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  • in reply to: Gratitude for Sunday Service 9/20 #11438
    Rae
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    Yes, thank you for the beautiful service and all the organ music. Amazing Grace is a favorite–very uplifting performance. Also thank you for the Roundtable on gratitude and praise, and a better understanding of the Bible lesson on Ahab and Jezebel. I looked up the wonderful quote from Miscellany, p. 195 that was shared at the meeting…so thankful for the inspiration:

    “We must resign with good grace what we are denied, and press on with what we are, for we cannot do more than we are nor understand what is not ripening in us. To do good to all because we love all, and to use in God’s service the one talent that we all have, is our only means of adding to that talent and the best way to silence a deep discontent with our shortcomings.”

    Thanks again for all the services you provide to attune us to the kingdom of heaven, that is right here and right now in every moment, if we choose to embrace it in Love.

    in reply to: Some Notes on True Vision #10930
    Rae
    Participant

    Hi Everyone,
    I was happy to listen to Some Notes on True Vision this morning! Thanks for referencing it in the daily email. All of your resources are so helpful not only to read but to listen to. No excuse for anyone falling asleep to the truth. 😀

    Joyful blessings,

    Rae

    in reply to: "The lonely precincts of the tomb … a refuge" #10537
    Rae
    Participant

    Powerful testimony, thank you.

    in reply to: I shall be satisfied. #10536
    Rae
    Participant

    Thank you for sharing that beautiful blessing by Mary Baker Eddy in the Blue Book.

    in reply to: In Patience Obedience to a Patient God #10186
    Rae
    Participant

    Hi Again,
    Just wanted to add a humorous but memorable illustration of how mortal mind tries to solve a problem. I stumbled upon it on-line while doing a generic search for on “In patient obedience to a patient God,…”

    Patience And Obedience

    THERE was a colony of little ants living out on a golf course. A golfer’s ball landed near the colony. And every time the player swung his club, it missed the ball and plowed into the ants, scattering them to the winds. Finally one little ant said to the other little ant, You know, if we want to live, we had better get on the ball.”

    “It wouldn’t be enough, of course, for the ants to figure out what to do. They had to be obedient to the thought before they would be safe. And so it is with us. God cares for each of His ideas, both great and small. When we listen for and are obedient to His messages, we are safe in His arms.” The article goes on… (CS Monitor, September 27, 1993)

    I love how Divine Mind guides us to what we need to help us shift. Thank you, too, for all the wonderful resources you share on your beautiful website.

    in reply to: Like Produces Like #9820
    Rae
    Participant

    Thank you for this powerful post.

    Recently, I came across this passage again that has helped me to stay vigilant for Truth in the midst of temptation to believe otherwise.

    “Think of this dear reader, for it will lift the sackcloth from your eyes, and you will behold the soft winged dove descending upon you. The very circumstance, which your suffering sense deems wrathful and afflictive, Love can make an angel entertained unawares. (S&H 574:25-30)

    in reply to: Watch # 295 #9556
    Rae
    Participant

    Thanks, Pilar. I, too, am so grateful for the Carpenters’ Watching Points. They speak with such clarity and purpose. This one seemed to pop off the page, as it is something I am working on, too. Important for me to remember, that we are here to translate earth into heaven. 😀

    Have a joyful weekend.

    Rae

    in reply to: "one in quality, not in quantity" #9521
    Rae
    Participant

    Whoops..I meant divisiveness in the last sentence…not derisiveness. 😀

    in reply to: Christianity Done Right – Lovingkindness #9112
    Rae
    Participant

    Thank you for sharing! “What blesses one, blesses all.”

    in reply to: Enable us to know #8959
    Rae
    Participant

    Thank you! I came across this passage (Misc. 328) “The ever present Christ, the spiritual idea, surveys the vale of the flesh from the summit of bliss, to burst the bubbles of earth with a breath of heaven.” Clarence Steves, CSB, wrote: “The bubbles of earth are personal sense, coming from the soap of mortal mind. Don’t let mortal mind soft soap us and blow more bubbles. Let the breath of heaven dispel them.”

