Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines,

though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food,

though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,  

yet I will rejoice in the LORD,

I will be joyful in God my Savior.

~Habakkuk 3:17-18~

  We all need to develop this spirit of thankfulness.



Jimmy R. Williams is doing better.  He will have an angiogram today.  Pray for Jimmy and Linda today.



Glenda Harrell‘s heart procedure will be on September 4th.  Keep her in your prayers.



Willie Hebert, my cousin’s husband, is having some heart issues.  Please add Fran and Willie to your prayer list.



Pray for the four cancer patients from FBC, Kentwood as they are receiving chemo or radiation or testing for the next step this week.



Read the Bible

  • Reflect on God as Light
  • Catch up on any readings you missed.



Mission Project Day

  • 9:00 – Noon Saturday, the 18th
  • Fellowship hall of FBC, Kentwood
  • Using crafting for missions
  • Shoebox opportunity
    • Get a shoebox or a number of shoeboxes.
    • Start your packing with some items we are sharing from our collection.
    • Make purchases to complete your packing.
    • Turn in your box(es) with the proper labeling and funding.




Today, I’m thankful for a good day at church yesterday!

Anna Lee


“Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me”

~Matthew 25:40~



Pray for Cora Morris of Kedron as she spends some time in rehab to recover from her hip surgery.




Josiah Huckaby (Written by his mother Friday)

Well…yesterday Josiah had his 1st surgery since being discharged from the hospital. Along with the removal of his stent from his previous surgery. It was planned to be an outpatient procedure and they would decide during recovery whether or not he needed to be admitted over night. HE ROCKED IT!!! He did great during surgery & only had to stay in recovery for about 2 hours (the norm is 1 hr but with his medical history they planned on several hours). The only pain meds he is getting is Tylenol & Motrin. He is such a little trooper & is always amazing us with how well he handles everything. We are praying for a speedy recovery, healing of his incision sites, and that we can keep his pain under control. He also is pretty confined to his back right now…and he would much rather be on his side, stomach, or rolling around. So hopefully we can keep him entertained without too much movement until he is feeling a little less tender from the surgery. To God be the glory!!! 💙



Daniel “Stroud” Lamar Phillips

March 25, 1949 – August 10, 2018

Daniel Stroud Lamar Phillips, 69, of McComb, MS., passed away on August 10, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be Sunday August 12, 2018 from 5 PM until 8 PM at Hartman-Jones Funeral Home of McComb with visitation again Monday from 1 PM until services at 3 PM at the funeral home. Rev. Leroy McElveen will officiate and burial will be in Hollywood cemetery in McComb.

Stroud was born on March 25, 1949 in Dublin, Ireland.  He is the son of the late, Willie Lee and Hazel Lee Brabham Phillips.

Stroud was a retired Salesman in the Automobile industry. He was a loving husband, father, grand and great-grandfather. He enjoyed watching football, baseball and was an avid reader. He will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved him.

Stroud is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mary Evelyn Newman Phillips and one son in-law, Terry Blackstock.

He is survived by his wife, Darlene Hilburn Phillips of McComb; one daughter, Melessa Petty (Tim) of McComb, one son, Daniel Phillips (Malissa) of Henderson, NV., step-daughters, Annette McMillan (Ronald) and Molly Foster (Mike) of Gillsburg; one brother, Chris Phillips (Ann) of Mesa, CO., two sisters, Dr. Lessa Phillips of Ridgeland, MS., and Sandra McKenna of Carrickfergus, N. Ireland; twelve grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren with special family friends, Alan and Vi Easley, Robert and Debbie Easley and Bro. Leroy and Emelda McElveen with numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Robert Wayne Easley, Austin Easley, Michael Wall, Austin “Biddie” Powers, Dillon Powers and John Browning.

Honorary pallbearers will be Curtis Dykes and Aubry Schilling.




Samaritan’s Purse has just announced a new “shoebox” that is larger and more sturdy.  If you are interested, check their web site for details.



Read the Bible

  • Isaiah 21
  • Job 41
  • 2 Thessalonians 2



Today is the Lord’s Day!  

Anna Lee





For no one is cast off by the Lord forever. 

Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.

~Lamentations 3:31-32~


Today is a new day for all who are sad, weary, and grieving.  Start the day with faith, confidence,  and hope.


Polly Miller Sullivan

March 22, 1938 – August 10, 2018

A resident of Amite passed away on Friday, August 10, 2018 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. She was born March 22, 1938 in Magnolia, MS and was 80 years of age. Polly was a Amite High School graduate of 1957 where she was Homecoming Queen and Miss Amite High. She is survived by daughter, Kay Suzanne Sullivan Bankston; son, Paul Raymond Sullivan, Jr.; grandson, Cameron James Bankston; sisters, Dorothy Maxine Lee, Shirley Kay Young, and Patsy Ann Gray. Preceded in death by, parents, Pete and Bertha Miller; sisters, Betty Sue Boyd, Linda Gay Miller, and Mary Frances Jinks. Graveside Services will be held at Mulberry Street Cemetery in Amite at 10:00AM Monday, August 13, 2018. Services conducted by Mark Gray. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit


Coming in one week – Project day!

