Steps of Faith

Steps of Faith

Monday, January 31, 2011

Shhhh Shug Doesn't know I'm On Her Blog...

Bad day for Shug, fun day for Sam.   What do I mean a by a bad day for Shug?  She is in surgery getting her wrist fixed.  Don't expect anything inspirational or heartfelt..

Alright, fun day for Sam.  since we have been on a diet, and shug is in the operating room knocked out cold, I intend on slipping out of here and I'm going go down to the local donut shop. Gonna eat me a huge cinnamon roll and apple fritter.  To finish it off, a big glass of chocolate milk. If I have enough time, I'm gonna slip off to bass pro shop and hope I don't get caught up in the hunting and fishing depts so I don't get back too late to pick her up.  She would be really upset (seriously now) if I was late to pick her up like I was late for her surgery after our second daughter was born, you know like where they tie up all those lines where you can't have another baby.  Believe me she has not forgotten that boomdoggle that I did.  but really now, I had been up all night with her trying to pull that little crumb snatcher out and I was dead tired and just had to go home and take a shower.  Also thought a ten minute nap would not hurt.  But ten minutes turned into four hours and needless to say I wasn't there for the surgery.  Believe me that will never happen again because I haven't ever heard the end of it.



I guess I better get on up and get to the donut shop because that cute little nurse keeps coming into the waiting area and this old man thinks she is making eyes at him.  Shug would not be happy.  You know wife's don't like their husbands looking or their husbands being looked at.  so here I go.

Finally here.    Yum Yum.  Sugar heaven.  Oh my I feel a sugar rush coming on.  I had better get out of here and head down to the hunting store. .

Whew wee look at all the hunting and fishing stuff.  down stairs to the boats in a big hurry and I would love to have that big bass boat. only 129.00 dollars a month for the next 20 years
look at this.  all kinds of rifles and pistols shot guns knifes ammo. ok over to fishing dept rods reels tackle boxes anything to catch anything.  boy I can't wait to get on the lake.  By the way.  What time is it?
OH NO.  I BET SHE IS SITTING IN THE LOBBY WAITING FOR ME RIGHT NOW.  I SURE HOPE THERE IS NO TRAFFIC..   OFF I GO. 

Here I am and she is not sitting here so I guess I am safe.  Here comes that little nurse she doesn't look real happy. let me listen to what she is saying:  "Mr. Pollard where have you been"  as I hang my head I know I am in trouble.  I replied to her "Is shug ok" I had to go to the bathroom and it took me a really long time.  Is she ready to go.  the nurse replies.  Well yes and she is not happy.  she has been waiting 30 min. Not sure the little nurse believed it, but shug will cause she is on the highest pain meds availble.  Ok here we go home.  Shug is sound asleep. Hmmm there is a gun shop in Wills Point. she will be asleep for two or three hours.  If I stop and leave her in the car, she will never know it.  ........................What ya think?

Sam says Shug Sez
You can't fool me

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Mylee Is Three.....


Princess Mylee Jo is turning 3.......

Oh My...It is so hard to believe that our baby granddaughter is turning 3
Her birthday is Monday, January 31st and Shug will not be here for her
big day.  (Monday is my Surgery Day)

I took her shopping last Thursday and it is a good thing that we were in the little Red Bug.
This tiny little girl wanted everything.   Swing Set, Table and Chairs, Dolls, Boy trucks, new bicycle, Balls, books, baby stroller (for herself), Barbie, Dora, swimming pool, those big things that blow up and the kids slide down through the water, bubbles, play toys.......
If I had been in the truck, I think she would have tried loading all this stuff herself in the back end.  

Oh....I can't forget about the CROWN!  This is the main item!



She has been talking about a crown and a princess birthday since September....
If we ask her what she wants, she gets upset if we don't voice that we know she wants a crown!

Do they really have to grow up?  Can't my babies just stay little for a few more years? I keep her every day through the school year, while Shanda teaches and  I love for her to come in every morning and yell:  "Sugar, I here."  She says it every single morning, and I never get tired of hearing that tiny little voice. 

She has really been singing a lot this past week.  The other day, Sam, Mylee and I were on our way home from Tyler and we heard her singing from the back seat.  "Jesus loves me this I know, for bi tells me so."  I guess she hasn't quite learned how to say Bible!