    I found this amusing as my computer screen saver generates big colorful bubbles! A playful reminder to watch my thinking! Get rid of personal sense of self and others! Burst the bubbles to see the reality.

    in reply to: "Man did eat angels’ food:" #8952
    Rae
    Participant

    Thank you for these wonderful posts. I came across this inspirational passage in S&H this morning:

    “So Christian Science can be seen only as the clouds of corporeal sense roll away. Earth has little light or joy for mortals before Life is spiritually learned. Every agony of mortal error helps error to destroy error, and so aids the apprehension of immortal Truth. This is the new birth going on hourly, by which men may entertain angels, the true ideas of God, the spiritual sense of being.”

    in reply to: Wonderful Memorial Day Watch!! #8752
    Rae
    Participant

    Thank you, Florence, for the helpful references. I, too, am thankful for that inspiring watch!

    in reply to: From a church in Kenya #8412
    Rae
    Participant

    Thank you, Jeremy for sharing this beautiful, joyful message! God is good!

    in reply to: The Advancing Disciple #8320
    Rae
    Participant

    Thank you for the post, Florence. I think hidden fears also tend to block progress. Things we don’t want to unmask in ourselves about ourselves or others. The more loving and patient we can be helps to heal. Love conquers all. Christ Jesus had such compassion. For me it is to make peace with where I’m at spiritually (awareness) and not try to be more than I can presently understand. To let it all unfold with a willing heart to expand and grow to mature in Christ.

    Recently I came across a CS pamphlet in which I read that Mrs. Eddy once had written that by reading Jesus’Sermon on the Mount daily, it would solve all the problems of the world, especially if everyone would do it. (not verbatim) So many powerful guidelines in those three Matthew Chapters 5-7, on how to live a joyful, loving, carefree life. I am so thankful for the recommendation as I have found myself becoming more attuned to my daily thoughts and actions as I’ve engaged in that practice the past week. The Beatitudes, the Lord’s Prayer, the Golden Rule are beautifully summed up by the Master in that powerful Sermon.

    Thank you all for the wonderful posts this week.

    in reply to: Become Aware the Christ Truth in Congress #7911
    Rae
    Participant

    Thanks, Pam, I will check them out.

    in reply to: Christmas Eve #7849
    Rae
    Participant

    Yes, thank you for bringing the Christmas joy, peace, and love into our hearts! The whole program was a wonderful blessing!
    Rae & Elliot

    in reply to: A Healing Church #7503
    Rae
    Participant

    Gary, thank you for the readings last night. I enjoyed listening to the beautiful music, singing the hymns, and hearing the wonderful testimonies, especially inspired by “Get me to the church on time!”

    Thank you all!

    in reply to: Return And Live #7500
    Rae
    Participant

    Thank you, Florence.

    in reply to: “Leaves of Healing” audio #7433
    Rae
    Participant

    Thanks,Barbara! I look forward to hearing it! And, thanks to Bruce for reading.

    in reply to: The constant pressure #7265
    Rae
    Participant

    Thank you for these most helpful posts. Here’s a wonderful passage from Mis. 377-2:

    “Then thought I, What are we, that He who fashions forever such forms and hues of heaven, should move our brush or pen to paint frail fairness or to weave a web of words that glow with gladdening gleams of God, so unapproachable, and yet so near and full of radiant relief in clouds and darkness.”

    What an uplifting thought from Mrs. Eddy. “Weave a web of words that glow with gladdening gleams of God…”

    Another heartfelt passage I was led to today:

    “When the hearts of Christian Scientists are woven together as are the names in the web of history, earth will float majestically heaven’s heraldry, and echo the song of angels: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Mis. 145:27

    So comforting to realize that there is no mortal mind to err, only the perfection of the Christ as we surrender and live His life in full gratitude for immeasurable grace.

    There were two more passages on “web” that came to light.

