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Path to the Cross

by Bellyn Whitteker It was a warm summer day when I arrived at the Hokey Pokey Ranch in Colorado for a Listen to My Life Retreat. As I began to settle in and become acquainted with a few of the others, I heard about a tall wooden cross located a short distance from the main building. A frequent visitor to the ranch had laid out a new path through sagebrush and across a gully with [...]

Are Emotions Allowed in the Valley?

Photo Credit: Milada Vigerova by Jennifer Grabianski, speaker, teacher, and life coach I am living in the valley. Though I have enjoyed many victorious mountaintop experiences, right now I am laid low, grieving a painful loss, living with more questions than answers. The first time I used the LTML Valley Experiences Map to process a difficult experience, one question in particular stood out to me: “How do I grieve in healthy ways?” [...]

Following Forward to Freedom

Photo Credit: Fabian Irsara By Nancy Booth, certified life coach and spiritual director Recently, I had the opportunity to join others at a Listen to My Life retreat featuring the “Following Forward” map. It felt like God had personally invited me to join Him on that day. I came in great anticipation of what He might have to say. The day was composed of times of silence and meditation, listening to one another without [...]

Childhood Valley Experiences—Redeemed!

Photo Credit: Sharon Christina By Patty MacCarthy, onelifemaps participant Growing up, I attended church each week with my family. In Sunday school, I was told that I was "a perfect child of God.” I never heard the word “sin” or that I was in need of a Savior. Jesus was portrayed only as teacher and healer. As a young girl, I was often left in the care of my two older brothers. [...]

Awakening in the Valley

Photo Credit: Carol Steffens by Carol Steffens, oneLifemaps Facilitator and Blog editor Have you ever realized something later in life that you may have carried around with you since childhood? So it was for me, as I uncovered a seemingly inconsequential item until I was willing to allow the pain to surface about an incident that occurred in my early years. After school one day, while rummaging through some old boxes, I came across [...]

Life Giving Rhythms and Lenten Season

Photo Credit: Pexels By Jennifer Grabianski I nestled into a comfy couch in the living room, surrounded by 10 caring and supportive women, most of whom I’d never met before. It was March 2011, and the Lenten season was about to begin. I had completed two-thirds of the Listen to My Life maps, and our leader was previewing the next map, “Life-Giving Rhythms,” which is about listening to God by forming an intentional [...]

Confidence and Competence

By Sibyl Towner The works that God has given you to do are most often embodied in the most satisfying activities of your life. This leads to confidence and competence. Listen and watch as Sibyl connects these two concepts and discover your unique design. Scripture: “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 NIV Questions: 1. Name a skill [...]

Below the Waterline

Photo by Oh Kaye by Diana Malone Akins, oneLifemaps Facilitator When I was a child I loved to make an image out of a page of disconnected dots. You remember them, a mass of numbered dots that mysteriously sat on the paper, a puzzle waiting to be solved. The excitement mounted as you followed the numbers and discovered the image hidden inside. Out it popped! Like an object under water! Transitional seasons can [...]

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

by Julie Thomas, oneLifemaps Facilitator It was Saturday morning, November 6, 2010. I sat in a circle with a group of eight other women at a Listen To My Life workshop as our facilitator began to read a paraphrase of Mark 10:46-52. “Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, I, a blind woman named _____ (that is, the daughter of _____ and _____), [...]

Listening To Your Life As a Spiritual Practice

by Sibyl Towner, Co-Author of Listen To My Life Have you ever viewed your life as a story? Have you considered how your story is a part of God’s grander story? We live in a story of love. Sometimes we might think our story is finished. Complete. We think our early chapters determine the outcome of our lives. But there are always new chapters being written. Click here to listen as Sibyl talks with us [...]

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