by Nancy Bentz, oneLifemaps Facilitator “Pour out the best you have, and always be poor. Never be diplomatic and careful about the treasure God gives. This is poverty triumphant.” - Oswald Chambers Say the word treasure and visions of rich dead uncles we’re not related to tease “If only…” from our lips. Say the word treasure and it’s over to the recycle bin to fish out that Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes envelope. Say the word treasure and [...]
by Joan Kelley, Director of Facilitator Development and oneLifemaps Facilitato by John Wesley, Book of Offices of the British Methodist Church, 1936. John Wesley credits a Puritan pastor, Richard Alleine is the originator of the Covenant Prayer. Do you ever have days that just feel ordinary, same old coming and going, eating and sleeping? Have you ever considered who is the owner of your days? I wonder what would happen if [...]
By Sibyl Towner, Co-Author of Listen To My Life "What am I going to do with my one, wild and precious life?" Mary Oliver. Most of us ask the question, "What is my purpose?" in one form or another. Listen as Sibyl helps us think through how to move forward with this all familiar question.
by Joan Kelley, Director of Facilitator Development and oneLifemaps Facilitator When my son Will was around nine, he went with his dad to our church’s father/son camp. Will always called those five days alone with John “better than Christmas.” That year, the kids were given an ice-breaker question to answer, “If you had $100 what would you do with it?” Without skipping a beat, Will honestly answered “invest it!” John, who happens to teach good [...]
By Joan Kelley, Director of Facilitator Development for oneLifemaps I’m learning a new skill. I’m learning to ride a bike. All of you who are laughing right now can just stop your snickering from your couch cushion and put your ice cream bowls down. I mean I knew how to ride a bike before but this is a real bike that can go ridiculously fast, with thin tires and the dreaded toe clips. Yes, my [...]
by Anita Schamber Recently I facilitated a Board retreat for a Women of Vision Chapter in Charlotte, North Carolina. (These women partner in local community projects, as well as global projects, sponsored by World Vision.) Although I was immersed in a crowd of amazing women leaders, my devotional focused on an “unlikely” leader, the Samaritan woman who encountered Jesus at Jacob’s well from John 4. This woman lived in an unmarried relationship after having been [...]
By Sharon Swing, Co-Author, Listen to my Life Maybe I’m getting a bit too sensitive. Maybe not. I’d like to know what you think. While listening to a radio program, a caller identified himself as a pastor. Before answering the man’s question, the host encouraged this man by saying that the role of a pastor is the highest calling, and he was sure that God was pleased with his choice to serve Him. While at [...]
by Joan Kelley, oneLifemaps Facilitator Maybe you have days when the only prayer you can utter sounds like an emergency call for help like, “God show up! God, just show up as I send my kids to their first day school, as I get the doctors report, as I handle a conflict situation at work, as I grieve the loss of my son.” I genuinely believe God has already shown up, but I have to [...]
by Bonnie Ferris, a Listen to My Life Listening Group Facilitator I knew it wouldn’t be easy as time went on, but at the time it was exciting. We were moving from a townhouse with no real dining room to hold our growing family to a rambling ranch on an acre of ground in a pocket of country where my husband and I would share a home with my aging mother and father. We were [...]
by Sibyl Towner, Co-Author Listen to My Life Watch & listen as Sibyl Towner shares some wisdom on the topic of Listening as Love!