    “To weave one strand of Science through the looms of time, is a miracle in itself.” Mis. 99:6

    “The divine Science of Man is woven into one web of consistency without seam or rent.” S&H 242:25

    in reply to: The dear Father's Face Looks Out From the Clouds #7213
    Rae
    Participant

    Your inspirational post led me to reread Handling the Weather in the blue book, Mary Baker Eddy, Her Spiritual Footsteps. On p. 272, Carpenter writes:
    “It is a self-evident proposition that the student cannot possibly work on the weather selfishly. He cannot pray for a private rainfall or fair weather, any more than he can open a private door in heaven through which God will pour a personal blessing, because the door to God’s blessings is a universal door which opens for all. “Heaven in the heart of one, means heaven in the heart of all,” is the beautiful way Mrs. Eddy once expressed this ideal to me. Handling the weather scientifically is one of the best methods of restoring man to his rightful place, which the thought of weakness, subjection and fear has taken from him; for it gives him a glimpse of his infinite possibilities and his need of using them, so that wisdom and Love may again be present in cause, and be demonstrated by man under the government of God. Then they will express themselves in effect.”

    So thankful for a greater understanding to claim God given authority; dominion over the flesh, the devil and the world. God is all good always.

    in reply to: "Joy" #7105
    Rae
    Participant

    Colleen, thanks for your comment that directed me to the August newsletter issue and the Joy article. I had just been reading about joy in the Blue Book (Articles or Points from Articles) On p. 158, Mrs. Eddy writes about Day.

    “…Today is my day. And my world is but a reflection of my own mental attitude. I have the power within myself to reverse any destructive thought entering my mental household. I could not lovingly entertain unwelcome visitors, therefore I shall not willingly entertain unwelcome thoughts.

    Each day I shall weed from my mind all thoughts of doubt, fear, malice, hatred, revenge, petty criticism or superstition of any nature whatsoever, and shall begin today believing tremendously in the power of a constructive mental attitude.

    This is the day that the Lord has made. In it I will rejoice and be glad. No man taketh my joy from me. Just for today I will know that I am God’s child under His protection and, that no plague can come nigh my dwelling. Just for today I will know that God is good, and that God is Love, and that He knoweth them that trust Him. Just for today I will know that I have strength to meet and conquer every claim of error, and that under the guidance of divine Principle I will be led to throw open the door for the entrance of Truth; and know that through that same door error is cast forth. Then with a sweet sense of God’s nearness I will know that yesterday has gone, and left no bitterness, and that today is big with blessings, that tomorrow belongs to God; and to realize this today eliminates all worry and pain and trouble, and brings us peace and happiness.”

    I’m so thankful to be able to read Mrs. Eddy’s thoughts made available in the blue book, Notes on Mary Baker Eddy’s Course in Divinity, Watches, Prayers, Arguments, Items from Gilbert Carpenter’s Collectanea, and Instruction in Metaphysics from MBE) Thanks to the Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent for offering this powerful resource in your bookstore.

    in reply to: The Straight and Narrow Path #7104
    Rae
    Participant

    Thanks, Pam. Recently, I learned that same lesson. I opened the door just a crack to the material world, and got clobbered, as it took me for a ride. Which was all good as it helped me to choose to stay on the straight and narrow.

    In the blue book, Notes on Mary Baker Eddy’s Course in Divinity, etc. On pg. 158, Mrs. Eddy writes: “For every material sacrifice there is a spiritual blessing. Right desire is the deepest form of prayer.”

    in reply to: God's Future #7038
    Rae
    Participant

    Beautiful post. Thank you.

    in reply to: Tell the Truth concerning the lie #6921
    Rae
    Participant

    Thank you for this post. In Misc. Writings, p. 118 states: “Honesty in every condition, under every circumstance, is the indispensable rule of obedience. To obey the principle of mathematics ninety-nine times in one hundred and then allow one numeral to make incorrect your entire problem, is neither Science nor obedience.

    However keenly the human affections yearn to forgive a mistake, and pass a friend over it smoothly, one’s sympathy can neither atone for error, advance individual growth, nor change this immutable decree of Love: “Keep My commandments.”

