2/20: Our ultimate confidant

2/20: Our ultimate confidant

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  1. Thank you Mary Alice for this wonderful Lift. Mortal mind says,"trust me and I will show you the beauty of matter." God says," know me and I will show you the beauty and grandeur of the life divine." When we put our trust and confidence in God we learn that spirit, not matter, is substance. Our confidence in relying on the One Mind is in proportion to our spiritual understanding. Mary Baker Eddy says in S&H page 505, "Understanding is the line of demarcation between the real and unreal."

  2. We've got a friend.
    I'm confident of that.

  3. Thank you Mary Alice A lovely message. Dawn

  4. Thank you, Mary ! Yes , we can trust that Principle which is Mind and Love !

  5. Thank you, Mary Alice, for “Our ultimate confidant … uninterrupted oneness with God … take any issue to this living and loving God with complete confidence … true confidence in the Divine … comes from understanding the nature of God as utterly trustworthy … ‘our best, our ever friend.’” What a great reminder to “Seek ye first …”

  6. The word, trust or confidence, has its root in the Latin action words, con = together and fides = faith, trust ―to be sure or persuaded.
    Paul had complete trust in his uninterrupted oneness with God, he wrote: "For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God..." Rom. 8:38, 39
    Paul trusted any issue to this infinite, all-powerful, everpresent, never absent Life and Love, his best, his "ever friend." CS Hymn 224

    La palabra "confianza" tiene su raíz en las palabras de acción del Latin, con = junto y fides = fe, confianza ―estar seguro o persuadido.
    Pablo tenía una confianza completa en su unidad ininterrumpida con Dios, él escribió: "Por lo cual estoy cierto que ni la muerte, ni la vida, ni ángeles, ni principados, ni potestades, ni lo presente, ni lo por venir, ni lo alto, ni lo bajo, ni ninguna criatura nos podrá apartar del amor de Dios..." Romanos 8:38, 39
    Pablo confiaba cualquier asunto a este todo poder infinito, siempre presente, esta Vida y Amor nunca ausentes, su amigo "bueno y leal". Hymno de la CC Nº 224

  7. Thanks a lot for that lovely message, trusting the Divine to lead the day.

  8. I love this Daily Lift this morning,Hymn 361 says Trust all to God the Father
    Confide thou in none other.and ends ,we can "Be glad in this confiding" to.
    Thank you Mary Alice,Have a happy confiding day all you Lifters.

  9. Many thanks Mary Alice for this inspiring lift. Yes, "True confidence in the divine...infinite all powerful, ever-present, never absent Life and Love." "God is known in loving-kindness,/ God, the true, eternal good;/ Zion, ne'er will He forsake thee,/ Trust His Father-Motherhood." (Christian Science Hymnal #76).

  10. Our Father-Mother, God, who critiques our questions, in order to help us understand what we are really asking for, but does not criticize us for any reason, is truly our best, our ever friend. Thanks for this most helpful Lift.

  11. Mary,
    Thank you

  12. Thank you, Mary Alice, for this wonderful lift. Trusting in our inseparable connection with God's love with utter, unrelenting confidence, not with blind faith, and growing that trust through the daily practice of relying on God's ever-present Love is the key to spiritual growth. Thank you.

  13. Thank you so much, Mary Alice!

  14. Thank Mary Alice! To be persuaded that God is our best friend, the One in which we can trust and the One who will never fail is a perfect idea! I love it!
    Lots of Love to the DL Community!

  15. Thank you for this lovely Lift, As the golden text for this week's lesson says "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart..." (Proverbs 3:5) It is the only way to trust. You have to trust the ground beneath your feet wholly in order to take even just the next step. God will always hold us up as his beloved children.

  16. La confianza en el bien como la de un niño, el niño confía naturalmente porque desconoce el mal su inclinación es el Bien ni siquiera necesita rechazarlo su naturaleza pura sólo reconoce lo real y verdadero el Bien-Dios, con que simplicidad se nos demuestra lo real y en quien debemos confiar y a quien debemos valorar como lo real y eterno, siento es una clara demostración a seguir, no en vano Cristo y Eddy así lo avalan y también siento que es una prueba irrefutable de que llegamos puros con desconocimiento del mundo irreal mortal y material y que la posterior educación es la que confunde y pierde la claridad del sentir que es sí mismo puro, por eso la lucha posterior para recuperar la memoria dormida entre tanto error a erradicar del pensamiento lugar donde está enrraizado y lo único que hay que hacer es espulzarlo de allí reconociendo que es irreal y que lo real es la pureza de niño, y eso despierta en nosotros una confianza ilimitada en Dios y su infinita bondad, lo Único que existe, así lo declaran las escrituras y así ES.

