Watch and pray daily

Posted on May 15, 2017 |
Watch and pray daily

“Watch, and pray daily that evil suggestions, in whatever guise, take no root in your thought nor bear fruit. Ofttimes examine yourselves, and see if there be found anywhere a deterrent of Truth and Love, and ‘hold fast that which is good.’”

~ Mary Baker Eddy, Miscellany, p. 128.

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  1. Ellen Biemer
    May 15, 2017

    It’s so easy for those subtle negative thought to try to claim power. (This happens to me particularly when driving!) Immediate rejection is the best possible course of action. Otherwise, they can spread like weeds!

    A friend once told me of the insidiousness of bamboo. It may look pretty, but it spreads easily and quickly, and is very destructive – also hard to eradicate. He told of some that was planted outside a house that spread so fast and aggressively that despite attempts to get rid of it, it actually destroyed the entire house by growing up through the foundation and walls! Negative/evil thoughts are very much like that. They may seem harmless, even attractive, but even a little left unchecked can wreak serious havoc!

    The importance of a strong foundation, reinforced daily, can’t be understated. Thanks so much for this reminder!

  2. maximo
    May 15, 2017

    Been thinking, there is a desire
    in every heart… covered with error,
    so seemingly secret or hidden,
    yet when uncovered, known to have
    always been there.
    We are God’s desire, we really only
    want what God wants… and we are
    gaining more and more awareness
    of what this desire is….

    • Uta, Hamburg/Germany
      May 15, 2017

      Thank you Maximo, for another great poem – so lovely 🙂

    • Uta, Hamburg/Germany
      May 15, 2017

      hi maximo, I dare to continue a little your inspired poem :
      as Gods desire
      we exactly want
      what God wants;
      God wants us to express Him
      perfectly in every aspect –
      in seeing, hearing, feeling
      H i m
      – these thoughts came me this evening – at 11,15 p.m. here in Hamburg –

      • Maximo
        May 15, 2017

        Oh Uta, ……thank you so much for these beautifully thoughtful additions

        Please feel free to continue to
        express your poetic love for God

        I would love all of our family
        to take complete liberty with
        anything I write….

        Uta, you have inspired me

        Evan you are so appreciated
        and continue to inspire us to
        open to the Life and Glory of God

      • joy
        May 15, 2017

        Hi to Maximo and Uta,
        Thanks for the poem and
        for adding to it.
        And the wonderful quote from Mary Baker Eddy. Thanks Evan!
        So important to pray daily
        to guard our thoughts, words and actions
        and keep them in line with God’s thoughts of us!

  3. Beth
    May 15, 2017

    Great photo. I appreciate that the images you use celebrate the richness of diversity.

  4. Uta, Hamburg/Germany
    May 15, 2017

    Dear Ellen, today the insidiousness of bamboo is totally taken away by gardeners.
    Here in Germany I have 9 bamboos in my garden as hatch and it does not spread from the root because gardeners have recultivated them back, so that there is no more any negative growing of the bamboos I have in my garden, am lucky about that, as I love bamboos, and my guinea-pigs love the tender leaves of the bomboosort I have planted.

    But I do understand you, because decades ago my parents had such a nasty bamboosort in their garden. And they had difficulties to root it out completely.

    While car driving I have the same experience like Ellen described in his/her first paragraph. But since Evan shortly had a SV about Spirit-woman/Spirit-man, I always start driving with the asurance to be a Spirit-woman and as such I am driving with God and God has the whole traffic under His loving control.

    These thoughts help to be aware that only God`s thoughts lead us.
    The lesson sermon each morning help us to start a prayerful day.

    Thank you Evan for that important reminder which seems not so easy. Because sometimes you find yourself trapped by false views. But that is a challenge to step forward to good, Gods thoughts. I am very grateful for the absolute Good we learn in Christian Science 🙂

  5. KimH
    May 15, 2017

    I am so grateful for all of the comments posted here. Blessings to all today.

  6. Mary Ann
    May 15, 2017

    Thank you all.

  7. Daphne
    May 15, 2017

    Thanks, Evan, for the reminder. Someone once pointed out to me how in our sixth tenet Mrs. Eddy put a comma after “watch,” as she did in this quote also. Watching—“standing porter at the door of thought”—is so important and then we pray “for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus”—or as in this quote “pray daily…” I was grateful for that small detail that was pointed out to me years ago, and wanted to share it. Thanks always for all you do, and for the other comments made.

  8. Bud
    May 16, 2017

    Wonderful inspiration, all! Thank you

  9. maximo
    May 16, 2017

    Goodness you are
    in all ways
    seen or unseen,
    and the day may bring
    the seeing of
    the unseen,
    and reveal the beauty
    of God’s way.


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