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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?” [...]

Lent – A Sacred Journey In His Shadow

Photo by Danielle Macinnes By Joan Kelley, Director of Facilitator Development and oneLifemaps Facilitator I remember when my son Drew was four. While Drew did not need a lot of extra hugs, he did like to know where I was. He didn’t need me to hold his hand. He just needed to be near me. I could be in the middle of Target, look around and realize one of my children was missing, only [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:02+00:00 March 21, 2017|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

You Cannot Die Badly If You Have Lived Well

Photo Michelle Travis by Leslie Dawson, oneLifemaps Facilitator “You cannot die badly if you have lived well.” St. Augustine These words were spoken by the minister during the Memorial Service of one of my closest and dearest friends of thirty years and fellow oneLifemaps Facilitator. Debbie Smith recently lost her life to a Stage 5 brain aneurism while filling a pitcher of water at her kitchen sink.  It was sudden, shocking, and incredibly sad [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:03+00:00 October 21, 2014|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , , , , |6 Comments

Together We Drink This Cup

by Malinda Patterson There is something sacred in telling a story.  There is something especially sacred in telling one’s own story.  And it is an honor to be trusted with the story of another.  And so last week, our newly born community gathered around one another ten times to tell the stories of our lives. Frederick Buechner writes that “the story of any one of us is in some measure the story of us all.”  [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:04+00:00 June 17, 2014|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , |2 Comments

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 [...]

The Joy of My Salvation

by Leslie Dawson, oneLifemaps Facilitator I was thrilled when I first learned I would have the opportunity to work through the Listen to My Life maps.  Being the rule follower that I am, I diligently filled out both the My Life Now and My Life Story maps before the event began.  I took a lot of time filling out the My Life Story map because I had never really chronicled my story in such a [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:10+00:00 November 20, 2013|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

I Don’t Know Myself Anymore

by Sibyl Towner, Co-Author of Listen To My Life Do you sometimes wonder, “Who am I really? Who was I? When did I know myself? Is there a way to get to know who I am so I can express that to others and use if for good in my family, my community and the world?” These questions are important and significant. Recommended Books Related to this Blog: How to Discover Your Personal Mission: The [...]

What’s Your Story?

by Joan Kelley, Director of Facilitator Development and oneLifemaps Facilitator   I asked the question on Facebook, "How has story work been an important part of your ongoing spiritual formation?" Sharon Swing eloquently responded with words expressing the deep connection between life story and spiritual transformation. If you have ever wondered if story is important, you will enjoy her quote. "I don't know how to think about spiritual formation apart from my story! If I am [...]

Everything and Emptiness

by Joan Kelley, Director of Facilitator Development and oneLifemaps Facilitator Everything and emptiness...somehow in God's kingdom they are related.  In this human world we strive and grasp for everything we want and need and end up with emptiness.  In God's kingdom we are called to emptiness and somehow he gives us everything we need. As we enter this holy week, I wonder what is pulling on your soul… the “emptiness” that results from the world [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:12+00:00 March 26, 2013|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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