Monthly Archives: June 2014

Thought For The Day 06/23/14

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Thank You God For Everything!

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Thank You for the world so sweet,
Thank You for the food we eat,
Thank You for the birds that sing,
Thank You God for everything!

Thank You for each happy day,
For fun, for friends, for work, for play.
Thank You God for love and care,
At home, at school and everywhere!

Amen

Author Unknown

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The prayer above might just be one of the very first prayers we introduce to the children in our lives as we seek to share the wonders of faith with them. It is clean and pure and good, just as the lives of children are clean and pure and good. They have not yet become tarnished by life’s harsh realities which seems to somehow muddy all things wondrous once we pass the threshold into adulthood. But then some of us are given a miracle. We bear children and suddenly, we are witnessing life’s untarnished freshness through the eyes of those children (and grandchildren).

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I was thusly blessed some 4 1/2 years ago when a little red-headed ball of fire entered my life! God has blessed me with the opportunity of seeing life through Landon’s innocent eyes. However, I have come to realize something quite wonderful! Because I am transported back to a time of innocent wonder as I help Landon to live his life, it seems as if EVERYTHING that colors my world these days is vibrant and fresh. Yes, like the rest of the adults in my world, I am saddled with the grown up responsibilities we all share. I too must run my household. I too must pay my bills, sometimes without enough money to comfortably manage it. I too must deal with others around me who see things in shades of grey because they don’t have their own 4 1/2 year old wonder to paint life with bright, primary hues of color, like I do! But it is because I do that I don’t sweat the small stuff anymore. I am thankful to God for EVERYTHING that I have been given, both the wonderful things and those not so wonderful things.

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Do you honestly think that God allows us trials and tribulations without their being a divine purpose for them? After all, it is the trials that teach us to work hard and persevere to reach our goals. And it is the ability to successfully accomplish this that builds our character as not just people but people of faith. Did Jesus not reassure his Disciples that although they would be scattered and separated, they would never be alone, for God would always be with them? And God will be there just as absolutely for us when we need Him to be! Trials and tribulations come with both a purpose and a reward.

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Now that we have secured this promise from him, why not walk your path through life with a quicker step and a keener eye! Don’t just live your life. LIVE YOUR LIFE! Live life as a child lives life. Look at the miracle that is all of His creation. Let your senses revel in the beauty of everything that surrounds you. Today look for a rose-bush in bloom and inhale the delicate fragrance. Walk by the neighborhood pond and try skipping a stone. Wash your car and then make funny faces in the shiny glass of sparkling windows. Or don’t wash your car and draw a smiley face in the dusty surface of the trunk! Tonight take a walk at dusk and make a wish upon the first star (or planet) you spy! Yes, come down to earth at some point and pay the electric bill, but don’t stay grounded and sensible for too long. Life is too short and the time to live it is now!

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Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith   produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

James 1: 2-4 NIV

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There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God.

Ecclesiastes 2:24 ESV

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath”

Thought For The Day 06/22/14

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This Is The Word Of The Lord

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

“Corpus Christie”

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Corpus Christi

The festival of Corpus Christi celebrates the Eucharist as the body of Christ. The name ‘Corpus Christi’ is Latin for ‘the body of Christ’.

This jubilant festival is celebrated by Roman Catholics and other Christians to proclaim the truth of the transubstantiation of bread and wine into the actual body of Christ during Mass.

In some countries in the world, Catholic churches still celebrate the festival, not only with a Mass, but also with a procession that carries the consecrated wafer through the streets as a public statement that the sacrifice of Christ was for the salvation of the whole world.

Corpus Christi falls between late May and the middle of June, on the first Thursday after Trinity Sunday (60 days after Easter). In some countries the festival is celebrated on the Sunday after Trinity Sunday.

In the Church of England this feast is also kept on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday and known as the Day of Thanksgiving for the Institution of Holy Communion (Corpus Christi).

It’s worth noting that Christians already mark the Last Supper, when Christ instituted the Eucharist, on Maundy Thursday (the day before Good Friday). Because Maundy Thursday falls during the solemn period of Holy Week, it was thought necessary to have a separate festival of the Eucharist that would allow the celebration not to be muted by sadness.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/holydays/corpuschristi.shtml

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 A Prayer For Today

 Prayer of Humble Access

 

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Our Gracious, Heavenly Father,

We do not presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies.

