Repost: Messages from a mural!

The mural above is part of artist Alex Cook’s YOU ARE LOVED mural project. You can learn about it at  www.youarelovedmurals.com” Each mural has/is one of five messages… “

Source: Messages from a mural! FIVE SATURDAY THOUGHTS

I love these murals! What a beautiful project.🙂

Cultivating an assurance of God’s care

rowing-898008_960_720
Sometimes, I feel like I must have it all figured out in order to be able to help someone or even to take a step forward in my life. But it is really God, the divine Source, who is providing the answers and healing for me and all.

God gives you His spiritual ideas, and in turn, they give you daily supplies.
stones-944145_960_720
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
landscape-982178_960_720
It’s so comforting to know that God, divine Spirit, is the source of our strength and our supply. We have strength, supply, order, harmony, beauty and goodness because we reflect God. After all, Jesus said that he couldn’t do anything without God (John 5:30).
Every human thought must turn instinctively to the divine Mind as its sole centre and intelligence.

God is the Source of intelligence. God is the Source of good ideas and action. God is the Source of love and compassion. In other words, can we do anything without Him/Her? If you need a creative solution for a project, God provides it. If you need a resolution and harmony in a relationship, God will provide it. God, divine Mind, will provide everything we need, no matter how big or small. Here are 6 ways to cultivate your innate assurance of God’s care and they make all the difference:

  • Turn to God in prayer (multiple times each day)
  • Get acquainted with God’s Word, and other inspiring texts, through a daily study of them
  • Listen for the still small voice of divine intuition leading you
  • Have an open and receptive heart to new ideas
  • Have patience🙂
  • Live love

Be still, and know that I am God!

___

Mary Baker Eddy, Miscellaneous Writings, p. 307:1-2
Psalms 46:1 KJV
Mary Baker Eddy, Miscellaneous Writings. p. 307:30-1
Psalms 46:10 NLT

The healing power of church

clasped-hands-541849_960_720I love church. My love for church has grown and so has my understanding for the spiritual growth, humility and love it takes to serve Christ’s church.

The church that I love is based on the healing power of Christ. A church that is willing to love without conditions or boundaries.

I have seen the power of Christ connect people of all types and backgrounds. Liberal and conservative. Black and white. Homosexual and heterosexual. Homeless and wealthy. Toddlers and seniors. All attracted to the same church. Why? Because ultimately there is a craving for divine, infinite Love that uplifts, heals and saves and gives meaning to our lives.

Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

may-703626_960_720This flies in the face of so much of what we see today, which wants to separate us based on our history, politics, age, race and religion. Christ is above all this. We have the right to know we are all loved and accepted (as Jesus showed us), and we can live that Christ-spirit where ever we go.

I’m not pretending the Bible doesn’t talk about judgement and separating the “goats” from “sheep” in God’s fold, but I am convinced that this is talking about states and stages of thoughts and actions.

We want to judge — be spiritually discerning in — our own thinking every day and determine if thoughts are coming from God (harmonious, loving, kind, spiritual, limitless, generous, forgiving) or from a mortal ego (limited, fearful, destructive, condemning).

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me and know my thoughts: And see if there be any way of wickedness in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Self-knowledge is an essential component of spirituality. God knows everything that He made is good, spiritual and perfect. We can know that, too.

friends-1149841_960_720Each day I can pray: How can I love more? How can I serve You better? We can also pray wholeheartedly for a greater understanding of God and everyone’s relationship to Him. This will in turn bless us and every community.

___
Colossians 3:11 ESV

Psalms 139: 23, 24 ERV

Divine unfoldment

20160409_172524
Goodness and progress are always unfolding in our lives, but sometimes we may really want to see how it’s all going to turn out! That’s the nature of the human mind.

The human mind is opposed to God and must be put off, as St. Paul declares.

20160409_171212
God isn’t an anthropomorphic “old man” high in the sky, though we often use human terms to describe Him. Really God is more of an infinite, all-embracing, impartial, divine Love and Substance that is the Source of all. This Substance is what makes up you and me, our divine essence and nature.

I love seeing all the flowers blossom in spring. They are fantastic and the aroma is wonderful! Seeing a tree filled with hundreds of delicate blossoms helps me to see God’s love, who gives us those tiny little buds and blossoms for Her delight.

