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A new house—but first, a new life

Home is a way of thinking, not a place.

From the April 2001 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Do you have to accept all that life throws at you? I was a long time learning that the answer is found in doing what Jesus said: "Seek ye first the kingdom of God." Matt. 6:33. A spiritual approach brings good in marked and myriad ways. In fact, it can radically change a person's whole life.

Let me give an illustration. When my husband was in the military service, we were transferred to Hawaii. Far from feeling like I'd been transferred to paradise, though, I became very depressed. I felt for a time that life no longer had meaning. At the suggestion of my sister, I began to read the Christian Science Sentinel. I had moved away from my earlier childhood training in Christian Science. but I'd seen the great things that God could do, and I'd never stopped loving what I understood about Christian Science. Now I immediately knew this was the answer to my problems. Every spare moment, I read and studied the Bible along with the writings of Mary Baker Eddy. I simply couldn't get enough.

The quarters furnished for us on the naval base at Pearl Harbor was a Quonset hut, cramped and gloomy. Although I was grateful to have a place to live—homes were very scarce at the time —our accommodations were less than satisfactory. Closely surrounding us on three sides were a band barracks, a machine shop, and a parade ground. The noise made quiet meditation and prayer nearly impossible. There was not even window glass to muffle the sound. Meanwhile, other men of the same rank as my husband had lovely new homes.

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