Enjoy Christmas! It’s Good for Your Health   Leave a comment

dreamstime_3591030It’s December.  The countdown is on. Excitement is building.  The pace is quickening. Life is getting hectic.  There’s end-of-school activities, office parties, Christmas break-ups, and holiday plans to make; not to mention, shopping, gift wrapping, mailing items, putting up the decorations, cooking and preparing for the all-important family Christmas dinner.

With so much to do – especially for Mums, it can take the shine off this happy festive season.  Yet it’s possible to maintain the sparkle of joyous anticipation, remain stress-free, and really enjoy Christmas.  What’s more it’s good for your health.

KISS:  KEEP IT SWEET’N SIMPLE

Often the race to an enjoyable Christmas – one that’s filled with pleasure, is thought to be secured by the amount of time, energy and money devoted to it.  This isn’t necessarily true.  A happy occasion can be achieved equally as well with thoughtful, humble effort and modest expense.

TIP:

– Don’t get caught up in the “I need to do it all” mindset.  Whatever you need to do, keep it sweet and simple.  Your peace of mind is what matters on the day.

– Enjoy Christmas with your loved ones.  Look forward to spending a joyous time together. Count your blessings.

– Don’t stress-out over having everything “just right”.  Stay calm.  Relax. “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his lifespan?  So if you cannot do such a small thing, why do you worry about the rest?” – Bible, Luke 12:25, and 26.

– Give thanks for the good gifts of life you have at hand – a loving family, kind friends, a safe home, peace.

STAY BALANCED

The Christmas season isn’t solely about festivities, or the shop-‘til-you-drop rush for gifts or toys.  It’s also about love, peace and “good will to men”.  Everyone yearns for that tender expression of heart-felt love which Christmas often inspires in people.  Such love is more than words on a card. It’s the active, caring kind that can ultimately lead to a love-filled, enjoyable Christmas.

TIP:

– This year place love at the top of your Christmas wish-list – to give and receive.

– Keep in mind that “The basis of Christmas is love loving its enemies, returning good for evil, love that “suffereth long, and is kind”.” – Mary Baker Eddy. Miscellany p.260

– Show others you care.  Spend extra time with your kids. Do something thoughtful for those you love.

– Be an unhurried friend, unharried shopper, unruffled neighbour, and an unflustered family member.

– Remember, enjoy Christmas!  You’ll find it’s good for your health.

This article is by Beverly Goldsmith.  Beverly is a Melbourne-based writer on how spirituality and thought affect health.

Beverly’s activities include: Writer for Pulitzer prize winning newspaper the Christian Science Monitor; magazine contributing editor and author of over 140 articles. 

She is a qualified Practitioner and Teacher of Christian Science healing with over 35 years experience.

 

Christian Healing   Leave a comment

dreamstime_6665053Christian Healing – Readings from the Bible and the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils:  freely ye have received, freely give. (The Bible – Matthew 10: 8)

The time for the reappearing of the divine healing is throughout all time: (Science and Health p55)

Every Wednesday at 6.00 pm a Testimony Meeting is held at the Christian Science Church in Canberra.  Each meeting begins with readings selected from the two books designated as the Pastor of Christian Science:  The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.  A new topic for the readings is selected each week.

At the conclusion of the short readings the congregation is invited to share thoughts on this topic and relate how they have used the principles of Christian Science to solve life’s problems and bring physical healing.

If you are in Canberra on any Wednesday please join us.  Everyone is welcome.

This recording represents the readings on the topic:  Christian Healing.

Thanksgiving Service in Canberra   Leave a comment

DSCN4967 - Copy (2)This service is an occasion for members and visitors to give thanks for the blessings in their lives.  There will be brief readings from the Bible and the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science. These readings will be followed by hymns of praise and thanks.  Then a large part of the service will be set aside for testimonials and thanks giving.

If you are in Canberra on the Thursday 24 November please join us at 6.00 pm for an hour of gratitude and joy.  We are at the corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets in Barton.

This recording of the Thanksgiving readings represents the sermon that will be read in all Christian Science Thanksgiving Services around the world.

What are the Benefits of Gratitude?   Leave a comment

shutterstock_158694080We invite you to listen to What are the Benefits of Gratitude? by Joel Magnes.  Joel is a full-time Christian Science healer.

This 20 minute pod-cast is part of the Sentinel Watch series.  In this question and answer session Joel responds to questions on the topic of “What are the benefits of gratitude?” He explains how an understanding our true spiritual identity opens the door not only to feeling grateful, but to experiencing the blessing of God’s love in our daily lives. … Click here to listen.

 

Giving Thanks: God’s Realness in Our Lives and the Healing it Brings   Leave a comment

shutterstock_62913514by Thomas Johnsen from the November 2016 Christian Science Journal

At a time of great need in our family several years ago, I happened to pick up at the local Christian Science Reading Room a little pamphlet with the meaningful title “Triumph of Good.”  The pamphlet reprinted a number of articles and testimonies of healing from this denomination’s publications, including two testimonies originally published in this magazine in 1955.

Testimonies of healing have been published in this magazine and the denomination’s other religious periodicals for more than a century.  Most are modestly written.  The testifiers are ordinary people from a wide range of backgrounds and educational levels.  Their primary motive in writing has usually been simple gratitude—to give thanks to God.  As when a stone is tossed into a quiet lake, the effects of such genuine thanksgiving ripple outward, often bringing encouragement and spiritual inspiration at just the points when we need it most.  This was my experience that day at the Reading Room. Read more

In this article, God’s Realness in Our Lives and the Healing it Brings, Thomas Johnsen talks about how his sense of gratitude to God helped to bring about a significant healing for a family member.

Why is Gratitude Important?   Leave a comment

shutterstock_100804129We invite you to listen to Why is Gratitude Important? by Susan Booth Mack Snipes. Susan is a Christian Science practitioner and teacher.

Why is Gratitude Important? is a 20 minute podcast in the Sentinel Watch series.   It is an inspirational interactive question and answer session with Susan who responds to several questions on the topic of “Why is gratitude important?”  She explains how an understanding of God’s love and goodness can remove the barriers to feeling grateful and reveal the good that is already there.   Click here to listen.

Posted November 13, 2016 by cscanberra in Christ-ideas, Gratitude, Love, Thought

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Thanksgiving Service in Canberra   Leave a comment

Join us for an Evening of Giving Thanks – Thursday 24 November 6.00-7.00 pm

ChristianChurchThis service is an occasion for members and visitors to give thanks for the blessings in their lives.  There will be brief readings from the Bible and the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science.  These readings will be followed by hymns of praise and thanks.  Then a large part of the service will be set aside for testimonials and thanks giving.

If you are in Canberra on Thursday 24 November please join us at 6.00 pm for an hour of gratitude and joy.  We are at the corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets in Barton.

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