Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Choosing the Better Emotional Cereal

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Emotions are as varied as cereals.

Don’t buy into the sugary emotions that leave us hyper and tired, such as infatuation, greed, fear, and apathy.

Courtesy: Healthy Cooking Coach

Buy into and eat the humdrum emotions that keep us going all day. Honesty, realism, forgiveness, empathy…

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”  (Gal. 5: 22-23, NIV)

Contraceptives and Church

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Courtesy BiblicalWoman

The Washington Post gets a thumb up for Michelle Boorstein’s article, Young Catholic women try to give church’s position on birth control new sheen. Last weekends article cites Ashley McGuire, who is campaigning with other young, religiously conservative Catholic women who are trying to change the image of “what may be Catholicism’s most-ignored teaching in regard to the ban on birth control.”

“These women are hardly renegades,” wrote Boorstein. The women are arguing “that church theology has been poorly explained and encouraged, they want to shift the image of a traditional Catholic woman from one at home with eight kids to one with a great, communicative sex life, a chemical-free body and babies only when the parents believe the time is right.”

I tend to agree: Church leaders have been known once in a while, to lack in the skill-set of teaching properly theological issues and giving appropriate encouragement. To be honest, I would have a difficult time heeding marital advice from a man who took a vow of celibacy. Besides, there is no record that Christ Jesus attempted to regulate sex between married couples.  Furthermore, the Bible has quoted Jesus as saying, “Beware of the teachers of the law”? (Luke 20:46, NIV)

Whether it was the nation’s recent administrative mandate that faith-based charities, schools, and hospitals provide birth control and reproductive services in health insurance plans, effective January 2013, or these young Catholic women, the touchy topic of contraceptives and doing right by God has been urged out into the open.

Looking at the Lord’s Prayer From a New Angle

posted by Cheryl Petersen

“Christ Jesus taught his disciples one brief prayer, which we name after him the Lord’s Prayer. The Lord’s Prayer is the prayer of Spirit, not of mortal perceptions. Jesus said, “Pray, therefore, like this:”[1] and he gave that prayer which covers all human needs.

In the phrase, “Deliver us from the evil one,”[2] the one evil is but another name for the first lie and all liars. Only as we ascend above all habituated feelings and sin can we reach the heaven-born aspiration. The Lord’s Prayer indicates the spiritual consciousness which instantaneously heals the sick.

Some Bible versions include an extra line at the end of the Lord’s Prayer. Bible scholars think that a later copyist may have added it; however, it does not affect the meaning of the prayer itself and has been included here in what I understand to be the spiritual sense of the Lord’s Prayer:

Our Father in heaven,

Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious,

Hallowed be Your name,

One sacred nature,

Your kingdom come,

Your government is come; You are ever-present,

Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Enable us to know—as in heaven, so on earth—God is omnipotent, supreme.

Give us this day our daily bread.

Give us grace for today; feed the starved intent.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And Love is reflected in love.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

And God does not lead us into temptation, but delivers us from sin, disease, and death.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.[3]

For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All.


[1] Matt. 6:9 (Amplified)

[2] Matt. 6:13

[3] Matt. 6:13 (NKJV)

Birth Control and Abortion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Needless to say, when the touchy subjects of birth control or abortion make headline news, I usually bite my tongue but this time I will add my practical 2 bits.

I have to agree with pragmatism over politics or religion. As much as I respect life, sometimes, birth control and abortion are okay.

I fostered children for 15 years, praying every day for the strength to help the children with compassionate principled love, and to be able to let them move on to their new lives after their  temporary stay at our home. But, fostering taught me that some people are not ready to parent and some children suffer unnecessarily from abandonment and confusion.

There is no easy answer to birth control or abortion, or even to having children. There is no panacea from a mortal based world. Each situation is unique in and of itself. What is best for one person is not necessarily best for another person.

The person who opposes birth control or abortion can’t expect other people to live up/down to their standard just as the person who supports birth control or abortion can’t expect others to live to their standard.

It is too bad when harsh language is thrown back and forth between opponents, but I’ve learned to listen to both sides because generally there is some truth to their thoughts. Unoffended, I can become aware of the truth that life is valuable but so is genuine love for the children. I believe this awareness can help expand the collective consciousness of honesty and good-will and provide the correct answer to each person for their current need.

 

 

From 21st Century Science and Health, “Praise is to God and peace to the struggling hearts! Christ has removed the obstacle from the door of human hope and faith, and through the revelation and demonstration of life in God, we are elevated to possible at-one-ment with the spiritual idea of God’s children and our divine Principle, Love….Unless our harmony and spirituality are becoming more apparent, we are not gaining the true idea of God. Consequently, the body will reflect what governs it, whether it is Truth or error, understanding or belief, Spirit or matter. Therefore “submit to God and be at peace with him.”[1] Be attentive, sober, and vigilant. The way is straight and narrow which leads to the understanding that God is the only Life. It is a fight with the flesh, in which we must conquer sin, sickness, and death, either here or hereafter—certainly before we can reach the realm of Spirit or life in God.”


[1] Job 22:21

 

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