By Suzette | May 04, 2013 at 06:56 AM EDT | No Comments
I have been so blessed by my co-workers at Lighthouse, and I am learning so much. So much about grace and mercy and faith and walking with God.
Here is a truth I have learned in the last week: I have told myself for almost 20 years that I was not angry about my daughter Katie's death. Everyone loses people, right? So why should I be any different? And who am I to question God?
Through conversations with my wonderful Christian friends at Lighthouse, I have come to realize that part of my make-up is to be a "pleaser" and a "good girl," and my denial of anger was a result of that way of thinking and being. But the fact of the matter is, I was angry, and I may have been able to fool myself, but I wasn't fooling God. The beautiful thing that I have learned is, it is okay to be angry, and I am allowed to come to Him and express that anger.
Through the love and encouragement of these special friends, I was able to have a few venting sessions with God, and let Him know just how ticked off I was about losing Katie, as well as some other injustices that have occurred in my life.
Did this "argument" put a wedge between God and me? That is the beauty of total honesty and transparency in any relationship - not only did it not put a disconnect in my relationship with Him, but I feel closer to Him than I ever have! Because we now have an authentic relationship! I have come to Him with my heart and soul ripped wide open, aired my dirty laundry of anger and bitterness that has been shoved down in my gut for a lifetime, and He still loves me!
By Suzette | July 04, 2009 at 09:13 AM EDT | No Comments
What a great night in Downtown Lakeland! The weather cooperated beautifully, and the turnout was fantastic. Thanks so much to everyone who came out, and a special thanks to Susan, Gayle, Eloise and Doris for driving all of the way over from Tampa. I hope you enjoyed your evening in Lakeland! I can't tell you what a joy it is to share music with so many appreciative people. Thank you so much to everyone who hung out and listened to the show. Looking forward to seeing you all again real soon!
By Suzette | June 06, 2009 at 08:46 AM EDT | No Comments
Hey Everyone! Thanks for coming out and seeing me at Lakeland's First Friday last night. We had a great time - I hope you did too! If you missed it, catch us again next month on July 3. The Lakeland Downtown Partnership will be putting on a great event to celebrate Independence Day. (For more information, visit www.downtownlakelandfl.com) See you all there!
By Suzette | June 04, 2009 at 07:49 AM EDT | No Comments
Come on out and enjoy downtown Lakeland at First Friday on Friday, June 5th. The stores will stay open late, and free entertainment will be provided throughout the Kentucky Ave area. I will be playing in front of the Gym on Kentucky Ave (next to Palace Pizza and across from Molly's). We're looking forward to seeing everyone out there!
By Suzette | March 20, 2009 at 03:07 PM EDT | No Comments
A big thank you to Bruce at the Terrace for hosting last night's private wine tasting. The gathering of wine festival sponsors and restaurants was very festive, and a great time was had by all. The Terrace provided not only the beautiful location but great wines and food as well. (If you haven't been to the Terrace in a while, you should check it out. You will not be disappointed - their food and atmosphere are exceptional - a great taste of classy "old Lakeland." Ask them about their special membership for great money saving deals too!) I had a great time sharing my music with the large gathering of friends, after which we were all escorted to the roof to enjoy a beautiful sunset with a toast of champagne.
Don't forget to get your tickets for next week's Wine Festival on Lake Mirror - our area restaurants are donating great food, wine vendors are providing great samplings, and Fall Guys & a Gal will be providing spectacular music for your listening pleasure. Band member Don joined us for the wine tasting last night, and his group is sure to be a hit! To purchase your tickets, visit www.afi-fl.org.
By Suzette | March 08, 2009 at 09:43 AM EDT | No Comments
Don't miss the fun wine festival on March 27th on Lakeland's beautiful Lake Mirror! There will be live entertainment provided by 5 Guys and a Gal, food provided by many area restaurants, and wine tasting provided by some of Lakeland's best.
There will also be a private wine tasting at the Terrace Hotel on March 19th for sponsors of the event. The wine tasting will take place outside on the terrace, and guests will be able to watch the sunset from the roof of the hotel. Entertainment for the wine tasting will be provided by yours truly.
The wine festival supports Lakeland's Alliance for Independence, so come on out and enjoy some great entertainment, food and wine while supporting a great cause. For more information on the event, or to become a sponsor, visit www.afi-fl.org. I look forward to seeing you all there!