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Overwhelmed: What is Affecting the Output of Your Heart?

Photo Credit: Nitish Meena by Janine Wetzel God used a contaminated well on our property to give me a picture of the condition of my heart.  It was a not-so-subtle object lesson invite me to respond in more life-giving ways. Not too long ago, we had a torrential rain.  All seemed fine and dandy until nasty brown water started coming out of our faucets instead of the clear liquid we are used to [...]

By | 2017-07-06T14:44:51+00:00 July 11, 2017|Categories: Reviewing My Days|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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, [...]

A Choice: React or Respond

Photo Credit: Jordan Whitt Photography By Sibyl Towner Are you reacting from your past or responding to God? Our past experiences hold power over us—good or bad. In essence, our pasts compete with God for our attention. God is more powerful than any circumstance or experience, but we have to choose to give him that power in our lives. Sibyl Towner speaks about these life choices. Scripture: As a father has compassion on [...]

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 [...]

The Sacrament of Letting Go

by Kathy Bolduc, author Do you ever throw yourself a pity party? You know, one of those parties where you’re the only one who shows up? When you’re all by yourself, down in the dumps, knowing absolutely no one can possibly relate to your life situation? I had a day like that last Sunday. Feeling sorry for myself is easy on gloomy days when I can’t get to church for the fifth week in a [...]

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

Valley Freedom

by Laurie Proctor, oneLifemaps Facilitator My mind races and I have the undeniable urge to run out of the room.  I grip the arms of my chair to make sure that I don’t.  I am about to share a painful valley experience with a group of near strangers who are all staring at me expectantly.  I have willingly agreed to do this but now it seems like a careless, almost reckless thing to do.  Something akin to [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:50:04+00:00 June 10, 2014|Categories: Valley Experiences|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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 [...]

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

World Events and My Story

By Barbara Giordan When I was little, 4 or 5, my teachers at Temple sat us down as a group and showed us old black and white footage: pictures of naked children who were nothing but skin and bones. They were strewn in a heap, five or six deep, like a pile of raked leaves waiting to be disposed of, only these were dead children.  "Jewish" we were told; they had been gassed by the [...]

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