We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy Table. But thou art the same Lord, whose property is always to have mercy: 

Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us.

Amen

From the “Book of Divine Worship”

http://www.churchyear.net/commprayers.html

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Author of Today’s Reading

St John the Apostle

It is God who calls; human beings answer. The vocation of John and his brother James is stated very simply in the Gospels, along with that of Peter and his brother Andrew: Jesus called them; they followed. The absoluteness of their response is indicated by the account. James and John “were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him” (Matthew 4:21b-22).

For the three former fishermen—Peter, James and John—that faith was to be rewarded by a special friendship with Jesus. They alone were privileged to be present at the Transfiguration, the raising of the daughter of Jairus and the agony in Gethsemane. But John’s friendship was even more special. Tradition assigns to him the Fourth Gospel, although most modern Scripture scholars think it unlikely that the apostle and the evangelist are the same person.

John’s own Gospel refers to him as “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (see John 13:23; 19:26; 20:2), the one who reclined next to Jesus at the Last Supper, and the one to whom he gave the exquisite honor, as he stood beneath the cross, of caring for his mother. “Woman, behold your son…. Behold, your mother” (John 19:26b, 27b).

Because of the depth of his Gospel, John is usually thought of as the eagle of theology, soaring in high regions that other writers did not enter. But the ever-frank Gospels reveal some very human traits. Jesus gave James and John the nickname, “sons of thunder.”

http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/Saints/saint.aspx?id=1242

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Today’s Gospel Reading

John 6:51-58 NIV

 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”

Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”

Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.”

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Reading 2

1 Corinthians 10: 16-17 NIV

Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf.

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Thanks Be To God!

Amen

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 06/21/14

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The “LOVE” Passages!

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“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails”

 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 NIV

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There are very few Christians in the world that have never heard one of the most famous and beautiful “LOVE” Bible passages ever written. Thank you St Paul for sharing God’s message with the world and penning 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8. This passage is, without a doubt, the most quoted Bible verse used at any wedding ceremony performed by a minister or priest, and when adapted and applied as one of the building blocks upon which you live your lives as a couple, serves as a blue-print for a long and happy life together. And as usually happens in my world, I can’t think about the relevance of something without somehow trying to discover all I can about it and its applications. So in thinking about this particular verse, I began to wonder just how many other Bible verses talk about this very thing.

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Did you know there are somewhere in the neighborhood of 730 “LOVE” passages? And to my mind, when someone (or a group of someone’s) takes these many opportunities to share such powerful words about a particular subject, it is well worth leaning in and listening closely! The “LOVE” passages include all the forms of love that man can experience and include “ROMANTIC LOVE” or eros, “BROTHERLY LOVE” or friendship, and perhaps the greatest love of them all, “DIVINE LOVE” or agape, which is the very essence and spiritual substance of God, and which He shares with each of us. It is this love, “DIVINE LOVE“, that gifts us with the capacity to believe in the first place! And so, in the spirit of this one tiny word with such power to transform lives, I want to share with you some of my favorite “LOVE” Bible passages today!

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Genesis 29:20 NLT

 So Jacob worked seven years to pay for Rachel. But his love for her was so strong that it seemed to him but a few days.

Proverbs 15:17 NLT

 A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate.

Song of Solomon 4:10 NIV

How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much more pleasing is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume than any spice!

Matthew 22:37–39 NKJV

 Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NIV

 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.   But the greatest of these is love

John 3:16 KJV

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

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This last love passage was transformed into a YouTube video. Created as a children’s song, and utilizing the words from this passage, it was uploaded on 08/05/2008 by Aaron Bajao. Aaron imported it from a mix CD. However, the original was lost, as was the computer he used to upload it, so we are unable to credit the creative genius of the mind who actually came up with it. But I am certain the legacy of its magic will be carried on. I’m betting none of you will be able to stop tapping your foot or humming the melody once you’ve heard it!

http://youtu.be/9L_HrpO6-9M

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Love has no desire but to fulfill itself.  To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.  To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving. 

