Thought For The Day 07/12/12


Only God Can…..



[T]he finish line is sometimes merely the symbol of victory.  All sorts of personal triumphs take place before that point, and the outcome of the race may actually be decided long before the end. 

Laurence Malone


I sometimes think that we do not appreciate the sheer magnitude of the things that God can do to transform all of those negatives that seem to assault us every day into positives that we can apply to our lives as we seek to become even better people. But we have to be able to open not just our hearts but our minds, as well, to all of these efforts. God doesn’t always thrash us over the head with the things He wants us to know. Instead, it might just be a gentle nudge as if we are feeling a hand in the small of our back, guiding us in the direction we need to head.


 So the next time your life seems like a huge MESS, pull back a moment and see if you feel that guiding hand. Is God helping you to discover if there is a MESSage to be learned from all of the chaos in your life? Don’t just take the easy way out by focusing on the things that are obvious. Look deeper and discover what you find when you look inward and into a heart that has allowed the love of God safe haven.  Is it just possible that God is TESTing the degree of your faith? Perhaps He asking that you speak up and by doing so, reveal what only you know. Can you share some personal TESTimony where you open up and tell the world that you believe with all your heart, mind and soul? So often, simply opening up and honestly and unashamedly sharing with others the love you feel as one who is secure in the knowledge that Jesus Christ is your personal Lord and Savior, can serve to transform those TRIals into TRIumph! Now I can not speak for everyone else, but I can state with certainty what my heart tells me is true, and that is that in life, it is always preferable to become one who knows VICTory in the things we do rather than remain the VICTim we condemn ourselves to becoming if we refuse to meet life’s challenges head on. Yes, indeed, there is nothing you can not manage as long as you are armed with faith and knowledge that GOD‘s GOODness endures always!



performed by Jerry Vale


    Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

James 1:2-4


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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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