Thought For The Day 11/26/11


Family Ties!



Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family. Most of us would give our own life for the survival of a family member, yet we lead our daily life too often as if we take our family for granted.

Paul Pearshall


This is the time of the year when family ties seem to be stronger than at any other time of the year. And while the ties that bind us all together, my family and me, are inviolable and as strong as iron,  we (I) all too often become so consumed by our (my) own concerns of the moment, that we (I) neglect to do what we (I) must, to keep those that we (I) love feeling that love. Yes, I added the I’s to this piece because I must confess and plead guilty to doing this.


My father is visiting my sister in Colorado and while he will be coming home soon, I have been remiss is not calling him more to say “hi ….. how are you doing? I miss you! I love you!” Shame on me for that! Yes, we have been busy, with Sabrina moving, Landon’s surgery, and me “gimping” about. But too busy to keep in touch? That is inexcusable and I will promise him (yes, my dad is my most faithful reader each and every day) right here and now that I will rectify this!


Now my second confession concerns the man I love most …. my wonderful husband, Dan. Now my husband is a person who can be tested only so far and then his eruption compares to Mt Vesuvius, whose eruption decimated an entire culture. He is patient and understanding most of the time, but I have definitely been taking him for granted lately. Now my blessing in this is that he has his outlets for his passions which include his golf as well as the kids he helps as a Guardian Ad Litem. But I have not been there for him lately as I should have been and for that I am very sorry. And that is another thing I will correct! ASAP!


How often must each of us plead guilty to these very same things? We become all too consumed in the “I”, “Me”, “Mine” and we neglect the “Our”, “We”, “Us”. My dad is 84 and my husband has cancer, and has had recurrences off and on for the last 13 years. And we, none of us, know what is in store for us in a year, month, day, hour, minute, or second from now! So let’s never forget to let those around us, and most especially our family, know how very much we love them and need them and cherish each and every thing they bring into our lives every second, minute, day, month, year and forever … whatever the days are that God has in store for our lives!


Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7


My friend Michael Fawcett wrote this beautiful song as tribute to his wonderful dad, Wayne Fawcett, who passed away earlier this year. I hope your enjoy it! I send it to my dad and to my family, whom I all to often neglect but for whom my love is undying! Please click the link below to see this wonderful video tribute entitled, Thank You, Dad!



Copyright © 2011 “MandysPath” Ministry-ULC

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!

One response »

  1. Hi Mandy: Wow, I watched the video. Very powerful. I lost my dad the same year that I lost Leah. My dad was in the same hospital where Leah was born. He was in the burn unit and Leah was in the nursery. I couldn’t take Leah in to meet her great grandfather, because of her disease and because the burn unit is nutsy about germs. My Dad was awesome and I miss him so much. Give your Dad a call and tell him how much he means to you. Take care. Love Leah and Tabby’s Nana

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