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Peace at the gym

The gym I go to has positive messages posted on all the walls, cheerful paint, and bright lighting; but more important, I learned recently it is full of peace! Wall to wall, ceiling to floor.   Here’s how I saw that.

I am grateful!

Expressing gratitude is a daily occurrence for me. In fact, many people have received a unique response from me to the standard greeting, “How are you?” “I am grateful!” I reply, before asking how they are.

Righteous living and good government

Seeing ourselves and those in government as we truly are, spiritual expressions of the Mind that is God, sets a high standard and is a vital part of the universal salvation that God will effect because of His own infinite goodness and love.   In Paul’s letter to the Christians at Rome he writes that they should be subject to the authorities, not only to avoid their wrath but for the sake of doing right (see Romans 13:1–7 ).

Prayers for our Grown-up children

When our children grow up, leave home, and move from our immediate care, it can feel as if we lose a connection with them. But we can embrace our adult children in our prayers.

Wildfires dissipate

A few years ago I was staying with friends in the hills above Pietermaritzburg in South Africa. A number of wildfires were alight in the area because of very dry weather conditions.

The infinite source of inspiration

As we navigate the waters of daily life, we sometimes find ourselves in front of an obstacle that seems insurmountable. We may feel we don’t have enough in our spiritual “gas tank” of inspiration.

Healing complete?

The Christian Science spiritual method of caring for difficulties differs from all material methods. One of the most significant differences is that as we go about our work of solving a problem through prayer, in our hearts we know the problem is already solved because it’s unknown to God and therefore has no actual reality.

Nothing can ‘get your goat’

Have you ever heard the phrase “Don’t let anyone get your goat” and wondered what it meant? One theory about its origin says it comes from the use of goats as companions for racehorses so they can be calm and focused. If someone removes a horse’s goat, the horse can become unsettled and agitated, hurting his race.


In the United States, Thanksgiving is a very special day—a day set aside for giving thanks—which also happens in several other countries, at different times. The Bible is filled with the joy and blessings that come from sincerely praising, glorifying, and giving thanks to God, and the necessity and naturalness of doing so.

Reign check

The term rain check usually refers to a ticket issued in case a baseball game or other event is canceled because of rain. It can also have another meaning, when we look out the window to see if it’s raining.