desires and longings

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Is There Something More?

by Sibyl Towner, Co-Author of Listen To My Life At one time or another, we all have succumbed to the pull of advertisers. Many of us have tuned into the Super Bowl to see the next latest and greatest ads. They do a good job of convincing the viewer to try their product because if you don’t, you are missing out. They are masters at convincing you that this is it, this is what will [...]

Order My Days

by Carol Steffens, oneLifemaps Facilitator The trees are limp with rain tonight and more is forecasted for tomorrow. I consider my desire for the warm sunshine of yesterday's weather, but find my discomfort fades as I watch heaven's water provide drink to the thirsty ground. I am reminded of an old hymn based on Psalm 42:1, "As the deer panteth for the water, so my soul longeth after you. You alone are my heart's desire [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:04+00:00 June 24, 2014|Categories: Desires & Longings|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Noticing

by Sharon Voyda, oneLifemaps Facilitator Sometimes when I hear the word “discipline” used in reference to experiencing God’s presence, it revives images of failed New Year’s Eve promises or early morning gym routines that are riveted by blaring music. My thoughts are crowded with notions of striving, enduring and straining to “get God.” In her book, Enjoying the Presence of God, Jan Johnson suggests noticing what is present, immediate, the thing that is right in [...]

Looking for Community?

by Julie Thomas, oneLifemaps Facilitator For many people, life mapping is a foreign concept and can leave one with more questions than answers. One of my early memories of doing the Life Giving Rhythms map was opening the map instructions and seeing two lists: Connecting Your Desires to a Spiritual Practice and Negative Patterns and Balancing Spiritual Practice. My first thought was, "What's that?”followed quickly by "Oh, I think I want to try that?" and [...]

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 [...]

What If There Was No Joseph?

by Michelle Key, oneLifemaps Facilitator One of my favorite times during Advent and Christmas is when I pull out my nativity scenes.  The ritual is usually the same each year. Right after Thanksgiving, and not before, I pull out all the boxes of decorations, play sacred Christmas music and light candles.  It is a time I enjoy with Christ as I prepare my physical and interior home.  It is sacred space set aside to abide [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:10+00:00 December 23, 2013|Categories: Desires & Longings|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Season of Desire

by Ruth Haley Barton, author and founder of the Transforming Center (Used with permission) Apparently American consumerism has reached a new low. As one news article described it, “The gravy was still warm. The Dallas Cowboys were still in uniform. Thanks were still being given across the country as the pilgrimages to the stores began. Lured by earlier-than-ever Black Friday sales, people left Grandma and Grandpa in search of Samsung and Toshiba. They did not go [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:10+00:00 December 4, 2013|Categories: Desires & Longings|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Sacred Cravings

By Gail Donahue, oneLifemaps Facilitator Do you ever find yourself ambushed during your day by a certain need to taste a particular type of food?  We call this a craving.  Some of us find ourselves longing for something salty and crunchy.  Others among us prefer just a little something sweet to top off our meal, such as a deliciously warm, freshly baked chocolate chip cookie, or a bite of delectably dark chocolate or maybe a [...]

World Events and My Story

By Barbara Giordan When I was little, 4 or 5, my teachers at Temple sat us down as a group and showed us old black and white footage: pictures of naked children who were nothing but skin and bones. They were strewn in a heap, five or six deep, like a pile of raked leaves waiting to be disposed of, only these were dead children.  "Jewish" we were told; they had been gassed by the [...]

Unmask the Divine

  by Leslie Dawson, oneLifemaps Facilitator It’s summertime! Many of us make plans to get away, slow down or even take a vacation.  Our family has enjoyed some wonderful times together. When I am away and get the chance to slow down, I often find it is easier to notice God and hear his voice. However, noticing God in the very heart of daily life can be a challenge for me. Being aware of his [...]

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