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Thought For The Day 01/23/15

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Seeing Beyond (The Blue) Horizon

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Horizon

Photo taken by Daniel Bruscella, III with his iPhone

While on vacation in 2012 in FL

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“Suppose I was to tell you that it’s just beauty that’s calling me, the beauty of the far off and unknown, the mystery and spell which lures me, the need of freedom of great wide spaces, the joy of wandering on and on—-in quest of the secret which is hidden over there—-beyond the horizon?” 

Eugene O’Neill  

Beyond the Horizon

http://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/1715894-beyond-the-horizon-a-play-in-three-acts

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Taking that “leap of faith” toward the promise of the things that lie beyond where the eyes can see. Never an easy thing for a man or a woman to do! And certainly not easy when that which is  sought is an intangible such as a promise of life everlasting! So how does the heart, mind and soul know when the moment is right for the seeker to take that leap of faith to God?

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I once read that faith, while rooted in the unknown, really moves and grows from the unknown into the known  because being reborn allows each of us to see from the heart and not just the eyes! Pretty profound thought, don’t you think? Faith allows us to see the promise that is God’s kingdom, and allows us to move beyond the realities that living mortal lives plants within our hearts.  Our hearts hold so many earthly things such as anger and bitterness and, (dare I even say it) hatred. In fact, most people really never see into the depths of their own hearts, because the heart can be such a deceptive visionary. We are even told as much in Jeremiah, 17:9 ESV, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Yes, the heart often seeks to deceive us into believing that all is right with the way we live our lives in the world. And if we really don’t know ourselves and all that we are capable of, how then, can we learn to trust others? Well, as we spend time in shared experiences, we grow together with all of those other mortals who share in our lives! So why not with God?

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Yes, just as we grow to trust others, so has God shared with us enough knowledge about him through His revelations so that any of us can enter into the same meaningful relationship with him that we have with the rest of our friends and families who dwell on earth with us. However the moment we are struck by this often happens when we least expect it, and only when our mind is ready to consider the things He seeks to share. But for us to understand and grow with Him, we must be willing to learn what it is He deems we should know.  2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV reaffirms this, even as it reminds us of the amazing fact that it is by His mouth to the mind of man, that His scripture was given life, in the first place! “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

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A man by the name of Smith Wigglesworth (and yes, I laughed when I read his name too!) was a British evangelist who brought his voice to the burgeoning movement of Pentacostalism. Anyway, Smith made a promise to God that he would not go to bed at night until he had delivered to Him a new believer. It was a promise he kept until he passed away on March 12, 1947. But it is a quote attributed to him that I find so compelling as I think about taking that leap of faith to faith!  “Fear looks; faith jumps. Faith never fails to obtain its object. If I leave you as I found you, I am not God’s channel. I am not here to entertain you, but to get you to the place where you can laugh at the impossible.” (1) And just as Smith sought to bring people to the edge where they might glimpse (and laugh) at the impossible, so do I encourage you to envision all that He promises lies just beyond the horizon! I may be a simple person who is but a novice in believing myself, but I speak with the knowledge of one who leapt and has seen, that the things that are to be seen, when we take that leap, are wondrous, indeed!

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(1) http://hopefaithprayer.com/faith/faith-quotes/

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BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON

(a feel-good song for the ages)

Written by Robin/Harling/Whiting
Performed by Lou Christie
From his 1970 “Magnetic South”  album

Beyond the blue horizon
Waits a beautiful day
Goodbye to things that bore me
Joy is waiting for me

I see the new horizon
My life has only begun
Beyond the blue horizon
Lies a rising sun

Beyond the blue horizon
Waits a beautiful day
Goodbye to things that bore me
Joy is waiting for me

I see the new horizon
My life has only begun
Beyond the blue horizon
Lies a rising sun

Beyond the blue horizon
Waits a beautiful day
Goodbye to things that bore me
Joy is waiting for me

I see the new horizon
My life has only begun
Beyond the blue horizon
Lies a rising sun

Beyond the blue horizon
Lies a rising sun

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We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us. On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us.

2 Corinthians 1:8-10 NIV

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2015 “MandysPath” Ministry

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Thought For The Day 01/22/15

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I Have A Dream 

(And So Should You!)

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“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

http://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/1618365-i-have-a-dream-writings-and-speeches-that-changed-the-world

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I wrote this post with the face of a visionary in my mind’s eye, and an echo of his famous speech replaying over and over in my mind’s ear. You see, I too, have a dream… AND, so should you!

