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A Choice: React or Respond

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Together We Drink This Cup

by Malinda Patterson There is something sacred in telling a story.  There is something especially sacred in telling one’s own story.  And it is an honor to be trusted with the story of another.  And so last week, our newly born community gathered around one another ten times to tell the stories of our lives. Frederick Buechner writes that “the story of any one of us is in some measure the story of us all.”  [...]

By | June 17, 2014|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , |2 Comments

Valley Freedom

by Laurie Proctor, oneLifemaps Facilitator My mind races and I have the undeniable urge to run out of the room.  I grip the arms of my chair to make sure that I don’t.  I am about to share a painful valley experience with a group of near strangers who are all staring at me expectantly.  I have willingly agreed to do this but now it seems like a careless, almost reckless thing to do.  Something akin to [...]

By | June 10, 2014|Categories: Valley Experiences|Tags: , , |3 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 [...]

The Joy of My Salvation

by Leslie Dawson, oneLifemaps Facilitator I was thrilled when I first learned I would have the opportunity to work through the Listen to My Life maps.  Being the rule follower that I am, I diligently filled out both the My Life Now and My Life Story maps before the event began.  I took a lot of time filling out the My Life Story map because I had never really chronicled my story in such a [...]

By | November 20, 2013|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

World Events and My Story

By Barbara Giordan When I was little, 4 or 5, my teachers at Temple sat us down as a group and showed us old black and white footage: pictures of naked children who were nothing but skin and bones. They were strewn in a heap, five or six deep, like a pile of raked leaves waiting to be disposed of, only these were dead children.  "Jewish" we were told; they had been gassed by the [...]

Questions That Help Us Grow

by Sibyl Towner, Co-Author of Listen To My Life Have you ever had this phrase, “I want a deeper relationship with God,” stir in your heart?   When phrases like this emerge in life, you have the opportunity to allow them to help draw you toward conversations with God. Paying attention to those questions can help you grow in your relationship and trust in God. Could it be that God has put those questions in your soul [...]

Soaring in Tandem

by Joani Hughes, oneLifemaps Facilitator This summer, our family returned to the beach. It did not take us long to make our way to the ocean and establish the little towel kingdom that would be ours for five days.  One afternoon the beach breeze was especially strong and we watched as our “neighbors” pulled out an unusually large bright red kite and began to fly it. Unlike many kites, this one was rectangular in shape [...]

By | August 6, 2013|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , , |4 Comments
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