Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.

~Romans 15:2 (NIV)~



Today, I am asking for special prayer for an awesome young woman.  She is the granddaughter of a high school classmate and has fought a courageous battle.  Enjoy some time reading her Facebook page, Maddie’s Miracles, and praying for her.

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Carol Bennett Sealey’s surgery is completed.  Let’s pray for her as she moves on to whatever is ahead of her.




Mr. “Cete” Dillon has has a number of appointments.  He received a unit of blood this week.  Pray he improves soon.




David got a good report from his cardiologist yesterday.  We’re looking ahead to a full day of appointments next Wednesday.



Maxine Smith Ard

September 27, 1937 – May 20, 2019

Maxine Smith Ard passed away peacefully on Monday, May 20, 2019 of natural causes at the age of 81. She was born in the town of Foxworth in Marion County Mississippi on September 27, 1937 and her family moved to Louisiana after World War II while she was still a child. Maxine’s son William was born weeks before her seventeenth birthday as she was married for the first time when she was 15. She completed night school while working full time at a laundromat and part time at a restaurant. On August 9, 1963 Maxine married Lamon Ard and they moved to Montpelier in October of 1967 and they remained married for 49 years “until death they did part” in 2012. For several years Maxine and Lamon fostered boys for the Child Protection Services. Over the years Maxine worked as a bookkeeper, and for what was once the Terrebonne Lumber Company. She retired from Montpelier Gas and Water in 2010 where she managed the billing services. Maxine is preceded in death by her husband Eddie Lamon Ard, parents Melvin Smith and Annie Bedwell Smith, brother, Waymon Smith and nephews Jerry Lott and Bob Lott. She is survived by her son, William (Bill) Pittman and daughter-in-law Mary Agnes Pittman, grandson Jacob Stephen Pittman, granddaughter Katherine Elizabeth Pittman Poche’ and her husband LTJG Alan Poche’, and two great grandchildren, Madison Poche’ and Natalie Poche’. She is also survived by her sister Lillian Smith Nucico, sister-in-law Betty Smith, niece Patty Smith, nephew Chad Smith, her brother, Cercie Smith and his wife Katherine Smith and his children, David Smith, Michael Smith, Linda Smith, Roger Smith, and niece Patsy Lott Howansky. Visitation at Montpelier Baptist Church from 9:00 AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Saturday, May 25, 2019. Services conducted by Bro. Rusty Durand. Interment Montpelier Cemetery, Montpelier, LA. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit



Read and Write the Bible Today – “Abiding in Christ” – Hebrews 3:4-6



Say or do something to help build someone up today!

Anna Lee






Where there is no wood, the fire goes out;

and where there is no talebearer, strife ceases. 

~Proverbs 20:26 (NKJV)~

…the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.

How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!

~James 3:5~




Pray for Adrian Phillips.  He has been scheduled for more heart procedures today.  Let’s pray the doctors are able to achieve their goals.





David and I left before  6:30 yesterday morning and got home this morning at 3:30.  We did not get to have all the scheduled appointments because the lab test showed a blood level of 6.7.  David was sent to the ER for two units of blood.  It was given slowly and took 15 hours.  It’s good to be home.  David’s appointment with the new doctor has been rescheduled for Wednesday.

David and I are in agreement that as long and hard as the day was for us, we were right were God wanted us to be and He was right there with us!



Xavier Chance Ory

May 8, 2019 – May 17, 2019


Xavier Chance Ory was born on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 and received his precious angel wings on Friday, May 17, 2019. Even though he was only held for a moment, he will be cherished for a lifetime. Xavier’s family will always remember the short time they had together, for now, he is their guardian angel.

He leaves behind his loving mom and dad, Blake and Lily Ory, maternal grandparents, Suzanne and Clifford Edwards; paternal grandparents, Ronda and Bo Douget, and Mark and Anna Peters; Aunts, Candace Day, Erin Burns, Lalia Edwards, and Felicia Sonnie; Uncles, Chris Edwards, Donnie Edwards, Michael Edwards, Dwight Douget, Ashton Douget, Will Douget, Colten Peters, and Ethan Peters; as well as numerous cousins.

Xavier is preceded in death by his uncle, Chandler Douget.

Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the visitation from the chapel of Brandon G. Thompson Funeral Home, Hammond, on Monday, May 20, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. until the Service at 1:00 p.m.

Condolences and other information can be found online at
Arrangements have been entrusted to Brandon G. Thompson Funeral Home.



Read and Write the Bible – “Abiding in Christ” – Job 22: 21-22


Anna Lee



“Look out for one another’s interests,

not just for your own”

~Philippians 2:4 GNT~



Please continue to pray for safety for everyone in our continuing weather storms.  Be thankful and appreciative to those who help keep us stay safe and comfortable and to those who come help clean up, Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief and others.




