sitting across from Eliaabeth, my 24 year old daughter, and asked her how she enjoyed the teaching she had done the prior week at the church we both attend.  She looked at me and said, "as long as I've known you, you have had a [...]

One Thing

By Joan Kelley, Director of Facilitator Development for oneLife Maps It’s just a few days since the New Year.  Many resolutions have been made and broken by this time.  For many years I’ve preferred the practice of finding a word to live into each year.  I’m a lover and collector of words and so picking just one is like sending me to the ice cream counter and saying pick just one flavor.  Because I have [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:10+00:00 January 7, 2014|Categories: Following Forward|Tags: , , |2 Comments
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