    Muchas gracias Mary Alice, por comenzar el "día" con tan inspirado mensaje de confianza en Dios nuestra fuente de pureza.

  17. Thank you. It is great that that we can put our trust in God and know that all will be well.

  18. Dear Mary Alice,

    Thank you for this Lift. When typing Lift, I accidentally wrote Life, it was then I saw the Lifts as Life-giving.

    Eleanor, I have to thank you for your posting as well because on Monday night the Golden Text hit me like it never had before and I had to use that passage to make a poster for the Reading Room to hang in there with a picture I had taken of a man sitting on a boat watching the sunset. In fact I made a number of 4x6 prints to give away in the Reading Room. I wish I could share it with you all.

    Mrs. Eddy's words in Science and Health (p 254) "When we wait patiently on God and seek Truth righteously, He directs our path" seem also to reinforce this week's Golden Text.

    I saw a few articles on the web last night where people had gone to the Internet to have financial issues addressed as readers and respondents provided solutions to their challenges. The "Internet" is a complex array of computers and communications devices that is difficult to describe in size, power or scope' though one can try. It is always "on" and available all we need to do is gain access to the web and away we go as you may never know what will unfold.

    God, however, is always there, needs no internet, WiFi, hotspot, 3 or 4G connection. God already has the answer; the problem only exists because we are not aware of His plan. God is also very worthy of our trust. God is certain. We just need to listen and wait with expectation.

    Thanks to all!

  19. Thank you Mary Alice for this Daily Lift, it is a perfect companion to yesterday's Lift "God is speaking to you" by Even Mehlenbacher. And thank you for reminding me that confidence also means intimate knowledge. This is a knowledge, and understanding, that only comes from all the healings, guidance, listening we have experienced. I can confide in God, my best, my ever friend, all my desires and confidently, patiently wait for His answer.

  20. Mrs. Eddy gives, "Christian Scientists, be a law to yourselves that mental malpractice cannot harm you either when asleep or when awake." ("Christian Science Practice" in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, page 442.)

  21. Thank you Mary Alice for reminding us that we can be confident that we will never be separated from God. God has nowhere to send us beyound "illimitable divinity" and His spiritual creation has neither the will nor the power to make himself separate from God.

    I always arttribute this fear of separation to the mortal thought that God is in His heaven and man is separated on the earth. As soon as we separate earth from heaven we also separate man from God. I like to think of the earth as God's spiritual idea of the home that He provided for His creation within the kingdom of heaven. In this way God is always near to His creation and I can be confident that He will always be there.

    He has confidence in what He created and I reflect this confidence in trusting Him as my Creator.

    Thank you to all who comment. It is so helpful. I feel that I have discussed the same subject with so many people each day.

  22. Thank you Mary Alice, and all the responders. I particularly found Eleanor's (15) comment helpful in that we have to trust the ground beneath our feet wholly to take even the next step. It reminds me of what Mrs. Eddy says in S&H that we tread on forces, but they are spiritual forces of Mind and not of matter - or words to that effect.

  23. thank you mary alice

  24. Paul also wrote in Romans (16, from this weeks Bible lesson): "Be not conformed (fashioned like)
    to this world: but be ye transformed (changed) by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

    Then correlatively Science and Health says, "turning to no other but the one perfect Mind to guide him, man is the likeness of God," pg 467.

  25. Thank you very much....a great daily lift..!

  26. Thank you Mary for your very relevant Daily Lift. I was at your talk in Kensington, London and this is very appropriate for me. If I am truly hearing this then there will be no more going backwards but forwards in leaps and bounds. Thank you again for sharing your time and realizations. It is so important.

  27. A confidence boosting Lift! Thank you, Mary Alice! Most people put their confidence and trust in what they see and hear with their physical eyes and ears - in the material world. Jesus said he was in the world, but not of it and to judge not by appearances. Christian Science is about developing and nurturing our spiritual sense, based not on appearances, but on our deep and divinely inspired trust in God's Goodness and Love. Science and Health and the Bible show us how to pray and think deeply on spiritual things and thus grow our confidence in God, Spirit, Life, Truth and Love.

