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God-centered employment

This is a re-run of a post I wrote earlier. I think the ideas are still worth sharing.

I have a gratitude journal app which sends me notifications for jotting things down.

write-593333_960_720Today’s topic is about finding meaning in work. It asks:

How does your work help other people?
What unique skills and strengths can you use in your work?

I love the reminder to value our work. It helps me appreciate our uniqueness — that we are individual manifestations of God expressing Him in special and unique ways.

I like to think that we are always employed because EVERY moment God is utilizing us to express His goodness and love. Every moment we are needed and valued. This helps me be motivated and brings inspiration to my work and daily activities.

. . . let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.1

So if you’re looking for employment or simply looking for freshness in your current job, start with an absolute love for God. Loving God, getting really grounded in a deep love for Him/Her, gives us lasting satisfaction and the ability to express Him. Then our work will simply be utilizing the qualities that He has given us such as poise, understanding, compassion, intelligence, joy, and humor to help others.

True prayer is not asking God for love . . . Prayer is the utilization of the love wherewith He loves us.2
In the scientific relation of God to man, we find that whatever blesses one blesses all . . . 3

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1 Matthew 5:16 NIV

2 Mary Baker Eddy, No and Yes, p. 39:17-19

3 Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health, p. 206:16-17

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Live Your Faith

I love John’s latest blog and glad that he is doing what he loves again!

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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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Is healing through spiritual means really possible today?

shining-starHealing through prayer, through an understanding of our relationship to God, is natural and normal. It is like light filling the darkness so there is nothing else.

Healing through spiritual means may seem far-fetched or intangible to some and that is because matter seems so real and tangible to consciousness.

Everything that we truly love, everything that is good in our experience, is actual spiritual and permanent. Matter is simply a miscategorization of things. The substance of all that we cherish and value is spiritual and therefore it is ever-present and harmonious.

So, healing actually takes place in consciousness. It is an improved state of thought. It is fear, limitation and lack being put out for a divine understanding of wholeness, justice, and peace.

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” (I Corinthians 13:12)

“…put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:24 NIV)

We can strive to have this understanding and “put on” our real self-hood made in the image and likeness of God right now!

Heaven and earth are not two separate physical locations.

Here is one definition of heaven that I like:
“HEAVEN. Harmony; the reign of Spirit, government of divine Principle; spirituality; bliss; the atmosphere of Soul.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 587)

In an interview, Anita Moorjani, author of the book Dying to Be Me (who was healed of cancer through a positive change in her outlook about herself), says:

“In that realm I felt this incredible unconditional love and I knew that love was my birthright and it lifted my awareness.”

“In that state of clarity I realized it was incredibly simple — that heaven is loving and valuing yourself and knowing you are deserving and worthy. It didn’t matter whether I had a physical body. Whether I was in that realm or not, heaven was the same thing. It was about knowing this love and being aware of our connection to it. When your realize that you are worthy and deserving of everything God is, then you experience heaven.”

The more we get past thinking about heaven as a far off place, the more we can start recognizing this heaven here and now.

Christ Jesus proved the fallacy, or nothingness, of each claim of lack, sin and disease through his healing prayer. He demonstrated through his life and healing ministry that the law and will of God is restoration, health, wholeness and love for all, regardless of history or demographic.

St. Paul continued the mission of Christ by showing to that the Kingdom of Heaven is a tangible reality for all.

Christ Jesus commanded his followers to “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.” (Matthew 10:8 NIV)

This shows that all men, women and children have spiritual authority over these phases of evil and limitation.

We don’t have to wait for some future time to know and understand this. We can live the life that Christ Jesus demonstrated. We can heal ourselves and others through spiritual means (through an uplifted consciousness and awareness of God, good) right here and now because we have the will of God, which is unconditional love and goodness for all, enforcing itself for everyone.

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New office space!

IMG_3950Just a happy note to say “hello!” as I’m sitting in our new office space in downtown Bend, Oregon.

We’re pleased to open this new office to our local community.

Healing Through Prayer: Christian Science Practitioners
777 NW Wall St. Suite 307

IMG_3587We’re open Monday — Friday from 9am – 4pm (closed between noon-1pm); Saturday and Sunday by appointment.

