Monthly Archives: November 2013

Thought For The Day 11/30/13

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Frustration

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Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.

Kurt Vonnegut

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/3740-laughter-and-tears-are-both-responses-to-frustration-and-exhaustion

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in 2011, I made a decision to embark on a new venture for sharing my “Thought” with others. Internet Radio! Now let me first say that, while today, I no longer have the same fear of public speaking that paralyzed me back then. However, I am also an almost 60-year-old woman, who did not have the benefit of growing up in the age of computers and the internet. So when I say that it would probably be easier for me to build a rocket ship than it was to make headway in the quagmire and quicksand that is WMV and WAV files and installing programs and equipment for converting my aged computer, transforming it at a cost of $100 into a $250,000 piece of electronic equipment that might be found in a radio station, I am not exaggerating! And it was this frustration that prompted the next throwback “Thought” I am sharing today!

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Yes, this is another of my earlier writings that perhaps only skirted some absolute teachings of faith. And yet, when looking globally at the concept I described, I defy any of you to deny walking in the same moccasins that I did back then. You see, frustrations liberally pepper our lives in this, the 21st century, whether you are a king, a pauper or the Pope!

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Thought For The Day 11/30/11

OK, I’m working on an advertisement which I would love to post in every newspaper from here to San Diego and wanted to give you all first crack at editorial review:

  • Faith based ministry seeks person with media technology skills willing to work any and all hours (since minister is hormonally challenged woman of middle age who sleeps poorly) to assist and teach said insomniac the finer points of radio broadcast to include, but not limited to conversion of WMV files to WAV files, taping and editing broadcasts and setting up of music files to be run during live and/or taped radio program. Salary to consist of the undying gratitude of said minister and the willingness of said minister to petition God to watch over and keep safe the prospective employee and his/her family. Interested parties should email resume’ and employment history to mandyspath2011@aol.com and indicate date available to begin!

I fully expect to have my in box positively packed by the inquiries of interested parties, don’t you think? (Age not a factor….would be willing to accept the services of the baby from that investment commercial who has his iPad in his crib!)

OK, I feel better. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of getting whatever that’s bothering you off your chest and out into the open that is all that’s needed to gain some perspective. I know you all have experienced just this exact same degree of frustration in your lives as well.

Now we all know that being frustrated is seldom a matter of anger but more a feeling of helplessness. And there are few out there that would admit to liking the feeling of emotional impotency that seems to keep itself firmly attached to the back of frustration, like some parasite!

So just how do we stop these feelings of frustration? How about just 5 little steps!

  1. Decide the day before the things you need to try to accomplish tomorrow. Somehow planning things helps give us the control we sometimes need to keep things in perspective.
  2. Begin your day with a prayer or meditation. Sometimes admitting to God that you need some help makes the way you need to walk suddenly clearer.
  3. Keep focused on the goals you have set. Only an emergency warrants altering your plans. The rest generally won’t be impacted negatively by waiting just one more day.
  4. Acknowledge and be thankful for all the things that you have accomplished….even the small things!
  5. Never say never and DON’T QUIT! Just like the tortoise who won the race against the hare, so can we all win our own races against the things that frustrate us!

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“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33 ESV

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Thought For The Day 11/29/13

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Black Friday or Act Friday?

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Imagine what a harmonious world it could be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at doing.

Quincy Jones

http://www.dailycelebrations.com/service.htm

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Last year I spent the hours recovering from my Thanksgiving turkey coma, wondering “so…..what do I do tomorrow?”. You see, for most people, Black Friday shopping has become almost a religious experience. They plan their strategy and they attack….often with more efficiency that most military troops can boast. But not our family! We avoid the stores like the plague! And it was my wish that you all might just consider the other opportunities available for you to embrace today, with a less jaundiced eye. Isn’t it time we live the meaning….the true meaning….of what this season heralds for man? This idea led me to write the post I did for November 23rd of last year, which was Black Friday, 2012.

Mandy

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Thought For The Day 11/23/12

Now that you’ve eaten your fill of your Thanksgiving Dinner and those neatly wrapped leftovers are at the ready for the requisite hot turkey open-faced sandwich planned for tonight’s dinner, what will you be doing with the rest of today? Will you have been like the nearly 160 million other people throughout the country, hovering around the entrance of your local retail establishment in the wee hours of the morning like a plague of locusts hovers over crops just before annihilating the plants? Did you even wait that long given the new retail lure of Thanksgiving Day shopping? Are you guilty of trampling over the guy next to you to grab the last of the $1000.00 computers which they are offering for $250.00? Mark my words and listen to the wisdom of Mamma Mandy who learned some very valuable advice from my own mother more years ago than I care to remember….”If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”.

