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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 [...]

Flourish

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 [...]

Resurrection Joy

By | 2018-04-10T14:42:17+00:00 April 10, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , , |

Photo Credit: A Fox on Unsplash Join Sibyl Towner via podcast as she speaks at The Practice about Resurrection Joy.  What is the thing that you cannot do for yourself that God must do for you?  What kind of encounter do you need with the resurrected Christ?  Are you one who like Thomas needs your doubt addressed? Or like Mary, needs the Master to call your name?  Or your despair addressed by deep [...]

Remember

By | 2018-03-23T15:01:20+00:00 April 3, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , |

Photo Credit: Natalya Zaritskaya on Unsplash by Joan Kelley “If you fail to remember who God is in his power, glory, and grace, and you forget who you are as a child in his family, you will always mismeasure your potential to do what God has called you to do.” –Paul David Tripp I vividly remember the family I grew up in. It wasn’t perfect by any stretch. I remember my mom and [...]

Holy Week: Your Invitation

By | 2018-03-29T14:08:00+00:00 March 29, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , , |

Photo Credit: Carolyn V on Unsplash by Sibyl Towner We are at the high point in Holy Week where we see the beautiful expression of Jesus' love as he moves toward facing his hardest moments. We see him teaching in the temple, fellowshipping in the intimacy of the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus, walking through betrayal by Judas, and experiencing the sense of being abandoned by God. We are invited to not [...]

Praying

By | 2018-03-23T14:33:26+00:00 March 27, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , |

Photo Credit: Stephen Pedersen on Unsplash by Joan Kelley “It doesn’t have to be the blue iris, it could be weeds in a vacant lot, or a few small stones; just pay attention, then patch a few words together and don’t try to make them elaborate, this isn’t a contest but the doorway into thanks, and a silence in which another voice may speak.” --Mary Oliver Sometimes I try too hard. I think [...]

The Voice You Listen To

By | 2018-03-01T15:10:43+00:00 March 20, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Reviewing My Days|Tags: , , , , , |

Photo Credit: Tanja Heffner on Unsplash by Joan Kelley “The voice you listen to is the one you belong to.”  - Jonathan David Helser We all have voices we listen to externally and internally; present voices and voices from our past; loud voices and quiet voices. It takes quieting our body, mind and heart to be able to discern the voice of God from the dysfunctional choir of voices that can distract us [...]

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