To hear the sweet sound of Mylee singing a song to God, brought tears to my eyes. They are so innocent and pure at this age....I love it!


She is rotten and I know exactly who makes her this way......They say it is Me, but it is really all of us. 


I know that she is going to have the best Birthday and next week she will talk my ears off of me about all the fun she had..... 

Happy Birthday Miss Mylee Jo...

You are our little  "Princess"

Shug Sez.........

Love them while you can....Spoil them if you want to!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Nothing To Complain About

A good wonderful morning to all my friends...Happy to see you today.

I have had something on my mind all week, and I just want to take a moment to share it with you.....I want you all to know how Blessed we are.  I'm not just talking about ME and MY FAMILY, I am talking about all of us who have healthy children and grandchildren.....

I had some time to help Trista and Ty out this past week, by taking Tucker back and forth to Physical Therapy.  He has to be at therapy two days a week and it is usually right after he gets out of school....Needless to say, the timing does not always work out for his parents.

When I took him on Thursday, I went in and sat down in the waiting room while Tucker was having his treatment.  As I looked around me, my heart began to have an overwhelming feeling of grief.  I saw children of all ages with physical issues.  A couple of these kids were strapped in their special needs wheel chair and they could barely move their little arms....
Other children had problems walking and some were struggling just to sit down...

There was one little boy that had the biggest brown eyes with lashes that curled way up to just below his eye brows.  When he saw me looking at him, he had the biggest smile and kinda ducked his head behind his mother's arm.  I think the main thing that I noticed is that none....Not one single child.....was complaining.   Even though they struggle with many physical ailments, the look on their faces showed nothing but happiness.  This could only be through the hands of God.  I know that God must wrap them in His arms every minute of the day.  These children have a place to rest when they are weak and tired. 
God understands every thing that they go through.  He blankets them with such an amazing love, and I know that His warm whispers assure them each day that He will see them through. 

I had a paper cut on my finger this past week and I was so frustrated because every time I went to pick something up, that cut seemed to get in the way.  It hurt like crazy!  But...you know what? I have nothing to complain about.  I need to be ashamed for all the whining that I have done over a simple cut.

Life is not easy for these kids, but yet they make the most out of their daily struggles.  I thank God that my eyes were opened this week and that I took the opportunity to allow God to speak to my heart......

Yes.....My dear friends......WE ARE BLESSED!

Shug Sez......

Take the time to look around you and be compassionate to those who really do have struggles in life......

Friday, January 28, 2011

Flashy Living

Waking Up Is Hard To Do......  Our bed is just too comfortable and I love sleeping in when it's cold outside and the covers are warm.

With the Holidays all behind us now, I have noticed that a lot of the stores in the Mall are having some pretty good sales.   Most of the racks are full of flashy clothing, you know the kind you wear when you are going to a party.

I have noticed that the Spring fashions are now arriving and they to have a lot of glitzy stones every where.  I'm thinking the Flashy stuff is here to stay! 

Everybody wants the bling!  Seems the more shine, the better it sells......Of course, you know....... I am a fan of glitter! 


Here is my New Cap.....I think it is the cutest thing ever!


Can you dig my Hair Accessories?  A few years ago, I would have never worn such a thing and now....I want to wear them all the time.  You should see me during the day when I'm cleaning the toliets or ironing clothes. ... ~ You bet I wear my girly stuff!! ~


Check out my red cap that matches my Little Red Bug.....
This is the one I wear when the top is down!
(Let me make myself clear...The convertible top on my car) Whew!




Accessories!




A Sweet Favorite....



And every girl needs a little PINK ~

Yep, I think the shimmer and shine will be around for a while....

And that makes me.....

As happy as a Turtle on a conveyor belt!

Shug Sez......
Happy Day Ya'll!



Thursday, January 27, 2011

Hmmmm. is exactly what I have to say....


Hmmmmm  is exactly what I have to say. 

I am thinking that it would be easier to go back to the old pencil and notebook days!

Seriously.....I have spent the past two days trying to figure out how to change my computer to run on Wi-Fi

I went to Verizon and the sales guy there made it sound so simple......Sure, simple as in simple to get a headache!

