My Life Story

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Is Your Past Really More Than History?

Photo Credit: Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash  “We can let the past become something more than history: something that tutors us as we move into the new year. The past is history but the past is alive, because the past is in us.” --Howard Thurman We have a lot of choices with how we handle the past.   We can simply let life happen and choose to avoid our history. We can choose to live [...]

By | 2017-10-09T13:38:07+00:00 October 10, 2017|Categories: My Life Story, Valley Experiences|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Maturing Gracefully

Photo Credit: Tim Mossholder on Unsplash by Sharon Swing Becoming who you are made to be takes more courage than any of us could imagine. I have come to understand that 'growing up' has little to do with age. The process of maturing gracefully has more to do with how we understand our story and what we have chosen to take with us into the future and what we have decided to leave [...]

By | 2017-10-02T19:31:35+00:00 October 3, 2017|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Unconditional Acceptance

Photo Credit: Tim Gouw on Unsplash by Sharon Swing, Co-Author of Listen To My Life: Maps for Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story I recently witnessed a conversation that was beautiful in its vulnerability. The level of honesty was disarming and uncomfortable for the woman disclosing her story.  She began to repeatedly clear her throat. The listener spoke simple questions and observations, without judgment, that led to a deeper self-awareness for [...]

By | 2017-08-21T13:41:07+00:00 August 22, 2017|Categories: My Life Story, Why Your Story Matters|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Sorting Out Your Story

Photo Credit: Rob Bates on Unsplash Sometimes we don’t realize we have choices. We’ve been given ways to accomplish tasks, ways to view the world, ways of interacting with people, beliefs about what brings meaning, fears, worries, values, and expectations. We are also handed beliefs about who God is, or isn’t, all courtesy of our family and our culture. Without reflecting on our experiences, emotions, and stories, how do we sort out for [...]

By | 2017-08-14T12:35:46+00:00 August 15, 2017|Categories: My Life Story, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Thinking About How We Think

Photo Credit: Christopher Sardegna Our past experiences shape how we react to our present, and how we predict our futures.  We tend to live on auto-pilot, using 'if-this-then-that' logic that our past has programed into our brain – especially when we are triggered by an unpleasant event. Options become limited – or left unconsidered.  We react to current circumstances without considering that there may be another way to choose to respond. That is, [...]

My “Ta Da”

By Bonnie Ferris, oneLifemaps Facilitator The life of a caregiver has its ups and downs, its rewards and challenges.  The spiritual practice of Silence and Solitude has been life giving to me as I care for my 94-year-old mom who lives with my husband and me. In December, I attended an overnight Silent Retreat held in a retreat center in the surrounding beauty of wooded paths and meandering stream. Knowing I had been neglecting caring [...]

One Life

by Sibyl Towner, Co-Author of Listen To My Life Your life matters…we have only one life to live…live it to the full! We have heard these words before but the question remains, “How do we go about doing that”? The answer may just lie in living well into the common, ordinary moments given to us by God each day. There is purpose for each generation as we will hear about in the accompanying video. “Is the [...]

A Choice: React or Respond

Photo Credit: Jordan Whitt Photography By Sibyl Towner Are you reacting from your past or responding to God? Our past experiences hold power over us—good or bad. In essence, our pasts compete with God for our attention. God is more powerful than any circumstance or experience, but we have to choose to give him that power in our lives. Sibyl Towner speaks about these life choices. Scripture: As a father has compassion on [...]

My Champion

Photo by Gordan By Sharon Feryance I grew up in the 1940s. At that time, a child born to unwed parents carried the stigma of being identified as an “illegitimate.”  I never knew my father, and my mother was in and out of my life. Thankfully, my grandmother raised me, but my early years were colored with loss and abuse. We moved around quite often, and I attended multiple grade schools — some [...]

Letting Scripture Read Me

Photo Credit: joshuapaulphotography.com By Sharon Swing and Sibyl Towner, co-authors of Life to My Life *Excerpts from Listen to My Life: Maps for Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story; “My Life Now” map reflection page. One purpose of the “My Life Story” map is “to uncover how beloved you are and always have been by the God who created you.” We map our lives to obtain perspective of how our story [...]

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