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I have a dream, and so should you, of a world where we all can live in peace and true brotherhood. I have a dream, and so should you, where we will be as respectful of our differences as we are about the things that unite us. I have a dream, and so should you, where little girls and little boys will grow so that each knows the true value of the unique creation they are. I have a dream, and so should you, where the first thing we see of one another is that we are greeting a fellow human being instead of a black or white or Christian or Muslim human being. I have a dream, and so should you, where we will look to lift each other up and build lives together instead of tearing down those same lives because they are somehow different. I have a dream, and so should you, where we will all seek and find the tether to faith and spirit that moves each heart. I have a dream, and so should you, where we will live these words as an integral part of our character: love, kindness, respect, generosity, benevolence, compassion, tenderness, mercy, grace and brotherhood. And I have a dream, and so should you, of a day when the spiritual awakening of every heart is not a subjective experience but a divine revelation that serves to heal and enlighten all of mankind!

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Yes, I have a dream, and so should you! It is the same dream for mankind that is endowed to man by the hand of the Almighty. It is a dream of a world where we are united as one people under God, indivisible and all living in liberty, knowing only justice! And while we must embrace our faith just as the words of Hebrews 11:1 NIV tells us,Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” , we must also live by God’s guide found in Romans 14:19 NIV,Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.”

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Yes, I have a dream, and so should you. Together let us all dream about a world where it will be the right of everyone, no matter their country of birth or the culture they were born into, to dare to dream about a future where the promises of tomorrow eclipse anything envisioned yesterday!

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We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us. On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us.

2 Corinthians 1:8-10 NIV

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2015 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 01/01/15

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New Year, New Beginnings 

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The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months!

Edward Payson Powell

http://izquotes.com/quote/290630

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I was thinking about many of the things I’ve posted over the last year…. heck, since I began writing these posts in 2011…. and I realized how many of them speak of not just new possibilities but new beginnings as well. And isn’t that what the New Year is all about when you think about it? For when else are we gifted with an opportunity of re-writing something about ourselves…. a trait or habit we were not happy with?

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Now I know that there is one thing I am guilty of every January 1st… and I also know that I am not the only one!  How often do we fail to keep those resolutions we faithfully make every New Year? The thing is, we really have to ask ourselves if the goal we are choosing to set is a realistic one! Don’t we sometimes set the bar so high that there is no way we can even see it, never mind vault over it? Or perhaps we are trying to choose so many things we want or need to do to recreate that personal transformation, that we lose sight of the changes that are the most important ones to effect! Well, either way, I began looking up some things we might be able to try, to rewrite our story and recreate the person we see ourselves becoming. Some are easy, others more difficult. But all are given as “food for thought” on this brand new day of a brand new year!

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  1. Really look at your strengths and weaknesses and challenge your beliefs about what you can and can’t do.
  2. Think about how you want things to work and dare to challenge the status quo in your life.
  3. Plan for your journey to change. Keep a journal, make a video,  or even start to write a blog!
  4. All challenges are an opportunity to change and improve. Do not choose to stay a victim!
  5. Rid yourself of your excess baggage. When you let go you make room for the new!
  6. Commit to something and follow through. Even if it’s something small. Just be faithful and take it one day at a time!
  7. Change your attitude. Positive thoughts create positive results!
  8. Transform that something you don’t want to something you do want. Stop complaining and start acting!
  9. Look at why you persist in those bad habits that plague you. Improve those, improve you!
  10. Forgive someone if you’ve been holding a grudge. Holding a grudge only punishes you!
  11. Walk around your community or your job and look as you walk. You never know what will catch your eye or inspire you! 
  12. Talk to someone while waiting in line. Today’s stranger is tomorrow’s friend!
  13. Smile and make eye contact with those around you. You will be surprised just how good you will feel and how much your smile will do for someone else! 
  14. Learn something new or try something new. Read that book you got as a gift and filed away on the book shelf!
  15. Challenge yourself to do something that frightens you. Go to a town meeting and speak up or go for an evening of karaoke!
  16. Volunteer at your local animal shelter, library, become a mentor. Anything! Leave your community a better place to live!
  17. Extend the hand of friendship and offer to help someone else.
  18. Carpool to work or try mass transit, if it is available. You will not only help the environment but you will also have the chance to collaborate and network! 
  19. Compliment a stranger on something you notice. Everyone likes to be appreciated, and it’s a great way to start a conversation.
  20. Capture the moment by grabbing that camera phone, taking a picture, and then sharing your vision with your friends! 
  21. Do not be afraid to do something alone. If you like the park or museum and your partner doesn’t, go anyway!
  22. Wear something interesting like a funny or nostalgic T-shirt. It is a guaranteed conversation catalyst!
  23. Surprise your spouse by bringing lunch to his office or perhaps you can make a favorite and bring lunch for your co-workers or organize a potluck dinner with friends!
  24. Introduce a friend on your social media network to someone they don’t know and encourage them to do the same. You might just be the catalyst for sparking new friendships that might last a lifetime!

