Posted in Life, Love/relationships, Time/stress

Stress-free holidays

The holidays can be a busy time. On top of work, there are travel plans and gift giving. It can seem like the focus is on the to-do list and not on the message of the Christ — God’s unconditional love for all mankind.

So how do we put the spirit of the Christ back in Christmas with all the things that need to get done?

In a recent article I wrote published in The Monitor, I tell about a time when our family moved across country and had a lot to do upon arrival. I share how seeking “the kingdom of God first, and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33) became a helpful focus, giving me a greater sense of peace, and allowing things to fall into place naturally and harmoniously.

In another article that I appreciate on this topic, “Unselfishness: a recipe for time managment“, the author writes of his spiritual wake up call from feeling self-centered pride about finishing his to-do list to a greater desire to live spiritually: “Like a bolt of lightning, it became clear to me that I had just one task: to express unselfishness, to dedicate my entire day to blessing and serving others…”

I hope these ideas will help you and yours to express more of the Christ-spirit this holiday season. Wishing you a Christmas season filled with grace, poise, patience, gratitude, Christly-love and affection.

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Posted in Bible, Life, Mental health/wellness, Time/stress

A practical guide for living

How often do you read the Sermon on the Mount? The founder of my church recommends reading it once a week and putting it in to practice each day. I have to admit that I rarely read it every week, but I do have to say that I notice a profound difference in my outlook on life when I do read it. The Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5-7, has a profound way of spiritualizing thought, the way we live, and our interactions with others. Starting out with the beatitudes highlights attributes such as humbleness, meekness, gentleness, sincerity, peacemaking, and more. Later on it illustrates the importance of not judging others, not criticizing others, and even not worrying because God gives you what you need. It reminds us of God’s great love, and it encourages us to let God’s light shine! And it assures us that following this teaching gives us a house, consciousness, and faith that is built on a rock.

I am amazed by the simplicity and profound nature of this Sermon. It has the power to transform hearts and lives. So, if it’s been a little while, find your favorite translation of the Bible and give it a read today. It will surely re-orient your thinking and life in a positive way.

To my sense the Sermon on the Mount, read each Sunday without comment and obeyed throughout the week, would be enough for Christian practice. The Word of God is a powerful preacher, and it is not too spiritual to be practical, nor too transcendental to be heard and understood.–Mary Baker Eddy

PS — Check out a friend’s article on how living the principles of the Sermon on the Mount can even lead us to a less violent world. Universal Love: Roadmap to a less violent world


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Posted in Life, Love/relationships, Mental health/wellness, Parenting/Father Mother God

Have “non-stick” thinking

What does it mean to have nonstick thinking? All the little bumps and jostles in life don’t get you down.

When those little annoyances try to rub you the wrong way, let them slide right off. We can have a well-oiled pan where those slights or aggressive thoughts/actions just slide right off. They can’t harm you!

…keep your minds so filled with Truth and Love…It is plain that nothing can be added to the mind already full. There is no door through which evil can enter, and no space for evil to fill in a mind filled with goodness. Good thoughts are an impervious armor;…The right thinker abides under the shadow of the Almighty. His thoughts can only reflect peace, good will towards men, health, and holiness…Mary Baker Eddy

Don’t let anything pull you down. We don’t want spider web thinking where the little annoying actions of others get caught and stuck. No! We want clear and clean, joy-filled and grateful thinking! A consciousness that is always communing with and praising God. So let all the dirty stuff just slip away. Don’t let it stick in your thought!
And the good news is, even if one of those pestering thoughts finds a way through, you can always take that scrub brush of divine Truth and Love to wipe away any negativity from your thinking — through pausing and remembering your relationship with God, your spiritual individuality and how much God loves you.
Let God communicate what belongs to you!

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