Of course, we are still available for virtual appointments and treatment for people outside the Bend area.

My husband, John Biggs, and I are sharing the office, and we will keep you posted about any other practitioners who may join us.

Our office website is: healingthroughprayerbend.com.

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Forget self and love others

candlelight-337560_640Glorify God in your body, home and family.

These are the words that came to me in my prayer this morning.

I’m re-reading notes from the class in Christian Science healing that I took in 2006. It’s a 12-day intensive course on the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, which helps students to understand God, the laws from the Bible the are practical and applicable in our daily lives, and it teaches how to heal yourself and others through Mind, God.

I came across this passage in the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:

In love for man, we gain a true sense of Love as God; and in no other way can we reach this spiritual sense, and rise — and still rise — to things most essential and divine. What hinders man’s progress is his vain conceit, the Phariseeism of the times, also his effort to steal from others and avoid hard work; errors which can never find a place in Science. (Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896, p. 234)

“Things most essential and divine…” What are those? As I examined my own thought I saw that it is certainly not the “vain conceit” which tries to keep me focused on me instead of on the beautiful landscape of God and the divine light shining within us.

As I focus on glorifying God in my body, home and family, I focus on expressing grace, patience, humor, joy, humility and all the lovely qualities we desire to live with. A tendency to “steal from others and avoid hard work” slips away. As I focus on “things most essential and divine” I am filled up; I feel satisfied; I witness the joy and grace of God; I find opportunities to love.

Vain conceit tries to keep us focused on a “me” attitude instead of realizing that to find satisfaction, we have to be focused on others, giving (and receiving gracefully) and on God, divine Love.

It is with humility that today I focus on the task of glorifying God in my body, home and family.

I hope you will join me, so we can support each other along the way!

 

 

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Peace and War

I came across these timely passages today. I really appreciate how apropos the message is…it still rings true today.

Other Ways than by War, Boston Herald, March, 1898

“In reply to your question, ‘Should difficulties between the United States and Spain be settled peacefully by statesmanship and diplomacy, in a way honorable and satisfactory to both nations?’ I will say I can see no other way of settling difficulties between individuals and nations than by means of their wholesome tribunals, equitable laws, and sound, well-kept treaties.
A bullet in a man’s heart never settles the question of his life. The mental animus goes on, and urges that the answer to the sublime question as to man’s life shall come from God and that its adjustment shall be according to His laws. The characters and lives of men determine the peace, prosperity, and life of nations. Killing men is not consonant with the higher law whereby wrong and injustice are righted and exterminated.
Whatever weighs in the eternal scale of equity and mercy tips the beam on the right side, where the immortal words and deeds of men alone can settle all questions amicably and satisfactorily…
The government of divine Love is supreme. Love rules the universe, and its edict hath gone forth: ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before me,’ and ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself’…”
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Pets and healing!

I’m so grateful that Christian Science is applicable to many aspects of life.

My husband and I love animals and have cats and dogs.

One evening, we fed our cats dinner but they wouldn’t eat!  It was very strange.  They sniffed the food, pawed at it and turned away.

Well, my husband and I have the habit of turning first to prayer (by this I mean a spiritual and metaphysical way of thinking about things).

I was getting ready to go out for the evening so I asked my husband if he would pray about the issue.

He went into his office to do so and I felt a sense of peace and hope that there would be an answer.  I’ve been taught to expect results and healing from our prayer and that praying is practical!

When we returned home later that evening we tried to feed them again.  This time one of the cats ate – he had returned to normal – but the other had the same mysterious behavior.

This time I knew it was my turn to pray.  I considered this kitty one of my dear friends so it was wonderful to turn to God in humble, heartfelt prayer to strive to see what God knows about His creation.  I knew God made his creation spiritually and free from defect (from Genesis 1 in the Bible).  God’s spiritual creation is always harmonious, healthy and good because it is made in His image and likeness.

I went to sleep feeling peaceful from these spiritual insights.

The next morning the cat was eating again.  Over the next couple days everything continued to return to normal, and there has been no recurrence of that problem.

I’m so grateful for this healing.  And it’s totally natural – everyone can experience these same healing results!