For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

~Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)~




From Frances Gay –

Lisa Carrier, who lives in Amite, is in Houston for appointment at M.D. Anderson concerning a mass found in her ovary. She would be appreciative of prayers on her behalf and all concerned. Lisa works at North Oaks in the lab. She has been a friend of my family for many years. Please add her to the prayer list. Thank you

Lisa is one of my former students.  I have enjoyed seeing her and her siblings several times in recent years.  Let’s keep Lisa in our prayers.




Morria Reynolds, father of Deanna Reynolds, will have a leg amputated on 9/4/19.  Your prayers for him and his family will be greatly appreciated.




Caleb Estay is still waiting for a decision about the next medical step.  Pray for him and his family as well as the medical staff of Children’s Hospital.




Gaylon Cutrer continues to improve following his recent hospital stay.  He and his family would appreciate your prayers.





David’s blood level yesterday was 8.0, the highest it has been in two months.  We are thankful for his good report.





Florene Cureton Pate

December 11, 1928 – August 11, 2019

A resident of Fluker, LA, passed away on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born December 11, 1928 in Brownsfield, TX and was 90 years of age. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister. She was a member of Walter T. Ott #217 Order of  Eastern Star and retired from the Louisiana State Tourism Center in Kentwood. Florene was a member of Tangipahoa Baptist Church where she was voted Mother of the Year. She is survived by  husband of 74 years, Robert Pate, Sr.; 4 children, Robbie Lynn Pate, Deborah Pate Ragan (Devon), Lisa Pate Ginn (Grant) and Robert Pate, Jr.; 7 grandchildren, Robert Bridges, Stephanie Novak (Tony), Heather Monoc (Marco), Jessica Westmoreland Stogner (Edward), Kristen Bonds (fiancé, Josh Barnhill), Brandon Kuyrkendall (Zandrea) and Curtis Ginn; 9 great- grandchildren, Madison Bridges, Hadley Doin, Loic Doin, Silas Novak, Arden Novak, Berend Kuyrkendall, Emma Monoc, Leona Kuyrkendall and Eleonor Rose Stogner; twin sister, Lorene Windham. Preceded in death by her 2 daughters, Sarita Pate and Rebecca Pate Bonds; parents, Robert and Rosa Cureton; 2 brothers, Robert and Gene; 3 sisters, Hazel, Doris and Joyce. Visitation at Tangipahoa Baptist Church from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM on Tuesday and from 8:00 AM until religious services at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Services conducted by Rev. Greg Stewart. Interment Tangipahoa Cemetery, Tangipahoa. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.


I saw Mr. Robert Pate a week ago today as I was buying gas for David’s trip to Baton Rouge a week ago today.   We had a sweet visit. He asked us to pray for his wife.  Now, we need to pray for Mr. Robert and other family members.




Adrian Phillips

Arrangements for Adrian Phillips Tuesday 5-9 and Wednesday 8-10 at Pine Ridge Methodist Church in Kentwood, LA.





Build an OCC “Shoebox” online!’




Scripture Writing – August 13 – Isaiah 33:2




Keep the prayers coming.  Your prayers make a big difference in many lives.

Anna Lee



For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

~2 Corinthians 4:6~

“This little light of mine. I’m going to let it shine.”

“Hide it under a bushel, no!”

“Shine all over Kentwood.”

“Let it shine ’till Jesus comes!”

Today, let’s pray for Debbie Wilkinson as she is at MD Anderson.  One test trial will end today and another test trial will begin.  Pray for Debbie to maintain her wonderful attitude and spirit!  Her “light” shines brightly every time I see her.
Last night at church, we talked about El Shaddai, which means “God is sufficient”.  He is!  If you doubt that, use your Bible, phone, or computer to look up verses that tell us God is sufficient.  Find some that speak to your heart and claim them for your own.  Write them in your Bible, around your house, and in your heart!
Two weeks ago, the lab tech who drew David’s labs gave his a bracelet that says “Never Give Up!”.  I wear it because it doesn’t fit him.
Pray for me as we go back today.  Pray that I might pray of each patient at the cancer center that I see.  May each one of them know that “God is enough” to meet every need they have!
Read and Write the Bible Today – Luke 6: 27-31
The Sunday morning church service from my church is available on the church’s Facebook page, “Kentwood First Baptist Church”.  It is available live at 10:30 on Sundays and stays there for you to see as you choose.  I always share it, so it is available on my FB page and the pages of several others.
There is “work in progress”, so please overlook any little problems you see.  They are being addressed so the final product is of good quality.  In the meantime, I know you can get the message and be blessed through the preaching and the singing.
Several other local churches are also broadcasting live, so check them out too.  You will be able to participate in “church” all week long.  I love to use and to see how others use technology to share Jesus with others.  You might find a way to do so too!
Anna Lee


“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” 

~1 Peter 4:10 NIV~



Afters weeks of hospitalization, Mr. Jimmy Tolar is scheduled to come home today.  I can’t promise it will happen, but I certainly hope it does.



