All posts by Linda Mardi

Linda Mardi currently develops and implements the globalization of ideas and activities from her home in Austin Texas where she lives with her family and hot pink dog.

Healing with Scientific Certainty through the Christ – May 3 @ 11am


  • Looking for an alternative to the negative side effects of drugs and to expensive, intrusive medical treatments?
  • Discover how an understanding of God as infinite good and ever-present Love brings healing.
  • Find out how the scientific system of prayer-based healing can be used by anyone to bring consistent and reliable health to their lives.
  • WHEN: Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 at 11am to 12:30
  • WHERE: Laura Bush Community Library
    9411 Bee Caves Road
    Austin, Texas 78733 * (512) 381-1400

International Speaker Christine Dreissen has proven the effectiveness of prayer throughout her life—as a harpist and dancer; a teacher in the inner-city schools of Chicago; an attorney specializing in criminal, juvenile, and domestic litigation; founder of a rehabilitation program for women prisoners; and as a mother. Recognizing the potential of Christian Science healing for the world, she became a full-time practitioner and teacher of this Science. Driessen has a special focus on medical and interfaith lectures and is co-author of the book, “Soul of Medicine:  Spiritual Perspectives and Clinical Practice” from Harvard Medical School. She travels from New York City.

Prayer for SXSW – Finding Comfort

iStock_000017015012SmallBy Laura Moliter, CS

The month of March in Austin, Texas, guarantees two events:  South by Southwest — a forever growing festival for film, music, and interactive media– and bluebonnets. The weather is changeable and unpredictable, but bluebonnets and South by Southwest are reliable signs that spring is here in Central Texas.

This year, South by Southwest (SXSW) came in like a lion with its usual roar of exuberance, activity, celebrities, crowds, and fun. Film premieres brought out a number of Hollywood stars and many of the world’s top-notch musicians descended upon my city, a place already bursting at the seams with artistic expression. Things had been well-underway for about a week, and the revelry that accompanies festivals like this also took over.  Continue reading Prayer for SXSW – Finding Comfort

Discovery Bound Austin Road Rally – Mar 21-23

Screen Shot 2014-02-23 at 6.30.23 PMDiscovery Bound Austin Chapter announces

Texas Road Rally and
Youth Lecture

When:  March 21-23, 2014
Where: Austin, TX
Who:  6-12 grades

A weekend full of fun activities and spiritual growth.  The main event is a scavenger hunt through downtown Austin on Saturday March 22nd.  And participation with CS lecturer Nate Frederick on Sunday.  $25 fee includes Friday and Saturday night lodging and all meals.  Continue reading Discovery Bound Austin Road Rally – Mar 21-23

Praying for the furry critters

980692_758052197556093_339469464_o A friend of mine’s cat died recently and she reached out for comfort and inspiration. Her cat Cheddar had been a cherished family member for over 18 years.

Here is a poem I shared with her that always helps me find comfort and helps spiritualize thought about one’s eternal life; the inspiration applies to individuals as well as pets.  Continue reading Praying for the furry critters

Bible Lesson Art – God the Preserver of Man

God the Preserver of Man - Hawkins 6-2013

By Marjory Hawkins

This week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson contains so many of my favorite citations, I wanted to print the entire lesson on the page!  However, I selected some that I’ve used in the past in healing fear and doubt about my future to safety in scary situations and seeming illness in my pets.

To start off, I love Psalms 91, which has often been referred to as the “soldier’s prayer.”  How can anyone read it without feeling comfort, safety and maybe a little bit of courage? I have copies of some testimonies from
soldiers and chaplains who have used this prayer while serving for you to take home and read.

Tenderness was also mentioned in the lesson. God’s tender mercies coupled with the might of Spirit…what a great combination. Sometimes, we think about God either being like Santa or being a hard-nosed disciplinarian. But
God is neither; She is Love and She holds us tenderly. It brings to mind hymn #445 that says, “Tender mercies, oh, tender mercies; tender mercies are holding me.” (Look it up). That hymn started playing in my thoughts as I
wrote the word, “tenderness” and continued while I created the art. I finally just had to write the words tender mercies in a small space.

My horse and later, one of my cats had healings from inspiration I got from what Mary Baker Eddy writes about all of God’s creatures in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.  I’ve even had quick and painless removal of creatures that were not supposed to be in my house while thinking about that citation.

Eddy’s definition of “Ark” is inspired.  The mention of “the rock,” brings up several ideas:  the celebrity, The Rock; Alcatraz prison in California and a gospel song entitled, “I Go to the Rock,” performed by Whitney Houston in the movie, “The Preacher’s Wife.”  But the Bible citation, “Thou are my father, my God and the Rock of my salvation,” is my favorite reference to the rock.

Also, the two words, “sublime proof” stood out to me. Had to write them down. Definition of sublime:  awe-inspiring; outstanding. Each of the Bible stories in this week’s lesson provided sublime proof of God’s protection.

Finally, who doesn’t love the 23rd Psalms and Eddy’s interpretation of it as found on page 578 in Science and Health?

Roadmap for Life – April 14 @ 2:30 p.m. with Chet Manchester


Roadmap for Life—Talk by Chet Manchester

In his “Sermon on the Mount,” Jesus left the world a map for going higher in life. He taught people how to love in the face of hatred, how to live without fear, and how to focus on what really matters. Come discover how this timeless message can be a practical guide in your life at a spirited public talk.

Chet Manchester, from St. Louis, is an inspirational speaker who enjoys talking to interfaith audiences worldwide. He will tell of his own journey to Galilee, where Jesus first shared his revolutionary teachings and how you can make them your own. This 90-minute talk is for people of all ages and faiths.

Sunday, April 14, 2:30 p.m., First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1309 Guadalupe St. Austin, 78701.

Come as you are!  We will also be streaming the talk live at Live Webstream.

Download the handout distributed at the lecture.


“1,000 Miles of Prayer on the Iditarod Trail,” AU and Cedars Camp Shows – Jan 27 @ 1309 Guadalupe

As a thank you gift for your support over the years in helping get our Sunday School kids to the various Christian Science summer camps available, we’ve arranged for lunch and a special presentation, “1,000 Miles of Prayer on the Iditarod Trail” by Lachlan Clarke, an eight-time Iditarod sledding competitor. We’ll also watch video presentations from Adventure Unlimited and Cedars Camps. Sure hope you can join us. The program begins at noon, Sunday January 27, First Church of Christ, Scientist, Austin, 1309 Guadalupe St., 78701.

iditarod invite Jan 2013 half