Thought For The Day 03/08/13

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 Sugar and Spice AND Snips and Snails!

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Little boy and girl

http://www.andrea-schroeder.com/Kim10.html

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.

Kahil Gibran

“The Prophet”

http://www.bohra.net/archive/gibran/gibran4.html

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So often we adults are of the mindset that we have only one opportunity to get it right. Then we look at the state of the world and wonder how it all could have gone so completely wrong so quickly. And we ask ourselves the question whose answer seems to ever elude us. Can it….will it….ever get better? But suddenly we are compelled to take another look at the world and we see that the answer is right there. It was in front of us all along. You see, it is tomorrow’s promise in the faces of our gifts of sugar and spice and snips and snails….our children!

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We teach our children the important things in life. Or at least the things we believe to be important. We teach them to love other people. We teach them by example, to be kind and compassionate. We teach them the importance of always seeking to better themselves by being open to learning new things. We teach them to close their eyes, open their ears and to listen and to feel the world around them. We teach them that for everything to work together in unity and harmony, we must know faith and understand that where man has limitations, God does not!  And we teach them that it is the melding of all of these things that will set their feet on the path that will allow them to reach the stars! Deuteronomy 6:6-9 ESV And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

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Many people seek to explain faith by making an analogy that faith is exactly like the wind. We can not see wind, although we can see what it does to trees in the forest or clouds in the sky. We can not hear wind, although we can hear the effects is has as it passes between the skyscrapers in our cities or the corn stalks in our fields. But we can feel the wind as it tousles our hair and dances on our cheeks. So does the fact that it is only something we can only feel mean that it is not real? Of course not! Well faith is the same thing. We can not see faith but we can see the smile it brings to the faces of those who know its joy. We can not hear faith’s sound but we hear it’s promises through the words contained in the Testaments. But we can feel faith as it enters our hearts and transforms the part of us that is our humanity. It’s very essence compels us to become even better than we believe is possible. It attaches itself to our sense of morality, and guides us along a path whereby we simply can’t help sharing it’s message everywhere we go. No, not but preaching, but by how we choose to live our lives and behave towards others. Romans 10:17 ESV, So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

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So let us start faith from the earliest moments in our children’s lives. Let our teaching them of the “how’s” to live include the “why’s” we should live in a way that shows only the best person we can be. As caretakers of our most precious treasure, we owe it to them to live our faith every day and teach them what is right by our example. Nurture their bodies, nurture their minds and nurture their spirits so that they choose life’s path for good. They are God’s promise of a future for mankind and they will be the ones to  remake our world into a better world for all of our tomorrows!

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The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

Proverbs 16:9 ESV

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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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