The hook has been baited by retail establishments. You are already in the door the moment you discover that the quantity of $250.00 computers that are available is 2 not 200! So before you become a Black Friday “Humbug”, why not consider avoiding the mall entirely, and instead, think about establishing a new family tradition to kick off the Christmas season? Why not embrace the true reason for the season and change “Black Friday” into “Act Friday”!

I actually was patting myself on the back thinking I had come up with perfect thing to light that inner fire of inspiration within your hearts, only to discover that churches actually encouraged something similar in 2010 called “Bless Friday”. And identical to the intent begun by those churches, I want to encourage you to take a moment and give some thought as to what God expects of us as we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Savior of the World! How about beginning the holiday season by thinking about service to others? And what better way can there be than to do something to banish hunger or want or despair that has become an epidemic, albeit an invisible one, in our communities here in the United States and throughout the world.

Now I am not going to make any specific suggestions this morning. I would much rather you search your own heart to discover just where it is leading you. However, I do want to remind you that you are all intimately familiar with that miracle of miracles…..the internet. You are, after all, reading my post here thanks to the information highway that has become a part of your everyday existence in this, the 21st century! So why don’t you let your fingers do the walking across the keyboard or even across your very own yellow pages for some ideas of places that might need your help? The possibilities are endless!

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As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever.

Amen

1 Peter 4:10-11 ESV

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Thought For The Day 11/28/13

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Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.

Edward Sandford Martin

http://www.quotegarden.com/thanksgiving.html

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The first Thanksgiving I wrote my “Thought”, I chose a more secular theme for my post. You see, as I have come to learn, there is room in each heart and mind, for all manner of ideas and thoughts to be enjoyed. And there are few days more important, than one set aside for expressing our thanks for those things and people in our lives, that mean the most to us. 

Now we Americans may think we know all there is to know about this day, but then I discovered a list of questions, some of whose answers, eluded me. So I decided to get you to put your thinking caps on, and see how many you know the answer to. And thus today’s throwback “Thought” was conceived and delivered!

Mandy 

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Thought For The Day 11/24/11

On the 4th Thursday in November, most Americans will be joining together with family and friends to celebrate a day, set aside by our national leaders, as a day for which we offer thanks for our many blessings. As not only a federal but one of the most popular holidays as well, Thanksgiving is one of the major holidays of the year, and, together with Christmas and the New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader “holiday season”.

Now make no mistake, by my words, I do not condone the “Happy Holiday” wishes that are pervasive in today’s society. I firmly believe that the “Christmas Season” was ordained as such by a higher authority than that of man. However, I do accept that the collective weeks encompassed by Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year, are, indeed, times for joy, laughter, and love, which we all must share with those we hold dear.

I do want to share with you all a bit of history about this day of thanks shared by the people of this nation but I thought it might be fun to test your Thanksgiving “smarts” with a little quiz. The answers to the questions, will appear at the bottom of this post…..DON’T PEAK!!! And while I know we all knew the answer to these questions at one time, having been taught about our nations early years while in school, I suspect that you and I both have forgotten some of the history that has led us to proclaim this Thursday as a national day to offer thanks!

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The Thanksgiving Quiz

What year did the pilgrims have their first Thanksgiving feast?

  1. 1620
  2. 1621
  3. 1624
  4. 1777
  5. 1985

What type of meat probably was NOT on the Pilgrim’s Thanksgiving menu?

  1. beef
  2. fish
  3. lobster
  4. fowl
  5. venison

The Horn of Plenty which symbolizes abundance is also called what?

  1. dunce cap
  2. corn you cope
  3. fruit basket
  4. cornucopia
  5. bushel basket

In 1676, a day of thanksgiving was proclaimed to take place during what month?

  1. May
  2. June
  3. Oct
  4. Nov
  5. Dec

What President didn’t like the idea of having a national Thanksgiving Day?

  1. Lincoln
  2. Truman
  3. Jefferson
  4. Roosevelt
  5. Kennedy

Who is credited with leading the crusade to establish Thanksgiving Day?

