Wednesday

“Give all your worries and cares to God,

for he cares about you.”

~1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)~

 

 

 

Today marks three weeks David and I have been quarantined.  I never dreamed this would happen to us, but it is better to be safe, than sorry.  We didn’t start with a number of days in mind, just the idea of taking each day as it comes.  This is one of those times when we don’t need/want to see the long-term future.  Continue to pray for all involved in fighting the Coronavirus.

 

 

 

Please continue to pray for Matt Travis.

 

 

 

Smiley Conerly is having some change in treatment.  Pray this is beneficial.  He’s home and thankful to be there.

 

 

 

Ryan “Rufus” Williams, from Spring Creek, seems to be improving.  Please continue to pray for him.

 

 

 

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Tonight, at 6 P.M., FBC, Kentwood will broadcast the Wednesday night prayer meeting.  I hope you will be able to join them and pray for them.  Thanks to those who make it possible for us to join with them.

 

 

 

I have a project for those of you who are interested in helping with Operation Christmas Child and who have some old t-shirts at home.  That probably will describe most of us.

These would be great in our “Shoeboxes” this year.  You can make them now and keep them at your home for now.

T-shirt pom-poms – https://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/t-shirt-pom-poms-tutorial

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – April 1

  • Deuteronomy 18:1- 20:20
  • Luke 9:28-50
  • Psalm 73:1-28
  • Proverbs 12:10

 

 

I think you might enjoy this video on the miracles of Jesus.

 

 

 

 

Thanks for reading and praying.  I hope The Prayer Link is meaningful during this time.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.

Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?”

~Matthew 6:25 (NIV)~

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – March 31

  • Deuteronomy 16:1-17:20
  • Luke 9:7-27
  • Psalm 72:1-20
  • Proverbs 12:8-9

 

 

Song of the Day 

  • “The Doxology”
  • “In Times Like These”
  • “One Day at a Time”
  • “Make Me a Blessing”
  • “In His Hands”
  • “Til the Storm Passes By”
  • “His Eye is on the Sparrow”
  • “Near to the Heart of God”
  • “They’ll Know We are Christians (by our love)”
  • “Victory in Jesus”
  • “There’s Something about that Name”
  • “The Joy of the Lord is My Strength”
  • “No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus”
    • I would love to tell you what I think of Jesus,
      Since I found in Him a friend so strong and true;
      I would tell you how He changed my life completely,
      He did something that no other friend could do.

      No one ever cared for me like Jesus,
      There’s no other friend so kind as He;
      No one else could take the sin and darkness from me,
      O how much He cared for me.

      All my life was full of sin when Jesus found me,
      All my heart was full of misery and woe;
      Jesus placed His strong and loving arms about me,
      And He led me in the way I ought to go.

      No one ever cared for me like Jesus,
      There’s no other friend so kind as He;
      No one else could take the sin and darkness from me,
      O how much He cared for me.

      Ev’ry day He comes to me with new assurance,
      More and more I understand His words of love;
      But I’ll never know just why He came to save me,
      Till some day I see His blessed face above.

      No one ever cared for me like Jesus,
      There’s no other friend so kind as He;
      No one else could take the sin and darkness from me,
      O how much He cared for me.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lg9c8EhLw4

 

 

 

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From Ginger Miller Hutto:

In the midst of turbulent times, God sends unspeakable joy!
Welcome JOHN LEVI MCELVEEN!
March 27, 2020. 8:45 am. 7 lbs 11 oz. 21 in long. Our 6th grandchild!

 

 

Buddy Morris has had some issues which led to an adjustment of medication.  Pray this works out for him.

 

 

 

Henry McKenzie has a brother, Marion, who is hospitalized in Hattisburg,  Pray for him and his family,

 

 

 

Dennis Price has been in North Oaks and will get a defibrillator today.  Pray this is helpful to Dennis’ health.

 

 

 

 

Today is the day we were to leave home to travel to our grandson’s military graduation from the Air Force boot camp.  Needless to say, none of the families will be represented.  Graduation will be a hard day for the graduates and their families.  Let’s not focus on ourselves, but on others today.

