Thought For The Day 06/12/14

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How Do The Winds Of Change
Serve To Change Us? 

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“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

Maria Robinson

http://thinkexist.com/quotations/change/

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Change is never an easy thing. I used to think that fact applied mostly to me, but age and experience has taught me that change is a tough “nut to crack” for most of us, despite the fact that few of us would prefer to stay in a rut if we could manage, by employing just a bit of effort (OK, maybe more than just a bit) coupled with a little (sometimes a lot) of prayer, to create a wondrous personal, professional or even spiritual metamorphosis! And why it is that this is such a struggle for us, even when we find ourselves constantly pulled into situations that make us if not downright unhappy, then at least, discontented with our lot? Is it merely a discomfort at the idea of change, or is it an overt fear of the unknown?

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Think about something as simple as wanting to live a healthier lifestyle. Now this is a change I struggle with constantly, and have done so since I was a child. For example, I want to lose weight. I KNOW I will be healthier and live longer if I lose weight. I know that to lose weight I need to eat less and exercise more! I need t live a healthier lifestyle! Yes, I have an intimate understanding of every component required to achieve this goal. And yet, do I accomplish the deed? NO! And why not? Because we have a very complex physical, emotional and cultural relationship with both food as well as the activities we engage in! And yes, I am trying to adapt my goals, motivations, physiology and personality into the endeavor, but if I back-slide even one iota, my resolve becomes eroded and those old, comfortable habits tiptoe back into my life! The problem is that when I try again, the difficulty is somehow compounded by yesterday’s failure, even if it is but a perceived one!  So how in the world do we accomplish change? I let my fingers do the walking through the information highway and I discovered some common denominators that seem to make sense. You see, it is by organizing our thoughts and setting realistic goals for what we want to accomplish and how long we are willing to invest in trying to effect that change, that will cause those changes we want, to occur!

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  • Short term goals are easier to accomplish than are long-term ones since their success is dependent on the success of the short-term ones to begin with. So even if we understand the need to made global changes, starting with a little, but more easily attainable one, is the place to begin! 

  • Take that first step! No one ever climbed Mt Everest all in a single endeavor. But we all can climb Mt Everest if we do it 50 feet at a time!

  • Remember that through it all, for good and for bad, we are very human and because we are, we WILL trip along the way. BUT, if we understand that this is likely to happen, we can be prepared for the time that it might, and then start fresh from that moment forward, instead of forcing ourselves to turn back to the very beginning of our efforts and starting the journey once again, from the beginning!

  • Choosing to make the journey with another often makes it easier, as long as we do not choose to make it a competition. By competing we fail to take into account the goals and motivations and even the physiology of our “partner in crime”, which, because of their very own history, may be immensely different from our own. 

  • Ask for the strength and the fortification from the faith that dwells within our heart that He guide the choices as well as goals that we are setting for ourselves. We can ask (of course there is no guarantee that His answer will be yes, but we can ask anyway) that He guide us and help us on this journey and for the wisdom to remember that neither Rome, nor anything worth attaining, was or will ever be built in a day!

  • Remember that once we do gain a momentum, our goals may and will need to be modified to preserve that momentum.

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Even when….ESPECIALLY when….we want to grow in faith, there is no change in the steps I have given you! Because to grow faith requires exactly the same level of determination and dedication, and yes, often perspiration! You see, even when it is not our physical health that is being threatened, there are few who would not react aggressively, if they were to discover their spiritual health under attack….something Satan absolutely delights in! But if you remember the steps I shared, you can be certain that you will be not just equipped with the tools to blaze a new trail in faith, but to keep yourself from straying from that trail as you go!

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Just remember little goals often reap the greatest rewards, especially when they are goals set by the heart, rather than the head! Romans 12:3, (KJV) says, “ For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

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The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”

He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.

“Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? Won’t he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’”

Luke 17:5-10 (NIV)

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Copyright © 2011-2013 “MandysPath” Ministry

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There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 

To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

1 Corinthians 12:4-11  NIV

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath”

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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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