For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom,

and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

~1 Corinthians 1:25~

I don’t know God’s plans, but I know He has plans and is in control.




Please add Rene Deck Terrell to you prayer list.  She fell at home over a week ago when she tripped over a stool and has some bad cuts and bruises.  Pray for her as she sits and heals while thinking of things she had planned to do.




Please pray for Stan and Bettany Simmons young son, Ollie, who is facing surgery today on a knee infection that has been hard to diagnose.  You can pray based on that limited information.  Tommy and Wanda Simmons can fill you in if you ask them.




David and I have been quarantined for six and a half weeks.  I never thought that would happen to us, but it has and it is not bad.  The future length of the quarantine for us is likely to be longer than for most of you, but we just take this one day at a time.  Join us in praying for all those who are fighting the Covid – 19 virus and all those who are caring for them.




Read the Bible in 2020 – April 25th

  • Judges 4:1-5:31
  • Luke 22:35-53
  • Psalm 94:1-23
  • Proverbs 14:3-4
  • If you get behind a little, just keep reading.  You can read extra and catch up, finish in over a year, or simple enjoy and learn from the parts you do read.  Either way, you will benefit from reading.
  • If you read and check-off the “yellow page” you received at church, you know you will be needing a new list at the end of next week.  Please check with “Miss” Janice at the church office for the next page next week.



Pray for the disaster relief teams working just north of us in McComb.  They are doing a good job of helping people get their homes and lives back after the rounds of tornados we have had recently.  If you know someone who is working, give them a special thanks.  If you are trained and available, contact LA Baptist Disaster Relief and volunteer.  If you would like to provide something to the teams, you can also call LA Baptist Disaster Relief.




Once again, the weekly services from FBC, Kentwood will not be open for you to attend.  However, you can join them via Facebook or YouTube.  Sunday services are at 10:30 and 6:00 with Wednesday’s service at 6 P.M.




Baptist Press

I think this is a great five day/week news source.  It focuses on things that are eternally meaningful.

Anna Lee
















Palm Sunday

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

~John 1:29~




Today, is Palm Sunday.  Even though our churches are closed today, you’ll have lots of opportunities to worship via television, computer, and phone.  Be sure to make that a part of your service.

FBC, Kentwood will be live-streaming at 10:30 this morning on Facebook (Kentwood First Baptist Church).




Please pray for Dr. Tom Higginbothan.  This is a message I received last night from Janie Wise, the state director for WMU.

Good evening, ladies,

As you pray this evening and in the morning, please pray for Dr. Tom Higginbotham, pastor in Eastern Louisiana Association and for Patti (associational WMU director) and their family.  Bro. Tom had a heart attack this afternoon and will have by-pass surgery tomorrow morning, beginning between 6:00-8:00 am, in Baton Rouge.  It is a lengthy surgery.  The surgeon feels good about the surgery, but, of course, could not go further than that.  Because of COVID-19, Patti had to leave him at ER and sat in the parking lot through the heart cath, having conversations by phone with the doctors afterwards. She is planning to participate in worship, on line, with their church, then return to the parking lot tomorrow afternoon. It will help to keep her mind occupied when she can do so little else.  Dr. Richard Blue, associational missions strategist, is keeping me informed.

Patti and I prayed together on the phone; so as you pray, pray for Patti to trust God in this (she has a strength of faith that has always amazed me). Pray for healing and return to health.  Pray for their daughters and their families.  Pray for the church family at Don Avenue Baptist.  And pray for the doctor; Patti has already assured him that this family has deep trust in God and has already begun praying that God would lead his hands.

Cards can be sent to Bro. Tom and Patti at 32400 Walker North Rd., Walker, LA 70785.

