Gratitude and Making Daily Sacrifices


Mary Pat Higley enjoys reading inspirational materials, getting involved in her church, and working on gratitude.

Some things thats she’s taken from a variety of Womens Bible  Studies at Mariners Church, Irvine are summarized below.

Joy springs from a grateful heart. Focus on graces received.  Remember to count our blessings and savor them vs forgetting them or minimizing their importance.  Mary Pat tries to work at repaying her blessings with a life dedicated to generous self sacrifice.  Look for opportunities to be of service.  Volunteering in nursing homes, and with those with disabilities reminds us of our blessings. Giving and receiving love is better than a shopping trip to a fancy store. Help those who are struggling. We are all Gods children and make mistakes.

Worldliness can weaken your dedication.  Mary Pat Higley constantly tries to avoid getting caught up in ‘outward success’. Living in Orange County, California is full of worldly distractions.

Gods people are accountable.   When choosing what to spend time and energy on something – ask yourself – ‘What is the value in Gods Eyes?’. Check your motives.

Remain humble.  We are followers of Jesus Christ. Jesus was humble. He did not boast.  He did not seek worldly goods.

Worldly comforts blunt our daily spirit of sacrifice and hard work.  Worldy things alienate those who make bigger sacrifices.

Mary Pat tries to stay close to the poor and elderly.  Mary Pat Higley is focusing on making daily sacrifices to keep close to God.  Volunteering and praying for Gods direction to best utilize her spiritual gifts.


California’s Hearst Castle

Experienced in clinical research, Mary Pat Higley continues her career in the medical field as a self-employed consultant. She holds membership in organizations such as the American Society of Health System Pharmacists. In her leisure time, Mary Pat Higley enjoys traveling to the central coast of California.

Visitors to the central coast of California may wish to stop at Hearst Castle and explore the historic building, which dates back to 1947. Built for William Randolph Hearst on the site he named La Cuesta Encantada, or The Enchanted Hill, the castle offers 165 rooms to explore, as well as 127 acres of surrounding land with walkways through gardens featuring pools and terraces. Hearst Castle also continues to house its owner’s art collection, part of the reason Hearst originally envisioned such a structure.

Visitors can easily access Hearst Castle from California Highway 1, and the nearby town of San Simeon offers a variety of dining and lodging options. The area also includes numerous other sites of interest, including the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, beaches with elephant seals, and the Piedras Blancas Light Station.