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  • in reply to: Last Comes First #13677
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for this helpful post!

    “…lift thyself to the Wisdom and Love that maketh the God-man [the last Adam], and you will at length reach Christianity.”

    We must lift ourselves up!!!!! I like to think of keeping myself “plugged in” to the one Source, God, wherefrom cometh my energy, the divine energy of Spirit, and all the other spiritual qualities that He has endowed upon us as His children.

    in reply to: Truth v. ignorance & sin #13639
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts here! I remember long ago a CS friend said that when the subject was “Everlasting Punishment” there were fewer people in church. Well they could have read your post, and then have run to church on Sunday!

    Your comment, “Acceptance, in belief, of a limited, sinning, sick, aging, slowly-dying self IS everlasting punishment.” illustrates the wonderful purpose of this lesson subject! Nobody wants ‘everlasting punishment’. Christ Jesus the Wayshower and Mrs. Eddy and her divine revelation show us the way out of that mess. After all, God is in the blessing business! All we have to do is listen to and stay within, stay connected to, the Divine Mind. Put God first. Focus on Him. “Leave all for Christ awareness” as you beautifully state here.

    Thank you again for your thoughtful post.

    in reply to: Dwelling Together in Unity #13332
    Susanne
    Participant

    This is wonderful, thank you for this post! I extend it daily to all of nature, thanking the little critters I see for their daily work in fulfilling their individual roles.

    in reply to: Translation from the Icelandic. #13331
    Susanne
    Participant

    Excellent reminder, that can’t come too often. Thank you!

    in reply to: “He proved what he taught.” #13291
    Susanne
    Participant

    Watch that you do your part… “My Father worth hitherto and I work.”

    Thank you for this post filled with so many powerful reminders.

    in reply to: Anchored #13210
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for this post!

    Let’s see, would the inverse be: The more firmly thoughts, desires and hopes are anchored in the very certainty of the Presence of God, the more unquestionable, real and substantial the world of Soul appears.

    The Shekinah (or Shechinah) term was used “to express the visible majesty of the divine Presence…. The idea which the different accounts in Scripture convey is that of a most brilliant and glorious light, enveloped in a cloud…” (Peloubet’s Bible Dictionary) = The light of the living Christ!

    in reply to: A Tried & True Means of Preserving God-Consciousness #12825
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for this post. There is something so utterly uplifting about hymns that I feel they are heaven sent and one of the greatest gifts. There is a God-blessed reason that churches have magnificent organs and as Christian Scientists we are blessed with an especially wonderful hymnal.

    Some of the most memorable testimonies I have recalled involved singing hymns at a piano into the night, or just simply singing hymns, one after the other. The uplifting effect inevitably brought healing, and it’s that state of joy that hymns lift us into that brings about the needed release from whatever earth-weight was the problem. I sometimes sing through Mrs. Eddy’s hymns, and it is always transformative.

    in reply to: Made Superior To Sin, Sickness and Death #12824
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for pointing this out!

    In the 1828 Webster dictionary, superior is defined,

    “4. Being beyond the power or influence of; too great or firm to be subdued or affected by; as a man superior to revenge.
    There is not on earth a spectacle more worthy than a great man superior to his sufferings.”

    In a world that constantly wants to define us by labels of sin, sickness or death, it is all-important to not be ensnared in such traps but to recognize our true spiritual and immortal nature. I love how you put it: “This is something I can obey as a great law unto myself…” What an excellent reminder!

    in reply to: “Give Place” #12783
    Susanne
    Participant

    I love this:

    God grant that I be successful in daily emptying myself by digging ditches, creating spaces in the landscape of my being to give place for Him to work through me.

    Thank you so much for your inspiring and helpful post!

    in reply to: Sin known? #12567
    Susanne
    Participant

    It helps me to think of always being “plugged in” to God. (To me, the visual of an electrical outlet helps!) God is always communicating to me His love and wisdom, but if not careful, if not watching my thinking, I could easily be “unplugged”, distracted, “unplugging” myself as if no one is looking, and choose to “do my own thing”… maybe take a little break….maybe even with a little footnote, “I’ll get good with God later.”

    We always take ourselves away from God, even though so many believe that God forsakes us. This is where “praying without ceasing” comes in, which can be thought of as focusing on God (a joy!), knowing He is all good, and striving to see that anything other than good is NOT from God and therefore is an illusion to be corrected with right thinking which brings us always back to God: “Thou shalt have no other Gods before me”… “not my will but thine be done.”

    And if people don’t know the good news? It’s why we are told to “preach the Gospel to every creature.” Hmm… am I doing that? Is it a sin if I’m not?

    in reply to: "Wonderfully Sustained by Truth" Part 1 #12367
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for sharing this awesome and timely testimony that brought me to tears! Over the course of nine and a half hours, the family remained calm “in the secret place of the most High” where fear could not touch them. And the house floated two streets away (a “square” was interchangeable with “city block” at that time) to the highest part of the highest street, literally the most high!

    I looked up, not being familiar with,

    “Psalm 93:

    The Lord reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the Lord is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved.

    Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting.

    The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves.

    The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.

    Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O Lord, for ever.”

    How very beautiful this is!

    in reply to: "Error Uncondemned Is Not Nullified" #11605
    Susanne
    Participant

    This is really helpful, thank you!

    in reply to: Thoughts on this lesson #10975
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for sharing this! All these quotes point to positive activity–honoring God, obedience, rising up, giving up the false concept, advancing spiritually and realizing our oneness with Mind, God. Always progressing, as progress is a Law of the Universe! If we’re not advancing spiritually, somehow, we need to get un-stuck!

    in reply to: "Interlaced ambiguities of being…" #10725
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for this post, that I can relate to!

    When we are freed from our “long enslaved mind”–then we are finally free to “radiate good” (instead of “absorb evil”) and then to truly help others! I was a slave to self-absorption for years and didn’t even know it, until the light of true Christian Science teaching found here in Plainfield finally shone upon me “the light of liberty.” Hallelujah!

    in reply to: I have made thee a watchman #10697
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you Jeremy, I found your post to be very helpful!

    in reply to: God Made the World #10656
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for sharing this–that passage from Acts stood out to me this morning and the commentary is lovely. It addresses the false notion that some nations or peoples are ‘superior’ or ‘inferior’ to others, when in fact all nations belong to God! Within some of the larger nations there is a seeming infinitude of different peoples, some even yet to be discovered, and there are thousands of languages and dialects all over the world, too many to take note of (although there are those who try!). This always I find humbling and points yet again to the unfathomable infinitude of God’s creation!

    in reply to: Thou Art The Man #10594
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for this post, especially this:

    “If we are bearing false witness of ourselves and others by accepting sickness as real, attaching wrong behaviour to people, in effect are we not “killing” our own and others’ true being? Some of these hidden wrong thoughts are just as sinful since they defile Love’s creation. Thank God for Christian Science and its revealing of what is an offense against God. And its mission of Love also makes clear what we must do to correct our ways.”

    “Bearing witness” to the perfection of God’s creation is what I am to always do! Thank you for this reminder.

    in reply to: "my sin is ever before me" #10593
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you so much for these posts. I must say that growing up in the C.S. church, sin was never spoken of, but there was much visible sinning going on that was never called out. (“Cleanse me from my sin”–what sin?) This led to a very wishy-washy, “anything goes” upbringing for me where I mistakenly thought being a Christian Scientist was being protected by some kind of magical fairy dust while we could just skip along using CS to make life merry. By not speaking openly about the tough subjects, like sin, everything was left to smolder under the surface, and for me, this went on for decades until I discovered Plainfield. I had to reckon with what I had been doing and completely re-learn what it meant to be a Christian Scientist! Obedience–another “tough love” subject, if you will–was the missing puzzle piece for me. I learned that obedience to God is the most important thing in the world, in addition to truly loving our neighbor, and this became the secret to happiness and a total life transformation.

    And sin is nothing to fear–isn’t it believing there is a power apart from God?–that obeying the First Commandment will correct.

    in reply to: Never Fear What God Didn't Make #10435
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you so much for this post–so inspired and inspiring!

    in reply to: Losing Life and Finding It #10231
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for sharing this! I love this quote by Mary Baker Eddy: “Desire is prayer; and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires, that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds.” We have everything to gain by trusting in God. His plan is always better than ours.

    in reply to: Moral Freedom #10202
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you so much for your post. This is one of the most important things I have learned, but only after coming to Plainfield. Growing up in the C.S. church, I found a lot of immoral activity as being accepted as OK, and I fell into the same. As unbelievable as it sounds to me today, I had little guidance about morality by the C.S. adults around me, and so I suffered dearly for it. Of course my wishy-washy view of morality got me nowhere.

    The Plainfield Church teaching set me straight–and I have found the greatest happiness in the moral freedom of the ‘straight and narrow way’! That same ‘straight and narrow way’ that I thought would “shackle” me, has brought me out of the constant unsettled feeling of my former ways. I am also very grateful for this moral freedom!

    in reply to: Crieth out for the living God. #10197
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for your post, and the reference to Peter V. Ross’ article–very helpful!

    I love the title, “How Can You Help Yourself?”. Isn’t it all in how and what we are thinking? “…the Kingdom of God is within you”, Luke 17). Everything we need is already here, always at hand.

    in reply to: Moral Courage #10012
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for these posts.

    “…thus, I do not say Christian character, for the evident reason that there can be no character which is not Christian.”

    Love this quote–much food for thought here! And timely as those on the current world stage struggle to put their best face forward. Mrs. Eddy’s discourse on Character serves as a treatment in support of “men of character” exercising their moral courage and therefore being the “conscience of society”. Thank you for the reminder that temperance, self-denial, and humility ultimately prepare the way to “Be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man.” 1 Kings ii. 2.

    in reply to: To Hear His Voice #9937
    Susanne
    Participant

    “When it is seen that an angel is not an etherealized person, but a right idea, and that such right idea can become a dominating influence in the mind of the individual who cherishes it, mortals need no longer grope in doubt concerning divine help, for they learn that the angel of one’s highest sense of good lies within, not without, the borderland of one’s own thinking, and consequently is an ever-available help in every problem of life.