  1. Sarah Jessica Parker
  2. Sarah Josepha Hale
  3. Sarah Lee
  4. Sarah Todd
  5. Sarah Palin

Which vegetable or fruit was NOT on the menu at the first Thanksgiving feast?

  1. watercress
  2. berries
  3. pumpkin
  4. corn
  5. potatoes

Which President moved the date of Thanksgiving twice?

  1. F D Roosevelt
  2. Nixon
  3. Teddy Roosevelt
  4. Lincoln
  5. Jefferson

The reason Thanksgiving was moved up a week was…?

  1. because the public wanted it
  2. to lengthen the Christmas shopping season
  3. to ward off evil spirits
  4. to put it in line with the original Thanksgiving ceremony
  5. so it would be warmer weather

When Congress made Thanksgiving an official holiday, they set the date as…?

  1. the 3rd Thursday in November
  2. the 4th Thursday in November
  3. the last Thursday in November
  4. November 24th
  5. the second Monday in October

Most people have been taught that the first Thanksgiving was held in 1621 with the Pilgrims and Indians. The Pilgrims, a separatist English church, negotiated a pilgrimage to this new world, to escape religious persecution. Arriving on the shores of this country, many were ill-equipped to survive this hostile environment and the frigid climate of the New England region. Many did not survive. However, the Native American community of that region, adopted, if you will, this community, teaching them the techniques necessary to survive life in this new land. And to celebrate the generosity of heart of the people, and the successes of lessons well learned about farming, the two cultures joined together. We all know that the harvest celebration began in the fall and was celebrated jointly. Lasting three days, this gathering, while not really a feast, was a three-day celebration and was, most probably, a simple gathering with feasting on such delicacies as boiled pumpkin, fried bread, fish, berries, watercress, lobster, dried fruit, clams, venison, and plums.

It is known that subsequent days of celebration did not include the Native population, who, by this time had been deemed to be a group of heathens as well as a hindrance to their quest for more land, so the good will shared at the first feast had long been lost. However, the celebratory feasting tradition continued and  in October of 1777 all 13 colonies joined in a thanksgiving celebration. Now while President Washington wanted to proclaim a National Day of Thanksgiving, many opposed celebrating a time of hardship for so many of the early settlers. However, Sarah Josepha Hale wrote articles and championed the cause to designate this day a holiday. And, finally, in 1863, President Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as a national day of Thanksgiving and it has been a fixture of late November ever since. Finally, in 1941, Thanksgiving was sanctioned by Congress as a legal holiday, celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November.

And so, this special day, join with those you hold dear. Think about all that you have to be thankful for. Then bow your heads, pray, and ask for God’s mercy on the many who are suffering in, not just our country, but our world as well. With each news story we see and each new person from every nation added to our community as one collective group, under God, our world is becoming smaller and smaller…..our neighbors across the ocean nearer and nearer.  What a wondrous thing if the concept of a day set apart, worldwide, to give thanks, grew and grew with a life of its own. Let us dare to dream of the time, hopefully within our lifetimes, when the WORLD joins together on the fourth Thursday of November to offer thanks for our collective blessings!

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The Thanksgiving Quiz Answers

What year did the pilgrims have their first Thanksgiving feast?

  1. 1620
  2. 1621  (X)
  3. 1624
  4. 1777
  5. 1985

What type of meat probably was NOT on the Pilgrim’s Thanksgiving menu?

  1. beef  (X)
  2. fish
  3. lobster
  4. fowl
  5. venison

The Horn of Plenty which symbolizes abundance is also called what?

  1. dunce cap
  2. corn you cope
  3. fruit basket
  4. cornucopia  (X)
  5. bushel basket

In 1676, a day of thanksgiving was proclaimed to take place during what month?

  1. May
  2. June  (X)
  3. Oct
  4. Nov
  5. Dec

What President didn’t like the idea of having a national Thanksgiving Day?

  1. Lincoln
  2. Truman
  3. Jefferson  (X)
  4. Roosevelt
  5. Kennedy

Who is credited with leading the crusade to establish Thanksgiving Day?

  1. Sarah Jessica Parker
  2. Sarah Josepha Hale  (X)
  3. Sarah Lee
  4. Sarah Todd
  5. Sarah Palin

Which vegetable or fruit was NOT on the menu at the first Thanksgiving feast?

  1. watercress
  2. berries
  3. pumpkin
  4. corn
  5. potatoes  (X)

Which President moved the date of Thanksgiving twice?

