Thought For The Day 06/21/13


Joy Filled or Oy Vey?




The real end of prayer is not so much to get this or that single desire granted, as to put human life into full and joyful conformity with the will of God.

Charles Bent


How do we know? Know what, you ask? How do we know whether or not the thing we are about to embark on is the right thing for us? Is it time to add some “Joy” to your life instead of some “Oy”? (For those whose language does not encompass the term “Oy” or more specifically, “Oy Vey”, it is a Yiddish exclamation of dismay….something like “for Pete’s sake” or “oh woe is me”, but with a little more oomph behind the intent of the words!)


Well, usually if the question has occurred to us that something is not as it should be in the first place, as far as I am concerned, this should probably be your first clue that something in your life is either absent or at the very least, worth a look-see! However, if you find yourself contented with things as they are progressing for you right now, then it is unlikely that the time is at hand to begin to seek a new pathway or set new goals for your journey. Actually, looking at things this way, it seems to boil down to contentment.


When we are contented with life, we are secure in the provisions God is making for us. There is no who need to seek out more because we have if not most then at least some of what we desire and certainly most of what we need! And for most people this is enough. Then there are others, some of whom share our daily lives walking at our sides, day in and day out. I’m thinking about people who are like Eve was (yes, the Garden of Eden, Eve). She had most, if not all of what she needed, but it seems not all of what she desired! She wanted more and was not contented with things as they were. Well, look at what the result was of that sin of avarice!  


But when it comes to feeling and experiencing “Joy”, well that is a word that should be part of everyone’s everyone’s existence, each and every day! You see, we need not necessarily feel contented to feel joy! John 17:13 KJV, speaks to this. 13 But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. 


Joy remains a tangible reality and can and should be with us all of the time. Yes, it may never be consistently the same. There will be some days that are just a bit happier and where we feel just a bit lighter in our living. But like the gentle ripples on the surface of a pond, the fact that the ripples exist, does not change the volume of water contained within its banks. Joy remains a constant presence in our lives! And why? Because an abundant amount of it is promised to us through the presence in our lives of His Holy Spirit.


Despite the fact that we may think it is gone, especially when our trials threaten to overwhelm us, it never is! It is part of a true and unwavering faith which those who accept and believe know to be absolute. Romans 15:13 NKJV, says to us, 13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. So choose contentment and choose being “Joy Filled”! ALWAYS! It beats beating your chest with all the “Oy Vey’s” you can cry, hands down!


22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

 Galatians 5:22-25 NKJV


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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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