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About Sharon Swing

Sharon Swing is an author, retreat leader, speaker, artist and consultant with interests in life story as a spiritual development tool, crafting experiences that give God space to do what he does best, art as a spiritual pathway, and change. With Sibyl Towner, she has co-authored Listen to My Life: Maps for Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story. For more information, visit ww.onelifemaps.com. She is an organization development consultant specializing in planning, meeting facilitation, leadership development and change management. For more information, visit www.swingconsulting.com.

Your Highest Calling

By Sharon Swing, Co-Author, Listen to my Life Maybe I’m getting a bit too sensitive.  Maybe not.  I’d like to know what you think. While listening to a radio program, a caller identified himself as a pastor.  Before answering the man’s question, the host encouraged this man by saying that the role of a pastor is the highest calling, and he was sure that God was pleased with his choice to serve Him. While at [...]

Time Does Not Heal

By Sharon Swing, Co-Author Listen to My Life The old adage, ‘time will heal’ is not really true.  What is done with time is what seems to make a difference in how people respond to loss.   There are various conscious and unconscious choices hurting people make about how they approach this time that they may hope will heal them.  One thing is for sure, grieving loss and hurt does take time – but how that [...]

The Poison of Resentment

By Sharon Swing, Co-Author Listen to My Life Resentment is our demand that the past be different. Put that way, it sounds like a futile pursuit – and it is. Nelson Mandella once said, “Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for your enemy to die.”  Wise words, wouldn’t you say?  No matter how hard you try, you cannot get the past to be different. Here is a life giving process from Robert Voyle of [...]

Learning to Let Love Overcome My Fears

by Sharon Swing, Co-Author of Listen to My Life The ‘My Life Now’ map in the Listen to My Life process asks about one’s lingering question.  Most people may need to ponder what lingering questions they are asking God or themselves.  My lingering question emerged slowly over a few weeks. “What would it be like to let God’s love eradicate my fears?” About 20 years ago, I read a book by Larry Crab called “Inside Out” [...]

Remembering Will

By Sharon Swing with Joan Kelley and family Many of our recent oneLife letters have been written by Joan Kelley.  She has shared her journey with God through the leukemia diagnosis and treatment process of her 17 year-old son, Will.  She has brought many of us powerful insights for living in a way that helps us to recognize and respond to God in our daily lives. Will Kelley is now with Jesus.  This past week, we have mourned [...]

Princess

Photo by Pexels by Sharon Swing, Co-Author Listen to My Life “You are a precious child of the Most High King.” I can write it and say it to others, but I’m realizing it is still hard to take it all in! When we teach Listen To My Life workshops, I often find myself reminding participants that God loves them.  That is no small thing.  Unless their identity is secured in to Whom [...]

Thankful for A God Who Loves Me Where I’m At

by Sharon Swing with Joan Kelley's journal entry Joan & John Kelley’s 17 year-old son, Will, has been receiving treatments for leukemia since last June. They were encouraged that they had reached the end of weekly chemo treatments, moving to monthly hospital visits, and things were predicted to get much better. There has been no sign of leukemia in his system since a week after the diagnosis, but the treatments have been difficult. This Tuesday [...]

Therapy Funds

Photo by Paul Gabrinetti By Sharon Swing, Co-Author Listen to My Life There are times as parents, my husband, Tom, and I are quite sure we need to make a deposit in our son’s therapy fund.  We’re sure we are doing damage of some sort that will land him in a counselor’s office at some point down the road.  Some events are more clearly therapy-fund-worthy than others.  Some are more humorous than others, [...]

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At the Intersection of Emmaus Road & My Story

 by Sharon Swing, Co-Author Listen to My Life At an exceptionally painful season of my life I was not sensing that God was with me.  All I felt was loneliness, disappointment, rejection and hopelessness.  Then, one night I was awakened with “Luke 24” in my brain – not the story -- just the Bible reference.  I thought it was strange to be awakened with that thought, discounted it and went back to sleep.  It happened [...]

Does Your Story Matter?

By Sharon Swing, Co-Author Listen to My Life How’s this for a story… The God who created the universe created you.  He did it because He could not contain His love – it had to expand!  He made you to love, and for you to love Him.  As the ultimate creative act, He made you unlike any other being to express His love through you to the world.  He knows that there is nothing that [...]

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