7/8: Let's keep it simple

7/8: Let's keep it simple

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  1. Many are familiar with the famous acronym (in English) K.I.S.S., “Keep it Simple, Stupid.” With the years it became so common that nobody gets offended by it. Usually we tend to look for the complicated solution when most of the time the answer is simply within our reach. Imagine a little spider that got into a little watch before it closed. Once she realized that there’s no way out she will do what comes natural to her: spin a web. The watch stops working and when is open for repairs she gets out.
    Because we are God’s children it comes natural to us to expect help from above. Our help comes when we trust divine intelligence —which understands all things and is in control. In his letter to the Romans Paul said: “all things work together for good to them that love God.” http://bible.cc/romans/8-28.htm
    This tells us to put our emphasis in loving God, and this one thing, will make all things— no matter how complicated— work together for good. Let’s keep it simple today.
    ESPAŇOL: Muchos estamos familiarizados con el famoso acrónimo (en Inglés) K.I.S.S. “
    Muchos están familiarizados con las famosas siglas (en Inglés) KISS, "Mantenlo simple, estúpido." Con los años se ha hecho tan común que nadie se ofende al oirlo. Generalmente tendemos a buscar la solución más complicada cuando la mayoría de las veces la respuesta está simplemente a nuestro alcance. Imagínense una pequeña araña que se metió en un relojito antes de que se cerrara. Cuando se dio cuenta de que no hay manera de salir, hará lo que es natural para ella: tejer una telaraña. El reloj deja de andar y cuando se abre para las reparaciones puede salir.
    Puesto que somos hijos de Dios es natural que esperemos ayuda de lo alto. Nuestra ayuda llega cuando confiamos en la inteligencia divina—que entiende todas las cosas y está en control. En su carta a los Romanos, Paul dijo: " a los que a Dios aman, todas las cosas les ayudan a bien" http://bibliaparalela.com/romans/8-28.htm
    Esto nos dice que debemos poner nuestro énfasis en amar a Dios, y esta cosa solamente, hará que todo—no importa cuán complicado sea, obre para bien. Mantengamos todo simple hoy.

  2. Thanks so much, Rob! What a great story! And your smart observation, spiders do what spiders do- to tell something about simplicity! And as the daughter of God, I can just do what the daughter of LOVE can do in complicated situations: complicated human opinions going on and on to stop running.... love and pray!

  3. Thank you Rob,
    This is exactly what I needed to hear today, although our day downunder is almost over, yet your message of keeping it simple will resonate for the rest of the evening. Sometimes I catch myself intellectualizing my reasoning too much that I loose sight of the the main reason for praying. Your message
    has just reminded me to go back to basics. Let's keep it simple!! Indeed.
    Thank you.

  4. I've read that exact same story about a spider in a watch, retold in a Christian Science article from years ago - how cool to hear an example where it really happened! It's such a simple reminder for us to just be and do what God makes us to be and do, instead of getting caught in all those "cogs" of a mortal and material universe. Thank you for sharing this, Rob. Great to hear some of the new Board of Lectureship members this week - hope to have many more Lifts from you all!

  5. How simple and yet so inspiring to love God and let him be in control. Thank you very much, Rob!

  6. I am so grateful to you for this wonderful lift, Thank you.

  7. Rob that was a great Live Chat of yours a couple of weeks ago. I'll be listening again. I was caught in an impossible situation when I was in Devon UK, and had treated myself to a B & B rather than another Youth Hostel. It was a lovely little room upstairs, with a window opening onto the roof of the garage. The latch was one of those push out levers with holes to regulate how far I wanted the window open. The lady said to be sure to close and lock it when I went out, so I closed and locked it when I went out. When I returned there was no way the door would open. The lady who owned the B & B asked me if I had activated the dead lock, and I didn't think I had, but then - perhaps I had. She said "If you have, there's only way one to open the door and that's with an axe." Her partner said he would see if the window was open, but I knew for a fact I had locked it from the inside. I sat on the top stair and just prayed. Right from the heart, which is how we always pray, but sometimes more so than others. The next thing there was the sound of her partner in the room, and opening the door, all smiles. "The window was open!" he said. I didn't question, or dispute, or deny. My prayer was answered, the door was whole and safe, and the evening proceeded harmoniously. I'm still being grateful for that all these years later and ever will be.
    Thank you Nate, a great Lift for the end of a wonderful week.
    Thanks to the BoL, and our inspired Lift family.