  1. F D Roosevelt  (X)
  2. Nixon
  3. Teddy Roosevelt
  4. Lincoln
  5. Jefferson

The reason Thanksgiving was moved up a week was…?

  1. because the public wanted it
  2. to lengthen the Christmas shopping season  (X)
  3. to ward off evil spirits
  4. to put it in line with the original Thanksgiving ceremony
  5. so it would be warmer weather

When Congress made Thanksgiving an official holiday, they set the date as…?

  1. the 3rd Thursday in November
  2. the 4th Thursday in November  (X)
  3. the last Thursday in November
  4. November 24th
  5. the second Monday in October

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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God

Philippians 4:6 NASB

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Copyright © 2011-2013 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 11/27/13

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Second Chances

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People do make mistakes and I think they should be punished. But they should be forgiven and given the opportunity for a second chance. We are human beings.

David Millar

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/second_chance.html

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This throwback “Thought” is a real oldie but goody. Written in the summer of 2011, it was a reminder both from  as well as to me, of the second chance I was being given by God to live the life He knew was mine to live, even though I had not realized it for many years. And as rudimentary as my efforts were,  at the time, another thing my second chance gave me was to grow in my writings as much as I was growing in my faith!

Mandy

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Thought For The Day 07/24/11

We all have heard the saying “you never get a second chance to make a first impression” and yet, isn’t it a wonderful thing that God gives us second chances each and every day?

It’s not a coincidence that one of Jesus’ names is “Redeemer”! The very definition of redeem is “to clear by payment” and Jesus did that for us all…..in spades!

All those sins I’ve accumulated in my life are wiped clean and every day is a new beginning. How wonderful a gift is that? So I think that each and every day, I’ll start by thanking God, and then just simply enjoy those second chances He’s blessed me with!

Yesterday I was able to experience a second chance by enjoying a child’s birthday party with my grandson. No, it wasn’t  Landon’s birthday, but a party he was invited to.

His little friend from daycare celebrated her 2nd birthday and grandma took Landon since mommy and daddy were working. Can there be anything more magical that being able to witness a little child’s birthday celebration? It was so wonderful helping Landon participate in party games, sing “Happy Birthday” and enjoy the magic that is giving to another from your heart, without the expectation of getting back anything except the joy of fun and friendship and fellowship celebrated with others.

Yes, God gives us all second chances, and third chances, and a million chances each and every day, and all we have to do is reach out and grab a hold of them with both hands. And while we celebrate our gift of second chances, perhaps it’s time we shared that gift with another.

Isn’t there someone in our life deserving of a second chance by our forgiveness of a transgression perpetrated by them? Who do you want to forgive today? All you have to do is pick up the phone! All you have to do is write a letter! All you have to do is send an email! No matter how you choose, just DO IT!

Paying those blessings of God’s second chances forward will change you forever and just might change the world!

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The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him. But with an overflowing flood He will make an utter end of its place, And darkness will pursue His enemies.

What do you conspire against the Lord? He will make an utter end of it. Affliction will not rise up a second time. For while tangled like thorns, And while drunken like drunkards, They shall be devoured like stubble fully dried.

Nahum 1:7-19 NKJV

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Thought For The Day 11/26/13

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ABC‘s Of Faith

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There are two types of men, those who are afraid to lose God, and those who are afraid that they might find Him…

Blaise Pascal
Philosopher and Scientist

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/resources/apologetics/faith/why-believe-in-god/

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So many of the “Thoughts” I have shared since 2011’s first struggling, stumbling effort, have been rooted in the dynamics of family or have been inspired by family life. That holds true for the throwback “Thought” I am sharing today. And while some may try to over think the why’s and wherefore’s of the inspiration, I generally accept that they are “other directed” since I am a firm believer that everything I do or share these days is less my own inspiration and more listening to His whisper in my ear!

Mandy

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Thought For The Day 11/28/12

I was picking up some toys around the house after my grandson had gone and I was marveling at how quickly he is growing and learning and becoming his very own person, complete with opinions, likes and a ton of “chutzpah” that will serve him well as he grows. I sometimes wish I had a crystal ball so I could view the entirety of his life because I know that he will one day change the world. But for now we must begin with the basics as we teach and prepare him for the life he will live. We must start with our ABC’s. And it was this thought that inspired my post for today where I share my personal ABC’s of Faith with you. Sometimes it is the simplest thing that means the most to us as we travel along life’s pathways!