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Happy New Year to you all…. my dear family and friends…. whether you are across the street or across the world. Each and every one of you gives me so much more than your love and friendship. Each of you gives me YOU, each and every day, and that is a gift more valuable that rubies or gold! On this 1st new day of a brand new year, I want to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for that very special gift! May 2015 bring to each and every one of you…


A mind that is clear, 
A body that is healthy,
A soul that is at peace,

A spirit that is joy filled,
And a heart that holds only love!

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No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven. 

Philippians 3:13-14 NLT

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2015 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 08/24/14

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Sunday, August 24th, 2014

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 A Prayer For Today

A Prayer for Healing, Understanding, Justice and Peace

With sighs too deep for words
We mourn the loss of those to suicide
We pray for those who struggle with depression and mental illness
We pray for peace and comfort
We pray for change
That we would not be afraid to talk about mental illness
That we would not stigmatize and stereotype
That instead we would try to understand

With fists clenched, unable to speak
We pray for the victims of state violence
We pray for Ferguson, Missouri, and communities across the country
We mourn with families who are grieving
We pray for peace in communities that are terrified
That their youth will be next
We pray for justice, we pray for an end to violence
For an end to racism
For an end to oppression
We pray in nonviolent action
We pray in peaceful protests and vigils
We pray that we, too, will change and work for justice and peace in all we do.

With hands on our ears
Because the violence of the world is just too much
We pray for peace in Gaza and Israel
We pray for peace in Iraq
We pray for peace in Syria
We pray for peace in the United States of America.
We pray in the words of the prophets,
Of Isaiah and Micah, for that day when
“They shall beat their swords into plowshares
And their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
Neither shall they learn war any more.”

May it be so in us.
May it be so in all we do.
In the name of the Prince of Peace, the Great Physician, the Healer of All Wounds, we pray.

Amen

http://rev-o-lution.org/2014/08/13/a-prayer-for-healing-understanding-justice-and-peace/

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Author of Today’s Reading

St Matthew the Apostle

St. Matthew, one of the twelve Apostles, is the author of the first Gospel. This has been the constant tradition of the Church and is confirmed by the Gospel itself. He was the son of Alpheus and was called to be an Apostle  while sitting in the tax collector’s place at Capernaum. Before his conversion he was a publican, i.e., a tax collector by profession. He is to be identified with the “Levi” of Mark and Luke.

His apostolic activity was at first restricted to the communities of Palestine. Nothing definite is known about his later life. There is a tradition that points to Ethiopia as his field of labor; other traditions mention of Parthia and Persia. It is uncertain whether he died a natural death or received the crown of martyrdom.

St. Matthew’s Gospel was written to fill a sorely felt want for his fellow countrymen, both believers and unbelievers. For the former, it served as a token of his regard and as an encouragement in the trial to come, especially the danger of falling back to Judaism; for the latter, it was designed to convince them that the Messiah had come in the person of Jesus, our Lord, in Whom all the promises of the messianic  Kingdom embracing all people had been fulfilled in a spiritual rather than in a carnal way: “My Kingdom is not of this world.” His Gospel, then, answered the question put by the disciples of  St. John the Baptist, “Are You He Who is to come, or shall we look for another?”

Writing for his countrymen of Palestine, St. Matthew composed his Gospel in his native Aramaic, the “Hebrew tongue” mentioned in the Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. Soon afterward, about the time of the persecution of Herod Agrippa I in 42 AD, he took his departure for other lands. Another tradition places the composition of his Gospel either between the time of this departure and the Council of Jerusalem, i.e., between 42 AD and 50 AD or even later. Definitely, however, the Gospel, depicting the Holy City with its altar and temple as still existing, and without any reference to the fulfillment of our Lord’s prophecy, shows that it was written before the destruction of the city by the Romans in 70 AD, and this internal evidence confirms the early traditions.

http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=84

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Today’s Gospel Reading

Matthew 23:1-12 CEV

Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses. Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they will not lift a finger to move them.

All their works are performed to be seen. They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels. They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’

As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers. Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven. Do not be called ‘Master’; you have but one master, the Christ.

The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

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Reading 2

Ezekiel 43:1-7 CEV

The angel led me to the gate which faces the east, and there I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. I heard a sound like the roaring of many waters, and the earth shone with his glory.