  8. Thank you, Rob Gilbert, for sharing this simple, concise, and effective idea. I love the image of the tiny spider working along on what it just does. Praying, even a tiny little prayer is indeed what we do. I was struggling tonight with what appear to be 5 complex projects happening all at once and all needing my attention. I smiled to realize that the spider could not be in more than one watch at a time, and neither can I be torn among many lines of thought. So keeping it simple here at the computer in the middle of the night, I just began praying about the wetland habitat proposal I need to present and all the possible ideas quit spinning around and a simple appropriate introduction came into thought. Of course, Love's Christ bringing to bear the right way to start. What a blessing to be in the company of joyful thinkers in our Lift community at any time of day or night. I am grateful.

  9. Thank you Rob,
    That thought is just what I needed - to do what comes naturally to me and to keep it simple....I find peace and freedom in that message!

  10. "Truth is, and ever has been, simple; and because of its utter simplicity, we in our pride and selfishness have been looking right over it." says Mary Baker Eddy in her Miscellaneous Writings. And the Bible speaks of "the simplicity that is in Christ." (II Cor 11:3)
    So, no complicated thinking today.Thank you for this truly refreshing Up-Lift, Rob! ;)

  11. Many thanks Rob for that inspiring lift. Yes. "Trust the divine intelligence that understands all things and is in control." "Come, cast your burdens on the Lord,/ And trust His constant care." (Christian Science Hymnal #124).

  12. Thanks for searching the heart.

  13. Very very good this mesage for me today. I must to do a "complicated" work. But now I"ll keep this simple.

    Thank you Rob for this excellent idea.

  14. Outstanding lift today! Thank you, Rob, for this valuable message. and, thanks too, to #10 for the quotation from MBE. I love these messages!

  15. Thanks Rob for the reminder to keep things simple and trust God.
    Thank you also for the wonderfully inspiring spirituality.com audio chat 'Defeating the Challenge of Ageing' that you did recently. I have listened to it several times and gained so much inspiration. The ideas you shared were both profound and easy to understand.

  16. I will take this message of honoring simplicity out into a beautiful morning walk with my dog. Thank you so very much for it!

  17. I love it! That in difficulties they just go on peacefully doing what they are meant to do, how simple. The other way is so self destructive, as MBE says in Ways that are Vain, they "lose their individuality" and become fretful and confused by animal magnetism. But everyone can be alert and watch, [pun not intended] love and cherish who they are, obey the golden rule, and can live/pray/grow wiser expecting good [God].

  18. Thank you Rob .A simple ,yet profound advice . Trust in God covers all needs,.

  19. Simple is always good. Love the Lift. Thanks so much.

  20. Welcome Rob, and thank you for the great story about the spider's demonstration!
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  21. Welcome Rob, and thank you for the great story about
    the spider's demonstration !

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    Happy weekend to all of Love's ideas!

  22. Thank you, very interesting about the spider. It is better to keep things smiple.

  23. This message was so good about the little spider and how it got out of a seemingly impossible situation!

    Thank you, Rob. I'm looking forward to more of your Daily Lift messages. Bless you for the love you are sharing.

  24. Ditto and Amen.... Love to all...jhr

  25. Loved this analogy. I am sure it will stay with me. Thanks.

  26. What a great take on "the simplicity that is in Christ." II Corinthians 11:3. Thanks so much.

  27. I once observed a little green spider dropping her eggs into a huge lake. I resisted the temptation to seize the thin strand of her web and "relocate" her to what seemed to be the safety of the shore. Checking up on her in a nature reference later, I found that she was doing the natural thing that spiders of her type do -- lay their eggs in water. How important, yes, even crucial, for us to let go and yield to God's control of the universe.

  28. Loved the spider story - and the reminder that divine intelligence understands all things and is in control was especially helpful to me t his morning. thanks Rob and everyone.

  29. Thanks Rob for the "simple" message and welcome! My first thought as I started listening was the same as Elena's, K.I.S.S. which is used in a lot of business related seminars. It certainly applies to all aspects of our daily lives as well. And thanks Margaret #7 for sharing your experience. When my father was living with me he locked himself out of the house. I was at work about 20 miles away. He prayed, then sang Hymn 64 the second verse states, "I reach Mind's open door, and at its portal I know that where I stand is holy ground:" With this thought he tried the door again and it opened. I have his Hymnal and at the top of the page for this hymn he had written 'THE DOOR OPENED' and the address. He also notes Hymn 392 where it says, "His touch the door of Life unseals And bids us freely enter." God always has the answer if we will simply listen for His direction!