    This is so powerful! “The kingdom of God is within you.” All we have to do is listen. The moment by moment challenge in a noisy world clamoring for attention, but entirely doable.

    Thank you for these posts, so helpful.

    in reply to: Like Produces Like #9840
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you very much for this thought-provoking post! Much appreciated.

    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you so much for this post, parthens, which brought me to tears. And thank you Dale for the follow-up. I am grateful to learn about this important history.

    in reply to: Perfection-Consciousness #9648
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for this post–I like this idea of belonging to a “growing army of right thinkers” to disarm evil, sin, disease and death of their supposed powers. Excellent!

    in reply to: Man the expression of God's being! #9647
    Susanne
    Participant

    I love this expression… it really helped me after coming to Plainfield realize there is no separation from God. Now I will add “lively representation” to my understanding of our one-ness with God. Thank you!

    in reply to: "Who is David?" #9589
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for this post. I especially appreciate your quotes on gender which I find so pertinent in this era of “gender confusion”. Mrs. Eddy’s writings, clothed in Love, are beautiful to me on this subject.

    in reply to: Thou Shalt Not Steal; here or hereafter. #9562
    Susanne
    Participant

    Although I am not a dairy farmer I am close friends with one who has a very small herd of cows and allows all of her animals to live as nature intended. The baby calves are allowed to stay with their moms, families are kept together, they live in harmony, are incredibly healthy and beautiful, and raised completely on rotating pastures. The cows live long lives. The babies are weaned after several months. When the milk runs out, there is no more cheese. The beauty of this farming practice, the way nature intended, is breathtaking. This farmer makes a decent living.

    After studying the current paradigm of the conventional dairy “industry”–with the terrible harm it does to animals and to the land, the cruel abuse that takes place in the larger dairies, the ripping of babies from their moms, the killing of the male babies, and tragically for the hard-working farmers, a lack of profits–I’ve come to the conclusion that it can never work well because this paradigm includes the breaking of the commandment “thou shalt not steal”: in large money-driven dairies especially, it is apparently common practice to steal babies from the moms as early as day one.

    Surely this cruel practice (which also breaks the Golden Rule) cannot be something that blesses. I believe “thou shalt not steal” would best be applied in every industry, and wouldn’t the world be a better place for it?

    in reply to: "With God at My Right Hand" [CS Hymn 77] #9561
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for this enlightening post, with very helpful ideas in the link you posted. Excellent points worth heeding!

    in reply to: “A Table in the Wildernesss” – 2 #9325
    Susanne
    Participant

    How wonderful! And I like what the lady said: “The definition of a miracle is something that cannot be done by human hands.” That brings “miracle” into an everyday, all day long occurrence if we see that God is bringing forth all that is good, and all IS good!

    in reply to: "And the people murmured" #9319
    Susanne
    Participant

    Such a great post, thank you! Whenever I feel that temptation to think that “things were easier before” (that murmuring!) or “I just want to do nothing” I love to remember the quote from Science and Health, “God rests in action.” Whoa! Get going! Further in the paragraph, it reads, “The highest and sweetest rest, even from a human standpoint, is in holy work.” What a wonderful thing is that! And something to keep in mind as I “press forward”!

    in reply to: Amazing Grace #9294
    Susanne
    Participant

    Amen! Before finding Plainfield I was lost, living a “good life” to be sure but oh so lost. At the same time I was striving to find answers, which through the grace of God led me to Plainfield via the internet. Now I am often reminded in gratitude how God saved me from my own reckless foolishness and truly “gave me a second chance and filled my life with God’s blessings”!

    in reply to: "Unfallen and Eternal" #9293
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for this very refreshing explanation of the noble man or woman–much appreciated!

    in reply to: Whosoever doth not bear his cross #9251
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you both for these very helpful posts. So we too should leave every place better than how we found it, and God will show us the way!

    in reply to: Defining "Soul" #9171
    Susanne
    Participant

    This morning’s read showed me that our Bible Lesson is defining Soul so beautifully! It is the awareness of God’s presence…”The divine Mind is the Soul of man”… a “celestial condition”… “The kingdom of God is within you”… “this spiritual consciousness”… that “gives man dominion over all things.”

    in reply to: Boldness and Authority #9149
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for your thoughtful post, Jeremy!

    I have finally found “freedom from timidity”, timidity that was really the status quo that I found for decades in most of my interaction with the mainstream C.S. churches. I was timid to talk about C.S. to those outside the movement, and many others were timid to talk about C.S. even inside the movement. Although I encountered many really nice people, it was rare when someone would be “filled with the Spirit” and MOVE me! Fast forward when I came to Plainfield, I could FEEL the Spirit in the church and everything changed. Right then and there I knew this place was different. Only since coming here have I had the confidence to hand out Science and Health to people–it was the Spirit that moved me each time! Sometimes it’s quite natural; other times it takes a bit of boldness to do it, but the rewards have been shown to be wonderful and unexpected. Each person who receives Science and Health has been touched in some way. Maybe not all have read it, but that’s OK, because the seed has been planted.

    Today I have no problem speaking boldly about God and the Laws of the Universe to people–every day presents its opportunities to bring God into a conversation, even if it’s as simple as declaring, “with God all things are possible”(Matt. 19:26, Mark 10:27), or “Honesty is spiritual power” (S&H p. 453)–and often I can link these Laws to Christian Science. Boy do people perk up when they hear the Truth! Speaking up is something I can now do without fear, and I’m so grateful to Plainfield for showing me the way.

    in reply to: hate not his father and mother? #8975
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for posting this. I thought to look up the word “hate” in the 1828 Webster’s dictionary and it gives this definition:

    2. In Scripture, it signifies to love less.

    This would then make sense, then. Jesus is asking that we focus on, and prioritize, God and His Christ above all else in our lives.

    in reply to: The same was in the beginning with God #8924
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you Jeremy. I love what you said here: “…all that is real and right and true timelessly exists, and, it all is available to me and everyone, just waiting to be revealed and recognized.”

    And what great excerpts you’ve provided here! I love that this Science is something that we can rely on and apply to every moment in our lives. It’s not mystery–shrouded in mist, where we plead and hope that God will hear us–but revelation. “Truth is God or Mind in self-revelation.” (Martha Wilcox)

    “A human being touched by Science is already going through something that Jesus the Christ went through. That is, he is changing, or redeeming, his consciousness.” (Bicknell Young) I just love the infinite opportunity we have right now, to listen, learn and demonstrate!

    in reply to: My real identity #8712
    Susanne
    Participant

    When I read your post, it reminded me of the 91st Psalm: “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”

    What a lifting up is living in this beautiful Science–“in the secret place of the most High”–from the belief in matter claims of the human mind to the understanding of our true, divine substance as a reflection of God, “all that is good”. Dwelling in that “secret place” is where we truly know who we are, and it expands our experience in all the best ways.

    in reply to: Unfallen, Upright, Pure, and Free #8632
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you so much for elucidating this phrase–so wonderful!

    in reply to: The Power of Spirit To Overrule Mortal Material Sense #8538
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful quote from Miscellany! I love the Christ, Truth, “clad in immortality.” We too can clothe ourselves mentally everyday in immortality, can we not?

    in reply to: Allow Nothing But His Likeness To Abide In Thy Thought #8432
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you both for your posts. What wonderful spiritual nourishment!

    in reply to: Thanksgiving and recognition for veritable ideas #8431
    Susanne
    Participant

    “… thanksgiving has become an integral part of my day. This seems to be the lattice upon which my joy and all the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) are growing.”

    I love how you worded this, Jeremy!

    I remember always being in a fog about concepts in Christian Science, thinking I’d never figure it out. After coming to Plainfield it was the teaching about the difference between divine Mind and the human (mortal) mind that really cleared things up for me (in addition to the very important point of obedience to God, among other things). “Now I feel I have the tools to know the difference”–Amen!

    in reply to: "Neither shall the flame kindle upon thee." #8400
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for sharing this! It gave me much food for thought, seen through the lens of Science. What a beautiful demonstration of the power of turning to God in times of greatest need. After seeing that not one blade of grass on his property was singed, the pastor urged others to “take your authority that you have in Jesus’ name, and begin to stand strong in the Lord and in the power of his might…” Amen!

    Susanne
    Participant

    This is beautiful… and priceless! Thank you for sharing this. It reminds me of friends’ lives transformed, and my own, for that matter, by “the touch of the Master’s hand”.

    in reply to: bind on earth question #8223
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you so much for posing this question! I found this to be helpful:

    Matthew 16:19 Amplified Bible (AMP)

    19 I will give you the keys (authority) of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind [forbid, declare to be improper and unlawful] on earth [a]will have [already] been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose [permit, declare lawful] on earth [b]will have [already] been loosed in heaven.”

    Here is an excerpt from Matthew Henry’s commentary that I found elucidating:

    “Now the keys of the kingdom of heaven are,

    (1.) The key of doctrine, called the key of knowledge. “Your business shall be to explain to the world the will of God, both as to truth and duty; and for this you shall have your commissions, credentials, and full instructions to bind and loose:” these, in the common speech of the Jews, at that time, signified to prohibit and permit; to teach or declare a thing to be unlawful was to bind; to be lawful, was to loose. Now the apostles had an extraordinary power of this kind; some things forbidden by the law of Moses were now to be allowed, as the eating of such and such meats; some things allowed there were now to be forbidden, as divorce; and the apostles were empowered to declare this to the world, and men might take it upon their words. When Peter was first taught himself, and then taught others, to call nothing common or unclean, this power was exercised. There is also an ordinary power hereby conveyed to all ministers, to preach the gospel as appointed officers; to tell people, in God’s name, and according to the scriptures, what is good, and what the Lord requires of them: and they who declare the whole counsel of God, use these keys well, Acts 20:27.

