How can I get the most out of my prayers?   Leave a comment

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I used to do a lot of weight lifting. When I lifted with my coach, Joe, he would always say, “Squeeze the muscle at the top.” What Joe meant was, in order to get the most out of the work, pause and squeeze harder than ever before at the peak of the lift. The lesson I learned from this was to resist just going through the motions or counting repetitions without getting the full benefit of whatever I’m doing.

I’ve applied his coaching to the way I pray. When I pray, I like to ask God what He knows about me or about the situation I’m dealing with. Once I hear God’s response, I “squeeze” the insights God has given. Meaning, I deliberately value the spiritual facts that have come through prayer.

I let my heart be moved—I keep praying until I really feel God’s tender guidance, or sense just how known and special I am to Him.

Once my heart moves, I know the healing is happening. And then I see the changes in my life……..

When I sit down to pray, I really show up. I’m vigilant to not just warm the bench. I check in with myself and ask what new ideas I’ve heard or what familiar ideas I’ve applied in a fresh way.

It can be easy to go through life on autopilot. It’s easy to coast—whether in school, at the gym, or in our spiritual growth. But when I look at my spiritual role models, Christ Jesus and Mary Baker Eddy—the Discoverer of Christian Science and author of a book called Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures that helps me to understand Jesus’ teachings—it’s clear that neither spent even a day coasting. They were fully engaged with their prayers, fully committed to a life of living and loving God. The results were life-changing for the people they encountered and for the world.

Loving the spiritual facts we perceive and gleaning everything we can from these ideas is a great way to get the most out of our prayers.

Click here to read the entire article which includes a good example of healing when the author, Piper Foster Wilder, got hurt during training

Sheltered ‘under the shadow of the Almighty’   Leave a comment

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He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.” … He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge.
Psalms 91:1, 2, 4, New King James Version

Step by step will those who trust Him find that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
– Mary Baker Eddy, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” p. 444

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Posted September 15, 2018 by cscanberra in Christian Science Perspective

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If you’re feeling doubts about God   Leave a comment

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‘If you’re feeling doubts about God’, if evil seems so much bigger than the good, it might help to shine light on the question of evil and the reality it claims to have. Listen to this contribution by Chet Manchester on the All-power and ever presence of God, good here

 

 

Harmony and diversity – together   Leave a comment

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In the wake of France’s celebration as two-time champion of the soccer World Cup (1998 and 2018), many are surfing on a wave of optimism that the momentum of hope and pride might help heal economic and social fractures, especially among French youth.

This contrasts strikingly with the feeling that has been expressed by many disillusioned young people, that they don’t really “belong.” But I believe all of us are valuable, throughout all times and despite the distinct geography of our origins, and we can realize this by considering a more universal and spiritual sense of our identity.

Christian Science discoverer Mary Baker Eddy, who founded The Christian Science Monitor with the object “to injure no man, but to bless all mankind,” wrote in her revolutionary book “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures”: “In Science man is the offspring of Spirit. The beautiful, good, and pure constitute his ancestry. His origin is not, like that of mortals, in brute instinct, nor does he pass through material conditions prior to reaching intelligence. Spirit is his primitive and ultimate source of being; God is his Father, and Life is the law of his being” (p. 63).

This approach to thinking about our identity has been expressed in this song in the Bible: “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well” (Psalms 139:14). As we discover infinite Spirit as the real source of our being, both the origin and purpose of our identity shine forth in their true light, and limitations, including those stemming from our environment or education, fall away.

May the liberating universal sense of spiritual worth that each man, woman, and child is entitled to feel guide our interactions with one another.

Click here to read or listen to the entire article by Myriam Betouche from The Christian Science Monitor’s Christian Science Perspective

Uncluttering what really counts   Leave a comment

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Get inspired to unclutter your mental thought cupboard, holding on to only those thoughts that are grounded in God, good – the only real thoughts that do give joy.

Click here to listen to this Daily Lift by Mary Beattie

 

 

 

 

 

 

Answers that fully satisfy and deeply bless   1 comment

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When I was in middle school, I began asking deeper and deeper questions about God. I had been given a Bible, which I revered greatly, but I didn’t really understand it, although I loved the psalms and parts of Isaiah.

Every evening when I was a young child, my mom would recite the Lord’s Prayer and a little poem I later discovered had been written by Mary Baker Eddy called “Mother’s New Year Gift to the Little Children” (see Poems, p. 69). I loved this, but otherwise I was left to seek answers on my own.

During this time, I began playing the violin, and I loved it so much that I went to a summer music camp. At this camp we lived in cabins, and one of my cabin mates became a friend, who one day said something about a religion I knew nothing about. She told me that when she was born, it appeared that she had been stillborn, but her parents had prayed and she had lived. She also shared that she had been healed of eyesight difficulties without medical treatment. She explained that these healings had come about because of the ideas in a book called Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

As I sat next to her asking questions about all this, I looked out over the hillside and had a vision I will never forget of the world from a higher perspective—and this perspective gave me an inkling of the allness of God, Spirit. I saw clearly that there were infinite possibilities I had never imagined……

After I went home, I begged my mom to take me to the branch Church of Christ, Scientist, in our town that my friend attended. I started attending Sunday School there, where I spent the hour peppering the teacher with questions.

The answers he shared each week opened my thought to the rock-solid, immediately applicable expanse of God’s love, and this so fully satisfied and deeply blessed me that my demeanor of glumness and depression changed to one of joy and happiness…..

I’m still asking questions, but more and more I just ask God and study Science and Health, other writings by Mrs. Eddy, and of course the Bible, letting them speak the answers to my heart. What a sense of peace these answers bring! They are deep and broad, healing the heart’s great needs.

 

 

Sunday School – to find deep answers that nourish the heart

All are welcome in our Christian Science Sunday School in Canberra which is located on the corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets in Barton and operates from 10.00-11.00 am every Sunday.

Health you can never lose   Leave a comment

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 “It might seem perfectly logical to say that health resides in one’s physical body— that it’s a kind of personal possession. I caught a clearer glimpse of these concepts when I was watching a sunset recently.”

 

Listen to Chet Manchester’s Daily Lift to hear his insights that came to him about a different kind of health here

 

Posted August 11, 2018 by cscanberra in Daily Lift, Health

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