Thought For The Day 02/15/13

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Spring Cleaning 

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Let this season of LENT remind us all that this life we have and the material possessions we hold are just being LENT to us. We’re all passersbyes. We’re not immigrants here. We’re all pilgrims on the road. We bring nothing when we die. But we can leave behind the love we’ve shared, the hope we have given and the goodness we’ve done.

Author Unknown

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Once more, the time of the year is at hand when we begin our traditional preparations for the changing of the seasons. As days lengthen and the sun shines brighter and warmer, we can almost smell the transition from winter to spring in the air all around us. Almost instinctively, we clean closets, we open windows, and we blow the stagnant mustiness of rooms sealed since the chill of fall’s days became the cold of winter nights! We welcome the freshening that the blue sky and fluffy white clouds promise us for the springtime days ahead. But how many of you have come to think about the period of Lent in exactly the same way? Well, you should, because Lent prepares God’s spiritual house for cleaning in preparation for the holiest of days in our Christian calendar… Easter!

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We live our lives in a time when we are witnessing the rebounding of abundance in the western nations. Yes, many third world countries continue to exist in impoverished circumstances, but it is the conscience attempt at sacrifice made by those who do not know want, that gives this spiritual spring cleaning we perform during Lent, its significance! It moves us once more into the mindset that we must pay our dues to reap the reward that Christ’s sacrifice gifted to mankind!

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Yes, the days of Lent, and the sacrifices we choose as we embark on our spiritual house cleaning during the weeks ahead, are our reminder that the blessings we are endowed with are really only ours to borrow….for the time we walk the earth. They are, in reality, “lent” to us! So remembering that, just how much are you willing to sacrifice in an attempt to draw closer to our Heavenly Father?  Jesus gave up His life! What will your sacrifice be?

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“Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.

Joel 2:12-13 ESV

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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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