Thought For The Day 07/28/11


Me !!!!!

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I have been writing my thoughts for months now. I have talked about my family, my faith, my passions, my pursuits and my dreams. But suddenly I realized that most of you don’t know a lot about me. Who exactly is Mandy? What are the things that have brought me to this place in my life? If truth be known, sometimes I wonder how much I actually know myself. I can give you all my biography, but whether or not that will help you to really know me is an entirely different thing.

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I am the eldest of 4 children, born in Philadelphia, PA and raised in South Jersey. I was raised in the same town both of my parents were born in and I was given the tools of faith from a very early age. I was raised Methodist and in my jewelry box I still have the pin my Sunday School added bars to every year for perfect attendance. Even when I was a child and we traveled, like 1966 when we vacationed in Nassau, my parents made it a point to find a church and a Sunday School for us to attend. My perfect attendance pin is 14 years long.

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I attended High School in a neighboring town and even way back when, I showed an aptitude for writing. I was placed in an honors English and History class and the English part took, while the History part? Not so much! I wanted to be a doctor but somewhere along the way I didn’t think I was smart enough to pursue a medical degree and so I decided early on to pursue a career in nursing. And while I think I would have been happy attending a diploma program, my parents felt that a degree was a necessity. And, of course, everything happens as it is meant to, because it was while I was away at college that I met my husband. Dan and I married in 1975 and I graduated with my BSN in 1976.

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I find that often nurses either find the one place where they are the most fulfilled and stay there for their entire career, or they search again and again, trying to find that perfect fit. That was me. I worked in a hospital in nearly every area including the cardiac ICU, I worked as a psychiatric nurse, I was a supervisor in a very large nursing home, I worked in home care with a specialty in hospice services, I was a supervisor for discharge planning in a university hospital and lastly, was a case manager for high level trauma patients in NYC. And along the way, I took the time to deliver a daughter and a son who were and are, my pride and joy! I raised my children in the Presbyterian faith, becoming a deacon along the way. And then I became sick and somehow, lost my way, and my faith, for a while. I was no longer able to work…..actually for a number of years I was not able to walk either and that was the thing that prompted our relocation to SC in 2000. We needed to downsize and simplify. We settled our children who opted to remain up north, packed the car with clothes, a TV, Dan’s golf clubs, our computer, and us and we never looked back! And we lived, happily ever after! Almost!

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There always seemed to be something missing in my life with Dan once we arrived here. We were happy. We were and still are in love. And even when Sabrina moved here, married and gave birth to our grandson, something was still missing. Then, in March, 2011, I heard a whisper and felt His hand on my heart. I was not looking for these things….they just happened. I knew with my entire being that I was being led in a new direction and that it was a journey that I HAD to make. I couldn’t totally explain it to Dan but, thank the Lord, he loves me with all his heart and he is not one to question an epiphany like the one I experienced. And in a way, I think he had his own spiritual reawakening in January, 2011, when he made the decision to undergo training to become a SC Guardian Ad Litem. And, of course, as you all know, “MandysPath” was born. My blogs are being re-printed all over the world and those who are following my journey are growing every day.

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I am no gifted preacher. I will never have a church and parishioners. But I do have an internet ministry. I spread His message to many through my blogs. I do spiritual counseling for some people who, much like I did, have lost their way. I have developed outreach services by affiliating with Fostering Hope and I will be establishing my chaplaincy for hospice once my credentialing is completed by the state. I wake up every day with a joy in my heart and I know that everything I have been through and done in my life was His plan for bringing me to this place. I am happier than I have ever been before!

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Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more
things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be
happier.  The way it actually works is the reverse.  You must first be who you
really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want. 

~ ~ Margaret Young  ~ ~

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“MandysPath” Ministry

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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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