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First Church of Christ, Scientist, Bozeman

Trusting the Still Small Voice

“I shall follow and rejoice, All the rugged way,” writes Mary Baker Eddy in one of her poems (Feed My Sheep) that has been set to several lovely hymns in the Christian Science Hymnal. What a humble, listening state of mind that short declaration suggests. I have learned that, if I make that humble state of mind my own, and truly follow my Father-Mother God’s voice – that “still small voice” that is always talking to us – I make less mistakes. Life just goes along smoother.

One example that comes to mind: When I was about 20 years into my music and English teaching career, the quiet voice suggested that I start making rehearsal tapes for my choir students. I had no idea how to accomplish this, so I started doing research to see if there was a digital way to accomplish the task. One thing led to another, and before long, I had learned to use a computer in conjunction with a digital piano to sequence (digitally record) choir music and make cassette tapes to give to my choir students so they could take their music home and do homework with the tapes. Students learned their music much faster and sang their music error free. Nearby church, community and college choirs heard about what I was doing and started asking if I would prepare learning tapes of the Messiah, Mozart Requiem, Vivaldi Gloria, and so on. Before long, I had prepared rehearsal tapes for numerous major choral works.

I didn’t know why the quiet voice had asked me to start this new project, but I was happy to obey and trust what I was being asked to do because it was benefiting my choral music groups so much as well as helping nearby choirs learn the major choral works.

It wasn’t until about 10 years and about 100 major choral works later that I understood why I needed to have started this new activity. One day my high school principal called me into his office and told me that he wanted the choral music program to change directions from a classical music standpoint to show choir and musicals. In a heartbeat I realized that the program would need someone else to direct it. I asked him to please find a young drama/music person to take my place the following year. I taught only English the last two years of my 32 year teaching career, while building up my repertoire of rehearsal tapes for the major choral works during those two years.

Towards the middle of my last year of teaching I had to make a formal decision to retire early from teaching (I was only 56) and embrace the rehearsal tape business full time. The income from the rehearsal tape business had not yet equaled my teaching salary, so it was going to take a “leap of faith” to retire from teaching. My wife and I prayed diligently, asking God to guide us to the right decision. Within a short time, He spoke to us both, telling us that it was the right time to take the step, even though the income from the rehearsal tapes was quite a bit less than what we would need to take care of the usual financial obligations we had incurred over the years.

Trusting God’s quiet voice, we took the step to retire from teaching. The next year the rehearsal tape business exploded with new activity even beyond what we had expected. At the end of the year, the income from the rehearsal tape business equaled the previous year’s teaching salary, and continued to grow very fast from then on.

I am very grateful for daily study and growth in the healing Science of the Christ that Mrs. Eddy gave us. My family and I have enjoyed countless healings of all kinds of illnesses, triumph over financial challenges, and growth in grace. Christian Science has blessed our lives immeasurably, and taught us that we can, indeed, trust the “still small voice” to guide us harmoniously through every step of life.

--GRH, Bozeman


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Trusting the Still Small Voice

[PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25] [PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25]

[PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25] “I shall follow and rejoice, All the rugged way,” writes Mary Baker Eddy in one of her poems (Feed My Sheep) that has been set to several lovely hymns in the Christian Science Hymnal. What a humble, listening state of mind that short declaration suggests. I have learned that, if I make that humble state of mind my own, and truly follow my Father-Mother God’s voice – that “still small voice” that is always talking to us – I make less mistakes. Life just goes along smoother. [PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25]

[PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25] [PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25]

[PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25] One example that comes to mind: When I was about 20 years into my music and English teaching career, the quiet voice suggested that I start making rehearsal tapes for my choir students. I had no idea how to accomplish this, so I started doing research to see if there was a digital way to accomplish the task. One thing led to another, and before long, I had learned to use a computer in conjunction with a digital piano to sequence (digitally record) choir music and make cassette tapes to give to my choir students so they could take their music home and do homework with the tapes. Students learned their music much faster and sang their music error free. Nearby church, community and college choirs heard about what I was doing and started asking if I would prepare learning tapes of the Messiah, Mozart Requiem, Vivaldi Gloria, and so on. Before long, I had prepared rehearsal tapes for numerous major choral works. [PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25]

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[PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25] I didn’t know why the quiet voice had asked me to start this new project, but I was happy to obey and trust what I was being asked to do because it was benefiting my choral music groups so much as well as helping nearby choirs learn the major choral works. [PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25]

[PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25]

[PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25] It wasn’t until about 10 years and about 100 major choral works later that I understood why I needed to have started this new activity. One day my high school principal called me into his office and told me that he wanted the choral music program to change directions from a classical music standpoint to show choir and musicals. In a heartbeat I realized that the program would need someone else to direct it. I asked him to please find a young drama/music person to take my place the following year. I taught only English the last two years of my 32 year teaching career, while building up my repertoire of rehearsal tapes for the major choral works during those two years. [PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25]

[PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25]

[PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25] Towards the middle of my last year of teaching I had to make a formal decision to retire early from teaching (I was only 56) and embrace the rehearsal tape business full time. The income from the rehearsal tape business had not yet equaled my teaching salary, so it was going to take a “leap of faith” to retire from teaching. My wife and I prayed diligently, asking God to guide us to the right decision. Within a short time, He spoke to us both, telling us that it was the right time to take the step, even though the income from the rehearsal tapes was quite a bit less than what we would need to take care of the usual financial obligations we had incurred over the years. [PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25]

[PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25]

[PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25] Trusting God’s quiet voice, we took the step to retire from teaching. The next year the rehearsal tape business exploded with new activity even beyond what we had expected. At the end of the year, the income from the rehearsal tape business equaled the previous year’s teaching salary, and continued to grow very fast from then on. [PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25]

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[PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25] I am very grateful for daily study and growth in the healing Science of the Christ that Mrs. Eddy gave us. My family and I have enjoyed countless healings of all kinds of illnesses, triumph over financial challenges, and growth in grace. Christian Science has blessed our lives immeasurably, and taught us that we can, indeed, trust the “still small voice” to guide us harmoniously through every step of life. [PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25]

[PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25]

--GRH, Bozeman

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Trusting the Still Small Voice

[PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25] [PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25]

[PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25] “I shall follow and rejoice, All the rugged way,” writes Mary Baker Eddy in one of her poems (Feed My Sheep) that has been set to several lovely hymns in the Christian Science Hymnal. What a humble, listening state of mind that short declaration suggests. I have learned that, if I make that humble state of mind my own, and truly follow my Father-Mother God’s voice – that “still small voice” that is always talking to us – I make less mistakes. Life just goes along smoother. [PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25]

[PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25] [PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25]

[PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25] One example that comes to mind: When I was about 20 years into my music and English teaching career, the quiet voice suggested that I start making rehearsal tapes for my choir students. I had no idea how to accomplish this, so I started doing research to see if there was a digital way to accomplish the task. One thing led to another, and before long, I had learned to use a computer in conjunction with a digital piano to sequence (digitally record) choir music and make cassette tapes to give to my choir students so they could take their music home and do homework with the tapes. Students learned their music much faster and sang their music error free. Nearby church, community and college choirs heard about what I was doing and started asking if I would prepare learning tapes of the Messiah, Mozart Requiem, Vivaldi Gloria, and so on. Before long, I had prepared rehearsal tapes for numerous major choral works. [PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25]

[PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25]

[PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25] I didn’t know why the quiet voice had asked me to start this new project, but I was happy to obey and trust what I was being asked to do because it was benefiting my choral music groups so much as well as helping nearby choirs learn the major choral works. [PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25]

[PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25]

[PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25] It wasn’t until about 10 years and about 100 major choral works later that I understood why I needed to have started this new activity. One day my high school principal called me into his office and told me that he wanted the choral music program to change directions from a classical music standpoint to show choir and musicals. In a heartbeat I realized that the program would need someone else to direct it. I asked him to please find a young drama/music person to take my place the following year. I taught only English the last two years of my 32 year teaching career, while building up my repertoire of rehearsal tapes for the major choral works during those two years. [PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25]

[PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25]

[PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25] Towards the middle of my last year of teaching I had to make a formal decision to retire early from teaching (I was only 56) and embrace the rehearsal tape business full time. The income from the rehearsal tape business had not yet equaled my teaching salary, so it was going to take a “leap of faith” to retire from teaching. My wife and I prayed diligently, asking God to guide us to the right decision. Within a short time, He spoke to us both, telling us that it was the right time to take the step, even though the income from the rehearsal tapes was quite a bit less than what we would need to take care of the usual financial obligations we had incurred over the years. [PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25]

[PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25]

[PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25] Trusting God’s quiet voice, we took the step to retire from teaching. The next year the rehearsal tape business exploded with new activity even beyond what we had expected. At the end of the year, the income from the rehearsal tape business equaled the previous year’s teaching salary, and continued to grow very fast from then on. [PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25]

[PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25]

[PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25] I am very grateful for daily study and growth in the healing Science of the Christ that Mrs. Eddy gave us. My family and I have enjoyed countless healings of all kinds of illnesses, triumph over financial challenges, and growth in grace. Christian Science has blessed our lives immeasurably, and taught us that we can, indeed, trust the “still small voice” to guide us harmoniously through every step of life. [PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25]

[PHP Error Aug-23-17 - 16:31:25]

--GRH, Bozeman

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