Childlike, Life, Mental health/wellness, Parenting/Father Mother God

Live distraction free 

I’ve decided the best gift I can give my son is to live free from distraction. I love to be free of mental clutter…the crowding wants and woes that leave little room to feel divine Spirit.

Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into newness of life…*

We all want to feel that freshness that comes like spring.

How do we bring that delight, childlikeness and joy into each moment? By silencing the push and pull of materialism. By declaring that you have the right to be free from mental burden and distraction. By knowing that distraction is not coming from your Maker.

So, instead, take this moment to turn wholeheartedly to God. Give your children and your true selfhood your whole attention and focus. Experience joy and freshness like children do. Watch how that simple joy can expand and fill your heart with delight.

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.**

*Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures SH 249:6-7 (to life)
**1 Peter 5:7 NLT

Love/relationships, Parenting/Father Mother God

Overcoming self-justification through love

Self-justification leads us astray. Sometimes we may feel like justifying our bad day, or treating someone poorly, or acting out of impulsive human will. If we feel that we are justifying something in our lives, it may be an indicator that listening to God, yielding to divine Love, can open the way to making us feel at peace and revealing even better solutions than we were thinking of.

I recall a time when I was having a rough day. I began ruminating and thinking about all the reasons why I was justified in feeling that things were going so badly: our preschool age son woke up at 3:30a.m., my husband was out-of-town, our new cat was being troublesome. All I was focused on was: how can I make my day, my life, easier? Well making our life easy wasn’t exactly Christ Jesus message to us. He certainly didn’t take the easy road and I didn’t have to be tempted into thinking that was the solution either. I could meet whatever challenges came my way with Christ-like confidence, courage and conviction.

Whenever I find myself ruminating on something — getting stuck in thinking that the solution will come in one specific way, I pray. Jesus said “the kingdom of heaven is within you” (Luke 17:21). I have come to realize that the kingdom of heaven — the experience of health, harmony, love, dominion, joy, and freedom — can be found here and now, through our oneness with God, infinite Mind, all the time. We don’t have to wait for human circumstances to change. It may seem like a different income level, or job, or location, or family status is going to solve our problems. But the Christlike activity of God is always revealing in human consciousness revealing the Way — the way to see, know and experience the kingdom of God right here and now.

Well back to my rough day. Although I don’t like to admit it, the thought from the carnal mind that was supposedly going to make everything better was that maybe we should give the cat back (we had recently adopted him from a shelter) — after all, there was the litter to clean up, the cost of the food, keeping us up at night, etc. Wouldn’t my life be better if we didn’t have a cat after all?

I don’t like to make blind decisions out of human will or self-justification so I decided I would pray about it. I talked to my husband about it that day, and he alerted me to see which option I felt I needed to justify more: keeping our cat or returning him? Well, there were what seemed like a million practical reasons as to why I was justified in returning him.

But as I reached out in prayer, the message that came was: what if you just loved him? Yielding to that message brought such a sweet sense of calm and trust.  This was a whole new thought. I had been listening to all the  justifications going on in my thought about all the reasons this cat was making my life difficult instead of focusing on the love and affection that had impelled us to adopt him. Through prayer, I began to see our cat, Joey, as a beautiful, spiritual idea of God and I felt compassion and humility toward him. I was also able to feel a greater sense of calm about the day in general despite my lack of sleep and frustration and family not being around to help. The frustration of the day completely melted and everything that day became more harmonious. My sister and some friends called and invited us to participate in a fun activity with the kids. And I was able to book an earlier flight home for my husband (instead of the 2-day bus ride across country that we had originally booked for him) at no additional cost.

It was clear that Love was embracing and meeting the needs of all of us, and it was my job to yield to this feeling of Love, loving us all. What a joy and relief that brings!

A few days later, I realized I was feeling so settled and peaceful that I hadn’t even thought about our home as being anything less than harmonious. Our cat, Joey, was seen as just another member of the family. Out of the blue, our son said “I don’t want to take Joey back to the Humane Society”. I said, “Me neither.”

In patient obedience to a patient God, let us labor to dissolve with the universal solvent of Love the adamant of error, — self-will, self-justification, and self-love, — which wars against spirituality and is the law of sin and death.

