Thought For The Day 06/30/12

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Faith Through The Storms

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Landon sleeping during the car ride home after a long and tiring day at M.U.S.C. (Medical University of South Carolina) on June 28, 2012

EEG paste makes for funky hair gel!

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There is much in the world to make us afraid.  There is much more in our faith to make us unafraid. 

Frederick W. Cropp

 http://quotegarden.com/fear.html

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 When trials come knocking, our very first impulse is not to open that door up. But I always have held, occasionally with a little nudge from friends who shall remain anonymous, (like Pastor Brian, Rev Michael and last but not least, Friar Jeff…LOL) that it is better to face the enemy, stare him down and charge ahead even with an incomplete understanding of all the “whys” and “wherefores”, than to not know what he might just be doing behind your back. I seem to totally relate to the adage, “Keep your friends close but keep your enemies closer”! And this doesn’t just apply to the enemies with a corporeal form but also applies to those unseen ones, the ones that plague us with all of those fears and doubts, that seem to lay just underneath our conscious selves! We all have them at one time or another. They are the landmines along life’s path that you know come right from Satan’s belly, with no intent other than trying to undermine the faith that rests in our hearts and in our souls!

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The tension is so thick around here you can cut it with a knife. Everyone is working on the last nerve they can manage to summon up. That is what Satan seems to delight in when medical concerns invade a household. It is what the Bruscella-Hilliard families are facing even as we speak. And yet it is not in our natures to surrender. Yes, we occasionally host the obligatory “Pity Party”, as I did yesterday. That is also part of what is the natural response of so many of us. But no more stages of grief for me! Today, I pull my big girl panties up and get back to work. I do what is in my nature to do. I work out my plan of attack. I begin gathering my resources together, including, first and foremost, my faith and my connections with all of those who serve to support and nurture that faith within me. Then secondly, I gather the resources together that are more tangible, like my community resources, and I get to work. Call to Baby Net to alert the Early Intervention team that there is a new care plan in the works…..check. Alert Dr Daniels to expect the specialist report from Charleston and to expect contact from Baby Net…..check. Alert daycare to watch for neurological symptoms and to get a report from them about Landon’s communication progress for the day…..check. Get the name of the best Occupational Therapist in Myrtle beach to join our team which includes the best Speech Therapist and the best Early Intervention Coordinator…..check. Breathe…..check!

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Even Jesus was not insulated from facing storms in his life. Remember when Jesus and the Disciples, having just finished speaking to the people, decided to cross the sea to the opposite shore to rest for the night? They were in the middle of the journey just as the storm hits! It was a terrifyingly brutal assault, not all that uncommon on the Sea of Galilee, because of its location near Mt. Hermon and the mountain’s unpredictable weather patterns! Both Matthew and Luke recall the events using nearly identical words, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” (Matthew 8:25 and Luke 8:24). It was clear that they feared for their mortal lives. Of course, Jesus’ response was, “Why are you so afraid?”, and “Do you still have no faith?”. What they learned (and what I re-discovered) is that God does not guarantee that any of us will experience calm seas and smooth sailing as we live our lives. What He does give to us is the strength to face those trials and then He gives us the resources, both within and without, to do what we can to overcome them. Yes, I did always know what the answer was. I just needed a little nudge to remember it! Have a little Faith!

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“They were terrified and asked each other, ‘Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!’”

Mark 4:41

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Copyright © 2011-2012 “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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