Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

When Financial Push Comes to Shove ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

When Financial Push Comes to Shove ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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I was in a tough financial situation. I had recently become a mother and had started graduate school, and I hadn't planned out my finances for either expense. I saw that I wouldn't be able to pay the bills for the next month and that I was depending too heavily on my credit card for daily expenses.

When I asked my father for a loan, he was unwilling to give me what he saw as a handout. He thought I needed to find a solution on my own. While I was disappointed with this decision, it caused me to look deeper at my needs. Was more money really the answer?

Then I had a conversation with a friend that really got me to thinking. She and I wanted to know more about how we could not just cope with situations in our lives with positive thinking, but how we actually could transform those situations into something better.

At this time, I'd been hearing stories in popular culture of people feeling the presence of angels helping them. I found in the book "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," written by Mary Baker Eddy, this description of angels: "God's thoughts passing to man; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect; the inspiration of goodness, purity, and immortality, counteracting all evil, sensuality, and mortality" (page 581).

I wondered what God was saying to me about finances. What thought could He be sending me that would counteract my bad financial situation and replace it with balance and adequate supply?

Another passage I studied by the same author was this: "The Psalmist saith: 'He shall give His angels charge over thee.' God gives you His spiritual ideas, and in turn, they give you daily supplies. Never ask for to-morrow: it is enough that divine Love is an ever- present help; and if you wait, never doubting, you will have all you need every moment. What a glorious inheritance is given to us through the understanding of omnipresent Love!" ("Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896," pages 306-307).

I understood that God's thoughts, and not the state of my bank account, were the authority of my situation. I didn't yet feel the joy of the "glorious inheritance," but I knew I could focus on the needs of today and not be concerned about tomorrow. …

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