Divine Love dissolved the self-justification that I had been feeling. Just the other day, Joey was laying on our son’s playmat while our son gently rolled his cars and trucks over Joey’s back. Joey lay still and peacefully content as the cars rolled over “Mt. Joey”, as our son called him.  Later, Joey gently licked our dog, giving her face a “bath” as she lay peacefully resting. I was awed by the sense of peace and harmony present between all of us in our home.

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Mary Baker Eddy SH 242:15 In

Childlike, Love/relationships, Parenting/Father Mother God, Women

Love and feel loved!

“Children are God’s most precious gift”.

As a mother, I agree wholeheartedly.

As a spiritual healer, I know we are ALL God’s precious gifts. God doesn’t seen us in terms of age — as used up or past our expiration date.

We are EACH God’s most precious gift everyday!

He/She created us for a unique purpose — a unique combination of Her qualities (grace, wisdom, purity, joy, etc).

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:31)

Seeing the value of and loving others reflects that same value and love back to you.  It is actually the love dwelling in your heart for others that enables you to feel loved!

So the more you love, the more loved you will feel.

The same rule applies for our children — because we feel love pouring out to them, we feel loved in return  for the opportunity to get to be with them and because of the love dwelling in our hearts.

It’s the law of the reciprocity of love!

 

 

Current events & community, Future/stability/security, Guest blogs/reposts, Health/wellness, Parenting/Father Mother God, Prayer/healing

Reblog — Teen suicide: prayer that helps

Teen suicide: prayer that helps

By Judith Hardy Olson (via CSMonitor.com)

…The suicides of two of my friends’ teenage sons were a wake-up call to me. Comforting and consoling parents and schoolmates wasn’t enough for me. Deep in my soul I prayed, “Father, how can I best help troubled teens know that they’re needed?” I listened. What came was a sweet, strong assurance that Life and Love are inseparable, for God is both. Pondering Love as the only creator, I reasoned then that our entire being has to be (and is) just as lovely and loving as God is. God’s promise in the Bible that because we’re precious to Him we’re honorable and He loves us (see Isaiah 43:4) came alive to me. It said to me that each of us is because we’re precious. Why, of course. A God who is Love couldn’t, wouldn’t, create a single idea that’s not purposeful, precious, needed, wanted… Read more

Childlike, Current events & community, Guest blogs/reposts, Health/wellness, Love/relationships, Parenting/Father Mother God, Women

Mother’s Day inspiration

Reblog: Health and the Mother-love of God

by Virginia Harris

…As a spiritual healthcare practitioner for many years, I have seen that the closer a patient feels to this presence – actually, the more one understands that he cannot be separated from the blessings of an all-loving, all-good supreme being – the more tangible these blessings become in his life, in improved health, positive relationships, better financial circumstances. Who wouldn’t want to be close to this beneficent Parent?… Read more

Daily Lift: Happy Mother’s Day (2 min podcast)

by Fujiko Signs

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Guest blogs/reposts, Parenting/Father Mother God, Prayer/healing

Reblog: His Voice

Cute analogy. This is in a response to when a child asks why she has a hard time hearing God’s voice.

Reblogged from Deep and Wonderful Thoughts

His Voice

My middle child said to me one day, “Mom, I never hear God’s voice. He talks to you, but not to me.” I then proceeded to give him an illustration.

Me: “How do you know your dad’s voice?”

Child: “Because I know him. I know what he sounds like.” Read more

Childlike, Identity/healing the past, Love/relationships, Parenting/Father Mother God, Prayer/healing

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there! And to each one of us who has expressed strength, courage, support and care for another.

We all include and express those Father-like qualities! They aren’t limited to gender. They are spiritual (just like Motherhood qualities are) and within all of us.

I deeply enjoyed this audio interview. I hope you will enjoy it, too. It really shows how no matter what the human fathering scene has been like in our life, we have always had and always will have our one, real, true Father God. God is tenderly loving and caring for each one of us. Christ Jesus illustrated such a tender, trusting relationship with our Father praying in such a way as: “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me…” (John 11:41-42 NKJV) and calling Him “Abba” or Daddy.

So if you are in need of some healing in the father scene – looking for a lasting sense of fatherhood in your life or wanting to be a better father – I hope this audio chat will inspire you!

Happy Father’s Day!

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