  28. Que explicacion maravillosa!!! gracias Maria Alice!

  29. My Toyota knows this.

    I have always shied away from confiding or talking to God, thinking that by doing so I was at risk to humanize the Infinite. But we have come to a compromise. I chatter away, then stop and listen. I love the impersonal guidance that follows. It ALWAYS dismisses the physical and leads to real answers.

    Example: I just returned from a wonderful vacation with family. After returning home, I had a wave of aloneness sweep over me. I complained (in the Toyota). Then I shut up and promised to listen. The hymnal in the console opened to Hymn 265: “Onward, Christian, though the region Where thou art seem drear and lone; God hath set a guardian legion Very near thee, press thou on.” I don’t know if I am more thrilled about a guardian legion or by the specific need being answered! Obviously, issue settled. Not alone.

    I now realize that there no reason to think for a moment that we are humanizing God by confiding. While we chatter away and listen for answers, zillions and zillions of others can do the same at the very same moment. God, as infinite all-giving Love is right here. ..and there. We can confide in the Infinite.

  30. Thank you Mary Alice, loved hearing your calm, confident voice! Thanks also to the many Lifters who add, strengthen, and develop the ideas we get through these lifts! Such a big help to me! A truly world-wide family!
    Love from Judith in Reno NV

  31. One of the hymns I have relied on is #224 which begins,"O Lord, I would delight in Thee, And on Thy care depend; To Thee in every trouble flee, My best, my ever Friend." And ends with, "O God, I cast my care on Thee; I triumph and adore; Hence-forth my great concern shall be To love and praise Thee more." When I am faced with what seems like a unsurmountable problem this brings great comfort. Also,"All substance, intelligence, wisdom, being, immortality, cause and effect belong to God." Knowing God as the source of my intelligence, and not my brain, brings the answers to problems I would not otherwise have. And whatever the problem I may face, I keep reminding myself that my greatest concern shall be "To love and praise Thee more." God is our greatest and ultimate confidant and thanks so much, Mary, for your reminder!

  32. Thank you.

  33. Thank you Mary Alice! What a wonderful thought to have as we go through our day.

  34. Yes, trusting our defense, our security and safety, already in place. The kingdom within as Jesus taught and proved. Good way to start the day! Thanks to you, Mary Alice, for the focus and the DL team and the BOL for the delivery worldwide.

  35. dear Mary Alice, your words are so timely! I am expecting this morning the visit of a friend. We were so close for many years and through difficult challenges of loss. But when a physical challenge appeared in my experience, about 4 or 5 years ago i drifted apart. I "found" CS which has provided such guidance and affirmation of my "unconventional" choices. And as i prepare for her visit and wonder how much will i share with her and in what words, YOUR words provide the needed loving and wise guidance.
    I have to add that as always the music and even the "copyright" words are always enjoyed and welcomed!
    With much gratituide, Maria

  36. Some funny things have been going on, Mary. . . In the past couple of weeks I was reading the blogs of a young American woman who cycled Route 66, and for a while I felt I'd've liked to have joined her. But of course that'd be impossible. I cycled my tours, and God proved to me daily that He and I are inseparable, still. . . And I looked for something on Utube and found poetry I used to listen to, including Mary Oliver and others. And though it's appealing, it isn't healing. And tonight a friend left her name on my mobile phone, and when I called back she is in dire straits. I thought of what Rick Stewart said when his mother spoke to a sad woman on a cruise, and her friend objected. His mother said, "She didn't speak to us because we are the most beautiful passengers on the boat. She wanted the Christ, and we gave her that." And my friend was certainly ready to listen to all I had to tell her about God meeting her need, just as He did for our family after a house fire. Just as He has every moment of every Now, whyever, whatever. He always provides for every need. Love has been poured out unceasingly with overflowing tenderness and compassion. Our needs were met, and her needs are, even now, met. Just as Hagar saw the water that was there all the time. Just as Mrs Eddy discovered the Key to the Scriptures that was there all the time. God is our Confidant, and He is always aware of whatever it is we need. He certainly does love us. We are inseparable.

  37. ! Es La Verdad !

  38. yes, confide in the infinite. thank you.

  39. Beautiful, Mary Alice! Thanks to all ~ DL Team and Lifters!! What a lovely reminder in the music that concludes this lift ~ a bit of discord followed by the resolute concord (if you missed that, listen again to the music!! WOW!