  30. Thank you Rob and all the Daily Lifters. What great inspiration to apply to government gridlock. All things ARE working together for good and we can support that. Love to all.

  31. Rob, this is a fantastic! Thank you for this wonderful uplift this morning.

  32. Thank you, Rob, for your simple Lift today! Welcome to the DL Family and to the team of Lecturers! I was thinking that Humility and Simplicity go together and that our Bible Lesson this week is all about being simple and humble and trusting God. "Let Go and Let God" - really means to stop trying so hard and trust that when we get out of the way - God has a chance to step in and work! Also, "God laughs when we make plans"! The carnal mind loves to be busy and complicated. "Let me never be put to confusion." I, too, got so much out of your Online Chat re. the topic of Aging and how to Keep It Simple and stay Young and Flexible at Heart. Thank you for your heartfelt sharing! Love for God is truly the simplest way! Love to All and have a Happy, Relaxing and Simple weekend!

  33. Thank you so very much Rob. Loving God (and one another) is always the answer.

  34. Thanks for the inspiring image of a tiny creature in a strange universe trying to figure out a way to get out of there. Sometimes we feel like we are one of those tiny creatures and it is good to remember that God, Divine Love is taking care of all our needs.

  35. Hey, our video team missed an opportunity here. ..a spider in a watch. A spider, literally stuck in a mechanical time trap. Patiently working as the wider view opens up! That is simple!

    Doesn’t it sort of seem that way for us too? We’re chugging along, working to be more obedient, receptive and trustful children of God, not really understanding the confusion around us, but finding light in our experience anyway?

    “in thy light shall we see light.” Psalms 36:9

    Thank you Rob.

  36. I needed the spider story. Life has seemed very busy and complex lately. Thank you, Rob. Also thanks to #10........... a wonderful quote

  37. Thank Rob. And welcome to the Daily Lift.
    What a humble and excellent example...the little spider was not stressed!
    He was very busy spinning his web.

    Keep it simple . Right on.

  38. Thanks Rob - just the message I needed to end this week on and so simple.

  39. Wonderful! Thanks, Rob, for the KISS! When I taught 1st & 2nd graders, I quickly discovered that "stupid" was considered by them, a bad word! Since one of my simple classroom rules was "No teasing or bad language," I always thought of KISS as "Keep it simple, Silly!" Love the little spider ~ what a gentle reminder of holding to child-like thought that keeps us humbly seeking Christly direction.
    So grateful for this D.L team & family ~ love the comments!
    Looking forward to more inspiration from the team!

  40. Thank you Rob Very helpful!!

  41. Rob, you'd be welcomed to the Daily Lifts, but especially with such a good Lift for a start. The story of the spider reminds me of a story for children that someone gave us soon after finding Christian Science. It was about a pet bird, I think named Cheerio, that disappeared one day. Searches didn't find him. Of course they prayed. Next morning, the bird did what birds do, and chirped his song of glory to God, and they found him closed inside a dark drawer. Much of my early study of Christian Science involved reading the almost weekly Christian Science Sentinel articles for children, or other CS literature for them. The simplicity in them was matchless, and we loved them as much as the children did. I can still “see” many of them by just thinking of them. A friend borrowed and lost one of the pamphlets, with a good story where the family would declare “that wasn't me”if an error was committed. Many simple lessons learned in the articles for children are still put to use by me. You've reminded me I need to again sing songs of glory to God not just on bright days, but especially so when dark circumstances seem to hang around.

    7 Margaret Sunshine Coast, Australia., &#29 Grateful listener Thanks for the testimonies.

  42. KISS-Keep It Simple Sweetheart.....

  43. Gracias Rob por el mensaje de hoy.

    Me pregunto, puede haber mayor simplicidad que la del Amor, amar y ser amado, yo no encuentro algo más simple que eso porque ahí está todo la suma total de los atributos divinos que demuestran la Verdad inmortal.

    Esa Verdad inmortal ceñida con Amor nos ha sido enseñada por la Ciencia divina demostrada con simpleza por el Cristo y reafirmada en Ciencia Cristiana.

    "Ahora, querido lector, hagamos juntos una pausa para contemplar seriamente esta altura de renacimiento espíritual: pues esta afirmación exige demostración" Esc, Micelaneos, MBE

    Thank you Rob.

  44. I've also heard "Keep it Simple, SWEETHEART" (KISS)!

    One part of the Lord's Prayer helps me when I'm feeling overwhelmed by multiple, sometimes competing goals:

    "Give us this day our daily bread." Each day, God gives us fresh "bread," the daily supply of NEW ideas for advancing along the Christ road...one step at a time.

