Thought For The Day 02/10/13

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It’s A New Dawn!

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sunrise

photograph by Barbara Read

http://webdesignledger.com/inspiration/33-beautiful-examples-of-sunrise-photography

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“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the daywho allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety. Finish every day and be done with it.You have done what you could.Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Collected Poems and Translations”

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/new-day

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I think once upon a time I wrote of the difference between the words FAITH and BELIEVE. If you recall, FAITH is what we have been given by God and it is what grows and propels us into choosing to act in ways that are God like. It is the acting component that really defines the verb, BELIEVEing! Yes, it is FAITH and its resulting action of BELIEF which are the first components of the virtues of Christianity talked about by St Paul, FAITH, HOPE and LOVE (charity). And despite the fact that Christ determined that the greatest of the three virtues, was the third, LOVE or charity, I really have to wonder if the second two would even be possible without the first! Think about Paul’s testimony in Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”, and it would seem to support the facts that the growth of both Hope and Love would not really have been possible without the existing foundation of the first, Faith!

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Regardless of how it is you view their importance, what is not nor ever will be in dispute, is the fact that it is only through the special blending of all three of these virtues, that somehow creates the crazy good way a heart that knows them and a spirit that seeks to live by them, feels every day. Now I don’t know if the virtues are responsible for triggering those feel good endorphins that are released into our blood stream when we are happy or if the virtues themselves ARE the endorphins, but when we have FAITH, our eye can see beyond the jumbled up mess that life sometimes is, to a future filled with promises that HOPE gives to us. And it is that same faith that helps us to experience the special LOVE that we know and share with our nearest and dearest who join us on the roller coaster ride that is life. It is these same three that tell us over and over that with God, anything is possible! The gifts of the three, FAITH, HOPE and LOVE, opens our eyes to the reality that with God, every new dawn and new day brings us closer to that new life which is His promise for us all!

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“Feeling Good”

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written by English singer-songwriters

Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse

for the 1965 musical

The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd”

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Birds flying high
You know how I feel
Sun in the sky
You know how I feel
Reeds driftin’ on by
You know how I feel
It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
For me
And I’m feeling good
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Fish in the sea
You know how I feel
River running free
You know how I feel
Blossom in the tree
You know how I feel
It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
For me
And I’m feeling good
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Dragonfly out in the sun you know what I mean, don’t you know
Butterflies all havin’ fun you know what I mean
Sleep in peace when the day is done, that’s what I mean
And this old world is a new world
And a bold world
For me
For me
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Stars when you shine
You know how I feel
Scent of the pine
You know how I feel
Yeah freedom is mine
And I know how I feel
It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
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It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
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It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
It’s a new life
For me
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And I’m feeling good,
I’m feeling good, I feel so good!

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http://youtu.be/ZSK9kkM7GL4

YouTube video song performed by Michael Bublé

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“…for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

Ephesians 5:14 NIV

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It is now February of 2013, more than 3 months since Superstorm Sandy struck on October 29, 2012, and yet there are still people living in Staten Island that remain without the essential services that you and I are taking for granted today, even as Winter weather is now descending. 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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