Today, we can use prayer as a weapon in helping ourselves and others through this virus experience,  Set your clocks to remind you to pray each hour.  Choose one of the requests listed below to be your focus for that hour.  The next hour, choose another one.  Pray.  Take your mind off yourself as you pray for others.  If you have your television on, you can use the commercials as signals to pray.  Find a method to pray regularly throughout this day.

Focus on the needs of others.

  • Pray for the young people like those in this group as they move on to the next step.
  • Pray for students who won’t graduate in May as planned.
  • Pray for couples who postponed weddings.
  • Pray for families who had a death and cannot receive the normal support from others.
  • Pray for students who were not able to get home during this time.
  • Pray for sick people who have no loved ones to sit with them.
  • Pray for people who live alone and who have not heard from anyone in a long time.
  • Pray for people who are sick and unsure about going to the doctor/hospital.
  • Pray for healthcare workers who go in for another day at their worksite.
  • Pray for pastors as they attempt to minister to their “flock” in creative ways.
  • Pray for churches to be a “shining light” in their communities.
  • Pray for grandparents and grandchildren who cannot see each other.
  • Pray for parents who are healthcare workers and who have seen the need to pass their children on to another relative for this time period.
  • Pray for teens and young adults who do not realize the seriousness of the situation.
  • Pray for new parents who are entrusted by God with a baby at this time.
  • Pray for low-wage workers who are called in to work without protective gear.
  • Pray for healthcare workers who have to go into homes where the virus is thriving.
  • Pray for those who do not have adequate food at this time.
  • Pray for those who have spend their money on other things, not necessities.
  • ETC.

 

 

Remember to pray regularly today!

Anna Lee

Thursday

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

~Proverbs 3: 5-7~

 

 

 

Hospitals have new rules because of Covid-19.  They include not having any visitors or family members there with patients.  Thinking about my family members who have been hospitalized, I cannot imagine this.  It’s a case of heart vs. common sense.  Pray for people to have understanding and common sense about this change in policy.  This was the case this week with David’s nephew who had neck surgery in Baton Rouge.  When new rules “hit home”, we sometimes have a harder time appreciating them.

 

 

 

Pray for Dr. Ben Trappey, who grew up in Kentwood. as he is beginning three weeks of working in a COVID – 19 center.  He asks for your prayers.

 

 

 

Please add Ryan “Rufus” Williams to your prayer list.  He’s in North Oaks due to pneumonia.

 

 

 

Keith Newell is recovering from removal of a kidney.  Yesterday, he learned the one that was removed was cancerous.  Thank God for Keith’s surgery and good progress in recovering from the surgery, as well as the decision to remove the whole kidney.

 

 

 

Pray for Danielle Hammons Thornton’s infant niece, Charlotte, who will be having heart surgery in New Orleans today.

 

 

 

Pray for our healthcare workers, the biggest heroes of this Convid-19 pandemic.

 

 

 

Pray for all the new homeschool teachers.  Let’s pray they can give the time and the patience their children/students need.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – March 26th

  • Deuteronomy 5:1-6:25
  • Luke 7:11-35
  • Psalm 68:19-35
  • Proverbs 11:29-31

 

 

 

 Today’s hymn is “Near to the Heart of God”, my grandmother’s favorite.

  • “The Doxology” 
  • “In Times Like These”
  • “One Day at a Time”
  • “Make Me a Blessing”
  • “In His Hands”
  • “Til the Storm Passes By”
  • “His Eye is on the Sparrow”
  • Near to the Heart of God”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UnFNHWJ0tA

 

 

Baptist Presshttp://www.bpnews.net/

 

Real crisis of COVID-19 still to come

http://www.bpnews.net/54522/stetzer-real-crisis-of-covid19-still-to-come

 

 

 

Feel free to send your prayer requests for me to share.  

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

“God does speak—

sometimes one way and sometimes another—

even though people may not understand it.”

~Job 33:14 (NCV)~

 
David and I have completed two weeks of quarantine.  It’s not totally different from our regular routine.  The road certainly does seem empty out here!  It’s a lot quieter than just our normal “peaceful”.  Join with me in praying for others to remain in quarantine and slow down the spread of Coronavirus.

