Thought For The Day 04/14/13

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“Lake Effects”

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Lake Effects Poster

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Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God; your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Nelson Mandela

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http://andrejcarter.com/quotes/

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There are very few of us who will ever be talented enough to script a movie screenplay and there are even fewer who will be inspired to incorporate the most joyful place they ever spent time visiting into what would become their swan song! But such was the accomplishment of a man by the name of Scott Winters (not to be confused with the actor Scott William Winter, who appeared in the TV series on HBO, OZ)! Knowing he was terminally ill, Mr Winters labored for years to write a love story about a lake community and the miracles that happen there, having no idea that it would be made into a movie by Lifetime Television. And he was able to bear witness to the fruits of his labors, viewing the airing of the movie, only a short time before he would pass away. I’m sure the work he put into this was bone wearying, but he knew that this accomplishment would become part of the legacy of both his life, and his heritage, that would be his gift to present, as well as future, generations!

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A Writer’s Statement: Scott Winters

(written in Hospice, July 2011)

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We help each other define this beautiful, crazy place called earth. A place where we are only visiting for a very short time. Just as the changing of the seasons brings changes, some good and some unexpected, so does the that force of nature that runs through each and every one of us, with our shared experiences and celebrations, our sorrows and times of personal reflection. It is without this connection to our humankind, we would be undone. Together, as we gather in our ‘day to day’ and ‘season to season’, we continue to evolve.
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How often do we each have the opportunity of doing something meaningful….something that has the potential to change the course of life for someone….anyone….but we fail to follow through, either because we feel either unworthy, incompetent or worst of all, indifferent? Well the time to effect any change we hope for must be now….for each of us. That is because the present is all that we have since tomorrow is but a whisper of a promise of what MIGHT be! But before we can do anything to change the world, even when what we do might seem to be something small, we must first look inside our own heart. We can not change anything unless we first change ourselves and make us the very best we can be….mentally, and spiritually! But how can we do that? How about starting with a prayer asking for God’s help?
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Do you remember the name Nehemiah? You should because it is a book of the Bible between Ezra and Esther. Nehemiah was a man who lived in the second half of the 5th century BC. He was likely of the Hebrew tribe of Judah, and was a servant to the king of Persia. Upon hearing that the walls of Jerusalem were broken down, Nehemiah asked the king if he might effect their repair and because he was a trusted servant (he was the king’s cup-bearer) and wise, as well, he was sent to the region as governor of the province. Once there, Nehemiah defied opposition by those who did not know God, effected laws to benefit his people, re-established the rules of Moses, and was universally seen and a good and righteous man. But it was not Nehemiah’s great leadership skills that accomplished everything. It was that he remembered something important. He remembered the importance of prayer. Moreover, he remembered that there are some prayers that can change the world!
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Here is the prayer that helped Nehemiah to do all that he accomplished!
(Nehemiah 1: 5-11(a) NIV) Then I said: 
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“Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you.We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.
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“Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’
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10 “They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand. 11 Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.”

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So now, back to thinking about what you will leave as your legacy, as you pray. What you ask need not be as long as was Nehemiah’s prayer. As a matter of fact, what you pray matters only as long as it is honest and true and asked knowing that it is not our will that matters most, but that we are turning over to God our willingness to follow the direction He chooses for us. But when you finish and you are washed with a sense of peace and clarity, what you should understand and how you should act, will become clear, and you will know what your next step should be! It is as simple and as complex as that! And understanding and acting in this way, will engender a legacy we can be proud of. I am certain this was something Mr Winter, a man with a deep and complex faith, knew well!

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Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 
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Colossians 3:12-14 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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