Current events & community, Employment/jobs, Identity/healing the past, Life, Love/relationships

Overcoming personality 

I’m trying to be alert to the need not to glorify or belittle someone else’s personality. Sure there are some people that we get along with more than others, but looking deeply to see the spiritual nature — the God bestowed nature that includes an inexhaustible list of spiritual qualities — is helping me perceive divine reality. The actual spiritual substance that is underlying being. 

For instance, if someone is sick, I can see that person spiritually as whole, poised, receptive, loving, at one with God and including all right ideas from God, while tending to their human need with compassion and humility. 

Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God’s own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick. Thus Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is intact, universal, and that man is pure and holy.*

This spiritual perspective heals.  

This can be helpful in an office setting as well. That horrible boss is actually God’s spiritual, valuable, loved and loving child. He or she is the embodiment of light. Discerning even one good thing, one quality such as compassion toward their family or honesty with their colleagues, can heal the situation because it melts the suggestions of evil that say that all is material and limited. 

This is absolutely helpful in looking at political leaders. That great act didn’t come from that particular person; it came from God giving the right idea — expressing Himself — to the people so that it would be a blessing to the community. 

Giving the credit to God helps me realize everyone’s innate Christly nature and capacity to be receptive to the ideas and messages coming to them from God. I can recognize that we all have the power to listen to God and that we don’t have to fear because it is our Father’s good pleasure to give us the Kingdom (Luke 12:32). 

All of us can recognize the Kingdom within (Luke 17:21) and work together effectively to see that.
Let’s rejoice!

Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 477 

Body/physical healing, Childlike, Prayer/healing

Turn the ordinary into the extraordinary today!

Turn the ordinary into the extraordinary today!

We can do that by living Christ – the message of love from God to all men, women and children.

Bringing the Christ — the Spirit of Truth and Love – into all your conversations and interactions  makes today a truly special day.

I love to think back on moments where I have felt the Christ — the transforming power of God’s love that Jesus so perfectly embodied. Sometimes it’s been on Christmas day, so full of a spiritual love for others, the love of family and friends. Sometimes it has been at a summer camp where the beautiful voices of our counselors fill the air as they sing hymns while we lay in bed falling asleep. Other times it has been in the innocent, sinless, childlike joy that comes from doing fun activities that are wholesome and good.

The message of Christ is that each of us is loved right where we are. Christly love is such a contrast to the brusqueness and busyness of some days. But we can take pause and know that there is nothing more powerful than Christ love and that it is here today healing, uplifting and blessing the world.

I know that we all have moments of encountering God’s unconditional love. These moments are the reality. These moments of glimpsing the divine presence and allness and goodness are what we live for — they annihilate discord, sickness, fear, lack sometimes in even just a moment.

One moment of divine consciousness, or the spiritual understanding of Life and Love, is a foretaste of eternity.1

Don’t we all want more of this “eternity” — a sense of concrete goodness that will never end? Absolutely! We can choose to live this spiritual reality right now by Christ’s love being so real to us that nothing else matters.

Sometimes we have to work for it — fight for those moments of serenity, satisfaction, peace, of knowing how loved you are and your colleagues and friends and family are. The “mist” would try to obscure the view, to hide who we really are as the Sons and Daughters of Light. But don’t believe it! Take the time to pray, meditate or feel the connection with the Divine presence, the special and unique way that Christ speaks specifically to you. And then, once you feel filled up with that love, share it with others! Give it like a Christmas gift to brighten someone’s day. It is the best gift we can ever give.

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1 Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 598

Childlike, Mental health/wellness, Prayer/healing

How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.

How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
you are still with me!

Psalms 139:17, 18 NLT

More than a praising of our mortal ego, Spirit is letting us know that each of our identities, as the spiritual child of God,  is deeply loved by God. Living in God, for God fills all space, is all that we do. So we can let God inform all our thoughts about ourselves.

No self-hatred.
No self-condemnation.
No fear.
No limitation.

In the same way that you look at a precious little baby, God is looking at you, His precious little baby.

Unspotted.
Unblemished.
You are not a sinner.

God is seeing your identity as spotless, pure and free always!

Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.

Matthew 5:48 The Message

Love/relationships, Parenting/Father Mother God

Overcoming self-justification through love

Self-justification leads us astray. Sometimes we may feel like justifying our bad day, or treating someone poorly, or acting out of impulsive human will. If we feel that we are justifying something in our lives, it may be an indicator that listening to God, yielding to divine Love, can open the way to making us feel at peace and revealing even better solutions than we were thinking of.

I recall a time when I was having a rough day. I began ruminating and thinking about all the reasons why I was justified in feeling that things were going so badly: our preschool age son woke up at 3:30a.m., my husband was out-of-town, our new cat was being troublesome. All I was focused on was: how can I make my day, my life, easier? Well making our life easy wasn’t exactly Christ Jesus message to us. He certainly didn’t take the easy road and I didn’t have to be tempted into thinking that was the solution either. I could meet whatever challenges came my way with Christ-like confidence, courage and conviction.

Whenever I find myself ruminating on something — getting stuck in thinking that the solution will come in one specific way, I pray. Jesus said “the kingdom of heaven is within you” (Luke 17:21). I have come to realize that the kingdom of heaven — the experience of health, harmony, love, dominion, joy, and freedom — can be found here and now, through our oneness with God, infinite Mind, all the time. We don’t have to wait for human circumstances to change. It may seem like a different income level, or job, or location, or family status is going to solve our problems. But the Christlike activity of God is always revealing in human consciousness revealing the Way — the way to see, know and experience the kingdom of God right here and now.

