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Messages of worth and love

You are loved.

You are needed.

You have a holy origin.

You are made in the image and likeness of God, good.

You are special. God delights in you. She rejoices that She made you.

These are the messages that matter.

Wouldn’t it be great if instead of advertisements of sexuality, violence, and disease that run rampant in today’s media that we are instead reminded of our inherent worth as God’s image and likeness? Wouldn’t it be nice to receive reminders and affirmations to love one another and see the child of God in each of us? Just as we treat children with such tenderness, we can also nurture the child within each of us that hopes for and desires the eternal love of an all good Mom/Dad, that Jesus called “Abba”, Daddy.

You are sinless, you are eternal. Reminding ourselves of how our Creator makes us and sees us enables us to be a healer everyday, whether we are participating in larger actions of restorative justice or simply being faithful over the little things we can do each day.

We are made to heal because we reflect the heart of God. We are made to bind up the brokenhearted. We are made to wash each others feet with our tears.

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
Isaiah 61:1 ESV
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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 

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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
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Rejoice! Now we are the sons and daughters…

Inspiration — we’ve all had it and we’ve probably all felt like we lost it at one point or another.

Recently, I was going through a stint of feeling uninspired. After talking with a friend, though, I realized that inspiration is always present.  Remembering that I had been inspired before inspired me to see that I could feel the inspiration again — right now!

Inspiration is the result of God; Immanuel or “God with us”; it is the result of divine Love always wanting us to see Her and know Her. The “Holy Spirit” is the animating divine presence, power and activity of our lives. It is what makes us feel that we know (spiritually) even as we are known (spiritually).
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Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. (1 Corinthians 13:12 ESV)

The “then” is now! Now are we the sons and daughters of God! (I John 3:2)

When our sons shall be as plants grown up in their youth, And our daughters as corner-stones hewn after the fashion of a palace; (Psalms 144:12 ASV)

We are those sons and daughters now — don’t accept anything lower. You are spiritual and you are at one with the divine Spirit — the Holy Spirit — leading, animating and giving you divine direction here and now.

We can not be separated from the spiritual understanding of who we are here and now.

You are loved! You are blessed! You are polished like a palace. Rejoice!

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Expand and express more of your spiritual individuality

In life, we probably have to fulfill a lot of different roles, and as we grow in life these roles only multiply.

Rather than feeling daunted by all the demands we have to fulfill, though, we can see each demand, each moment, as an opportunity to reflect God.

God is infinite, so the roles that we have in life are actually a reflection of Him.

For instance, I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, practitioner, colleague, friend, etc.

Each one of these is actually a fulfillment of God. We are expressing God’s eternal nature and infinite individuality.

Spirit, Life, Truth, Love, combine as one, — and are the Scriptural names for God. All substance, intelligence, wisdom, being, immortality, cause, and effect belong to God.

Nothing can be demanded of us that God, divine Love, isn’t fulfilling.

Truth, Life, and Love are the only legitimate and eternal demands on man, and they are spiritual lawgivers…

So as you’re going about your day, you don’t need to feel that you are being stretched thin. You are EXPANDING to express more of your spiritual individuality — expressing more of Infinite Spirit (to whom all good is possible).

Genesis i. 31. And God saw everything that He had made, and, behold, it was very good…

Attributions of quotes (listed in order)
Genesis 1:31 KJV

 

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Repost: Teach me to love – a poem

“TEACH ME TO LOVE.”

From the October 1908 issue of The Christian Science Journal

There was a time when in my daily prayer
I asked for all the things I deemed most fair,
And necessary to my life,—success,
Riches, of course, and ease, and happiness;
A host of friends, a home without alloy;
A primrose path of luxury and joy,
Social distinction, and enough of fame
To leave behind a well-remembered name.

Ambition ruled my life. I longed to do
Great things, that all my little world might view
And whisper, “Wonderful!”
Ah, patient God,
How blind we are, until Thy shepherd’s rod
Of tender chastening gently leads us on
To better things! To-day I have but one
Petition, Lord—Teach me to love. Indeed,
It is my greatest and my only need —
Teach me to love, not those who first love me,
But all the world, with that rare purity
Of broad, outreaching thought which bears no trace
Of earthly taint, but holds in its embrace
Humanity, and only seems to see
The good in all, reflected, Lord, from Thee.

And teach me, Father, how to love the most
Those who most stand in need of love— that host
Of people who are sick and poor and bad,
Whose tired faces show their lives are sad,
Who toil along the road with footsteps slow,
And hearts more heavy than the world can know—
People whom others pass discreetly by,
Or fail to hear the pleading of that cry
For help, amid the tumult of the crowd … Read more

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The transforming power of Christ

I’m reading this book about Jesus’ disciples (it’s written as a personal story from the perspective of each disciple).  I am moved by the transforming spirit of the Christ to completely change the lives of these 12 men, plus many others that were around them.

They were willing to drop everything (even change their names in a couple of instances) and adapt this whole new way of life. It reminded me of my personal story of being transformed by Christ. After spending several years looking for happiness & satisfaction through material means (partying, drugs & unproductive relationships), I finally glimpsed the Christ through a trying experience. I was struggling & searching for healing, so I decided to read the four Gospels. I found a translation that made sense to me, and I became so engrossed with it, I couldn’t put it down.

Jesus lived a fearless life and I so wanted to live that way, too. The message of Christian Science taught me that all the “works” that he did and what he taught can be applied and lived today. God’s transforming, healing power can save us in any situation.

Well, I dove in to this message, took up the study and practice of following Christ (through Christian Science), and I haven’t looked back!

Isn’t it interesting that this healing power, which has existed for thousands of years (well, for eternity actually) is still as powerful, beautiful and transforming today? There is nothing in the world that can give you that kind of guarantee! I am still in awe of the permanent transforming power of Christ.

Do you have a transforming experience you’d like to share?