  • Telling the Story through missions!
  • Come learn something new!  Develop some new skills.
  • Make an item for a “shoebox”
  • Paint a witness rock!



“Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party

  • August 28 at 11 A.M.
  • The Cafe, Kentwood
  • Honors “young” ladies celebrating birthdays this month



Read the Bible

  • Isaiah 20
  • Psalm 97
  • 2 Thessalonians 1



Friday Morning Bible Study

I’m considering changing the time to early afternoon.  How will this work in your schedule?  Please let me know.

Anna Lee


Friday person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.

~Proverbs 19:11~



Pray for Jimmy and Linda Williams of Spring Creek.  Jimmy is in Lakeview Hospital in Covington and undergoing a number of tests.  Let’s pray his problems can be addressed quickly.



Cora Morris of Kedron had hip replacement surgery in Baton Rouge.  All went well.  Let’s pray her recovery is uneventful and swift.



Mrs. Ruby Dillon has a bad cough that the doctor describes as a sinus issue.  She has improved a little.  Please pray for her and her faithful caregiver, Mr. “Cete”.



Read the Bible

  • Isaiah 19
  • Job 40
  • I Thessalonians 5



I’m sharing some of my favorite sites again today.  I hope you enjoy them.



Retirement allows people to leave a career people may have been very happy with and to find new areas of interest.  I enjoy seeing where people spend their retirement time.  I hope their choice makes them very happy.

Anna Lee


If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  

For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

~Romans 10:9-10~



Amber Prine Ragan

I am writing this post as we are driving back from Houston. Amber had her post-operative visit today. We met with Dr. Lang and Dr. DeGroot. They were very pleased with Amber’s progress. She was able to get the staples and sutures removed today. Their recommendation for treatment is to start with proton radiation followed by 6-9 months of a chemotherapy treatment called PCV (combination of oral and infusion treatments.). The chemotherapy can be monitored by her neurologist in Baton Rouge. This will allow her to return back to work during her chemo treatments. She will do the radiation treatments at MD Anderson. Unfortunately, we were not able to meet with the radiologist today. We will return back to MDA on Monday to meet with her radiology team to get more information on when everything will get started (we are thinking within the next week or two). Dr. Lang seems to think she will do radiation for six weeks – 5 days a week, we will know more after we meet on Monday.
Once again, we are amazed how everything seems to work out. Amber received a call yesterday on our way to Houston about housing for patients receiving treatment at MDA. We will also meet with this organization on Monday. They have an apartment available that is very close to MD Anderson.
Of course, there are lots of other logistics that we have to work out before our six week stay in Houston. We are very thankful to have the family support that we do that will help us take the next steps.
Please continue to keep Amber in your prayers as she begins her treatment journey. Never doubt the power of prayer!

Amber had to bring her t-shirt today to show Dr. Lang. Needless to say, he loved it! Also  pictured is Dr. Lang’s assistant, Cheryl. She has been in communication with Amber since April. She has been an awesome support resource for all of us.  (The shirt said,”My neurosurgeon did my hair”.  – ala)



Two Kentwood ladies who recently had surgery have bodies that are healing.  Glenda Harrell and Yvonne Birch have improved.  Glenda’s next surgery has not been rescheduled yet.


Pray for students and faculty members starting another year of school last week, this week, and next week.  Pray for college students who will be getting in the routine soon.



Read the Bible

  • Isaiah 18
  • Psalm 96
  • I Thessalonians 4


Mission Project Day

  • Making items for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes
  • Saturday, August 18 from 9 A.M. – Noon
  • Fellowship Hall of FBC, Kentwood
  • Everyone is invited to participate
  • Items you may want to bring:
    • Bars of bath soap
    • Yarn, any amount
    • $1.00 calculators
    • $1.00 flashlights
  • Adults, if you can come, please let me know by Wednesday.
  • Participants will have an opportunity to get free show boxes and some items to place in them.


There is great power in prayer.  Thank-you for praying today.  

Anna Lee






As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

~Psalm 103:12~



Read the Bible

  • Isaiah 17
  • Job 39
  • I Thessalonians 3


Yesterday, we went to two wakes between 9 and 11 A.M. in two different towns, but we wound up staying for the funeral at the second one.  Both people who passed away were in their early 50″s and died of long-time health issues.  Both were Christians!!!  The husband spoke at the lady’s funeral.  He spoke from his heart and shared such a powerful message to encourage listeners to salvation.  The pastor who stood to speak after him said he should had spoken first. because the husband’s message was hard to follow.  I may never attend another service like that one, but I will remember it for the rest of my life!  God, please bless both of these sweet families.

When you die, and and you will, what will your life had said to others?  Where will you spend your eternity?

Anna Lee