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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 [...]

Below the Waterline

Photo by Oh Kaye by Diana Malone Akins, oneLifemaps Facilitator When I was a child I loved to make an image out of a page of disconnected dots. You remember them, a mass of numbered dots that mysteriously sat on the paper, a puzzle waiting to be solved. The excitement mounted as you followed the numbers and discovered the image hidden inside. Out it popped! Like an object under water! Transitional seasons can [...]

You Cannot Die Badly If You Have Lived Well

Photo Michelle Travis by Leslie Dawson, oneLifemaps Facilitator “You cannot die badly if you have lived well.” St. Augustine These words were spoken by the minister during the Memorial Service of one of my closest and dearest friends of thirty years and fellow oneLifemaps Facilitator. Debbie Smith recently lost her life to a Stage 5 brain aneurism while filling a pitcher of water at her kitchen sink.  It was sudden, shocking, and incredibly sad [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:03+00:00 October 21, 2014|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , , , , |6 Comments

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

by Julie Thomas, oneLifemaps Facilitator It was Saturday morning, November 6, 2010. I sat in a circle with a group of eight other women at a Listen To My Life workshop as our facilitator began to read a paraphrase of Mark 10:46-52. “Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, I, a blind woman named _____ (that is, the daughter of _____ and _____), [...]

Listen to My Life: The Wisdom of Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story

By Sharon Swing, Co-Author of Listen to My Life - The Wisdom of Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story I arrived at this particular life crossroads after an exhausting three-year run that included a challenging "hair-on-fire" job while parenting a preschooler. I loved the purpose behind the work and the people, but the way I went about engaging in it left me depleted. In leading, I had isolated myself. Professionalism, discretion, and pride [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:03+00:00 September 16, 2014|Categories: My Life Story, Why Your Story Matters|Tags: , , |0 Comments

My Unexpected, God Ordained Bucket List

by Dr. Anita Schamber, oneLifemaps Facilitator Many people have seen the movie, “The Bucket List,” in which two dying men (Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman) create a list of things they want to do before they die. Ignoring their illnesses, together they abandon their hospital beds and set off to travel, engage in daring activities, and finally, face issues buried deeply in their hearts. What “my life story” reveals, however, is a bucket list of [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:03+00:00 August 26, 2014|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , |3 Comments
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