    So thankful for the writings of Mrs. Eddy as I was guided to get up at 4 a.m. to work on a false claim. Reading Prose Works brought peace. I returned to a sweet sleep and woke up healed. God is honest to goodness Love.

    in reply to: Life! #6882
    Rae
    Participant

    Thank you for this inspiring post! Last week I was working to know the Truth. A false claim that it was painful to walk needed to be unmasked. I was guided to read the series We Knew Mary Baker Eddy. As I sat on the sofa traveling back in time, a sweetness and peace enfolded me as if I had been transported back to Mrs. Eddy’s class. This passage in particular helped break the mesmerism and before long I was back on my feet enjoying the garden.

    “Mrs. Eddy said there were times in teaching when the deep things of Christian Science were being considered that the mesmeric sense of too continuous seriousness must be broken. She illustrated this in her teaching of this class by telling several amusing stories.

    I recall one story in particular which she used to illustrate human philosophy. She said there once was a man who had a fox. He made a hole in the door of his house and stuck the tail of the fox through it from the inside. Very shortly a crowd had gathered outside and he went out to ask why they were there. The reply was that they were trying to figure out how the fox was able to get through such a small hole. This, said, Mrs. Eddy, was human philosophy, always trying to figure out things that never happened.” (George Wendell Adams, We Knew Mary Baker Eddy, Second Series)

    I’m so thankful for Mrs. Eddy and Christian Science, and all of the resources and sharing at the Plainfield Church, Independent.

    in reply to: The Great Price #6829
    Rae
    Participant

    Your post on watching is very helpful. Watching for any sense of personal self demands vigilance and it is easy to become mesmerized that it’s me doing the task at hand rather than the great I AM that I AM.

    Recently I read an address by Clarence Steves who came into Christian Science through a healing following World War I. Severely wounded, he served in the Navy during the war and spent a number of years in a Veteran’s Hospital. A hospital nurse offered him Science & Health and he devoured it. The passage that awoke him and brought healing was page 228:3-6 “…that nothing inharmonious can center being, for Life is God.” He went on to become a practitioner and teacher. Absence of personal sense enabled him to see the Truth so clearly.

    He said, “Some students are afraid of what others are thinking about them; false concepts of ourselves in the past, etc. If I have accepted identity as spiritual and “before Abraham was, I AM,” it is of no concern what the human seems to think or not think, because it is not knowing what I AM. If one has accepted the butterfly and left the cocoon, what does it care about anything that happens to the cocoon, or what others are saying about it; and what harm can they do that which knows itself to be the functioning presence of the Almighty One? Fly above the cocoon stage, keep both wings up, and fly unto the mountain. Never be concerned about the caterpillar. We have left the sepulchre and can cry out, ‘Rabboni.’”

    “It is important, if someone is gossiping about the caterpillar, condemning it, judging it, that we keep absolutely disconnected from it, because it is not our concept of ourselves; and so all the malpractice, ignorant or malicious, is harmless when we refuse to identify ourselves with the caterpillar concept. Let us take the wings of the morning and dwell in the universality of our being.” (p. 68, Selected Addresses of Clarence Steves)

    What a powerful illustration to use to watch my thinking. Am I aligning with the butterfly or the caterpillar?

    in reply to: Turning to Christ #6828
    Rae
    Participant

    Thank you for the inspirational posts on this tender passage. Mary stooped to look into the tomb for material evidence, a reminder of how often we look at matter to see how it is responding to prayer or treatment. In her darkest hour when it appears that she had been denied the blessing to see Christ one last time, to prepare his body for burial, her grief is inconsolable.

    S&H 574-575: “The very circumstance, which your suffering sense deems wrathful and afflictive, Love can make an angel entertained unawares. The thought gently whispers: “Come hither! Arise from your false consciousness into the true sense of Love, and behold the Lamb’s wife, — Love wedded to its own spiritual idea. Then cometh the marriage feast, for this revelation will destroy forever the physical plagues imposed by material sense.”