Kahlil Gibran

http://quotegarden.com/love.html

Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath”

Thought For The Day 06/20/14

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Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

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When the world says,
“Give up,”
Hope whispers,
“Try it one more time.”
Author Unknown

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Those “8 little words” are probably the hardest 8 words to understand on their face, never mind trying to put them into perspective in the life of a Christian. About the only thing I can say with certainty about those “8 little words” is that to say them pre-supposes a faith in God Almighty. While I have no friends who are atheists I suspect that those words would not be spoken often in their lives because they do not know God nor have the faith in their lives that would support a need to explain a bad outcome in a personal life experience. For them, the explanation would be…”it simply is”. But for those people of faith, those words support a belief in an omnipresent being who controls all things in our world. Those “8 little words” are an accusation we bring to God because we don’t understand the reasoning for a bad occurrence and because we want, as a people of faith, to know that God is not forsaking us.

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In a loss in our lives, it is my belief that the faith we have in God allows us to experience and rely upon His  strength, His comfort, His sustaining love and His assurance in the face of the evil and horrors that exists in our world. We can look to God to sustain us in and nurture us through our grief. And while we may not understand His reasoning, faith tells us that all serves His purpose for the journey our lives take while we walk on earth. And for me, my belief that God walks with me daily is what allows me to get through the hard times that challenge me…. even when it seems that those difficulties seem to be an ever-present companion in my life. So my question must be, can you say the same?

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He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:29-31 NIV

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath”

Thought For The Day 06/19/14

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A Permanent Solution To A Temporary Problem

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http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/2013085-overview

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Death is for many of us the gate of hell; but we are inside on the way out, not outside on the way in. 

George Bernard Shaw

http://www.quotegarden.com/death.html

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I have seen the effects of seeking a permanent solution to what is, in reality, a temporary problem, firsthand. A boy who spent nearly as much time in my home as he did in his own because of his close friendship with my children, took his own life as a teenager. I suffered guilt in addition to sorrow for a very long time, wondering if there was not something I should have seen or done which could have prevented not only this tragedy but the resultant heartache suffered by his family (both blood as well as friends). It took me many years to realize that there was nothing about this that I could have prevented. And owning up to that one statement does NOT make me feel any relief! What it does is make me wonder what kind of pain and suffering would drive any person to the brink of the abyss. What could possibly cause a person to feel such despondency that they could find no other way to escape their pain and hurt?

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Suicide: Read This First“, was written by Martha Ainsworth and can be read in its entirety by clicking on the following link: http://www.metanoia.org/suicide/. She is not a therapist nor is she a counselor, What she is, is someone who has walked in the shoes of those who feel driven to this state. Her article is well worth reading in its entirety and I hope that you do so. It is geared to someone who is at the brink. It is intended to give hope and to keep someone alive just one more minute. And if that one minute leads to a second and a third and a fourth, perhaps the person feeling so helpless will be given the strength to step back and to seek the help that is available out there, if they but ask!

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I am sharing one section, in particular, that I think is a MUST read. I hope you agree with me. I hope you are given some insight into a problem that is currently the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. And I hope you will never feel as I did so many years ago because, in all honesty, remembering that day causes me as much pain today, as it did then. Suicide knows no age, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation or nationality. It is, in fact, a totally preventable world-wide epidemic if we but think about it and talk about it. It’s time to face the problem head on!

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 “5 Things To Think About”

  1. You need to hear that people do get through this — even people who feel as badly as you are feeling now. Statistically, there is a very good chance that you are going to live. I hope that this information gives you some sense of hope.
  2. Give yourself some distance. Say to yourself, “I will wait 24 hours before I do anything.” Or a week. Remember that feelings and actions are two different things – just because you feel like killing yourself, doesn’t mean that you have to actually do it right this minute. Put some distance between your suicidal feelings and suicidal action. Even if it’s just 24 hours.  You have already done it for 5 minutes, just by reading this page.  You can do it for another 5 minutes by continuing to read this page. Keep going, and realize that while you still feel suicidal, you are not, at this moment, acting on it.  That is very encouraging to me, and I hope it is to you.
  3. People often turn to suicide because they are seeking relief from pain. Remember that relief is a feeling. And you have to be alive to feel it. You will not feel the relief you so desperately seek, if you are dead.
  4. Some people will react badly to your suicidal feelings, either because they are frightened, or angry; they may actually increase your pain instead of helping you, despite their intentions, by saying or doing thoughtless things. You have to understand that their bad reactions are about their fears, not about you.But there are people out there who can be with you in this horrible time, and will not judge you, or argue with you, or send you to a hospital, or try to talk you out of how badly you feel. They will simply care for you. Find one of them. Now. Use your 24 hours, or your week, and tell someone what’s going on with you. It is okay to ask for help. Try:
    • Send an anonymous e-mail to The Samaritans (jo@samaritans.org)
    • Call the  National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255  (TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY)
    • (In Australia, call Lifeline Australia at telephone:  13 11 14
    • Teenagers, call Covenant House Nine Line, 1-800-999-9999
    • Look in the front of your phone book for a crisis line
    • Call a psychotherapist
    • Carefully choose a friend or a minister or rabbi, someone who is likely to listen