  40. Thank you Mary...So helpful...

  41. Wonderful lift... thank you so much!

  42. I do trust in God even when things are not going right and I do not seem to be doing my best. There is that underlying trust that God is there and looking out for me. I love God and feel his presence in my daily life in a quiet and strong current that gives me confidence to go about my path. I can only learn to listen more, and be more attentive to his will for me. I have felt separated from God in the past, so I know it is my job to stay connected. The daily lift is a perfect tool for that. Thank you so much for your lift today and for the community of responding lifters. I learn a lot.

  43. This is beautiful and helpful

  44. Very inspiring

  45. Thank you Mary Alice Rose; God is advising us from infinite Mind, from knowing all space--who wouldn't listen to a friend like that?!

  46. Gossip, in the Webster Dictionary is to reveal hear say about others. It's not based on the truth of man's oneness with God. So when you confide in some one, that some one can speak of you in false terms.
    Gossip is a terrible habit amongst humans. But confiding in God about oneself or others leads to the truth of oneself or others and could only bless, never damage.

  47. Why should we not feel relaxed about talking to God. Jesus had no one else to turn to in his darkest hour and spoke to His father at great length as we read in John 17. Elsewhere he says "I know that thou hearest me always". Thank you Mary Alice for reminding us that we are never alone, and to ALL who's contributions are so helpful and inspiring every day.

  48. thank you from another traveler; so grateful for the wi fi in the airport. thanks Mary Alice and everyone for sharing. We are ever with our Guardian and hosts of heavenly angels accompany us and we travel and and live and work in perfect confidence. Thanks.

  49. As I type, #28 Nancy is above this comment box and I am moved by that honest entry and delight in her healed heart. #21 Tony, I appreciated your entry about heaven and earth, and #15 Eleanor's example of trusting the ground...wow, I love these Lifts and comments and connecting with you all.

  50. Thank you! It reminds me of how much I love to learn about God in Christian Science. He is our Father, Mother, our Minister, the Great Physician, our best Friend, our only real relative, and our Husband! There are so many names in the Bible and Mrs. Eddy's writings that show us God's good character. The Holy One, the Almighty.

  51. "Trust in The Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding , in all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy path." Trusting with confidence in The Lord brings the needed results.
    Thank you Mary Alice and all the Lifters for this timely message.

  52. Thank you so much for your message. Simply knowing about God doesn't make us trust Him/Her, but knowing God means understanding God, which engenders trust. It's easy to trust when daily life runs smoothly, but trusting in spite of seeming negative material circumstances requires understanding. I'm reminded of Hymn 359: "Trust the eternal when the shadows gather..."

  53. Love the "confidant" idea. I have always mentally talked to God as if I were talking to a real person because I was an only child. I usually didn't feel lonely and occasionally did wish I had a brother or sister, but that feeling would be only fleeting and not burdensome. My dear CS Sunday school teachers had made it so clear that we are never alone and God is always taking care of us and listening. Love the daily lifts and the sharing of all the respondents. El Paso Patt

  54. This message is so comforting!!! Thank you so much Mary Alice!!!!!
    Love to all

  55. Thank you for that assurance of the "ultimately trustworthy confidant, God" that we can rely on every moment! What more could we ask or need?

  56. Great lift!! thank you so much!

  57. Mary Alice, How absolutely wonderful! Thank you too, #1, Martin and to #30, Judith, I agree!

  58. Thank you Mary Alice!

  59. So good, Mary Alice. I love the hymn you reference (224). And this great trust leaves us free to "love and praise God more!" Thanks bunches!

  60. What a good way to link confidence, trust and friendship all starting with God. Thank you for this helpful message for today.

  61. I'm so grateful for my Father-Mother God, because just when I think I don't have what I need. I find that I have all I need, and this recurring experience, That Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need. S&H pg494:10 Is my trust unfolding daily.

  62. Thank you Mary Alice for this divinely inspired lift. So many helpful thoughts from the DL community. I was especially helped by #18 - Troy - who said "...the problem only exists because we are not aware of His plan" - LISTEN and you will hear what you need to know..

    The listening and the understanding - when I get it right - is such a revelation and help with meeting my current challenges.

    I am filled with gratitude for the Daily Lifts and for the community that contributes so regularly.

