Thought For The Day 12/23/12


It’s The Time Of The Year

When The World Fills With Cheer




Christmas gifts


Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.

Norman Vincent Peale


It is, indeed the time of the year when the world fills with cheer! People are just little a bit nicer. People smile just a bit more. People find themselves humming to the catchy holiday tunes piped throughout our stores. People find it within, to instinctively help their neighbor, remembering a couple of the greatest messages we have been given: that it is necessary to love each other as much as we love ourselves and that giving, especially with a cheerful heart, provides us with such joy!


We are finally in the New Jersey and New York area, sharing the holidays with some of our family that we see all too infrequently! We will be like many travelers at this time of the year….trying to cram a million things into five minutes….and we will love every single second. We will take Landon to see Santa and his village where his grandma saw Santa and his village when she was a little girl! We will enjoy life…the parties and the food and the special love that hometown and family brings! And we will say our goodbyes and cry when it is done but we will forever hold within our hearts, the memories of times that are once in a lifetime!


This is the magic of the promises that were given to man by the birth of that tiny baby 2000 years ago! It is the magic that was heralded to man by angels singing joyfully from the heavens. It is the magic that was lighted by the blinding beams from a heavenly star. It is the magic that wise men traveled miles to witness first hand. It is the magic that a little drummer boy celebrated with his song. It is the golden tie that unites our hearts and lives with the hearts and lives of a simple carpenter and his wife and their son! It is the magic of family!


“But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”

Galatians 4:4-6 (NIV)


During this most blessed season of the year, please remember the millions of our brothers and sisters who continue to suffer from the effects of Superstorm Sandy. Give as much as you can, as often as you can to the following organizations. Your gift might just mean a family who has lost everything might just have something to smile about this Christmas!


Staten Island Gift Cards For Relief
For information, visit


The Robin Hood Relief Fund



“121212” The Concert For Sandy Relief


Call 1-855-465- HELP (4357)

or visit


Twitter #121212concert


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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!

5 responses »

  1. Hey there! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I genuinely enjoy reading your articles.
    Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that cover the same
    topics? Thanks for your time!

    • The difficulty with offering recommendations is that just as the way we believe can be subjective, so can the things we want to read. I just look for inspiring authors and most are not really faith based in nature!

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