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

The God Who Sees Me

Photo by Dave Evans by Julie Jensen, a oneLifemaps Facilitator Solitude is a spiritual discipline which I have come to treasure.  The days I can steal away for spending undivided time with the Lord are precious to me; days where I can combine solitude with my love of nature are in my eyes about as perfect as they get. One beautiful day this past summer, I made what has become a monthly visit [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:10+00:00 April 2, 2014|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Following God Forward

Spiritual Circle Journal by Liz Lassa by Liz Lassa, oneLifemaps Facilitator A while ago a friend said to me, “Liz, you seem to hear so clearly from God and love your time with Him. How does that work for you?” I gave her a very basic answer sharing that I gathered my bible, journal, devotional and went off to spend time with God.  Very quickly, I realized she was really looking for more. [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:10+00:00 March 18, 2014|Categories: Following Forward|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

Listening To My Life

by Sharon Swing, Co-Author of Listen To My Life Experience turns belief into faith. There is a difference between believing something to be true and knowing it to be true. I can believe the Bible, because it is the word of God. I know certain passages are true, because my life experiences have afforded me the opportunity to experience them to the depths of my being. My life story offers me solid experience on which [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:11+00:00 October 1, 2013|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Roadside Reminder

by Julie Hanson, oneLifemaps Facilitator On a long lonely stretch of highway, in the middle of nowhere, on the way back to my past - my childhood home, stood this old abandoned church that proclaims, "God Is With You".  I have seen it hundreds of times and have always been aware of its presence as part of the scenery on I-80 in Nebraska, but never really paid attention to it or even read the words painted [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:11+00:00 September 3, 2013|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , |3 Comments

Gather Together

 Photo by Sharon Swing, Co-Author of Listen To My Life: Maps for Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story "When two or three are gathered because of me, you can be sure that I'll be there." Matthew 18:21 MSG In the midst of tragic world events and especially those we don’t understand, it’s easy to get caught up in the media coverage.  I wonder what would happen if we spent the same amount of time praying [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:11+00:00 May 21, 2013|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , |0 Comments

4th Quarter Blessings

by Dr. Anita Schamber, oneLifemaps Facilitator As an infant, my parents presented me for baptism with a sprinkling with water as a matter of family tradition. Because I was not raised by Christ-following parents, this dedication became an important part of my childhood story, as I continued to hunger for God over my childhood and teenage years. God kept pursuing me as I continued to take steps toward Him by joining a church, serving in [...]

A Tender Journey Towards God

by Jeanne Stoner, a Listen To My Life Participant In November 2009, I retired from a 30 year professional career to become a caregiver for my chronically ill, disabled daughter.  Her young life had been full with great friends and travel soccer.  When she was a freshman in high school, she was diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS).  She was wheelchair bound, too weak to stand, and too fatigued to go to school for [...]

A Life Interrupted

by Joellen Maurer, oneLifemaps Facilitator His car pulls into the driveway. He shouldn’t be home yet. I am in the bedroom readying myself for dinner for twenty-eight at our home in a little more than an hour. I meet him outside the front door and he escorts me back into the bedroom. “They have decided not to renew my contract.” Disbelief. Confusion. Shock. And our lives are turned upside down in a moment. And sometimes, [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:12+00:00 February 5, 2013|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments


by Julie Thomas, oneLifemaps Facilitator How is your memory? I am finding mine isn't very good. The busier I get, the more I depend on what is written down to help me avoid embarrassing moments like the time I forgot to pick up my oldest daughter from school. Remembering isn't just important when considering everyday schedules, but also in our walk with Christ. Think about how often God called the nation of Israel to build [...]

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