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Questions from the Master: Do you want to get well?

By Carol Steffens, oneLifemaps Facilitator and Blog Editor Scripture: Soon another Feast came around and Jesus was back in Jerusalem. Near the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there was a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda, with five alcoves. Hundreds of sick people—blind, crippled, paralyzed—were in these alcoves. One man had been an invalid there for 38 years. When Jesus saw him stretched out by the pool and knew how long he had been there, he said, [...]

A Choice: React or Respond

Photo Credit: Jordan Whitt Photography By Sibyl Towner Are you reacting from your past or responding to God? Our past experiences hold power over us—good or bad. In essence, our pasts compete with God for our attention. God is more powerful than any circumstance or experience, but we have to choose to give him that power in our lives. Sibyl Towner speaks about these life choices. Scripture: As a father has compassion on [...]

The Sacrament of Letting Go

by Kathy Bolduc, author Do you ever throw yourself a pity party? You know, one of those parties where you’re the only one who shows up? When you’re all by yourself, down in the dumps, knowing absolutely no one can possibly relate to your life situation? I had a day like that last Sunday. Feeling sorry for myself is easy on gloomy days when I can’t get to church for the fifth week in a [...]

Big or Bitty – It’s Treasure

by Nancy Bentz, oneLifemaps Facilitator “Pour out the best you have, and always be poor. Never be diplomatic and careful about the treasure God gives. This is poverty triumphant.” - Oswald Chambers Say the word treasure and visions of rich dead uncles we’re not related to tease “If only…” from our lips. Say the word treasure and it’s over to the recycle bin to fish out that Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes envelope. Say the word treasure and [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:03+00:00 September 30, 2014|Categories: Following Forward|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

See Me!

Photo By Kristina MM by Jean Masukevich, Yoga Instructor and Founder, Soar 4 Kids, Inc. I just heard a story about an 18 month old who woke from her nap and called out from her crib with joy filled expectancy, “See me, see me!” When her Mama went into her bedroom to see her she was covered with Vaseline that she snagged from her changing table and smeared all over her head and [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:03+00:00 September 23, 2014|Categories: Valley Experiences|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Fast Fails

Photo by Kristina MM by Jennifer Whiteford, oneLifemaps Facilitator My yoke broke. The raccoon ate the greens. I couldn’t get the right words out. Critical phrases hounded my brain. She never showed up. Recently I passed some travel time by listening to an audio magazine talk about a new buzzword for professional women. Fast fails. Rack up your attempts to achieve knowing that many of them may fall flat. But… some will stick [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:04+00:00 July 15, 2014|Categories: My Life Now|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Looking Back vs. Going Back

Photo by Richard Park by Joan Kelley, Director of Facilitator Development for oneLife Maps I’ve heard this multiple times from people as I’ve invited them to the journey through Listen to My Life.  “I don’t want to go back into my story.  I don’t want to relive those memories.”  I’ve been thinking about those men and women lately and what is holding them back from looking at their stories.  For some people, this [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:04+00:00 May 14, 2014|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Lessons Learned from Leading

by Julie Thomas, oneLifemaps Facilitator After completing my first attempt at leading some friends through Listen to My Life, I looked back and saw  an amazing adventure where God has taught and continues to teach me many lessons.  After spending much of my time at the Facilitator Circle Gathering asking questions like, "What does this look like in mentoring relationships?" and “How much of my story do I share as a facilitator?,” I decided to give it [...]

Where is Your Bridge?

by Mark H. Crumpler, Pastor for Teaching and Spiritual Formation, Peachtree Presbyterian Church On March 11, 2005 Kevin Berthia had finally stopped thinking about taking his own life. On this day those thoughts and the mounting despair that came with them had reached a tipping point, pushing him to take action. Having climbed over the rail of the Golden Gate Bridge, Berthia stood perched on a narrow pipe high above the waters of the San [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:10+00:00 February 18, 2014|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Just Do It

By Annie Sander, Worship Leader and Vocal Director, The Compass Church This morning I was on my way to a church conference. My car pulled out of my driveway at 8:32 am; and frankly – I was pretty proud of myself for being ready with perfume on, make-up on and my 8 and 6 year old kids fed by this hour. As I was driving out of my neighborhood, I saw this woman running with a [...]

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