What’s the best way to feel renewed? Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson, a colleague and a writer, who focuses on the relationship between thought, spirituality, health and trends in that field, gives us much food for thought on this topic. Tim writes: Continue Reading
A guest post written by Phyllis Gay
I have always wanted to build and live on a ranch (or farm as they call it in Michigan where we lived until my husband retired from the insurance business). It was a goal that I wanted to achieve more than anything! At times, the dream seemed very illusive (as dreams usually do), but I knew it was a worthwhile achievement, and I wasn’t giving up. I didn’t envision horses on it, but it turns out my husband did. So much so, that he had a beautiful barn built on his families’ farmland in southern Michigan, purchased several purebred Arabians, and began a breeding program.
This development made my dream more complicated, but I have been a Christian Scientist all my life, and I knew that I could work through this complication. I have always loved the passage in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures that states, “The devotion of thought to an honest achievement makes the achievement possible.” When I thought of my goal, I gained strength from this passage. Another idea that inspired me was the Bible story of Nehemiah’s perseverance in getting the walls of Jerusalem rebuilt.
My husband’s love of Arabian horses took us many places, but mainly to Arizona and California. In the 1980s I could feel things taking a new direction – my husband agreed to look for property in the West. We found a perfect piece of property on the central coast of California and it was pristine, no improvements, but lots of oak and Manzanita – and I do love trees! We built the barn first. It was built by an Arizona company, which was interesting because getting the building materials from Arizona to our ranch took a lot of foresight by the truckers. On completion of the barn, we moved all of our horses from Michigan to their new home in California. They didn’t mind at all.
After the barn was completed, we designed and built the house with subcontractors and completed everything in less than two years. Help and support came from friends we made in our new home, which reinforce my conviction that prayers and perseverance made my goals possible and continues to be a blessing to us. This quote in Romans really sums up my experience in making my dream come true: Paul states, “All things work together for good to them who love God.” I feel truly blessed.