Thought For The Day 05/02/13

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What Lurks In The Shadows

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Doubters do not achieve; skeptics do not contribute; cynics do not create. Faith is the great motive power, and no man realizes his full possibilities unless he has the deep conviction that life is eternally important, and that his work, well done, is a part of an unending plan.

Calvin Coolidge

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Any person who has ever been seriously ill has an intimate knowledge of life somewhere in the misty shadows of doubt and question. Will this kill me? Can I recover? And it is that all too human part of our mind that seems to take a hold, sometimes even taking over,  any shred of that rational part of us where our faith dwells. And while there are some for whom the certainty of God’s plan remains clear, most of us are not quite as fortunate.

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Most of us are the ones whose thoughts begin to morph into the negative’s of all things. Yes, it happens to me, despite the fact that I know with my entire being that what is happening serves Him regardless whether it serves me or not! But doubt is a powerful foe. Once we allow it to gain a foothold, it becomes pervasive and all-encompassing, just as the single seed of a weed can take over an entire lawn, in the blink of an eye!

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Make no mistake. Doubt is not a blessing of God’s giving. It is an infection from the devil himself, meant to steal us away from our faith and trust in Him! But Satan holds no power over us if we willingly go to the Lord and place with Him for safekeeping, our hearts…complete with all the fear and doubt that dwells there. And just as surely as He can and will banish Satan and His minion from earth for all time (Revelation 12:9 NIV, “The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.”), so will He provide us with the strength to look those fears and doubt square in the eye, and banish them from our lives for all time, as well!

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So remember to exercise your faith and give it the muscle it needs to help you with your inner demons.  Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 NIV. Open your mind to God and the things He promises to us, through the gift and sacrifice of His son, Jesus Christ. Do not let your hearts be troubled, because what it is He wants for us, is to have the blessings of peace and contentment, because we know and trust in Him!

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 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid”

John 14:27 NIV

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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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