Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Helping Others Wait

One of the most wonderful things that can come from learning to wait purposefully is your ability to share the art with others.

Because we are always surrounded by waiting, there are always opportunities to be one of those souls who reaches out to another, to offer understanding, light, and love.


“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act”
(Proverbs 3:27 NIV).

Compassion. No one knows how to share the pain of another better than someone who’s been there. Your understanding of a friend’s anguish is real – that makes your compassion honest, sincere, and very much appreciated.

Camaraderie. It can be hard for someone to travel through her wait when she’s hurting and trying to find the purpose. You can walk with her, listen without judgment, and make her journey easier.

Conviction. When you’ve learned to wait purposefully, you’ll inspire those around you with your renewed spirit and strength. With every breath, you’ll be an example of one who has grown nearer to the Lord. And nothing will be able to shake your vision and your faith.

Women's Conference - Beauty for Eternity

Start Date: 06-1-2007

End Date: 06-01-2007

Contact Phone: 979-292-5623

Time: 6pm

Days: - Friday

Event General Phone: 979-417-8582

Location: Church of the Nazarene 801 That Way Street Lake Jackson TX 77566

Ticket Price: Free

Ticket Price: Free

Description: Church of the Nazarene invites you to their Women's Conference, "Beauty for Eternity," with guest speaker Dolly Martin.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Long Checkout line

Sometimes our days feel like one long checkout line: constantly waiting, barely inching forward, unable to see the obstacles, doubtful of a satisfactory outcome in this lifetime. And then what we're waiting for comes or it doesn't, we adjust, recover, and move on. But are we any better for the wait? Did we find the purpose the Lord had tucked so carefully inside? Did we listen to God and learn, or did we just complain about the circumstance?

Either way, when that wait is over, we shift our focus to a new wait, and the feelings are all very familiar. Again, we grow impatient. The cycle never ends. Through all the delays that we misunderstand, we never seem to get very far from where we started. We stand still on the path that matters most. The waiting is nothing more than a time of frustration.

We fail to see that every day is a chance, full of purpose - even if we're waiting.

Friday, May 11, 2007


Everyone struggles in one way or another. It's simply a part of life and something we'll always face, regardless of how old we are. Yet as we face trials in life, what happens? Fear begins to take over. It seems as if struggle and fear go hand in hand. In fact, fear is one of Satan's favorite tools to use agains us.

When struggles hit and fear consumes, do your best to stay focused and disciplined. And never stop trusting God.

Through it all, God is always faithful.

Thursday, May 10, 2007


Life. It’s filled with wonder and discovery, and it’s defined by change – as you probably know all too well. Yet for most women, change is both a comfort and a curse.

As we begin our journey into womanhood, we’re often unsure of who we’ll become, how we’ll look, what paths we’ll follow. Yet somewhere between youth and maturity, we begin to realize that life is full of uncertainty. Who will I become today, tomorrow, next week—next year?


…knows that if our security is in the world, we’re in trouble. The wolrd will always change, and the things we hold so tightly today may fall out of our grasp tomorrow.

…is confident that the Lord remains the same—yesterday, today, tomorrow, forever! He promises to be our guide, our stability, our hope.

…welcomes the changes that God sends our way. Strive to welcome change with open arms. Embrace it as the priceless gift that it is. Learn to stand hand in hand with Jesus and declare, “BRING IT ON!”

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Come Walk With Me...

*For the most recent postings, please scroll down. This post will stay on top until the day of the walk.

Come walk with me...

Event: NAMI Metropolitan Houston Walk
Team: Menninger Marchers
Date: May 5, 2007

I work at an in-patient mental health facility The Menninger Clinic. Menninger has been around for ages. The Clinic moved to Houston from Topeka Kansas 4 years ago. I just hired on in December of 2006, and for me, personally, it was a blessing. Life for me has been very peaceful and more sane.

