Thought For The Day 08/26/13

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Cleaning House

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AFFLUENZA

“A noun, meaning an extreme form of materialism in which consumers overwork and accumulate high levels of debt to purchase more goods (the word is a blend of affluence and influenza)”

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http://www.unclutter-organize-transform.com/clutter-quotes.html

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It’s almost that time of the year once more. Yes, the days are becoming shorter and the lights are being turned on earlier in the evening….all signs that we are beginning our transition from summer to fall. And while our temperatures remain hot and humid during the day, the nights are freshening and cooling and you can practically smell the promise that cooler days will soon be here. But the change in seasons means another thing in my house. It’s almost time to do some heavy-duty cleaning and rid ourselves of any trace of Affluenza. After all, you know what they say….”Cleanliness is next to Godliness!”

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Yes indeed, cleaning up and tossing out is very good for both the body and the soul, which is why those of the Jewish faith clean their houses thoroughly before Passover. You see, before Passover, the house needs to be cleaned so that all chametz (leavened products) are removed. And yes, while I know that this happens in the spring, still the ritual is more than just Spring Cleaning. You see, the chametz, which puffs up and rises from the leavening, symbolizes egotism and haughtiness within each heart. Then think about the Matza, which is allowed fare during Passover. It is low, flat and simple. Even its flavor is humble, which is the way we must be to really allow God to enter us! So whether Jew or Gentile, cleaning is symbolic in that it allows us to empty ourselves of the clutter that we accumulate and which stands between us and God.

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Don Aslet, an author whose quotes I often use as part of my thoughts, wrote a book entitled CLUTTER S LAST STAND”. If you never heard of it, you have to look it up, because with humor, he is able to convince us that it is all of the clutter in our lives, mental, emotional and physical, that is a BIGGEST reason we suffer from both inefficiency in our homes, our jobs and almost every other thing that is a part of what constitutes modern life. AND, he contends that it is also a cause of depression!

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Now while I agree with him wholly regarding the things he cited, I also know that it is the clutter that comes with our misplaced priorities, that is what often separates us and God! We so often place the things in our life above Him, and just like the Jewish people have known for centuries, when we have too many things, we fail to really appreciate the “specialness” of them. But we appreciate more the things that we must work hard to obtain and having a true faith takes commitment and hard work. But the end result of our efforts are worth the sacrifices we have to make!

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Yes, whether it is Spring or Fall in the air, It is exhilarating to realize that under the layers of grime in our homes, our hearts and our minds, there is often something incredibly beautiful just waiting to be discovered. Turning our chaos into something ordered is incredibly therapeutic, and even though this order in our homes and our lives never lasts long, it is still very satisfying while it does last! And when it has revealed to our souls the mind of God and the beauty of faith, it can be life changing!

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“How lovely are your tents, O Jacob, your encampments, O Israel! Like palm groves that stretch afar, like gardens beside a river, like aloes that the Lord has planted, like cedar trees beside the waters. Water shall flow from his buckets, and his seed shall be in many waters; his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted.”


Numbers 24:5-7 ESV

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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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