“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine…
By Clarice D. Daugherty
From the October 2, 1976 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
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“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Prov. 3:5, 6). These verses have been favorites of mine throughout the years. They were among the many Bible verses my brothers and sisters and I were taught as children by a very religious mother, and I have used them often.
Although we were taught God is Love, we were also taught God would punish, that there was a hell where we would go to everlasting punishment if we sinned. This caused me much fear, as no matter what I did I felt I could never get to heaven. Fear, despondency, and depression were with me constantly, and I couldn’t seem to find anything to be happy about.
For many years I tried to overcome the fear by reading the Bible, but I only became more fearful and depressed.
After many years I was given a Sentinel by a friend. I was greatly impressed with it and felt it was closer to the truth than anything I had ever read. I bought the next week’s copy as soon as it was placed on sale. I found there was a Christian Science Reading Room close to where I worked, and I spent many lunch hours there. Later I began reading The Christian Science Journal. It became clear to me that this was the truth I had been searching for; and although there was much opposition from my family, I enrolled my two children in a Christian Science Sunday School and often went to church myself.
I had help from a Christian Science practitioner, and although fear and anxiety seemed to persist, I knew that if I continued to study, my understanding would grow. I now had hope. During this time I remarried. My husband was willing to have me study and practice Christian Science, although he was not interested. I joined The Mother Church and a local branch church and served in every way I could. Later I had Christian Science class instruction, for which I am most grateful.
This was the turning point in my life. I spent most of my spare time studying the Bible, and Science and Health and all of Mrs. Eddy’s writings. I wanted to know the truth and to overcome all fear and doubt, and gradually things have become more harmonious.
I have had many healings during this time. I believe the first one was of migraine headaches, which a doctor had told me I would always have. Bilious attacks yielded as I continued to study. They disappeared many years ago. A growth on my chin left with treatment by a Christian Science practitioner when I saw the truth of these words of Mrs. Eddy’s (Science and Health, p. 463): “A spiritual idea has not a single element of error, and this truth removes properly whatever is offensive.” Sinus headaches have disappeared also.
I am able to read the Bible and Science and Health with no fear or doubt. I value this as my most cherished healing. The false responsibility for my family has been overcome to a great degree as I continue to know they are not my children but each one is God’s perfect idea in Spirit and not in matter. I am grateful for a harmonious home where I have much time to study, and I realize the truth that “all things work together for good to them that love God” (Rom. 8:28).
My great joy is a loving daughter who has had class instruction, and we are able to attend association meetings together.
I am grateful for the inspiring work of a practitioner, who has helped me destroy much wrong thinking. I can never be grateful enough to God for giving us Christ Jesus, the loving Saviour, and for Mrs. Eddy, to whom God revealed the Comforter, divine Science.
My desire is to continue to wake more and more to recognize my true spiritual self and all of God’s creation as spiritual and perfect.
(Mrs.) Clarice D. Daugherty