Thought For The Day 01/31/15

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The Blessings Of Our Little Ones

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Landon 01 2015

Landon John

January 2015

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The child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn’t been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him.

Pablo Casals

http://www.searchquotes.com/Children/quotes/about/Miracles/

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I have been recently reminded, in a tremendously profound way because of my work with abused and neglected children as a Guardian ad Litem, AND my work with a wee one even more precious to me than all the gold in Ft. Knox… my grandson Landon, just how precious a gift our little ones are to the human race. And in thinking about grandchildren, aren’t they our second chance at seeing all the wonders the world has to offer… for the first time… when we finally have the time to appreciate it? But in the process of this rediscovery, I have also had my eyes opened as to just how underappreciated the value of a child’s life has been over the last few centuries. And even today, when we have supposedly evolved in a more socially responsible and spiritual way, we are still bearing witness to a time when too many adults not only deprive these little blessings God has given to us, of not just a childhood, but, in some cases, their very life as well.

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Luke 18: 15-17 ESV should serve to remind us as to their value. Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And Jesus looked and viewed the lives of these little ones, not on man’s terms. No, he saw the value of their lives and hearts on a much higher plane than adults who have allowed their own willful aims and desires to come above their need to act in a way that honors God and the responsibility He demands that we provide to those innocent little blessings.

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Notice that Jesus did not tell His disciples to wash grimy and faces and grass stained clothes before allowing children to come to Him. Instead, He welcomed them complete with frogs in pockets, runny noses and teddy bears clutched in tiny arms. You see, Jesus knew that it is the pristine nature of a child’s heart, that makes them ready for God’s Kingdom, not the pristine cleanliness of their clothes. And Jesus wanted man to understand that to attain the same end, that man would need to sometimes understand the context of the lesson given in 1 Corinthians 13:11 NIV, “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.”

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It is not the daily responsibilities of adulthood that need to be put behind us. Instead it is the selfishness and pettiness of our immature selves we must put behind us and in its place, put in front of us the awe and wonder and curiosity of the heart of those innocent children! It is that we truly see God as a Father in terms of one who loves, protects, provides for, instructs and corrects us so that we become, as His children, better people. And isn’t love like this the greatest love of all?

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The Greatest Love of All

I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be

 Everybody’s searching for a hero
People need someone to look up to
I never found anyone who fulfilled my needs
A lonely place to be
And so I learned to depend on me

 I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I’ll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can’t take away my dignity
Because the greatest love of all
Is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all
Inside of me
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all

 I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be

I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I’ll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can’t take away my dignity
Because the greatest love of all
Is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all
Inside of me
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all

 And if, by chance, that special place
That you’ve been dreaming of
Leads you to a lonely place
Find your strength in love

Vocals: Whitney Houston
Written by:  Michael Masser and Linda Creed
(Linda Creed was recovering from breast cancer when she wrote the song.)

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Elaine Stafford Pierce

November 12, 1928 – January 31, 1990

You left this world 25 years ago today, but not a day passes that I do not think of you. Every time I read this poem I think of you. You had the greatest “DASH” of anyone I every knew!

​The Dash
by Linda Ellis copyright 1996

​I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on the tombstone
from the beginning…to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth
and spoke the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
that they spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved them
know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own,
the cars…the house…the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.

So, think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
to consider what’s true and real
and always try to understand
​the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we’ve never loved before. 

If we treat each other with respect
and more often wear a smile,
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.

​So, when your eulogy is being read,
with your life’s actions to rehash…
would you be proud of the things they say
about how you spent YOUR dash?

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This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.

1 John 4:9 NIV

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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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