Thought For The Day 12/30/13


Changing The Heart

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“In the space between yes and no, there’s a lifetime. It’s the difference between the path you walk and the one you leave behind; it’s the gap between who you thought you could be and who you really are; its the leg room for the lies you’ll tell yourself in the future.” 

Jodi Picoult

“Change of Heart: A Novel”


I have been thinking back to those early days of my transformation from one who doubted to one whose belief became absolute. And I realized that this transformation could not have become a reality without a change in the one fundamental that rests inside each of us…..our heart! No, not the one that beats but the one that directs our actions and behaviors, according to the moral compass that awakens in each human being, the moment we draw breath.


Now I’ve heard it said that you can’t change your heart, you can only change your mind. And I suppose that is correct….to a point. You see, it is the information that we learn, and which is processed by the mind, that propels us down a particular path. But our course is also directed by the intuitive part….the part that we do almost instinctively and without conscious thought. And that is the part of us all that I believe is “Other” directed by His hand.


Now while He may direct the fundamentals…..the essence, if you will…..of how we must move and act, we still have an over-ride button built into each of us that can turn on and off at our own choosing. Free will! Which is why so many find themselves traveling down the wrong road. You see, life is a wonderful and complicated and frustrating journey full of potholes and obstacles and turns, along the way. And yes, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. (Proverbs 16:9 ESV)” But…..BUT, as long as we strive to do good, for ourselves and others, we will surmount the obstacles and temptations that we find. Yes, it is the excellence that we seek that will allow us to achieve our destiny, as long as we learn from the bad that is a part of that journey.


It is said that some good can be found in all that is bad, and this is something that I believe, with all my heart. You see, it is by surviving or surmounting those trials, that we discover the inner fortitude and faith that we have been gifted with, and which will allow us to discover the strength we have within. And it allows us to put into perspective, all of the good things we are blessed with.


We cannot have rainbows without rain, or healing without hurt. “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.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV). And we can! It is our choice.


“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.”

2 Corinthians 5:17-19


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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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