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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 [...]

Desire: What Makes Us Human

by Sibyl Towner, Co-Author Listen to My Life Have you sat riveted to the Olympics like I have the last couple weeks? Have the young men and women following their dreams and dedicated to their deepest longing stirred anything in you? Has it prompted any kind of longing or desire that has been numbed in you for a long while? Watch this video and consider how God put desires in your heart and wants you [...]

Christ Supply

By Nancy Bentz, oneLifemaps Facilitator (excerpted from her “Wellspring of Life” blog post) It was a sign that apparently the Lord did not want me to miss. CHRIST… SUPPLY shouted at me from the big neon letters on the storefront of the local Christian bookstore in my neighborhood. The ‘IAN’ of their company name was burned out and as I drove past, my eyes were riveted upon it. It was one of those moments when [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:19+00:00 July 24, 2012|Categories: Desires & Longings|Tags: , , |8 Comments

The Dreams of the Potter Found in the Clay

By Patty MacCarthy, oneLifemaps Facilitator At the most recent Listen to My Life Facilitators’ Retreat in Dallas, we were certainly challenged as we observed Sharon Swing sitting before us at the potter’s wheel. She worked hard to soften and ready the clay. A beautiful blessing vessel was created. What a great illustration of God’s hand. Going into solitude, we were asked some reflection questions about our observations of the process. This was my response to [...]

Holy Week

by Sibyl Towner, Co-Author of Listen To My Life and Co-Director of The Springs Holy Week is here. Aren't all weeks holy? What is different about this week?  It is the week where we see, feel, touch, taste, hear and ponder the length, width, depth, height, and breadth of God's love for every human being that ever was and ever will be. It is the week where we witness the full extent of Jesus' obedience. [...]

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