Thought For The Day 08/20/13

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The Perfect Love

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Perfect-Love

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Since marriage is a spiritual relationship involving husband, wife, and God, prayer together keeps communication flowing among all three.

Dennis and Barbara Rainey

http://thisdaysthought.org/dennis-and-barbara-rainey-since-marriage-is-a-spiritual-relationship/

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Relationships that are forged with that someone special we envision spending a lifetime with, are perhaps the most complicated and difficult ones to cultivate. They are far more involved that your typical platonic friendship, where secrets can be kept from the other without damaging the integrity of the relationship. But not so when the nurturing a relationship where the bonds of true love are burgeoning. You see, we must be comfortable enough to bare those skeletons in our closets, because if there is one thing that every human carries with them, it is baggage! And if there is one thing that baggage carries, it is the inevitable hurt and resentment that can erode even the best dreams for a shared future with another.

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Just as the wise man built his house upon a rock, we must work toward establishing a rock solid foundation that is capable of supporting an intimate relationship for a lifetime. And to do this, we must bare all, and feel free enough to talk about those painful embarrassments. We must somehow reach, if not an understanding of these things, at least a capacity to put them into their proper place in the general scheme of this hoped for shared life!

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We are always to remember that it was God’s perfect love for us that gave us salvation’s promise through Christ. It is also this same perfect love that asks us to cast from us the fears that we will be rejected by Him for our sins. 1 John 4:12 NIV tells us, “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.” And since we model the love we share with our life’s partner after God’s perfect love for us, and if we have chosen well, we need not fear being rejected by the one we choose as our mate, when we bare our souls to them. According to the “Family Life Marriage Bible”, written by Dennis & Barbara Rainey (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FamilyLife), just as God’s heart embraces this imperfect being that is man, so should the love we share with our partner speak these things to us, “I embrace you. I receive you. I accept you. I cherish you. And, yes, I forgive you” when those difficult days descend!

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A thank you to Nancy Salazar, author of the blog post on WordPress, “Love Your Spouse” (http://loveyourspouse.wordpress.com), for inspiring today’s “THOUGHT” and introducing me to the “Family Life Marriage Bible”!

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4) Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5) It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6) Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7) It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 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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