The vision was like that which I had seen when he came to destroy the city, and like that which I had seen by the river Chebar.

I fell prone as the glory of the LORD entered the temple by way of the gate which faces the east, but spirit lifted me up and brought me to the inner court. And I saw that the temple was filled with the glory of the LORD.

Then I heard someone speaking to me from the temple, while the man stood beside me. The voice said to me:  Son of man, this is where my throne shall be, this is where I will set the soles of my feet; here I will dwell among the children of Israel forever.

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Hymn For Today

Glorious Things Of Thee Are Spoken

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Thanks Be To God!

Amen

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 07/26/14

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The Power Of Forgiveness

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It’s really amazing when two strangers become the best of friends, but it’s really sad when the best of friends become two strangers.

“Morgan’s Quotes” 

http://morgie31.tripod.com/id6.html

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Can there be any heartache more acute than the pain that is felt as the result of betrayal by a friend? Since the beginning of times, man has sought to live as part of a community. This was necessary for survival of what is truly a fragile life form… a human being. A community afforded its members protection from predators and more individuals hunting or foraging meant greater success in finding food sources. A community also allowed for a safer environment for the rearing of children and for the exchange of information key to growing and learning and surviving in the world. And while, for the most part, we no longer need a community for this type of supportive nurturing, the emotional support afforded to the members of a community or extended family today remains just as vital and necessary.

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The organization and banding together of a group of people, all with a common purpose, is a fundamental necessity today and is why we have sought to established ourselves into various communities, consisting of (but certainly not limited to) towns, churches, businesses, companies, etc. Even today, we grow and thrive physically, mentally and spiritually, because of the knowledge and wisdom we have gained from the free exchange of information within our group. However, there can come a time when we forget that the best things in life are the result of our affiliation with others. We begin to think only about ourselves and our own selfish needs and so we may betray the trust and confidences that others have placed with us as friends. Even our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ was not immune to betrayal by those who were closest to him and whom he dearly loved. Following the Last Supper, Jesus retired to the Garden of Gethsemane, to pray to God and to begin preparations for the events that would transpire. Jesus knew what the future would hold. He told the disciples of the betrayals and denials that were to come. And while Jesus was able to forgive all who caused Him such sadness, we who are all too mortal, often have a much more difficult time with the act of forgiveness….. especially when the one needing to be forgiven is ourselves!

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What is the real motive behind our propensity to hold onto anger? Are we secretly hoping to hurt the person who wronged us right back? Unfortunately, feeling that way usually hurts only one person…. our self! When we hold onto anger we are not happy… we are not contented… we are not at peace with ourselves. What we need to look for is the good that can often arise from the bad…. just as a forest becomes reborn following a wild-fire. Forgiving teaches us more about our inner resources and the “stuff” we are made of than almost any other choice we can make in our daily life. The ability to forgive empowers us and keeps us from being a victim even though to do so often goes against our nature. But forgiveness is what faith teaches us we must do and we must trust that God will give us the inner resources so that we can accomplish this.

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THE GIFT OF FORGIVENESS

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“Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”

Isaiah 1:18 NIV

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath”

Thought For the Day 07/09/14

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Two Little Words

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If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.

Meister Eckhart 

http://www.quotegarden.com/thanksgiving.html

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There was a post in “Godvine” that struck a chord with me. It points out that although we are quick to ask God for things when we pray, we are not as quick to thank Him when our prayers have been answered or to say thank you simply for the multitude of blessings he bestows upon us every day. And yet, when we compare our lives to so many others throughout the world, most of us reading this are indeed, fortunate! The author of this particular post made some points that are well worth thinking about and remembering!

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  • If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a bed to sleep in, you are richer than 75% of this world.
  • If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.
  • If you received this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity.
  • If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day.
  • If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 700 million people in the world.
  • If you can attend a church without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people in the world.
  • If your parents are still alive and still married, you are very rare.
  • If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm, you’re unique to all those in doubt and despair.
  • If you can read this message, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.

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We are among the most entitled generation of any that has lived. We assume that everything is here for our own personal use and enjoyment, forgetting in the process that everything must also be maintained and tended to so that it will always there for us. We can not take and take without giving back or we might just find ourselves living in a world that has no resources left to support human life. And yes, that is not likely to occur within our lifetime or even the lifetime of our children or their children or their children’s children. But make no mistake, it WILL happen unless we effect changes in the way we live TODAY! And those changes must first begin with professing our belief that God is the one to whom the responsibility rests for not just providing every single thing we are blessed with but also gifting us with the capacity to appreciate and be thankful for all of those gifts. And yes, we must also change much about the way we live and that means altering our perceptions of what our hearts and our minds tell us are the things we need rather than simply looking only at the things we want. Indeed, all of our choices must be tempered with the wisdom to decide which of God’s gifts are the ones that will provide us with the most satisfaction, worth and benefit. And we must acknowledge God’s beneficence and then defer to His wisdom that He will continue to provide for us as long as we willingly follow as He leads us down the path of life!

