Thought For The Day 07/20/13


True Beauty Is Seen With The Heart!



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“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.”

Albert Ellis

September 27, 1913 – July 24, 2007

American Psychologist and Author


Inner Beauty! We’ve all heard these words but do we know exactly what the words mean? And even more importantly, is it that Inner Beauty that we see when we look at another person? Probably not, if the only way we are looking at people is with the eyes alone and not the heart! But when we see others as our Father in Heaven tells us we should in 1 Peter 3:3-4 NIV, (“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight”), well then we really ARE seeing the most beautiful part of them. And when we do, we are also showing God the very best part of us…..our Inner Beauty!


That is exactly what I see when I see a picture or look at a video of Lizzie Velasquez. But that is not what most people saw when they looked at her at one time. In fact, once an 8 second video of her was circulated through the internet and it was entitled, “The World’s Ugliest Woman”. (If you go on YouTube, you can still find that video today!) It was an interview that Lizzie did when she was only 11 years old about a medical condition she has that is so rare, it doesn’t even have a name! Now what was even worse was that the video went viral, with several million views and several hundred thousand of the ugliest, gut wrenching responses to the post, by black-hearted people who, I dare say, are not looking closely enough, or as often as they should be, into their own mirror! Lizzie read every single, hate-filled response, that was there. As is to be expected, she was torn to pieces almost beyond rational thought, and as she was trying to figure out how to exact her revenge, something happened. God spoke to her! And, while He didn’t used these exact words, the following was the gist of His message to Lizzie: “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have”…..and now I’m giving you the chance to choose what road you want to take, so choose wisely!


Well Lizzie chose, and her story is an amazing story of strength, determination…..and unwavering, absolute FAITH! She is a motivational speaker, an author, and a hero to many who live their lives as victims! And so today I am making available to you 2 videos of Lizzie. The first, immediately below, appeared in GodVine, and it is how I first came to know Lizzie and hear her story. To view it, you must click the URL below. It is 6 minutes long, but they will be the most inspiring 6 minutes you ever spent! The second video is embedded, and you simple need to click the arrow on the screen below to view it. It is 7 minutes long. I hope you see both but PLEASE, at least look at one of them. Once you do, your definition of the word BEAUTIFUL will be forever changed! I promise you that!






“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.”

Matthew 23:27



Happy 51st Birthday to my baby brother, Harold (Hal) Pierce!

Can’t wait to see you in a couple of weeks! Then it’ll be me hugging you and not the bear!


Copyright © 2011-2013 “MandysPath” Ministry


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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