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Recognizing and Responding to God

By | 2018-02-06T14:17:32+00:00 February 13, 2018|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

Prisons in My Mind

By | 2018-02-06T13:20:19+00:00 February 6, 2018|Categories: My Life Now|Tags: , , , |

Photo Credit: Cole Patrick on Unsplash By Sharon Swing I visited a 'Listen to My Life’ group in a prison led by one of our amazing 'Listen to My Life' facilitators, Linda Heaner, volunteering with Prison Fellowship.  Having engaged in all eight maps of 'Listen to My Life’, the group was asked to repeat the first map, ‘My Life Now.’ The focus of that map is the ‘Lingering Question’ that prompts a reflection [...]

Armor Up!

By | 2018-01-30T14:25:01+00:00 January 30, 2018|Categories: Following Forward, Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , |

Photo Credit: Lachlan Dempsey on Unsplash By Sharon Swing I was struck by the benediction given by Jon Peacock, pastor of Mission Church in Roselle, IL this weekend after his message on the armor of God. Let this be your declaration each day! “I’m not shrinking back, I’m moving forward. I’m not backing down, I’m suiting up. I’m standing firm, I’m Battle Ready. When it comes to our enemy, we won’t back down, [...]

Stuck, in Search of the Right Way

By | 2018-01-24T15:12:33+00:00 January 24, 2018|Categories: Desires & Longings, Following Forward|Tags: , , , |

Photo Credit: Jamie Templeton on Unsplash by Sharon Swing When listening to others as they engage 'Listen to My Life,’ sometimes people feel stuck, seemingly unable to move forward as they attempt to discern the ‘right way’ forward. Sometimes it is helpful to become curious about underlying assumptions that may be in play. As I listen, I may hear clues that prompt a question that may sound something like this: Might you be [...]

Do Not Yield to Fear

By | 2018-01-15T17:33:56+00:00 January 15, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|

Photo Credit: Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash by Kathleen Bolduc   Do not yield to your fear, Mary, for the Lord has found delight in you and has chosen to surprise you with a wonderful gift. (Luke 1:30, The Passion Translation)   Do not yield to fear. Wind whispers winter, Guns thud in distance, Relationships teeter on brink, And yet… You, daughter, Are a reflection of the Most High God. His waters bubble up [...]

What does God’s Voice ‘Sound’ Like?

By | 2018-01-15T17:12:17+00:00 January 9, 2018|Categories: Following Forward, Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , |

Photo Credit: Tachina Lee on Unsplash by LaKenya Johnson   Voices from my past sneer, "You're good, just not good enough." While others jeer, “You think you’re so special, but you’re not!” And yet, I know that's nothing that any one of my loved ones would actually say to or about me. But I have managed to make them a ventriloquist accusing me of things, fearing their reactions, magnifying their disappointment in me, [...]

Prioritize What Gives You Life

By | 2018-01-01T14:57:29+00:00 January 2, 2018|Categories: Desires & Longings, Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , , |

Photo Credit: Peter Nowicki on Unsplash by Sharon Swing What if gratitude and things that bring life hit your 'list' for the day? I grew up thinking that all the things that give me life were 'treats' for after I accomplished everything else. The problem is, the 'everything else' never gets accomplished. Receiving God's love in through activities that give you life is essential if you want to give love. You have to [...]

A Christmas Prayer

By | 2017-12-25T07:44:13+00:00 December 25, 2017|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , |

Photo Credit: Josh Boot on Unsplash by Joan Kelley As you move into this day that celebrates the birth of Christ, take a moment to pause, to listen to God’s word, to acknowledge His presence. In Revelation 3:20 Jesus said, “I stand at the door and knock." Lord You are calling us gently and softly to be quiet, to slow down, to seek your pace, your rhythm. Help us to daily notice your [...]

Advent: He’s Coming

By | 2017-12-18T13:05:24+00:00 December 19, 2017|Categories: Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , , |

Photo Credit: Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash by Ashlee Eiland   O come, O come, Emmanuel And ransom captive Israel That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel Shall come to thee O Israel.   When I read these six lines, I don't imagine the tribe of Israel. These lines don't seem so ancient to me. I think of America, and I think of the Church. I [...]

Learning to Wait

By | 2017-12-13T06:07:57+00:00 December 12, 2017|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , |

Photo Credit: Mira Bozhko on Unsplash by Joan Kelley This week marks the 2nd week of Advent.  We continue to reflectively wait for the birth of Christ as we follow Mary and Joseph to the manger.  We wait with expectant hope for Christ’s return and reign over all the Earth.  And finally we actively wait in the present moment and acknowledge Christ as Emmanuel – Christ with us.  The simple yet profound power [...]

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