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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 [...]

Will You Open the Door?

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 | December 11, 2014|Categories: My Life Now|Tags: , , |1 Comment

God’s Invitation to Be-Come

photo by Anne Spratt by Linda Holmes, Spiritual Director BE… In the beginning God created people to live and move and have their very BEing in Him. The great I AM chose us to BE like Him, intimately related to and in relationship with Him.  In spite of our failings and falling out with God, He waits for and welcomes us to spend time with Him not doing, but ‘being’ still that we [...]

Anticipating Autumn

Photo by Lukas Haffele by Michelle Key, oneLifemaps Facilitator In God’s created world there are seasons that continually recycle throughout the year and return again and again.  There are times of drought, dormancy, root-deepening, new growth and fruit-bearing.  As humans, our spiritual lives too can be characterized by a series of stages that lead us toward fullness, wholeness, maturity and transformation. Each season has its mixed bag of harvest and loss.  I am in such a season at this time in my life.  Through God's leading, my husband and I have downsized. [...]

By | September 9, 2014|Categories: Reviewing My Days|Tags: , , |8 Comments

Following God Forward

Spiritual Circle Journal by Liz Lassa by Liz Lassa, oneLifemaps Facilitator A while ago a friend said to me, “Liz, you seem to hear so clearly from God and love your time with Him. How does that work for you?” I gave her a very basic answer sharing that I gathered my bible, journal, devotional and went off to spend time with God.  Very quickly, I realized she was really looking for more. [...]

By | March 18, 2014|Categories: Following Forward|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

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

Season of Desire

by Ruth Haley Barton, author and founder of the Transforming Center (Used with permission) Apparently American consumerism has reached a new low. As one news article described it, “The gravy was still warm. The Dallas Cowboys were still in uniform. Thanks were still being given across the country as the pilgrimages to the stores began. Lured by earlier-than-ever Black Friday sales, people left Grandma and Grandpa in search of Samsung and Toshiba. They did not go [...]

By | December 4, 2013|Categories: Desires & Longings|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Listening To My Life

by Sharon Swing, Co-Author of Listen To My Life Experience turns belief into faith. There is a difference between believing something to be true and knowing it to be true. I can believe the Bible, because it is the word of God. I know certain passages are true, because my life experiences have afforded me the opportunity to experience them to the depths of my being. My life story offers me solid experience on which [...]

By | October 1, 2013|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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 [...]

Are You in Need of Some Real Rest?

Photo by Sharon Swing, Co-Author of Listen To My Life: Maps for Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story Questions to Ponder: Do you feel you are speeding down the highway of life?  Take the next exit and enjoy some time at a quiet rest stop with the Savior. When can you mark on your calendar this week some time to come away with Jesus? What helps you be most refreshed in the Lord?  What [...]

By | April 9, 2013|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments
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