Janie. R. Wise

Women’s Missions & Ministry Strategist

Louisiana Baptists

318.449.4267, 318.448.3402 or 800.622.6549

Cell 318.446.5263

Facebook:  Louisiana Baptist Women

                    Louisiana Baptists Missions and Ministry



Read the Bible in 2020 – April 5

  • Deuteronomy 28:1-68
  • Luke 11:14-36
  • Psalm 77:1-20
  • Proverbs 12:18



I am a ruler follower.  Today’s rules include:

  • staying at home
  • washing your hands frequently
  • remembering you are trying to stay well
  • patiently waiting for this Coronavirus to run its course
  • praying
  • turning it all over to God

Anna Lee


“When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you.

When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown!

When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up—the flames will not consume you.”

~Isaiah 43:2 (TLB)~




Read the Bible in 2020 – April 4

  • Deuteronomy 26:1-27:26
  • Luke 10:38-11:13
  • Psalm 76:1-12
  • Proverbs 12:15-17



Baptist Press



Today, I want to look on the positive side of the Coronavirus.

  • Lucus, Debra Sitman’s grandson, got “negative” on his test.  Additional testing is continuing.
  • Ryan “Rufus” Williams is leaving North Oaks and going to rehab today
  • David and I are both able to hold our breath for ten seconds this morning.
  • We had three good meals here at home yesterday.
  • His medicine that needs to be approved every three months was approved and picked up.
  • We are removing plants from the greenhouse.
  • Garden bulb plants I have planted the last few years have made for a colorful yard.
  • David is much better!  Every day is a gift!
  • Our oldest grandson was flown to his next base to begin training.
  • We talked with him for 25 minutes after his graduation Thursday.
  • Our other grandchildren are able to complete schoolwork from home.
  • Boyd, Jennie, and Becki can continue their work from home.
  • A lady who works with Jason and who had the virus is better.
  • Jason is very careful at his office and when he gets home.
  • The weather has been beautiful!
  • We can still get news about the virus any time of the day.
  • Our vehicles have gas and are ready to roll.
  • Our phone enables us to connect with friends and family.
  • I have supplies to do OCC work for “shoeboxes” when I choose.
  • Samaritan’s Purse and other organizations are out on the battlefront.
  • Nurse and doctors voluntarily face the disease every shift.
  • Help is available if we need it.
  • The pantry and freezers are full.
  • Traffic is almost nonexistent.
  • Church services are available from numerous churches online.
  • We are thankful to be Americans.
  • God is still on His throne and looking out for all of us.


What are you most thankful for today?

Anna Lee


“Go into all the world and preach the gospel.”

~Mark 16:15~


May God continue to open the eyes of Christians, letting them see the mission opportunities that abound at this time.  It is great how much Christian organizations are so beneficial in times such as this.  I love hearing and seeing their work on television and in ptint.




Baptist Press





Yesterday, I found this song. but chose not to publish it.  Today, after finding this Scripture, I decided I needed to publish them at the same time.

Heal Our Land

If my people will humble themselves
Humble themselves and pray
If they seek my face and humble themselves
And turn from their wicked ways

I will hear from heaven and forgive their sins
I will hear from heaven and heal their land

Lord, heal our land
Father, heal our land
Hear our cry and turn our nation back to You
Lord, heal our land
Hear us oh, Lord, and heal our land
Forgive our sin and heal our broken land

Lord, we vow our knee, we humble ourselves
Humble ourselves and pray
Lord, we seek your face and humble ourselves
And turn from my wicked ways

Father in Your mercy, forgive our sins
Father in Your mercy, come heal our land

Lord, heal our land
Father, heal our land
Hear our cry and turn our nation back to You
Lord, heal our land
Hear us oh, Lord, and heal our land
Forgive our sin and heal our broken land

Lord, heal our land
Father, heal our land
Hear our cry and turn our nation back to You
Lord, heal our land
Hear us oh, Lord, and heal our land
Forgive our sin and heal our broken land

(Lord, heal our land
Father, heal our land)
Hear our cry and heal our broken land

The chorus was used as an anthem in the hymnal I was using.  I think we can benefit from using the chorus as a prayer.





