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Questions from the Master: Do you want to get well?

By Carol Steffens, oneLifemaps Facilitator and Blog Editor Scripture: Soon another Feast came around and Jesus was back in Jerusalem. Near the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there was a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda, with five alcoves. Hundreds of sick people—blind, crippled, paralyzed—were in these alcoves. One man had been an invalid there for 38 years. When Jesus saw him stretched out by the pool and knew how long he had been there, he said, [...]

Questions from the Master: What do you want me to do for you?

  Photo Credit: Lucas   By Carol Steffens, oneLifemaps Facilitator and Blog Editor                          Scripture: Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many rebuked him and told him [...]

Christ for me. Christ in me. Christ through me.

By Sharon Swing, Co-Author, Listen to My Life:  Maps for Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story This breath prayer is one I say as a way of reminding myself who I am and to whom I belong.  It offers me peace, perspective and perseverance in times when I may be willing to believe my circumstances or voices from my past more readily than intentionally listening for what God has to say to me. [...]

Childhood Valley Experiences—Redeemed!

Photo Credit: Sharon Christina By Patty MacCarthy, onelifemaps participant Growing up, I attended church each week with my family. In Sunday school, I was told that I was "a perfect child of God.” I never heard the word “sin” or that I was in need of a Savior. Jesus was portrayed only as teacher and healer. As a young girl, I was often left in the care of my two older brothers. [...]

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

God’s Invitation to Be-Come

photo by Anne Spratt by Linda Holmes, Spiritual Director BE… In the beginning God created people to live and move and have their very BEing in Him. The great I AM chose us to BE like Him, intimately related to and in relationship with Him.  In spite of our failings and falling out with God, He waits for and welcomes us to spend time with Him not doing, but ‘being’ still that we [...]

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 [...]

Into the Garden

Photo by Baby QB by Kathleen Bolduc, author This morning I bring my Bible, journal, and cup of tea into the garden. A light mist hangs over the fields across the road, and I am surprised to see tender green shoots of corn forming rows where yesterday there was nothing but dirt. All around me, Dame’s Rocket thrusts purple and white spires toward the skies like holy hands reaching toward heaven. Boxwood shimmers [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:10+00:00 April 15, 2014|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , |1 Comment

My Chair

by Davis Crowell On the night of my 60th birthday, I enjoyed spending time with my kids, their significant others, and my best friend in the universe, Margaret.  I was sitting across from Eliaabeth, my 24 year old daughter, and asked her how she enjoyed the teaching she had done the prior week at the church we both attend.  She looked at me and said, "as long as I've known you, you have had a [...]

Sitting at His Table

by Jennifer Whiteford, oneLifemaps Facilitator Steady. Engaged. Soulful. That is my usual operating speed. But not now. Not this month. Not in a long time. Insert these words instead. Numb. Frail. Sobered. In the midst of Advent, I am in yet another familiar warring season. A battle for my relationships, my body, and my mind. Experience has taught me to keep a rhythm of disciplines despite how I feel. These weeks the one thing I [...]

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