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Thought For The Day 10/04/14

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The Most Paralyzing Emotion

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being scared
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“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind”

William Shakespeare

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” 
Act 1, Scene 1

http://www.nosweatshakespeare.com/quotes/shakespeare-love-quotes/

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Fear! It is perhaps the most paralyzing of all emotions known to man. And even though we embrace faith, even the most devout and faith filled heart can not escape the touch of fear’s cloying and cold fingers. And yes, I have read 2 Timothy 1:7 ESV, “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” And I even know Joshua 1:9 ESV, where it is written, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

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Yes, He is there, but I am weak and all to human in my fears. And while I know I should be turning them over to Him for safekeeping, so I can get a good night’s sleep, there they remain, haunting my dreams and lurking just beyond every corner I turn and every bush I pass in my waking! So what do I do with this irrational and overwhelming weakness?

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Then it hit me. LOVE! It is perhaps the single strongest weapon we have to drive fear to its knees! You see, fear is merely a bully and a punisher. It strikes us and tears away the fabric of our faith by undermining our self esteem and our strength. But love is even a more powerful weapon than courage. And while it is our earthly love of others that gives us the will to fight, it is His perfect love that gives us the armor of protection which keeps us safe during the battle. And why not! God created everything for us and it is this realization that empowers us. He is the bedrock upon which the foundation of our lives is built and He will never fail us…..even during the times we fail Him! Just check out his assurance of that in 1 John 4:18 ESV, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love..”

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God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. For David says concerning him, “‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope. For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.

Acts:24-28 ESV

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 09/15/14

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Whither Thou Goest

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RuthAndNaomi

Ruth protecting Naomi

painting by Sandy Freckleton Gagon

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Ruth+and+Naomi+Bible+Story&Form=IQFRDR#a

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Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family.  Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. 

Jane Howard

http://quotegarden.com/family.html

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Have you ever wanted to be a part of something that was greater than yourself? Well for many of us that comes with becoming a part of a family. And while statistics indicate that in today’s world, all too many families find themselves unable to remain united, there are still the exceptions to the rule that make you just want to smile because you know you are bearing witness to something truly special and rare.

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Remaining married in today’s society is not as easy as it was in years gone by. In the mid 20th century, the roles of men and women within society were more clearly defined. Men’s work was one thing and women’s work quite another. And while both interacted well enough together to form a cohesive family dynamic, the expectations for individual behaviors remained fixed. Even personalities were defined almost from birth as evidenced by the toys that most parents bought for their children. Boys played with trucks and grew to be strong but silent partners. Women played with dolls and found their roles as nurturer and “rearer” of offspring fixed! However, times have changed and today, the distinction between the male and female roles in society have become much more blurred.

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We are just as apt to find women in the corporate boardroom as we are men employed as nurses and teachers! Both men and women also perform equally to the tasks within the family unit. My husband empties the dishwasher every single morning while I make coffee. He clears the table while I load the dishes into the dishwasher. It is much more a partnership that we witness in successful marriages of the 21st century. However, there have been equally strong examples of the blurring of roles throughout history and I am sure that in many ways, this is due to the strength of character that has been instilled within the very being of people who are willing to surrender some of their individuality to guarantee the success of the dynamic of the group. For some reason, the first names that come to my mind when I think about people who are willing to sacrifice one for the other are the names Ruth and Naomi.

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Naomi lived with her husband Elimelech and her 2 sons, Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem who moved to Moab as finding food became more and more difficult at home. And as happened frequently in times past, Naomi’s husband passed away leaving her to raise her boys. Both grew and as the years passed, they fell in love and both married Moabite women. And once again, death knocked on the family’s door, claiming both of Naomi’s sons. The only ones remaining were Naomi and her daughters-in-law, Orpah and Ruth. Naomi, not wanting to be selfish, released both women from their bonds of committment to her, forged when they married her sons, and encouraged each to return to the homes of their father’s. And while Orpah bade Naomi farewell, Ruth refused to leave. We all know the words by which the dynamic of these women is defined…”Whither thou goest…” Ruth 1:16-17 NIVBut Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”