(This is all you need......that is what they all say)  And what happens when you get home?  Nothing works.  I called the technical support number.....Mr. Peter was as nice as could be, but evidently....he had not read through his manuscript book well enough. 

I then figure out for myself what I have to have to make it all work.  I sent Sam to "Best Buy" to pick up what I needed.  Short time later, the phone rings.   It is Sam on the other end....."Hey, the guy here says your computer is compatible and you do not need a USB adapter."  Well, guess what?  I second guess myself and tell Sam just to come on home.

I call the support team again and this time I get to speak to Jon.....Mr. Jon knows exactly what is going on (and I don't even think he had to look at the manuscipt booklet) so he immediatley tells me that I have to have a USB port to hook up the WiFi.....

Sam and I go back to town, purchase what I need, come back home and install the device.  I find that the thing is still not working.  I call the support number and I get someone that can not understand me and I cannot understand her........I just kept saying "I need an English speaking person."    Was I getting anywhere?  No.....

I think that Miss Whateverhernamewas told me that I would have to call the phone company....I'm like what?? What does the phone company have to do with this?

I decided to call Verizon and this very nice woman that speaks GOOD ENGLISH had the problem solved in less than 20 seconds........

Really......Does it take all the mumble jumble stuff to get a simple device hooked up?

Shug Sez......

Pencil and a notepad sound pretty good right now....

I

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sunshine Of My Life....


Hey.....as you can imagine, I am needing some SUNSHINE!

I have simply had enough of this gloomy weather.....
I'm not sure that I can say the weather has ever made me feel this way before, but for some unknown reason, I am ready to get on with Spring!

Seems like we have had a lot of days filled with Clouds and being a person that needs light, this can weigh heavy on the mind.....

The very first thing that I do in the mornings is to pull the shades open.....I love the brightness of life and since we haven't had much lately, I decided to bring in my on Sunshine......


I planned myself a trip to Hobby Lobby (Geez, I love this store)
and made a few new purchases.........

I was trying to decide upon a color that would cheer my heart and would blend with all the things I already have in our home.....



Lime Green......  I somehow knew it had to be this color.....
This is not a color that I would normally use, but I am super pleased
with the outcome.



I certainly did not want to get rid of the lamps that I love so much.
I thought, "Hey, I'll just mix and match" and you know what, I am so
glad I did....It all blends so well and the round leopard placemats
add character to my table.  Please do not ever be afraid to mix prints!



This look may not be for everyone, but I am thrilled with the way it
dresses up my breakfast table!  Dare to be different!



A delightful place to enjoy a warm cup of coffee!


This is what I chose for my big round dining table......I love the sunflower plate and I am going to use it a little later in the season.  For now, I have a red dish sitting on top of the plates that will carry me through Valentines!  Don't you think these colors are good for cheering the heart?


I added some touches of lime green in this area as well....
....I'm not quite sure what I want to go in the vase yet..




I absolutely fell in love with these pillows.  I knew from the
start that they were "Must Haves"



The green totally changed the look of my Fall arrangement!


Touches of black can enhance any color you choose to use in your home....

I had a wonderful time shopping for the new items I purchased....

And now....every time I walk in the door of our home, I experience a little ray of sunshine....

Hey.....I have loved showing you around my house today...I hope to add some more things real soon, so please stop back by for a visit.....

Shug Sez......

Sunshine is good for the soul....




Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Around and Around we Go....

Around and Around we go........

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light....
                              Helen Keller


The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other.
                                                                                                             Marcus Tullius Cicero

Want to find muscles that you didn't know you still had?
I can tell you how to do it...............................

Last night, Sam and I gathered with our wonderful friends at the track field and started what we call "Walking for a Friend."   We all can find time to walk, but for most of us, walking alone is not enough to keep us motivated.

We decided that at our age, it would be in our best interest to become active walkers in order to get our bodies in shape. {Maybe I should say.....attempt to Get our bodies in SHAPE!}

Walking together makes it easier and the way we look at it is that we are all helping each other to get healthy.  The benefits of walking are so great.  It is sad that it has taken me this long to get serious about improving my health, and if I can help our friends get serious about their health, then I am thrilled to go walk. 

Walking with friends is advantageous to our overall well being.  Not only is it good for combating depression, High Blood Pressure, Heart related illnesses, and burning fat, it can help us gain inner strength through the encouragement of one another. 