    Some make the giving of the keys to allude to the custom of the Jews in creating a doctor of the law, which was to put into his hand the keys of the chest where the book of the law was kept, denoting his being authorized to take and read it; and the binding and loosing, to allude to the fashion about their books, which were in rolls; they shut them by binding them up with a string, which they untied when they opened them. Christ gives his apostles power to shut or open the book of the gospel to people, as the case required. See the exercise of this power, Acts 13:46; 18:6. When ministers preach pardon and peace to the penitent, wrath and the curse to the impenitent, in Christ’s name, they act then pursuant to this authority of binding and loosing.”

    How liberating is the Christ, Truth! It must have been awesome to see such a departure from all the materially binding rules of the Jewish traditions, into the simply beautiful Gospel of Christ–God’s laws of heaven on earth.

    in reply to: First On the List #8164
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for this great post. I find it almost unbelievable as I write this that I only learned the concept of “having a backbone” from the Plainfield Church! And this church helped me grow one and be conscious of the importance of having one–for how can we stand up to error otherwise and send it back to its native nothingness?

    in reply to: Contradicting the material senses… #8121
    Susanne
    Participant

    This is awesome, Jeremy. I especially liked, “God’s creation has good baked right in!” 🙂

    in reply to: Putting On New Clothes #8120
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you both for these wonderful posts.

    And those sobering words from Mrs. Eddy that “the students must take up this work and meet animal magnetism.” Can’t hear those words too often.

    in reply to: Our Own God #8094
    Susanne
    Participant

    This is really wonderful to read. Thank you so much for sharing this on the Forum.

    in reply to: "A Table in the Wilderness" and More #8077
    Susanne
    Participant

    This is truly wonderful–I’m so grateful you shared this with us!

    in reply to: "Felt ye the power of the Word?" #8036
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you so much for this post. I love the image of a legislator arguing “to defeat the passage of an inhuman law”, and how passionate he would need to be to make his case. He would rise in front of the legislative body, and–using every fiber of his being–awaken the other legislators to join him in rejecting a wrong position by revealing the truth about the situation. He can’t be bland or passive, but he must show moral backbone! And there truly is power in truth: “Honesty is spiritual power” (S&H, p. 453)…and, as the above definition of “powerful” states, it is “able to produce great effects”!

    in reply to: Following the Christ makes us wise #8035
    Susanne
    Participant

    You bring up a good point, Jeremy. Following the Christ sure beats following self-will (so you can sing “I did it my way” in the end?) or whatever path society is selling at the moment. Following the Christ actually leads each one to express one’s unique individuality as a child of God! Isn’t it the case that realizing one’s spiritual identity actually enhances our experience more than anything else? with the added bonus as stated in the 91st Psalm, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Safe and sound in the Truth of Being!

    in reply to: The Message For All Nations #7951
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for both of these wonderful posts.

    I especially love the thought of hearing Jesus’ footsteps as we go forward “to teach for Christ”: “God grant that you and I, going forth to teach for Christ, may always have the sound of our Master’s feet with us, even to the end of the world!”

    Also, that in our own way, we learn from our teachers, and then teach those around us. We don’t just take it in, we have to also continue to spread the Word, “to teach for Christ”. I never did this before coming to Plainfield, as I am more confident in the Truth now.

    in reply to: Omnipotence, Omnipresence, Omniscience #7907
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you! This is so important because as Gary brought out in a recent testimony, we may be spending our days doing things out of fear that we may not even realize we are harboring! That is how subtle error is. What a wake-up call it is to see if I’m doing things out of fear. The above is a great antidote to that.

    in reply to: Daniel's Immunity #7903
    Susanne
    Participant

    “Three times a day, Daniel affirmed and reaffirmed the reality of his oneness with God: absent from the body and present with the Lord, absent from matter and present with Spirit, absent from sense and present with Soul.”

    Thank you for this wonderful post. Every day I think of the teachings here that there is no such thing as material laws! We are bombarded with such supposed laws right and left all the time. They are a Pandora’s box, a prolific source of troubles, and we must watch that we be not tempted to believe in them.

    “Securely ensconced in the jurisdiction of Mind, Daniel was granted immunity from the power of every “law” outside that jurisdiction.”

    Thank you for your valuable comments providing continual “class instruction” in Christian Science.

    in reply to: Will Manifest Myself to Him #7856
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you, Florence. This is very helpful, instructive and inspiring!

    in reply to: Silencing material law and its order of generation #7813
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you Jeremy for your post, proving once again that Christian Science is so exciting to contemplate…and live!
    I could not imagine having to accept old theology… it just makes no sense and leads to no logical conclusions as it is rooted in human mind conjecture.

    Ruminating in the human mind never brings satisfaction, or answers, but contemplating the wonderful revelation of the Christ Truth brought to us by Mary Baker Eddy, through spiritual sense, taking deep draughts of Truth in the Divine Mind, is so utter uplifting and healing! There is endless opportunity for new revelations of the Truth, which always lead to healing and progress.

    Goodbye material so-called law, hello spiritual regeneration!

    in reply to: The Gabriel of His presence has no contests #7742
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you so much for this post, Jeremy. I remember having read that sentence in Science and Health at one point and not knowing what it meant. This certainly corrects that, much appreciated.

    in reply to: Thought Mastery #7676
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for this instructive and thoughtful post. It takes an effort to watch one’s thinking, but it becomes a habit the more one practices.

    I can feel the progress I’ve made over the years, thanks to the teaching provided in this church, and I’m grateful. What a difference it’s made in my life!

    in reply to: "There Is A River" #7551
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for this post. It never ceases to amaze me how thought-provoking and inspiring the Bible and Science & Health are–I’m glad we have eternity to drink from these living waters!

    in reply to: Cautionary Tale from 1919 #7485
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for this post, it is quite cautionary, indeed, but also most inspiring. It is so important as the author says, to “come clean”… to push on and listen to the voice of God always leading us on if we just stop to listen and then do something, as in obey. “I will hear what God the Lord will speak:” (Ps. 85:8)

    Flaxcombe is truly a tiny village on a very distant prairie–how wonderful that they had their C.S. literature delivered “with its message of cheer.”

    “The ‘still, small voice’ of scientific thought reaches over continent and ocean to the globe’s remotest bound. The inaudible voice of Truth is, to the human mind, ‘as when a lion roareth.’ It is heard in the desert and in dark places of fear. It arouses the ‘seven thunders’ of evil, and stirs their latent forces to utter the full diapason of secret tones. Then is the power of Truth demonstrated,—made manifest in the destruction of error.” (S&H, p. 559)

    in reply to: No Shortcuts ……. #7458
    Susanne
    Participant

    “We never are working in vain or fruitless endeavors when truly working for the Lord. I never understood what real work was for the Lord until coming to Plainfield. I found a place where everything and everyone puts God first. No shortcuts.”

    AMEN! Thank goodness the teachings here taught me about the importance of obedience. Wow, it was a new concept for me as a lifelong (obviously non-practicing) student of Christian Science. I had always wanted “shortcuts”… that is absolutely no longer the case. Bring on the needed purification, no matter how long it takes!

    in reply to: the reward of the inheritance #7457
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you Jeremy for showing the stark contrast of a life with and without the Christ–isn’t it true that once we leave that “before” template–we cannot ever forget the difference in how far we’ve come?! “There’s no going back”…and gratitude for how far we’ve come truly does keep us safe! I think I always read Colossians as a set of really nice words and ideas…more like nice theories for other people, because me… I was busy… and ‘maybe one day’ things would come together. Fortunately all roads led to Plainfield. Being here taught me how to make it come to life, how to get a backbone, and how to begin to “walk the walk”. Only here have I begun to understand “the reward of the inheritance.” As the “elect of God”, our work is cut out for us. But this work is truly rewarding and provides full employment and ultimate job satisfaction!

    in reply to: bowels of mercies #7456
    Susanne
    Participant

    This whole discussion of forgiveness, resentment and pity has been extremely helpful. I had never really understood what pity meant, nor the danger of resentment, “a poison we take ourselves”. Now all this is becoming clearer; I too want to eradicate any lingering resentment I may be harboring. Thank you!

    in reply to: Ye know not what ye ask #7417
    Susanne
    Participant

    I learned the hard way that “Not my will, but thine be done” is always the best way to deal with my desires. Some things can seem like such a good idea, but putting those on the altar of God and letting Him guide always clarifies things. In the past I put myself through a lot of unnecessary grief by not going to God and seeking His will before my own. Thank goodness for the great teaching going on here at Plainfield that has set me straight. Life is infinitely better now.

    in reply to: Atonement as Alignment #7416
    Susanne
    Participant

    I also thank you for this post.

    “By exposing myself continually to the polar magnet of the Word, I cannot help but to align all of my misaligned “mortal feelings, motives, affections, joys, and sorrows” with their immortal counterparts (SH 587:23-24).”

    “mortal feelings, motives, affections, joys, and sorrows” are Mrs. Eddy’s definition for “Heart” in S&H. This led me to Matthew 6:21, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” And my favorite from James 4:8: “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.”

    We are constantly being pulled in one direction or another, and it is always thinking of God’s will that keeps us or gets us back on course. I love the idea of the “polar magnet of the Word”–the voice of God being truly the ultimate attraction.

    in reply to: A Jealous God #7386
    Susanne
    Participant

    I too would be tripped up by such passages. Thank you for this post, it is very helpful!

    in reply to: you are the custodian of such vast power #7373
    Susanne
    Participant

    You bring up such a great point, Jeremy! Before I came to Plainfield, even having grown up in C.S., I had NO idea that I had to actually DO something: make an effort, study, be active, have a backbone…basically, step up to the plate in order to as you say, “be useful to God and bless others”. I was doing little more than hoping all good would magically fall upon my head. How wonderful to have these precious writings from the early workers on our website for all to benefit from. What a revelation!

    in reply to: No reversal #7229
    Susanne
    Participant

    I feel that I am now “in my right mind”–after having been off course in Christian Science before finding Plainfield Church! And though it may not be as dramatic as the swine going off the cliff, I feel my whole life course was shifted to set me on the right path, the “straight and narrow” path, that I had always resisted (or feared might be boring!).

