Thought For The Day 06/09/13

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How Beautiful A Day Can Be

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sunday-quotes

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Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.

Sir John Lubbock

http://www.motivational-inspirational-corner.com/getquote.html?categoryid=134

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While thinking about what to write today, my mind kept remembering a question that is traditionally asked by the youngest child in the Jewish household when the family gathers together to celebrate the Passover Seder. “Why is this night different from all other nights?” And, of course, the celebration of the Seder is the answer itself through the foods that are eaten and even in the way they are prepared. You see, they are all not just a reminder, but a celebration, as well, memorializing how the Jewish people worked together, under God’s protection, to secure their freedom from bondage in Egypt. Which gave me pause to wonder how it is that we as Christians might answer the nearly identical question, if we were asked, “What makes this day of the week….Sunday….different from all other days?”

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Of course, if you are church goer, perhaps your first response would be, because I go to church. And of course, this is important, but the funny thing is that even those who are agnostics,or even atheists, often want the tradition of Sunday being a day of rest, to continue. You see, most people want Sunday to be different so that families can enjoy leisure time together, and since this day has been set aside as the traditional day where many businesses close down, we are given a respite from what is, for most, a hectic life. So if Sunday is the gift we are given that forces us to slow down, we can expect to hear a joyful ‘HALLELUJAH” shouted by all, Christian or non-Christian alike! But Sunday is more than even this!

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Actually, my eyes were opened more following something I once read by a woman who was new to Christianity, having been a lifelong atheist. You see, she finally realized that it was life’s pace that was pushing her past the limits of her God given talents, to accomplish the things that she needed to, which was why she often seemed to accomplish nothing….or at least very little, as she went about her daily living!

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Life definitely was easier before modern lighting and machines in our lives made our living and toiling past Vespers, or the prayer of the lighting of the lamps at day’s end, commonplace. But think about the transformation in the quality of our lives, if we strive NOT to work on Sundays or after sundown! Think of the hours that would now be carved out in your life to give to God, first and foremost! 1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” And secondly, if not Him, then to those you love! Of spending your time, remember Proverbs 22:6 NIV, “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”

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So what lessons can we learn from remembering always the question I asked earlier: “What makes this day of the week….Sunday….different from all other days?”

  • Aligning your heart with that of God, and growing in holiness, is easier when there is dedicated time (or at least time that is not totally consumed by other activities of daily living) to accomplish the closeness needed!
  • When you make a regular time to talk to your Father, your conversations will likely not just become a more frequent occurrence, but a more meaningful one, as well!
  • Choosing to redirect your time for living forces you to trust God to help you by living within your limits, not in spite of your limits!
  • It will be amazing to discover the amount of things you CAN manage when you do not exhaust yourself in trying too hard. Remember that God gives us what we need to accomplish when we have to and surprisingly, it will often be MORE than it was before!
  • When we do our best within reasonable limits, and respect historically Christian customs about times for accomplishing them, God will bless our efforts more than we could imagine.

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“And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.”

Philippians 1:9-11 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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