Thought For The Day 10/01/13

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Life’s Disasters

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“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”

Haruki Murakami

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/trials

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I am listening as I write this to news reports about the investigation into the findings as to why the 19 “Granite Mountain Hotshots” perished June 30th battling a wildfire that trapped them at a location on Yarnill Hill in Arizona. And while there are recommendations regarding some new safety measures which will be implemented, the fact that this horrible accident occurred in the first place remains marred by even more tragedy. You see, only 4 of these 19 heroes were considered to be full-time employees which would enable their survivors to collect the lifetime salaries and health benefits due their position….despite the fact that those remaining firefighters worked full-time hours. And like so many of life’s disasters, this is a gift that keeps on giving and giving (and yes, I am being facetious) to those young families whose lives are forever changed for the worse because of these circumstances.

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That life’s disasters happen is never a choice any of us are given or would choose. Nevertheless, that they happen is an integral part of the life we live and the life we are given. Like it or not, it is a hard-knock life for us ALL. Yes, those of faith are never given an automatic pass by God which says that we are exempt from these trials. And I suspect that this may not sit well with some folks! You see, it is the selfish nature of man that presumes that everything we want can be bought for a price. It can’t be and even more importantly, it shouldn’t be!

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When you decide to adopt an exercise schedule or you begin to eat more healthily, you not just strengthen your muscles, but you improve the functioning of your organs that keep you alive. Everything from your brain to your heart just works better. Well I like to think of life’s trials being a kind of exercise for our faith! You see, I think God knows what our nature is and He knows that without some prompting, we may never grow to be the best we can be. So he has chosen for us an exercise regime by giving us obstacles as we travel life’s road. And it is as we face and triumph over them, that we increase the mass and strength of that faith…..assuming that we don’t allow that little loophole…..FREEWILL…..to trip us up along the way!

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OK, so you doubt or don’t believe me? Well don’t rely on my words. Listen to some that some from a higher authority. 1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV says, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” And James 1:2-6 ESV adds, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.”

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So maybe its time we adjust our thinking and look at the hard times with a new eye! We might just be finding some solutions that lead us away from temptation, deliver us from evil and lead us into His Heavenly Kingdom!

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Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Romans 5:2-5 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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