    When Mary rises and turns herself around, it’s hard to imagine her exhilaration when she hears her beloved Master call her by name once more! “Mary”

    in reply to: Tossed with tempest? #6732
    Rae
    Participant

    Thanks for this timely post! I was having trouble getting to sleep when an angel thought prompted me to get up and go to the computer. Our A/C is on the fritz, but the house is cool. So when I read about tossing and turning…I had a good laugh. Seems I’m at the right place at the right time. Now, with deep gratitude that all things work together for good, I will be ready for a good night’s rest with this wonderful remedy in mind.

    in reply to: God's Mighty Hand #6512
    Rae
    Participant

    Thank you for the powerful reminder…our hands are the works of God!

    in reply to: The Plainfield Independent April 2018 #6391
    Rae
    Participant

    All the trees seem to be smiling outside my window. 😀

    in reply to: Lacking fruit #6264
    Rae
    Participant

    Thank you. I’ve often wondered about the meaning of this passage as it was not yet the season for figs, so why would Jesus be upset. Was it to demonstrate the power of His words? Apparently this took place when he was on his way from Bethany to the Temple to deal with the corruption, turn over the money changers, and take back God’s authority. The following day on the return, they passed by the same fig tree. Peter pointed out to Jesus that his prophecy had come true. Shriveled down to its roots, that poor fig tree had no chance for future generations. Some have said Jesus was upset because the fruitless fig tree was a reflection of the Temple not fulfilling its mandate. If they had been following God’s Word, there would have been spiritual fruit for all of God’s children.

    Mark 11:22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus said.

    Mark 11:23 “For verily I say unto you, That whatsoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed…and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”

    in reply to: Wednesday Night Service #6242
    Rae
    Participant

    Happy Easter! I also would like to express gratitude for the wonderful Wed. night meeting. The testimonies were all so healing and helpful and I found great peace listening to the broadcast. Jeremy’s experience with the squirrel and the bird tenderly revealed how God is in the details. So many pearls: God perfects the things that concern me. God is an ever present help. The Scientific Statement of Being, and all the wonderful ways each of you cling to the truth are truly inspirational. This morning I was feeling a little anxious before I tuned in, but after your heartfelt sharing, there was a lifting and a blanket of peace enfolded me. Thank you all for your perfect work. The readings, music, and love of Christ.

    in reply to: Wake Up Man! #6067
    Rae
    Participant

    Wake Up Man! were the helpful words that came to me while wrestling with mortal mind last night. I was about to give up when I remembered Florence’s post. Wake Up Man! I laughed, helping to dispel the mesmerism of a false, challenging claim. Thank you Plainfield Church for all of the pearls you plunk in my mind that surface at just the right moment bringing great relief!

    in reply to: Lord, my times are in Thy hand #5952
    Rae
    Participant

    Beautiful. Thank you! I will listen to Hymn 46. Joyful blessings, Rae

    in reply to: Thy youth is renewed…. #5670
    Rae
    Participant

    Thanks for the inspirational post for the New Year. Eagles are wonderful symbols of Spirit. I committed the first 5 verses of Psalm 103 to memory this year, claiming the benefits guaranteed by the Lord! So thankful that it has become a response to any murmuring that begins to stir in so-called mortal mind. It is the answer to any complaint. I pause and slowing take in each benefit. God has already covered everything. A done deal. Who could ask for more! Rejoice.

    “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
    Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
    Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
    Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
    Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

    in reply to: "The Way of the Wicked He Turneth Upside Down" #5669
    Rae
    Participant

    Thanks for this helpful post! I would like to add a favorite healing passage from S&H 162:4

    “Christian Science brings to the body the sunlight of Truth, which invigorates and purifies. Christian Science acts as an alterative, neutralizing error with Truth. It changes the secretions, expels humors, dissolves tumors, relaxes rigid muscles, restores carious bones to soundness. The effect of this Science is to stir the human mind to a change of base, on which it may yield to the harmony of divine Mind.”

    alterative – a drug used empirically to alter favorably the course of an ailment. (Webster’s 7th Collegiate Dictionary)

    The particular quote has a restorative power to shift me back to Truth, and I feel a peacefulness set in whenever I read it slowly, and let the words seep down deep. A wonderful prescription!

