Afford the periodicals? Why not?

The income from my husband's salary was so small that it barely covered the necessities for our family. I loved the help I received from reading the Christian Science periodicals, but subscribing for them seemed an impossibility.

As a new student of Christian Science, I often pondered this By-Law in the Manual of The Mother Church by Mrs. Eddy: "It shall be the privilege and duty of every member, who can afford it, to subscribe for the periodicals which are the organs of this Church. ..." Man., Art. VIII, Sect. 14; The more I thought about this By-Law, the more I became really convinced that I should subscribe and that God would open the way. But as the months passed there just were never any surplus funds.

One day as I was praying about this need, I suddenly realized it was wrong to postpone the subscription until there were some funds left over, because in reality I would never have any more good than I had right at that moment—unlimited good. I began to declare that I was not a mortal existing on an income that must be divided sparingly to cover all the items in an overloaded household budget. I was a spiritual idea expressing the infinite resources of Soul. I realized that my income depended on the good thoughts I reflected from divine Mind. No person or circumstance could prevent me from entertaining as many God-derived thoughts as I wanted to, and those thoughts would bring the needed supply.

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

The right definition of ourselves
September 25, 1978

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.