Saturday

Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good.

Anyone who does what is good is from God.

Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.

~3 John 1:11~

 

 

Bill Frazier‘s neck surgery went well yesterday.  Pray for him as he recovers from surgery.

 

 

 

Montpelier Baptist Church  is again sending s mission team to Nicaragua.  This trip  will include 14 mission volunteers and lots of support from others who cannot make the trip.

 

 

 

Tangipahoa Baptist Church is also sending a mission team to a central American country.  I got this information verbally and do not have an exact number of those going.  I did learn the church gathering items to send.  I’ll post a list of items if I can get one.

V.R. “Cuestick” Blades, Jr.

August 12, 1933 – July 15, 2019

A resident of Greensburg, LA, passed away on Monday, July 15, 2019 at his home. He was born August 12, 1933 in Greenlaw, LA and was 85 years of age. He is survived by his daughter, Shelia Anderson; 2 sons, Gary Blades and James Allen Blades; 2 sisters, Evelyn Glenn and Pearline Coker; 8 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his wife, Rita Dunn Blades; his mom, Annie Rhodes Blades; his dad, Vernie Red Blades, Sr.; 1 son, Brian Scott Blades; and 1 daughter, Rebecca Blades. Interment was held at Kedron Cemetery, Amite, LA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Clarity Hospice. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

 

Scripture Writing Plan – “Patience and Perseverance” – James 5: 7-9

 

 

Operation Christmas Child in very important to me.  I am enjoying some time shopping and gathering as well as unpackaging and organizing.  Let me know if you want to help in any way – purchasing, crafting, organizing, 

A neighbor brought me three bags of medicine and baby food containers she washed and prepared for packaging small items.  A lady gave me money for fishing supplies.  I bought some items needed and look forward to packaging for boys to enjoy using.  Another lady gave me money to shop with.  I bought pencils and pens with her money.  One class at church has purchased bandanas and stuffed animals.  A lady gave me some handmade stuffed animals.  Another lady drew faces on them. 

Do you need me to shop for you?  Do you need me to give you suggestions for your purchases?  If so, Walmart has one subject composition books for a quarter.  It certainly would be helpful if some of you would purchase boxes for these while they are on sale.  Do the math.  That is a good deal on notebooks.  You can leave your purchases in the church office or in the classroom by the choir room. 

I can always use more craft items like beads, school supplies like highlighters, crayons, and markers, and soap and washcloths.  We open the soap and let it harden so it doesn’t mold and so it will last longer.  I certainly have learned lots of tricks.

If you have time and a pair of scissors, I can always use help cutting t-shirts to make jump ropes.  I think there is an opportunity for everyone.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

Monday

“God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” 

~Matthew 5:7 NLT~

 

 

 

Scripture Writing Plan – “Patience and Perseverance” – Deuteronomy 31:6

 

 

 

Please continue to pray for Mr. Frank and “Miss” Barbara Erwin.  They are improving.  Your prayers will be greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

Kenneth Birch is recovering from hip surgery.  Keep him in your prayers,

 

 

 

The WMU meeting scheduled for this morning at Spring Creek has been postponed.  You will be notified when it is rescheduled.

 

 

 

Yesterday, I noticed a door hanger I have that says “Give Thanks”.  November is not the only time to be thankful!  Storm Barry can be described in many ways.  This morning, I want to give you some examples of how people are giving thanks concerning Barry.

First, most people in Baton Rouge and New Orleans are thankful water was diverted from the Mississippi River preventing flooding in the cities.  Meteorologists  made some educated predictions that were helpful in people being prepared for the storm.   Based on information available to them, some experts decided not to call for evacuation from areas that have previously flooded.  This seemed risky at the time, but was apparently the correct call and avoided thousands of people from leaving their homes and cities unnecessarily.

Many people were first responders.  I’m thankful for them and for not being one in the story named Barry.  I thank God for their willingness to help and their safety as they helped others.

I personally know a number of people who elevated their furniture, but didn’t flood.  One family that did that is Roy and Diane Turner.  The work was hard.  Their home did not flood,  but they were prepared.  They are thankful their home was spared and that they were able to prepare “just in case”.

I told David the route I was choosing to travel to church and back yesterday based on the number of trees that could have potentially fallen.  Later, we saw Sherry Gill Simpson and her parents.  They witnessed a tree falling across a highway, but they were still far enough away to be safe.  They were thankful they were spared.

I know people who had camps to flood, but homes that are not flooded.  I think they have to be thankful for a place to live that did not flood.

I know Louisiana Baptists will be working hard in the coming weeks to help those who had flooding.  I’m thankful to be a part of this group, even though I cannot personally help this year.  I know the home and business owners will be thankful for people who are willing to help them.  I remember all the trips David and others made to the lower ninth ward of New Orleans following Katerina.  People were thankful for help.  David and the other volunteers were thankful to be able to help out.  This is also true for the more local flooding in August 2016.  Thanks to all those who help with disaster relief in any way.

Our power went off twice, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.   I’m thankful for the local men who work for Demco who got out in the bad weather and returned service to us.  We were prepared to be without service for a longer period of time, but so thankful when it came back on.

I’m thankful for store employees who had to deal with lots of people wanting bread, snacks, etc.  The delivery drivers we saw were working diligently for all the customers who would be purchasing food within a short period of time.

