Posted in Employment/jobs, Future/stability/security

Inspiration from Bible text

So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”… God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good.

Genesis 1:27, 28, 31 NRSV

This Bible text has new meaning for me this week. There is the literal interpretation of the text “be fruitful and multiply” meaning to procreate. But what about if we can’t procreate, if we are beyond our child-bearing years or we just don’t want children? Does the text not apply? How about if we look at the text from a spiritual interpretation?

“Be fruitful” can signify fertility, but it can also have a larger meaning. Be useful. Be effective. Be constructive. Be worthwhile. Be helpful. Be beneficial. Be rewarding. Live a life that is well-spent. God is calling us to be productive, valuable, and rewarding.

This doesn’t mean be busy bodies.

Rushing around smartly is no proof of accomplishing much.*

It’s really about acknowledging the productivity that is already part of your day. It is already established. We are just awake and responding to it.

Success in life depends upon persistent effort, upon the improvement of moments more than upon any other one thing…If one would be successful in the future, let him make the most of the present.*

This reminds me of a time when I was seeking additional employment. I was looking for more expansive ways to use my talents as well as for additional financial income for my family.

I wrote down a list of all the spiritual qualities I felt I expressed naturally. Some of these included creativity, discipline, organization, attention to detail, energy, activity, love of community, etc. You could say I was writing a spiritual resume and becoming more aware of my spiritual identity. I called a friend who lived in another state and inquired if she knew of anyone hiring within our church organization. She informed she did know of someone, and they had just brought up my name as a possibility. When she sent me the job description, it included all of the qualities I had listed on my spiritual resume. I knew it would be a perfect fit. I interviewed for the job and was able to work remotely from my home. I started just a few weeks later. This work continued to be a blessing over the next few years.

The last part of the Bible text states that God saw everything he made and it was “very good”. This “very good” text is particularly noteworthy. Good  means beneficial and useful. So, we are beneficial and useful to God, and we are beneficial and useful to the needs of society today.

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This is a poster I passed by one day. Credit belongs to someone besides me. 

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Mary Baker Eddy, Miscellaneous Writings, p. 230

Posted in Employment/jobs

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

Posted 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!