Enter his gates with thanksgiving

and his courts with praise;

give thanks to him

and praise his name.

~Psalm 100:4~

Rivers Wilkinson is scheduled to be released from the hospital today.  Let’s pray for the growing family.

Macy Gueldner was taken to the ER later yesterday afternoon because of fever.  The family needs our continued prayers.

Lisa Whitner Carruth is hospitalized with her husband, Danny, close to her side.  Keep them  in your prayers.

Mr. James Miller continues to need our prayers, support, and encouragement.

Read the Bible in 2015 Malichi

Devotional, Scripture, and a Song

  • God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

                                                                                                     ~1 John 3:20~

Thankfulness: Day 27

Today, I’m thankful for those who gave their Thanksgiving Day to provide service even it it meant being away from family.  The list is long: military, law enforcement, emergency workers, food service, store employees, etc.  I’m also thankful to those who open their homes to elderly neighbors, buy a meal for a man having his first Thanksgiving without his wife, caring for young couples far away from family, helping families spending the holiday in a hospital, etc.  These people remind me of the the hymn, “Others”.  I think these people make life better/happier for others.  What a blessing they are!

Anna Lee


I posted early this morning, but in pages, not posts.  I’m sorry I’m late correcting this mistake.  We haven’t been home.

If my people, who are called by my name,

will humble themselves and pray and seek my face

and turn from their wicked ways,

then I will hear from heaven,

and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV

I think this is surely the proper verse for us today!

Macy Gueldner

We had a good visit in Memphis last week. Macy’s counts were good, so she had a lumbar puncture and chemo. Oh, and she started the dreaded dex (steroids.) She had a rough weekend, but she’s slowly getting better. She has leg pain from the vincristine, and suspected overall bone pain from the dex. Her mouth is FULL of tiny sores, and her doctor thinks that they’re probably down her throat, as well. So we’ll continue with the magic mouthwash, in addition to starting some nystatin.

We’re in Baton Rouge today for clinic. Her counts are good, so she’s about to get her chemo. They also gave her some extra morphine, because she’s miserable. But, no matter how she feels, she’s always in the mood to eat. So, I’m sure she’ll have a good day tomorrow. Happy Thanksgiving!

Please add Nyla Price to your prayer list.  She is in North Oaks with a problem with her esophagus.

Karie Winstead Blades

Born: June 19, 1935
Died: November 24, 2015

Lance Stewart “Stew Meat” Woodard

Born: August 15, 1978
Died: November 24, 2015


Read the Bible in 2015 Ecclesiastes 11-12

Devotional, Scriptures, and a Song

Thankfulness: Day 26

I am thankful to Jesus for all He has done for me, my family, my friends, my country, etc.  I’m just thankful.  Yesterday, a number of my friends shared their favorite songs. Each time, I thought to myself, “Yes, that is my favorite”.  As I thought about it some more, I think my thankful goes back to God.  Thanks to Will Ricks for reminding me of “Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart”.

Spend as much time being thankful today as you do eating!

Anna Lee

Thursday Addition

Whether or not you are a fan of Joey and Rory, you will be a fan of their faith.  RFD television is replaying many of their programs today one after the other.  They have already started.  I think you will be blessed to “experience” their faith today.


“And we know that God

causes everything to work together for the good

of those who love God and are called

according to his purpose for them.”

~Romans 8:28 NLT, 2nd Ed.~


New baby Rivers Wilkinson has a better blood reading today.  The family is anxiously waiting for the specialist to see Rivers this morning and determine if he is ready to go home.  The family thanks you for praying for Rivers.


Read the Bible in 2015Psalm 134-136


Devotional, Scripture, and a Song


Thankfulness: Day 25

     Today, I’m thankful for music.  I started singing at my church by copying others.  Later, I participated in chorus, choir, band, and piano.  I admit I was never outstanding in any of these, but I learned to appreciate music, understand reading music, and developed a love for music of various types. The original, and still my favorite, is church music like I learned as a child.  God is still working through lots of people who continue to write and perform songs that carry a message that touches my heart and life.  I’m so thankful for music and all it has taught me about God.  Sometimes, as I teach my Sunday School class, I pause and ask what hymns they can relate to those verses.  We all usually come up with the same songs!  They are the ones you would think of too!


Throughout this wonderful holiday, take time to make a mental, or paper, list of your own thankfulness.  You will be blessed by taking the time to do so.

Anna Lee

Tuesday 2nd Addition

Kenny Ray Gill had double knee replacements on the 17th.  One knee is doing well, but one is not.  He has been readmitted to the hospital to have more surgery.  Please keep him in your prayers.

A sprained knee and a fractured elbow!  That’s what happened to Sim Bankston when his dogs got too excited about seeing him.  Pray for his complete recovery from his injuries.

Tuesday Addition

Mrs. Hazel Smith is looking and feeling well.  Her family is planning a big Thanksgiving gathering for the holidays.  She has a big family and receives lots of attention.

Mrs. Wilma Welch called to ask for pray for Mrs. Ann Jennings of the East Fork community.  She had a massive stroke this morning and is in North Oaks now.  Prayers for her, the medical staff, and the family will be greatly appreciated.

Mrs. Margaret Oliver has another great-granddaughter.  Pray for the family as they make the adjustments that are ahead.  Pray the child will feel loved all the days of her life.

Rivers Wilkinson was placed in NICU at North Oaks until his sugar level is corrected.  He is the new baby of Jacob and Hannah Shockley Wilkinson.


For everything God created is good,

and nothing is to be rejected….