Please continue to pray for Mrs. Bessie Hayden.




Read the Bible

  • Jeremiah 21-22
  • Psalm 110:113-120
  • Revelations 7



“Blessed Assurance” – First, focus on those two words.  Dwell in and on the words to this wonderful Fanny Crosby hymn today.  I’ll let you do your own research and locate your own youtube.  

Anna Lee










A friend loves at all times,

and a brother is born for a time of adversity.

~Proverbs 17:17~




Nick Lascaro – Shared by his daughter, Allison Russell

Just wanted to send an update on my dad. He is still in the hospital. As of this morning, It has been determined he has blood clots (substantial) in both lungs.

Josiah Huckaby – Shared by his mom, KK

This has been a very busy month. We saw urology and they said Josiah looks great! We then saw cardiology and his echo showed his pulmonary hypertension had increased to moderate. The cardiologist seemed very surprised because he said he looks so good. They decided to increase one of his meds he had outgrown to see if that makes a difference. We then saw pulmonary and they were also impressed with Josiah’s progress. The most recent appt was with the eye doctor...Josiah will be sporting the cutest little glasses hopefully by the end of the week. 🤓 Both of his eyes have a pretty bad astigmatism so his vision has most likely been distorted. We have been weaning his pressure support (it gives him a little extra support with every breath he takes on his own) since mid-July. We have gone from 10 down to 4.

As far as milestones, he has 8 teeth in & 4 molars that are getting pretty close to being completely in. He is so close to being able to sit up & he has started his own version of “crawling”. It’s definitely not a crawl but it is effective for moving close enough to grab things he shouldn’t. He has had such determination over the last couple of weeks & is really making progress in every area. He has started mimicking faces. He will reach out for us to pick him up if we say come here…but then he gets really tickled & starts belly laughing before we can actually get him out of the bed. He is learning how to brush his teeth. We have been learning some signs & he’s getting really good at signing “mom”. He has been making more talking sounds over his trach. He started chewing on teething toys this week and he is definitely enjoying traveling more this month too. We can’t praise God enough for His faithfulness through this journey He has called us to. It has not been easy but it has definitely been worth it. To God be the glory! 😊





David received a unit on blood Tuesday and had a bone marrow procedure yesterday.  Now, we are “WAITING & TRUSTING”.  Mayo Clinic will be working up the lab results which we expect to receive on the 15th.




John Wilson Vining

September 26, 1926 – October 02, 2018
John W. Vining, a resident of Amite passed away on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at Hood Memorial Hospital in Amite. He was born September 26, 1926 in Welsh, LA and was 92 years of age. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Amite for over 60 years and retired from the U. S. Postal Service after 36 years of service where he was the U. S. Postmaster in Amite, LA from 1965 until 1980. He served in the U. S. Army from 1944 until 1946 where he served in the Military Police Platoon IX Corps. He is survived by his wife, Yvonne Hayden Vining; daughter, Linda V. Husser and husband, Kenneth; son, Ronald Vining and wife, Christina; 6 grandchildren, John A. Husser and wife, Ashley, Jennifer H. Reitz and husband, Joey, Daniel A. Vining and wife, Elizabeth, Blake E. Vining, Brock E. Vining, and Levi W. Vining; 8 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters, Gloria V. Hood, Edwina V. Ballard, and Virgie V. Morgan; brother, David D. Vining. Preceded in death by parents, Edwin J. and Estelle Starns Vining; brothers and sisters, James L. “Jimmie” Vining, Edwin J. Vining, Jr.; Abbie Vining Pasko, Dorothy Vining Vallance, and Juanita Vining Campbell. Pallbearers will be Kenneth D. Husser, Joseph B. Reitz, Jr., John A. Husser, Daniel A. Vining, Blake W. Vining, Joseph B. Reitz, III, and Jeremiah K. Reitz. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Thursday and at First Baptist Church, Amite, from 9 a.m. until Religious Services at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 5, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. Mike Foster and Rev. Trey Waldrop. Interment Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
The Arcola Presbyterian Church does not meet regularly at the Arcola location, but has been meeting once every fall and spring.  Their fall meeting will be Tuesday, October 14th at 4 P.M.  You may be interested in attending a worship service in this lovely, old church.
Read the Bible 
  • Isaiah 66
  • Psalm 119:25-32
  • I John 4



“Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus”



Keep praying for our country!

Anna Lee


But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back.

Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.

~Luke 6:35~


Read the Bible

  • Isaiah 64
  • Psalm 119:9-16
  • I John 3



Cheryl Wilson got a better than expected.  The family gives credit to God and to all their prayer warriors.




