Thought For The Day 09/26/14

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Oh, What A Ride

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You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough. You must want it with an exuberance that erupts through the skin and joins the energy that created the world.

Sheila Graham

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When I was younger and active in the church where I worshipped, I felt as if I was riding a Merry-Go-Round. I liked the ride. The ride put a smile on my face. But the ride was not passionate, thrilling and one that would lead me to want to shout to the world that I had been on it. But suddenly 3 1/2 years ago, I listened to a still, quite voice that whispered in my ear.

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The message I was given was that there was more waiting for me in the world. The message told me to begin a journey on a special path. The message told me that as I walked, I would learn more and more about me. The message told me that I would learn more and more about the plan God had for my life. And just as suddenly, the faith in my heart was alive and vivid and purposeful.

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I knew that people who were struggling would look to me as I passed them during my journey and I knew that I would be compelled to stop each time, and offer my hand and help them if I was able. And suddenly, the picture painted in my mind was that of a Roller Coaster. I knew that my journey from that moment forward would be one of twists and turns. I knew there would be times where I would inch along slowly, going up hill, struggling to reach the summit. Then, just as suddenly, I would plummet and spiral downward….twisting and turning and heart pounding, reaching the end of one leg of the journey I was on. And then, just as suddenly, I would begin my ride again.

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Genuine and true faith is a roller coaster ride. Having a living relationship with God is one of constant twists and turns. Faith is never one of rainbows and happiness all of the time but neither is it one of oppression and struggle. We can not change the ride that is before us. What we can do is ask for God’s help in changing the rider…..us! And as we learn more, we understand that it is exactly this roller coaster ride of faith that will lead us to the final destination in our journey…at God’s side in the Kingdom of Heaven!

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And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Romans 8: 28 NLT

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Mandy 2014

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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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