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OneLife Letters exists to help you to recognize and respond to God in your story. Writers for oneLife Letters are facilitators and users of ‘Listen to My Life: Maps for Recognizing and Responding to God in Your Story’ materials that help people map their life stories for the purpose of spiritual growth and meaningful action. To find out more, visit onelifemaps.com .

Do Not Yield to Fear

Photo Credit: Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash by Kathleen Bolduc   Do not yield to your fear, Mary, for the Lord has found delight in you and has chosen to surprise you with a wonderful gift. (Luke 1:30, The Passion Translation)   Do not yield to fear. Wind whispers winter, Guns thud in distance, Relationships teeter on brink, And yet… You, daughter, Are a reflection of the Most High God. His waters bubble up [...]

By | 2018-01-15T17:33:56+00:00 January 15, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|0 Comments

What does God’s Voice ‘Sound’ Like?

Photo Credit: Tachina Lee on Unsplash by LaKenya Johnson   Voices from my past sneer, "You're good, just not good enough." While others jeer, “You think you’re so special, but you’re not!” And yet, I know that's nothing that any one of my loved ones would actually say to or about me. But I have managed to make them a ventriloquist accusing me of things, fearing their reactions, magnifying their disappointment in me, [...]

By | 2018-01-15T17:12:17+00:00 January 9, 2018|Categories: Following Forward, Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , |0 Comments

Advent: He’s Coming

Photo Credit: Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash by Ashlee Eiland   O come, O come, Emmanuel And ransom captive Israel That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel Shall come to thee O Israel.   When I read these six lines, I don't imagine the tribe of Israel. These lines don't seem so ancient to me. I think of America, and I think of the Church. I [...]

By | 2017-12-18T13:05:24+00:00 December 19, 2017|Categories: Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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. [...]

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 [...]

See Me!

Photo By Kristina MM by Jean Masukevich, Yoga Instructor and Founder, Soar 4 Kids, Inc. I just heard a story about an 18 month old who woke from her nap and called out from her crib with joy filled expectancy, “See me, see me!” When her Mama went into her bedroom to see her she was covered with Vaseline that she snagged from her changing table and smeared all over her head and [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:03+00:00 September 23, 2014|Categories: Valley Experiences|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Faces of Poverty

Photo by True Change Band by Barb Giordan I visited poverty last summer at Walmart. I was standing in the checkout line paying for my son's school supplies. It was piled in mounds like heaps of rubble; notebooks and pencils, erasers and paper. The cashier looked at me forlornly and said, "Wow, that's a ton of money for all those supplies." "Yes," I agreed. She said she was waiting for a woman to [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:03+00:00 August 5, 2014|Categories: Why Your Story Matters|3 Comments

Six Steps to Sabbath Rest

Photo by Leslie Dawson by Keri Wyatt Kent, oneLifemaps Facilitator It used to be, when people would ask, “How are you?” we’d often answer by saying, “Fine.” Even if we were not fine, we’d say we were, to be polite, I suppose. These days, when people ask, “How are you?” the standard answer has changed. We say, “I’m so busy!” Even if we are not, we say we are. Why is that? Perhaps [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:03+00:00 July 22, 2014|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , |0 Comments

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 | 2017-05-02T15:50:04+00:00 June 17, 2014|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , |2 Comments
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