We saw Mr. Fernie Ray and “Miss” Carol Jean Gill yesterday at a doctor’s office.  I thank God for her recovery from an awful wreck!  I also thank God for her faithful and loving caregiver.




The senior adult revival went well according to the reports I heard.  Pray for the revival today as they meet at FBC, Greensburg.



“One Day at a Time”  – Thinking of the many people from our area who are sick and the spiritual sickness that is spreading across our country and world, I think this is appropriate for today.




In the midst of a busy time in my life, God has given me an opportunity to speak at an area church.  I pray I can fulfill that request in a way that honors God.



I think some things we do have to be intensional.  Sometimes, finding a way to be a blessing in one of those.  Let’s focus on others and what God wants us to do today.

Anna Lee







                       Above all, love each other deeply,       

              because love covers over a multitude of sins.

~I Peter 4:8~




Read the Bible

  • Isaiah 61
  • Psalm 117
  • 2 Peter 2




This morning I found a new video about the Georgia Barnett Offering.  You may want to see it.  Try my Facebook page.




Songs I Love




Grace Joiner Chadwick

November 27, 1921 – September 26, 2018

Grace Joiner Chadwick, a resident of Roseland passed away on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at St. Helena Parish Nursing Home in Greensburg. She was born November 27, 1921 in Tickfaw and was 96 years of age. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Roseland for 78 years. She is survived by her daughter, Fay Todd and husband, James; son, Bobby Joe Chadwick and wife, Annette; grandchildren, Leticia Brister, Jeffrey Brister, Justin Brister, Robert “Robby” Chadwick, Christina Dupuy and husband, Michael, and Jennifer Bel and husband, John; 10 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Betty Pal, Robert, LA and Gladys Stevens, Burgettstown, PA; 1 brother, Redrick J. Joiner, Loranger; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband, William A. “Shorty” Chadwick; parents, Redrick J. Joiner and Nell Kyzar Joiner; grandson, Elmer Brister, Jr.; great-granddaughter, Amelia Grace; 8 sisters and 3 brothers. Pallbearers will be Justin Brister, Andrew Brister, Waco Bickham, Peyton Bickham, Joel Dupuy, Boddy Chadwick, Colby Chadwick, and Omar Banos. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 10:00AM until religious services at 2:00PM on Saturday, September 29, 2018. Services conducted by John Bel and Rev. Bob Simpson. Interment Arcola-Roseland Cemetery, Roseland. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.


Martha Quinn Traylor

October 21, 1932 – September 26, 2018

Martha Q. Traylor, a resident of Amite, passed away on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at Hood Memorial Hospital in Amite. She was born October 21, 1932 in Oscar, KY and was 85 years of age. She is survived by 4 sons, Edward Dykes, Mt. Hermon, Jackie Dykes and Vicky Wall, Osyka, MS, Jerry Dykes and wife, Kathy, Mt. Hermon, Peyton Travis and wife, Jane, Kentwood; 4 daughters, Shirley Cooper, Paducah, KY, Faye Carney, Bolivar, Ruthie Dykes, Bolivar, and Lila Watson and husband, David, Sr., Wilmer; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, Thomas James Traylor; 6 sons, Eugene Travis, William Dykes, Carl Ray Dykes, Tommy Lane Dykes, Jimmy W. Dykes, Sr. and Phillip “Philcole” Dykes; parents, Henry and Eunice Cooper; and numerous brothers and sisters. Visitation at Greenlaw Baptist Church, Kentwood, from 10:00AM until religious services at 12:00 Noon on Monday, October 1, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. Randel Carmardelle, Rev. E. J. Didone, and Rev. Melvin Rushing. Interment Tangipahoa Cemetery, Tangipahoa. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.




Quote that I ran across yesterday –

Love the people

God gave you

Because He will

Need them back

One day.

I have a long list of people I have loved who no longer walk the face of this earth.  Some were family member, but others were special friends.  Once they are gone from this earth, I can only plan to see them in heaven one day, but when I get there it will be wonderful to again see all of these people who touched my life.  We have to invest our lives in others to realize how important they are to us.



Oh, what precious memories I cherish!

Anna Lee





The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;  

it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.

~Lamentations 3:25-26~



Mrs. Bessie Broom Hayden has had her foot removed.  She’s got spunk and has already begun to plan on how she will be walking again soon.  Keep praying for her and watching for her return to church.



Wednesday is the day students are encouraged to “Bring your Bible to School”.  Let’s keep Christ in our schools!



We live in a troubled world.  Our Christians values are not seen in “the world”, but we should cling to them tightly.  We each need to cling to what we know to be right and the one who paid it all for us.

“In Times Like These”



Read the Bible

  • Reflect on God’s Kindness
  • Catch up on any reading you may have missed this week.



May this Monday be the beginning of a good week for you.

Anna Lee