7/29: Joyous confession

7/29: Joyous confession

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  1. Thank you Mary Alice for this very important Lift. Overcoming anything that is not Godlike is necessary to live in obedience to the Christ, and to know its blessings in our life. Persistence is important yet it is not a human will tug of war seemingly mortal action going on ( although it may appear that way), but rather lifting our thought higher allows us to go into the realm of Spirit. I think the first step to overcoming and destroying sin is gratitude.This changes our thinking to who and what we really are and know that we can only desire to know and do good as well as see this divine reflection in others.

  2. Unconditional Love. What could be more intelligent? All embracing Love gently guiding - thank you for sharing this joyous reminder. We're not material. We're spiritual and complete!

  3. Thanks Mary Alice. There is always great comfort in knowing that God's Love is unconditional. And we should always be mindful that it is confess and repent, not confess and repeat! Thanks again for this great reminder.

  4. Thank You for this Marry Alice, As I reflect on this Lift, I'm so grateful for this unconditional Love. Sometimes we have our mortal thinking cap on and think that we couldn't possibly be loved or feel like we shouldn't be.. But, God is greater than that. As you said, His perfect Love is unconditional. That seems very liberating to know there is no condemnation, Just Love. A warm peaceful thank you Father Mother God is all I can say.

  5. Thank you, Mary Alice, for “Joyous confession … confessing and forsaking, repentance and reform … facing and overcoming sin …” Yes! Overcoming!!!

    Recently I’ve delved into a deeper-than-ever study of the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule and how to put them into practice more consistently as I learn them more thoroughly from new perspectives that reflect my on-growing spirituality. It’s been amazing how frequently I’ve caught myself in some little hypocrisy, having thought I was “doing just fine” and finding that my “doing” needs more refining!

    I’m really grateful to have my hypocrisies revealed to me, so that I can be about the business of closing the gaps. Instead of staying stuck in guilt, shame, punishment, or blame, I’m, as you say, rejoicing in the opportunity of “facing and overcoming sin.”

    “… that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God … Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (I Tim 2:2-4).

    “We may hide spiritual ignorance from the world, but we can never succeed in the Science and demonstration of spiritual good through ignorance or hypocrisy” (S&H 242:32).

    “Honesty is spiritual power” (S&H 453:16).

  6. Thank you Mary Alice for this reminder that to be too critical of ourself leads to our identifying ourself with the problem. A practitioner once asked me:

    "Are you part of the problem or are you part of the solution?"

    We can think of problems as the false landmarks which Mrs. Eddy writes about:

    Gladness to leave the false landmarks

    3 and joy to see them disappear, — this disposition helps
    to precipitate the ultimate harmony.

    Then when the solutions, (the winds of God) appear we shall not cling on to the remains of the problem( the tatters):

    201:14 Then

    Then, when

    15 the winds of God blow, we shall not hug our
    tatters close about us.

    Thank you once again for beginning this train of thought.

  7. Your podcast is just SUPERB ! many thanks AMEN!

  8. Mary, Thank you - living a joyous life is acknowledging God as completely caring for each one of us

  9. Thank you for this lift, I shall not judge myself and forgive myself

  10. The poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) writes, open quote, Earth’s crammed with heaven, But only he who sees, takes off his shoes, The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries, end quote. [From Aurora Leigh. Nicholson & Lee, eds. 1917. The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse.] On my most recent hike up Ragged Mountain I took my plastic container and gathered a cup of wild blueberries which I later mixed with my breakfast cereal. There is more than enough for anyone who would want to do as I did. Facing and overcoming sin should be natural. Thank you for the Daily Lift this morning.

  11. Many thanks Mary Alice for reminding us that "God's unconditional love" is a good example for all of us. "Drop Thy still dews of quietness,/Till all our strivings cease;/ Take from us now the strain and stress,/ And let our ordered lives confess/ The beauty of Thy peace." (Christian Science Hymnal #49).

  12. Facing and overcoming sin could be an uplifting experience, not depressing but freeing.
    “…divine law [stirs up] the belief in evil to its utmost, when bringing it to the surface and reducing
    it to its common denominator, nothingness. The muddy river-bed must be stirred in order to purify the
    stream. “ S&H 540:7
    We must check our motives.