Sue Mason Hawkins

April 24, 1937 – May 18, 2019

A resident of Amite passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born April 24, 1937 in Carthage, TX and was 82 years of age. She is survived by 6 children, Mark Hawkins and wife, Sandra, Susan Miller, Davey Hawkins and wife, Rashael, Elizabeth Hawkins, Stacey Slay and husband, Shane, and Tracey McKenna and husband, Duane; 12 grandchildren, Anthony Hawkins and wife, Katelynn, Jordan Hawkins, Sarah and Hannah Miller, Brittany Foley and husband, Michael, Nicholas and Lea Ann Hawkins, Dale and Vivian Slay, Mason, Mitchell, and Mattie McKenna; great-granddaughter, Ava Lynn Hawkins; brother, Robert Earl Mason. Preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Billy Frank Hawkins; grandson, Matthew Blake Hawkins; parents, James Robert Mason and Cecil Arnold Mason; brothers and sisters, Ouida Faye Morris, Ovie Nell O’Dell, and Bela Ray “Bud” Mason; infants sisters, Maxine Mason and Carlyn Ann Mason. Visitation at Kedron Baptist Church, Amite, from 10:00AM until religious services at 1:00PM on Monday, May 20, 2019. Services conducted by Rev. Byron Humphrey. Interment Killian Chapel Cemetery, Amite. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Reading and Write the Bible today – “Abiding in Christ” – James 4: 7-8




My personal request today is that David be able to sleep at night, not just during the day.  Medication doesn’t seem to help.  Please pray with me,  Thanks!

Anna Lee


Yesterday, I expressed my uncertainty about some things in the future.  I understand prayer and how God answers our prayers, but my question seemed to take God out of the plan.  Someone who was here said I should pray about it.  This seemed like an easy and obvious answer.  This is the verse that showed up today.  She surely was right!

“If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask him, and he will gladly tell you . . .

But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to tell you.” 

~James 1:5-6 TLB~




Adrian Phillips‘ angiogram left some unanswered questions so more testing was scheduled for last night.  This afternoon, the doctor will tell the results and his decision.  Surgery may even happen.  Pray for answers for the doctor so he will make the best decision.  Pray for Adrian and his family as they face a day of medical uncertainty.



I learned yesterday that Mr. Ed and “Miss” Jeanette Maghee‘s house burned and they are building a smaller home in the back.  Pray for this couple and their family as they make big decisions and changes to their “normal” life.




Eric Colton Soileau

May 22, 1995 – May 12, 2019

A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2019 in Kentwood, LA. He was born May 22, 1995 in Baton Rouge, LA and was 23 years of age. He was a 2013 Graduate of Sumner High School. He is survived by father, John Carl Soileau; mother, Abbigail Hendrickson Soileau; sister, Allison R. Soileau; grandmother, Elsie Mae Soileau. Preceded in death by grandparents, John Maynard Soileau, Nelwyn Mae Hendrickson and George Cecil Hendrickson, Jr. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 9:00 AM until religious services at 11:00 AM Thursday, May 16, 2019. Interment East Fork Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. In lieu of flowers send donations to Suicide Prevention Hotline. For an online guestbook, visit





Read and Write the Bible – “Abiding in Christ” – Colossians 3:17




The Prayer Link teaches me lessons all the time.  I’m thankful that it does.

Anna Lee





“Trust God all the time.

Tell him all your problems, because God is our protection.” 

~Psalm 62:8 NCV~




Susie Sharkey’s knee surgery went well yesterday.  Now, on to rehab.  Additional prayers will be appreciated.



Adrian Phillips‘ angiogram is this morning at Baton Rouge General.  He is ready to do whatever it takes to feel better.  Please pray for him.



I injured both of my knees yesterday.  Previously, I injured both thumbs that are still bothering me.  Pray they get better soon.  I need to be healthy!



Read and  Write the Bible – “Abiding in Love” – Galatians 2:15






Enjoy a beautiful day from the Lord today.

Anna Lee







LORD, you establish peace for us;

all that we have accomplished you have done for us.

~Isaiah 26:12~




I’m thankful for God who loves us and helps you find peace on the difficult days we all have.




I’m going to be brief this morning because I have a long list of things to accomplish today.




I am thankful for a better rest last night.  I am thankful to wake up in my own house.  I am thankful to open the refrigerator at my own home. I’m even thankful for the sound of my washing machine this morning.  Being in the hospital for a few days certainly makes you appreciate being back at home.  I’m thankful that David and I are back at home.  He lost fifteen pounds of fluid in less than a week.  I know he will feel better today.  Please continue to remember David in your prayers.




Read and Write the Bible Today – “Abiding in Christ” – Psalm 25:21







Stay safe and dry today.  I’m thankful we only had light rain on our drive home from Baton Rouge yesterday.  What is on your thankfulness list today?

Anna Lee









Wednesday Evening

“Love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear.

If we are afraid, it . . . shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.” 

~1 John 4:18 NLT~




Read and Write the Bible

  • Tuesday – Psalm 139:7
  • Wednesday – Psalm 51:5-6



Adrian Phillips has been having problems with his heart and fluid.  He was scheduled to possible come home today.  Also, in his future, is open heart surgery.  Pray for God to watch over this man and his family.  His issues are his heart and his kidneys.




Mr. “Cete” Dillon should be released from North Oaks tomorrow.  Thank God that Mr. “Cete”s problem was addressed and handled in such a timely way.




We’re are home after three days at Ochsner.  A nurse practitioner listened and acted quickly when David had too much fluid in his body.  David was given medication until this afternoon to remove the fluid.  We are very tired, but thankful and home at last.  He also got his 20th unit of blood Monday afternoon.  We are so appreciative of those who have helped him.



Thanks so much for praying for these three men and all the others you added to these three names.  You are appreciated!

Anna Lee