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Now together, Ruth and Naomi return to Bethlehem, united by the heart of family joined not by blood but by love, both willing to do what they must to preserve forever the bonds of the family dynamic. As it was harvest time in Bethlehem, and determined to do what she could to provide food in a land that was unknown to her, Ruth followed those servants who were gathering Barley in the fields, picking up the scraps that were left over. Her actions were noted by Boaz, the owner of the field, who was a relative of Naomi’s late husband. Boaz also had a personal relationship with God. Boaz told Ruth to glean Barley only in his fields and he invited her to quench her thirst as she needed to with his water. He also guaranteed her safety while she was there. When Ruth asked him why, he told her that he knew of her love of and sacrifice for Naomi, and told her that it was the will of the Lord that her kindness and sacrifice be rewarded! And of course, Boaz soon fell deeply in love with this remarkable woman with the kind and selfless heart, and they married.

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True love is indeed a rare thing, whose value exceeds any other treasure we might have. Expressed as an action and yet experienced as a feeling by the heart, true love, in reality continues to be something that defies a single label. It is a magical tapestry woven of so many individual threads, each one a different vibrant color and each equally special in the eyes of the Almighty. Perhaps we begin our tapestry by weaving a red thread for compassion. How about adding a gold one for empathy and perhaps a blue one for tolerance. A green one seems perfect for sacrifice and I can see a yellow one for determination. A violet thread might just become support and finally, a silver one shimmers beautifully as we weave endurance. Each thread a different hue. Each thread plain when seen lying individually on the table next to the loom. And yet when joined together by the Master weaver himself, the result is a tapestry of blinding beauty and immeasurable value.

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Yes, love and family is hard work and sadly, it is becoming increasingly rare in today’s disposable society, but we can make it grow again in the world. It is as we share all the love that we hold within our own hearts with others that we inspire others to want to do the same thing. And like a snow ball rolling down hill gathers not just speed but size, so can love if we make it our personal responsibility to be willing to sacrifice just the tiniest bit of “me” and create something special by adding it to the tiniest bit of “you”. Lets make a world in which we think of “us”, exactly as Ruth did all those years ago! How big do you think you can make your snowball?

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Perry Como sings “Whither Thou Goest”

“Whither Thou Goest” was written by Guy Singer in 1954, 60 years ago (as I well know since I was born that year). That same year Les Paul & Mary Ford released a very successful version of it. In years since, Leonard Cohen ended his concerts by singing the song, with all of his band members joining in on the vocals. This Perry Como rendition of the tune is from 1959, so it was still a relatively recent song at the time.

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If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; …

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 ESV

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath

Thought For The Day 08/02/14

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From This Moment, Our Hearts United

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Ariana and Laramie

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“I could not tell you if I loved you the first moment I saw you, or if it was the second or third or fourth. But I remember the first moment I looked at you walking toward me and realized that somehow the rest of the world seemed to vanish when I was with you.” 

Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/true-love

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Yesterday my niece married her best friend. Yes, Ariana Larsen married Laramie Sirokman. It is their picture you see just above! They are young but there is no mistaking their love and devotion to one another. But will it last a lifetime?  After all, we all know the statistics these days. (And their statistics are compounded all the more since Laramie is in the military and is currently stationed in another country!) However, my marriage has endured and I am often asked to explain the secret to the longevity of my own relationship with Dan. But how is it that we endured, even when the odds were against us way back then, too?

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My first inclination is to say that it has to be the four wonderful role models who were responsible for setting the example whereby we have patterned our own behaviors. But even the successful marriages of parents certainly does not guarantee the success of our own. In fact there is NO magic formula that will help to produce a long and happy relationship. No, we need, instead, to think outside of the box and ask a very different question. We are better served asking, what are the things that can divide us and break up the home?

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No one ever intends that their relationship go up in flames, but flame away they do….and all too often, these days. And whether or not they are a truly a Christian union is no more a guarantee of happiness and longevity, that any other ideal we might envision. You see, like it or not, a relationship is a careful blending of 2 very divergent and complex personalities, each one shaped by the unique life experiences that come from the unique family dynamic that bore and reared them!

