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Third Base Coach

By | 2018-06-13T13:50:12+00:00 June 19, 2018|Categories: Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , |

Photo Credit: Joey Kyber on Unsplash By Joan Kelley “Listen to My Life is like your personal third base coach.”. –Sibyl Towner The third-base coach stands in foul ground, just behind the third-base bag, and helps relay signals from the dugout to both batters and base runners. Additionally, the third-base coach is responsible for advising base runners on whether to stop at the second and third base or to continue running home. The third base coach is critical to the baseball game. They [...]


By | 2018-06-05T14:59:27+00:00 June 12, 2018|Categories: My Life Now, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , |

Photo Credit: Joshua Earle on Unsplash By Sharon Swing Feeling restless? Maybe unsettled or bored? Have you considered that restlessness has a purpose? Maybe it could be a prompt from God to pay attention. What underlies the restlessness? What might God be moving you toward or away from? Consider that it may be prompt from the God who is FOR you. Maybe it is time to get curious about your restlessness. Why not [...]


By | 2018-06-02T14:31:54+00:00 June 5, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , |

Photo Credit: Brooke Lark on Unsplash By Sharon Swing It’s all grace. It’s all a gift, this life of ours. Oh, to see it for what it is! To take nothing for granted, to live in wide-eyed wonder. Living aware of the good world God is creating, there is an open invitation to join in generating more love joy peace kindness. Co-creator? Yes! No need to RSVP. Just jump in the flow.   [...]

God, Incognito

By | 2018-05-29T14:16:16+00:00 May 29, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , |

Photo Credit: Robert Murray on Unsplash By Sharon Swing How might your day change if you assume God is present everywhere you go and right where you are? As we learn to recognize and respond to God, I have come to understand that this basic assumption is foundational.  It is a part of what it means to have faith - to assume God’s presence and activity even when we cannot sense it. When [...]

Is Self-Knowledge Scary?

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

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 [...]

Comprehending Your Own Storyline

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

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 [...]

Know Thyself

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

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 [...]

Believe to See

By | 2018-05-02T14:46:41+00:00 May 2, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , |

Photo Credit: Casey Horner at Unsplash By Sharon Swing Seeing is believing, you have heard it said. Maybe it is truer to say, “Because we believe, we can see.” When you believe that God is present, active, and discoverable, you become open to the miracles of the Creator as close as the air you breathe and as distant as neighboring galaxies. The mere expectation of God infused throughout your daily experiences tunes your [...]

Original Blessing

By | 2018-04-24T13:53:47+00:00 April 24, 2018|Categories: Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , , |

Photo Credit: Kayle Kaupanger on Unsplash By Sharon Swing As people engage their life stories, they may recognize that the story they have been told about themselves in their religious background leans heavily toward their sin nature, sometimes to the near exclusion of God’s pronouncement of “very good” when he created them. A spirituality based on ‘original blessing' does not deny ‘original sin,’ but it recognizes that the blessing is, in fact, our [...]


By | 2018-04-16T14:26:29+00:00 April 17, 2018|Categories: My Life Now, Participant Stories, Retreat/Workshop|Tags: , , |

Photo Credit: Rod Long on Unsplash By Julie Artz-Hanson For the past few years I have sought God for a ‘word of the year’ that might help me better recognize what He was doing in my life. I repeatedly asked for the word “thrive,” but instead, He gave me me “notice,” then “perspective” and “flourish” for a few years. I was scared of the disappointment that may come if ‘flourish' didn’t come true [...]

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