It is our goal to walk until every single one of us GET HEALTHY....and, it won't stop there.  If walking even one single lap around the track can save a friends life, then we have accomplished great things. 

I would encourage all of you to "Walk For A Friend." 

So get out there....find those hidden muscles.....go around and around.....Improve your health and the health of those you care about!

Shug Sez........

Oh....my aching body!  I think I need the heating pad!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Note To Self....


Good Morning Yall......

Well, as you can see....I have made a note to myself.

The very thing that I have been trying to avoid is about to happen.
These sweet little hands of mine have got to be fixed.

I do have....."Carpal Tunnel" in both hands.

I have been trying to put this off for over a year now.  I actually was scheduled to have the surgery done, way back in May.....BUT....
I cancelled it.

Sam and I both visited with the Doctor this past Wednesday, and the decision was made.  So....On January 31st (which is Mylee Jo's Birthday) I will have them fixed.

I know the surgery will not be bad, but it is the pain afterwards that I am not wanting to think about.  I am having both hands done at the same time......so please say a prayer for my sweet husband, Sam.

He will be in charge of all the meals.....including early morning breakfast for all the kids!  Wow, what if they decide his cooking is better than mine? 



Shug Sez.....

No need to worry...My Blog will be posted every day..
If words are mis-spelled, or things don't exactly look right, blame it on Sam.  I have hired him to be my assistant....

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Spirit of The Living God.........

You are a letter from Christ......This "Letter" is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God.  It is carved not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts.
        2 Corinthians  3: 3 NLT

We have all heard it said that sometimes, we are the only Bible  a person will ever read.  This is so true.  As Christians, we are to let the light of Jesus Christ shine in our lives.  We are to be a good witnesses in our daily living. 

Every single word of our LIFE STORY matters and believe it or not, eyes are watching.  Sometimes these are little eyes from our own children and grandchildren.  They watch and hear everything we say and do.  Other times it is the people that we come in contact with that are witnessing our actions and listening to the words we speak. 

What will be the Story of Your Life Be?  What will be the choices you make?

Shug Sez....

We must let the Spirit of the Living God be in our actions and in the words we speak!

Enjoy the Blessings of this day............

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Count Your Blessings....


Today is a wonderful day to sit back and count your Blessings!

At the end of a long hard week our minds are fixed on so many negative thoughts and we often are trying to plan for what is to come....

Thoughts race through our minds such as, did I earn enough money to pay the bills, how are we going to do this, how are we going to do that, taxes are due, etc. etc. etc.
We spend so much of our time worrying and trying to work out the details of our lives, and we are constantly pushing our panic buttons until they break us.

It is time for us to learn to start spending time "Counting Our Blessings."

God has richly Blessed us all in so many ways but we only want to acknowledge those Blessings that come in a big packages......

Just imagine with me the difference it would make in our attitudes if we started our week and ended our week by Praising God for ALL of the Blessings in our lives.

Count your Blessings & your problems,
If your problems out number your Blessings,
Count again!  Chances are the things you take
for granted were not added!

Shug Sez....

Once you start counting your Blessings, you won't know when to stop.


Friday, January 21, 2011

The Difference In Change........

Shhhh....I have a secret!   It's Friday!
Oh yes it is, and I think I love it.

I worked on Taxes all day yesterday....UGH!  This is certainly not my favorite thing to do...Now, if I were getting money back, I would have already had the little booger in the mail.

My topic today is:   Well, I don't really know what to call it.  Let's just say, I don't understand how someone can love change as much as I do, but yet NOT LIKE CHANGE.  I know that doesn't make sense to you, but it will when I get through....

Boy, do I ever like to change things around my house.  I have stated many times how I love to move my furniture around...It makes me Happy!
I love to change colors throughout the house...comforters, pillows, curtains, wall hangings, what ever will move, I will change!   (Not my husband though)

On the other hand....there are a few things I don't like changed.  I know that I'm going to have some differences of opinion here, but that is OK with me...
The fact that we are all different is what makes life INTERESTING!