    This cleansing is not about condemnation but about learning more about unconditional love, the love of Love for us, our heavenly Father’s love for His children.

    El enfrentar y superar el pecado puede ser una experiencia estimulante, no deprimente, sino liberadora.

    “…la ley divina agita a la creencia en el mal hasta el fondo, al traerla a la superficie y reducirla a su denominador común, la nada. El lecho fangoso de un río tiene que agitarse para purificar las aguas.” CyS 540:7
    Debemos revisar nuestros motivos.

    Esta limpieza no se trata de condenar sino de aprender más sobre el amor incondicional, el amor del Amor por nosotros, el amor de nuestro Padre celestial para Sus hijos.

  13. Thank you, what a wonderful way to start our week of Love blessing every one.

  14. Thank you.

  15. Facing those parts of our lives where we need improvement seems to be uncomfortable. Yet, after we've practiced those very pieces, like practicing a difficult sequence in a piece of music, it brings joy. Thanks for pointing out that we can bring joy and comfort even to the correction process.

  16. moi aussi

  17. Thank you so much for this wonderful and encouraging Lift!!

  18. Thank you for this profound and healing Lift. The concept of supporting the correction process is directly related to lifting our thought of our fellow man up above sin, disease and death, rather than leaving him in the dust of mortal thought, where error would claim we see him lie. As we do this, we inevitably lift ourselves as well. Mary Baker Eddy writes in Science and Health "To hold yourself superior to sin because God made you superior to it and governs man, is true wisdom." (p 231).

  19. Thanks so much for this great "lift" Mary Alice.

  20. Thank you Mary Alice. What a helpful reminder that taking steps to correct something doesn't mean placing blame.

  21. And oh, the joy of God's forgiveness and blessing as I wake from each false decision and turn to God for right ideas that help and heal.
    Thank you so much Mary Alice. And thank you Nate and the team and all others helping to bring this great Daily Lift to the world.

  22. Thank you for this great Lift!!

  23. Thanks, Mary Alice, for some very profound and interesting ideas especially supporting the correction of a problem rather than blaming the cause. This has been most helpful.

  24. Thank you for this very important reminder for not fussing so much over sin that we forget to see this unconditional Love present and available!

  25. Carol, Switzerland
    Thank you so much for this encouraging and helpful lift.

  26. You have given us a valuable lesson, though seldom stated: we need to acknowledge & exhibit the fact that God does love us unconditionally. e.g. Thru my teaching career, and parenting years, I found it useful to be receptive to feedback and criticism from kids and colleagues. I wanted to model the willingness to be 'teachable' & to admit & correct mistakes. In confessing my own mistakes and need for growth, I could minimize & reform arrogant self-will & false pride. This also affirmed my confidence of God's unconditional love which makes me a more open, eager and receptive LISTENER to growth ideas. Aye, I'm thanking you Mary Alice for your buoyant LIFT.

  27. Thank you Mary Alice for today´s DL. It reminded me the following quote from Science and Health: ''In patient obedience to a patient God, let us labor to dissolve with the universal solvent of Love the adamant of error,--self-will, self-justification, and self-love,--which wars against spirituality and is the law of sin and death'' (p. 242). This attitude you mention with your co-workeris is what brings forth the best of each one.The humility that is needed to accept a mistake does not necessarily need to be saddening but on the contrary we can feel "gladness to leave the false landmarks"as Tony # 6 quoted. I feel a deep spiritual love for all this family around the world and -i am very grateful for ths present every morning.

  28. Frequently confession is dependent upon self-awareness. And self-awareness is often deeply buried by self-justification. If we have developed a repetitive process in our lives which is proving to be self-serving or problematic, it's time to take a deep look at what we are believing about ourselves and others. Who couldn't use a little debugging and improvement in our human relationships?

    There is no fear of condemnation or retribution when we honestly and humbly place our fears and shortcomings in the hands of God for correction. His tender love roots out the tiniest misunderstanding and helps us eliminate the human thought that we must balance the scales in our favor or take any and every advantage to secure our rightful place.

