Thought For The Day 04/02/13

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Baggage!

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baggage

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I think everybody has a little relationship baggage. I’m no expert, but I think when screening potential partners determining whether your two sets of luggage is compatible is part of the process.

Sistah 1

http://community.beliefnet.com/sistah1

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It is not often that I use another’s post exclusively in my thought. I believe that what you want to read are my thoughts, hopes, dreams….my heart and soul….rather than someone else’s. But every so often I run across an article that tugs at my heart and that is when I know the time is at hand to think outside the box a bit. I did that yesterday and I am doing it again today! Don’t worry though. Tomorrow we’ll be back to my own take on matters of faith or love or trust or whatever tickles my fancy!

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This article came from a dear friend of mine who has been wintering someplace a bit warmer that the weather we have been having here in South Carolina, this winter. And wouldn’t you know it, that just as the temperature rises above my age, she is on her way back home. But not before she sent this to me as an email while traveling back here from Arizona in the car (Ain’t 4G wonderful?). The title of the piece was “A Great Lesson On Stress”, although I think that a more appropriate title might be, “Letting Go Of Excess Baggage”. I’ll leave it up to you to choose the one that you think fits the message best!

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A Great Lesson On Stress

AKA

Letting Go Of Excess Baggage

A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, ‘half empty or half full?’… She fooled them all …. “How heavy is this glass of water?” she inquired with a smile.  Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. To 20 oz.
 
She replied , “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it.If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm.If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an Ambulance. In each case it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”
 
She continued, “and that’s the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.””As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden – holding stress longer and better each time practiced. So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night… Pick them up tomorrow. 
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Sounds a bit like Psalms 55:22 (GOD’S WORD Translation), “Turn your burdens over to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will never let the righteous person stumble.” You see, He is always ready to shoulder our cares if we but trust them with Him, which is why Mary C. Crowley’s quotation has taken off like a house on fire. “Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He’s going to be up all night anyway.” Now looking back at the stumbling from the verse from Psalms, here are a few “stumbling” or “a-hem” truths that might just bring a smile to your face! I like number one because it mirrors what was once my profile quote on my social media page before I re-found religion!
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Accept the fact that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue!
Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
Drive carefully… It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.
If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
Never buy a car you can’t push.
Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on.
Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.
Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
The second mouse gets the cheese.
When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.
We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.
A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY
Save the earth….. It’s the only planet with chocolate! I THINK !!!!

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“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.”

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 KJV

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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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