Thought For The Day 03/03/13

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Just Another Manic Sunday

Wish It Were Saturday?

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Sunday-Morning-in-Sleepy-Hollow

“Sunday Morning in Sleepy Hollow”

Art Print by Jennie A. Brownscombe

http://www.barewalls.com/pv-475824_Sunday-Morning-in-Sleepy-Hollow.html

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“Why is Monday so far from Friday but Friday close to Monday?”

Author Unknown

http://www.searchquotes.com/search/Another_Manic_Monday/2/

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Today is a day my heart aches for those wonderful days of yesteryear! It seems as if it were only yesterday when our choice as to what to do on a Sunday morning was as simple as sharing breakfast together, then putting on our Sunday best complete with white gloves and pill-box hat adorning a head full of curls courtesy of the home permanent, “TONI” (who remembers the commercial with the line, “Which Twin Has The Toni?”). Today, our Sunday’s seem to have morphed into “manic Sunday”.

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For many people, especially those working 2 jobs (or more), Sunday becomes the ONLY day they have to clean the house, wash the clothes, go grocery shopping, spend time with the children, write letters, surf the web, pay bills, catch a movie and about a hundred other things that have escaped notice the other 6 days of the week! In fact, there are many who see Sunday as a day where they can actually draw a breath that is not part of the schedule drawn up by a Supervisor who has had the need to maximize worker productivity so ingrained, that they feel there is no alternative except to micromanage every second of the workday of their subordinates!

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Given the relentless struggle that faces so many families in the 21st century, it is no wonder that we have found the ways in which we worship so drastically altered in recent years. Today many share their Sunday service with hundreds and perhaps thousands of others who tune into Sunday morning worship on the television or via the internet. Acts 2:1 ESV, “When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.” Many Roman Catholic’s go to Saturday evening mass and many Protestant denominations have a mid-week worship. Hebrews 10: 24-25 ESV, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Still others sit around the family table, Bible in hand, and read passages together. Matthew 18:20 NIV, “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” Still others do not formally worship but try to spend some time paying forward their blessings by manning soup kitchens, charity thrift stores and other charitable endeavors. James 1:27 NIV, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

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There is no longer any way of serving the Almighty that is better than any other, as long as it is done with a mind that knows and a heart that feels God’s existence, even when the eyes can’t see His face and the ear can’t hear His voice! Hebrews 10:22 NLT, “let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.” You see God’s church exists but not where you might think it does. It exists not within the walls of a place, but rather, within the walls of the human heart!

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Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

John 4:23-24 NIV

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It is now March 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 basic necessities for living that you and I take for granted. 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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