Well back to my rough day. Although I don’t like to admit it, the thought from the carnal mind that was supposedly going to make everything better was that maybe we should give the cat back (we had recently adopted him from a shelter) — after all, there was the litter to clean up, the cost of the food, keeping us up at night, etc. Wouldn’t my life be better if we didn’t have a cat after all?

I don’t like to make blind decisions out of human will or self-justification so I decided I would pray about it. I talked to my husband about it that day, and he alerted me to see which option I felt I needed to justify more: keeping our cat or returning him? Well, there were what seemed like a million practical reasons as to why I was justified in returning him.

But as I reached out in prayer, the message that came was: what if you just loved him? Yielding to that message brought such a sweet sense of calm and trust.  This was a whole new thought. I had been listening to all the  justifications going on in my thought about all the reasons this cat was making my life difficult instead of focusing on the love and affection that had impelled us to adopt him. Through prayer, I began to see our cat, Joey, as a beautiful, spiritual idea of God and I felt compassion and humility toward him. I was also able to feel a greater sense of calm about the day in general despite my lack of sleep and frustration and family not being around to help. The frustration of the day completely melted and everything that day became more harmonious. My sister and some friends called and invited us to participate in a fun activity with the kids. And I was able to book an earlier flight home for my husband (instead of the 2-day bus ride across country that we had originally booked for him) at no additional cost.

It was clear that Love was embracing and meeting the needs of all of us, and it was my job to yield to this feeling of Love, loving us all. What a joy and relief that brings!

A few days later, I realized I was feeling so settled and peaceful that I hadn’t even thought about our home as being anything less than harmonious. Our cat, Joey, was seen as just another member of the family. Out of the blue, our son said “I don’t want to take Joey back to the Humane Society”. I said, “Me neither.”

In patient obedience to a patient God, let us labor to dissolve with the universal solvent of Love the adamant of error, — self-will, self-justification, and self-love, — which wars against spirituality and is the law of sin and death.

Divine Love dissolved the self-justification that I had been feeling. Just the other day, Joey was laying on our son’s playmat while our son gently rolled his cars and trucks over Joey’s back. Joey lay still and peacefully content as the cars rolled over “Mt. Joey”, as our son called him.  Later, Joey gently licked our dog, giving her face a “bath” as she lay peacefully resting. I was awed by the sense of peace and harmony present between all of us in our home.

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Mary Baker Eddy SH 242:15 In

Health/wellness, Identity/healing the past, Life

Live who God made you to be as His image and likeness today

I’m so grateful for all the ways that Spirit, God, is moving throughout the universe.

Last night I watched a documentary called Father of Lights that shared how a few individuals are living their faith. They are healing the sick, transforming the hearts and minds of men and women and just living the love of Jesus in an inclusive way. It didn’t seem to me to be gifts that were especially given to them, but rather the Spirit that is given to all of us through Christ.

I am continually searching and praying for ways to expand my faith and expression of God’s gifts and talents. There was one couple filmed that was living a happy life in a big house with 3 kids and the husband was working for a bank. These are all wonderful things, however, they sold everything and moved to China. They opened an orphanage for children that were “unadoptable” because of various tragedies or illnesses that had happened to them. They felt so fulfilled in their new lives because they were living a life of service, showering these little ones with love, and feeling so filled up with love as a result.

Sometimes our faith may lead us to do crazy things! What a beautiful sense of devotion to Christ that has led and blessed them with fulfillment. And I’m sure that Christ won’t stop there and will continue leading!

As Christians, we may have been asked to leave our comfort zone. To find security in the everlasting Kingdom of Heaven that is universal and ever-present. To live a life that is truly satisfying because you feel, know and see that you are made as the image of God and able to manifest His power and glory.

He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact likeness of his being, and he holds everything together by his powerful word. — Hebrews 1:3 ISV

This applies to all of us! Live who God made you to be as His image and likeness today — the expression of light, love, joy, health, freedom and harmony! Nothing can stop you. No evil or darkness can stand in your way. You are living at one with the freedom of Christ now.

Citizens of the world, accept the “glorious liberty of the children of God,” and be free! —Mary Baker Eddy
Health/wellness, Life, Prayer/healing, Supply, Self-Worth, Finances

Thought of the day

I love to pray with these healing words from this beautiful hymn by Peter B. Allen . . .

You are God’s purpose,
His great design.
Beautiful, blameless,
His child divine.
Holding your thought to the good and the true,
Spirit will form you anew.
Rise up and walk!
God made you free, born of His liberty.
Carefree and strong,
you are His song,
perfect for all to see.

Peter B Allen, Rise Up, Christian Science Hymn 453:1

Such power comes to our consciousness when we claim, accept and live these ideas!

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“…I will not let thee go, unless thou bless me…”

-Genesis 32:26-

The other day, I was running up a hill trying to catch a bus, pushing my son in a stroller and carrying all the knick-knacks one needs for a day at the zoo. I really wanted to catch that bus so I was running as fast as I could (read: slowly). The driver started to pull away and I used my last ounce of strength to charge ahead enough to catch the driver’s attention and we made it on. Someone on the bus clapped for us, my son kept drinking from my water bottle so I had to use his little monster truck water bottle, and we made it home eventually.

All great, except that that run really tired me out. Yes, it was uphill, yes my crocs didn’t help, yes that stroller isn’t nice for running with…but…

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