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Feeling Fearful?

By | 2017-11-07T15:38:10+00:00 November 14, 2017|Categories: Desires & Longings, Following Forward|Tags: , , , , |

Photo Credit: Caleb Woods on Unsplash by Sharon Swing Are you internally conflicted - with opposing forces tussling within you as you consider good options in your life?  These opposing forces exist within almost everyone. You are not alone. Can you name what is in conflict and write it down? If you can, you have made great progress toward healing and freedom. There is a difference between fear and danger.  Danger is when [...]

Master Gardener

By | 2017-11-07T15:36:43+00:00 November 7, 2017|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , |

Photo Credit: Eddy Boom on Unsplash by Joan Kelley A few weeks ago I was helping on a work day at a friend’s retreat center. Along with 4 others, I was put on the gardening team. The leader of the team was an incredible woman who had a certification as a “master gardener.” I watched as she led the team with skill, grace, and gentleness. There was no judgment when I trimmed the [...]

From the Top to the Bottom

By | 2017-10-18T14:20:14+00:00 October 31, 2017|Categories: Desires & Longings|Tags: , , |

Photo Credit: Manuel Will on Unsplash When I first encountered the Desires and Longings map, I was conflicted. A part of me wanted to enter into the process because the other maps in the ‘Listen to My Life’ process had been so helpful. But I also felt afraid. The past was laden with negative experiences around these two words. Unmet longings had left me feeling discouraged and wondering why I would bother noting [...]

All is Gift

By | 2017-10-16T13:31:43+00:00 October 24, 2017|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , |

Photo Credit: LoboStudio Hamburg on Unsplash Joan Kelley, our Director of Facilitator Development, taught at the Sunday night liturgical service at Willow Creek Community Church, known as The Practice. Our blog post this week is the podcast of her message. It was too good not to share! You’ll be blessed by her perspective on how to intentionally engage in practices of gratitude and the benefits of doing so. Please, take the time to [...]

God’s Gift of Becoming

By | 2017-10-18T13:23:50+00:00 October 17, 2017|Categories: Desires & Longings|Tags: , , |

Photo Credit: Milos Tonchevski on Unsplash As a child did you ever ask yourself, ”What do I want to be when I grow up?" Today, the more compelling question might be, "Who am I becoming?" So opened the invitation to a Spring women's retreat, whose theme was inspired by the Listen to My Life Desires & Longings map. Some ladies arrived without expectation, some with a sense of anticipation, and others armed with [...]

Is Your Past Really More Than History?

By | 2017-10-09T13:38:07+00:00 October 10, 2017|Categories: My Life Story, Valley Experiences|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

Maturing Gracefully

By | 2017-10-02T19:31:35+00:00 October 3, 2017|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

Storytelling and Shame

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

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 [...]

God’s Intentions for Your Life

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

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 [...]

Time Does Not Heal

By | 2017-08-31T14:47:21+00:00 September 5, 2017|Categories: Valley Experiences|Tags: , , , , , |

Photo Credit: Caleb George on Unsplash.com By Sharon Swing The old adage, ‘time will heal’ is not really true. One thing is for sure, grieving loss and hurt does take time – but how that time is spent makes a marked difference in people’s lives.  Time simply allows for experiences to be accumulated with evidence that either supply hope or evidence that reinforce feelings of hopelessness. Moments of remembering the past with joy [...]

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