    Love to all, and thank you, Rob.

  45. Much appreciated today. TY

  46. Great Lift, thank you!

  47. Thank you, I've been feeling in a complicated state with no way out, beset with morbid thoughts, this is so helpful, thank you.

  48. Thank you, Rob, for your great first Lift!
    It can't much simpler and innate than to pray to (commune with) our Father-Mother God, our creator, our Mind, our Love.

  49. As I listened to your "lift" this morning I bowed my head in gratitude and thanksgiving for this God directed provision of the "daily lift". It's Love feeds not only the participants...but the whole world!

    Thank you so much Rob for your inspiring message.

  50. I couldn't agree more with Rob's timely message of returning to the simple yet profound, spiritual truths, which the bible as well as the writings of Mary Baker Eddy gently lead us toward, if we are receptive and willing.

    Just yesterday I was struggling with the logistics of an international charitable project and decided to let it go for a while and instead do a few hours of selfless, uncomplicated work at a neighbourhood care facility for adults with physical challenges. The simple, modest and humbling work was heartening and, at the end of the day, a huge donation of high quality organic food had arrived. I ended up leaving with almost more than I could carry...enough to feed myself and several of my neighbors for days.

    Such abundance and joy. I am reminded of the bible story about fishing on the right side of the boat and having such a big catch one could barely lift it into the boat. The Lord truly does love and care for us if only we surrender our complicated, human agendas and instead turn wholeheartedly to God good.

    In the news the other day it was mentioned that in southern India, vaults of gold and treasure were found beneath a Hindu temple, making this discovery the largest of its kind in the history of the world, valued at more than twenty billion dollars. Its an interesting metaphor for the spiritual treasure that awaits each and everyone of us if we chose to lean on God's simple verities rather than our own convoluted, human way of working things out.

  51. Thank you,Rob.I read somewhere that Einstein once said, "When the solution is simple,God is answering".I have used that thought and seen the good results many times!

  52. I Love this daily lift - thank you! Three days ago a spider spun a web on my car from the driver's side mirror to the door. I took photographs of it intrigued by what the spider could do in one night - even more amazing is that that spider and the web are still there today, after driving around local towns up to 50 mph. I love what you shared that the spider in the watch simply did what he knew to do and that actually got him freed from the watch! We as metaphysicians, seekers of Truth, can simply continue steadfastly to do what we know to do - praying and seeing God in action, and therefore being freed! Love the idea of simplicity - thank you for sharing this idea!

  53. It is appropriate to recognize how much good can come from a “Web Cast”, on the Internet or otherwise.

    Like fishers casting their nets, the simplicity comes doing our preliminary work (prayer) and then letting the net and the fish (activity of blessings and harvest) do the rest.

    I like the thought that - Prayer is trust that Divine Intelligence understands all things and is in control.

    We may foolishly think we can change things by praying to get God’s attention and then giving Him information about our situation. How simple to just Love and await its expression to be reflected and demonstrated in our experience, thoughts and deeds.

    The spider stopped the “hands of time” that appeared on the “clock’s face”. Certainly our prayer should be a folding of our hands in humility (as in this week’s lesson) and expecting to see the face of God as He releases us from the captivity of a complicated and vulnerable material concept of life by opening our thought to the light and freedom as His expression. This is sageing, not aging.

    Spiders do what Spiders do, and God does what God does, without being reminded.

    Time for this Spider to Fly.


  54. KISS: Keep it simple Scientist. Thanks Rob.

  55. Thank you Rob for a wonderful Lift!
    My next task is to listen to the chat many of my fellow commenteers are mentioning!
    Keeping it simple, wonderful!
    So often my prayers become complex and then I lose the thread, spiders never lose their thread do they?
    This has been most inspiring and I am very grateful.

  56. Thank you Rob,
    A good metaphor for finding our way out of complicated situations. The talents God gives us meets our human needs. We just have to use them!

  57. Thank you, Rob. This is my answer. I knew it would come.

  58. Good morning daily lifters. I love this part of my day. The spider story is wonderful. And guess what? Spiders accept what is...they do not see the workings of the watch as strange. Animals,insects, organisms are more buddhist in nature-pure acceptance is the way of the natural world. The marvel is the strength of those tiny elastic threads and how they are able to stop the mechanisms of the watch.
    Nature is truly amazing. The following testimonies of opening thought to no limitations and the doors and windows opening accordingly are so lovely. Thank you for these added thoughts.
    I feel I am growing stronger by this community. I am blessed and want others to have this too. I am sending this contact to a few others to see if they appreciate it as I do. Will see.
    Have a blessed day and I will keep my thought simple as though I were at the meditation pillow all day, letting all those restless figurings come and go like the summer stream, gently slowing as the season proceeds.

