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Everyday Spirituality

Price of gas

posted by Cheryl Petersen

gasThe human mind gets stuck so easily. It can even require a shock to get un-stuck. The latest drastic drop in gas prices, show me how my mind got stuck. I can barely believe it now, when I fill up my gas tank for $22, rather than $51.

But believe the change I will, hopefully without dreading the time when those prices will go back up, because up they will go at some distant date.

The price of gas isn’t the point, but I can appreciate the plasticity of mind. I don’t have to be stuck. I can get my mind un-stuck, especially if it gets stuck in something not from God, Love, Life.

God loves us and shines goodness through us. We have mobility and health because God does.

Jesus replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”–Matt. 17:20

Courageous woman

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Living through two World Wars, and becoming intimately involved as the President’s wife, Eleanor Roosevelt wrote with an insight that is applicable today. Her book, The autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt, included an interview she had with Nikita Khrushchev, Former First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

eleanor rooseveltThe interview was given during the Cold War. Mrs. Roosevelt wanted to dissolve misunderstandings between the United States and the Soviet Union. She told Khrushchev that the United States increased arms to protect themselves from Communism, a lifestyle not representing the will of the people.

Khrushchev told Mrs. Roosevelt that Communism will win because it is scientifically based on the writings of Karl Marx.

Mrs. Roosevelt wrote in her autobiography that Communism was the political means to shape the will of the people to the will of the leadership, which is in reality “dictatorship” which becomes hateful.

Time has proven that Communism isn’t all that stable. The Soviet Union has broken up and struggles to meet the basic satisfactions of the people. But, we here in the United States also need to struggle to make sure our leadership is offering the practical and spiritual needs of the people.

Different lifestyles or governments also exist in religions, therefore, I remind myself to follow not writings first, but God. Religions and churches have leadership and that leadership can represent more than a select few. Pope Francis points to religious convictions yet is able to do so with a forgiving tone, exhibiting an inclusive nature.

I have more to think about on this, however, I do recommend Eleanor Roosevelt’s autobiography. She led an amazing, fearless life with the proclivity to work with people and dissolve misunderstandings.

 

In training with love

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Years ago, we had horses. It was when a new revolution in horse training was occurring. Trainers were transitioning away from “breaking” horses, to training with compassion and understanding.

We don’t have to follow the human pattern.

“You’re hopeless, you religion scholars and Pharisees! Frauds! You keep meticulous account books, tithing on every nickel and dime you get, but on the meat of God’s Law, things like fairness and compassion and commitment—the absolute basics!—you carelessly take it or leave it. Careful bookkeeping is commendable, but the basics are required. Do you have any idea how silly you look, writing a life story that’s wrong from start to finish, nitpicking over commas and semicolons?” Matthew 23: 23-24The Message

God doesn’t “break us.”

God loves us and is gently and constantly expressing through us patience, dignity, and wellbeing. We can accept this and go along with it.

horse train

Hanging out with Christ

posted by Cheryl Petersen

It’s a tough call.

If I found myself sitting in a boat, in rough water, and then I saw Christ Jesus walking by on the water, I don’t know if I’d risk walking on the water to be with Christ. Would I sit in the boat?

The safety of the boat is already precarious, bobbing and thrashing in storm water, or maybe the boat is stuck in a spinning eddy, going nowhere. Either way, the idea of stepping out of the boat is intriguing.

The disciple Peter was intrigued enough to try walking on the water. He floundered and started sinking, paying too much attention to the storm, but it was recorded that, “Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. ‘You of little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?’” Matthew 14:22-33

Peter had no answer. But he didn’t need one, because Christ calmed the storm and they made it to shore, encouraging Peter to continue stepping out with Christ.

walkin4 This reminds me also that if I’m really good at a skill, yet in an environment where others are afraid, it’s okay to get in the boat and help calm the situation, rather than walk on by.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “Person is never sick, for Mind is not sick. Material particles can’t be sick. False thinking is the tempter and the tempted, the sin and the sinner, the disease and its cause. It is beneficial to be calm around sickness or when feeling sick; and to be hopeful is still better. However, understanding that sickness is not real and that Truth can destroy its seeming reality is best of all, for this understanding is the universal and perfect remedy.”

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Price of gas
The human mind gets stuck so easily. It can even require a shock to get un-stuck. The latest drastic drop in gas prices, show me how my mind got stuck. I can barely believe it now, when I fill up my gas tank for $22, rather than $51. But believe the change I will, hopefully without dreading the t

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