    From the Interpreter’s Bible: “The Christian sits at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. This right mindedness involves an inner consistency and sanity and also an adequate and appropriate responsiveness to the full range of reality–the glad and obedient acknowledgement of truth wherever it may be found and whatever it may be.”

    I like this interpretation as it shows the importance of consistency–which is something that had kept me from making progress. I had not been willing to “sit at the feet of Jesus”, if I was unwilling to take the straight and narrow path. I feel that the pure Christian Science taught here at Plainfield truly brought me into “my right mind”–and now I love this path!

    in reply to: The dear Father's Face Looks Out From the Clouds #7228
    Susanne
    Participant

    “The “biblical proportions” description is typical of mortal mind, which is constantly trying to intimidate me into viewing things based on an erroneous (physical) frame of reference…”

    These words leapt off the page in the Lesson: “Mortal mind is ignorant of itself,–ignorant of the error it includes and of their effects.” (S&H p. 408) Therefore, mortal mind is destitute of knowledge, a seeming void, as Mind fills all space, with “the boundless magnitude of the Power of God, the all-transforming energy of the Omni-Activity of God that overrules and nullifies the existence of all storms, the infinite immensity of the Presence of God…” (as parthens states above)

    Thank you for these posts, so helpful in handling the weather.

    in reply to: "Wilt thou be made whole?" #7157
    Susanne
    Participant

    You make such a good point here, Jeremy. “Just as the practitioner support has done for me, Christ Jesus has also done for us all: He’s put us to work!”

    We are in a culture that is now putting such an emphasis on leisure as to give “work” a bad name. Work gives self-respect in addition to all its other benefits. The notion of taking responsibility for things is immense and the answer to a lot of societal ills. Hard work also obviously applies to our success in Science. There is indeed much work to do, and I am always grateful for full employment in working for God.

    in reply to: "Give Up the Spectral", and Magnify the Lord Instead #7156
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you parthens for this post. I found this particularly helpful: “The trick of the mesmerism of sense testimony, is to reverse everything, magnifying the nothingness of error so that it seems like a giant, and belittling the power and presence of Spirit.”

    in reply to: Our source of strength #7016
    Susanne
    Participant

    I love this: “strength is a sacred trust to be used in God’s service” and that I need “strength of conviction in the supremacy of good”.

    Thank you, Bruce, so helpful!

    in reply to: Spiritual rationality and free thought #6927
    Susanne
    Participant

    I love this post–because reading it flexes my spiritual muscles, and reflects the strong teaching that goes on in this church. Wonderful food for thought. Thank you Bruce!

    in reply to: "A Truth That's Told With Bad Intent" #6901
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for this post. I hadn’t heard this aphorism before. It reminds me of situations when the WHOLE truth would have been truly helpful, instead of just a partial truth. Sometimes what is OMITTED would have been the missing piece to save a lot of grief. BUT, that means facing the situation, and isn’t it more expedient for some to kick the can down the road, or just be lazy? But when the problem surfaces down the road, as they tend to do, things are worse. Which is why I love Mrs. Eddy’s statement, “Honesty is spiritual power.” (S&H p. 453) And also, “When needed tell the truth concerning the lie. Evasion of Truth cripples integrity, and casts thee down from the pinnacle. … A dishonest position is far from Christianly scientific. “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: …” (S&H p. 448). The warnings are all there!

    in reply to: "up into a mountain to pray" #6713
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you, Jeremy!

    Regarding Ps. 24: 4, “He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully”, here are some excerpts from Matthew Henry’s Commentary that I found helpful:

    “We make nothing of our religion if we do not make heart-work of it. It is not enough that our hands be clean before men, but we must also wash our hearts from wickedness, and not allow ourselves in any secret heart-impurities, which are open before the eye of God. …

    That is a pure heart which is sincere and without guile in covenanting with God, which is carefully guarded, that the wicked one, the unclean spirit, touch it not, which is purified by faith, and conformed to the image and will of God; …

    They are such as deal honestly both with God and man. In their covenant with God, and their contracts with men, they have not sworn deceitfully, nor broken their promises, violated their engagements, nor taken any false oath.”

    in reply to: Good #6579
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for this post. After coming to Plainfield, I needed to grow a backbone, and the teachings here helped me do it.

    Before, I was self-defeating in my non-questioning willingness to be a doormat–as you mentioned “people pleasing, compliant, cover up, well-behaved, don’t rock the boat, let wrong rule the right, conformist, don’t say no, don’t make mistakes, self serving, etc.” Ha! How this made my life a living hell (although everything looked smooth and pleasant from the outside). At one point I realized I had misplaced loyalties in people–I simply didn’t realize that the center of my life, my focus, should be God and my relationship to Him. It seems obvious now, but how I had struggled, going round and round as if in a hamster cage repeating the same mistakes–until the veil over Christian Science that had been blocking me was peeled away the very first time I walked into the Plainfield Church. The strong teachings in this church have set me straight (it took several years) to the life of good that God has in store for me and for each one of us!

    in reply to: "Christ is the saviour of the body." #6520
    Susanne
    Participant

    Beautiful, thank you! Would that God be everyone’s first resort! I love how you worded it: “That is why it is so important we spend time each day with the Great and Only Physician. He will keep you sound and whole – after His likeness, when you submit yourself to Him.” That’s a fresh way of looking at my relationship with God and encouraging!

    in reply to: The 4 Hebrew Teenagers in Babylon #6519
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for this post… I learned so much through your beautifully composed explanation. I am in awe of the Bible and how it enriches the lives of those who choose to embrace it.

    in reply to: A mystery #6483
    Susanne
    Participant

    So beautifully stated, Jeremy, thank you!

    in reply to: Replenishing and subduing the earth #6443
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you Jeremy for this very thoughtful and helpful post.

    in reply to: Man is immortal and lives by divine authority. #6364
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for this post. This is truly relevant in today’s times, when the false gods of government and the stock market and a steady stream of mostly negative news seem to dominate the media 24/7, instead of all good that is actually going on all the time!

    It is tempting to believe that somehow our happiness is tied to what elected officials may (or may not) be in office, or the startling news of the day; but this is simply mesmeric and a distortion of our true freedom, whereby “the kingdom of God is within us.” We have to stay awake to what is true! I have to remember this when I may feel a “tug” to believe that which is simply a fabrication of the human mind–something that attempts to draw me in and ultimately rob me of my joy–and being awake to this means I won’t be taken in. It brings peace to turn all these falsehoods around on a dime and remember that it is God who has all power in His “law of perfect harmony and love,” as you put it so well. It is this constant turning to God that ultimately gives us our dominion over things that would try to distract us from Him!

    in reply to: The unrighteous mammon #6362
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you so much for explaining this, it is very helpful.

    in reply to: Three statements of our unity with God #6332
    Susanne
    Participant

    These three wonderful passages remind me of John 14, verse 12: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”

    Taking these three sayings to heart brings one a step closer to walking in Jesus’ footsteps–something that old theology cannot explain. Mrs. Eddy named a chapter in Science and Health “Footsteps of Truth” and just before in the preceding chapter, she states: “We walk in the footsteps of Truth and Love by following the example of our Master in the understanding of divine metaphysics.” Thank God we have S&H with its Key to the Scriptures that unlocks these truths so we may feel our at-one-ment with God. Hallelujah!

    in reply to: Attunement #6322
    Susanne
    Participant

    “Atonement is attuning my being, day by day, to the keynote of heaven, the standard pitch set by the concertmaster, Christ.”

    This is inspiring, thank you!

    in reply to: The glory of human life #6277
    Susanne
    Participant

    “The glory of human life is in overcoming sickness, sin, and death.” Thank you, this is so wonderful to contemplate!

    The definition of glory in the 1828 dictionary includes, “Honor; praise; fame; renown; celebrity” and also, “The felicity of heaven prepared for the children of God; celestial bliss… Honorable representation of God.”

    Society decries our “celebrity culture”, leaving a lot of people feeling “left out”, or desperately seeking those “15 minutes of fame.” (When those 15 minutes are over, then what?) Herein lies the antidote! I can never thank this church enough for helping me to “reclothe us in our rightful mind” and find my true purpose in serving the Lord. Hallelujah!

    in reply to: First Thing in the Morning #6276
    Susanne
    Participant

    “Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night.” This is beautiful, thank you!

    in reply to: Nehushtan #6086
    Susanne
    Participant

    “By God’s grace we have many useful objects and things come to us. The problem would be that we admire the things and forget the divine love that brought them all about or the purpose the things are to serve.”

    This is succinct and helpful! A good reminder to be grateful for all the good that comes to us in every form.

    in reply to: Devotion #5912
    Susanne
    Participant

    When I read this, “The substance of all devotion is the reflection and demonstration of divine Love, healing sickness and destroying sin”, it is the “healing sickness and destroying sin” that really stood out to me as the substance of all devotion. So if my reflecting and demonstrating divine Love isn’t healing sickness and destroying sin (demonstration, following Jesus’ example), then my devotion lacks substance. For me, that’s food for thought.

    in reply to: Love, and the way #5911
    Susanne
    Participant

    Wow, this is all so inspiring! I think Mrs. Eddy’s beautiful words, “Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way” should go at the top of my “To do” list every day. Yes, I want to be “informed by the Holy Spirit” and “communicated Divine instructions to my mind” before I launch into my tasks for the day!

    Thank you all for sharing these beautiful definitions, thoughts and ideas.

    in reply to: with lovingkindness have I drawn thee #5910
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you, Bruce! For some reason the meaning of this verse has escaped me all these years. I always interpreted “with lovingkindness I have drawn thee” to mean that God made or designed each one of us individuals with lovingkindness (as if He did it in a drawing!). I now see I just had the wrong meaning of the word “drawn”. I love learning more about God’s love, that you’ve so beautifully illustrated here.

    in reply to: Radical Reliance on Truth #5855
    Susanne
    Participant

    “This is the enigma of the human condition. It does not know how to get out of its own way.”

