Mother Angelica once said, “The fruit of SILENCE is PRAYER. The fruit of prayer is FAITH. The fruit of faith is LOVE. The fruit of love is SERVICE.”
It took me many, many years to understand that I needed to LISTEN and the Lord will speak to my heart. Our Lord is so patient and so kind – well, that is the first two words that define LOVE in the Bible! He worked on me and worked on me until I finally got it! By making Christ the center of my life and my family, and by spending time each day in prayer and silence, God has helped me to understand His will for me. I have been able to “connect the dots.” He has blessed me with signs, people, and places that have made a difference in my life. He is constantly “speaking” to me. I am constantly listening.
I have a very dear friend in Shreveport, Louisiana, Jo, that God has placed in my life. Through this friend, I have come to know her daughter, Vicki. To show you how God allows us to “connect the dots,” recently my granddaughter was diagnosed with Alopecia. At six-years-old, she began to lose her lovely, long hair. (Very traumatic for a first grader). We began to pray for her, but also to plan on how to handle a worse case scenario. It was decided that due to her age, she would not take steroids; but, if she did lose her hair; a wig would help her feel comfortable until hopefully the hair grew back.
I then gave a property manager workshop in Montgomery, Alabama. My friend Jo was at the workshop and she told me about an organization her daughter Vicki started in northern Louisiana called “Wiggin’ Out” (check them out on facebook). The organization provides wigs to local cancer patients as well as some other types of support.
On the ride home to Louisiana, I began thinking about Wiggin’ Out and the need for such an organization for Alopecia patients as well. I phoned my friend Jo and explained that I wanted to discuss Wiggin’ Out with her daughter.
As luck (or God) would have it, Jo’s daughter, Vickie, had just visited a wig shop and had a discussion with its owner regarding the percentage of customers who were cancer patients. The wig shop owner stated that she had a small number of customers who were cancer patients; however, many more customers who are dealing with Alopecia! The dots started connecting..
I met with Vicki. She is a remarkable person. She told me that God placed the words “Wiggin’ Out” on her heart. She had no idea how to start up the organization or where to turn. She put her trust in the Lord and He has been leading the way!
I am now working with Vicki on getting Wiggin’ Out spread throughout southern Louisiana and hopefully will be able to start up a Wiggin’ Out Too for Alopecia patients! Our God is so Awesome! The fruits of the Spirit are everywhere!
Vicki is following in the footsteps of great women such as Mother Angelica and Rose Hawthorne. Rose was the sister of Nathaniel Hawthorne (author of The Scarlet Letter). Rose became a Catholic and after a failed marriage, her heart turned with compassion toward people with terminal cancer who had no one to take care of them. She brought them into her home and dressed their wounds. Another woman joined her in this work of mercy. Together they became Dominican Third Order religious and started a new religious order. Over a hundred years later, “Hawthorne Dominican Sisters” are still caring for the terminally ill and forgotten.
Faith has turned into Love, which has turned into Service. Please pray for Vicki and her call to serve!