I was reading a book the other day, and it listed the top "MOST LOVED HYMNS"

1.   "How Great Thou Art"
2.   "The Old Rugged Cross"
3.   "What A Friend We Have In Jesus"
4.   "Be Thou My Vision"
5.   "Amazing Grace"
6.   "Great Is Thy Faithfulness"
7.   "To God Be The Glory"
8.   "Just As I Am"
9.   "Blessed Assurance"
10.  "Rock Of Ages"
11.  "Holy, Holy, Holy"
12.  "I Come To The Garden Alone"

We all know that these are beautiful Hymns ~    .....What I'm getting at here, is the fact that these Hymns are never sung anymore!  Everything has CHANGED to the CONTEMPORARY  style of music...(I'm not even sure I like that word!)

I do understand that change is necessary at times, and I am willing to sing a few of the Contemporary  Songs on Sunday  , but what has happened to singing the Old Hymns!  Hymns that my grandchildren do not even know!  This is SAD!  Way too Sad for me....


This is just one of the Changes that doesn't connect with me.....So, I have to ask myself..."Am I a Person of Change.....Or am I Not?"

I know it's different strokes for different folks, but PLEASE.... The old Hymns are just like Antiques...

Antiques have a way of enriching our lives and we search for them because the items once were appreciated and had meaning...
This is true with the old hymns.....Every word has depth in it's meaning and they truly Honor God!

Ok...There, I have let my heart be free on this one....
By the way.... Go to You Tube...Phillips, Craig and Dean - Revelation Song Lyrics.   This is a great pick me upper and I hope you enjoy it!  www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsiDukXIeVY    (A good Friend sent this to me.  Thanks Linda)

Shug Sez.........

If I feel this way, I can only imagine the hearts of the elderly folks who stood upon the foundation of these old hymns to survive the hard times in their lives!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

You Think It's Alright To Blame A Friend?



Shoes....The Sweet Comfort of Life!


The Perfect design if I say so myself.....Need a pair of shoes?  Let me design them for you! 
Just kidding....ha...ha!


I have a strong passion for shoes.....Not just any shoe, but good, comfortable shoes.  Let me tell you though, it hasn't always been this way.  Many years ago, I didn't give a hoot about shoes.  If what I put on was comfortable, then I was happy.....Nada...shoes were not my interest!

And then it happened!  I have a friend that is totally a shoe freak...    It got to where every time I was around her, she was looking at my feet or making comments about my shoes....The poor thing, she would even give me a big compliment on shoes that needed to be thrown in the dumpster.  AND...You know what happens when someone pays you a compliment in front of other women don't you?  They all look down at YOUR feet.  Yikes!

I decided that perhaps I did need to do something about my collection of shoes....I started shopping for shoes, and I haven't stopped yet....YOU THINK IT'S ALRIGHT TO BLAME A FRIEND HERE?

It's not as if shoes have become an all-consuming obsession for me, but I will admit that I really do like them....  I do have a lot of shoes, but I do not own one single pair of Prada's! Can you believe that? I  prefer well-made shoes and I usually stick with certain brand's, like Ecco, Dansko, or Joesph Seibel.  These shoes are made for walking....and they don't hurt my feet!.....A big bonus is that they make me look 5'6 or 5'7 and you know I love that.

I kinda look at shoes as being a piece of ART....There is a certain kind of beauty in each shoe and this is what attracts us to them.   I don't know,  maybe I should have been the President of some  of shoe company...    What?  You don't like the pair I designed above?  I thought they were pretty cute!

Shug Sez.....

Perhaps the LOVE for SHOES begins when a girl first reads "Cinderella."  Who wouldn't want to try own the glass slipper?    Oh, and by the way.....That Friend of mine:   STILL LOOKS AT MY FEET!   I just have to give a big chuckle about that.


Here is some interesting information about your feet and shoes..

1.  It is always best to buy shoes in the evening....This is when your feet are the biggest!  Never
     buy shoes early in the morning....

2. Try not to wear the same shoes too many days in a row. Ideally, you should change them every day to keep them from losing shape too soon.

3. After an evening of walking on high heels, massage the soles of your feet with a tennis ball.

4. Whatever kind of shoes you wear and whatever the shape of your feet, accept and love them, pampering them with great care and pedicures. Your feet are the pedestal that supports your soul.




