Thought For The Day 04/17/14

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     1 CROSS

+ 3 NAILS

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   4 GIVENESS

Post 1131

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God understands our prayers even when we can’t find the words to say them. 

Author Unknown

http://quotegarden.com/god.html

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None of us really like looking into the mirror. I know I do not! Like most, I do not like viewing the flawed and very human face that stares back at me. Every careworn line reminds me that the life I have is marching forward at a rapid pace. I see the changes that are taking place in my life reflected back at me, and I just know that I am not ready to face these changes. To acknowledge them means that I must accept not just my strengths and accomplishments but my failures as well. It requires that I examine the values and ethics that I have embraced and professed to others around me! Am I so filled with pride that I can’t understand or accept that living life every day necessitates an occasional therapeutic cleaning of my house?

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I don’t want to become a prisoner of myself. And yet, when I can’t find the capacity to forgive myself, that is exactly what I am doing! Harboring those failures in our hearts is just as toxic to us as if we took some poison. And yet, if we can, somehow, find the strength within to let go of those doubts, we will experience such relief, and feeling of liberation! Christian author Lewis Smedes, an expert on relationships, once wrote, “To forgive is to set the prisoner free….and to discover that the prisoner was you.”

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Now the question becomes, can we somehow find a way to forgive ourselves? Even though we know that we need only to ask for that very same forgiveness from God, and if our heart is true and our plea earnest, He will absolve us of our sins. That is the promise we were given by the simple addition problem you see in the title of today’s post! Why then, is it, that so many people who profess belief can’t bring themselves to see the forest for the trees? What is it about the human animal that keeps us from finding forgiveness within our own hearts?

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God’s shoulders are broad indeed. He knows intimately the pain and humiliation we feel from the failures in our lives. But nothing we feel can ever compare to the pain and humiliation experienced by His son, Jesus Christ. Jesus was rejected at every turn by a world he was sent to help. He was tortured and put to death by those people and God not only permitted it but actually created him for that single purpose! And yet, Jesus found the capacity within to forgive human kind with his dying breath, for the sin they did not realize they were guilty of committing. And in that one breath…..his dying breath…. Jesus gifted mankind with the strength to forgive ourselves!

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Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death– even death on a cross!

Philippians 2:5-8(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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