A = ASK

For God’s Help!

We are all human and as such, we sin and fall short of the way we should behave as Christians. The problem is that so many people do not accept that there are times in our lives when we can not do everything ourselves. The thing is, we don’t need to. We are never alone and all we need to do is to ask God for His guidance and His help with those problems that are weighing us down. And while it may not be easy because often those doubts sometimes cause us to lose faith in ourselves, His trust in us, His love for us and His desire that we attain that which is good for us, should serve to help us believe that He can and will help us if we but ASK! Matthew 7:7-11 (NKJV)”Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

 

B = BELIEVE

In The Almighty!

Believing that God exists is not always easy. In fact, 20% of the world’s population do not believe, which might just make us wonder what kind of God would allow so many to doubt? There are no easy answers to this except to say that many devout leaders in Christianity once doubted His existence. But inexplicably, once the moment that the realization of His truth washes over you and you move from transition to transcendence, it is indeed like a light bulb turning on in your heart. The realization is different for everyone. For me, the moment I knew was a gentle nudge while for others, believing happens only when they have taken a giant leap of faith. But in my heart I know that He is, was and always will be, and I find my proof for His existence in understanding that I exist as does the universe and therefore He must, as well! Yes, BELIEVE! Isaiah 43:10-11 (NIV), ” “You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me. I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior.

 

C = CONFESS

Your Sins!

Confession is a means of unburdening our hearts for the behaviors and actions that we instinctively know are wrong. And although many believe the way to truly atone is by selecting a priest or other member of the clergy to act as an intermediary, most Protestant denominations, of which I belong, believe that God hears every earnest confession made, whether it is done alone or in the presence of another. The thing is that confession alone is not the price we must pay to receive forgiveness. Fortunately for man, if they have accepted Christ into their hearts, all is forgiven already. Jesus Christ paid the price for us by his substitutionary death on our behalf! But the importance of confession lies in that it provides proof that we have assumed responsibility for the sin we have committed and that we view our sin the same way that God does! Which is why the as the old saying proclaims, to CONFESS really is good for the soul! 1 John 1:9 (ESV), “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

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Perhaps the day will come to continue with D, E and F but for now, those first three letters really sum up my approach to faith and how I apply it in the way I live. And sometimes we can examine things to death before we realize that often it is the simplest of approaches that are not just the easiest to understand but also hold the most truth!

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For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

1 Timothy 2:5 ESV

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Thought For The Day 11/25/13

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Pay less attention to what people say, and more attention to what they do.  Their actions will show you the truth, which will help you measure the true quality of your relationship in the long-term.

Quotes For Everyday Life

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I was reading this post from a year ago and while trying to decide if I would re-share it with you, I thought for a nano-second, how much I thought I knew of faith and His plan for me, but when push comes to shove, how little I knew then, and how little I know even today, about what He is asking of me! And I think it was my trying to sort the whole business way back then, that led me to write the words I did. A day, not so long ago chronologically speaking, and yet a lifetime ago in terms of how I have changed by God’s hand!!!!

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Thought For The Day 11/25/12

Let me begin today’s blog by asking you all a question. What is the very first thought that comes to mind when someone comes up to you, taps you on the shoulder, and says they need something from you? Well, perhaps it’s the very human part of me that must admit to you that my first thought is not always, “Let me grab my coat and I’ll be right with you!” No, usually my very first thought is ,”Oh geez…..I wonder what this is going to cost me!” That is because it is man’s baser side that colors so much of what happens during our interactions with others, with caution and even suspicion!

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Experience has taught us that we generally don’t get something for nothing and that doesn’t change whether the something sought is a concrete tangible or simply our time and attention. So isn’t it a breath of fresh air simply knowing that when God comes to us (and He does…..all the time, whether we realize it or not), we know ahead of time that He doesn’t NEED anything from us? After all, everything that exists is already His. But……BUT….. He does ask and He does deserve much from us anyway! The thing is that whether we grant the things that He asks of us is entirely up to us.

