Thought For The Day 01/23/13

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Seeing Beyond The Horizon

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Horizon

Photo taken by Daniel Bruscella, III with his iPhone

While on vacation in 2012 in FL

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“Suppose I was to tell you that it’s just beauty that’s calling me, the beauty of the far off and unknown, the mystery and spell which lures me, the need of freedom of great wide spaces, the joy of wandering on and on—-in quest of the secret which is hidden over there—-beyond the horizon?” 

Eugene O’Neill  

Beyond the Horizon

http://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/1715894-beyond-the-horizon-a-play-in-three-acts

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Taking that “leap of faith” toward the promise of the things that lie beyond where the eyes can see. Never an easy thing for a man or a woman to do! And certainly not easy when that which is  sought is an intangible such as a promise of life everlasting! So how does the heart, mind and soul know when the moment is right for the seeker to take that leap of faith to God?

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I once read that faith, while rooted in the unknown, really moves and grows from the unknown into the known  because being reborn allows each of us to see from the heart and not just the eyes! Pretty profound thought, don’t you think? Faith allows us to see the promise that is God’s kingdom, and allows us to move beyond the realities that living mortal lives plants within our hearts.  Our hearts hold so many earthly things such as anger and bitterness and, (dare I even say it) hatred. In fact, most people really never see into the depths of their own hearts, because the heart can be such a deceptive visionary. We are even told as much in Jeremiah, 17:9 ESV, “9) The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Yes, the heart often seeks to deceive us into believing that all is right with the way we live our lives in the world. And if we really don’t know ourselves and all that we are capable of, how then, can we learn to trust others? Well, as we spend time in shared experiences, we grow together with all of those other mortals who share in our lives! So why not with God?

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Yes, just as we grow to trust others, so has God shared with us enough knowledge about him through His revelations so that any of us can enter into the same meaningful relationship with him that we have with the rest of our friends and families who dwell on earth with us. However the moment we are struck by this often happens when we least expect it, and only when our mind is ready to consider the things He seeks to share. But for us to understand and grow with Him, we must be willing to learn what it is He deems we should know.  2 Timothy 3:16-17 reaffirms this, even as it reminds us of the amazing fact that it is by His mouth to the mind of man, that His scripture was given life, in the first place! “16) All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17) that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

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A man by the name of Smith Wigglesworth (and yes, I laughed when I read his name too!) was a British evangelist who brought his voice to the burgeoning movement of Pentacostalism. Anyway, Smith made a promise to God that he would not go to bed at night until he had delivered to Him a new believer. It was a promise he kept until he passed away on March 12, 1947. But it is a quote attributed to him that I find so compelling as I think about taking that leap of faith to faith!  “Fear looks; faith jumps. Faith never fails to obtain its object. If I leave you as I found you, I am not God’s channel. I am not here to entertain you, but to get you to the place where you can laugh at the impossible.” (1) And just as Smith sought to bring people to the edge where they might glimpse (and laugh) at the impossible, so do I encourage you to envision all that He promises lies just beyond the horizon! I may be a simple person who is but a novice in believing myself, but I speak with the knowledge of one who leapt and has seen, that the things that are to be seen, when we take that leap, are wondrous, indeed!

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(1) http://hopefaithprayer.com/faith/faith-quotes/

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BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON

(a feel-good song for the ages)

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Beyond the blue horizon
Waits a beautiful day…
Goodbye to things that bore me
Joy is waiting for me…
I see a new horizon
My life has only begun…
Beyond the blue horizon

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Lies a rising sun…
Beyond the blue horizon
Waits a beautiful day…
Goodbye to things that bore me
Joy is waiting for me…
I see a new horizon
My life has only begun…

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Beyond the blue horizon
Lies a rising sun!
Beyond the blue horizon
Lies a rising sun!

Song performed by Michael Nesmith (yes, of the Monkees)

From his 1970 “Magnetic South”  album

http://youtu.be/Y_e1yMZLkII

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We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us. On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us.

2 Corinthians 1:8-10 NIV

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Well, it is now 2013, and while it may be hard for you to believe, there are still people living in the area devastated by Superstorm Sandy back on October 29th, 2012, that remain without essential services that you and I are taking for granted today! Please remember the millions of our brothers and sisters who continue to suffer from the effects of this horrific storm. Lives will continue be impacted for years to come. But you can help! Please consider sending a Gift Card to the organization listed below. Thousands of cards have been distributed since November but millions more are needed. Give as much as you can, as often as you can! Your gift might just mean a family who has lost everything might just have something to smile about!

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Staten Island Gift Cards For Relief
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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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