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Prioritize What Gives You Life

Photo Credit: Peter Nowicki on Unsplash by Sharon Swing What if gratitude and things that bring life hit your 'list' for the day? I grew up thinking that all the things that give me life were 'treats' for after I accomplished everything else. The problem is, the 'everything else' never gets accomplished. Receiving God's love in through activities that give you life is essential if you want to give love. You have to [...]

By | 2018-01-01T14:57:29+00:00 January 2, 2018|Categories: Desires & Longings, Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Feeling Fearful?

Photo Credit: Caleb Woods on Unsplash by Sharon Swing Are you internally conflicted - with opposing forces tussling within you as you consider good options in your life?  These opposing forces exist within almost everyone. You are not alone. Can you name what is in conflict and write it down? If you can, you have made great progress toward healing and freedom. There is a difference between fear and danger.  Danger is when [...]

By | 2017-11-07T15:38:10+00:00 November 14, 2017|Categories: Desires & Longings, Following Forward|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

From the Top to the Bottom

Photo Credit: Manuel Will on Unsplash When I first encountered the Desires and Longings map, I was conflicted. A part of me wanted to enter into the process because the other maps in the ‘Listen to My Life’ process had been so helpful. But I also felt afraid. The past was laden with negative experiences around these two words. Unmet longings had left me feeling discouraged and wondering why I would bother noting [...]

By | 2017-10-18T14:20:14+00:00 October 31, 2017|Categories: Desires & Longings|Tags: , , |0 Comments

God’s Gift of Becoming

Photo Credit: Milos Tonchevski on Unsplash As a child did you ever ask yourself, ”What do I want to be when I grow up?" Today, the more compelling question might be, "Who am I becoming?" So opened the invitation to a Spring women's retreat, whose theme was inspired by the Listen to My Life Desires & Longings map. Some ladies arrived without expectation, some with a sense of anticipation, and others armed with [...]

By | 2017-10-18T13:23:50+00:00 October 17, 2017|Categories: Desires & Longings|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Questions from the Master: What do you want me to do for you?

  Photo Credit: Lucas   By Carol Steffens, oneLifemaps Facilitator and Blog Editor                          Scripture: Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many rebuked him and told him [...]

Is There Something More?

by Sibyl Towner, Co-Author of Listen To My Life At one time or another, we all have succumbed to the pull of advertisers. Many of us have tuned into the Super Bowl to see the next latest and greatest ads. They do a good job of convincing the viewer to try their product because if you don’t, you are missing out. They are masters at convincing you that this is it, this is what will [...]

Order My Days

by Carol Steffens, oneLifemaps Facilitator The trees are limp with rain tonight and more is forecasted for tomorrow. I consider my desire for the warm sunshine of yesterday's weather, but find my discomfort fades as I watch heaven's water provide drink to the thirsty ground. I am reminded of an old hymn based on Psalm 42:1, "As the deer panteth for the water, so my soul longeth after you. You alone are my heart's desire [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:04+00:00 June 24, 2014|Categories: Desires & Longings|Tags: , , |2 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 | 2017-05-02T15:50:10+00:00 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 | 2017-05-02T15:50:10+00:00 December 4, 2013|Categories: Desires & Longings|Tags: , , |0 Comments

It’s Your Fault

by Dick Towner, Co-Director of The Springs Retreat Center My friend Dick Towner told me this story a while ago about a man who came to visit Sibyl and he at The Springs Retreat Center they started in 2011 in their hometown of Oldenburg, IN.  The man came to sell some windows and left with a much greater picture of what God had for him. “A Sears’s salesman came by to give me a quote [...]

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