  59. Thanks Rob-Get some perspective-some distance-on whatever we are dealing with-and while you're at it-keep things simple in trying to gain some insight into a situation. Remember to smile too.

  60. Thanks Rob - simply keeping my focus on God instead of the complex fears of the world is a message I am trying to learn. Your words give me a good thought-path to move forward on.

  61. What a great analogy. Simply lovely. Thank you.

  62. Welcome, Rob. Thanks for another great healing picture to carry in thought.

    Like #47 Maisey, I too know the feeling of being beset by thoughts not divine, feeling as if there were no way out. Now I have that wonderful image of the spider, not fighting back, not trying to "handle" the strange and bewildering surrounding circumstances, but just keeping on doing what he was designed to do. Like Cheerio the bird, who sang his song in the nighttime of being trapped in a drawer, I too can sing my own song and just continue to BE what God has made me to be . . .and freedom will inevitably come.

    Thank you, one and all.

  63. Simply great, dear Rob! Thank you!

    My thought is now to forward this Daily Lift to two of my dear friends
    who show some interest in CS.
    Your simple story of how to deal with the complexities of human life will inspire them, I'm sure; it did me!

    Thanks to all the loving commenters, also. What a family!

    Join us, everyone!!!!


  64. Thank you Rob.

  65. I just love this lift! I can see the wee one spinning away totally oblivious of what wants to complicate his life. Stay focused he did, and the way opened - in this case the back of the watch.
    For me, it's like standing porter at the door of thought. [reference to Mary Baker Eddy's quote] Stay focused on what is good and true.

  66. Thanks for your insightful comments! and Welcome to the Daily Lift family!
    Great reminder to stay focused on our part of healing - just like the spider.

  67. Loved the lift - and loved the idea that the spider never loses its thread (thanks #55). We can't lose the inspiration needed for our own communing with our Father-Mother which is ultimately the "way out" of every situation. - and its not complicated...just simple and natural.

  68. Why must I worry over the complication -- trapped within a timepiece with no way out. Rather, determine what I can do, perform this constructive action, exercise grace and patience, recognize an open door, pass through this door, and continue to repeat this sequence, as I trustingly journey peacefully with dominion.

    Do what I am able -- spin a web, muck up the works, seize the opportunity, and enjoy the journey.

    Surely we have complications -- but, what is our talent?

    And all may always "...be ye kind one to another...."

  69. Thank you, today I need to remember the little spider and think SIMPLE.

  70. Thanks Rob.

  71. Thanks Rob, and welcome to the DL

    Your lift today reminds me: I often think that things are too complicated today.
    I just have to "let go, and let God".

    Also #15, Defeating the challenge of ageing. where can i Google it?

  72. I'm rejoicing over how similar these lovely healing responses are in indicating the oneness of God and God's creation. Each response is an angel message. thanks Rob and DL team and everyone from around the world who share so humbly and sincerely. #44: I love your thought that we have fresh bread daily...and Michael, #53, your comments lit a light for me in realizing, like that spider there in the watch, that had all it needed in the right idea to do what spider's do.......spin the web. It's like a story in a Christian Science pamphlet from years ago, retelling an incident of someone who became stuck inside an impossible canister down inside the belly of a large ship while doing some kind of repair work in what seemed an impossible situation and yet, he prayed and listened and found a way out; doing what God's ideas do, listening and praying for divine guidance. Thanks again everyone. Have a lovely weekend.

  73. So grateful for the reminder. Simplicity. It is what makes the Christ, Truth so appealing. It opens all the traps and tombs and releases us into the sunshine of freedom.

  74. Simple is GOOD - in fact, it might be my Favorite thing! Thanks Rob!!

  75. Lovely and refreshing! Thank you.

  76. LOVE your idea of SIMPLICITY...
    it"s so
    freeing and

    As an Artist, I create
    my best work
    when I Simply
    let go!!

  77. Thank you, Rob and Daily Lifters for all the "good news" shared today. Love the spider example and also #41 story about the bird singing and the testimonies about the doors--wonderfully inspiring! What a precious gift we have in Christian Science and being children of the one God.

  78. Wonderful! Wonderful!
    The spider in the story related was referred to as a female; does only the lady weave webs? If so, if the spider was a male, how would he escape the watch?
    Prayer, of course.