    But don’t give yourself the additional burden of trying to deal with this alone. Just talking about how you got to where you are, releases an awful lot of the pressure, and it might be just the additional coping resource you need to regain your balance.

  5. Suicidal feelings are, in and of themselves, traumatic. After they subside, you need to continue caring for yourself. Therapy is a really good idea. So are the various self-help groups available both in your community and on the Internet.

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A Prayer

written by Rowland Jide Macaulay

Today, I pray, Lord, bind the spirit of suicide in our community; we ask you Lord to meet those thinking of taking their own lives because of pressure of sexuality; show each one your love through your words and the people around them; surprise us Lord.

In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Amen

Call someone; let them know that you care and love them dearly.

a note from Rowland

I agree to re-publication of this message/prayer. Too often the mental health and well-being of LGBT people (is) ignored. I am swamp(ed) with many young people in despair of their lives…especially those in Africa and of African descent (who have access to House of Rainbow and myself). They are worried about “coming out”, how to reconcile with being gay/lesbian, and (the effect on) their faith and family. The height of desperation is mind-blowing… to the point many have told me they are thinking of suicide as an option.

(Rowland Jide Macaulay, LLB, MTh, FACT is a Christian Theologian, openly gay, a dynamic and an inspirational speaker, poet, pastor and preacher, Human Rights Consultant, the author of “Poetry Inspired” published in the UK 2001, founder/Project Director of House Of Rainbow Fellowship Worldwide, holds a degree in law and MA Practical Theology.)

You may e-mail Rowland at the following: church@houseofrainbow.org

You may follow Rowland’s writings at the following: http://revrowlandjidemacaulay.blogspot.com/

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For I am already being poured out like a drink offering,  and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight,   I have finished the race,   I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me   the crown of righteousness,   which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day —and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

2 Timothy 4: 6-8 NIV

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath”

Thought For The Day 06/18/14

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Becoming

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On life’s journey, we can’t BECOME FOUND without first BECOMING LOST!

Amanda Bruscella

(sentiment inspired by thousands of quotes I’ve seen since starting to include them here!

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A friend commented on her social media page once that the day held a special, and somewhat painful significance for her because 4 years ago prior, she had experienced a HUGE life change. I do not know exactly what she meant (I knew of her only casually back then, because she was the aunt of my own niece’s best friend….kind of a friend of a friend…) but I can surmise what it was. She acknowledges her thankfulness for the many friends and family that remained unwaveringly by her side, in spite of the fact that they may not have understood what was happening nor why it was happening. But they knew her and that was enough to guarantee they would support the choices she felt compelled to make. And isn’t faith like that a wonderful thing? To know that those who love you are always in your corner for the fights in your life, even when the battle is not theirs?

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The quote you read above was what I wrote on her page that day, and I am sure such brilliance (just kidding…. LOL) could not have been totally mine. That is why I credit the inspiration to the many quotes I have gone through as I find one that fits what I am sharing here perfectly, every day, to the author that inspired it! Still, the truth of its message is unmistakable! We can not find ourselves, or even realize exactly what it is that we are looking for in the first place, without first being lost, in some way! And I guess that is why I see our embracing faith as a journey along a path that has perhaps a million other pathways intersecting it along the way. And each time we encounter a cross-road and a choice, we are forced to stop, take stock of where we are up to that point, think about what we have yet to accomplish, and then choose which way the road we need to continue along will take us.

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There is not a single journey any one of us will make that is the mirror image of another’s journey. The choices for our journey are as varied as there are stars in the sky! The knowing of where we must head is in the knowing of but one, and while we may feel His guiding hand in our back as we walk, the choices we make and the steps we take are ours and ours alone to make.

