Posted in Life, Time/stress, Travel

Beating the clock

Rushing around smartly is no proof of accomplishing much. *

clock-tower-190677_960_720Jesus is the perfect example of overcoming time and stress. He was in some pretty stressful situations but he never caved in to pressure, never doubted his Father’s Kingdom. He knew God’s law was lovingly reigning over all and could reverse the material view that said it wasn’t.

Jesus was asked to go heal Jairus’ daughter but on the way he’s stopped by another situation. It’s a woman who was in physical need and was healed when she touched him. He even took the time to comfort this woman to let her know that her faith in God healed her.

Well, now he gets the “too late” message: the girl whom he had agreed to go heal is now dead. Jesus was too late! He missed the window of opportunity. Haven’t we all heard a message like that before? You missed the deadline! What were you thinking! You berate yourself: I’m such an idiot!

Well, that’s not what Jesus did or thought! He knew God was all powerful. He knew there was no “too late” or “too hard” or “impossible” with God.

The end of the story is that he goes to the home of the girl and heals her — she is alive and well. (See Mark 5).

Looks like God had everything under control the whole time! Even when the people didn’t believe it and couldn’t see it.

How often do we believe that we only have just a quick time to obtain something good — that there’s a narrow window of opportunity; and even that we have to experience as much as we can before our time is up! Wow, this proverbial clock would have us running and rushing around and missing the glory and joy of God’s forever Kingdom!

urban-571631_960_720There was one week in my spiritual practice where I really focused on God being the law and order that is governing everything. I thought about a divine Principle governing my experience and placing me where I needed to be at the perfect time. It was awesome! It was at a time when I had an hour-long commute to and from the city for work. I found that praying with these ideas helped me to arrive exactly when I needed to. It even helped me to find parking in my overcrowded neighborhood — arriving at the perfect time when someone was pulling out of a spot (at a time when parking could take a half hour or more to find). I was just in awe of God’s goodness and I learned so much that week about how God governs every facet of our experience. We see this when we humbly and prayerfully express Him/Her!

Jesus wasn’t stressed out and we don’t need to be either. We can experience God’s harmonious control governing every avenue of being for good.

*Mary Baker Eddy, Improve Your Time (article), Miscellaneous Writings

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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!

 

 

Posted in Current events & community, Future/stability/security, Prayer/healing

Stepping out of partisanship

During this political season it can be hard to keep my thoughts pure, holy and in line with God when thinking about political parties. It’s so easy to jump into partisanship, thinking one side is better than the other, or that the solutions to our problems depend on one party and candidate.

But doesn’t all of this break the First Commandment – “Thou shalt have no other Gods before me” (Exodus 20:3)?

When I think about political parties and the running candidates from God’s perspective, I naturally love and cherish the humanity and goodness in each individual and the ideas they express. I know that none of these individuals are “evil” because we are all children of God. When I look at things from this spiritual perspective, I know and trust that the good in my life comes from God and not from a human being or a political system. After all, God, infinite Mind, is the source of all good, useful, and creative ideas.

So in this election season, even though it can be challenging, I am praying to know that God’s ideas will be expressed in a way that blesses the whole world. I don’t personally know what the best answer will be; no human candidate is perfect, but God is. Praying in this way helps me bring the government of God back into my life and consciousness; enables me to feel more loving towards my fellow-man; and I feel better able to trust my well-being to God.

Interested in praying for mankind during this election season? Here are some great resources. 

Tonight – LIVE – event “Honest politics: no matter what side of the fence you’re on” 6pm ET

Article – “Government: What does God have to do with it?