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July 18, 2012

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell – July 18, 2012

On The Bright Side

Mary Howell


A few weeks ago, I had the most crazy “sleepless in Hemphill” night.  No matter how hard I tried to doze off, I could not make my brain stop going 90 miles an hour.”


It seemed that everyone I knew was having chaos in their lives. I was so worried about my friends that sleep just would not come.


A friend was struggling to stay alive after having a critical surgery.  Another friend was having surgery the next day.  A member of my family was scheduled to have a heart procedure facing possible surgery afterward.  Another friend’s grandchild had been hospitalized and in my immediate family my sister had eye surgery.  Two of my dear family members were going to be jobless and homeless the next morning. My prayer list went on and on.  I prayed for each one during the late hours of the night.


I was beginning to think we had a full moon that night since everyone seemed to be awake and on the prowl at the Care Center.  I could hear several of my good friends talking and walking in their sleep.  One 90-year-old plus lady walked into my room.  I could not tell if she was awake or rolling her chair in her sleep. She situated her chair beside my bed and propped her feet up.  I began talking to her softly. She did not respond but she made herself comfortable and went to sleep while I was still gently talking to her.


So many times,  things look worse and problems look bigger during the night.  But when morning comes, God seems to give us peace when we just turn everything over to him. The Bible tells us that all things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.  When we have problems, we should remember that if God brings you to it, that He will take us through it.


Phil. 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. 


July 18, 2012 


Biography for Mary Howell

Mary Howell is a cerebral palsied quadriplegic who has resided at Hemphill Care Center in Hemphill, Texas since November, 2009.  She lived with her parents until their deaths and then lived in her home with 24/7 caregivers.  Mary has spent her life turning defeat into victory.  Her determination and strong faith in God have been an inspiration to all who know her.

Mary attended Hemphill High School, Wharton Junior College and served as the Editor of the Sabine County Reporter.  She has received numerous awards from the Texas Press Women and the Texas Press Association. for her writing.  Mary wrote and published her autobiography in 2007, Life On The Bright Side.

She has received various awards for her services in the community. She was named as an outstanding citizen, communicator of achievement, and Texas Handicapped Professional Woman of the Year in 1986.  She was among the “Nine Who Make A Difference” selected by KTRE-TV in 1986..

Mary’s love for God makes the difference in her life, enabling her to turn sadness into happiness and apparent defeat into victory.

1 Comment »

  1. There is always some ups and down in our life.
    And hats off for the lady.

    Comment by South Texas Whitetail — July 19, 2012 @ 1:56 am | Reply

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