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What He does ask is not subjective or obscure. He reinforces over and over what He hopes will be the choices we will make. Micah 6:8 NIV says: ‘And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God’. Again in Deuteronomy 10:12-13 NIV, we are told, ‘And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?’  And, of course, the verse that is probably sums it all up the best comes to us from the New Testament. Mark 12:30 NIV, “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”

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The list of actions and behaviors He expects from us are clear, having been reinforced over and over throughout the texts of His handbook…..the Bible. He asks that we respect, honor, love and serve Him. And yet, He does not NEED our respect, our honor, our love or our service. It is what He asks, which means it is fully within our own capacity to decide if we will give Him what He asks. But wait one second. Is what He expects really so very difficult for us to manage? As beings who spend so much time and attention to the way we interaction with others, are these not the exact same things we hope for and expect from everyone we touch as we live our lives? Are not the things He asks a part of common courtesy and decency that should be part of our lives? Respect for others, honoring them by our behaviors, loving them completely and sharing and serving with our whole being are the things that reinforce the best parts of man, and separate us from the other life forms that share our world. They are all a part of the LOVE that is contained within the human heart!

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“Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High, and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”
 
Psalm 50:14-15 NIV

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Thought For The Day 11/24/13

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This Is The Word Of The Lord

 Sunday November 24th, 2013

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Saint Luke Print by Simon Vouet

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The book of Luke was written to give a reliable and precise record of the history of Jesus Christ’s life. Luke spelled out his purpose for writing in the first four verses of chapter one. Not only as a historian, but also as a medical doctor, Luke paid great attention to detail, including dates and events that happened throughout the life of Christ. A theme that is emphasized in the Gospel of Luke is the humanity of Jesus Christ and his perfection as a human. Jesus was the perfect man who gave the perfect sacrifice for sin, therefore, providing the perfect Savior for humankind.

The Gospel of Luke:

Luke is the author of this Gospel. He is a Greek and the only Gentile Christian writer of the New Testament. The language of Luke reveals that he is an educated man. We learn in Colossians 4:14 that he is a physician. In this book Luke refers many times to sicknesses and diagnoses. Being a Greek and a doctor would explain his scientific and orderly approach to the book, giving great attention to detail in his accounts.

Luke was a faithful friend and travel companion of Paul. He wrote the book of Acts as a sequel to the Gospel of Luke. Some discredit Luke’s Gospel because he was not one of the 12 disciples. However, Luke had access to historical records. He carefully researched and interviewed the disciples and others who were eyewitnesses to the life of Christ. http://christianity.about.com/od/newtestamentbooks/qt/gospellukeintro.htm

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Today’s Gospel Reading

Gospel, Luke 23:35-43 NIV

The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”

The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”

There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the King of the Jews.

One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”

But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

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What Does Luke Mean?

It seemed as if everyone who bore witness to Christ’s last days had an opinion as to who and what He really was. And if that was one who was anointed by God to be their king, that would mean that He was even greater and more powerful that Caesar himself! Seeing this as an impossibility, the many chose the safety that would be afforded by siding with Rome against the Son. They had not idea that they were affixing to Christ what their expectations of Him were, rather than what He really was and the authority of the position He would hold, not here on earth, but in the hereafter!

And so the taunts and betrayals were a necessary part of revealing to man the true meaning of who Christ was and what He gave to us. LOVE! Complete and absolute! LOVE! The only antidote powerful enough to overcome the venom of Satan’s bite on the heart of man! So how can we not give our hearts to Him, in return? 

Mandy

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Colossians 1:3-20 NIV 

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people— the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel  that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

Thanks Be To God!

Amen

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Thought For The Day 11/23/13

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The Power Of Love
Or
The Love Of Power?

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LOVE POWER

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“Skiddy”  

(alive and kicking across the pond, she shared this thought with me on 11/18/12)

A young teenaged friend who is wise far beyond her young years once said, “There’s enough on this planet for everybody to share, but the more some people have, the more they want and wars start. Race n religion often get the blame unfairly, sometimes not, but what the planet needs is the power of love, not the love of power. Till then, it will never be mended.”

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William Gladstone

(December 29, 1809 – May 19, 1898)

A British Liberal statesman and Prime Minister once said, “We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.”

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Chinmoy Kumar Ghose 

(August 27, 1931 – October 11, 2007)

An Indian ‘spiritual teacher’ and philosopher said, “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then there will be true peace.”

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Jimi Hendrix

(November 27th, 1942 – September 18th, 1970)

An American guitarist, singer, and songwriter, is credited with saying,  “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

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I remember as if it were yesterday, my young friend who lives half way around the world, saying the words above. You see, she was deflecting the stings and barbs of some who would criticize her for living a life that was beyond her capacity to control. And much like those I described yesterday, people who seek to demean and diminish our sense of self often do their criticizing under the guise of it being an integral tenet of their faith. But as far as I am concerned, these hypocrites are less Christian than are some agnostics I know, and deeply respect. And it was the wisdom of this young girl….nay, young woman…that inspired the throwback “Thought” I am sharing with you today!