    I like how you’ve worded this! Looking for answers from the five material senses only results in more questions and confusion. Looking away from matter to Spirit, towards the light of Truth, always provides comfort and clarity. We just have to trust, which is where that radical reliance comes in, and the more we exercise it, the more “normal” it feels.

    Thank you for your post.

    in reply to: Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? #5761
    Susanne
    Participant

    Amen! I don’t know how I missed it, but for years didn’t really go to God for guidance on what He would have me to do, but more on how He could help me with my agenda! Fortunately the teachings in this church set me straight, and put me on a clear path. What a difference this has made!

    in reply to: What is sacrament? #5760
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for your post! In the 1828 Webster’s dictionary, the definition of sacrament reads in part, “an oath”, or “In present usage, an outward and visible sign of inward and spiritual grace.”

    I think that those disciples of the Lord who truly strive to be obedient and do His will exude that “inward and spiritual grace”. On page 32 in Science and Health, on the subject of sacrament, in a paragraph entitled, “Spiritual refreshment”, Mrs. Eddy states, “Jesus prayed; he withdrew from the material senses to refresh his heart with brighter, with spiritual views.” When we are refreshed “with spiritual views”, we can then give “simple seekers for Truth, weary wanderers, athirst in the desert” “a cup of cold water in Christ’s name, and never fear the consequences.” (p. 570)

    in reply to: A Matter of Qualifications #5759
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you! I think this is one of the most helpful things to keep in mind, and you’ve illustrated it so well.

    I often remind myself of this passage in Science and Health, p. 462: “Whoever would demonstrate the healing of Christian Science must abide strictly by its rules, heed every statement, and advance from the rudiments laid down. There is nothing difficult nor toilsome in this task, when the way is pointed out; but self-denial, sincerity, Christianity, and persistence alone win the prize, as they usually do in every department of life.”

    in reply to: For three years after my discovery #5675
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you so much for this reminder! It brought me to re-read “Improve your time” on page 230 of Misc. Writings.

    It starts out: “Success in life depends upon persistent effort, upon the improvement of moments more than upon any other one thing.”
    Food for thought!

    It concludes with this quote: “Let us, then, be up and doing, With a heart for any fate; Still achieving, still pursuing, Learn to labor and to wait.”

    in reply to: Wanting to understand God #5582
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you so much for sharing this. These are profound ideas, that relate to the things we do every day.

    For instance, I may have a “to do” list with my desires for each day. The ideas shared above can truly get that “to do” list into a much better perspective, purify those desires, and get things on a better track, with God leading the way. Therefore, Deuteronomy 10:12 should always be #1 on my “to do” list!

    in reply to: walk in the light #5572
    Susanne
    Participant

    Lovely posts and so helpful, thank you!

    in reply to: Matter vs. Antimatter? #5568
    Susanne
    Participant

    Even more amusing is the conclusion in the video that “We’re the leftovers! So believe it or not, everything you see around you, the atoms of your body, the atoms of the stars, are nothing but leftovers! Leftovers from this ancient collision between matter and anti-matter.” (The scientist seems in disbelief himself at the proposition.)

    There is simply no credible answer to a cause apart from God!

    in reply to: Discerning the rights of man #5513
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for these posts! I just read “Discerning the Rights of Man” by Richard Oakes and it has given me a much better view of the work the Carpenters did to make sure important works by and regarding Mary Baker Eddy would not be hidden away. We now have access to many of these works through our website, and that is a very good thing.

    in reply to: Whose I Am and Whom I Serve #5372
    Susanne
    Participant

    Such a helpful post, thank you! What an example for us. “…the consciousness of belonging to God” is such a beautiful thing…I’ve often thought that “everything belongs to God, nothing belongs to us” but didn’t include myself… thanks for bringing it home.

    in reply to: Be ye holy; for I am holy. #5328
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you so much for this post. I think this is such an important reminder that we experience heaven right here on earth, if we recognize that God–the Christ consciousness–is ever with us.

    Hymn 139, “I walk with Love along the way, and O, it is a holy day” is another reminder of this precious truth! We must do more seeing as God sees, from His perspective.

    Awe-inspiring is this: “Right where you are is holy ground.” (Bicknell Young, “Consciousness, Where Art Thou?”)

    in reply to: Cast down the Accuser #5251
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for this very helpful post, and to referring to the “Sunday Services on July Fourth” in Misc. Writings, pgs. 176-177. It is a call to arms and a solemn reminder, especially in these times! A few excerpts:

    “… in the great crises of nations or of the human race[:] It is then that supreme devotion to Principle has especially been called for and manifested. It is then that we learn a little more of the nothingness of evil, and more of the divine energies of good, and strive valiantly for the liberty of the sons of God.” Mrs. Eddy then speaks of the Pilgrims, and continues:

    “But what of ourselves, and our times and obligations? Are we duly aware of our own great opportunities and responsibilities? …
    Never was there a more solemn and imperious call than God makes to us all, right here, for fervent devotion and an absolute consecration to the greatest and holiest of all causes. The hour is come. The great battle of Armageddon is upon us. The powers of evil are leagued together in secret conspiracy against the Lord and against His Christ, as expressed and operated in Christian Science….

    What will you do about it? … Will you give yourselves wholly and irrevocably to the great work of establishing the truth …? Answer at once and practically, and answer aright!”

    This is the holy work of our unity watches, our website, our services, testimony meetings, Bible studies, roundtables, publications, and every effort made to get the word out about true Christian Science!

    in reply to: Human expectations versus spiritual reality #5248
    Susanne
    Participant

    Amen, and thank you for your insights here!

    in reply to: Myrtle Smyth #5198
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for pointing out that some of Myrtle Smyth’s lectures are now available on YouTube. What a blessing this is! They are truly wonderful and inspiring talks.

    in reply to: How sweet are thy words #5184
    Susanne
    Participant

    In the Amplified Bible, for “keeping” God’s precepts and word in Ps. 119, I found it helpful how it was explained as “hearing, receiving, loving and obeying”.

    100 I understand more than the aged, because I keep Your precepts [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying them].

    101 I have restrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep Your word [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying it].

    in reply to: How sweet are thy words #5183
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for this wonderful post! It truly proclaims the importance of the Bible, the Word of God. And how fortunate we are to have these Bible studies on Saturday mornings.

    Even though the Bible has been seemingly swept away to make room for “secular” thought, yet when the Bible is mentioned in one-on-one conversations, even with strangers, I find there is an evident thirst for God’s Word, as God’s children are naturally drawn to the Word of their Father! Our Father speaking to us through the Word is truly awesome.

    in reply to: A mere instrument in God's hands #5143
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for this post! I love what Mary Baker Eddy says: … “I am absolutely nothing, a mere instrument in God’s hands to be used as He will.”

    One definition in the 1828 dictionary of “instrument” is this: “5. A person who acts for another, or is employed by another for a special purpose…” We certainly have full employment in turning to God and seeking His will. There is no better purpose to have in one’s life than this! Then we’re on the right track.

    in reply to: …great and mighty things #5119
    Susanne
    Participant

    Your testimonies are always so helpful, Jeremy. You are a testament to God answering every call! (“God’s healing truth is free to all; Our Father answers every call.” Hymn 139–“I walk with Love along the way”) You certainly are walking with Love, and joy!

    in reply to: Handling the Belief in Chemicalization #5069
    Susanne
    Participant

    I found it helpful to read the rest of the watch in order to better understand the first paragraph. It continues…

    “It is certain that our mental work does feed the world spiritually; that those to whom we send it are blessed thereby; that they develop and grow under it; that they love it naturally; and that it brings peace on earth and goodwill to men. However, we must declare that the action of Truth does not aggravate error to anyone’s harm, since in reality there is no error to be aggravated; that its action makes man happy and free; that it heals him and purifies him. Under this kind of general treatment the world is safe, and the work of Christian Scientists does not produce chemicalization that may appear as war.

    Mrs. Eddy once said to Gilbert Carpenter: “Our work does good. We have not the ability or power to do harm. There is no law that can give anyone the power to do harm. God’s law is the only law and that does good, not harm, and can give man only the power to do good, not defeat, but victory.” She also said, “Every true and noble thought helps raise humanity and lets the light in.”

    in reply to: Beautiful Bible Study #5000
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you, Colleen! This was such a blessing for me too and I learned so much from everyone’s comments. I can’t think of a better way to start the weekend than through our Bible Studies!

    in reply to: Spiritual living and blessedness #4972
    Susanne
    Participant

    Amen! This is a beautiful quote by Mrs. Eddy. The world is clamoring for peace, and to know that we have the opportunity to feel an “unspeakable peace” through “spiritual living and blessedness”, is precious!

    in reply to: How Dumb can you be? #4969
    Susanne
    Participant

    This is such a good point. I think we can make idols out of a million different things–anything, really–that take us away from God, often by very subtle means so we don’t even realize it! It can be a job, a boss, it can be a food, a hobby, an “expert” in any field, a problem the world is ruminating on, a sports team, a musician, a place, a store, even a pet…or any combination of things. Staying focused on God is the only way to see clearly and not be dumb (I’ve already paid enough of the “dumb tax”, thank you!) Dwelling in the One Mind, our Christ consciousness, will keep us focused on what is right and true, giving all the glory to God! Then, “Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God.” Ps. 146:5

    in reply to: …when I am weak, then am I strong #4851
    Susanne
    Participant

    Amen to every word you wrote! What a wonderful testimony that I can also relate to. Thank you.

    in reply to: Joy of the Lord = Strength = A Choice #4847
    Susanne
    Participant

    “The “sacrifice of joy” (or of praise, thanksgiving) involves slaying and sacrificing — utterly immolating — the bullock of self-will that would bully me into focusing my attention on the difficult circumstances.”

