Step by step trusting Him

Graduating from college, moving to a new house, finding summer plans — whatever it may footsteps-1045952_960_720be, God is providing each step of the way.

Recently, my family decided it was time to embark on a new adventure. As I prayed about this upcoming change, it became evident that what we needed was simply to see the next step, follow it, and then each step of the way would be placed in front of us in just the right way.

A beautiful hymn states:

Lead Thou me on…I do not ask to see The distant scene; one step enough for me.

Whatever steps in life we take, it always begins by taking the first step. We don’t need to see beyond this (and it most cases we can’t). It can be tough to see only one step because we want to know the ‘end of the story’, so to speak. We want to see how it will all work out!

beach-972566_960_720If I could have seen in to the future, even just two years ago, I wouldn’t have known how I got there. I would have thought that I simply went from point A to point B without realizing  all the spiritual growth and wisdom gained along the way; or the patience and selflessness that was needed; and I couldn’t have known all the love and blessings that developed along the way in many friendships and precious moments with our family.

So as we face changes in life, we can trust that divine Mind, God, is leading and guiding us. This intelligent Source speaks through the “still, small voice” (1 Kings 19:12) and through spiritual intuition. As we silence the “storm” around us — the mental turmoil that desperately wants to know all the answers — we will hear and see each step placed before us at just the right time. We will hear God’s angel messages guiding us along the way.

The Bible says:

Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.

God’s light is leading you! He will not leave you in darkness.

Step by step will those who trust Him find that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

We all have the ability to hear and understand God’s will, which blesses us. As we seek to serve to God, He will guide us in the perfect way to bless and serve others on a path of love, joy, and peace.

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John Henry Newman, Christian Science Hymnal, 169
Exodus 13:22 NIV
Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health, p. 444:10 (with reference to Psalm 46:1)

 

 

We can never lose the ability…

We can never lose the ability to glorify God.

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We all feel the desire to be valuable and useful — to feel that our life is needed and making a positive difference.

Is it really possible to feel that in any job? In every place we live? How do we sustain a sense of purpose all the time?

He [God] has mercy upon us, and guides every event of our careers. He is near to them who adore Him.

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Every moment, with every thought, is the opportunity to know and glorify God.

God is infinite! God is not more present in one place than another. We are as one with God right here, right now, as we ever can be.

Are you looking for a change in circumstances? Look to God for a change in thought!

A new outlook, a new understanding of God, can refresh, motivate and sustain a higher sense of purpose.

The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

You are the living witness to God. God’s Spirit is living in you, moving in you. You have the right to be fearless and care-free.

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.

Cultivate a sense of awe — an awe-inspiring awareness — of how God is loving and caring for you today.

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1 Unity of Good by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 3
2 Job 33:4 NIV
3 Isaiah 60:1 ESV

God-centered employment

I have a gratitude journal app which sends me notifications with prompts 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

God’s law of attraction will give you the ideas you need to find the right employment and the right organization will be attracted to you, too. It will be a mutual blessing that blesses everyone.

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

You are loved…you are worthy!

It may be tempting to think that your worth and value are tied up in your job.

What if you don’t have a job? Or what if your performance is lower than you’d like because of a particular set of circumstances?

You can still feel loved and valued regardless of your job and even if you are out of work.

You work/business do not determine your success.

You determine the success of your work/business.

You have worth and value because you are deeply loved and that’s how God made you.

You are a child of God, not made up of DNA or a by-product of your parents.

Your worth and success are already built-in — they are inherent in what you are.

You are the manifestation of God’s abundance, God’s wealth, God’s prosperity.

God is overflowing with joy and harmony, and you are the manifestation of that!

So don’t let the world —that evil mind— tell you that you are unworthy or unloved for even a second.

Shut the door on that thought! You don’t have to believe it!

You are holy, pure, loved, beautiful and free right now.

Reblog: Bright light from senior workers

Bright light from senior workers

By Barbara Vining (Reblogged from CSMonitor.com)

It’s encouraging to know that age is not a barrier to progress.

I learned that lesson early from a neighbor – a childhood friend’s father, Mr. Fierke. We were still in high school when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 65 at General Mills, where he managed the flour division. Without hesitation, he enrolled in a six-month training course to become a stockbroker, after which he began a 23-year career with a well-known brokerage firm. After that, he continued to live an active life.

In recent times, age has become less and less a factor in deciding when one should retire – or whether one should retire at all. It’s quite common for individuals to want – or need – to continue working during their senior years. Many businesses are actually wooing senior workers, and mandatory retirement ages have been disappearing from the horizon. Employers are valuing seniors for their maturity, dependability, and experience – and, I also think, for the inspiration their example can bring to the workplace.

Mr. Fierke’s example certainly inspired me, as well as many others, I’m sure… Read more

Improving your work day

This week there were some difficult tasks at work.  You know the kind I mean – when things aren’t going smoothly; everything is just more complicated.

What I’m finding helpful this week is to pray about my work, my role and the atmosphere at work, the office, first thing each morning – striving to get a clear mental image of harmony.  I’ve learned through my experience in prayer that when we attain this image mentally, all frustration, fear of circumstances, difficulty fade away.

What helps me attain this mental image of harmony is to bless everyone I work with.  This is a practice I learned from the book The Gentle Art of Blessing by Pierre Pradervand.  It isn’t a type of prayer I had considered before, but it so simple and powerful.  This week it went like this: “Bless [name] in health, harmony and happiness; bless [name] in all they want and desire”, etc.  This helps me to raise my thought above seeing just ‘people I work with’ to see one another’s whole and perfect nature – each spiritual identity as an idea of divine Mind (God).  For me, this included recognizing each one has a family, hopes and dreams, and the right to health and spiritual freedom.   This gave me such a sense of awe, appreciation and love for everyone.

Well, yesterday, I was beaming at how perfectly tasks were going; many things were wonderfully accomplished; and there were so many lovely and helpful people.  Everything that needed to get done was resolved faster than I thought it would be.

In the evening, before going to bed, I made sure to mentally acknowledge each individual in gratitude who had been so helpful – who had expressed  lovely qualities and talents from God.

I’m so grateful!  I now know what a difference prayer can make in our work lives.  This simple ‘art of blessing’ and giving thanks for everyone’s skills and talents is a great practice to keep seeing God’s goodness in our day.