 

 

 

I’m so thankful churches have stepped up and are posting sermons or services online.  I already have a list of Wednesday night services I want to watch.  You can’t do that when you have to attend in person.  Let’s continue to look for the “silver linings”.  The Methodist church is requesting all members stop at noon today and say the Lord’s Prayer.  I’m sure they won’t mind if some non-Methodists join in with them.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – March 25

  • Deuteronomy 4:1-49
  • Luke 6:39-7:10
  • Psalm 68:1-18
  • Proverbs 11:28

 

 

 

 

Baptist Press –  http://www.bpnews.net/

 

 

Baptist Messagehttps://baptistmessage.com/

 

 

Continuing my song list today . . .

  • “The Doxology” 
  • “In Times Like These”
  • “One Day at a Time”
  • “Make Me a Blessing”
  • “In His Hands”
  • “Til the Storm Passes By”
  • “His Eye is on the Sparrow” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gua-NE8y8lE

This was done in 1952.  It seems so appropriate today!  Maybe, today is a                               good day to teach this song to some of our younger generation.

I trust parents are building strong children with strong faith during this                                 time.

 

 

 

During this time when patients cannot have family members with them in hospitals, doctor offices, clinics, nursing homes, etc. it is very hard on the patients and the family.  It’s also hard on families when there is a death and the services are so limited.

 

 

Encourage someone today!

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

Friday

Today is day ten of our quarantine which was imposed by our children.  I see many more ahead.  We certainly have wise children who look out for us.  I’m glad I have several Operation Christmas Child crafts I can work on at this time.

 

 

 

Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;

do not fret—it leads only to evil. 

For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.

~Psalm 37:8-9~

 

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – March 20

  • Numbers 30:1-31:54
  • Luke 4:1-30
  • Psalm 63:1-11
  • Proverbs 11:20-21

 

 

Rev. Glynn Stone a former pastor at West Rome (GA) Baptist Church and present pastor in Longview, TX was killed in an automobile accident.  Please pray for the family, especially as they face the same Caron Virus issues we are all facing.

https://www.news-journal.com/news/mobberly-baptist-pastor-glynn-stone-dies-in-auto-wreck/article_50ac45e8-6a38-11ea-b873-effe4fe7ad87.html?fbclid=IwAR37gB21pbthYBthvxYc-Yg1H9l5kzyWEZU_S-Ybm4030Jig3f7_hQKjTLo

We were blessed to have met and heard this mission minded pastor while he was in GA.

 

 

Josiah Huckaby is back at the hospital.

And in the blink of an eye…we are back in the hospital!

We went for an appointment in Memphis today & he started having some respiratory trouble. They went ahead & sent us home from clinic but told us to come back to the ER if he got worse. Half way home he got really flushed looking & was having more trouble. We checked his temp & it was 104.6 so we turned around & came back to the ER. I always have Tylenol with us so we gave that & by the time we got back to Memphis his temp was down to 101.9 and was at 100.5 about 2 hours ago. So far his X-ray shows pneumonia in his left lung, they have started antibiotics, & they are running some tests to determine if he has a bacterial or viral infection. We are still in the ER but hopefully we will be in a room soon.

To God be the glory! Job Huckaby

 

 

 

Keith Newell is able to move around some following his Tuesday surgerty.  His nurse wife has been an asset to his recovery.  She was sent home from the hospital last night.  It is doubtful she will be allowed back in today.

 

 

 

Joseph Anthony Liuzza

July 22, 1943 – March 18, 2020

Joseph Anthony (Joe Joe) Liuzza, born in Amite, LA on July 22, 1943, passed away peacefully at age 76 on March 18, 2020 at North Oaks Regional Medical Center in Hammond, LA.

Joe was a successful sales person and entrepreneur throughout his life. From owning and operating a campground and recreation park, to bars, restaurants and many other business ventures, he always poured his heart into his endeavors. Friends and family would tell you that Joe was “real”. Ask him what he thought about a subject and he would tell you…. like it or not!