It is Love which paints the petal with myriad hues, glances in the warm sunbeam, arches the cloud with the bow of beauty, blazons the night with starry gems, and covers earth with loveliness.

20160412_182152
We don’t worry that the buds won’t open up; we trust they will open in just the right way and at just the right time. So it is with life. When we are praying for something, we can trust that spiritual desire to God. We can listen to God telling us that we are loved, that we are made in Her likeness to shine Her beautiful light, and patiently wait for Love to unfold Her blessing in our lives.

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.

Finding happiness in service

20160404_182608It seems challenging to hold on to happiness. The amount of time and energy that has been devoted to helping people find happiness through books, websites, courses, etc. is amazing.

Lately, the understanding that happiness comes from selfless service has been coming to me with new veracity. I know this fact theoretically, but how do we make this practical right where we are in the minutiae of our day?

The other evening, I was in heartfelt prayer and I made a gratitude list of all the opportunities to serve that had come that day. Some were small like helping our son potty train. Some felt bigger like prayerfully addressing problems in Syria and North Korea. However big or small, though, creating this list opened my eyes to seeing all have countless ways we have to serve our Father-Mother God each day.

These countless ways to serve often come with opportunities to overcome the resistance which says: “I don’t want to, or I don’t feel like it, or I don’t have enough time or money or energy to help others”. These thoughts are an impostor and should be cast out! If listened to, they would keep us from fulfilling our true destiny as children of God.

I’m grateful for the endless service opportunities we have each day and wishing you a peace-filled, service-oriented life.

Spring has sprung!

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. —Albert Einstein

20160326_161845Spring is inspiring!
20160328_115422

Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice!
    Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!
Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy!
    Let the trees of the forest sing for joy . . .
Psalm 96:11, 12 NLT

20160331_124822

Arctic regions, sunny tropics, giant hills, winged winds, mighty billows, verdant vales, festive flowers, and glorious heavens, — all point to Mind, the spiritual intelligence they reflect. The floral apostles are hieroglyphs of Deity. Suns and planets teach grand lessons. The stars make night beautiful, and the leaflet turns naturally towards the light. In the order of Science, in which the Principle is above what it reflects, all is one grand concord. —Mary Baker Eddy

20160331_180539

Photos by Lindsey Biggs

Beating the clock

Rushing around smartly is no proof of accomplishing much. *

clock-tower-190677_960_720Jesus is the perfect example of overcoming time and stress. He was in some pretty stressful situations but he never caved in to pressure, never doubted his Father’s Kingdom. He knew God’s law was lovingly reigning over all and could reverse the material view that said it wasn’t.

Jesus was asked to go heal Jairus’ daughter but on the way he’s stopped by another situation. It’s a woman who was in physical need and was healed when she touched him. He even took the time to comfort this woman to let her know that her faith in God healed her.

Well, now he gets the “too late” message: the girl whom he had agreed to go heal is now dead. Jesus was too late! He missed the window of opportunity. Haven’t we all heard a message like that before? You missed the deadline! What were you thinking! You berate yourself: I’m such an idiot!

Well, that’s not what Jesus did or thought! He knew God was all powerful. He knew there was no “too late” or “too hard” or “impossible” with God.

The end of the story is that he goes to the home of the girl and heals her — she is alive and well. (See Mark 5).

Looks like God had everything under control the whole time! Even when the people didn’t believe it and couldn’t see it.

How often do we believe that we only have just a quick time to obtain something good — that there’s a narrow window of opportunity; and even that we have to experience as much as we can before our time is up! Wow, this proverbial clock would have us running and rushing around and missing the glory and joy of God’s forever Kingdom!

urban-571631_960_720There was one week in my spiritual practice where I really focused on God being the law and order that is governing everything. I thought about a divine Principle governing my experience and placing me where I needed to be at the perfect time. It was awesome! It was at a time when I had an hour-long commute to and from the city for work. I found that praying with these ideas helped me to arrive exactly when I needed to. It even helped me to find parking in my overcrowded neighborhood — arriving at the perfect time when someone was pulling out of a spot (at a time when parking could take a half hour or more to find). I was just in awe of God’s goodness and I learned so much that week about how God governs every facet of our experience. We see this when we humbly and prayerfully express Him/Her!

Jesus wasn’t stressed out and we don’t need to be either. We can experience God’s harmonious control governing every avenue of being for good.

*Mary Baker Eddy, Improve Your Time (article), Miscellaneous Writings