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 [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

5 Minute Meetings

by Emy Lyn Bell, Photographer Did you know I was fired from my first big girl job? Yep.  It's true.  It seriously sucked and has for a long time now.  A 5 minute meeting and BAM my life was thrown in a totally different direction.  Though I've attempted to not allow that 5 minute meeting to affect me so much, it has for years.  I have been angry.  I have been embarrassed and ashamed.  Every time [...]

Living Into Lent

by Linda Holmes, Spiritual Director Winter blossoms white and melts into rainbow colored flowers. Lent welcomes life, stirs deep, draws forth, breathes warm, Waking spring’s hostages to buried sins and borrowed sorrows. Short days of cold stretch longer as sunlight reaches late into the night. The earthbound growing strong, reaching out, rising up, Break free to follow His familiar footsteps on to Calvary. There at the cross the Son hangs heavy burdened; Forsaken by the [...]

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!

By Deitra Shoemaker, oneLife Maps Facilitator As I think about the good, the bad and the ugly in my story, I see the good as the blessings of God.  I see the bad as the trials and sufferings I've experienced from those who have sinned against me as well as just the acknowledgement of the fact that this is how life is on this side of eternity.  But the ugly . . . the ugly [...]

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