    Mrs. Eddy tells us, "…the belief in sin is punished so long as the belief lasts. (497:11-13). Thus condemnation ends when reformation begins. When a programming error is replaced, there is no healing process. The results are immediate.

  29. Thank you Mary Alice for helping me feel loved and making it easier to know that I can overcome sin.

  30. Thank you Mary Alice for your inspired lift! It is often difficult for many of us to understand the concept of God's "unconditional love" until we feel the sense of God around us. "If divine Love is becoming nearer, dearer, and more real to us, matter is then submitting to Spirit" (MBE "Science and Health" p239). "Corrections" not only help the individual, they help everyone nearby because good is the permanent reflection of "God...infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love" (p465).

    I like your pointing out to us that "corrections" are part of the natural, loving, process of becoming closer to God who is our true parent, both mother and father, as I go through my day today.

    Thank you lifters and The Daily Lift group also!

  31. Thank you Mary. As a Christian Scientist and PMP your statement about management is well received and acknowledge. I've often thought that our management practices could benefit from our understanding of the synonyms for God which would result in greater maturity and respectful environment. Excellent message for a daily lift.

  32. Entiendo que los desafíos que a veces tenemos son los que nos ayudan a elevarnos por sobre el error y soportar con gozo lo que haya que corregir, entiendo también la importancia, a veces, en la demora de corregir un error en la salud, porque ello permite corregir lo que realmenta esta ocasionando el error que no es quebranto de salud, sino nuestro propio entendimiento, que ha sido erocionado.

    He pasado por una experiencia que así me lo ha demostrado, contriamente a lo usual en mi, el error me provocó impaciencia por sanar, realmente cegó mi entendimiento, lo oscureció, no dejándome ver la realidad, lo que en otras ocasiones era motivo de progreso, y una dulce espera en ver los resultados del Amor divino manifestados en salud y sobre todo en entendimiento lo sustancial de todo desafío.

    Gracias a Dios y a lo que aprendemos en C.C. siguiendo los pasos de Cristo, y al bondadoso apoyo recibido de quien con mucho amor se dedica a hacerlo, he sanado totalmente, recuperando la confianza... Aquella, que como un niño espera, en la certeza que el Bien obrará.

    Muchas gracias Mary Alice, muy elevado.

  33. It's more of an admission of reality and an exposing of misconceptions, along with a willingness to let them go, than a confession of innate or preexisting evil within ourselves, isn't it? Certainly "feeling" that unconditional love of Love conditions our thought to want to wash out what is not worthy of God's man or promotive of healing. I love what #1 Martin said about gratitude, and how it plays into this normal corrective process, too. Thank you, Mary Alice!

  34. Thank you, Mary Alice! I have learned, on my spiritual journey so far, through both Christian Science and the 12-Step Program, that admitting when I am wrong and making amends to those I have hurt, is actually an indication of high self-esteem and brings only Blessings to Me! Looking at my sojourn here on Earth as a School or Classroom, a place to learn Lessons, has helped me to see everything I "go through" as an opportunity to "grow through". When I can admit that I am not a "perfect mortal" and that I will make mistakes - this opens up the doorway for an even deeper reliance on my Father-Mother God, which always brings spiritual growth! Thank you for having the courage to address this issue in a deep and inspiring way!

  35. Thanks Mary Alice,
    I love the debugging thought. I just finished WE KNEW MARY BAKER EDDY EXPANDED EDITION. Wow! Mrs. Eddy knew how to debug!!!

  36. Thank you, Mary Alice and Daily Lift team - including whoever from TMC approves these Lifts. It seems to me we are covering some new important territory in our Lifts recently and I greatly appreciate it. Remembering "sin" as "missing the mark" and that it takes practise to stay on target is especially helpful when aware of corrections that need repeated. Understanding that unconditional divine Love is what makes us uncomfortable with not acting as our authentic selves and inspires us to keep aiming toward the mark of living consistently as our true nature is very encouraging, and now I will embrace and acknowledge and expect it to be joyful, too! Chuckling over that sentence as I type proves it has begun already! Thank you!

  37. kalani from Eugene
    Thank you for the beautiful lift. A Japanese friend said to me one day that her parents taught her to, "Fix the problem, not the blame."

