Thought For The Day 10/20/14

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If Only We Could See….

Thought 1318

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seeing what God sees

http://wvrevdave.blogspot.com/2011/10/why-do-we-fail-to-see-people-way-god.html

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The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision 

Helen Keller

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/h/helenkelle383771.html

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What do you see when you look at things? I’m not talking about descriptive things like color, size or material. I’m talking about the inner image you receive. How does what you see touch your soul? Are you enlightened by what you see? Does what you are seeing help you to grow as a person or does it tear you down?

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Did you know that when children see something they see it from the heart? Time has not yet cast its shadow on the things they see. Life and all its possibilities are there, right in front of them, ready to be seized with both hands.  But suddenly, as we grow, we lose this clarity into the soul of things. We become suspicious and our view becomes somewhat jaded because our life experiences have made it so! However, when we work towards changing seeing to envisioning, everything undergoes a metamorphosis!

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Rubel Shelly in his article “Seeing Through God’s Eyes, ( http://www.heartlight.org/articles/200307/20030702_seeing.html ) makes some terrific points about seeing versus vision in God’s eyes and I wanted to point out a few of his conclusions:

If we could see as God sees, we would know that most human fears never materialize.

Maybe this is why Jesus said, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

If we could see as God sees, we would realize that no problem that does come is insurmountable.

We brood over questions without answers. But the promise of Scripture stands: “God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength…

If we could see as God sees, we would understand that no trial comes without a blessing attached.

…you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete…

If we could see as God sees, we would know that pain always signals the possibility for growth.

Discipline always seems painful rather than pleasant at the time, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness…

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We need to begin changing the way we look at things. Perhaps we need to return to a more innocent time…the time of childhood. Go with a child on an adventure and see all the wonders from a new perspective. You will instantly feel lighter and enlightened. Then try to apply the same vision in your daily life. Go past the surface things you see and look to the deeper meaning! What you find may surprise you and most probably delight you as well!

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But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

Samuel 16:7 NIV

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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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