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The Journey to the Manger

Photo Credit: Walter Chavez on Unsplash by Joan Kelley Advent starts this week.  It marks the beginning of the church year calendar, followed by Christmas, Epiphany and then Lent, Holy Week and Easter.   Advent means coming or arrival.  It’s the season of waiting and anticipation as we remember with awe and wonder that first Advent when Jesus was born.  It’s a season of slowing and savoring as we acknowledge Christ’s presence in our [...]

By | 2017-12-03T17:07:39+00:00 December 5, 2017|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Notes on Grieving

Photo Credit: Daria Shevtsova on Unsplash by Sharon Swing They say that grief waits. I think it lurks. Then, it leaks. It’s a mess.

When it's time to let it out - to grieve in healthy ways - it is not usually convenient. It is necessary to leave time to let the emotions flow. Please, don’t avoid grief.  Move through it. Ignore the grieving, and you may be setting up camp in the middle of a [...]

By | 2017-11-13T16:17:04+00:00 November 28, 2017|Categories: Spiritual Practice, Valley Experiences|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Storytelling and Shame

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash Stories you tell yourself about yourself are a crucial factor in your ability to receive and give love. As I listen to people, it's not uncommon for a person to verbalize the things they tell themselves that are wildly shaming. "I AM an idiot." "I AM a weak person." "I AM a failure." "I AM not lovable." They are spoken as statements of identity. Let me assure [...]

By | 2017-09-18T13:14:47+00:00 September 19, 2017|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

God’s Intentions for Your Life

Photo Credit: Quino Al on Unsplash Whether you're unsure of your purpose, or you've already got an elegantly crafted life purpose statement, I'd like you to consider these words: God's intention is to increase your capacity to receive and give love.   God is actively inviting your participation in his plan to allow his love to flow to and through you.  He desires to clear away all that obstructs the flow of his [...]

By | 2017-09-11T14:32:42+00:00 September 12, 2017|Categories: Following Forward, Life-Giving Rhythms, My Life Now, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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

Pain Avoidance vs. Purpose

Photo Credit: Rhonda K Native Florida Folk Artist There is a tension I want to bring to your attention. Discomfort Avoidance <-----------------------> Joyful, Meaningful Life When we avoid pain or various forms of discomfort, we seldom have the joy of living with a satisfying sense of meaning and purpose. It seems we live in a society that attempts to have it both ways, saying, ‘I’ll enjoy living with a joyful sense of meaning [...]

By | 2017-07-31T14:41:32+00:00 August 8, 2017|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Essential Curiosity

Photo by Evan Kirby Curiosity is an essential prerequisite to love. Since love is at the rock bottom core of our desires, it might be helpful to understand what helps us to receive and give love. Falling in love requires a curiosity about another person. I think it is also the secret to staying in love – and working thru conflict.   What if, when someone is irritating, obnoxious or defiant, I could [...]

By | 2017-07-26T14:31:54+00:00 July 25, 2017|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Dual Narratives

We gratefully acknowledge the Source of the flowers, and the unknown photographer. By Sharon Swing, Co-Author, Listen to My Life:  Maps for Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story I was struck by the phrase ‘dual narrative’ when it was spoken in passing.  The phrase refers to a story written from two different people’s perspectives, or from one person at two different points in time. Immediately, what came to my mind was [...]

By | 2017-07-13T14:03:18+00:00 July 18, 2017|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|0 Comments

Questions from the Master: Who do you say that I am?

Photo by Canva By Julie Thomas, oneLifemaps Facilitator and Blog Coordinator                              Scripture: Matthew 16:13-15 (The Voice) Jesus then went to Caesarea Philippi. Jesus (to His disciples): Who do people say the Son of Man is? Disciples: Some say John the Baptist. And some say Elijah. And some say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets. Jesus: And you? Who do you say that I am? Questions for Reflection: Jesus was always teaching the disciples something. He never seemed [...]

Questions from the Master: Do you want to get well?

By Carol Steffens, oneLifemaps Facilitator and Blog Editor Scripture: Soon another Feast came around and Jesus was back in Jerusalem. Near the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there was a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda, with five alcoves. Hundreds of sick people—blind, crippled, paralyzed—were in these alcoves. One man had been an invalid there for 38 years. When Jesus saw him stretched out by the pool and knew how long he had been there, he said, [...]

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