Helping a suicidal friend   Leave a comment

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“2018 had the highest number of suicides in the history of my county in recent years. Unfortunately, 2018 was also the year I learned that a close friend wanted to add himself to that statistic.”

The author of this article, Hannah Mitchinson explains that while her friend was not interested in learning about God,  she felt it was important to pray and she realized that on the deepest level, her friend was always loved and protected by God.

As a starting point she studied a story in the Bible about the prophet Elijah and how he listened to God (see I Kings 19:1–12). Elijah faced some pretty terrible things—like an earthquake and a fire—which might have made God seem very far away. But the Bible says that while God wasn’t in the chaos, He was still there—and Elijah was able to hear God as “a still small voice.”

She learnt “how necessary every individual is to the wholeness of God’s creation—how each of us is God’s valued and loved child, not a corporeal body to count in a statistic.”

Read the whole article from The Christian Science Sentinel  here

Prayer as activism   Leave a comment

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Effective activism has to be more than working for positive change on a human level. Jesus’ model was grounded in prayer first, then purposeful activity. This short contribution encourages activists to be spiritual activists foremost, beginning with God, infinite good, the source of all truthful ideas.

Listen to this Daily Lift by Mimi Oka, CSB, from New York, New York, USA here

Never give up   Leave a comment

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”

 (19th-century abolitionist and best-selling novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe)

The author, Andrea McCormick, of this article from “A Christian Science Perspective”, The Christian Science Monitor, tells of going through a very dark experience but recalls how “trusting in God’s Word, in the Christ (God’s healing message of love and care for all), is a good first step to take when we feel paralyzed with fear and don’t see a way out. So I turned again to the Bible for guidance and read these passages: God has “called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (I Peter 2:9), and “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (I John 1:5).”

“It felt like a kind of morning as my thought turned to God, divine Truth, instead of ruminating on the seemingly insurmountable problems.”

Read the full article here and discover how she found her way out of these seemingly insurmountable problems.

God: I AM that I AM   Leave a comment

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God as the I AM, the I, the Ego, the ultimate Self, the one and only Being, is what Fujiko Takai Signs, CSB, from Tokyo, Japan shares in this Daily Lift as her understanding of God.

She urges to consider our existence as connected to this I AM, that we can overcome the slavery to materialism and step into the freedom of the infinite grandness of spiritual living. She affirms that God’s space is our space in which we truly live and have our being.

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Celebrating Father’s Day   Leave a comment

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“Have we not all one father?” (Malachi 2:10).

“The fatherhood of God has meant so much to me throughout my life—on Father’s Day and every day.”

When the author, Cathrine Hogg lost her father, she found new joy ” to learn that our heavenly Father does not disappoint or desert us, does not leave us destitute or alone, but will always be there for us, loving us and keeping us safe from harm.”

Celebrate Father’s Day realizing that our true identity is forever bound up with our divine Father, nurturing, loving and caring for us always.

The full article is available here

Posted August 30, 2019 by cscanberra in Christ-ideas

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Mental health that’s permanent and secure   1 comment

Many are yearning for lasting relief from depression, anxiety, and stress. Here’s a story of hope, written by a woman who found complete and permanent freedom from mental darkness and self-destructive behaviors as she learned about God as divine Mind.

This account by Kim Hedge tells of her journey of discovery of God as Love. This understanding together with realizing her oneness with that divine Mind became such a light that it dispelled her mental darkness. ” I came to understand that reflecting God’s goodness is inherent to my nature because I was created in the image and likeness of the Divine – spiritual, whole, complete, and entirely good.

Read this journey from darkness to light here

an article from The Christian Science Monitor

You can hear God   Leave a comment

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There are many ways God talks to us, sometimes loud and clear, at other times it is a quiet voice inside us but no one is left out of divine communication.

The “still, small voice” of scientific thought reaches over continent and ocean to the globe’s remotest bound. The inaudible voice of Truth is, to the human mind, “as when a lion roareth.” It is heard in the desert and in dark places of fear.

Mary Baker Eddy (Science and Health p. 559)

Listen to this Daily Lift by Deborah Huebsch that shares the possibility of how to be in touch with the divine here

Posted July 27, 2019 by cscanberra in Daily Lift

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