Thought For The Day 12/01/14

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I Gift To You

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With all that I have, and because of all that we are…..

GIVE to you my all …  but I GIFT to you my heart!

Amanda Bruscella

12/01/11

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The quote I normally begin my blog posts with is usually some profound thought that someone of note has shared with the world. However, today the profound thought is mine….. and not because I am anyone so special, but rather, because it has occurred to me that there is something very thought-provoking about those two highlighted words, especially when thinking about this very special time of the year.

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Have you ever thought about the differences between giving of something and gifting of the very same thing? Is there a difference between giving and gifting? Look up the definition of both words and you’ll find something quite interesting. In fact, you may well come to the realization that anyone is capable of giving but only a few can truly gift to another!

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  • GIVE: denotes the act of voluntarily transferring the possession of something to another person, without further connotations.
  • GIFT: denotes the act of voluntarily transferring the possession of something to another person as a symbolic or sentimental act, generally in order to make that person think better or more dearly of you.
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Notice that both are generous gestures that are all about transferring the possession of something to another person, but only one includes within the very act of this transference, the impact that the heart plays in the entire scenario. And while giving is just as impactful and probably benefits the recipient just as much, gifting is usually done because of the need of the heart of the giver, to bestow something particularly special upon another.
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So I ask of you to give some thought to both of these two tiny words as you begin your foray into your local businesses, gathering up your various purchases and leaving your hard-earned dollars behind. Think….. and decide….. are the things you are purchasing to be used for giving only or will they be used for gifting? 

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But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. 

Titus 3: 4-7 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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