An Old tale:

Apparently in years gone by, it was customary (on Halloween night) to take your shoe by the tip and throw it over your house. (Must have been very tiny houses at the time) Then, you were to check the direction the toe was pointing and that was the direction of your fortune. Now for the bad part. If the shoe landed sole up, it was good to rethink your path.  You would find bad luck waiting at the end of the road........... if you followed that path.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

O What A Day!

Hey There.....Thanks for stopping by.  I have much to chatter about today.

Yesterday was one of those days!  From the time I got up until the time I went to bed with snuggles (my pillow) my feet were constantly moving and my brain was clicking like never before.....I was as busy as a Bee.

Don't you just love to plan out your day?  I certainly do. The very evening before, I had written down all the things that I wanted to get accomplished yesterday.  Did I get any of it done?  NO WAY!

All of the kids dropped by for breakfast, just as they always do each morning.  I can usually count on them being gone by 7:40 at the latest.  I had an appointment for Bella to go to the Dogie Salon at 8:00 and then I was going to head back home to start working on taxes........DIDN"T HAPPEN!

Just as I got home, my phone rang and my niece was sick....I hurriedly got dressed and drove her in to town to the Doctor's office.....Got back home, fixed lunch for Sam and Mylee, cleaned the kitchen and it was almost time to go back and get Bella. 

I had a quick thought.   (It is not good to have quick thoughts)  I would put some fresh pintos in a pot and have them ready for me to cook as soon as I got back from picking up Bella....
What was I thinking?????

My phone rang and sometime during the process of getting the pot of beans ready and answering the phone, I reached over and turned the cotton picking stove ON!
Did I know that I had done this?  NO...I didn't!

Needless to say, the smell of Fresh Pintos is not what I came home to.....OH NO....My kitchen smelled like burned Cabbage!  (I don't really know what burned cabbage smells like, but I do know what the smell of cooked cabbage smells like, and it is pretty bad)  When Carson came home from school, he said:  "Shug, I smell something in the house."  I didn't utter a word about what I had done.  I just told him it was SCHOOL smell and they were all bringing it into my house!  funny thing, He believed me...

This isn't the End of The Story!

I get everything cleaned up and somehow was able to get the odor to be tolerable.  Mylee and I nearly froze to death in the mean time.  I then decided that I needed to get my hair washed because I needed to be able to leave at four in order for me to make it to Tyler's basketball game.. I hop in the shower, shampoo my hair, (Phone is ringing), hop out of the shower, answer the phone  (stinking telemarketer), hop back in the shower and rinse my hair out.

It's now time  to blow dry the hair......Blow dry, Blow dry, Blow dry.....and my hair looks horrible.
I'm thinking "What In The World."  My first thoughts were, "OMG I must not have washed the conditioner out very good"  but.....that was not the problem.   I look at the bottle of shampoo, and I could not believe what I saw!  Because I was running around like a chicken (Yes, with it's head cut off) I picked up a large container of body lotion instead of my shampoo.   Duh....this is why my hair would not blow dry!  You think?

Back into the shower I go.....The right Shampoo in Hand!  I get it right this time....
Ok...all is well for now.

I get dressed for the game only to realize as I start to walk out the door, that my shirt was wrong side outwards...What if I had not noticed that one single little white tag on the side of my hip?  I would have worn the thing to the game. 
I wanted to throw my hands up in the air and start the day over....

Oh What a day!

Shug Sez.....

Did I mention that I stepped in Dog Poop?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Self Worth = Happiness....

Isaiah 43:1 ~

43:1 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.



Hello....my name is Shug and I am a child of God!   This means that my self worth has no limits...

Our self worth is the foundation that we have to stand on in life and what we believe about ourselves is what determines our SELF WORTH.~

It is wonderful to know that God knows my name and  I am important to HIM.   I know this based on God's love for me and the sacrifice that He made for me. 

Many times in life, we make poor choices for ourselves because we have such a strong desire to be accepted.  Accepted by who?  By society!  I have been guilty of doing this very thing.  As humans, we look to the world to decide if we are worthy.  We are concerned about the way other people value us.  We trick ourselves into believing that our level of intelligence determines our value in life.