When this walk came about, I had an inner calling for this, I have always tended to ignore that little voice when it has come to the good things in life. I was always about "Pushing the envelope" on the things that were on the edge. So, with all the new things coming about in my life, it's things like this that I need to start trying to do for others. Plus I get to walk with my dear friend from over at My Path.

NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has become the nation's voice on mental illness, a national organization including NAMI organizations in every state and in over 1100 local communities across the country who join together to meet the NAMI mission through advocacy, research, support, and education.

You can read more about them and the work they do here....

All About NAMI

The walks raise money through sponsorship of course. Much like the other organizations such as Juvenile Diabetes and the American Heart Association.

I've set a goal to personally raise $500 for the walk which takes place on May 5.

I've set up a personal page on the NAMI walk site where you can get more information about the Menninger team. You can also make a donation or even volunteer to come walk with me - if you're in the Houston area.

Come Walk With Sugar Cat

If you're not local but want to join a walk - go to the NAMI home page and follow the links to find a walk near you. It's a great cause and you'll feel good about yourself for participating.

Any donations are greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Peace and the love of a daughter

It's been a while since I posted... Life has been so hectic between moving PC and myself. Things are still not slowing down, even at work. I have been praying and asking God to help me slow down, not just to be able to blog, but to enjoy all that I have been blessed with in my life.

To enjoy the beautiful nature that now surrounds me now. To enjoy a good day of rain, the sounds of cars passing by, the memories of my children as they were growing up, and the moments watching PC's children growing up, watching the dogs and the cats sleep and play. Just enjoying life on more than just one night a month. So here is a posting that I posted on my other site, it relates to Peace in our life... and What God has promised us... and most of all the love of my daughter in wishing me this gift of Peace for my birthday.

Repost from Living Life To It's Fullest.

On my birthday, (back in April), PC, my lovely daughter, her boyfriend and I, met for dinner out in Houston. We went to this real nice, quaint Chinese restaurant by my daughter's work. Upon being seated for dinner, my daughter quickly presented me with a gift and asked me to open it. She was obviously proud of her gift.

I teased everyone and told them, that with my aging way, I was going to do a "grandma" in opening my gift. I remember, so many times, birthday, mothers' day, any occasion really... when mother was presented with gifts, she would very slowly and neatly remove the wrapping and any bows from the gift. During the time that she neatly removed the wrapping one piece of tape at a time and meticulously removing the ribbon or bow, the rest of us aged a year or two during the process.

I finally opened the box and found some various wonderful gifts. My lovely daughter knows how much I love coffee, I was given some gourmet coffee "Texas Sunrise" and "Hazelnut" and to go along with the wonderful coffee, a gorgeous Red Coffee Cup with white Polk-a-dots, my daughter said she was looking for a cup with alot of personality... There was also a small little suede pouch in the gift box... before opening it up, she remarked with the following:
"Mom, you have so much love in your life, that I wanted you to have "Peace".

There was a cute little ceramic cross with the word Peace on it and a card that read:


Peace I leave with you;
My peace I give to you;
not as the world gives
do I give you.
Let not your hearts
be troubled,
neither let them be

John 14:27

Her gift of Peace in my life, that moment during dinner, will stay with me always. My kids know what I've been through in my last 10 years of life, it hasn't been very peaceful at all. In fact, there has been many turbulent storms in my past, but those storms are well behind me. There has been alot of peace in my life these last two years, and the wishes from my daughter for continued peace in my life, well... there are no real words to add to the meaning of her gift.

I love you dear daughter, I thank God for you and your brothers every day.
Peace, sweet peace! It comes with the assurance of God's love and forgiveness. It comes from knowing that you are in right relationship with him. It comes from living each day in his care.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
~1 Peter 5:7

At the heart of the cyclone tearing the sky
And flinging the clouds and the towers by,
Is a place of central calm;
So here in the roar of mortal things,
I have a place where my spirit sings,
In the hollow of God's palm.
~Edwin Markham