Thought For The Day 03/27/11

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I became ill in 1998 with an unusual neurological disease. I say this not because I want sympathy or extra prayers (although I will never turn down a prayer) but because becoming seriously ill has a way of altering the way one views life and others who are part of our lives. I think that was the first time I discovered which people in my life were true friends. There were friends who called, talked about the weather, and hung up. Then there were the friends who showed up at the house, helped me into my wheelchair or out of bed, or just headed to the closet to grab the vacuum, or sat next to me when I cried and despaired and mourned the loss of my functioning. I can count on one hand the number of those friends…..but those are the same friends I hug and talk to and see and spend time with still today. They will be the friends I cherish for all my tomorrows. It’s not so much what they said and did but more that they were simply there. It was that I knew I could depend on, lean on and gain strength from their presence in my life. Does feeling like this about someone or something sound familiar to you? It should because it’s exactly the same way I felt when God came back into my life….no….when I let God come back into my life….because I have come to realize that He never left me….I left Him, forgot about Him. It’s a mistake I won’t make again, that I guarantee. Because I have discovered that His love for me is a love I can depend on, lean on and gain strength from! It simply is……….

About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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