Tag Archives: Spiritual Solutions

Children on psychotropic medicines — spiritual possibilities restore young lives

The 10/27/2010 News 8 Austin headline news included a segment about institutionalized children in the Texas foster care system and how “one in five children in foster care in Texas is on psychotropic medicines for an extended time.”  It’s a sobering statistic.  http://www.news8austin.com/content/top_stories/274885/tots-to-teens-medicated-under-state-foster-care-system

In an article excerpted from www.Spirituality.com, Linda Bargmann writes about being a new foster mom and caring for a baby boy who was classified at birth with positive toxicology and had a long list of diagnosed and anticipated problems.  She shares how she and her husband turned to God for guidance and healing. “Every morning and evening as I held Eddie and rocked him, I would sing hymns to him from the Christian Science Hymnal. I felt such peace and inspiration from those times, and it helped me see past some of the seemingly unsolvable diagnoses we were continually facing.”  Linda goes on to state that  “within three years, the diagnosed and anticipated conditions we’d been given were healed. The visiting nurse came only a couple of times, and then decided she was no longer needed. The symptoms of drug withdrawal Eddie experienced were quickly gone. He went from being stiff as a board to being cuddly and affectionate.”  Read the entire article here: http://www.spirituality.com/article.jhtml?ElementId=/repositories/shcomarticle/Aug2010/1281989286.xml&ElementName=A%20young%20life%20restored

Animal Friendly Austin & God’s gracious care for the little creatures

Austin Pets Alive (APA), a local nonprofit dedicated to making Austin a no-kill city, today unveiled its first Adoption and Resource Center allowing for an increase in adoptions as well as improved resources for animal care. You can read more about the center by clicking here. Is there a way that we can contribute prayerfully to a solution to animal overpopulation, neglect or illness? You betcha! Below are several articles that provide a spiritual perspective on how the authors utilized prayer when seeking comfort and answers for animals.

*Caroline Martin, from Cape Cod MA, writes about a cold February evening when she came home to find the children “frantically calling, ‘Beau, Beau, where are you? Please, Beau, come home.’ Beau was a beautiful blue and green parrot.”  Read more about how the family turned to God for answers. Click here: Missing? Impossible!

*Finding Ming is a testimony about how prayer helped comfort the new owners of an adopted feisty cat who was nowhere to be found in his new home.  This family prayed and found peace, and…Ming. Click here: Finding Ming

*Unleased by Love. I absolutely love dogs. I know God gave man dominion “over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” (Gen 1: 26), but that doesn’t mean other creatures aren’t cared for by God. It is as much in their nature—as it is in ours—to express God’s great qualities, since He created them, too. So I had to disagree when I heard today that some people believe pets can’t be healed because they are lesser ideas of God. Read the rest of this article along with comments.

*Dog behavior issues? No problem! Permanent answers for this author started with the premise that “every creature is a distinct ‘right idea’ reflecting the divine intelligence that forms it. Read more here: Good Dog!

QUESTION: “Have you ever prayed for the protection or healing of a pet or animal? Read answers submitted by spirituality.com readers. Click here. Fell free to share your own experiences of turning to God for help in situations regarding animals by submitting a comment below.

A spiritual response to the stress of war

USA Today recently published an article outlining the increase in Army medical discharges due to mental health issues (Mental Illness Costing Military Soldiers by Gregg Zoroya published on July 25, 2010).

According to the article, 1,224 soldiers were medically discharged last year due to post-traumatic stress disorder. “These numbers really just validate the mental health communities’ concern about multiple deployments,” says Adrian Atizado, who specializes in health issues as assistant national legislative director for Disabled American Veterans. “Mind and body are both taking a beating.”

In this audio webcast from Spirituality.com, Janet Horton, a 28-year Army veteran and former military chaplain, talks about the spiritual ideas that have inspired and supported her through her years of service in the armed forces, including her experiences at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.  She shares healing experiences and answers questions about post-traumatic stress disorder, ways to pray for loved ones in combat as well as the victims of war, and how prayer in combat is possible and essential.

Click here to hear the entire discussion: www.spirituality.com

Spiritual Solutions for the Gulf Coast Oil Spill

Are you looking for a spiritual perspective about the Gulf oil spill? Perhaps you’ve wondered how you can help be part of the solution.  Below are just a few of the many wonderful resources available for your thoughtful consideration.

A quick search “oil spill” on www. spirituality.com brings up a number of articles including an audio chat from May 6, 2010 with Kit Wittich entitled “Prayer about the Gulf Coast oil spill.”  Click here to listen.  You can also read various answers from around the world to the question “How are you praying for resolution to ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?” Click here to read.

This week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson is on the subject “Is the Universe evolved by Atomic Force?”  A thought-provoking question “Does God notice the magnitude of human problems? Does He care?”  has been posed on www.TMCYouth.com and invites the public share to their answers, thoughts, and additional questions.

The Christian Science Monitor has ongoing coverage from a news perspective. But it also has several articles based on a Christian Science perspective.  From June 1st, “The oil spill and God’s finger” and from June 6th “A healing answer to the Gulf oil spill.”

Feel free to share your thoughts and prayers on this topic in the “Comments” section below.