Who and what are you thankful for?  Did you take time to thank God for your safety and that of your property, your church, your neighbors, etc?  Did you think about the hours of family time people gave up to make life more convenient for us.  We all benefitted from time and effort of many others.  Were we polite and appreciative when we saw the people working?

Today is a good day to count our blessings!  Where will you start?  Who will you thank when you see them in the coming days?  Does God know you are thankful?  Did you tell Him?

We are receiving a hard rain right now.  We are dry.  The lights, television, etc are working.  We are in our own home.  Our neighbors are too.    We’re thankful!  How about you?

Anna Lee

 

 

Sunday

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

There is no commandment greater than these.”

~Mark 12: 30-31~

 

This day will be a good day to practice these verses.

 

 

 

Fay Chadwick Todd is doing well following surgery.  She thanks those who prayed for her.

 

 

 

The storm, Barry, is still around and still forecasted to bring us a lot of rain today.  I know some churches have cancelled services for today.  Other churches have adjusted schedules.  Some churches will have church as usual.  Other churches have not made a decision yet.  Be sure you are aware of your church’s schedule.

I don’t know of any flooding or serious problems in our area.  I do know that the Baptist Disaster Relief will be busy helping people who have damage.  I did read about one church that had roof damage.

Are you able to help?  Are you willing to help?

 

 

Scripture Writing Plan – “Patience and Perseverance” – I Peter 2: 19-23

 

 

 

Need some interesting reading today?  Try Thom Rainer’s blog.

https://thomrainer.com/blog/

 

 

 

Thankful to have electricity this morning!  Thankful to have water!  Thankful to have a roof!  Thankful to be safe and dry!

Anna Lee

 

 

 

Friday

I am your God and will take care of you until you are old and your hair is gray.

I made you and will care for you; I will give you help and rescue you. 

~Isaiah 46:4~

“He is Fully Able”

Prepare for a season of rain and the possibility of power outages.

 

 

 

Pray for Bryan and Brandon Tate as they travel to MD Anderson and back home today.  Pray the weather does not interfere with the roads they will be traveling.  Pray for a good report on Bryan’s health as he moves into 16 months of maintenance.

 

 

 

Continue to pray for Carl “Chicken” Gaines as he continues to improve.  Barbara and “Chicken” were able to be in attendance at David’s Party Saturday.

 

 

Scripture Writing Plan – “Patience and Perseverance” – Romans 5: 1-5

 

 

 

Yesterday, we had people checking on our needs during the coming storm and offering to help us.  Who do you need to check on?

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

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

For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.” 

~Romans 10:9-10 NLT~

 

 

 

 

Please pray for Tommy Strickland and family as the search continues for Tessie in Colorado.  Also, pray for safety for those who are searching for her.

Almost two weeks later, woman swept away in stream remains missing

https://pinerivertimes.com/articles/106705

 

 

 

Please pray for my lifelong friend, Fay Chadwick Todd, from Roseland.  She is having surgery today in Baton Rouge.  Fay and her family will appreciate your prayers.

 

 

 

David has seen doctors Monday and Tuesday.  He is “hanging in there”.  Yesterday, his blood level was 7.6.  He got the Procrit injection.

 

 

 

Madison was back here last night.  Jennie and Madison are “On the Road Again” traveling to Texas.  Pray they have a good traveling day.

 

 

 

Scripture Writing Plan – “Patience and Perseverance” – Ecclesiastes 3: 11-14.

 

 

 

Ladies, don’t forget to mark you calendars for Monday so you will be in Spring Creek for the Two River’s Quarterly WMU meeting.   Janie Wise will be there!

 

 

 

Thanks for reading and praying today.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

“Please remember what you told your servant Moses: ‘If you are unfaithful to me, I will scatter you among the nations.

But if you return to me and obey my commands and live by them . . . I will bring you back to the place I have chosen for my name to be honored.’” 

~Nehemiah 1:8-9 NLT~

 

 

 

Beth Graham Lee gave a gift with numerous items for boys and girls to Operation Christmas Child at FBC, Kentwood in honor of David.  I thought that was great for OCC and certainly an honor because David firmly believes in OCC because in addition to the gifts they receive, boys and girls around the world in the poorest countries have an opportunity to learn about Jesus.  I think I will have to package some gifts in honor of some people.  You may want to do the same.  I will place the package from Beth on display so you can see it and get some ideas.  School supplies, small games, small puzzles, jump ropes, brushes, plastic dishes, spoons, toothbrushes, flashlights, and other small items would be perfect items to pack.

 

 

 

Scripture Writing Plan – Psalm 25:1-5

 

 

 

Janie Wise, the Louisiana WMU director, will be speaking at the WMU meeting at Spring Creek next Monday morning at 10.  Make a special effort to meet this sweet lady who loves Jesus and loves missions.  She’ll bless your heart.

 

 

 

Let’s get busy and see how many people we can honor by giving gifts to OCC this year.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday

Scripture Writing – “Patience and Perseverance” – Lamentations 3: 22-26

 

 

 

Jimmy R. Williams is scheduled to be released from the hospital.  Pray he will continue to improve at home.

 

 

 

David and some of his many friends will be celebrating their memories today.  Join me in thanking God for David today.  

Anna Lee