“A branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.
Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches.
Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit.
For apart from me you can do nothing.”
~John 15:4-5 NLT~
Last night, I tried to write TPL for today because we were leaving for Baton Rouge at 5:45 this morning. I didn’t get it done. During the night, I once again thought I was going to write it, but again it didn’t happen. We are home from Ochsner and a very good stop at Dollar Tree near the hospital. I love shopping for Operation Christmas Child and getting to answer questions about what I am doing. Two ladies provided me most of the money I spent today. Thank you C. and A.!
Yesterday, two ladies turned in the boxes they chose to pack individually. Other ladies turned in items that will help to fill several boxes. One sweet, faithful class turned in many bags of items that were purchased last week. Thanks to all of you.
I will be working in the OCC room some this week. If you would like to help, please contact me so we can schedule a suitable time.
Today, David‘s blood level was 8.1, the highest it has been in months. The increased dosage of Procrit is helping! The early drive and the rain made the drive more difficult than usual, but with thankful hearts, we are glad to be home again. Your regular prayers are getting us through these days.
Several others from Kentwood are also doing well amid treatments. Please continue to pray for Bryan Tate, Linda Callihan, and Buddy Morris.
Gaylon Cutrer is having a few more problems than usual, so spend some extra time on your prayers for him. He and his family will be very appreciative.
Today, with a heavy heart, I share that Lori Rhodes has some serious health issues. Lori and her husband, Keith, served in our church working with the youth.
“Lori has been diagnosed with Multiple System Atrophy. This rare disease is in the Parkinson’s family, but Lori does not have Parkinson’s She has MSA-C (c standing for cerebellum). There is no cure. Life expectancy ranges from 6 years to 15 years based on the onset of symptoms (we really don’t know when her symptoms began but could be up to 5-6 years ago).”
The full report on Lori is on my facebook page.
I also what to share there has been another death, a man from Greensburg. I’ll post the complete obituary when it becomes available.
July 25, 1952 – July 16, 2019
Jeff Van, the pastor of South McComb Baptist Church, share quotes that seem to touch my heart often. Today’s quote is:
“It’s easy to praise Him in the sunshine, but your breakthrough comes when you praise Him in the dark…He’s there, we must simply trust the process.”
Thankfully, my family and the families of many of you understand praising God “in the dark”. If you don’t, please locate someone who can help you get to this point in your life.
Scripture Writing – August 26 – Habakkuk 3:3-4
Yesterday, I was asked about what size cans of food were needed for the LA Baptist Children’s Home in a few weeks. The answer, is buy items like you would for your family. The man is going to buy a couple cases of canned goods. That plan might work for you too! The pick-up time at FBC is early Monday morning, three weeks from today.
Enjoy the sound of the rain again, but please try to stay dry.