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With a Hammer and a Hoe

The following article is adapted from the 1988 edition of Prayer: The Master Key by James Dillet Freeman.

Three men were fishing in a small boat on a lake when a storm arose. The winds rocked the boat, the waves washed over the sides, and the boat began to take on water.

“We had better pray,” cried the first man.

“We had better bail,” cried the second man.

“Let us pray,” said the third man, “but let us bail while we pray.”

There is a prayer that is action.

Too often we think we cannot pray unless we are sitting still, eyes closed, body relaxed, thought suspended.

The Light Will Dawn

Do you feel today that your faith is rock-bottom low? Do you feel that you cannot hold out another minute in steadily believing that good will come through the experience facing you or someone you love? Does it seem that every door is closed, that your path is increasingly difficult? Take heart, dear friend, and know that almost every one of us feels this way at times in our search for guidance, healing, encouragement, new understanding of ourself, our life, and ways to meet each challenge as it arises.

The strength you need will come through. The release you seek at this very moment will break through and flood your being. The answers will become clear. The doors will open. The light will dawn!

Seven Ways to Heal Yourself

Healing teachings Myrtle Fillmore Unity, Myrtle Fillmore's Healing Letters

Does the idea of praying yourself well seem impossible? Myrtle Fillmore, cofounder of Unity, knew she could heal herself—and she did. Her intense healing experience has been an inspiration to people around the world and is the cornerstone of how Unity began more than 100 years ago.

Myrtle was sickly as a child and a young adult suffering from tuberculosis. After attending a New Thought lecture in 1886, Myrtle came away with one statement that changed her life: I am a child of God, and therefore I do not inherit sickness.

Setting a Trap for Gratitude

Setting a Trap for Gratitude, Rev. Ruth Wallace

"Practice gratitude daily and your life will change in ways you can hardly imagine."

Gratitude, like the law of attraction, is one of the most powerful forces in the universe. When we feel gratitude, we feel love, joy, appreciation, humility and peace. We also attract even more experiences into our lives for which to feel grateful.

Some people believe God is constantly sending abundance to us, but the truth is, God is the abundance. When we ask for something, we are simply tapping into that abundance. It is not our job to manifest abundance; it is our job to demonstrate our abundance, by understanding that God is the abundance we seek.

We Must Learn to Ask

We Must Learn to Ask

There is a scriptural quote that I love so much, I sometimes have it printed on my stationery: "And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:13)

Isn’t that wonderful? It says, in essence, “Whatever it is that you want, if you ask for it in my name, you’ll get it.” The promise is so straightforward, and there are no qualifiers. No if’s, and’s or but’s. There’s no, “As long as it’s a good idea…or “Just so long as it doesn’t seem greedy…” It doesn’t say any of that. It says, "Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that I will do..." In the name of this indwelling Christ, this indwelling Christ will do for you so that you can glorify God.

I Am There

I Am There by James Dillet Freeman

Do you need Me?
I am there.
You cannot see Me, yet I am the light you see by.
You cannot hear Me, yet I speak through your voice.
You cannot feel Me, yet I am the power at work in your hands.
I am at work, though you do not understand My ways.
I am at work, though you do not recognize My works.
I am not strange visions. I am not mysteries.
Only in absolute stillness, beyond self, can you know Me as I am, and then but as a feeling and a faith.
Yet I am there. Yet I hear. Yet I answer.
When you need Me, I am there.
Even if you deny Me, I am there.
Even when you feel most alone, I am there.
Even in your fears, I am there.

Pray Without Ceasing

Pray Without Ceasing

We search for God with all our heart when we pray without ceasing. We pray without ceasing when we look for the good in all we encounter and try to draw it forth.

To pray without ceasing does not mean that we constantly think about God or that we keep the word, "God! God!" on our lips.

We pray without ceasing when we habitually meet whatever comes to us with faith and with love, with a mind to draw from the event all that it has to give, with a willingness to do whatever has to be done to make the most and the best of it.

We pray without ceasing when we refer the events of life to God.

Open Up to God!

Health, strength, peace, well-being in your mind, body and emotions, better conditions in your home, success in your personal life and affairs, awareness and expression of your potential and abilities, better relationships with others—all this and infinitely more is yours when you open up to God.

Wonderful and even miraculous things begin happening to you as you open up to God, as you accept the Truth that God's power is present, available and real. God is ready to refresh, revitalize and revive you in every phase of being. God is saying to you: I have chosen thee … Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee; I will help thee (Isa. 41:9, 10 A.V.).