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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 [...]

Profound Gifts

By | 2018-03-01T14:48:46+00:00 March 13, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , |

Photo Credit: Ester Marie Doysabas on Unsplash by Joan Kelley Sometimes the most stunningly beautiful parts of my day have no words...a knowing glance, sharing a tear, a smile from a stranger, noticing a piece of creation that's been there all along, finding something that was lost, listening well, holding someone's story tenderly, margin left in between appointments, a deep breath or a long sigh of relief. These are profound gifts found in [...]

What Are You Delighting In?

By | 2018-02-23T14:33:33+00:00 March 6, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , |

Photo Credit: Aaron Burden on Unsplash “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.” - Matthew 6:33 "What we delight in, we tend to seek. We will find ourselves lingering over the works of God, celebrating before Him with glad hearts, and talking ever more eagerly about them–and especially about His work of redemption–with the people we see each day." - T. M. Moore [...]

Your Story, Your Choices and Your Influence

By | 2018-02-23T14:29:30+00:00 February 27, 2018|Categories: My Life Story, Personal Story|Tags: , , , |

Photo Credit: Cynthia Magana on Unsplash I was seven years old when I remember organizing the ragamuffin group of kids from the neighborhood to put on a circus event for our parents and friends on the swing set in our backyard. It was not uncommon for me to write plays, cast unsuspecting kids in lead roles, direct the whole thing, and offer lemonade and butter cookies after the performance. These early signs of [...]

How to Find Meaning in Life

By | 2018-02-12T15:04:31+00:00 February 20, 2018|Categories: Desires & Longings, Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , |

Photo Credit: Alan Labisch on Unsplash By Sharon Swing What does it look like for you to live a meaningful life? I appreciate how Victor Frankl in his book ‘Man’s Search for Meaning,’ is defined meaning as ‘resonance with one’s core essence.’ Your core essence is rooted in God’s design of you; how he made you to live and move, do and be in the world. Resonance may be recognized in what your [...]

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 [...]

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