Quality time with God

My wife likes it when I listen to stories that her family tells about her - especially the stories where her true character shines. She also likes it when I talk about her and let others know how wonderful she is. BUT, she wouldn't be happy if I only listened to stories about her and talked about her. Her favorite thing - the thing that really improves and strengthens our relationship - is when we spend quality time with each other. When we have good talks and I listen deeply. When we have experiences together as one. In this regard, God is no different than my wife.

It's good to read The Bible and hear stories about God and God's true nature. It's good to share wonderful stories about God with others. But the most important thing of all - the thing that will really make you feel at one with Life - is to spend quality time with God. More than anything else, God loves quality time with YOU.

To share what you're going through with God is comforting. To listen to God is bliss. To feel and know that you're at one with God as you go through life is real living, it's life with the Friend of the friendless, it's healthy life with Love and Family.

 

Resting in gratitude

A few days ago I visited Thanks-Giving Square which is a beautiful three-acre garden, chapel and museum in the heart of downtown Dallas (and at a wedding that night I happened to run into the President of the Thanks-Giving Foundation who is a Christian Scientist). It was heartwarming to read the messages of honest gratitude written on ribbons and cards inside the chapel. Even more beautiful was seeing people come into the chapel resting in gratitude. You could call it prayer. Folks came in and sat down, wrote notes of gratitude, and spent prayerful time in the refreshing quiet enclosure outside the summer heat and the bustle of the city.

It’s worth taking time to rest in gratitude today. Gratitude is recognizing the good in our lives. Since God is good, recognizing good, is recognizing God; resting in good, is resting in God. It's right to rest -- acknowledge and settle into a deep appreciation for -- the continuity of good in our lives and open our thought to receive more. God does not withhold good from us, but gives only of His nature.

Living in Christ

Trying to be good or healthy doesn't always work. But when we find the truth that we are inherently spiritual as God's expression, then being good and healthy becomes natural.

A little girl once said to her brother:

"I tried with all my might to be good, and I prayed and read my Bible, but I was no better. At last I found Christ, and when I found Christ it was all easy; and from that time I have been so happy."

The Bible says,

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." -2 Cor. 5:17

I've seen many people washed clean of negative feelings and dis-eases of the past by finding Christ and living in Christ. What is Christ? Christ is Jesus' divine nature -- and our real nature too. Christ is the heartbeat of Jesus' teachings. Christ is the truth that life, including you and me, is spiritual, sinless and Soul-sustained.

Living in Christ, being good and healthy and happy is more than natural. It's inevitable. 

 

Rainbow from above

I love seeing rainbows from above. A rainbow seen from earth is a broken arc; a rainbow seen from above is a perfect circle (just like this one I snapped from a plane recently).

Our lives from the earth (the human perspective) seem to have a beginning, rise into maturity, decline into age and then end -- just like a rainbow arc. But from heaven (reality), our lives are forever complete and whole, without a beginning or end, like a rainbow circle.

It's worth seeing our lives from heaven or above. It's the real view. Each one truly does possess an indestructible, complete, God-sustained identity that was never born and will never die. Your being is colorful in Soul-expression forever and it's a sight to behold!

Be strong, courageous, unafraid

What is Life, God, commanding us to do?

"Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest." -Joshua 1:9 KJV

Here's the same passage from The Message Bible: 

"Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.” -Joshua 1:9 Message

Instead of being right...

Trying to be the 'right' one in a relationship will get you in trouble. It's better for two to be in harmony than for one person to be right. Being 'right' is not a valid side, it's pride!

Instead of saying "Blessed of those who are right," Jesus said "Blessed are the peacemakers."

The Bible teaches that only God, the all-knowing divine Mind, knows what's right, never a human personality. And that's the attitude that brings healing. Our power to argue a side is not divine, but our ability to drop human opinions and yield to the fact that God is governing and guiding all is the path of wisdom. (God is never a source of division or conflict, but is always supplying spiritual thoughts that lead to harmonious solutions).