~1 Timothy 4:4~


New baby: Rivers Wilkinson…7 lb. 11 oz…22 in. ..Born Sunday

Parents: Jacob and Hannah Shockley Wilkinson

Big brother: Brooks

Dan Turner

As you have already read, my spasticity affects my left leg and left hand. I’ve noticed that the improvement is more noticeable in my left leg than in my left hand. There’s a reason for this and it’s because of simple physics. The specific gravity of Baclofen is greater than the specific gravity of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). This causes intrathecal Baclofen to “settle” in the lower CSF space, rather than it being evenly distributed throughout all of the CSF that surrounds my spinal cord. Because of this “settling”, intrathecal Baclofen works better for the lower extremities than it does for the upper extremities. This doesn’t mean that Baclofen does not help relax muscle spasticity in upper extremities; the benefits are just more noticeable in the lower extremities. I developed this little specific gravity theory during my research prior to the surgical implantation of my intrathecal Baclofen pump and knew this was a possibility. Now, I can tell you it is for real—my leg is winning the “less spasticity” race. I think it’s cool how we can’t escape physics, although, it would be nice if I could escape it this time.

Frances Gay received a wonderful health report yesterday!  I’m so glad she called with the results before she left Hammond.  God is good!

Mr. James Miller went to St. Tammany again and began the treatment that was scheduled for December 4th.  Keep him high on your list.

Operation Christmas Child report from Mary Alice Fox (Gastonia, N.C.)

Greetings from NC.  Hope you are doing well and are looking forward to a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I have followed with interest your Operation Christmas Child activities and thought you would like to hear what we are doing here.
Our church serves as a relay station for churches in 3 counties.  Frank and I have worked there during collection week since we retired – he longer than I since he retired earlier.  When I walked in Monday I was amazed at the number of boxes – never seen that many there that early.  It seems that when they were setting up the building Sunday they received almost 800 boxes and they weren’t even open for collection.  Across the course of Monday – our first day – we packed 1416 shoeboxes into cartons to be shipped to Charlotte.  That was a record number.  So I thought Tuesdaywould be slow.  Not so.  1463 boxes came in that day.  We stayed busy all day – so much for a slow day.  I didn’t work again until today which is the final day.  Don’t have a count but for the first time ever we had to have a 5th cargo trailer to carry all the boxes.  We average 25,000 boxes when you include those that were boxed when they came to us from other relay stations.  We are certain that we did better this year so there was much excitement at the end of the day.
Happy Thanksgiving.
Mary Alice
Read the Bible in 2015: Ezra 6-10

Today at 11:00  – “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party at The Cafe in Kentwood

There will be NO Bible Study this week due to the holiday.

Some churches are not having prayer meeting Wednesday.  Check with your local church.

We will be collecting stamps to affix to Christmas cards donated by Miss Fay Shoemaker which are being sent to prisoners at the parish jail.  This will enable them to write to family members this Christmas season.  The deadline is Sunday, November 29th.



Today’s devotional will be different.

Joey and Rory – (written about a month ago)

Think on that word “Enough”.  To say it means so much.  It means “Peace”!

“It is Well with My Soul” can only come with God’s peace. (Watch the video.)

Now, is a good time to make your list of what you are thankful for this year.  I doubt new cars, houses, boat, jobs, etc. will be on your list after you read and watch these links.

Song of the Day – “When Peace Like a River” 


Thankfulness: Day 24 – Peace in my soul


I trust you can also say you have that peace.  If not, seek a person who can help you reach that point.

Anna Lee



For this reason,

ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus

and your love for all the saints, 

I have not stopped giving thanks for you,

remembering you in my prayers.  

~Ephesians 1 : 15-16~


Thankfulness: Day 23

I’m thankful for each of you who read my thoughts each day and encourage me.

Mrs. Betty Catherine Hatcher asks us to keep praying for her sister-in-law, Mrs. Flo Hatcher.

Kathryn Meadows continues to need our prayers too.

Pray for all those who had surgery last week as they have follow-up appointments this week.


Kevin Egnew

Born: December 05, 1972
Died: November 21, 2015

Blood Drive – David Wickham

The Memorial Blood Drive for DAVID WICKHAM is tomorrow (Nov 24) from 3 PM until 7 PM at TPFD 1 Station 1! This is the fire station by the railroad! (210 NE Central Avenue) Please help make this a success!


Operation Christmas Child

Read the article with the picture lots of balloons and children.  This would certainly be a  wonderful idea.


Joey and Rory

I found this page this morning while looking for the latest post.  I didn’t find it, but thought you might enjoy reading some of these stories.



Read the Bible in 2015Deuteronomy 16-19

Devotional, Scripture, and a Song


We need to be sure our prayer time is a two-way communication.

Anna Lee


Let us come before him with thanksgiving

and extol him with music and song.  

For the LORD is the great God,

the great King above all gods.

~Psalm 95:2-3~


Please pray for Kenny Ray Slaven, grandson of Mrs. Bessie Hayden.  Kenny Ray hurt a hand at work and is in room 2412 at North Oaks.  Pray he has a good recovery from his injury.


Evelyn “Heloise” Andrus Catha

Born: August 21, 1934
Died: November 21, 2015

Last Sunday, James Rimes share a magazine with me.  He marked a particular article and identified it as “Thankful”.  The magazine is the November 15th issue of “B & B” ( Bluffs and Bayous).  The article. “Turkey Trot”, is very interesting.   The author lists eight things he is  thankful for.  They are:

  1. Family and Friends
  2. Able to Worship Freely
  3. Able to Live Out in the Country
  4. Running Water, Indoor Plumbing, and Electricity (the greatest is the running water.)
  5. Farming is Mechanical
  6. Good Health Care
  7. Computers a