    Joyful blessings,

    Rae

    in reply to: December 2017 Newsletter #5653
    Rae
    Participant

    I enjoyed the Newsletter and the invitation to the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. Thank you. I also appreciated learning more about Mrs. Evans and her husband. I have her helpful pamphlet on Psalm 91, a wonderful explanation of this powerful Psalm verse by verse. Happy that it is available in the bookstore. Thank you all.

    in reply to: walk in the light #5558
    Rae
    Participant

    Thanks for all the great posts! Today while handling an issue, I opened Misc. Writings to the Bible Lessons, p. 200. The words that jumped out from the page made me laugh. “Christians to-day should be able to say, with the sweet sincerity of the apostle [Paul], “I take pleasure in infirmities,”–I enjoy the touch of weakness, pain, and all suffering of the flesh, because it compels me to seek the remedy for it, and to find happiness, apart from the personal senses.”

    I closed the book, laughter bubbling up, and began to give thanks for my so-called infirmity! It was trying to hold me back from having holiday lunch with my husband and our friend. I was able to keep giving thanks silently and ended up having an enjoyable afternoon out. So grateful for the truth! Otherwise, a wonderful time would have been missed by letting a lie rule the day.

    Joyful blessings,

    Rae

    in reply to: Matter Cannot Destroy It's Own Discord! #5518
    Rae
    Participant

    This was especially helpful today. I wanted to also share another WATCH (268) that brings me peace. “When we have done our part to put divine power into operation in this human dream, we must quickly withdraw, leaving God to care for the situation, as He will. We have our part to perform, to be sure; but when we have finished it, we must trust God to do His, and not continue to grind out arguments through fear.” …

    “We must rest more in God.”

    in reply to: God Opened Her Eyes #5517
    Rae
    Participant

    Thanks, Florence. This reinforced Watching Point 308 that I read this morning:

    “WATCH in your efforts to see yourself and others perfect, that you include the effort to see them seeing you in the same light.”

    in reply to: Seeing all creation correctly #5381
    Rae
    Participant

    Beautiful post! Thank you. Mrs. Eddy gives this profound counsel (Misc. Writings, p.288):

    “Positive and imperative thoughts should be dropped into the balances of God and weighed by spiritual Love, and not be found wanting, before being put into action.”

    Joyful blessings!

    Rae

    in reply to: Governed By Soul #5367
    Rae
    Participant

    Thank you, both! This morning I came across a beautiful statement by Mrs. Eddy, one I want to always remember and put into practice:

    “A little more grace, a motive made pure, a few truths tenderly told, a heart softened, a character subdued, a life consecrated, would restore the right action of the mental mechanism, and make manifest the movement of body and soul in accord with God.” (Misc. Writings) 354:15-18

    A light, easy read, but a steady reminder that moment by moment vigilance is necessary…so many “I’ll handle that later” guilty dictates from mortal mind will deter the work.

    Thanks again for a powerful Bible Lesson.

    Joyful blessings,
    Rae

    in reply to: Grateful for today! #5286
    Rae
    Participant

    Thanks, Colleen. For years I’ve been doing the regular Bible lessons from the Mother Church, but never really understood why Everlasting Punishment was one of them. I’d just skip over those words, like NO WAY. I knew better, but after the Roundtable discussion, I had a greater understanding of how to handle the accuser each time. Not to let it slide, but handle it now. What a surprise to find the answer Mary Beth shared in the discussion. It was at the back of the Plainfield Bible lesson in plain view!

    “Alertness to Duty
    It shall be the duty of every member of this Church to defend himself daily against aggressive mental suggestion, and not be made to forget nor to neglect his duty to God, to his Leader, and to mankind. By his works he shall be judged,–and justified or condemned. (Church Manual, Article VIII, Sect. 6)”

    (…not be made to forget nor neglect his duty…)came through loud and clear! Thank you all for a great discussion.

    in reply to: Love is the Fulfilling of the Law #5285
    Rae
    Participant

    Beautiful service! I enjoyed the organ music prelude and could feel the peace coming through the pipes. With my hymn book, I joyfully sang along. What a privilege to join in the meeting through your wonderful website and listen to the inspirational readings that lifted my heart. It was just what I needed to hear. When the Lord’s Prayer was recited in unison, what a strong sense of dominion came through as each member affirmed the truth with conviction and clarity. I’ve never heard the Lord’s Prayer expressed so strong by a group before, and felt the power of the Words ringing out in the world.