    Knowing that we are completely loved by our Creator can give us so much courage to examine the false self that may claim to be us.

    Recognizing that all true thought comes from God gives us steadfastness when we hear a thought about ourselves that is not helpful or healing. We can stand and say, "That is not my thought. All my thoughts come from God, so this cannot possibly be the truth about me."

  38. I've found Christian Science teaching is like a good dousing of peroxide. One's buried toxic beliefs and behaviours bubble up to the surface to be seen, then pass off naturally, replaced with better thought and life.

  39. Dear Mary Alice, please put these precious thoughts in a lecture! No blame game, resolving issues together, confessing, learning, forgiving, growing spiritually—you expressed it so clearly, based on your biblical insight. Thanks.

  40. Thank you Mary Alice for submitting this Daily Lift. It reminded of 2 individuals in my past that made an eternal impression upon me. #1) was my Boss, Sy, who had a very unique attitude towards his employees. Most employers would exaggerate an employees faults, but not Sy. He would, in a friendly way, tell a fault and if an employee did something grand, he would build it up, giving the employee the confidence to do even better. #2 was my Auto Mechanic, Frank, who took the attitude that his customers did him a favor by using him to fix their cars. "They enable me to have a roof over my head & send my kids to college. So why shouldn't I help my customers when I can without asking for renumeration?" What a joyous attitude put in practice that these 2 men gave to their community.

  41. Loved this perspective. Thanks!

  42. Thank you for this holy message this morning. It helped lift me above a sense of error and reminded me of God's unconditional love for all. What stood out to me is the fact that error has no cause -- there is only Truth. Also, that once the truth is realized, there is no backsliding ("clutching the tatters around yourself" = holding on to a problem, be it physical or moral -- understanding the unreality of a problem allows you to let it go). The comments were inspired and inspiring. Thank you to all.

  43. It is so comforting to understand that God loves us unconditionally! Thank you!

  44. Thank you for sharing this wonderful approach! I look forward to using it today. :)

  45. Thank you for doing such a beautiful job of addressing this important topic! Dealing with mistakes (sins) is the main focus of many Christian denominations. To feel guilty is unproductive, as you say. Responsibility is the answer. It is a wonderful thing to be a human being, to try and make mistakes and try again and learn and grow. We learn by doing. Your embracing of problems without guilt made everything work smooth for you and your team.

    In some CS circles this can get off balance if people try to deny that anything imperfect ever happened. Divine Love will meet every human need, but the process begins with our honesty. I think that Jesus and Mrs. Eddy would be very pleased with you for sharing this perspective. Jesus went to the cross to replace guilt with forgiveness. Confessing and repentance is freeing and joyous. You said it beautifully!

  46. Love it! I have been working with these very truths, so thanks for the affirmation and pat on the back! It creates joy to learn of this and frees us instantly to love with Love, so thank you and hope you too have a wonderful day!

  47. Thank you Mary Alice.

  48. Thank you, Mary Alice, for this reassuring Lift. And thank you # 28 for your comments on condemnation, reformation and immediate results. I find this concept very helpful in not being tempted to dwell in the self condemnation stage of correcting and moving past the mistake. "The belief in sin is punished, so long as the belief lasts." Once it's corrected, it's done and we are free to move on!

  49. Thank you Mary Alice for starting our day with joy. I think your description is a definition of compassion and expressing compassion results in joy, and vice versa.

  50. It's all about going forward. Forgetting the old that does not serve us well, and reaching forward to the new blessings which await us. Thanks Mary Alice.

  51. This message came at just the right time for me and I also love all the accompanying comments. Susan

  52. Clear, concise, precise!!! Thank you! Merri

  53. Heartfelt thank you, Mary Alice, for the joyous lift. Nothing more I can say as #4 Larry Payne has beautiful expressed. Blessed be all!

  54. Mistakes call for correction, not punishment! I love this daily lift. Thank you :)

  55. Its been a few weeks since I have been able to enjoy the lifts. This is a very special one, as I once had problems with self-justification. "You know, there is always an excuse for every mistake" and it normally manages to "blame" someone else. When I read about "dissolving with the universal solvent of Love" it became clearer that I was adding another "mistake" of harming someone else by self-justification. What a revelation, and how much I gained in working and personal relationships. Thank you for bringing this healing back to thought.