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They say that what makes a relationship a Christian one is that we work together to restore the one thing that was lost by the two whose sin changed everything for mankind for thousands of years! Through our working to make ourselves the best we can be, we are striving to extend the intimacy of our co-joined hearts with God’s heart. And that is the single greatest component that keeps propelling us through the minefield of the things that seek to insinuate themselves between each of us and the one we have chosen as our life partner. Lack of trust, not carving out time in our busy schedules to share quality moments together, and being dishonest come to mind first to me. And for my money, these are all pieces of the infection that kill a relationship because they are more toxic to love than nearly anything else I can think of!

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Does being madly and passionately in love count? Perhaps. But only until the million other little things we cling to as days turn into months… then years… then decades together, kick in! So what is the secret? Perhaps it’s being madly, passionately in like, not love! And yet, from the moment we made promises to each other in front of our family, friends, and God, there would never be another for either of us…. at least while the other still drew breath. And for good or bad, it is that promise which is the tie that binds our hearts, today, just as it was that united them on June 7th, 1975! And for good or bad, it is that same promise which is the tie that will bind the hearts of Ariana and Laramie, for all the days of their lives, too, we pray!

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“From This Moment”

Music, lyrics and vocals by Michael Fawcett

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Here we bow, true love confessing…
In the presence of those we hold dear…
Asking now for heaven’s blessing…
For wisdom to see us through the years…
In this holy place, by the Father’s grace and power…
You and I, in an instant become one…
A miracle by a kiss secured this hour…
A bond that’ll never be undone… 

Chorus:

From this moment we are a family, I pledge myself to thee, the rest of my life…
And I know heaven’s smiling on you and me… Binding us together, man and wife!

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Hand in hand our heart’s united…
We face tomorrow, our dreams now in view…
Golden bands and vows recited…
Reminders of all I promise you…
I will cherish you, I will honor you forever…
I’ll be here to share your joys and ease your pain…
And where you go, be it calm or stormy weather…
By your side I am home, here I’ll remain… 

Chorus:

From this moment we are a family, I pledge myself to thee, the rest of my life…
And I know Heaven’s smiling on you and me… Binding us together, man and wife! 

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From this moment…
From this moment…
From this moment…

(to view the video, just click on the link below)

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Copyright © 1997 Michael Fawcett

http://www.myspace.com/michaelfawcett

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I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion.

Hosea 2: 9 NLT

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And he took a wife, whose name was Susanna, the daughter of Chelcias, a very fair woman, and one that feared the Lord. Her parents also were righteous, and taught their daughter according to the law of Moses.

Susanna 1: 2-3 KJVA

 

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath”

Thought For The Day 07/30/14

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From This Day Forward…

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two hearts

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When a man takes an oath… he’s holding his own self in his own hands.  Like water.  And if he opens his fingers then – he needn’t hope to find himself again.

Robert Bolt

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

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If you have watched the news broadcasts in your community lately, you have likely seen either the headlines or even those less than glaring signs of people reveling in the throes of discord and indiscretions within the beds of committed life partners. Certainly seen within the political arena here in the United States, marital fidelity is taking it on the chin, once more, as comedians take advantage of this new source of material which, almost by a divine hand, has dropped into their laps. And while these people have forced the issue into our living rooms, if you think that this problem rests only with people of note, you are sorely mistaken! Every day, in some way or another, families suffer because of the poor choices one (or both) make, which thumbs noses at the sanctity of an institution almost as old as time itself!

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When two commit their hearts one to the other, whether sanctified by God or not, the promises made should guarantee that our behavior honors our word, which is the greatest thing that defines the character of each human. But again and again, we fail not just our partner, but ourselves, as well, when we forget things like “love and cherish” and “from this day forward” and “honor”, that is our intent, when we begin that shared life.

