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?” [...]

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 [...]

Stop and Think About It

Photo by Bridget AMES by Joan Kelley, Director of Facilitator Development for oneLife Maps Have you stopped before you start this holiday season? My eight year old son, Mitchell, and I were reading a book before bed one night. It was a silly mystery book called Jigsaw Jones. We ran into this line in the story, “The whole family was piled tightly into the car, like a hippopotamus wearing a Speedo bathing suit.” Mitchell giggled and [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:03+00:00 December 2, 2014|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , |1 Comment


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 [...]

Spring’s Command

photo by Mary Kelley by Carol Steffens Stillness. Seeds from fruitful plants buried in the ground waiting for spring's command. There have been times when I have felt without Christ's presence and direction in my life. Much like the cold, dark days of winter, when nature's colors turn black and white, I have felt frozen and alone...waiting for an audible word or visible sign from God. Instead, came the whisper, "Be still....." You've [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:10+00:00 March 4, 2014|Categories: Reviewing My Days|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Where is Your Bridge?

by Mark H. Crumpler, Pastor for Teaching and Spiritual Formation, Peachtree Presbyterian Church On March 11, 2005 Kevin Berthia had finally stopped thinking about taking his own life. On this day those thoughts and the mounting despair that came with them had reached a tipping point, pushing him to take action. Having climbed over the rail of the Golden Gate Bridge, Berthia stood perched on a narrow pipe high above the waters of the San [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:10+00:00 February 18, 2014|Categories: My Life Story|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

A Collection of Moments

by Pete Wilson, Senior Pastor of Cross Point Church I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I can live with a greater awareness of God’s presence even in the very ordinary, mundane, moments of life. Frederick Buechner wrote, “The question is not whether the things that happen to you are chance things or God’s things because, of course, they are both at once. There is no chance thing through which God cannot speak — even [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:10+00:00 February 4, 2014|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Every Day Love of Christmas

by Cheri Hudspith, oneLifemaps Facilitator I’ve been asking the Lord a lot of questions about the meaning of love the last four or five years.  Recently, I realized that when many Christians speak of the love of God they often speak of it in the past tense.  They express awe over Christ’s willingness to love us by dying on the cross or acknowledge it when considering his decision to give up heaven to come to [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:10+00:00 December 17, 2013|Categories: Following Forward|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

You’ve Got Mail

Photo by Unsplash by Julie Thomas, oneLifemaps Facilitator “Our challenge is to unmask the divine in the natural and name the presence of God in our lives.” This quote from David Benner's book, The Gift of Being Yourself, is also an opening quote in the 'Reviewing My Days' map instructions. But what does it mean? This spring I received an email from a lady in my bible study group that began to help [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:11+00:00 May 14, 2013|Categories: Reviewing My Days|Tags: , |5 Comments
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