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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+00:00 February 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+00:00 February 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+00:00 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 [...]

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