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Mothering love for children   Leave a comment

A Christian Science perspective by Michelle Boccanfuso Nanouche

Recognizing that all of us reflect divine Love’s care can contribute to a secure and healthy environment for our children.

 

At the time our daughter started the fourth grade in a new school, I was traveling extensively for work….Although she had a hands-on dad who happily covered all the bases, I bore much guilt, and this led to a combination of hovering over her when I was home and worrying when I was away. Seeking to eliminate the guilt and its unhealthy effects, I began to consider more deeply my role as her mother.

shutterstock_76332532I thought of some of the things I’d learned through my study of Christian Science – for instance, that we are all created by God, each reflecting the nature and qualities of our divine source. From this I understood that we reflect God, divine Love, in unlimited ways. God is the infinite, illimitable Mother of us all – not as a person, but as the universal presence of Love. God’s mothering care is   always with us to guide, protect, cheer, cherish, uplift, and support.

As I considered God as the true, spiritual Mother of each of us, I recognized that this was true for my daughter, too. Of course I had a responsibility to care for her. But I saw that mothering isn’t limited to one person’s physical presence. We each have an unbreakable relation to our divine Mother, who cares for us at all times and in all the ways necessary for us to thrive. My role as my daughter’s mom could include being a witness to her spiritual nature as a child of God. This idea brought me peace and light, because I knew I could be that spiritual witness at any time and in any place.

 

This article was published in The Christian Science Monitor, read it here

 

Reliable Parenting Books   Leave a comment

parents read book with sonMy husband and I entered parenthood knowing almost nothing about raising kids, having grown up basically as “only” children. We did read some parenting books, but their theories often seemed less than helpful.  It wasn’t long before we decided the most practical, day-by-day parenting approach for us was prayer.

Even though my husband and I were then members of different faiths, we both naturally gravitated to the Bible as a parenting handbook.  We read the Scriptures together as a family every day, even when our son and daughter were infants, believing that if we gave them a strong moral and spiritual education, everything else would turn out all right.  The Bible says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). …

…But we also learned we couldn’t preach to our kids about turning to God.  We had to “walk the walk,” not just talk about it.  The Christian Science Sunday School taught our children Moses’ Ten Commandments, as well as the Lord’s Prayer and the Sermon on the Mount.  But as parents, we needed to practice those great teachings. And if we didn’t, believe me, our kids noticed!  Read more

This article, Reliable Parenting Books by Mary Trammell, was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel.   It is now available on JHS-online.  In it Mary talks about how the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy, provided guidance for them as parents and helped all members of the family develop a strong moral compass and healthier happier lives.

Beginning Sunday School – A Mother Tells of Her Daughter’s Experience   Leave a comment

shutterstock_140803870Never Alone by Gretchen Newby Stock

As a child, I had always loved Sunday School.  Yet when it was time for my daughter to move from the Children’s Room into her first Sunday School class, I was apprehensive.  I thought, “She can barely talk.  How is she going to learn about God?”  I really did not expect her to be able to sit for a whole hour and discuss metaphysical issues! … I thought she needed clever songs and furry Muppets to make learning “fun”.

As I thought about it, I realized that God was more important than anything else she could know, and why should I delay her spiritual and most important education?  I went ahead and enrolled her in Sunday School.

She’s been in Sunday School for a year and a half now, and I am happy, impressed, and comforted by all she has learned.

Click here to read the full text of this article by Gretchen Stock.  In it she gives examples of her daughter, Cassidy’s, learning and shares Cassidy’s comments about why she likes Sunday School.

Sunday School Lessons Remembered and Healing Resulted   Leave a comment

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Georgia’s toddler was on medication to alleviate food allergies and other physical problems, but the conditions did not improve.

She remembered some healing ideas she had learned in Christian Science Sunday School, and she applied them to this situation. Soon, the allergies and a rash from them permanently disappeared.

Click here to listen to this 90 second testimonial video of healing by Georgia telling of how the spiritual truths she learned in the Christian Science Sunday School helped her to resolve permanently the problem of her daughter’s allergies.

A Normal Pregnancy   Leave a comment

10999095_10203698134286147_529720653179037855_n[1]We have recently had a beautiful baby girl. Our whole pregnancy and birth was summed up by one of the midwives as being ‘refreshingly normal’; nothing unexpected, nothing out of the ordinary, nothing unpredicted just easy and simple and normal.

I was bought up in Christian Science. It is normal for me to pray whenever I feel scared, hurt or whelmed by a situation and having a baby definitely fell into the overwhelming category. I have never been maternal and have never really thought seriously about being a parent, but my husband was ready and if there was ever anyone I wanted to have a baby with, it’s him. So I started praying to know that Life isn’t a product of mortal interaction. Life is a synonym of God. Life is from God and as such I don’t have the power to do a bad job of parenting.

