A New Year – A new way to start your day   Leave a comment

_E0A0144-2“New Year’s can bring enthusiasm for new beginnings, starting fresh, taking stock of progress, and embarking on goals.”

Lindsey Biggs tells how she was accustomed to sleeping as long as possible, grabbing a cup of coffee, and getting on the road to school or work. But when she took a course in Christian Science healing, where she learned about her relationship to God she began to wake up enthusiastically, wanting to discover through prayer more about her true, spiritual identity. She would rise earlier than needed so as to have time to pray before starting her day.

“To me, this special time to pray each morning has been one of the greatest gifts. Each time is different; it’s about listening for the way God is revealing Himself to me each day.”….

“The inspiration I’ve gained from God, divine Life and Truth itself, during these mornings has given me such peace, confidence, and joyful expectancy that it’s totally changed my outlook for the day. It’s also brought healing of illness and injury, and resolution to problems.”……

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science, shares this in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,  “The human mind, imbued with this spiritual understanding, becomes more elastic, is capable of greater endurance, escapes somewhat from itself, and requires less repose. A knowledge of the Science of being develops the latent abilities and possibilities of man. It extends the atmosphere of thought, giving mortals access to broader and higher realms. It raises the thinker into his native air of insight and perspicacity” (p. 128).

We can change our habits and the way we think as the book of Romans in the Bible says: “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect” (12:2, New Living Translation).

To read this message (from the Christian Science Sentinel) of how to make daily inspiration a foundation for progress in this coming year click here

Christmas Stillness   Leave a comment

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Stillness

We hear the
angels speak
in a sound
of gentle stillness …
no wind,
no earthquake,
no fire.
Only blessing.

 

 

Posted December 23, 2019 by cscanberra in Christ message, Christmas

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Posted December 17, 2019 by cscanberra in Uncategorized

Still small voice   Leave a comment

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Can you see the face of the sky? read the signs of the times? 1…. is there a storm brewing?
floods of fear
waves of rage
hateful righteousness
reaching a boiling point?

we are being called …. to sift real from unreal
to heed the still small voice within2…..

…. suddenly the world is seen as God sees:
safe, intact, assured….

we could, like Elijah, make our way higher, find the center of our hearts—not turn away, but turn towards the face of God….

here is where we see the face of the sky
discern the real signs of the times
storms find their stillness
fires burn but do not consume
the earth moves in wonder
all things are safe, intact, assured
everything about us
sings for joy.

—Joni Overton-Jung
1 Matthew 16:3. 2 I Kings 19:12.

These are excerpts from a poem called “Still Small Voice” by Joni Overton-Jung. Read the entire poem from The Christian Science Sentinel here

Posted December 11, 2019 by cscanberra in fear, Peace

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The illusion (of the empty gas tank)   Leave a comment

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“Does everything we experience have to be accepted at face value, including sickness? Many have found that looking beyond a surface-level view of things to a higher understanding of God and reality brings needed inspiration to their thought – and healing.”

The writer experienced an illusory episode with a car that had been filled up full with petrol however then indicated an empty tank but knowledge of the fact that it was full allowed Kim to continue using it. Likewise she found she was able to help a friend with a challenging physical problem by knowing the reality of the way God knows us.

“I remember sitting in the car outside my friend’s apartment one evening, thinking through this passage from Mary Baker Eddy’s “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures”: “When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought. Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious – as Life eternally is – can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not” (p 495).

She felt that this sickness was not any more true about her friend, as divine Love’s perfect, divine creation, than it had been true that the gas tank was empty in the car.

The outcome was a quick healing and you can find this article from “A Christian Science Perspective” in The Christian Science Monitor by Kim Hedge  here

Now   Leave a comment


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There is no doubt that our God is!
This great I am*,
at once Her/His,
regardless of the hence or thence,
’tis God, the omnipresent tense.

 

From the The Christian Science Sentinel

*see The Bible, Exodus 3:14

 

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Posted October 28, 2019 by cscanberra in Christ-ideas

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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

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