Mandy

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Thought For The Day 11/20/12

TheLove of Power versus the Power of Love! Probably since the beginning of recorded time, mankind has grappled with these divergent philosophies. Just look at the quotes above. You could not find a more diverse quartet of individuals as a British Prime Minister, an Indian philosopher, and American rock star and a 12-year-old schoolgirl from the UK. And all saying exactly the same thing over the course of the last 200 years. So why is it that we haven’t learned the lesson yet?

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Power was an essential to man’s very existence. It was always the strongest and biggest kid on the block, or the kid with the biggest crew of side-kicks, that “lived” to see another day. However love was just as necessary to guarantee the continuation of the species that was man. Without the family dynamic and the procreation of young who were nurtured and cared for as they grew, there would be neither family nor community to defend and preserve. So how is it that we have somehow relegated the love component to the back seat as we battle today to remain the biggest and strongest? Instead of using the wisdom that is to be gained from defending our honor successfully and using those rewards for the betterment of all, our communities and nations have instead, become seen as the biggest bullies on the block who have somehow allowed the thrill of power to prevent seeing any positives that the other guy might just have to offer! After all, there are none so blind as those who will not see (adapted from the brilliant satirist, Jonathan Swift’s quote)!

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We know there is hope for mankind. Just consider Saul of Tarsus. There was none who was more of a bully that he was. He was angry and violent and absolutely convinced of his own righteousness. We read in Acts 8:3 NIV, But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison. But as he was journeying near Damascus, God appeared to him as a bright light…brighter even that the sun…and asked him why he was persecuting Him. Astonished to find himself talking to God, Saul asked what God wanted from him. God tells him to go to the city where all will be revealed. Rising he finds himself blinded and needing to be led, is taken to Damascus. Praying for several days, the scales on his eyes continuing to render him sightless, Saul is finally greeted and touched by an ordinary man, Ananias, whom God had sent. InActs 22:13 NIV, we are told, He stood beside me and said, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight!’ And at that very moment I was able to see him.And from that moment, Saul arose, and was baptised. And he became, Paul the Apostle!

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If the scales of blindness could fall from the eyes of one such as Paul, just try to imagine what might be possible if we all look to our Heavenly Father to give us discernment and understanding in all of our actions with those we perceive as our enemies! Yes miracles happen every day. We witness them in the blooming of a flower long after its usual time for such a thing has passed. We feel them as our hearts once hardened by anger, soften at the mere touch of someone we love. And it is my fervent hope that we bear witness to it as cooler heads prevail in regions of our world that seem to be on the brink of war. Only time will tell. But there is one thing that I do know. Whatever the outcome is, it all serves His purpose for our lives and our world, even though we may not understand the “how’s” or the “why’s”!

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“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.”

Acts 17: 24-28 NIV

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Thought For The Day 11/22/13

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Giving Children What They Need

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Self-respect cannot be hunted.  It cannot be purchased.  It is never for sale.  It cannot be fabricated out of public relations.  It comes to us when we are alone, in quiet moments, in quiet places, when we suddenly realize that, knowing the good, we have done it; knowing the beautiful, we have served it; knowing the truth we have spoken it. 

Whitney Griswold

http://quotegarden.com/self-respect.html

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While I can remember with absolute clarity what motivated so many of the “Thoughts” I’ve written throughout the years, this is one I can not. And when you really think about it, that is a very sad commentary on the degree of moral decay that is to be found in our world these days. You see, electing to turn our back on those who are struggling with learning to like themselves, is pervasive in our society. And while this should be unacceptable to those whose faith should teach the importance of understanding the value of each and every child of God, all too often, it is our upstanding, church-going, Bible toting family members, friends and acquaintances, who are often guilty of failing to take appropriate measures to protect those most vulnerable! So while I can not recall if a particular incident of bullying prompted my words, it really doesn’t matter, does it? What matters is that we begin now……right this very second, to guarantee that we will never stand idly by when a brother, sister, friend or even a total stranger, is being victimized!