  79. Yes! So SIMPLE! Thanks, Rob!

  80. It's wonderful to read the resonating ideas that have come from the Daily Lift. In California there is a music store that held concerts in the back room where all their stringed instruments hung on the wall. People attending those concerts said that the instruments on the wall would resonate with the music being played on stage. It was a unique experience. I think the inspiration from the Daily Lift and everyone's resonating ideas make for a unique spiritual concert everyday. Thanks everyone!

  81. I love being reminded to Love God with my whole heart, my whole mind, and with my whole soul. Thanks!

  82. Yes yes ....thanks so much for this message. Simplicity and balance are two of my favorite words when it comes to working out solutions in C.S.

  83. Thank you, Rob, for this wonderful reminder. The Truth is as simple as it is powerful and what seem to be complications are only distractions from our view of the truth. Today I will try to be like the spider and do what God made me to do: express HIm/Her.

  84. To #72. Margaret:
    Wow, thank you for that reminder and lots of pleasant memories it brings back. I remember my mother reading that testimony over 50 years ago. I was about 7 and I had gotten separated from her while shopping downtown. Lost and alone, I had been taught, not to walk away from where I was to look for her, but to patiently wait for her to find me. I was scared, but obedient and happy when she found me.

    When we got home we discussed this story. Mom explained how the man was trapped in the dark, had lost his wrench and was unable to remove the bolts necessary to escape. I envisioned his plight and was afraid again, but she went on to explain how he handled fear and panic as time and air seemed to be running out. Prayerfully listening for God’s direction and inspiration he was lead to reach out and find the exact bolts which he could loosen with his hands and eventually removed enough to be freed.

    No matter which watch we are on (or in) the lesson is to be remain “watch”ful and actively listening before we act.

    Love is the “Mainspring” of man’s divine operations. God’s hands are never stopped, His arms are never shortened and we cannot be trapped inside, or behind, the face (or appearance) of error or aging.


  85. Simple Truth...yes. We often complicate without realizing it. Thank you for your reminder.

  86. I love this daily lift and all the others, too! Always a blessing!

  87. Great analogy!
    That´s the way it works!

  88. Simplicity! the key to prosperity...Amen....merci,thanks

  89. This reminder has given me new goals.Very inspiring message.Thank you and all responders.I read all comments and appreciate each and every one.

  90. To # 71
    You may Google "Defeating the challenge of aging 6/21/11" and you’ll find the audio chat under "spirituality.com" (previous chats: dated 6/21/11)

    I, too, listened to this chat several times and felt very blessed by it. Robert Gilbert shares wonderful ideas to KEEP IT SIMPLE. For example this

    Always allay the fear
    Reject, reverse, replace – what’s not harmonious
    Know – the reason why (because God is All-in-all)

    "ARK. Safety; the idea, or reflection, of Truth, proved to be as immortal as its Principle; the understanding of Spirit, destroying belief in matter.

    God and man coexistent and eternal; Science showing that the spiritual realities of all things are created by Him and exist forever. The ark indicates temptation overcome and followed by exaltation." (Science & Health, p. 581)

  91. Beautiful reminder to simply shine out from who and where you are...whether we are a spider, have special needs or spiritual soul searcher.
    This will go into my book Rob! Thanks for the beautiful thread/web 4 thought.
    Shawna Harvey, Corvallis, OR

  92. Magnifique! Merci beaucoup!

  93. Sounds simple enough to really work!
    Good on yer, Rob!

  94. Thank you Rob...most inspiring,also THX to #32 Bev,...#35 Nancy,...#53 Michael ...THX to all and have great weekend.......

  95. Loved every minute of this lift, and each and every insight.

    God is smiling the answer!

  96. PS The testimony of the man who was trapped and freed through prayer can be found at the end of "God's Law of Adjustment." It's in Christian Science Reading Rooms in various forms. It's a keeper!

  97. Thank you and"Welcome, Rob; and thanks also especially to 3,25,29, and 39 commentors above. I'm grateful for this reminder to go "step by step" and not to complicate matters.

    The lovely demonstration given to us by #29 reminds me how much I appreciate awakening every day with a hymn going through my thoughts before I even arise. Each hymn has always been exactly the right source to begin facing the circumstances during each day.

    I'm so grateful to hear from and share with everyone each day.

