Childlike, Health/wellness, Identity/healing the past, Life, Mental health/wellness, Parenting/Father Mother God, Prayer/healing, Supply, Self-Worth, Finances

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
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
Future/stability/security, Life, Prayer/healing, Time/stress

Cultivating an assurance of God’s care

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Sometimes, I feel like I must have it all figured out in order to be able to help someone or even to take a step forward in my life. But it is really God, the divine Source, who is providing the answers and healing for me and all.

God gives you His spiritual ideas, and in turn, they give you daily supplies.
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God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
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It’s so comforting to know that God, divine Spirit, is the source of our strength and our supply. We have strength, supply, order, harmony, beauty and goodness because we reflect God. After all, Jesus said that he couldn’t do anything without God (John 5:30).
Every human thought must turn instinctively to the divine Mind as its sole centre and intelligence.

God is the Source of intelligence. God is the Source of good ideas and action. God is the Source of love and compassion. In other words, can we do anything without Him/Her? If you need a creative solution for a project, God provides it. If you need a resolution and harmony in a relationship, God will provide it. God, divine Mind, will provide everything we need, no matter how big or small. Here are 6 ways to cultivate your innate assurance of God’s care and they make all the difference:

  • Turn to God in prayer (multiple times each day)
  • Get acquainted with God’s Word, and other inspiring texts, through a daily study of them
  • Listen for the still small voice of divine intuition leading you
  • Have an open and receptive heart to new ideas
  • Have patience 🙂
  • Live love

Be still, and know that I am God!

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Mary Baker Eddy, Miscellaneous Writings, p. 307:1-2
Psalms 46:1 KJV
Mary Baker Eddy, Miscellaneous Writings. p. 307:30-1
Psalms 46:10 NLT

Environment, Future/stability/security, Mental health/wellness, Prayer/healing, Time/stress

Divine unfoldment

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Goodness and progress are always unfolding in our lives, but sometimes we may really want to see how it’s all going to turn out! That’s the nature of the human mind.

The human mind is opposed to God and must be put off, as St. Paul declares.

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God isn’t an anthropomorphic “old man” high in the sky, though we often use human terms to describe Him. Really God is more of an infinite, all-embracing, impartial, divine Love and Substance that is the Source of all. This Substance is what makes up you and me, our divine essence and nature.

I love seeing all the flowers blossom in spring. They are fantastic and the aroma is wonderful! Seeing a tree filled with hundreds of delicate blossoms helps me to see God’s love, who gives us those tiny little buds and blossoms for Her delight.

It is Love which paints the petal with myriad hues, glances in the warm sunbeam, arches the cloud with the bow of beauty, blazons the night with starry gems, and covers earth with loveliness.

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We don’t worry that the buds won’t open up; we trust they will open in just the right way and at just the right time. So it is with life. When we are praying for something, we can trust that spiritual desire to God. We can listen to God telling us that we are loved, that we are made in Her likeness to shine Her beautiful light, and patiently wait for Love to unfold Her blessing in our lives.

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.

Future/stability/security, Life, Time/stress

Wait on God

Recently, my husband and I have been looking into housing and various real estate options. It can be so tempting to want to know what will happen in the future? What will it look like? What should we do? Etc.

I’ve found, though, when we lean on God, just taking one step at a time, He shows us the way. If I focus on wondering what it will look like in the end, I miss the joy, trust, faith and discovery that is part of each day.

The Bible tells us to “wait on the Lord”, which I like to think about as continuing to serve God (rather than just sitting around).

Mary Baker Eddy explains, “When we wait patiently on God and seek Truth righteously, He directs our path.”

It used to drive me crazy to have to wait for something to happen. But now (I’m grateful for this sign of spiritual progress) I am able to listen more to God, wait on Him, and rejoice in the facts of His harmonious creation and government of all things.

When we keep our focus on God, Spirit, divine Love, then good things naturally unfold in our lives.

Jesus teaches this in the Sermon on the Mount. After asking his disciples why do they worry about tomorrow and wondering if God will provide them with the food, clothing, etc., he instructs: “…seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matt 6:33)

Finally, “Progress is the law of God”, writes Mary Baker Eddy, and since it’s a law we can lean on it and rejoice that it is operating in our lives.

 

Life, Love/relationships, Prayer/healing

Constant prayer

The Bible talks about “praying without ceasing” (1 Thes. 5:17), which can sometimes sound like an unattainable goal.

How does one pray all the time? Is it even possible?

I recently came across two statements in the Christian Science textbook, which helped me understand this better.

“The habitual struggle to be always good is unceasing prayer.” (Science and Health, p. 4)

“Consistent prayer is the desire to do right.” (Science and Health, p. 9)

So, when I desire to do the right thing and to be good, I am praying.

I wanted to ask a friend for a favor the other day. Then thought came to me: rather than just invite him over to help me on a project, I should invite him over for dinner, hang out with him and enjoy his company. We could get the project done at the same time, and I could take the time to appreciate getting to know him in a new way (he has helped my family on many occasions). Later, I realized that my desire to do the right thing in this situation, was actually a form of praying.

So whether we’re picking out a movie to watch on a Friday night or making plans with friends, our desire to do good in every situation is a form of praying.

That certainly makes the goal of “praying without ceasing” much more tangible to me!

Life, Mental health/wellness, Parenting/Father Mother God, Prayer/healing

It’s all about perspective

My cat brought a small, cool-looking lizard in to the house today. Trying to catch the lizard while stopping the cat from playing with him was challenging. The lizard was fast & freaked out. And eventually ran to a dark hole underneath the dishwasher. I waited for him to come out for an hour or so, but to no avail.

I went to my next appointment thinking about this lizard. Did he know when he woke up this morning that this would be the day when he was captured by a predator & stuck in a dark hole probably left to die?

But on the heels of these dark thoughts came a burst of light. Wait a minute! Was I going to accept the limited perspective of the lizard? Or was I going to see the situation for what it really was? I was right there wanting & waiting to help the lizard & return him to the bright, sunny outdoors where he could continue to live happily.

I thought about how many situations look like this from God’s perspective. God is right there ready & wanting to help us, to rescue us from a dark seeming situation. However because of our limited perspective we freak out, run & hide in the dark, perhaps wanting to work it out on our own.

The lizard was in no real danger when he entered my house; I was right there to help him. I was grateful to realize that the danger was only perceived according to his limited consciousness, & the goodness of the day had never actually left.

When I returned home, I found the lizard sunning himself on the carpet near the window. My husband & I were able to open the door & herd him towards it, at which point he willingly let my husband pick him up & place him outside. He went happily running off.

I was grateful for the opportunity to help this beautiful lizard. And I’m even more grateful for the spiritual lesson I learned about how I can see from God’s perspective more often and trust His ever-present, loving care.