Joe is preceded in death by his parents, Steve Paul Liuzza and Catherine Rispone Liuzza.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years and caregiver for many more, Elaine Swinney Liuzza; children, Chris Liuzza and wife, Connie, David V. Liuzza and wife, Stacey, Melissa Liuzza McCallister and husband, Luther, Cathy Liuzza McCallister and husband, Roland; Grandchildren, Lindsey, Steven, Carolyn, Jake, Cristian and Brecca; brothers, Jack V. Liuzza and wife, Fay and Steve P. Liuzza; nephew Anthony V. Liuzza.

Joe’s wishes of no funeral or memorial services has been honored by his family. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date at his home in Amite for the immediate family.

Sharkey Funeral Home in Summit, MS in charge of arrangements.

Share condolences at sharkeyfuneralhome.com

 

 

 

PAULETTE “POLLY” STEVENS DIBENEDETTO

Paulette “Polly” Stevens DiBenedetto, a resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at the Post Acute Medical Specialty Hospital of Hammond surrounded by her family. She was born December 9, 1959 in Amite and was 60 years of age. She retired from Hood Automotive in Amite. She was married to the love of her life for 35 years and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend to all. She is survived by her husband, Anthony G. DiBenedetto; 2 sons, Dustin A. DiBenedetto and Brody S. DiBenedetto; 1 grandson, Jude E. DiBenedetto; sister, Linda S. Cutrer and fiancé, Chester Pritchett; brother, J.D. Stevens and wife, Toni S. Stevens; and nephews, Bruce “Binky” E. Cutrer, II, Jerod R. Stevens, and Jace D. Stevens; niece, Keeli L. Cutrer; and great-niece, Laney R. Stevens. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jimmie L. “Rip” Stevens and Mary Nicosia Stevens. Due to the extenuating circumstances caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic, the services will be limited to immediate family members only. Interment will be in Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite.

 

 

 

Church will be livestreamed only!  We will not be attending services at FBC, Kentwood for a while, but all services will be available on the Kentwood, First Baptist Church FB page.   You can watch services in real time or any time you choose.

  • Sunday @ 10:30 A.M. and 6 P.M.
  • Wednesday @ 6 P.M.

I’m thankful my church has been doing this for a while and has worked through some of the problems that arose. 

We will not have Sunday School at this time, but you certainly can use your present book and study on your own.

 

 

 

I have a thought.  Each day choose one word (faith, peace. love, hope, compassion, etc.) each day.  Look that word up in your Bible, phone, computer, etc.  Make an entry in a notebook information you gain and how that word applies to you at this time.

We are in this together.  Don’t forget to check on others via phone or computer.  Person visits are not good at this time.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

Stay in unless you HAVE to get out.  David and I have found a little ride, with no stops, helps us some afternoons.  We are blessed to be able to continue David’s medical treatment during this time.  I will be sitting in the car while he goes in Ochsner alone.

Anna Lee    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

3 John 1:4

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – March 18

  • 8 Numbers 26:52-28:15
  • Luke 3:1-22
  • Psalm 61:1-8
  • Proverbs 11:16-17

 

 

Buddy Morris‘ procedure went well yesterday.  He (and Eleanor) will probably stay today and tomorrow before he can come home.

 

 

 

Keith Newell’s surgery did not go as well as hoped for.  Complications are never in our plans, but sometimes have to be worked through.  Pray for Keith and his family as they deal with the current situation.

 

 

 

A good thought – Samaritan’s Purse has already delivered a 68 bed hospital to Italy to help with the fight against the Corona virus.  I have mainly told you about their “shoebox” program, but they do so much more.  When you consider which groups to support, Samaritan’s Purse is always one of the very good ones.

 

 

 

Good, updated, timely, Christian news: Baptist Press

http://www.bpnews.net/

 

 

 

Lessons from Job:

  • That he is good and loving (Job 10:12)
  • That he is all-powerful (Job 36:22, 37:5, 23)
  • That he notices every detail of your life (Job 23:10, 31:4)
  • That he is in control (Job 34:13)
  • That he has a plan for your life (Job 23:14)
  • That he will protect you (Job 5:11)

Whatever is going on in your life today, choose to honor God in faith.