  98. Thankyou. So clear. So perfect.

  99. Thank you Rob
    What a wonderful reminder …
    exactly what to know and how pray if we ever seem to be stuck!

    As we talked about this today with my family we all agreed the beauty of
    …the little spider just going on about his business

    We too can “Watch, work and pray!”
    and shine (heal and express God’s goodness) brightly with love!
    …about our Father’s business

    S&H 367:21
    Let us watch, work, and pray
    that this salt lose not its saltness,
    and that this light be not hid,
    but radiate and glow into noontide glory

    Thank you Rob and ALL the lovely DL comments
    Happy Weekend! Kiss Kiss xoxoxo

  100. Thank you for today's healing message.

  101. Love it! The spider did what it could do, and it worked! Thanks, Rob, and for your comment at 80!

  102. Good advice, Rob --Thank you.

  103. I have just remember something from way back in my youth. I was a student staying with a family in London, and everyone was out. I was operating the sash window in my room when it came crashing down on the thumbs of both hands, and I was trapped. I yelled out for help, but there was nobody around to help free me. I knew nothing of Christian Science then, but I just yelled out to God with my whole heart - please God free me - over and over again. Suddenly the window released me, and I was free, and although there were dents in my thumbs, I was not hurt, and the dents disappeared very quickly.
    I was always puzzled about how this came about until I was led to Christian Science later in life, and then I realised that God had answered my prayer.
    He is always present and we can always call on Him, and expect results.

    Thank you for this DL and for everyone's comments.

  104. An Indianapolis newspaper quotation for the day some 60 years ago stated, "Simplicity is the mark of true greatness." Is this not how Jesus taught and healed and demonstrated spiritual reality of all things? And, too, early in learning mathematics (by our manual calculations) we are taught to, when feasibly possible, find the least common denominator (LCD) of the numbers prior to other calculations. In other words, simplify the work to be done first. The unencumbered thought reflects the most light on all that is beautiful and pure, i.e., the child-like healing thought, innocent with its simplicity, beauty and purity. Thank you, Rob for this day's "Lift" for everyday.

  105. Fabulous! What a great idea producer for a little Sunday School Class in the morning - THANK YOU!

  106. Hello Rob and all,
    Your story about the spider and his situation describes just about how I have been feeling these past few days, so this "lift" was the perfect thing to hear today. There is/was a perfect answer for the spider and there is for us.
    Thank you so much!

  107. I'm listening July 9 -- finally able to get to listen -- and it is just perfect for me. Thank you so very much for helping with a complex situation.

  108. Thank you Rob, this has been helpful when thinking of the many priorities and opinions at work.

    For those of you checking back in, here is the link to the Audio Chat on Defeating the Challenges of Aging that was referenced. Click on the title from this link.


  109. Thanks a lot Rob for this beautiful lift!!

  110. Wonderful lift, thank you so much. And I too, listened and was inspired by your Internet chat on aging, Rob. To #71, if you go to spiritually.com and down towards the bottom, there's a section "Upcoming Chats" and you'll see "Past Chats", if you click on that you will see a listing of previous chats and Rob's is right there.

  111. Perfect!

  112. I loved this message, Rob. Sometimes the human scene can seem so complicated and confusing. But the Truth is simple and we have to keep refocusing on it. I loved the story, too. It will make it easy to remember the importance of keeping everything simple each day. Thank you so very much.

  113. Thanks Rob. This is the first opportunity I have to read the comments. When I listened to your great message a few days ago, I was working long hours to finish a proyect that must be ready for Monday. I simply applied the truth that “ God is in control” while I was busy since Friday until late Sunday night, when I concluded my task. Contrary to all expectations I have done the job with a minimum of fuss. At times it seemed so complicated and time consuming, but I prayed with one simple phrase: “ God is in control”. I had the conviction that God is the only Mind, otherwise there could not be any control, harmony and easy flow of ideas. Thanks again for 'simply' helping me to see it.

    en español

    Gracias Rob. Esta es la primera oportunidad que tengo de leer los comentarios. Cuando escuché tu gran mensaje hace pocos días, estaba trabajando largas horas para terminar un proyecto que debe estar listo para el lunes. Simplemente apliqué la verdad que 'Dios está en control' mientras estaba ocupado desde el viernes hasta tarde el domingo por la noche, cuando terminé mi tarea. Contrario a todas las expectativas hice el trabajo con un mínimo de esfuerzo. Por momentos parecía tan complicado y consumidor de tiempo, pero oré con una sencilla frase “Dios está en control”. Tenía la convicción de que Dios es la única Mente, de otra forma no podría haber ningún control, armonía y un fácil flujo de ideas. Gracias otra vez por simplemente ayudarme a verlo.

