Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Does God give approval?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Working as a news reporter, it becomes obvious that some stories can almost paralyze readers. I too have been guilty of letting my thoughts become paralyzed, not only with a particular news event but also with beliefs. Time and effort is spent rehashing a belief and paralysis sets in.

Let’s take the belief of God’s disapproval. This belief can be paralyzing.

In my study of divine Science, I’m learning God doesn’t have the human trait of disapproving or approving. Divine Science interprets a God of Love and Truth, satisfied with its creation. When a mind approves of its manifestation, there is no room for disapproval.

Why do I humanly feel disapproval?

If I’m not treating others how I’d rather not be treated, I will feel disapproval, but it’s not from God, it’s from the behavior of not treating others as I’d like to be treated. Behavior counter to spiritual truth comes mixed with dissatisfaction.

If I treat others how I’d like to be treated, I feel approval.

approvalNow, I wouldn’t go so far as to say there is some humanlike God giving approval, because God is divine Spirit, manifesting support, praise, and appreciation nonstop. When in line with God, the result is a feeling of approval to the human sense.

The result is freeing and encourages me to stop letting my thoughts become paralyzed. God is divine Mind, all-knowing, in agreement with every thought revealed.

I can reflect this spiritual truth, dismiss the paralyzing belief of approval and disapproval, and move on in life.

“And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city. And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, pick up your bed and go home.” And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.” (Matt. 9, English Standard Version)

 

Breaking ruinous patterns

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Talking with my cousin the other day, the subject of parenting came up. We both appreciated learning about a Father/Mother God that everyone could call their parent. We learned the idea from a religion but she pointed out the idea can also be innate to us.

She told me about her husband’s background. His mom was a war-bride, from Japan, living in America. She had 6 children and an alcoholic spouse to take care of, until her spouse drank himself to death. While raising her six children, the mother would tell them, “You are not your father. You are you. You can make good choices in life.”

All 6 children were touched by their mother’s words. They grew into responsible adults and successful family oriented individuals.

 

 

 

Slow motion research

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The TV and film industry do not have a monopoly on slow motion filming. High speed cameras are being used also in engineering, scientific and industrial research. Fast moving events, measurements and movements are captured on film and slowed down to see what actually happens, where the naked eye only sees a blur.

When reading the Bible, I can slowly read the Bible and determine what must have felt in the past like a blur to Bible characters. One minute Saul is out to punish Christians, the next minute he is halted in his steps and struck blind. (Acts 9)

Then there is King David, who one minute is bored, then the next minute he is in bed committing adultery. (II Sam:11)

Events can happen so fast we feel lost in hopelessness.

But, we can slow the human mind/ego down. We can see with common sense and spiritual sense what actually happens.

We can detect the triggering thoughts and motions that lead to anger, depression, fear, and find the capacity to replace them with love, truth, and joy.

Our capacity to experience goodness strengthens as our understanding of God strengthens. God isn’t a human mortal, slow, fast, bored, or witless at times. God is Spirit, a divine Spirit that guides us with awareness.

The problems are that the unaware human ego wants to be aware of itself, or that when we do become aware, we want to immediately deny the awareness because it goes against our expectations and desires.

The Bible makes it sound as though Christ Jesus knew he was going to be crucified. I probably would have shrugged that off and acted surprised as if it happened so fast I didn’t see it coming. But, slow motion shows all the steps that led up to the event. Thankfully, God loves us and wins.

What crowd are we in?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Read from the book, A Heart Like His, by Beth Moore, “All of us need to be surrounded by people who are invited to hold us accountable and question the questionable.”

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