Praise the LORD, my soul,

and forget not all his benefits . . . . 

~Psalm 103:2~




My cousin, Scott Tolleson, got to leave the hospital after six days.  No more infection, so he is back at home.  Everyone was both thankful and tired last night.




Robin Alford, Walton and Peggy’s second daughter, is continuing to improve from her ankle injury.  Six weeks down and six more weeks to go.  Peggy and her sister, Polly, are still there to help Robin manage all the stairs.  Robin in looking forward to moving into a one-level home soon.  Thank you for your continued prayers for Robin.




Kami Frazier Bourque, a former student, who is studying to be a nurse has had Covid – 19, but is now home.  Pray for her as she continues her recovery and returns to nursing school.




Jameson McDaniel was born yesterday.  He weighed 5 lb. 3 oz. and was 18.5 in. long.  Celebrate the birth of this child with Austin and Brittany.




An article the will be a guide to church leaders as they plan to reopen their churches in the coming weeks:




Rebecca Ann Anderson Desmond

April 20, 2020

A resident of Amite, LA, Becky passed away on Monday, April 20, 2020, at her home. She was born September 26, 1950 in New Orleans, LA and was 69 years of age. Becky was a skilled and compassionate nurse, and generous and dedicated supporter of many philanthropic causes. She served on the boards of many community organizations over the years, both in Louisiana and her longtime home state of North Carolina. She is survived by her husband, Tim Desmond, MD; mother, Frances Snell Anderson; sister, Claire Anderson Bel; brothers, Andy Anderson and Pat Anderson; nieces, Angie Anderson Danielson (J.R.), Megan Bel Miller (Joel), Erin Newman (Craig), Hannah Anderson, and Molly Bel (Danny Strickland); great-nieces and great-nephews, Abbie Holmes, Savannah Danielson, Luke Danielson, Millie Danielson, Parker Miller, Caroline Miller, Anna Newman, and Anderson Newman; and sister-in-law, Kim Andrews Winslow and husband, Eric. Preceded in death by her father, Edwin Stanley Anderson; brother-in-law, Buddy Bel; and sister-in-law, Nadine Anderson. Memorial Services will be held at a later date. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Read the Bible in 2020 – April 22

  • 3 Judges 1:1-2:9
  • Luke 21:29-22:13
  • Psalm 90:1-91:16
  • Proverbs 13:24-25




May your help to bring some “Sonshine” in lives today!

Anna Lee




















“Remember what Christ taught, and let his words enrich your lives and make you wise.”

~Colossians 3:16 (TLB)~




Smiley Conerly is still able to be at home.  A recent change in medication is helping.  Please continue to pray for Smiley and Carol Jean.




Austin and Brittany McDaniel’s baby will probably be delivered today.  Pray for this excited young couple.



I am so pleased to share two reposts concerning special ladies.




My cousin, Scott Tolleson, is still hospitalized and seems to be improving.  As you pray for him, please pray for his wife, Brenda, who is having a terribly hard time adjusting to not being able to care for him.




David went to The Grove, new Oshsner in Baton Rouge, yesterday.  Due to the virus, that will be our destination for a while.  There were many precautions in place so the virus would not be spread.  I got to wait in the car again.  I enjoyed reading from the book of Mark this time.  David’s blood level was 10.5, another good number, the best one so far.  The nurse practitioner he saw yesterday asked about the lack of his walker.  She was totally amazed to see him.  She told him to continue doing whatever he is doing.  We thank God for each of these days and thank you for your many prayers.




Dianne Strickland

March 16, 1946 – April 18, 2020
Dianne, age 74, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family Saturday, April 18, 2020. She was a native of Kentwood and a longtime resident of Hammond. Dianne loved the Lord and was a member of Spring Creek Baptist Church for many years. Her family always came first. Dianne was a loving partner, mother, grandmother, and friend who is already dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Dianne is survived by loving partner, Ed Chehardy and her “favorite child,” Shadow; her daughter, Rhonda Strickland Hartis and husband Charles; daughter, Jeannie Strickland Sciacca and husband Tony; son, Jesse ‘Jay’ Strickland and wife Tammy; grandchildren, Jessica Hartis, Landon Hartis, Brayden Stephens, Cole Sciacca, Jordyn Sciacca, Justin Strickland, and Cody Wilson; great-grandchildren, Jace Strickland, and Conner Strickland; sisters, Frances Varnado Griffin, Celia Smith, and Rachel Coggins; and brother, Deloy Smith, Jr.

Dianne is preceded in death by her daughter, Deanna Dianne Strickland, parents, Deloy and Neva Smith, Sr.; cherished aunt, Willie Mae Sumrall; and great-grandson, Karson Husser.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks to please consider making a donation in the name Neva Dianne Strickland to Ameracare Family Hospice, 303 W 21st Ave, Covington, LA 70433, 985-893-3301,

Due to the current order by Gov. Edwards, the family is not able to invite the public to a visitation or funeral services as intended.





Read the Bible in 2020 – April 21

  • 1 Joshua 22:21-23:16
  • Luke 20:27-47
  • Psalm 89:14-37
  • Proverbs 13:17-19



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Don’t forget to plan to have Prayer Meeting with FBC, Kentwood tomorrow night at 6 P.M.