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The most important thing we must understand is that for any close relationship to grow and thrive, one absolute must be embraced. HONESTY! You see, lies and deception erodes trust and raises doubts about not just our spouse but our own worthiness, as well! And there are no shades of gray when it comes to this, Half truths and evasions can be just as harmful. Deception is the generally the one thing that cannot be worked through because it denies that a problem even exists. Because of this, it makes forgiveness unattainable. And even though “Thou shalt not lie” (or deceive) is almost at the tail end of God’s commands for our behavior, that it is there at all should mean something to us all!

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Couples should aim at total honesty. But honesty must be coupled with the other values such as love, respect and faithfulness. But, “…the greatest of these is LOVE” (1 Corinthians 13: ..13), You see, it is love and truth that allows us to grow and thrive in life! Ephesians 4:15 NIV, tells us, “15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” We are reminded that honesty is what we are compelled to be when we care for another, but love is the glue that holds all things together.

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Lastly, both honesty and love must be bound with the golden thread that is the holiness of the Almighty! You see, without a commitment to holiness, there is little hope for us that a problem of betrayal within the union of two hearts will not recur! And that state of holiness must begin with each of us BEFORE we seek to unite our hearts, from this day forward!

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If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 NASB

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath”

Thought For The Day 07/25/14

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Never Alone!

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Hope is FAITH holding out its hand in the dark.

George Iles

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

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It seems as if it was only yesterday that I was asking my friends on Facebook to keep a young woman in their prayers. Her name is Bernadette Remias-Harris, and she is a 30 something young woman, married, with beautiful children. But almost exactly 2 years ago, she was entering the fight of her life. You see, she had a fairly nasty form of Breast Cancer and was undergoing a lengthy 5 hour surgery which was the first step in a very long road ahead of her, in doing battle against this, her personal demon.

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Now the response I received from my request for prayers was phenomenal! From around the globe, people were rallying and asking God’s blessing for Bernie and her family. As a matter of fact, she was lucky enough to see some of those wishes personally, before being taken to the OR. And I was reminded in the vast outpouring of support from people that knew her only as Mandy’s Facebook friend, that no one on this earth is ever alone. Not really! As long as we have what I lovingly think of as the 3 F’s ….. FAITH, FAMILY, and FRIENDS, we are all lifted and supported by a vast network of people, many of whom will always be a stranger to us!

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Let’s jump back to the thing that my friend has never forgotten matters the most in this life….. those 3 F’s I mentioned. Notice that I started my 3 F’s with the big one, the one word that eclipses all the others…… FAITH? And it occurred to me that I did this naturally and without forethought or intention. FAITH, after all, is the tie that serves to bind the 3 F’s together and is the thing that should always come first in our lives!

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Now don’t think for a single moment that I don’t love my family with every fiber of my being. I would give up my very life for every one of them without a second thought. And yet, I still hold FAITH first. It was FAITH that made me a person almost nearly 60 years ago. It was FAITH that gave my heart the capacity to love in the first place. It is FAITH that has gifted me with the other 2 F’s in my life. It is FAITH that carries me through all the troubles I face every day. And it will be by FAITH that I draw my last breath, secure in the knowledge of what awaits me when my earthly life is no more.

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But knowing and feeling the truth of FAITH is only half of the equation. The other piece is being ready, willing and able to seize that FAITH with both hands and hold onto it. Belief and FAITH, while both essentials of living a life that honors God, are not really the same thing. Belief can happen when we must act in the moment. We often do not have time to wait for the certainty of a situation to sink in and so we seize the moment and believe it is possible. Remember when Peter walked on the water? He did not think about it, he just did it! That is what Belief offers to us. However, it is FAITH that gives our Belief its power and strength! FAITH is what makes us certain in the things that Belief teaches to us! I Believe that my friend will do well because it is my FAITH that makes me so certain of this! What does your FAITH give to you?

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Heb 11:1 (KJV)
Now FAITH is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Heb 11:1 (NIV)
Now FAITH is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Heb 11:1 (NEB)
FAITH… makes us certain of realities we do not see.

Heb 11:1 (Mof)
Now FAITH means that we are confident of what we hope for, convinced of what we do not see.

Heb 11:1 (Wey)
Now FAITH is a well-grounded assurance of that for which we hope, and a conviction of the reality of things which we do not see.