I can’t say I was completely comfortable yet with the idea of being parental, but the terror the idea initially filled me with had receded. When we found out we were pregnant the last residual fears left me. I’m deeply fortunate that my mum is a Christian Science Practitioner. Through prayer she helped shield me from all the insidious fears that try and bombard pregnant women; she reminded me constantly that my little baby was a reflection of God, a perfectly developed, complete reflection of Life and Love. I could suffer no ill effects from such a blessing – and the pregnancy was a blessing. All symptoms of morning sickness ceased almost as soon as they started, I didn’t feel exhausted, I wasn’t moody or emotional; at all my checkups the midwives found me and my baby to be healthy and growing at the perfect rate. I was fit enough to keep working, right up until the office closed for Christmas (I was due in early January), and my hair was extra shiny!

I was often told by friends how lucky I’d been with my pregnancy. It’s not lucky, it’s normal. It is normal to be happy, to be healthy, it’s normal to be blessed every day by God’s Love.

By the time I was 8 months pregnant my fears of being a bad mother, of being unable to raise my child well had dissipated. God is Father Mother, not me and my husband. The only fears that remained were my waters breaking in the supermarket and the pain of labour (and having to do it with no pants on). So I kept praying about these too. I found at the root of these seemingly superficial fears I was afraid of losing my dignity; that I would be overwhelmed by the physical process of giving birth. I reasoned that if my baby was a perfect reflection of God’s Love and Life, then so was I. After caring for me so long God would not abandon me at the final hurdle.

Labour was short, uncomplicated and I did not forgot my please and thank-yous once! My waters broke at the hospital (not at the supermarket) and I kept my pants on right until the end, and then I didn’t really care. Our little girl is perfect.

I’ve kept praying about what is normal since we came home too.  Normal is peaceful, harmonious, and joyous. It is not distress, sleepless nights, or the baby blues. In those first few days where doctors and nurses tell you to expect exhaustion, unsettledness and hormonal tidal waves, I prayed fiercely, I would not accept these predictions of disharmony.  The first few nights we were home I read the Mothers Evening Prayer by Mary Baker Eddy (from the Christian Science Hymnal 207), the second verse resonated strongly:

Love is our refuge; only with mine eye / Can I behold the snare, the pit, the fall: / His habitation high is here, and nigh, / His arm encircles me, and mine and all.”

I read this over and over until I felt calm, and the fear of having a newborn subsided.

Our child has, from the start, been a good sleeper. Neither my husband nor I have suffered sleepless nights and she is a happy, tolerant, calm, peaceful baby. None of the scary predictions have lingered, because divine Love is omnipotent, a Father Mother’s Love could never allow their child to suffer distress or pain, and hasn’t.

Our home is a happy one, and we are so grateful for having Jacqueline come into it.

This article was shared by Alex Tabor who lives in Tasmania, Australia.

Caring for Children   Leave a comment

sentinel-radio-edition_small[1]Each week the Christian Science Sentinel Radio Program is broadcast around the world.  It includes interviews with people who have been healed through prayer and spiritualisation of thought. 

In this broadcast, Caring for Children, parents talk about how they have relied effectively on prayer to resolve problems related to raising children.

It’s vital that children be well cared for in every aspect of their lives, and at the very heart of that care is love. Many people have seen first hand the power of God, who is divine Love itself, to meet the needs of their children through prayer. Our guests talk about this, and share experiences of healing.

Click here to listen to this 30 minute program.

If you live in the ACT or the Queanbeyan, Goulburn, Wagga Wagga areas of NSW then you can tune into these broadcasts each Wednesday at 1.00 pm on RPH radio 1125 AM.  The radio program for the current week can always be accessed free of charge via this link: Christian Science Sentinel Radio Program.

I Call It Preemptive Parenting   Leave a comment

shutterstock_122772712… Raising happy, healthy, fear-free children is every parent’s goal. Prayer that acknowledges God’s presence, listens for His direction, and follows His instruction has made this goal reachable for me. In her Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, Mary Baker Eddy wrote, “A calm, Christian state of mind is a better preventive of contagion than a drug, or than any other possible sanative method; and the ‘perfect Love’ that ‘casteth out fear’ is a sure defence” (p299).

I’m grateful for healings our children have had of illness and injury through prayer, but I’m just as grateful for the many times they’ve been protected from experiencing injuries and contagion. Safe care of children is not a matter of good fortune or personal skill. Preemptive parenting is available to everyone, just as a “Christian state of mind” is available to anyone regardless of religion. It’s the peace and calm that come from feeling close to the one, universal Father-Mother God. … Read the complete article.

This article, I Call It Preemptive Parenting by Sara Hunter was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel.  The complete article is currently available on JHS-online.

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