    This is so helpful–and reminds me of testimonies I’ve heard of healings that have resulted from the singing of hymns!

    in reply to: The real meaning. #4803
    Susanne
    Participant

    Psalm 40:3 “And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.”

    What a beautiful passage!

    I sometimes read the lesson out loud with the idea it’s for my community, even for the whole world to hear. I spent too many years being mute or timid about sharing Christian Science or even just sharing encouraging words about God and His love for us. Now I’m making up for lost time and sharing as much as I can. People are thirsty for the Truth! I find it is always encouraging to others when we share from the heart.

    We are to let our light shine, so let’s raise our voices in praise! (And I do think even our pets benefit from hearing the Truth being spoken aloud.)

    in reply to: Persistence #4800
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for posting the link to Mrs. Evans article–it is very helpful, and easy to remember with the catchy title!

    in reply to: Hath versus Hath Not #4670
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you, Jeremy. I looked into the Amplified Version of the Bible and it goes as follows:

    Matthew 13
    12 For whoever has [spiritual wisdom because he is receptive to God’s word], to him more will be given, and he will be richly and abundantly supplied; but whoever does not have [spiritual wisdom because he has devalued God’s word], even what he has will be taken away from him.

    I love how you stated this: …”until we finally become receptive to what is real and true and good.” Because fact is, God is always speaking to us. It’s just a matter of when we finally get on board–and listen to Him!

    in reply to: Subdues the human belief #4631
    Susanne
    Participant

    “Always remember, the ultimate Truth is there is only the one Mind and knowing this totally destroys the false belief of many minds and all the troubles that this delusion seems to bring.”

    Thank you for this post. It is becoming clearer to me that there is only One Mind, it is something I am starting to FEEL, through reading Science and Health, and also through listening to “Oneness” by Bicknell Young, a wonderful recording, and I must say, two hours very well spent!

    in reply to: Caution! Do Acknowledge Truth #4547
    Susanne
    Participant

    “I tell you the truth when I say there is only one Source of all good, God. The conscious recognition and acceptance of this fact, acknowledged by every activity of the mind, not two or three times a day, but every few moments all day long, no matter what the outer self is doing, and this maintained, will enable anyone to express his perfect freedom and dominion over all things human.” Mary Baker Eddy

    This is wonderful! Thank you for sharing this.

    in reply to: "The Bright & Morning Star" #4398
    Susanne
    Participant

    What a beautiful example of the practical application of Mrs. Eddy’s beautiful hymn. I have referred to this particular hymn on so many different occasions as a prayer of great comfort, and healing.

    I appreciate this new view, to “Keep Thou her child, Christian Science, on upward wing tonight“. Thank you!

    in reply to: According as his work shall be. #4397
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for your clarification. I see it as soldiering on, knowing in one’s heart, “Not my will but Thine be done.” What is in our heart and conscience is of the most vital importance, no matter what the sense testimony may or may not look like. Our spiritual sense assures us of what is right, in our thinking and consequently in our actions. It took me a while to get to this point as I stubbornly clung to what I didn’t want to let go of, thinking I might “miss out” on something.

    “The reward for disobedience to God is a disturbed conscience and a sense of fear, even though your human condition may feel “comfortable” by all human standards.” Check–been there, done that! And I wouldn’t return there for anything. The only thing I missed out on, for years, was the blessings I was depriving myself of by festering in the swamp of material error, even while clinging to the life raft of Christian Science. The teachings in this church pulled me out of the swamp, washed me clean, and gently pushed me forward onto the straight and narrow path I had always been afraid of. Now I love this path!

    in reply to: Scriptural record #4258
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for this post. I love thinking of the Old and New Testament as the Old and New Covenant.

    Ashley also went on to state: “If you had been around to ask the apostles John, Peter or Paul about the “Old Testament” or the “New Testament,” they would have had no idea what you meant. The terms Old Testament and New Testament were coined by men long after the books of the Bible were written.” Something to keep in mind, that the Bible is a complete whole.

    in reply to: matter from Spirit, or truth from chaos? #4144
    Susanne
    Participant

    I love how Christian Science indeed feels right. It truly is the Comforter. I believe it was Mrs. Evans who pointed out to her students that “C.S.” also stands for “Common Sense”! I liked that because as ideas reflecting the one Mind, we all have that in common, and it all makes sense. I have not found any answers in old theology or material science in attempting to explain the greater questions of the Universe. Christian Science, aka Jesus’ teachings, or the Laws of the Universe, explains these laws and how to demonstrate the Truth of Being. What more could one want?

    in reply to: The First Commandment Bases The Science of Being #4054
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for this wonderful post which reminds me that I can “keep it simple”: if feeling overwhelmed, I can go back to the straightforward and powerful First Commandment. It immediately puts everything into perspective!

    in reply to: The stumblingblock of iniquity #4053
    Susanne
    Participant

    It is a blessing to continually hear your testimonies of where you were before and how far you’ve come. Christian Science gives us the awareness of our true self as a child of God, and you have such a gift of relating exactly how you’ve come to express your true “uprightness of mind.” You speak straight to my heart–thank you!

    in reply to: "Truth guards the gateway to harmony." (SH 537) #4052
    Susanne
    Participant

    This is beautiful, thank you! Especially your opening sentence. I love the idea of “attunement” in relation to atonement.

    Also, I was struck by the words “forced inclusiveness”, which reflects personal sense and human will. We certainly are experiencing in this time new forms of the “tower of Babel”. Thank goodness we can counteract these expressions of seeming discord by “keeping in tune with the Infinite” as you so eloquently stated.

    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for sharing this–and how wonderful of the author to have testified so that we may read it today.

    in reply to: Fulness of joy! #4006
    Susanne
    Participant

    This is beautiful to contemplate, as every day the path of life is before us! Thank you for this post. The passage from Psalm 16 is so beautiful, and it shows that God is at hand, His presence is ever with us. I have only to acknowledge this great fact and focus on God, not on myself or problems. And then things tend to work out in ways I could not have imagined, always for the best!

    in reply to: Yet I am Not Alone #3971
    Susanne
    Participant

    This is indeed a wonderful spiritual fact, that we are truly never alone. This is the best cure for loneliness and depression!

    When we realize that God is our life and we are never separated from Him, that we “walk with Love along the way”… this should fill us with the ultimate companionship of God’s love, Emmanuel, God with us, our Christ consciousness … to always feel His presence and thus, never feel alone or lonely. And we can know that is spiritual fact applies to every one of God’s children!

    in reply to: Take counsel together… #3900
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you Jeremy for this post, it wonderfully summarizes all the good that is going on here, and it certainly illustrates how church is the “structure of Truth and Love” as all of these different activities are part of that structure, in addition to the beautiful edifice. There is so much to be grateful for, and so much to share!

    in reply to: Brought Nothing and Taking Nothing #3795
    Susanne
    Participant

    I sometimes remind myself that “nothing belongs to us, everything belongs to God” and that God’s bounty is for us to enjoy freely, but not take pride in owning, or lose perspective in coveting.

    When I was given the surprise opportunity to ride in a historic million dollar Rolls Royce outfitted for an American heiress, for instance, I was grateful for the opportunity to experience beautiful craftsmanship and the loving care provided by the mechanics, without having to actually own it myself!

    I’ve found that releasing the desire to have, yet rejoicing in the spiritual qualities the items embody, such as beauty, abundance, order, etc. allows us to come into contact with such things at the right time and place.

    How many times in history have people slaved to build their dream house over a long period of time, only to end up never living in it or for only a short time. It is a sobering reminder to keep our eye on what is true substance, the things of God.

    in reply to: Absorbed in material selfhood #3794
    Susanne
    Participant

    Curious to know a deeper meaning, I looked up “absorbed” in the 1828 dictionary: Imbibed; swallowed; wasted; engaged; lost in study; wholly engrossed.”

    “Wasted” and “lost in study” stood out to me because I once was absorbed in material selfhood (while keeping my Science mostly on the sidelines, waiting…) and now feel so much time was wasted where I could have made more progress getting closer to my Father-Mother! But I didn’t know how practically to go about it, really, until the teaching in this church got me straightened out. I went from “discerning and reflecting but faintly the substance of Life” to now really feeling that my true substance is spiritual, it is walking with God. What a shift–that I hardly thought possible–but now I know there is no more time to waste or be “lost in study” of the material rather than the substantive spiritual.

    in reply to: In all thy ways acknowledge Him #3758
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for this post!

    These two verses of Proverbs were my guide throughout my searching years, searching for the right path! Through every trial, thick and thin, I repeated these words. They were always a comfort. And all paths led to the Plainfield Church! Interestingly I don’t refer to these as much as before, as I’ve made progress: the teaching in this church has taught me how to keep my focus on God, keeping me on the right path. I am so grateful to be able to live Christian Science now, instead of just wishing I could live it!

    in reply to: Never despair an honest heart #3711
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for this post, which brings it right around again to Mrs. Eddy’s statement “Honesty is spiritual power. Dishonesty is human weakness, which forfeits divine help.” There is the idea out there that telling lies can somehow be gainfully manipulative to get things to go one’s way. Phooey to that! And yet this is a common, everyday occurrence of being in the wrong mind, consumed by material thinking. It may work for a while, but it always catches up with you (“…there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed”-Matt. 10). Been there, done that!

    I am now daily encouraged by “Honesty is spiritual power.” Somehow I missed that statement until recently, and it’s probably because I wasn’t exactly living totally honestly with myself, God or my Science, before coming to Plainfield.

    Now it’s become a linchpin of my daily existence, and when I share this statement with others, always quoting Mary Baker Eddy, people are immediately touched by this truth. Because it takes courage to stand up for the truth, to listen to that small voice that says, speak up! “Honesty is spiritual power…” is an encouragement to do the right thing, and who in their right mind would want to forfeit divine help?

    in reply to: "I make peace and create evil" #3710
    Susanne
    Participant

    I love this explanation of Mrs. Eddy that “God’s law uncovers so-called sin and its effects, only that Truth may annihilate all sense of evil and all power to sin.” It reminds me of the beautiful story of the leopard Diabolo who was renamed Spirit when his true nature was revealed through love: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvwHHMEDdT0

    in reply to: To be a be-er and a do-er! #3663
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you! I love this: “To know ourselves divinely is a necessity. We are not human beings at all and never have been.” To realize this takes an effort on our part. But when we do, it is what helps us most on this plane of existence.