Way too often I have heard these things said:  "I'm Not Popular"...."They have a better job than me"..."I don't have many friends"..."I'm not athletic"..."I don't have much money"...."I'm not very pretty"...."I'm too old"...."Nobody likes me"...."I'm don't dress the part"....."I don't fit it"..~

These are excuses that allow us to remain in our own comfort zones.  They allow us to continue walking down the road of self-pity.   We base our worthiness upon all the negativity that we let creep into our lives. 

First of all, we need to KNOW WHO WE ARE.....WE NEED TO READ THE SCRIPTURES AND KNOW WHO WE BELONG TO!  WE BELONG TO A LOVING GOD WHO CREATED US AND SENT HIS SON JESUS CHRIST TO SAVE US!

.....WE ARE WORTH SOMETHING IN THE EYES OF OUR CREATOR!!

Loyal, kind, giving, full of goodness, generous, caring, loving, forgiving, these are just a few of the things that give value to our lives.....We should be true to ourselves and never let other people dictate our self worth.


Shug Sez...~

Believe in yourself and stand on the foundation that you are worthy!

Monday, January 17, 2011

It Pays To Be Kind

There are a lot of Classic Fairy Tales that speak some very strong messages.  The moral of the following tale reminds us that "What goes around.....Comes around."

In life, it pays to be kind!

~  There was once a very old man, whose eyes had become dim, his ears dull of hearing, his knees trembled.  When he sat at the table, he could hardly hold his spoon, and was constantly spilling his broth on the tablecloth or he would let it run out of his mouth.

His son and his son's wife were disgusted at this, so the old grandfather had to sit in the corner behind the stove.  They gave him his food in an earthenware bowl which was barely filled.  On occasion, the old man would look toward the table with his eyes full of tears.

One day, the old man's trembling hands could not hold the bowl, and it fell to the ground and broke.  The young wife scolded him, but he said nothing and only sighed.  Then the couple bought him a wooden bowl for a few half-pence, out of which he had to eat.

They were once sitting this way when the little grandson of four years old began to gather together some bits of wood upon the ground.  "What are you doing there?" asked the father.  "I am making a little trough, " answered the child, "for father and mother to eat out of when I am big."

The man and his wife looked at each other for a while, and presently began to cry.  Then they helped the old grandfather up and seated him at the table.  Thereafter, he was always allowed to eat with the family - and if he spilled a little of anything, they said nothing at all......~

There are a couple of ways that one could view this tale....

Did the son and his wife allow the grandfather to come back to the table because they feared what their future might be....OR .... Were their eyes opened by the actions of the child and at that point were their hearts filled with compassion for the elderly man?

It is important that we show a sympathetic awareness towards others.....We should remind ourselves daily that we need to try in every way possible to ease the suffering of people around us!

My own eyes were filled with tears as I read this old Fairy Tale once again....We live in a world that is full of suffering and we must prepare our hearts to be filled with tenderness, kindness and compassion for other people.


Shug Sez......

We need to show respect to the elderly and those with needs.
I pray my heart will always be full of kindness and compassion!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Blessing For Life

~  Today, Sam and I are going to spend the afternoon with friends. ~

Not just friends, but the Best Friends in the world.  There is great comfort when you know you can gather with good friends and feel safe.....Feel safe about your conversations....

We all feel the freedom to express our deepest feelings with one another, but at the end of the day, we all keep what is worth keeping and the rest we just kindly let the wind blow it away....If one needs strength to make it down a weary road, then we Pray! We support each other in every way possible.

Our Friendships have a kindred spirit about them and they are well cared for.
The kind of friends that I am talking about are not found in great abundance.  These are what I call treasured friends.  If you want this kind of friend, then you have to be first to step our there and be trustworthy.  You have to also Give.  Give of yourself with kindness and a loving heart. 

The pleasure of having good friends is just part of the journey of life.....

Shug Sez.... ~

Who doesn't need a friend?  Be one and you will receive a Blessing for life!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Don't Step On It....It Makes You Cry!