Read the Bible in 2020 – April 3

  • Deuteronomy 23:1-25:19
  • Luke 10:13-37
  • Psalm 75:1-10
  • Proverbs 12:12-14




Yesterday, we missed the graduation of one of our grandsons, but got to watch it on the computer screen.  We even got to hear hiss voice the the first time in weeks.  I’m thankful to technology in so many ways at this time.  Please pray for all the young airmen as they continue their training in various places.




Joseph Anthony Farace, Jr.

Died: April 1, 2020

“The lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want” – Psalm 23
Joseph was born in Hammond, Louisiana April 10, 1959. He passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at his residence in Tickfaw, Louisiana. He loved spending time with his grandchildren more than anything, making sure everyone had a full stomach when leaving and drinking coffee with friends. Joseph is survived by children: Brennon Farace (Brianne) of Poplarville, MS; Brooke Farace of Baton Rouge, LA; and Brock Farace of Amite, LA; a brother, Daniel Farace of Tickfaw, LA; a sister, Marilyn Farace Lejuene (Timothy) of Tickfaw, LA; and niece Abby Lejuene; his four grandchildren, Baelyn Farace, Rhett Diamond, Blaine Honore and newest bundle of joy West Farace. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Anthony Farace Sr., and mother Mary Grace Morales Farace, sister, Melissa Farace and nephew Samuel Lejuene. Due to COVID-19 his service and memorial mass will be held at a later date.



Stay at home.  Use a mask when you have to go anywhere.  Wash your hands frequently.  Let’s help this time get over sooner, rather than later.

Anna Lee






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”



Baptist Press


Real crisis of COVID-19 still to come




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

Anna Lee





Happy Lord’s Day!

[The Armor of God]

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

~Ephesians 6:10-11 (NIV)~




Read the Bible in 2020 – March 22

  • Numbers 33:40-35:34
  • Luke 5:12-28
  • Psalm 65:1-13
  • Proverbs 11:23



Bro. Stan Statham posted a video for us to watch about a prayer line.




World Down Syndrome Day 2020 & Josiah Huckaby

Not how we planned to spend it. We didn’t get to wear our cute shirts or crazy socks but we did have fun. Although we sure are missing daddy! I’m just glad technology allows us the opportunity to see each other during hospital stays.

Josiah has definitely been making improvements on his oxygen. They did quite a bit of weaning today. Hopefully he will continue to do well on the new oxygen settings tonight.

To God be the glory! 💙💛💙💛💙



Joey “Buck” Cutrer

November 03, 1957 – March 20, 2020

A resident of Livingston, LA, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2020 at his home. He was born November 3, 1957 in Clinton, LA and was 62 years of age. He was a loving father and grandfather that would do anything for anyone. He was a kind hearted soul that is now at peace. He is survived by 2 sons, Joey Cutrer and Drew Alan Cutrer and wife, Lauren; granddaughter, Ava Cutrer; brother, Ric Cutrer and wife, Donna; sister, MaryJo Cutrer; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Carly Lou Cutrer; and parents, Joe and Mary Lou Cutrer. Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the funeral and viewing will be private. Arrangements are entrusted to McKneely Funeral Home, Amite. For an online guestbook, visit




Saint Elmo Saxon, Jr.

