“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
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


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




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







11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 

12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

~Matthew 2:11-12~

Today, I ask for continued prayers for the Strickland family.  The flu situation is better, thankfully.  Phillip is home and recovering from his surgery.  Phillip’s dad, Mike, fell and broke some bones in his neck.  He’s hospitalized in Jackson, MS now.  Sometimes, like can present some difficult times.  Please pray the Stricklands through this one, please.

Miss Fay Shoemaker will be moving to Atlanta.  A going-away reception for her will be Tuesday, January 2 at 3 P.M. in the fellowship hall of FBC, Kentwood.  Everyone is invited to attend.


Read the Bible – You choose the passage(s) today.


Baptist Press


Waylon Bailey’s “Finishing the Story” –


If you are not prepared for cold weather, get prepared today.  If you are prepared. check on others that may need your help.

Anna Lee






“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”

~1 Timothy 2:1-2~


I have a special request for a family that I choose not to name at this time.  Pray for a family that we have known for a long time.

Mrs. Anne Hurst is back at home.  Please keep praying for her.


Read the Bible – Act 17-18 and Psalm 127


I’ve followed Alan Smith’s posts for many years.  He has inspired me with the way he shared God’s Word.  I’ve only known his through his posts, but I feel we share many aspects of our faith. This is the one he posted for today.

Personal note:  It is with a great deal of sadness that I announce that this is the last TFTD message that I will be sending out.  For the past 20 years or so, I have been sending out TFTD, sometimes as often as five times a week.  During those 20 years, I have been blessed to have the opportunity to establish a relationship with thousands of people around the world, from the United States to Nigeria, from Scotland to Australia, from China to Antarctica (yes, really!).  Your words of encouragement through the years have been a tremendous blessing to me.  Many of you helped me get through a really tough time in my life, and for that I will be eternally grateful.  But it is time for TFTD to come to an end.  I believe that God has other plans for me, and my attention needs to be focused in other directions.  From time to time, I will still post a blog on our church website (, and you are welcome to keep an eye on that (and make comments!).  For all that you have done for me, and for all the ways that you have blessed my life, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I am truly blessed with wonderful friends.  May God richly pour out His blessings on you all.

“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 1:24-25)

=====  Thursday’s Thought For The Day (Oct. 12, 2017)  =====


I heard about a farmer who was detained for questioning about an election scandal.   The attorney asked him, “Did you sell your vote?”

The farmer said, “No sir, not me.  I voted for that there fella ’cause I liked him.”

The attorney said, “Come, now, I have evidence that he gave you fifty dollars for a vote.”

The farmer said, “Well, now, it’s plain common sense that when a fella gives you fifty dollars you like him.”

I suppose that’s one way to define a friend.  In fact, Solomon said, “Many entreat the favor of the nobility, and every man is a friend to one who gives gifts.” (Proverbs 19:6).

But, a true friend involves a depth of relationship.  It’s someone you enjoy doing things with, someone you enjoy talking with, someone you wouldn’t hesitate to turn to in times of need.  I like how I once heard someone describe a friend as someone you could call at 2:00 a.m. if you needed something.  Solomon lets us know how important friends are in the difficult times of life:

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.  For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.  But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.  Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone?  Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.  And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

Give thanks to God for the friends who are a blessing in your life.  And let those friends know how special they are to you!

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Cruciform Church of Christ
Spring Lake, North Carolina

You are such a blessing in my life.  I look forward to sharing with you each day.

Anna Lee