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Now in case you were wondering, it is 2 years later, and despite the fact that she has not yet reached the “5 year” survival mark, she considers herself a survivor. But then again, she was always a survivor, because she knew that with the help of those  3 F’s, she could and would triumph! In fact, to assist in raising money for the fight that many others, unfortunately, will face both today and tomorrow, she is in the process of becoming incorporated, and making a group that “became” a method of support way back then, into a non-profit. And perhaps one day, in the not too distant future we hope, this group will be the reason a cure has been found in the fight against the #1 cancer to affect women today! What a remarkable legacy to leave to the world, don’t you think? And all because Bernie remembers, as do we all who believe, that we are never alone!

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Founder of

“PINK NINJA SUPPORTERS”

pink ninja

Bernadette Remias-Harris

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“Never Alone”

Performed by Lady Antebellum
Featuring: Jim Brickman
Songwriters: Sarah Buxton, Victoria Lynn Shaw, Gary Scott Burr

 

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May the angels protect you
Trouble neglect you
And heaven accept you when it’s time to go home
May you always have plenty
Your glass never empty
Know in your belly
You’re never alone
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May your tears come from laughing
You find friends worth having
With every year passing
They mean more than gold
May you win but stay humble
Smile more than grumble
And know when you stumble
You’re never alone
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Never alone
Never alone
I’ll be in every beat of your heart
When you face the unknown
Wherever you fly
This isn’t goodbye
My love will follow you stay with you
Baby you’re never alone
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Well, I have to be honest
As much as I want it
I’m not gonna promise the cold winds won’t blow
So when hard times have found you
And your fear surround you
Wrap my love around you
You’re never alone
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Never alone
Never alone
I’ll be in every beat of your heart
When you face the unknown
Wherever you fly
This isn’t goodbye
My love will follow you stay with you
Baby you’re never alone
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May the angels protect you
Trouble neglect you
And heaven accept you when it’s time to go home
And when hard times have found you
And your fear surround you
Wrap my love around you
You’re never alone
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Never alone
Never alone
I’ll be in every beat of your heart
When you face the unknown
Wherever you fly
This isn’t goodbye
My love will follow you stay with you
Baby you’re never alone
My love will follow you stay with you
Baby you’re never alone

 

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http://youtu.be/5pXrMPtCVcE

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath”

Thought For The Day 06/25/14

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The Fur Menagerie

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Peewee

Misty

Skittles

Salem

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It is as if life had said, “I am going to send you into a world of cruelty. I shall make you sensitive to pain, fear, heat, cold, hunger and starvation. In this world of cruelty, I shall make you defenseless. In addition, I shall strike you dumb.” This is the kind of world that animals are born into.  

Grace Johnson

http://www.utahhumane.org/about-us/investigation/cruelty-quotations

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Along “MandysPath” you will find Mandy’s Fur Menagerie! Stop in and visit sometime….and while you’re at it, feel free to bring a can of Alpo, Lil’ Friskies or some clumping litter. When you visit me, know ahead of time that my house is dusty, that my furniture is spotted, as are my rugs. Yes, I am a fairly clean person. I vacuum sometimes 2x a day, dust constantly and damp mop my floors regularly. And I have 4 legged children who live here. (In fact, they pretty much tolerate Dan and me because they don’t have thumbs to open the food cans.) This is their home as much as it is ours. And if the truth was known, I’d have more like them, if I could (though after the trips we’ve needed to make to NY and to hospitals, we may be hard pressed to find Sabrina amenable to critter sitting considering it entails my 4, her 1 dog and a 4-year-old…. all at the same time!)

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All of my “wee furry bairns” (as well as Sabrina’s) are rescued. I am constantly amazed at people who can see an animal as without feelings and abuse them, starve them or abandon them to the elements. It makes me wonder just exactly how these same people treat other human beings in their lives. Are they kind and thoughtful to people just because they walk upright or are their hearts just as black towards humans as they are towards innocent creatures?

