Thought For The Day 01/17/15

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Brussel Sprouts! 

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But if you never try, you'll never know

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“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.”

Dave Barry

http://www.selfhelpdaily.com/quote-about-trying-new-things/

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There is one memory that will be forever imprinted in my mind, and it is the day my mom tried to get me to eat Brussel Sprouts. She cajoled and bribed and did everything short of standing on her head, but I refused to try them. She even used the words that all mothers use almost as much as we use hand sanitizer today….. “Try them, you’ll like them!” And still, I balked! And I balked! And I Balked!
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Now I finally did try them and despite the fact that I like their kissing cousin, cabbage, I still can not abide Brussel Sprouts! I LOVE Spinach and I even liked Liver and Onions as a child, but those little round balls of ick will never be a vegetable I serve often (ever) in my home! However, I did learn a profound lesson from the experience. Whether or not we ultimately like something, we must always be willing to venture into the realm of the unknown, by taking a chance on something new. And even though we may never develop the “palate” for whatever it is, we will have grown just a bit for having given it the effort!
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The same exact thing holds true for matters of faith. There will always be people out there who will put the brakes on when someone in their life begins speaking to them of all of the things that faith brings to our table. Perhaps it is because they are remembering a childhood of hard pews, and sitting through a sermon where a “pontificating old poop” shouted out at (instead of speaking to) everyone sitting in the sanctuary, that they were all doomed to hellfire and damnation if they didn’t mend their evil ways. I can understand that. For me, experiences like that are exactly like Brussel Sprouts.
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The more someone pushes, the harder we (and most especially ME) hits the brakes. Yes, I can understand people who, having had faith shoved down their throats in this way, feeling the way they do. However, I want to tell them that just as times are changing, so are the ways and places we can worship. The key is to give faith another try. You never know….you may just like our “21st century” kind of faith.
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Today’s faith is a faith you can find wherever you look and wherever you go. It’s a faith worth giving a second chance….. a fighting chance! Because, as it says in Hebrews 11:1 NIV, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” And sometimes what we hope to get from the experience of discovering or rediscovering faith is worth taking just one more tiny taste of. Maybe it’s time I try those Brussel Sprouts once again!
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I Hope You Dance

written by: Mark D. Sanders & Tia Sillers
performed by: Lee Ann Womack
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I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance
I hope you dance

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Livin’ might mean takin’ chances, but they’re worth takin’
Lovin’ might be a mistake, but it’s worth makin’
Don’t let some Hell bent heart leave you bitter
When you come close to sellin’ out, reconsider
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance
I hope you dance

(Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along)

I hope you dance
I hope you dance

(Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder, where those years have gone?)

I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

Dance

(Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along)

I hope you dance
I hope you dance (x3)

(Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder, where those years have gone?)

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But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.

1 Corinthians 15:51 -53 NLT

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2015 “MandysPath” Ministry

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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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