Thought For The Day 12/12/13

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And So It Begins Where All Things Must…

Post # 1000

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Yellow-Brick-Road

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“For nothing is fixed, forever and forever and forever, it is not fixed; the earth is always shifting, the light is always changing, the sea does not cease to grind down rock. Generations do not cease to be born, and we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have. The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and children cling to us. The moment we cease to hold each other, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.”  

James Baldwi

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Since November 15th, 2013, I have rested on my laurels (so to speak), by sharing what I lovingly referred to as a “THROWBACK”. I wanted to share with you all the things and the ideas, of faith….and not of faith….that have brought me to this place in my life. You see, all of our life experiences, both the good, and perhaps even more, the bad, are what makes us who we are, and are what defines our place in our family, our community, our society…..and our congregations! But unfortunately, we do not always learn the lesson that the Almighty is trying to impart, by putting those trials and those learning experiences, in our way.

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Each and every one forces us to do one of 3 things. Either we vault ourselves over the hurdle, make our way around the hurdle, or we turn  back. But if we are wise, and if we heed the advice of God, in Isaiah 43: 18-19 NIV, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Yes, it is then we must follow those words made famous for all time by in the classic, “The Wizard of Oz”. We MUST always keep moving forward. But that sometimes means starting anew….and that isn’t always a bad thing to do. After all, as Glinda tells Dorothy who is desperately trying to find her way back home, “It’s always best to start at the beginning — and all you do is follow the Yellow Brick Road”.

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Interestingly, there is something worth remembering about the journey that Dorothy and her companions make on the Yellow Brick Road. The walk is not easy, nor is the quality of the road consistent. No, the road reflects the essence of the place through which it passes. For example, it is an easy stroll through the areas that are settled and peaceful. And while the journey may be long, it is not bumpy or full of pitfalls. But have you ever noticed that those times of complacency are also the times when we grow the least? And there is always danger in being complacent! We are reminded of that in 1 Corinthians 9:24 ESV, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.”

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Now, think about the Yellow Brick Road during the time when Dorothy meets the Cowardly Lion! The road becomes dark and dirty. It has bricks missing and weeds and all manner of infestations threaten to overrun its pristine beauty! It is threatening and scary! But then consider something else. Generally, it is during the times when we face those mountainous obstacles that life, time and tide place in front of us, that we are forced to look within, and to discover how much inner strength and fortitude we have been blessed with. Of course, that is His gift to us all! We are reminded of this in 1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV, “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.”

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So, just as Dorothy did in the mind (and the heart, I suspect) of author L. Frank Baum , so must I begin at the beginning, once more. I do not know where this new journey will take me, but I do know that there is one who does! And you all are not just welcome to join me as I travel to new horizons, but you are also an essential part of that new journey. And with His help, perhaps we will reach out next goal…..attaining the next milestone of #2000!

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“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Matthew 6:25-29 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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