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Misty Cat, is a medium-haired Tabby, and is the grande dame of our home at 17, rescued from some abusive kids who were giving her liquor as a tiny kitten.  Pee-wee Dog is about 11, a long-haired Chihuahua, and was adopted from the Humane Society. Skittles Dog is 7, a “Heinz 57”, and was the product of an elopement from the yard by her mama. She was adopted by us to make sure she did not end up in a shelter. And finally, Salem Cat, is a Mackerel Tabby, about 5, and was rescued roaming around our development. He was half-starved but definitely not feral.

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Every one is different but each is special to us. When they look into my eyes I see the love they feel for me and I get that warm, fuzzy feeling every parent of a human child recognizes. It’s the way your heart jumps when your child wraps their arms around your neck and squeezes tight! Are these non speaking children of mine work? You bet! (I go through vacuum cleaners like there’s no tomorrow.) But, just as I cared for my children before they were able to care for themselves, all responsible pet owners must care for their pets, the same way. They have their pets neutered, shots given and yearly exams performed. Unfortunately, not all owners are responsible which is exactly why I have a menagerie of my own!

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Today I’m asking you all to remember the words of St. Francis of Assisi, who said, “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of pity and compassion, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.”  Then I am asking you all to support your local animal welfare group. If you can, pick up a bag of food the next time you go shopping and deliver it to the shelter. Drop off a roll of paper towels, some bleach or old towels you are looking to throw out. They need all of these things and more. And if you can’t do any of this, just remember “Your Daily Click” to the “The Animal Rescue Site” http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=3. Every click you make provides food for a shelter animal! Such a little thing…. 1 click…. but with such impact! Do it today! And while you’re at it, if you are able, bring some love into your house and adopt one of God’s innocents!

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But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.

Job 12:7-10 NIV

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Mandy 2014

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Thought For The Day 06/21/14

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The “LOVE” Passages!

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“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails”

 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 NIV

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There are very few Christians in the world that have never heard one of the most famous and beautiful “LOVE” Bible passages ever written. Thank you St Paul for sharing God’s message with the world and penning 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8. This passage is, without a doubt, the most quoted Bible verse used at any wedding ceremony performed by a minister or priest, and when adapted and applied as one of the building blocks upon which you live your lives as a couple, serves as a blue-print for a long and happy life together. And as usually happens in my world, I can’t think about the relevance of something without somehow trying to discover all I can about it and its applications. So in thinking about this particular verse, I began to wonder just how many other Bible verses talk about this very thing.

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Did you know there are somewhere in the neighborhood of 730 “LOVE” passages? And to my mind, when someone (or a group of someone’s) takes these many opportunities to share such powerful words about a particular subject, it is well worth leaning in and listening closely! The “LOVE” passages include all the forms of love that man can experience and include “ROMANTIC LOVE” or eros, “BROTHERLY LOVE” or friendship, and perhaps the greatest love of them all, “DIVINE LOVE” or agape, which is the very essence and spiritual substance of God, and which He shares with each of us. It is this love, “DIVINE LOVE“, that gifts us with the capacity to believe in the first place! And so, in the spirit of this one tiny word with such power to transform lives, I want to share with you some of my favorite “LOVE” Bible passages today!

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Genesis 29:20 NLT

 So Jacob worked seven years to pay for Rachel. But his love for her was so strong that it seemed to him but a few days.

Proverbs 15:17 NLT

 A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate.

Song of Solomon 4:10 NIV

How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much more pleasing is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume than any spice!

Matthew 22:37–39 NKJV

 Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NIV

 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.   But the greatest of these is love

John 3:16 KJV

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

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This last love passage was transformed into a YouTube video. Created as a children’s song, and utilizing the words from this passage, it was uploaded on 08/05/2008 by Aaron Bajao. Aaron imported it from a mix CD. However, the original was lost, as was the computer he used to upload it, so we are unable to credit the creative genius of the mind who actually came up with it. But I am certain the legacy of its magic will be carried on. I’m betting none of you will be able to stop tapping your foot or humming the melody once you’ve heard it!

http://youtu.be/9L_HrpO6-9M

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Love has no desire but to fulfill itself.  To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.  To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving. 

Kahlil Gibran

http://quotegarden.com/love.html

Mandy 2014

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