    As strange as it may seem to some, I can’t really identify myself as a human, the word seems even foreign to me now. This church has helped me realize that we are truly spiritual beings… as Jesus taught and Mrs. Eddy explained… and knowing this we can “be” and “do” the good we are here to express.

    in reply to: Fulfil ye my joy #3613
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you, Jeremy, this is very helpful! Joy is so important, and what you state, “I need to understand that the joy is there because God’s Will is being done” is wonderful!

    in reply to: What is Truth? #3457
    Susanne
    Participant

    “Through (our cultivated spiritual sense) we find God, Truth and we can find our true selves.”

    Finding our true selves isn’t easy, it requires being honest, and listening to what God has to say. Getting ourselves out of the way… so that God may reveal Himself. It took me quite a while to truly get honest and get God!

    I’m grateful to know God through the seven synonyms that Mrs. Eddy brought us: Principle, Mind, Soul, Spirit, Life, TRUTH, Love. And to know God (or Truth) is a constant knowing, the work of a lifetime… eternity!

    in reply to: Renounce the hidden things #3456
    Susanne
    Participant

    “Mrs. Eddy tells us that one of the requirements for practicing Christian Science is unselfed love. Selfishness is the downfall of every Christian. Those who strive to promote themselves, or to use Christian Science for personal gain or benefit, are “handling the word of God deceitfully.””

    Thank you for this post! I was clueless about this before coming to Plainfield. This selfishness thing is very subtle… so I was, at one time, selfishly misguided without really realizing it.

    “There is nothing more liberating than to take this truth to heart, burn out the darkness of selfishness, and walk in the light.”

    Very true! I so appreciate the teaching here and this forum.

    in reply to: Life reflected in existence #3420
    Susanne
    Participant

    And what a wonderful thing this is–that God fashioned us after His own likeness. It is so humbling, and realizing this is heaven on earth.

    in reply to: Judging the twelve tribes of Israel #3419
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you Jeremy for this post! It is so helpful to dig deeper into the lesson and I appreciate your work here.

    in reply to: Bridleth not his tongue #3386
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for this great reminder to “keep our conversation in heaven.” I’ve come a long way from a time when I had a pretty unbridled tongue, and I’m grateful for this progress.

    To “bridle”: 1. To restrain, guide or govern; to check, curb or control; as, to bridle the passions.

    I know I can be my own worst enemy if I don’t keep my thoughts in check before they become words. Mrs. Eddy tells us to “Stand porter at the door of thought”. It’s so worth the effort to watch in this way!

    in reply to: Go Forward #3255
    Susanne
    Participant

    Ditto! “…being with people who are obedient to God my path has become clearer.” Yes! Plainfield has given me the spiritual muscle to go forward, trusting God, instead of going forward through sheer self-will. This has developed my spiritual sense, taught me obedience, and what a huge difference this has made in my life, completely turned it around I should say! By trusting God, and listening and doing the best we know how, He’ll take care of us better than we could ever have imagined. And yes, when we’re actively listening to God and grateful for His guidance, we are indeed safe. Trusting in God’s plan gets rid of all the “What ifs” and allows us to help others better, which is why we’re here after all.

    in reply to: I AM THAT I AM #3254
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for these wonderful posts! I find that contemplating “I AM THAT I AM” is about as close to God as I can get. I can feel the power of God in those reassuring words that help me to feel His presence. There is a lot to be said for quietness, the name of the above excerpt. Quietness will surely always help us to “resist false mental suggestion” in order that in our daily lives we “shall reflect only Mind’s beautiful design and purpose.” Thank you for sharing these quotes.

    in reply to: Ye ask, and receive not #2884
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you, Bruce. I have found that trusting God with my desires is infinitely more effective than trying to self-will my way through life. Because that’s a recipe for disaster!

    “Thoughts unspoken are not unknown to the divine Mind. Desire is prayer; and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires, that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds.” S&H, page 1

    It’s actually far more restful to contemplate and lean on God…than to try and figure out how I’m going to do whatever needs to be done. When I realize I’m not doing anything because all power lies with God and all I have to do is listen for His guidance, then things will progress… things get done… time is saved not doing things I shouldn’t be doing! And then I can see that things always worked out better than I could have imagined.

    in reply to: Disease Cannot Destroy Life #2828
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for this post. Declaring that “God is Life. God is my Life…” and keeping thought focused on God and His infinite goodness, is the best preventative medicine!

    “What wonderful freedom you will find in uplifting your thought to God and finding all true being in Him!” THIS is true freedom–“finding all true being in Him.” Beautiful thought, thank you.

    in reply to: GPS #2763
    Susanne
    Participant

    Wonderful, thank you! GPS = God Positioning System. Love it!

    in reply to: Encourage yourself! #2629
    Susanne
    Participant

    Yes, thank you for this wonderful post!
    David demonstrated that “The kingdom of God is within you.” Taking it home, I can ask myself: “Do I encourage (strengthen) myself in the Lord my God?” (I hope so!)
    I love hymn 134 that states “I look to Thee in every need and never look in vain”–based on a beautiful poem by Samuel Longfellow. It encourages me. In fact, once we develop spiritual muscles, it feels much more natural to turn to God in time of trouble, than to cede to the temptation to condemn, blame, commiserate or throw in the towel. As you say, pursue the error and destroy it!

    in reply to: A Recipe #2428
    Susanne
    Participant

    “I thank God to be learning that life is not complicated, nor does it have to be a drag half the time. There are challenges each day, of course, but God has given each of us the ability to have “dominion over the earth.””

    It’s so true! I remember Mrs. Evans would sometimes refer to “KISS” — Keep it simple, sweetie! The so-called human or mortal mind thrives on humanly fabricated complicated nonsense derived from the material senses, which is more often than not a recipe for disaster.

    Keeping thought on God–being obedient to him as the Bible instructs–keeps things clear and simple. Keep “plugged in” to God, and He will provide everything we need. It’s not complicated… but it requires turning away from all the clamor of the material picture. I love this “recipe”–anyone can follow it! It’s beautifully simple. Thank you.

    in reply to: Hearts made ready #2235
    Susanne
    Participant

    “My heart is not ready for the Christ if I entertain thoughts of envy, pride, self will, etc. The qualities of thought of those who persecuted Christ. Those who allowed themselves to act on these unrepented impulses were self deceived in the worst way. This is what the wrong sense of religion does to man. Makes you believe you are in the right while you cherish hate in your heart.”

    Thank you for putting this so eloquently! Error is very sly… and tricky … so I must be on the alert to how I might get off track. This is very helpful.

    in reply to: …thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God #2130
    Susanne
    Participant

    “…when God gives you a home and a family, it is so much more wonderful than anything we can put together ourselves.” AMEN to that!

    Ever since I first came to Plainfield, I have felt a sense of family and belonging that has been far greater than any human sense of family ties can present. The unity felt at Plainfield that continues from year to year is a very soul-satisfying feeling, never wavering. Working together for God gives real purpose to my life and is truly wonderful! I am truly grateful for the members of the Plainfield Church, where I do feel “thy people shall be my people.”

    in reply to: Worthwhile Suffering? #2129
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for this post which I can totally relate to. I definitely think the suffering is worthwhile because there’s nothing more gratifying than spiritual growth. There’s no looking back when materiality is “giving place to man’s higher individuality and destiny”!

    in reply to: How long halt ye between two opinions? #1701
    Susanne
    Participant

    What struck me here is that you allowed the old stuff to completely burn away, just as any doubt was burned away on the altar, even the water was licked up!

    So many people wallow in their past, ruminate, and what a waste of time that is. We are taught to never forget how far we’ve come, but we have no time to waste on the past because there is so much of God’s glory to experience and share in the NOW, as you say, “completely realizing His allness” and trusting His perfect plan. Hallelujah!

    in reply to: Seeking God #1695
    Susanne
    Participant

    Yes, striving is so important, and provides us 100% employment along the way!
    Thank you for this reminder to strive, not just seek. “Going the extra mile…”

    in reply to: a jealous God #1694
    Susanne
    Participant

    Amen–thank you for bringing up some important points.

    I’m always humbled by Mrs. Eddy’s words, “The First Commandment is my favorite text.”

    in reply to: Everyone His Own Physician #1693
    Susanne
    Participant

    I too paused at this awesome sentence “When the Science of being is universally understood, every man will be his own physician, and Truth will be the universal panacea.” As the reflections of God, the “Great and Only Physician” as stated above, then yes, we’ll reflect that too!
    It is understood by holistic health practitioners that fear and stress bring on dis-ease, and that these negative factors can be alleviated by a change in thought that will then be felt in the body. So Christian Science has had a profound effect on enlightened medicine quietly being practiced in the shadow of the medical-industrial complex, ironically itself the nation’s number one killer.
    This has made for what I have found to be many receptive listeners and hungry hearts for the Truth–the Laws of the Universe–as discovered by Mrs. Eddy in Christian Science. The Christ, Truth is usually the missing ingredient in even enlightened medical practices. I’m now always eager for the opportunity to bring up Jesus in relation to his teaching of the Laws of the Universe and how he healed all disease, and how we as God’s children can claim our divine, perfect health as spiritual reflections of the One God.
    As we claim the Truth for ourselves and those in our sphere of thought, this has a ripple effect, reaching out to the far places of the world…

    in reply to: An interpretation of the story of Abigail #1512
    Susanne
    Participant

    This story reminded me of what Mrs. Evans used to say so often: “Be so instant in Truth, that error is always too late!” Abigail didn’t waste any time to tap into her spiritual sense of things and do the right thing, getting herself completely out of the way. The light of God shone right through her!

    in reply to: The Man of Integrity #1412
    Susanne
    Participant

    This is such an important point. I never really paid attention to this term “guile” until fairly recently. My husband pointed out that a certain someone “had no guile”… and I realized at that point what that truly meant. I think I was never taught in Sunday School about this and it certainly would have been helpful. I learned it the hard way, by experience; at one point I was working with a lot of guile to get my way, and ended up going through a lot of tribulation to have it finally burned out of me. I had no backbone at the time and was easily taken in by others who had guile–and the result was disastrous.

