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Translated from Indonesian
My marriage did not begin with enough money for us to live...
My marriage did not begin with enough money for us to live on. Instead my husband and I started off deeply in debt. His desire to help a relative put us behind about eighteen million rupiahs—a very large amount of money he'd borrowed from two sources.
I was not shocked when he told me honestly about the debt prior to our wedding; instead we put our heads together to see how we were going to repay it. At the time I was brand-new to the study of Christian Science. In my native language we refer to a marriage as a "household boat," and I realized that a happy one requires one helmsman. I was prepared to steer the boat we were building with the compass of Christian Science; in other words, to make God the only helmsman.
Though lacking in spiritual understanding, I followed what I knew of Christian Science. At first I didn't understand a thing, but my husband advised me simply to study the Bible and Science and Health, and said that if I needed understanding, God would communicate it to me. I faithfully attended church and gradually began to understand this blessed teaching.
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