February 22, 1943 – March 20, 2020

A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2020 at home surrounded by his family. He was born February 22, 1943 in Foxworth, MS and was 77 years of age. He was a husband, father, brother and friend who was better known as Daddy, Honey, Elmo or simply “Saint.” He was a man of many talents, loved the outdoors and was an American patriot having served in the U. S. Army. His world was his family showing his love every day with his abounding love. He traveled throughout the world, many times alone, sometimes with his love and family,  bringing back many stories and souvenirs from the trips. Being a man that loved to work, he taught his work ethic to anyone who would loan him a hand, follow him around, learning with every step. If you were lucky enough to attend a Saxon gathering where family and friends were, you caught him in his glory. He is survived by his wife, Kay Crawford Saxon; 3 daughters, Milissa Pirnar, Tissie Gorman, and  Angela Saxon; son, Chris Saxon and his wife, Brigitte Saxon; grandchildren, Brugge Gorman, Dillon Gorman, Skylar Pirnar, Noah Steptore, Domonique Pierce, Anna Barber, Stone Saxon, and River Saxon; great-grandchildren, Abygayle, Anslee and Aniston Rae Barber; 2 sisters, Linda Russell and Mary Johnson; brother, John Wayne Saxon. Preceded in death by parents, Saint Elmo Saxon, Sr. and Johnnie Mae Forbes Saxon; son, Brian O’Neal Saxon; daughter, Tina Marie Saxon; and brother, Linnie Saxon. Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the funeral and viewing will be private. For an online guestbook, visit




Most of us will be at home today and watching our church service via live-streaming video.  Many will not have the opportunity to attend a Sunday School class.  There are several option:

  • Each person prepares their lesson and discusses it.
  • One person teaches the family each week.
  • Watch a video and discuss it as a family group.

Bible project will be giving us a video to watch as a family each week.  Then, discussion can follow.  The lesson for today is “Generosity”.

  • I suggest doing your Sunday School during your church’s regular Sunday School time.



Churches present the worship service online.

  • Most churches will present the worship service online, many of them doing so for the first time today.
  • If your church is not live-streaming this morning or if you choose to watch multiple services as we did last week. you will have plenty of opportunities.  On Facebook, join Kentwood First Baptist Church at 10:30 A.M., 6 P.M. today, and 6 P.M. Wednesday.  I think following the normal schedule will keep us from feeling like we are missing out as much.




Now that hospitals are not allowing any visitors like the special living facilities, we need to pray extra hard for both the patients/residents and the family members.  What a change this is!



David and I haven’t been out in days.  He makes a lot of calls to check on people.  If you have a name for me to add to The Prayer Link, please send me a  message like Danielle Thornton did yesterday.  I will be glad to add your prayer concerns.




Here’s my song list for today.  I hope you sing along.



Make this “Lord’s Day” special and one you and your family will remember for a long time.

Anna Lee





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




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.


Let’s remember who is in charge today!

Anna Lee













“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

~Ephesians 4:31-32 NIV~




Mrs. Ferrie Gene Blackmon had a heart attack.  Now, she has four new stents.  She is in St. Tammany hospital.




Smiley Conerly is home and able to manage his fluid level satisfactorily.




Donald “Red” Alford’s wake and funeral are completed.  They were planned and carried out in a uniques manner that “fit” Donald perfectly.  Thanks to all who came and supported the family.




Bible Reading 2020 – March 4 & 5

March 4

  • Numbers 2:1-3:51
  • Mark 11:27-12:17
  • Psalm 47:1-9
  • Proverbs 10:24-25

March 5

  • Numbers 4:1-5:31
  • Mark 12:18-37
  • Psalm 48:1-14
  • Proverbs 10:26




Annie Armstrong 2020 – Days 4 & 5







Disaster Relief – Tennessee Tornadoes Suggestions

  • Southern Baptist Disaster Relief
  • Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief



Samaritan’s Purse has a new interactive game for children 5-9 to use on smart phones or computers.  It helps them experience Bible stories in a whole new way.  Go to SAMARITANSPURSE.ORG/TGJ-APPto give it a try.




Be a blessing to someone today.

Anna Lee





“No matter what I say,

what I believe,

and what I do,

I’m bankrupt without love.”

~1 Corinthians 13:3 The Message~




Thankfully, Paul Morgan will be going home today, more than two weeks following his heart attack.  Pray for Sandy and Zach as they assist him at home for a while.