    Nowadays it’s just the opposite–I can smell a rat! And I can also discern a man of integrity. It is thanks to the teaching at Plainfield, that I have developed a much greater spiritual sense of things. I’m so grateful for that!

    in reply to: God's Eternal Universal Perfection #1155
    Susanne
    Participant

    If that isn’t wonderfully encouraging, then what is? Thank you, Lil.

    “We each must face anything that would try to divert us…” Yes, I must make an effort. But when I think how God is taking care of each of us 24/7, there’s no excuse for me not to make an effort! “He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” (II Corin. 9)

    Thank you for this beautiful reminder of the awesome-ness of God’s creation: there is only good!

    in reply to: The wheat and the tares #1144
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful passage!

    in reply to: The unclean spirit #1143
    Susanne
    Participant

    This story in Matthew 12 reminds me of a period of my life when I was clueless on how to live Christian Science, as I would only use it for intermittent relief but made no effort to be obedient to the laws of God.

    At the time I had had a very abusive boyfriend (my own stupidity got me there) who finally exited my life. I felt free as a bird! But although I’m sure I felt grateful to God for such freedom, I was not putting Him first in my life, but just bumbling along.

    Shortly thereafter a strange thing happened: I bumped into a friend of my former boyfriend in the street, listened to his crazy stories, and became entwined in a bizarre business proposition that would be my downfall (as well as others) and bring me to my knees. Looking back, I had certainly not kept my mind “filled with Truth and Love” and so was not alert to what was happening to me. I fell hook, line and sinker for the devil’s work until I hit rock bottom. I suffered total humiliation and monetary loss, but in retrospect it was the best thing that could have happened, as it burned pride out of me. I found Plainfield a few years later. Today that whole experience is like a bad dream, which is what it was.

    Every time I read this passage in Matthew I am reminded of how I had not filled the void in my life with God’s truth, nor was I clad with good thoughts so as to be “shielded from the attacks of error of every sort,” and I easily became handled by the devil. I’m so grateful for how far I’ve come since then. The teachings in Plainfield got me on the right path!

    in reply to: Demoralization #822
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for always sharing your heart, Jeremy, because your words speak straight to my heart, as I’m sure they do to everyone being blessed by your testimonies. I am always in awe of your eloquence and ability to share. I’m so grateful you are here!

    in reply to: "Be Still" #820
    Susanne
    Participant

    These are perfect examples of some of the simple yet powerful Biblical passages that everyone can learn and take to heart and have an absolutely powerful effect in one’s life! They prove that the Bible is the Word of God, because taken to heart you one can absolutely FEEL the presence of God. I love these passages, and they are fresh every time you read them, truly the living waters of Truth.

    in reply to: Faith in matter #818
    Susanne
    Participant

    Having that “correct sense of it” is our watching, standing porter at the door of thought, as Mary Baker Eddy instructs us, constantly translating what we see into its spiritual signification (wonderful examples above).

    It is easier to have faith in matter than we may think–as we may not even realize it!–since we are constantly bombarded with this or that material remedy or advice. One method will contradict the next one that comes along and so on. Having a spiritual sense about things is the only way that makes sense of this mess. Bring everything back to God as you say, and He guides our every move and decision, lifting us up out of the mire of human knowledge.

    in reply to: All May Avail Themselves Of God #751
    Susanne
    Participant

    And sometimes no words are needed at all to communicate perfectly, as hearts speak to hearts. Thank you for this reminder of Frances Thurber Seal’s amazing ministry.

    in reply to: Our responsibility #750
    Susanne
    Participant

    “From Barnes Notes on the Bible:
    We of this generation will be faithful in handing down these truths to future times. We stand between past generations and the generations to come. We are entrusted by those who have gone before us with great and important truths; truths to be preserved and transmitted in their purity to future ages. That trust committed to us we will faithfully discharge. These truths shall not suffer in passing from us to them. They shall not be stayed in their progress; they shall not be corrupted or impaired.”

    Thank you. I’ve printed this out, and will share this with others. What a profound and beautiful statement and how sobering at the same time–a reminder that these truths are not for our own enjoyment (what I thought before coming to Plainfield) but we are to spread the Gospel, as Jesus taught! I love the thought that these truths are entrusted to us, and we have a duty to make sure they are not lost!

    in reply to: Our daily needs #749
    Susanne
    Participant

    “Instead of encouraging everyone to turn to God for their daily needs, we have a welfare system that steals from the haves and gives to the have-nots. Instead of every man and woman being responsible to God for their lives and for their daily needs, many are taught to covet what others have, elect government officials to steal what others have, and redistribute the wealth. The system takes God out of the picture, and fails to recognize spiritual qualities as our substance.”

    Absolutely! It should be noted that the current system provides a welfare system not only to the poor, but also to the rich in the form of loopholes and subsidies. If the schools were allowed to teach the true lessons of life from the Bible–thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not covet–it would take care of both forms of welfare!

    in reply to: We Must Earn Our Way. #700
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for this post. These rules are a good reminder of what is required to stand porter at the door of thought, to be always watching.

    in reply to: The justice of your cause #699
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for this post. It is also a treatment against a sense of fatalism, the belief that “there’s nothing that can be done, so might as well just give in and do nothing.”

    There are many people fighting for justice in the world for many worthwhile causes, and it can be tempting to succumb to a sense of fatalism. The Bible provides the perfect antidote as shown in Psalm 37. I often think, “Stand with Principle, and Principle stands with you.” One with God is always a majority!

    in reply to: Wrongly called miracles #646
    Susanne
    Participant

    Bicknell Young’s “Oneness” is indeed a wonderful article. Thank you for this very helpful post!

    in reply to: Keep your joy #581
    Susanne
    Participant

    Beautiful, thank you! As much as I may know all about joy, sometimes I’m not feeling it like I should. This is very helpful! “Keep my grin ahead of my groan.” Ha!

    in reply to: Set your heart and soul #522
    Susanne
    Participant

    “I have found it helpful to renew my covenant with God and my devotion to Him every morning – keeping things fresh and joyful.”

    Wow, this is a beautiful and helpful idea. I guess I never thought about renewing the covenant every morning but it certainly makes sense. People prepare for the day in many ways that involve cleanliness, exercise, nutrition, proper dress, etc. but the most important would be to take care of one’s spiritual nourishment first! Direct from God. God carries me through every moment of the day, so it doesn’t seem like it’s asking too much to check in with God first thing (like we would with an employer!) to align myself with God’s will, what HE has in store. Not just read the lesson and run off, but really bring the covenant into play. God’s promises to me require my obedience to Him, and if I’ve learned anything from Plainfield, it’s how important obedience is, and that all good comes from God, and in reality God has only good things in store for us. Who doesn’t want good? (As was stated above, “I know what life was like without Him and it was not good!” Amen to that!)

    in reply to: Are There Miracles? #394
    Susanne
    Participant

    I think that “miracles” need to be seen as the rule, not the exception, otherwise we belittle God’s work. To me, every moment of every day is filled with beautiful, unfathomable good, wondrous things we can’t explain except to know God and His beautiful creation, to stand in awe of Him. To think that a “miracle” is something that only happens once in a blue moon that has to be confirmed and re-confirmed by a church establishment in order to be real, makes a mockery out of everything.

    Thus if we believe in the healing power of Love, and that with God all things are possible, then so-called miracles are the most natural thing in the world, fulfilling God’s law–law that in reality, is in a constant state of fulfillment.

    in reply to: Cause #276
    Susanne
    Participant

    This is indeed beautiful, and helpful, thank you. And dwelling in God, Love, the only Cause, is truly heaven on earth!

    in reply to: On Righteousness #243
    Susanne
    Participant

    I think that it’s been difficult to use that word because it’s one of those words that isn’t heard much in everyday speech.

    We do hear about someone being “self-righteous” or displaying “self-righteous indignation”. That is something to watch for!

    But I love the definition of righteousness as being “Purity of heart and rectitude of life; conformity of heart and life to the divine law.” (Thanks, Joseph, for posting that.)

    in reply to: Life with a purpose #242
    Susanne
    Participant

    Amen! I don’t think I ever thought of “purpose” before coming to Plainfield and hearing testimonies about purpose.

    I think I thought that Christian Science was all about making my life easier. Boy was I wrong. Knowing my purpose now–to do God’s will (obedience), to express Him, to bless others–keeps me busy and pressing on! No time to brood, ruminate or drown in selfish pursuits. And life is so much better-it’s glorious!

    in reply to: Life in God or Life in Materialism #240
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for this wonderful post, Joseph!

    As I re-read the lesson after your remarks, I could see my life “before and after.”

    “Before” — when I just skated along and didn’t want to entirely follow God’s law because I might “miss out” on something. That didn’t work out so well!

    “After” — has me understanding that without “conformity of heart and life to the divine law”–aka obedience–things just won’t go as I had planned. My plans can never be anywhere near as good as God’s plan of all good. This is what I learned after coming to Plainfield. I used to avoid the “straight and narrow”. Now I want to be sure to stay in it!

    I don’t think a day goes by where I don’t thank God for how far He has brought me, and it spurs me on to “cleave unto him”!

    in reply to: On Sacrament #189
    Susanne
    Participant

    Thank you for this explanation of the sacrament in other denominations. How sad that the sacrament would be withheld as punishment. It makes me even more grateful for our spiritual form of communion. There is no “mystery” (representing the mist!) in Christian Science.

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