So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him,  rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

~Colossians 2:6-7~




Buddy Morris got home from North Oaks yesterday.  Please continue to pray for him and his family.




One of my first cousins who has Huntington Disease has been having a difficult time lately.  He is hospitalized in NE Louisiana because of an infection, but five of his six children live in Texas.  Pray for Scott Tolleson and his family.




Plan today what church service or services you want to watch tomorrow.  There are many available in our area and across the country.  I been watching some local, and not so local, services.  When I start a new one, David usually recognizes the voice and joins me.


Read the Bible in 2020 – April 18

  • Joshua 16:1-18:28
  • Luke 19:1-27
  • Psalm 87:1-7
  • Proverbs 13:11



Did you do something to bless someone yesterday?  Who will you bless today?

Anna Lee


Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;

~John 11:25~




Read the Bible in 2020 – April 15

  • Joshua 11:1-12:24
  • Luke 17:11-37
  • Psalm 84:1-12
  • Proverbs 13:5-6



Prayer meeting at FBC, Kentwood will be broadcast live on Facebook and You-Tube at 6 P.M. tonight.



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Ellen Morris vande Vuss added to her dad’s Caring Bridge page.

Caring Bridge – Buddy Morris




David and I have been officially quarantined by our daughter for five weeks.  No one, but the home health nurse, has been in our house during that time.  There have been a few people here who stayed at a distance outside.  I feel like we will self-quarantine for a while when the rules loosen us.  So far, so good!  Thank-you, God!




Gladys Lee Bennett Burton

August 26, 1931 – April 13, 2020

Gladys Lee Bennett Burton a resident of Summit, MS, passed away on Monday, April 13, 2020.She was born August 26, 1931 in Amite, LA and was 88 years of age. She was an employee of B.C. Roger’s as a QC Supervisor in McComb, Ms. and later on retired and started sitting with elderly. She loved family get togethers and loved cooking for all. She enjoyed playing with her grand children and great- grandchildren. Special thanks to St, Luke Home Health and Hospice and a very special thanks to Shalanda Smith her sitter of McComb, MS. Who was always just a phone call away. She is survived by two daughters, JoAnn Daily of Greensburg, LA and Vickie Stogner of McComb, MS; 3 grandchildren, Tanya McDavid(Adam) of Hutto, Tx, Lindsey Aguila(Juan) of Huntsville, AL and Tommy Ballard of Amite, LA; 6 great- grandchildren, Savannah Ballard, Chase Ballard, Jonah and Jacob McDavid and Conner and Cameron Aguila. Preceded in death by one son, Dennis Eugene McAlister; mother, Emma Bennett; father, Edmore Bennett; husband, John Burton; sisters, Lula Smith ,Clara Granger, Nellie Goldmon, Emily Miller, Vergie Brasse and Lena Westmoreland; brother, Homer Bennett. Services will be private. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




The Covid-19 virus is not finished in our area.  Take precautions.  Stay home.




There’s much to pray about today, as any other day.

Anna Lee














“God has rescued us from the power of darkness and has brought us into the kingdom of his Son, whom he loves.”

~Colossians 1:13 (GW)~




Read the Bible on 2020 – April 7

  • Exodus 26:1-27:21
  • Matthew 25:1-30
  • Psalm 31:1-8
  • Proverbs 8:1-11



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I want to start with a happy thought.  Josiah Huckaby decided it was time to pull himself up to a standing position and did just that!  What a blessing he is to so many people!  What special parents he has who chose him over all the babies that needed a home!




Beth Graham Lee shared this need at Hood Memorial Hospital in Amite on Facebook.

If you can spare it, needed items include: antibacterial hand soap, hand sanitizer and/or Clorox- or Lysol-brand disinfecting wipes. Supply donations will be accepted by appointment. To schedule a drop-off time, please send us a Facebook message.

We are truly uplifted and humbled by the many offers of help we are receiving as we continue to care for our community.



Social distancing is not always our chosen thing to do, but it is working to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.  Staying at home is even more difficult for many.  Do these two things for a while.  We will all reap the results.




I will post an update on Buddy Morris when Eleanor gets a report from the hospital.




While I waited in the car for David I read a number of chapters from Matthew where I had a marker in my Bible.  I didn’t plan this, but the chapters included the events that happened in the life of Jesus between Palm Sunday and Easter!  God had a plan for my Bible readings!  Today, I will pick up where I was reading when David came out to the car.




Yesterday, to brighten the day and my spirits, I played a CD as we traveled to and from Ochsner.  It was a gift from Bill and Velta Morris a couple years ago.  The CD contained twenty hymn sung by the Morristown church and choir at a special “Hymn Singing”.  My hands and fingers did a lot of tapping!  David and I both smiled all the way to Baton Rouge and back!  I wish you could have been along for the music and the messages.

Anna Lee

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Buddy Morris was admitted to North Oaks last night.  He had surgery today and will probably be 24 hours before he can come home.  Pray for Buddy.  Please also pray for Eleanor who cannot be with him.  As you pray for hospital patients, be sure to pray for their family.  It is very hard to leave your loved one and wait for a phone call.




David went in at Ochsner by himself today to get bloodwork, test results, and a Procrit shot.  We are back at home.  He got the shot because his blood level had dropped to 9.4 today.






“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



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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