    The testimonies were all powerful, too. Music is a joyful way to heal.

    Thank you all for everything.

    Joyful blessings,
    Rae

    in reply to: The trial commences #5238
    Rae
    Participant

    Thank you!

    in reply to: There is No Condemnation #5225
    Rae
    Participant

    Thanks, Florence. I never heard the rest of her story!

    in reply to: Personal Sense is the plaintiff #5222
    Rae
    Participant

    Thank you, very helpful!

    in reply to: Loose him, and let him go #5197
    Rae
    Participant

    Thank you!

    in reply to: Are His Words Holy To Me? #5110
    Rae
    Participant

    Thanks, Florence. It is such a gift to be able to read the Lessons and open our eyes to receive the messages that help us to awaken to the truth. God is Love.

    in reply to: More Lessons of Esther #5099
    Rae
    Participant

    The story of Esther made a big impression on me, too. I had seen the Hollywood version but never read the full Bible account. Interesting how the king had a sleepless night and was guided (by the Holy Spirit) to read the log book that mentioned Mordecai’s valiant deed.

    Back then, it was punishable by death to approach the King without his initiating the request. I learned from Esther’s patience in carefully laying out a plan to invite the King and Haman to lunch rather than blurting out the whole truth when she first had the chance. She advised Mordecai and the Jews to pray and fast for three days before she approached the king in her finest, hoping to capture his attention for an audience. Three days to overcome fear of death for her and her people. I love how God raised Esther up for just such an occasion to save His people from perishing under the rulership of a Persian King. Otherwise the whole Jewish lineage would have changed drastically. Haman’s ten sons were hanged instead.

    Thanks for the post!

    in reply to: From the 9/16 Bible Study and 9/17 Roundtable #4996
    Rae
    Participant

    Thank you for this timely powerful post!

    in reply to: …justified by faith #4784
    Rae
    Participant

    Thank you, Jeremy. Very helpful! A bit of synchronicity–after reading your post–I discovered an old forgotten garden plaque FAITH in my flowerbed tucked behind a bromeliad.

    Joyful blessings,

    Rae

    in reply to: Perfect in knowledge #4745
    Rae
    Participant

    Thank you, Mary Beth.

    It’s interesting to watch how Divine Mind naturally directs and guides. Recently I received the book, Mary Baker Eddy, Her Spiritual Footsteps by the Carpenters along with many other helpful resources from the Plainfield Church Bookstore. The Carpenters’ book was on the end table in the living room and last week my husband picked it up and began to read at random. This passage moved him so much that he was guided to read it aloud at the Wed. night testimony meeting in town. (We attend but are not members.) Someone came up afterwards and asked for a copy of the quote.

    “Students of CS must take their cue from their Leader and build up confidence in the power they reflect, establishing the glorious fact that their spiritual consciousness has the very powers of the universe back of it; that nothing can stand before it; that it has a speed greater than that of light; that it goes wherever it is directed, acts instantaneously and does accomplish that whereunto it is sent.

    Being with Mrs. Eddy was of great assistance to me in my effort to realize the infinite range of spiritual thought as reflected by man. It aided me in my effort to throw off the mortal mind sense of limitation which we are tempted to place about our spiritual capacities. Unless the student recognizes the coverage and range of his spiritual power, he will not use it as he should. He will resemble the farmer who buys an automobile and then drives it within the limits of his old horse and carriage, both as to speed and distance.”

    Thank you, Plainfield Church, for helping us to understand and apply the Truth with confidence.

    in reply to: Infinite Individuality #4727
    Rae
    Participant

    In a dream I was guided to ask a Christian Scientist friend to read page 95 in Science and Health. We were sitting on the front porch and I got up to get my book. In the dream I thought I knew the passage. Before going to bed Sat. night, Charlottesville, VA (my home state) had been on my mind. So I figured it was the comforting page where Mrs. Eddy talks about how the material world is becoming an arena for conflicting forces. …”During this final conflict, wicked minds will endeavor to find means by which to accomplish more evil; but those who discern Christian Science will hold crime in check. They will aid in the ejection of error. They will maintain law and order, and cheerfully await the certainty of ultimate perfection.” (p. 96).
    (I love this quote: certainty of ultimate perfection!)