Mandy

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Thought For The Day 06/28/12

I had heard a story a number of years ago that I remember fondly calling “Daddy’s Princess”. Now I don’t know that this was the title but I do know that the sentiments were identical to a post I read in Godvine just a few days ago. Both stories were about self-esteem and inner beauty and equipping children (especially little girls) with the tools they need to see themselves as important and worthy and deserving of respect and love. And with the incidence of bullying in our communities seemingly on the rise, making sure no child (or adult, for that matter) thinks themselves undeserving or unworthy must be a huge priority for us as a society!  Parents, schools, community groups and religious organizations must all join together in sharing a message that EVERYONE is deserving of experiencing all the happiness that is possible to feel. And if we can make just one person see themselves in a more positive light, we have taken one step forward in keeping that person from becoming a victim at the hands of another!

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To Be Enormously Gorgeous

May 23rd, 2012

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My dad says I am enormously gorgeous. I wonder if I really am.

To be enormously gorgeous… Sarah says you need to have beautiful long, curly hair like she has.

I don’t.

To be enormously gorgeous… Justin says you must have perfectly straight white teeth like he has.

I don’t.

To be enormously gorgeous… Jessica says you can’t have any of those little brown dots on your face called freckles.

I do.

To be enormously gorgeous… Mark says you have to be the smartest kid in the seventh-grade class.

I’m not.

To be enormously gorgeous… Stephen says you have to be able to tell the funniest jokes in the school.

I don’t.

To be enormously gorgeous… Lauren says you need to live in the nicest neighborhood in town and in the prettiest house.

I don’t.

To be enormously gorgeous… Matthew says you can only wear the coolest clothes and the most popular shoes.

I don’t.

To be enormously gorgeous… Samantha says you need to come from a perfect family.

I don’t.

But every night at bedtime my dad gives me a big hug and says, “You are enormously gorgeous, and I love you.”

My dad must know something my friends don’t.

This is a wonderful story with an important message both for children and their parents. In a world that can lack love and acceptance, it is so vitally important that we give our children not only what they need but what they deserve, as well. If you ever wondered for a single moment the importance of positive parenting, then look no farther than the words you have just read. After all, we as families control so much of the direction our young people will travel.

As parents, if you reinforce the importance of education, you will likely be blessed with children who thirst for knowledge. As parents, if you reinforce the importance of including God in your life, you will likely to be blessed with children that have faith and choose a pathway for living that includes a moral compass that points to Him and His laws for making right choices. As parents, if you reinforce the importance of taking care of our world, you will likely be blessed by witnessing a generation of children equipped with the understanding that we each have the capability of making a difference in not just the lives of people but all of the gifts of nature God has given to man. As parents, if you have taught your children the definition of worth by both what you say as well as how you live,  you will likely be blessed by bearing witness to future generations that know they are worthy!

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Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4: 8-9 ESV

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Thought For The Day 11/21/13

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The Gift Of Love

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Love is a symbol of eternity.  It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end. 

Author Unknown

http://quotegarden.com/love.html

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The day I wrote this “Thought” was a day I was feeling incredibly grateful for the man that God made just for me. Our 37th anniversary was just around the corner and it is during those moments when I am feeling so blessed, that I find my words become a bit “sappy” as I reflect on the love we share. Now some might view that as unprofessional for one who writes the way I do, but to share my heart’s desires with you it is as much a part of who I am, as is sharing the depth of my faith!

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Even today, when Dan and I are finding our strength tested as we face the wake up call that some health challenges are delivering to us, I am reminded that the shared love that unites our hearts, and the strength of our faith which joins our souls, all serves God’s purpose for our lives. And it is this absolute trust in God’s plan for my life that gives me the strength to continue moving forward even when my head tells me to run and hide!

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So here is my heart, laid bare for all to witness, shared through the words of one of the most beautiful love songs I know. And as I share it with you, I thank Dan today (and every day) for his gift of love to me!

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The Gift of Love

Written by Hal H. Hopson
Performed by Doreen Lai
Arranged by Martin Lai

Though I may speak with bravest fire,
and have the gift to all inspire,
and have not love my words are vain,
as sounding brass, and hopeless gain.

Though I may give all I possess,
and striving so my love profess,
but not be given by love within,
the profit soon turns strangely thin.

Come, Spirit, come, our hearts control,
our spirits long to be made whole.
Let inward love guide every deed;
by this we worship, and are freed.

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To view the YouTube video, click the arrow in the screen below.

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If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part  and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror;  then we shall see face to face.  Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
 

1 Corinthians 13 NIV

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