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Is Self-Knowledge Scary?

Photo Credit: Nick Beswick on Unsplash By Sharon Swing Is gaining self-knowledge scary? Some people think so. I have come to feel that I would rather know myself well - so I can choose to lean into who God made me to be and what he made me to do. Equally important is the fact that I want to know myself so I don’t unconsciously do things that get in the way of [...]

By |2018-05-14T14:10:05+00:00May 22, 2018|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Comprehending Your Own Storyline

Photo Credit: Daniil Silantev on Unsplash By Sharon Swing It is possible for a human to live their own life story without comprehending the storyline. The only reason we keep inviting people into the experience of life-mapping using 'Listen to My Life' is so to help them to recognize and respond to God in their stories. That’s it. We have witnessed that when a person leans in, desiring to recognize and respond to [...]

By |2018-05-14T13:36:44+00:00May 15, 2018|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Know Thyself

Photo Credit: Matese Fields on Unsplash By Sharon Swing Christians are capable of gathering knowledge of the Bible and theology without changing. I find that troublesome. Some Christians become less loving, kind, generous, or joyful the more they are steeped in head knowledge about God. Surely, we are invited into an amazing relationship with God, who knows us, and wants to be known by us.  We may come to humbly acknowledge that we [...]

By |2018-05-07T14:39:45+00:00May 8, 2018|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Your Story, Your Choices and Your Influence

Photo Credit: Cynthia Magana on Unsplash I was seven years old when I remember organizing the ragamuffin group of kids from the neighborhood to put on a circus event for our parents and friends on the swing set in our backyard. It was not uncommon for me to write plays, cast unsuspecting kids in lead roles, direct the whole thing, and offer lemonade and butter cookies after the performance. These early signs of [...]

By |2018-02-23T14:29:30+00:00February 27, 2018|Categories: My Life Story, Personal Story|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Recognizing and Responding to God

Photo Credit: Grant Ritchie on Unsplash By Sharon Swing In life, what is more important than learning to recognize and respond to God? This statement seems to point to the essence of what we need to enable us to live a life of love, joy, peace, and profound positive impact in the world. We can attune ourselves to God’s intentions to live powerfully through us for the benefit of others. What questions or [...]

By |2018-02-06T14:17:32+00:00February 13, 2018|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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+00:00October 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+00:00October 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 [...]

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+00:00August 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, [...]

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