    Daily Lift Team
    "...let us labor to dissolve with the universal solvent of Love the adamant of error,..." is from "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy.

  56. Thanks dear Dave #38m such a profound picture of error coming to the surface to be destroyed. It is a joy to join everyone every morning. Lots of Love to all

  57. Thanks so much for your precious Lift !

  58. Thank you Mary Alice. I learned how to forgive myself and everybody in the world, by asking God for forgiviness for denying his presence. I also asked God to give me strength to overcome any kind of sin.
    Much love to Mother Church.

  59. "Unconditional love!" WOW. Probably the two most powerful words in the human language.

    And, I really liked your music, too. It resonated with this southern boy!

  60. What a truly helpful and UPlifting lift and comments. Thank you all!

  61. Thank you for the lift and all the comments. God's unconditional love must fill us to the core so there
    is not an iota of space for fear and guilt to enter. This requires complete trust in God and his direction and a complete relinquishment of our ego.

  62. n old Persian saying is that we should love our children so much that we could eat them! As we can't eat them, we have to settle loving them 99.9% and allow 0.1% for direction and correction. Perhaps this is how God works with us?! It's a joyous thing! Let's lighten up!

  63. I had just shed a few tears about a resentment that I can't quite see an utter end to, although I've prayed for this final freedom. This Lift has given me a means of freedom. I'm glad the tears (which God once told me are useless...) came before I listened and then profited from the comments.

    Thank you one and all!

  64. Loved your genuine happiness without blame with something to debug and refine. Rethink and reform and pray for one another. Fix the problem... Uplifting and free can be struggles yet fill us with God's unconditional Love, sinless and pure lessons to be daily grateful. Love comments of 15,27 [SH 242], 33-40, 45 and 52... to be spiritually clear, concise and precise in situations as we grow in CS wisdom.
    Love the DLift to include additional comments from others - like we are included in a wisdom circle and sharing insights without condemnation or ego centered put-downs, to feel safe with "joyous confession."

  65. Thank you for this lift. If we arent in a situation that needs assistance to better ourselves, we usually all know someone who is. I am in that place right now. This lift and all the comments here are a treasure of solutions for me to share with the person who is struggling. We must remember to think of these people and share the truth. Not leave them lying on the side of the road. (where others might feel that's where they might as well stay) You can't help but grow as you work for yourself or confirm the truths for othersl. What blesses one, blesses all. That's for sure. I go forward today, with JOY in expressing what has been shared here by everyone.

  66. Thank you, Mary Alice! Bet you were a joy to work with.

  67. Amen! Thank you.

  68. I thought about your message to day, as I thought about the world. I think that so much of the strife in the world comes from people who get in a fight to defend their egos, because they are unable to take responsibility for failed actions. Perhaps these people are raised by parents, teachers or others who made them feel guilty for failing, and the only way they know to save their self-image is to deny their mistakes. If everyone was raised with the outlook that you shared, we would learn to be honest about our mistakes and we would all be reasonable, responsible and loving.

    If Jesus only had love and forgiveness for those who nailed him to a cross, we can all do a little more to show grace and compassion for those who mess-up in our lives. Jesus' forgiveness for those who killed him, made him not to be a victim. And this forgiveness allowed him to raise his dead body back to life! Our willingness to show cheer to those who failed us might have many unforeseen rewards for them and for us!

  69. Fantastic message Mary!! Thank you!!!

  70. A belated thank you Mary Alice and everyone who has contributed. Your comments are so helpful and encouraging and they fit into the phrase, "Love one another." Amen. Thanks.

  71. A belated thank you Mary Alice and everyone for contributing. The comments, so lovingly shared and so generously honest, bring me to the phrase, "Love one another."

  72. Thanks Mary Alice, Unconditional love, what we all need more of, and what a healing effect it has! Thanks to all who bring us the daily lifts......especially you!

  73. Brilliant. Thank you. I LOVE the music too.

  74. So many thanks, Mary Alice, for this insightful and healing lift.
    Much love...jas/xoxo

  75. This was so needed -- was feeling very unworthy. Can't tell you how this spoke to me.

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