Thought For The Day 02/24/14

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Knowing Ourselves

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By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

Benjamin Franklin

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Who of you hasn’t heard the phrase, “THE BEST DEFENSE IS A GOOD OFFENSE”? It is an adage that has been used describe many things throughout the ages. From profit building business plans to board, video and computer games to military battle strategies, careful preparation and planning is essential for the success of almost every endeavor we undertake. Now I can not be certain, but as far as I can determine, the only thing it hasn’t been used as a strategy for, is bringing the human heart closer to God. But it should be! You see, I can’t think of anything more worthy of our meticulous attentions than planning our living in a way that guarantees we will be worthy of spending eternity with our Heavenly Father! And there is no tool more essential for warding off life’s temptations and sin that aggressively seeking out the weapons that a strong belief system arms us with! Faith is, after all, a virtue and like any virtue, it can be made stronger or weaker.

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So what can we use to make our faith grow? Matthew 17:20 NIV says, He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” So look within to the place where your faith dwells and if you find the merest speck there, even if that speck is as tiny as a mustard seed, then begin the process to nurture it into full bloom.

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Just as a seed planted in fertile soil bursts forth with life, so will we if we make it a point to surround ourselves with the fertile soil of others who share our beliefs and who act toward others in ways that are pleasing to God! They need not be devout observers but they must have hearts full of “goodness and mercy”!  Next, make sure that you feed and water the mustard seed of faith you hold within by learning what you can about God and His promises. Reading his word provides the nutrients you need for your faith to begin its emergence. Water your faith  by doing the things we are taught to do such as pray and trusting in the fact that God will give to you the tools you need so that your faith intersects with His faithfulness always. And lastly, no seed can reach high into the sky without the sun’s beckoning rays to provide the warmth and light that is to be found within the spirit of God’s only begotten Son and which manifests itself in the simple acts of kindness and generosity which we apply to all of our interactions with others in our life! I think of that as our personal ministry whereby we “walk the walk” and not just “talk the talk”!

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I once read a learning series called “Five Things God Uses To Grow Our Faith” (http://www.fivethingsgoduses.com/). There was a paragraph there that asked us to think about what it would be like to have perfect faith, by challenging us to think about how different our outlook would be if we KNEW God was always with us. Would we react differently to life’s twists and turns if we knew with certainty that God’s hand controlled everything and was guiding all that we do, whether or not we understood the reasoning for the thing, toward the side of good? I certainly would!

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And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?” Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

Romans 10:15-17 NIV

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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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