  114. Thanks Rob, This reminds me of another spider story I read once. I just looked it up online.

    God and the Spider

    During World War II, a US marine was separated from his unit on a Pacific island. The fighting had been intense, and in the smoke and the crossfire he had lost touch with his comrades.

    Alone in the jungle, he could hear enemy soldiers coming in his direction. Scrambling for cover, he found his way up a high ridge to several small caves in the rock. Quickly he crawled inside one of the caves. Although safe for the moment, he realized that once the enemy soldiers looking for him swept up the ridge, they would quickly search all the caves and he would be killed.

    As he waited, he prayed, “Lord, if it be your will, please protect me. Whatever your will though, I love you and trust you. Amen.”

    After praying, he lay quietly listening to the enemy begin to draw close. He thought, “Well, I guess the Lord isn’t going to help me out of this one.” Then he saw a spider begin to build a web over the front of his cave.

    As he watched, listening to the enemy searching for him all the while, the spider layered strand after strand of web across the opening of the cave.

    “Hah, he thought. “What I need is a brick wall and what the Lord has sent me is a spider web. God does have a sense of humor.”

    As the enemy drew closer he watched from the darkness of his hideout and could see them searching one cave after another. As they came to his, he got ready to make his last stand. To his amazement, however, after glancing in the direction of his cave, they moved on. Suddenly, he realized that with the spider web over the entrance, his cave looked as if no one had entered for quite a while. “Lord, forgive me,” prayed the young man. “I had forgotten that in you a spider’s web is stronger than a brick wall.”

    We all face times of great trouble. When we do, it is so easy to forget the victories that God would work in our lives, sometimes in the most surprising ways. As the great leader, Nehemiah reminded the people of Israel when they faced the task of rebuilding Jerusalem, “In God we will have success!” [Nehemiah 2:20]

    Remember: Whatever is happening in your life, with God, a mere spider’s web can become a brick wall of protection. Believe He is with you always. Just speak His name through Jesus His son, and you will see His great power and love for you.

  115. Thanks, #114 Chris, for that. It doesn't take away from it, for it could happen again, but it's interesting the same is said to have happened to King David when Saul was searching for him. I'm not familiar with Jewish works, but found this in Google, with “home.intekom.com”. I believe your story and this one, too, but the real point is, these show how with God all things are possible, and no problem is beyond His ability to protect man, His precious idea. We've had Jewish lifters, so hope they will be able to explain the extra notes on the verse in Psalms.

    Listen to the words of David when he was fleeing from King Saul.
    Psalm 57:2
    I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.

    Notice the words: God that performeth all things for me.
    The Jewish Aramaic Translation of the Psalms - The Targum - has a note on this verse of the Psalm.
    David was in the Cave of Adullam.
    He had fled from King Saul, his remorseless foe and had found shelter in the clefts of the rocks.
    He cries out in Prayer in his Psalm:
    Be merciful unto me, O God!

    King Saul with armed men was close on his heels seeking his life!
    Would they find him?
    The Targum tells us that a spider spun its web over the door part of the cave where David was concealed.
    Seeing the Spider-web King Saul did not enter the cave because he thought that David could not have
    entered it without breaking the spider's web.
    Thus David was saved.

  116. Thanks for the great message! Just what I needed today. (=

    P.S. So glad to hear you are lecturing now. Look forward to hearing you again on the Daily Lift.

  117. Oh thank you so very much Rob.

  118. Thanks so much Bob, for the nice lift.

  119. Rob, Thank you so much for this. It came to me in a time of need when I have been making everything so complicated within my own thinking. I am truly grateful for the Daily Lift and what it brings to all of us each day. I feel so blessed to be a Christian Scientist and have so many loving fellow scientist just a click away. Imagine only 2 minutes a day truly uplifting. How simple is that : ) Many thanks and loved to everyone!

  120. Taking some quiet time this morning to catch up on Daily Lift's. Keeping things simple is simply the way to go. In my job, like other commenters, it's just too easy to get caught up in the mental and emotional chaos and storms - complication upon complication. People want to do tit-for-tat, or be the strong man, or who shall be more powerful..... When I choose to simply stand on Principle, simply hold to good for all, then situations work out so very harmoniously. It is quite simply a lot less stressful to hold to the Godly ideal that "Love is reflected in love." To me, it is not good enough to just want a current situation to work out well. My expectation is that all parties involved will have better relations in the future, too.

    I chuckled at #68's phrase "muck up the works." Isn't that what we do when we throw human reactions, beliefs, emotions into a situation? On the other hand, I think of throwing the Christ into a problem mucks up the workings of chaos and confusion.

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