Thought For The Day 11/10/12

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Random Acts Of Kindness!

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Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty
Anne Herbert

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Anne Herbert, is said to have once written “Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty” on a place mat in a restaurant. And since that day, the feeling that is contained within this small sentence has blossomed into what is now seen to be almost a rallying cry for people everywhere. And there is something magical about embracing the philosophy of generosity of spirit and then turning it into overt action. It encompasses the very best of the essence of the Almighty which fills us with a light which, once lit, shines through and bathes the world in its glow. Performing those random acts brightens the day, and sometimes even the life, of the one who is the recipient of its magical properties. In fact, it has the capacity to forever change even someone who, by association, simply bears witness to it.

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The stories that are coming out of the Northeast are simply heartbreaking. And much like the response to the devastation from Katrina, sometimes the actions we are seeing are simply a matter of too little, too late! It is not uncommon to discover people who have been without power and even running water, who are now freezing as the fairly temperate climate of fall is rapidly turning into the bone-chilling frost of winter in the region. Add to this food shortages in stores, lines for fuel and in some cases, total homelessness, and it is easy to understand why the level of despondency in the region is skyrocketing!

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I hear every day now the anger and frustration in the voices of people who are rapidly losing their grip on the rope that is barely, just barely, keeping them from completely falling over the edge of the cliff. And while I know that what I am trying to do by my personal response to this disaster, including my financial support as well as keeping the information available to you all every day by reminding you how you can help is not all I would like for it to be, it is what I can do. But more what I am doing overtly, is to fan the flames of kindness in your direction. Perhaps this will inspire you all to do your part to help out, as well. And as your near and dear witness your kindness, so will they carry that kindness farther still. Yes we each may be but a single person…..one…..but we stay one only when we choose to do nothing. But, when we choose to do something and act, we become that snowball rolling down hill, getting bigger and bigger as it travels!

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Ok, so what can we do, you ask? I don’t have much! I would like to travel to NJ to help but I can’t, so what can I do? Well start in your own backyard! Yes those in the north are suffering but so are many in your own communities. Charity that begins at home usually finds itself spread far and wide!

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Be kind.

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Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV:

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you

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Be thoughtful.
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Ephesians 4:2-3 ESV:
With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
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Give out compliments.

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1 Corinthians 9:24 ESV:

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.

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Say thank you.

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2 Corinthians 9:7 ESV:

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

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Volunteer.

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Proverbs 11:24 ESV:

One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.

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Forgive somebody.

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Matthew 6:15 ESV:

But if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses

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Please remember the millions of our brothers and sisters as well as furry companions today who are suffering from the effects of Superstorm Sandy. Give as much as you can, as often as you can to the following organizations.

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The American Red Cross

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The American Humane Association
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or by texting HUMANE to 80888

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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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