Kristy Alford passed away.  She fought a long, hard battle!  I’ll post arrangements when they are available.  Please pray for her family and many friends.  She will be greatly missed by many people.




Read the Bible in 2020 – February 29

There is no assigned reading for today because the 29th of February only come once every four years.  Use this day to read something you choose.




Last week, as I went about my daily life, I had the opportunity to tell three people about Operation Christmas Child and how it impacts so many children and families for Jesus.  At Ochsner, I always speak to one lady and ask about her weekend.  Then, she asked about mine.  I told her I spent a portion of my weekend on Operation Christmas Child.  She didn’t know about OCC.  I explained it was a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse.  She had not heard about that either.  I began to explain that when a man said he knew.  He and his wife are both fighting serious illnesses.  After the big flood in Livingston Parish, Samaritan’s Purse rebuilt his home.  God had the right person walk up and share his personal experience.  She was impressed!  I can hardly wait to see her Monday.  I will be taking her some literature from Samaritan’s purse.  That was the first opportunity.  I had two other wonderful opportunities to share this week.  God blessed me with these opportunities.  I look forward to the opportunities he has for me this week.

Yesterday, my sister, Julie, delivered 250 beautiful t-shirts and a number of beautiful owls she lovingly made to add to our OCC collection.  I would love to show them to you.  Thank-you, Julie, for sharing your wonderful talents with the children who will receive your gifts.



In closing, I want to share this quote that I saw yesterday.  I don’t know who to credit for it, but is is not original to me.  Thought the days we, and many of you, have faced lately, this is a reminder many people need to hear.

“Nothing you face today is out of God’s control.  Trust Him!

Anna Lee


Now faith is confidence in what we hope for

and assurance about what we do not see




Josh Thornton is home following his emergency gall bladder surgery.  He will be on limited activity for a week.  Pray for him and his family as he heals.




Smiley Conerly is at Forrest General where the doctors are carefully watching his fluid levels.  Your continued prayers are appreciated.




Donald Alford is at home.  Having oxygen at home has been very helpful.  Please continue to pray for Donald and his family.




David got a good report and procrit yesterday.  His blood level was 9.9.  I thank God for that and for watching out for us as we traveled in the rain yesterday.




Read the Bible in 2020 – February 25

  • Leviticus 16:29-18:30
  • Mark 7:24-8:10
  • Psalm 41:1-13
  • Proverbs 10:15-16



As I was checking David in for appointments, Operation Christmas Child came up as something I was working on since I last saw the lady in the office.  She didn’t have a clue, so I began talking about Samaritan’s Purse, Rev. Franklin Graham, and Rev. Billy Graham.  That’s when the man behind me stepped up and said Samaritan’s Purse rebuilt his home after flooding.  That caught everyone’s attention.

I copied this from their webpage:

The story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) gives a clear picture of God’s desire for us to help those in desperate need wherever we find them. After describing how the Samaritan rescued a hurting man whom others had passed by, Jesus told His hearers, “Go and do likewise.” For over 40 years, Samaritan’s Purse has done our utmost to follow Christ’s command by going to the aid of the world’s poor, sick, and suffering. We are an effective means of reaching hurting people in countries around the world with food, medicine, and other assistance in the Name of Jesus Christ. This, in turn, earns us a hearing for the Gospel, the Good News of eternal life through Jesus Christ.

As our teams work in crisis areas of the world, people often ask, “Why did you come?” The answer is always the same: “We have come to help you in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Our ministry is all about Jesus—first, last, and always. As the Apostle Paul said, “For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Corinthians 4:5, NIV).

Mission Statement

Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

After sharing the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus said “Go and do likewise.” That is the mission of Samaritan’s Purse—to follow the example of Christ by helping those in need and proclaiming the hope of the Gospel.

You may want to check out their site to learn more.



I hope you will learn more about Samaritan’s Purse.  Their focus is helping people and sharing Jesus.  I believe in Samaritan’s Purse.

Anna Lee