Thought For The Day 05/08/14

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Lessons Learned

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Albert Einstein, three rules of work

1. Out of clutter, find simplicity.

2. From discord, find harmony

3.  In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity

http://www.katinkahesselink.net/other/dont-give-up-quotes.html

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How many of us have heard the phrase “quitters never win and winners never quit”? I know that I sometimes need to meditate on these words, especially when I think that a door is about to be slammed in my face! You all know exactly what I mean. Not a single person reading this hasn’t struggled over one thing or another during their lifetime….whether it was a bill or the mortgage or a friendship….or faith!

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I seem to have a boatload of those struggles these days. As are most of us, I worry how, with the rising cost of goods and services, I can manage those shrinking dollars that are direct deposited every month! Like you, I DO NOT have a money tree out back! And yet this worry of mine pales by comparison to the person who is facing a terminal illness. This worry of mine pales by comparison to someone who has just lost a loved one! This worry of mine pales by comparison to the family who has just been served with an eviction notice! This worry of mine pales by comparison to the young mother sending her young husband off into harms way across the ocean in the Middle East.

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These are the trials that face our family and our friends and our neighbors these days! And do you wonder just how it is we can turn these kinds of things over to God? Well, we know He can’t fix the things that are the consequence of our own actions. Nor can He fix the things that are part of the natural order of things, such as what happens when we have a son or daughter in the military. However, what He can do is find a way to help us to cope mentally, emotionally and spiritually, as we face these challenges that we are assailed with every day.

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How many times do we read of trials in the Bible? From Moses to Ruth to David to the Son of God himself, every one was faced with what would seem to be insurmountable challenges in their lives. Yet each turned their troubles and their hearts over to God and each were blessed with the spiritual power and strength to either overcome or accept the trials that came their way! Why then do we seem to find this to be something hard for us to accomplish right here, in our little piece of the world, here in the 21st century?

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It is man’s natural instinct to sin. We come by this honestly. It was engraved on the soul of every being to draw breath since Adam and Eve inhabited the Garden! And yet, it is also man’s natural instinct to turn to a divine source of comfort, when those things we face every day become so overwhelming, we feel as if the very air we breathe has been sucked right out of our lungs! For those of us who are Christians, the sacrifice made by Jesus seals God’s promise that He will love us and be at our side in spite of what it is we have done. Come to Him with an honest and open heart and He will never abandon you! And I, for one, feel comforted in the knowledge that He is always there for me and is always on my side!

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Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28 NLT

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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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