 

 

 

I know we are all aware of washing our hands and doing so for an adequate amount of time, 20 seconds.  I have heard of singing my ABC’s, singing “Happy Birthday”, but the song I have been using is “The Doxology”.  It gives me an adequate time period and some powerful thoughts about God.

https://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Doxology/

 

Let’s remember who is in charge today!

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

A psalm of David.

The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.

He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

~Psalm 23:1-3 (NIV)~

 

 

 

Pray for Buddy and Eleanor Morris today as he has a procedure done at North Oaks.

 

 

 

Laura Robertson is progressing since her surgery.  She passed a swallow test yesterday.  If all goes well today, she should be able to return home tomorrow.

 

 

 

Pray for Keith Newell as he has a kidney removed today.

 

 

 

James Otis Morgan

  • April 23, 1939 – March 14, 2020
  • Amite, Louisiana

James Otis Morgan passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2020, in Covington, Louisiana, at the age of 80. He was born on Sunday, April 23, 1939 in Kentwood, Louisiana to the late Bernice and Clarence Morgan. He was a resident of Amite, Louisiana.

James was a professor in the mathematics department of Southeastern Louisiana University for 33 years. He also flew a number of rescue missions with the Civil Air Patrol, and was a music director at many Baptist churches over the years. James was a private pilot, as well as a lover of model airplanes, which he flew often.

James is survived by his wife, Virgie Morgan; sons, Scott Morgan (Kay) and John Allen Morgan (Andrea); step-sons, Philip Morgan, Greg Morgan (Rhonda), and Paul Morgan (Sandy); sister, Clara King (Alvin); grandchildren, Jason Morgan (Madison), Matthew, Maya, and Miki Morgan, Kyle Morgan (Alanna), Kaley Knapp (Mike), Kelsie Graham (Caleb), and Zachary Morgan; four great-grandchildren; niece, Erin Miles (Casey); and great-nephew, Matthais.

In addition to his parents, James is also preceded in death by his first wife, Jane Morgan, and two grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Hammond, 2000 N. Morrison Boulevard, Hammond, Louisiana 70401, on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM. The visitation will continue the following day, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at the funeral home, beginning at 9:00 AM until the funeral service begins at 11:00 AM.

Interment will follow in Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood, Louisiana.

 

 

 

Cindy Ann Snow

January 04, 1954 – March 14, 2020

A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Hood Memorial Hospital in Amite, LA. She was born January 4, 1954 in New Orleans, LA and was 66 years of age. She is survived by Children, Dawn Allemore and husband, Reese, Shane Matherne and wife, Katie, Farren Matherne, Jr., Shelby Snow, Kristen Snow and Tracee Rodriguez and husband Bobby; 8 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; 2 brothers, Richard Brandt, Jr. and wife, Pearl and Jerry Brandt and wife Bonnie; brother-in-law, Tony Viola. Preceded in death by her husband, Tisdale Snow; parents, Margaret and Richard Brandt; sister, Margaret Viola; 1 brother, Bobby Brandt. Visitation at Spring Creek Baptist Church from 9:00AM until religious services at 12:00PM on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Services conducted by Dr. Danny Smith. Interment Wilmer Cemetery, Amite, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – March 16

  • Numbers 24:1-25:18
  • Luke 2:1-35
  • Psalm 59:1-17
  • Proverbs 11:14

 

 

Don’t sit in front of the TV all day and watch the news about the Carona Virus.  Do productive things.

  • Cook something new.
  • Work in the yard.
  • Enjoy the spring flowers.
  • Take a ride just to be out and riding.
  • Call and check on your friends and neighbors.
  • Write encouraging notes.
  • Make something for the OCC “shoeboxes”.
  • Do some online shopping for OCC “shoeboxes”.
  • Call or message your grandchildren,
  • Ask school age kid and grandkids about their school projects and activities this week.
  •  Spend some extra time reading your Bible.
  • Say extra prayers for those with special needs,
  • Thank a medical worker.
  • Encourage your church staff.
  • Read your Bible.

 

 

Baptist Presshttp://www.bpnews.net/

 

 

Be thankful for this day and the opportunities, even challenges, that will come to you today.

Anna Lee