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The wonderful thing is that even if we think we are lost as we journey, at least to God, that is, it is never a forever kind of lost. That is the promise that faith gives to us. The gift of the Holy Spirit is a gift given to everyone. The problem is that all too often we don’t use these gifts. Sometimes it’s because we don’t realize they are there. And sometimes it’s because we have hardened our own hearts so much that we will not allow the gifts to enter or be used. And I think that is the fault of the times in which we live.

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Jesus and the disciples wore the Holy Spirit like a mantle and it was easier for others to see and hear and listen and learn and then go forward themselves. The distractions of modern living were not there, getting in the way or muddying the message. But today we often permit only a superficial dusting of the Holy Spirit and what happens is that we wear only a pale hue of the mantle that adorned those who came before. Once Mark 16:17-18 was the mantra; “And these signs will follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Today, the things we can do are hinted at, not shouted forth!

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We each have so much potential for being the catalyst for change. It is something we must search to do. Yes, what we choose to do depends so much on the kind of person we are inside. Our gifts are all different but that they are there for us to wield should never be doubted. But we must remember that the gift of the Holy Spirit is more that simply our own blessing. It’s also realizing that the spiritual life of others may well depend on what we choose to do with it and how we share it with others! I read something once and I have never forgotten the words! You are carrying someone’s miracle. Don’t let it stay inside.

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What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

Romans 6:1-4 ESV

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath”

Thought For The Day 06/17/14

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What Are The Values You Seek To Share?

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It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.

Roy Disney  

http://www.quotegarden.com/decisions.html

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Today I began thinking about all of the people who have made such a tremendous impact on my life throughout the years. From my parents who instilled in the very first values that formed the foundation of instructions for living my life, to each person I met throughout the years as I lived that life, each one added layer upon layer of life lessons that became my character. We, none of us, grows to adulthood unassisted. Unlike many of God’s other living creations who can successfully navigate the days to maturity with little in the way of direct influence from other members of his species, man is, from his infancy, totally dependent upon the others who are intimately connected to him. We do not speak instinctively. We learn as speech is demonstrated by the adults who share our lives during our formative years. We do not know the values we hold within our hearts until they are first given to us by others either through lessons taught by word of mouth or demonstrated by example by those that love us enough to want to set our feet on the right path!

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Have you ever thought about all of the things that make us special? What are some of the values we need to become full and complete and caring people in our world? Are there any that seem more important or are they all equally responsible for making us the best people we can be? And as I was thinking about the core values that are the most important to me, there are some that come readily to mind although I am sure that there must be hundreds (perhaps thousands) more, less definable character builders that are part of what becomes our very essence! Below is a list of some of the things I tried to pass along to my children and my grandson. You may disagree with me but I’m betting when you really think about them, each has merit for molding us into not just the best person we can be but also the best person of faith we can be! Read them and think about each one as it relates to the way you live your life, and then decide the worth of each thing I have listed. I am pretty sure there are none you would eliminate from that list of important character builders!

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Appreciation     Belief     Caring     Character     Charity     Class And Grace     Commitment     Compassion     Confidence    Courage    Courtesy    Dedication    Determination    Devotion    Drive    Excellence    Faith    Foresight    Forgiveness    Friendship    Generosity    Gratitude   Hard Work    Honesty    Honor    Hope    Humility    Integrity    Justice    Kindness 

  Love  

Loyalty    Optimism    Passion    Patience    Perseverance    Purpose    Respect    Responsibility    Sacrifice    Sharing    Stewardship    Strength    Trust    Unity    Vision

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I put Love on its own separate line because I believe this is the one thing that serves to bind all of the rest of these character builders to our souls. Do you not agree that it is Love that leads those that care enough about the people we will become to instill all of the tools we will need to live our lives as good people? If all of those who added those layers to our character did not Love us to begin with, would they even care enough to want us to grow to our full potential? I think not. Love is the tie that binds us to others and it is the tie that binds us to God as people of faith, as well. Yes, this little word sums up all of the good we strive to share with others and without it, somehow the importance of the rest would lose a bit of what makes them so necessary to our lives, don’t you think?

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Every Day I Love You

by Boyzone

http://youtu.be/6QQQKJJBJOY

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But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. …

James 1:22-27 ESV

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Mandy 2014

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