~So....Yesterday I went to see the HEART doctor.  Something I look forward to every year.  I try to schedule the earliest appointment available for the day.  The reason why has a lot to do with my mental reasoning.  If it's a good visit, then I can feel totally stress free for the rest of the day! ~

~ Thank goodness my heart has no patches and it is not broken or torn. ~

~ Let me take just one moment to describe my Cardiologist.....Gee, I think I'm lost for words here. ~ 

 Let me just say, he has a somewhat crazy character and probably weighs at lest 265 pounds....How tall is he you ask?  I would say around 6 feet.  Not what you would consider to be your typical Cardiologist.  Not skinny and Fit!  He did tell me that he got a new treadmill for Christmas.....Does he use it?  Not quite sure about that...~

~ Dr.C speaks in a totally different language from what I am used to.  Ever now and then, he might even use one of those words that I rarely here!!  like a BOMB ~  He is straight forward and he can answer any question before I can even get it out of my mouth....~

I try to always keep this appointment up to date, especially since there is  a lot of heart disease in my family....
My nephew died at the age of 28 from a thrombosis to his heart.  My brother has had bypass surgery and My dad had encountered four (4) different bypass surgeries. 


~ OK....Back to ME! ~


~ Here are the orders that Dr. C gave to me.....Have another stress echo test to see if there have been any changes since my last one.  (I did have some blockage but nothing to be alarmed about two years ago) ~





~ My Favorite Advise:  ......LOSE WEIGHT

                                        and  EXERCISE! ~     


~ Dr. C was not impressed when I told him that I have been on a diet all week and that I have been doing ZUMBA...Can you believe He would be like duh....that's not good enough?  I thought that I was doing good and to learn from the Dr. that it's not enough was rather dis-heartening. ~ 

 I asked him two very important questions......"How do you tell the difference between being overweight and something being wrong with your heart when you walk up a flight of stairs and have a hard time breathing...or when you bend over to pick something up and can barely breath when you stand back up?"  I instantly learned Cardiology 101.



Then there was the discussion of exercising....Like I said, I told him all about my ZUMBA, but he acted as if he had never heard of such a thing.  He did mention the likes of a Treadmill.....I wanted to act like I had never heard of such a thing!.....

For real, I have to start a walking program.......

And last but not least, Dr. C told me that I had to Try....If I try and fail, then try again.
He also said that He would do it for me, but that He had enough on his plate and just didn't have the time........

In the back of my mind I'm thinking..."No, if you had the time, then surely you would do it yourself."  Just kidding! ~   He is a wonderful Dr. and I do plan on following the rules and guidelines that he prescribed for me......

His last words were...."Get the Stress Echo.....If it shows something...I'll see ya later."

Shug Sez.......

If you fail....Try, Try Again!










Friday, January 14, 2011

Sweetness of Life

Maybe...just maybe, this will be my last post for the week about this KRAZZY DIET.... (Especially considering the fact that today IS FRIDAY)   This Evil diet is kicking me in the bottom end ouch, ouch .... no joke, I'm not sure I have ever felt like this before...

The problem is not the diet, it is the JUNK that I have been putting into my body for so many years..


This is what I crave....SUGAR.  Has it taken me this long to realize the damages that sugar can do to our bodies?  Not only does it cause weight gain, but there are some very serious things caused by the intake of TOO MUCH SUGAR. 

Diabetes, Obesity, stroke, hypoglycemia, tooth decay, and fatigue just to name a few. 

But....who wants to be that person that sits there and stares down a big jelly doughnut?  Few of us are going to do that....and certainly not me....

This is why I MUST change my habits and separate myself from things that contain Sugar....


This is another huge weakness of mine...TEA and especially McAllister's Famous Tea...It is the Best ever and it is so loaded with Sugar!



And...Another bad thing.  SODA's.  I drink them and then I quit drinking them and then I drink them again....These delicious drinks must be made from some kind of magic water....Magic, because no matter how many we have here at the house, they all disappear very fast.



I have cut out all of the caffeine in my daily diet, and I am sure that this is one of the big things that is really knocking me to the floor. 
No Sugars, No Soda's, No CAFFEINE in my daily diet.  This is almost too much to handle!

I feel like a dying Zombie...(ever how that is suppose to feel!)

I'm really not kidding here....My energy is zapped and It feels like I am literally starving myself to death.  Oop's....I just looked in the mirror!
Nope....definitely not starving!

They (whoever they is) say that it just takes a couple of weeks for your body to detox ..... I just wander if THEY are skinny and if They are getting this info from their own personal experience?

I know today is going to be better.....I think I can already feel a bit of energy coming my way!

 
Shug Sez....


Just remember....One day at a time!




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