  63. Thank you so much for this gentle reminder that "God is our best and ever friend!". A true "trustworthy confidant!". This brings to mind how I learned this very thing as a child in my Christian Science Sunday School many years ago. I was so blessed by this time with so many kind, wise teachers who took the time to explain how God works in our lives and how to "unlock the treasures of truth" contained in our Bibles as Mary Baker Eddy stated in her companion book Science and Health. (P.70:3-5)
    I'd had a problem with a friend I'd confided in whom I asked for advice and help solving an issue with another mutual friend. She gave me her best human advice and promised not to share our discussion with anyone. But, she went right out and told an embellished version of my confidence with the very person! Both of them soon took up arms against me, and the drama began!
    In tearfully talking this over with my dear Sunday School teacher, he very lovingly said to me, " you should have told God about it first! After all, he's the one who'll ultimately heal it! Sometimes friends no matter how true, only make it worse! But God makes it better, heals the hurt and saves the friendship!". Then he read from Science and Health about the very thing! (P. 13;15-16) "God knows our need before we tell Him or our fellow-beings about it.". I remember feeling that lovely understanding that I did have a true "best, ever friend" in God. And I had the added plus of knowing He was trustworthy!Thanks!

  64. Not only is God my confidante, he has a knock-out sense of humour! One instance every so often
    comes to mind. I was in London, to human sense by myself. I like to not plan my day when I travel, preferring to let it unfold as I listen. I got off the bus on the spur of the moment, and found myself in front of the embassy of the country of my boyfriend at the time. Then walking a couple of blocks came across a Jumble Sale and learned I had just missed Princess Margaret but I found a set of giant worry beads for my souvenir, (a connector with the embassy) then a little further down the street, an exquisite victorian chocolate shop with the waitresses in period dresses. Moving on I went into an oriental rug store where I chatted with the owner, bought his book and got a detailed lesson. Finally, still on the same street I walked under a green laser beam, as I recall some experiment connected with Prince Charles. I laughed out loud at all the riches I shared that day because I had confidence in my confidante. Thank you all.

  65. Thank you; lovely message

  66. Thank you.This lift helps to seal our trust in God!!

  67. Such a comfort! Thank you!

  68. thankyou Mary Alice and all comments from all BFF and ever's....

  69. As a child, I took drama lessons from a teacher . When I was nine years old, I had a rather important part in a play at the local theater. I was the daughter of a witch and she supposedly had magic powers. In one scene, I needed a prop which was a car from a train set that I would give as a gift to a little boy in the play. As I entered the scene from the far right side of the stage, I realized that I had forgotten my prop. Immediately, the thought came to me: God is Mind. Mind will tell you what to do. I gave it no more thought and with childlike complete trust went on with my lines in the play. Doubt never entered my thought. When it came to the part where I was supposed to give the little boy the train car, I was clearly directed: Tear off part of the hem of your dress and give that to him as a gift. I did. The play went on harmoniously. I have never forgotten that experience. I am deeply grateful for all the dedicated Sunday School teachers I had as a child and for my neighbor who took us to Sunday School for many years. I am so grateful for Christian Science.

  70. Thanks so much!

  71. I woke up this morning feeling a bit sad about the many troubles in the world. Listening to this lift and pondering the comments made me appreciate and trust more in the divine power to bring healing and progress, and furthermore to recognize my responsibilities and to be alert to opportunities to express my understanding of the Messiah and the Comforter as a friend to every one. Thanks to every one. I hope every one had a friendly good day.

  72. Thank you, Mary Alice, and to our DL lift team! Beautiful reminder of unconditional divine Love and Her unending grace.

  73. Father-Mother Friend. Glorious gratitude to this mental quilting group. Each piece is precious.

  74. This is an inspiring Lift. Thank you!!

  75. A few Sundays ago I went to a Protestant church and the Pastor ( a lovely woman) asked , how may had heard God call their name. I was surprised to see half of the congregation raised their hands. She went on to say, that we all can, we just have to listen and be open to the possibility. Thanks to all for the comments.

  76. Thank you.

  77. Thank you for this wonderful lift.
    Through a particularly dark time in my life, I learned to lean more and more on God as "My best, my ever Friend" instead of person. It has made all the difference: problems are quickly resolved, the path to take has been clearly shown and over the years I have become totally confident that as I turn with total trust to my true Confidant, the way to go will always be clear and right.

  78. I love the thought of God being trustworthy. We can trust him with our lives.

  79. Thank you, Mary Alice. I came back to this Lift this morning, and it felt significant in light of the need for everyone to have a place to go for confession, for lifted desires, for daily guidance. No intermediary needed!