    When I checked S&H the next day, I was surprised to find page 95 was one page off but a perfect fit for this week’s Bible Lesson on Mind. Paul said, “To be spiritually minded is life.” We approach God, or Life, in proportion to our spirituality, our fidelity to Truth and Love; and in that ratio we know all human need and are able to discern the thought of the sick and sinning for the purpose of healing them. Error of any kind cannot hide from the law of God. (S&H p.95:5-11)

    So grateful for the Bible Lessons!

    Rae

    in reply to: Divine Mind our only Mind #4725
    Rae
    Participant

    Hi Susanne,
    Thanks for the question. One way I practice this is using material things with a spiritual intention. Like when dressing in the morning, equating it with putting on my spiritual armor. When nourishing the body with food, silently giving thanks for all the spiritual nourishment for all. When preparing to cook our morning oatmeal, the Rooster canister its stored in is a reminder not to deny Christ consciousness today. To stay awake and choose love over fear. I try to let my life become a walking prayer of gratitude, surrendering my physical senses to the indwelling Christ. Be my eyes, ears, hands and feet today. I try to stay in the awareness of the presence of God as I go through the day. Some days are easier than others. But if I can see everything here as a reflection of God’s love, then how uplifting the day. Then I can see God in everyone, being only Love.

    I would love to hear from others on this.

    Rae

    in reply to: Changing Our Circumstances #4686
    Rae
    Participant

    So grateful for coming across these “higher” passages in S&H this morning.
    307:25
    “The divine Mind is the Soul of man, and gives man dominion over all things. Man was not created from a material basis, nor bidden to obey material laws which Spirit never made; his province is in spiritual statutes, in the higher law of Mind.”

    Also 60:29-1 “Soul has infinite resources with which to bless mankind, and happiness would be more readily attained and would be more secure in our keeping, if sought in Soul. Higher enjoyments alone can satisfy the cravings of immortal man.”

    Gratitude for this powerful truth and the need to keep it uppermost in thought throughout the day.

    in reply to: Great Example of Lovingkindness #4594
    Rae
    Participant

    WOW. Thank you for sharing…made me joyfully teary-eyed. God is good!

    in reply to: Stop the Murmuring #4342
    Rae
    Participant

    Thanks for your insights! Last night while reading S&H, I came across Mrs. Eddy’s quote: “It is error to murmur or to be angry over sin.” (369:31-32) Because of the Bible lesson, her sobering words hit me in a deeper way. I began to see how my comments to myself on the world were self-righteous, and even more important why even entertain a lie. I went to bed with a resolve to be more vigilant for the Truth and to claim it. The testimony from Wed. night came to mind: “The universe is filled with spiritual ideas, which He evolves, and they are obedient to the Mind that makes them.” A feeling of freedom washed over me. Divine Mind is in control always. It was very healing to stop tending the Regulator.

    I have often marveled at how having crossed through the Red Sea and rejoiced for what God had done, the Israelites could begin complaining (within 3 days!) But that whole story illustrates how powerful the magnetics are within this dream. The emotional, mental and physical needs are demanding! I can see that perhaps they were going through a fasting of sorts, a cleanse. When God did provide the manna in the wilderness, it’s interesting that it would appear each morning and would only last for one day, so no hoarding. A lesson to trust in God for their every need.

    One definition of WILDERNESS in the Glossary: “the vestibule in which a material sense of things disappears, and spiritual sense unfolds the great facts of existence.”

    MORNING: “Light, symbol of Truth; revelation and progress.”

    CHILDREN OF ISRAEL: “The representative of Soul, not corporeal sense; the offspring of Spirit, who, having wrestled with error, sin and sense, are governed by divine Science.”

    Thanks for the powerful lesson.

    Rae

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