Let's be an active peacemaker and listen to God for our words and actions. Instead of righteous thinking, a humble, what-can-I-do-to-help?, servant-attitude is what makes relationships blossom with lastly love and peace.

Motive: to love others

Everything we do should have the same purpose behind it: to love others. Why am I doing this thing I'm doing? If the end goal is not to love people better than the reasoning is not sound. Perhaps there are some things we're thinking and doing that we need to reevaluate? 

When we really love others -- when the love of God is there, real Love -- it heals, rebalances, awakens. Life is made new. If our motive is right today, our feelings and actions will be right too. This is freedom; this is Christianity: there is no greater love than laying down your life for your friends (John 15:13). Sounds like a touchstone for me!

Paddle through it

An analogy came to me in prayer. It was an image of someone facing a white-water rapid head on in a kayak. It sure seemed like a big problem paddling towards it! As the kayaker aimed forward, the waves seemed to crash bigger. But once he stopped fearing the boisterous water and paddled consistently and powerfully, the waves propelled him forward. What a gift that challenge became! The ride was great; the fear was gone. The waves pushed the kayaker along on his journey quicker than he thought and he arrived in a serene lake moments later.

Jesus said of evil, fearful thinking, "Get behind me!" We too must not dwell on pressures of the human experience as substantial, but instead we should put negative mortal thoughts behind us with swift strokes of spiritual affirmation. With powerful affirmations of truth about the nature of God and individual being, along with keeping balance with morals, progress is inevitable. Strong paddling keeps one upright in life and headed forward to our heavenly destination: the peaceful waters of Love, the pure intelligence of Mind. 

Keep paddling! The stronger you paddle, the more you're in control and more fun it becomes. What appears to be a fearful problem can be joyous opportunity to express God.

Mind creates & Love communicates

Where does information come from? What is communicating to me? 

It sometimes appears that information and communication are material. That communication operates through the nervous system. That matter is speaking to us informing us that it 'feels.' But do not these same sensations occur during dreams? During an all-mind experience? Can you not 'feel' in a dream? Do you not have a material body too? Do you not suffer and enjoy according to your material beliefs in your dreams?

This proves to me that sensation is not in matter, but in the beliefs of mind. The truth I've learned through the Bible and prayer is that God, pure Mind, is the source of our actual life. And God does not include anything outside of its own nature: Love.

Today, it's worth establishing in our thought that God -- boundless Mind, limitless Love -- is the only Creator and Communicator in our life. Since all communication and information are ultimately from God, we can wait on intelligent, loving angel-messages today. We can awaken from our dreams of sensation in matter (in our waking hours too) and enjoy the natural health and present bliss that comes from listening to God. Here's a thought to hold:

Mind is the only creator; Love is the only communicator.

Mind creates all the right info. Love communicates every right idea.

 

"You embrace your body in your thought, and you should delineate upon it thoughts of health, not of sickness. You should banish all thoughts of disease and sin and of other beliefs included in matter. Man, being immortal, has a perfect indestructible life. It is the mortal belief which makes the body discordant and diseased in proportion as ignorance, fear, or human will governs mortals.

Mind, supreme over all its formations and governing them all, is the central sun of its own systems of ideas, the life and light of all its own vast creation; and man is tributary to divine Mind. The material and mortal body or mind is not the man." -Science and Health 208:31-9
 

How I learned to forgive

Here's a magnificent new article on forgiveness from The Christian Science Sentinel. Worth a deep read.

http://sentinel.christianscience.com/shared/view/1e3mctc4e5o?s=e

Not dwelling on others personally and going to God, divine Mind, instinctively for every thought is so important in healing. It's the basis for a healthy consciousness and a healthy life.

“Every human thought must turn instinctively to the divine Mind as its sole centre and intelligence. Until this be done, man will never be found harmonious and immortal” (pp. 307–308). And further into the article she writes, “I earnestly advise all Christian Scientists to remove from their observation or study the personal sense of any one, and not to dwell in thought upon their own or others’ corporeality, either as good or evil” (pp. 308–309).