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The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

Genesis 2:15 ESV

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath”

Thought For The Day 06/24/14

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It Takes A Village

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 You need a village, if only for the pleasure of leaving it.  A village means that you are not alone, knowing that in the people, the trees, the earth, there is something that belongs to you, waiting for you when you are not there. 

Casare Pavese

http://www.quotegarden.com/home.html

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While many of us first heard the title of today’s post because it also happens to be the title of former First Lady and former Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s book, which was written in 1996, in fact, this phrase is an ancient African proverb. And as with all proverbs, its goal was to impart wisdom and truth. The intent was to tell everyone that no man (or woman or child, for that matter) is an island! The well-being of the one is dependent on the capacity of the whole to be supportive and nurturing. And yet, this seems to be something that is often lacking in today’s society!

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While we like to think we all are part of a collective that cares for and about each other, in fact, we are increasingly finding that this is seldom the case. We no more would leave our doors to our homes unlocked at night or when we are away than we would consider diving from the top of Niagara Falls to be safe thing to do. Now some of this is due to the effects modern technology, and what this has brought to our doorstep. After all, we now hear about all of the horrors that assail humans only a nanosecond after they occur. We view our leaders with a jaundiced eye, wondering what their motivation is for what they say since history seems to prove that it is seldom the welfare of the collective community!

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Perhaps I am viewing the world with a jaundiced eye by what I am writing, you ask? Perhaps I seem to have lost hope for the community, the country and the world, you wonder? In fact, nothing could be farther from the truth. You see, I know that the thing that will “un-harden” the hearts of men is not something mysterious or unknown. In fact it can be summed up in two words…..LOVE and FAITH! I join the two together because each is, in so many ways
, co-dependent upon the other, and I like to think that despite all of the horrors we see today that, just as  Anne Frank said so brilliantly in her diary, “I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.”

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It really does take a village and the individuals that live in that village. And like the saying goes, community, like charity, begins at home. But it doesn’t just happen. It takes not just seeing ourselves with a clear eye but looking clearly at the others who live in your community, as well. If you do not know how to be a friend and neighbor then you can’t possibly expect that others will treat you accordingly. So take a moment to think about just what being a friend and neighbor, indeed, a good member of society, entails. What should we do to help our village become a place where the good of the whole becomes at least as important as the good of the one?

  1. Respect the people who live near you. Not everyone works the same hours. Not everyone has young children. So think about all of these things and be conscientious about noises that might disturb your neighbors, such as vacuum cleaners, music, loud talk and barking dogs.
  2. Keep your home and yard presentable. Taking pride in the place you live shows others that you take pride in yourself and that you care.
  3. Welcome new neighbors with an introductory note or a friendly chat. Invite them over for an iced tea or offer to help them as they become acclimated to the community. Share with them things like information about recycling all their moving cartons and tell them the best way to get the newspaper or to the supermarket.
  4. Respect your neighbor’s privacy. Not everyone is open and gregarious. Many are quiet and subdued. Recognizing the differences between people paints you as a sensitive and caring person.
  5. Offer to collect mail, water plants and watch the pets while your neighbors are  away on a trip. Offer….don’t wait to be asked.
  6. Keeps the lines of communication open. Seek to share both good news as well as concerns over a cup of coffee or a light lunch.
  7. Throw a house party or open house once a year. And while you can wait for the holidays, why not make it a special event, in and of itself, by hosting that gathering during a month when there are no special holidays or celebrations! Don’t forget to include those that live alone or who are elderly and may need your help to attend!

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There is a reason that our founding fathers adopted the phrase believed to have been first coined by, ! And yet, do we not read nearly the same thing in the Bible in  Mark 3:25,? It seems that throughout history, wise people recognized that it would take a village to raise a child, but somehow,  years of apathy and entitlement have caused us to forget the wisdom of these words. Let’s change this today! Let the buck (and apathy) stop with us!

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Do to others as you would have them do to you.   “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?   Even sinners love those who love them.   And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that.   And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.   But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.   Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. 

Luke 6:31-36 NIV

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Mandy 2014

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