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Following Forward to Freedom

Photo Credit: Fabian Irsara By Nancy Booth, certified life coach and spiritual director Recently, I had the opportunity to join others at a Listen to My Life retreat featuring the “Following Forward” map. It felt like God had personally invited me to join Him on that day. I came in great anticipation of what He might have to say. The day was composed of times of silence and meditation, listening to one another without [...]

Big or Bitty – It’s Treasure

by Nancy Bentz, oneLifemaps Facilitator “Pour out the best you have, and always be poor. Never be diplomatic and careful about the treasure God gives. This is poverty triumphant.” - Oswald Chambers Say the word treasure and visions of rich dead uncles we’re not related to tease “If only…” from our lips. Say the word treasure and it’s over to the recycle bin to fish out that Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes envelope. Say the word treasure and [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:03+00:00 September 30, 2014|Categories: Following Forward|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Following God Forward

Spiritual Circle Journal by Liz Lassa by Liz Lassa, oneLifemaps Facilitator A while ago a friend said to me, “Liz, you seem to hear so clearly from God and love your time with Him. How does that work for you?” I gave her a very basic answer sharing that I gathered my bible, journal, devotional and went off to spend time with God.  Very quickly, I realized she was really looking for more. [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:10+00:00 March 18, 2014|Categories: Following Forward|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

Lessons Learned from Leading

by Julie Thomas, oneLifemaps Facilitator After completing my first attempt at leading some friends through Listen to My Life, I looked back and saw  an amazing adventure where God has taught and continues to teach me many lessons.  After spending much of my time at the Facilitator Circle Gathering asking questions like, "What does this look like in mentoring relationships?" and “How much of my story do I share as a facilitator?,” I decided to give it [...]

One Thing

By Joan Kelley, Director of Facilitator Development for oneLife Maps It’s just a few days since the New Year.  Many resolutions have been made and broken by this time.  For many years I’ve preferred the practice of finding a word to live into each year.  I’m a lover and collector of words and so picking just one is like sending me to the ice cream counter and saying pick just one flavor.  Because I have [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:10+00:00 January 7, 2014|Categories: Following Forward|Tags: , , |2 Comments

The Every Day Love of Christmas

by Cheri Hudspith, oneLifemaps Facilitator I’ve been asking the Lord a lot of questions about the meaning of love the last four or five years.  Recently, I realized that when many Christians speak of the love of God they often speak of it in the past tense.  They express awe over Christ’s willingness to love us by dying on the cross or acknowledge it when considering his decision to give up heaven to come to [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:10+00:00 December 17, 2013|Categories: Following Forward|Tags: , , |0 Comments

A Bold Plan

by Don Krause “How can I live with the purposeful intention of being who God desires me to be?” Sibyl Towner, co-author of Listen to My Life, had just asked me to consider this question as we worked through one of the life maps.  Working through the maps had shown me places where I had certainly followed God’s leading, but it also revealed other areas where I had strayed from his path in order to [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:11+00:00 September 10, 2013|Categories: Following Forward|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Lost and Alone

Photo by Sharon Swing, Co-Author of Listen To My Life: Maps for Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story Questions to Ponder: What causes you fear as you think about the future?  How can you lean into God to cast out that fear the next time it comes? What else might be holding you back from moving forward?  How can you release that to God? What would it look like for you to trust [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:11+00:00 June 25, 2013|Categories: Following Forward|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Prison of Shyness

By Bonnie Ferris, oneLifemaps Facilitator Being shy is like being in a prison.  Although I don’t know what it’s like to be in a physical prison, I do know what it’s like to be locked up inside.  Recently, my husband asked me to attend a dinner for a roller blading club where he belongs.  He sensed my hesitation, even though I thought I was hiding it.  My old habit of feeling shy at meeting strangers [...]

A Tender Journey Towards God

by Jeanne Stoner, a Listen To My Life Participant In November 2009, I retired from a 30 year professional career to become a caregiver for my chronically ill, disabled daughter.  Her young life had been full with great friends and travel soccer.  When she was a freshman in high school, she was diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS).  She was wheelchair bound, too weak to stand, and too fatigued to go to school for [...]

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