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Practical Spirituality Heals

 

Want to learn more about how spirituality is practical in seeing and understanding the reality of things – the reality that includes health, goodness, and abundance for all?

 

Check out this video lecture given in February in the Chicago-area at the Evanston Public Library.  The lecturer is Christian Science practitioner and teacher Ginny Luedeman, CSB from Salem, Oregon .

 

This lecture will be available at the link below through June 24th, 2011.  Enjoy learning about spirituality that heals.

 

http://www.secondchurchevanston.com/lectures.html

Posted in Childlike, Current events & community

I love Church

 

I love my church.  And I will tell you why…

 

Everyone is so nice, and it’s great to be part of a supportive community.  People really help each other out whether it’s through prayer, transportation, donations or kind words or deeds.

 

The services are uplifting and I love thinking about how the Sermon (read from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy) is healing those who are present and blessing the whole world.

 

Our congregation supports community activities and we select a topic that the world is facing to pray about each month. Our Wednesday evening readings are often in support of these monthly topics.

 

Everyone is committed to praying about challenges our church faces and growing spiritually.  It’s a joy to know that we all are willing to sacrifice our own human will for the greater good.

 

Here is an article I recently wrote about how I decided to be more involved with church.

 

http://christianscience.com/church-alive/your-ideas-are-needed-too/

 

Enjoy!

Posted in Life, Love/relationships

Life Lessons and Spiritual Insights Part 2

 

 

Here  is Part 2 – the continuation of life lessons and spiritual insights I’m grateful for. God is always graciously teaching us and showing us the Way!  🙂

 

One of the lessons I learned in school was not to gossip (I only wish I knew this from the get-go – it would have made things a lot easier!). It can be so tempting to join in the criticism or “fun” in a conversation with friends – comparing people to others and labeling their actions in some way.

 

The Bible shows us that God directs our way and actions, and human opinions and beliefs mean nothing to Him (for instance, in a job search or in the path we choose in life).  He shows us that He doesn’t care what popular opinions say in such stories as Moses and the children of Israel, Daniel and the lion’s den, Nehemiah building the wall and countless other examples.  In fact, the Bible is really a compilation of the Spirit of God lifting us out popular beliefs and saying in a way, “I don’t care what’s going on humanly…this is what is really going on and is really going to happen”.

 

We can have the same Spirit today, even if we’re dealing with a physical illness.  Maybe there has been a prediction about our state of being or our future.  God shows us that it doesn’t matter what is going on humanly.  Only what He says and knows counts.  God never created sickness or any debilitating illness for us to be subject to.  Nor can we be harmed from criticism or gossip by another.

 

If we think kindly towards others, any criticism or unkind thought shot toward us falls right off.  “The mental arrow shot from another’s bow is practically harmless, unless our own thought barbs it.”

 

“…We should go forth into life with the smallest expectations, but with the largest patience; with a keen relish for and appreciation of everything beautiful, great, and good, but with a temper so genial that the friction of the world shall not wear upon our sensibilities; with an equanimity so settled that no passing breath nor accidental disturbance shall agitate or ruffle it…” (Taking Offense, Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896, Eddy)

 

I love this article called “Taking Offense” by Mary Baker Eddy (a spiritual leader, healer and teacher in 1821-1910).  It is such a wonderful reminder that we don’t have to get caught up in the swing of things – all the gossip that is presented, whether it be in our family, neighbor or even in cultures and government  around the world.  We never have to think an unkind or unloving thought toward anyone nor can any reach us – what a freedom this is (keeping our mental atmosphere pure, uplifted and free)!