“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”
~2 Chronicles 16:9 NIV~
George Pike is having gamma knife surgery today. Please remember him in your prayers.
Today, I would like to add two family members.
- David’s brother-in-law, Harold Newman, is very sick. Harold and Bonnie live in Bay St. Louis.
- My first cousin, Scott Tolleson, is having surgery in Shreveport this morning. Scott is 63 and suffers from Huntington Disease.l
I haven’t mentioned the items I collect for a jail ministry. Yesterday, someone asked if I was collecting 2020 calendars. Yes, I would love to have them if you have some extra ones or find them at a good price. Thanks for helping those in jail.
WMU Memorial Service &
Quarterly Meeting, Monday,
January 20, 2020 @ 10:00
@ East Fork Baptist Church
If a WMU member in your church has passed on, please contact me by text or call me at 225-485-4648.
Come join us in honoring deceased members, bring a dish and bring a friend. Thank you! Linda Graves of EFBC
Read the Bible in 2020 – January 14
- Genesis 30:1-31:16
- Matthew 10:1-23
- Psalm 12:1-8
- Proverbs 3:13-15
God loves for us to be concerned about other people and to act with compassion.
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him.
Donna Fay Miller is home from the hospital . Please continue to pray for her as she progresses through her recovery. Thank you
Pray for my cousin Scott, who lives in Shreveport. He has Huntington’s disease. The past few days he has been hospitalized and has developed an infection. Pray it can quickly be cleared up. I usually call him my Texas cousin, but the family has moved east a little bit. Pray for Scott’s wife, Brenda, as she carries a big load for Scott and others in the family.
Read the Bible in 2020: Day 12
- Genesis 26:17-27:46
- Matthew 9:1-17
- Psalm 10:16-18
- Proverbs 3:9-10
Join me in thanking God for protection for our area during the storm.
Pray for our country as we face another difficult week. Ask God to guide the politicians and other people in a way that they can work together again.
“Don’t just do what you have to do to get by,
but work heartily,
as Christ’s servants doing what God wants you to do.”
~Ephesians 6:6 The Message~
I’m posting early because my satellite may not work in the morning if the weather they are predicting makes it to Kentwood.
Donald Alford is back at St. Tammany for a few days. Keep him in your prayers.
Jodi and Scott Ratliff’s 13 year old son, Christian, has been dealing with meningitis. The good news is that he is a little better. Keep praying. Christian is hospitalized in Baton Rouge.
Do you remember Jadon, the young boy who had half of his brain rep\moved to prevent seizures? Today, he celebrated eight years of being seizure free! Go, God!
Read the Bible in 2020 – January 11th
- Genesis 24:52-26:16
- Matthew 8:18-34
- Psalm 10:1-15
- Proverbs 3:7-8
Stay safe. Check on your friends/neighbors who may need some help tonight or tomorrow.
I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.
I don’t plan to turn this site into a daily weather report, but know we can possibly have some bad weather in the next few days. Stay alert. Pray for all the people who will be affected by this front moving through our area.
Mrs. Annaliese Neal – Corrected information. Mrs. Annaliese was taken to Hood Hospital for tests and released to go home.
Donna Fay Miller is now a patient at Ochsner on O’Neal in Baton Rouge. Please add her to your prayer list.
Buddy Bel, Amite’s mayor, fell night before last and is now hospitalized at North Oaks with a concussion. Please pray for him.
Larry Bankston is doing better and may be released from North Oaks to go home Saturday or Sunday. Pray for him to continue to improve.
Read the Bible in 2020 – December 10th
- Genesis 23:1-24:51
- Matthew 8:1-17
- Psalm 9:13-20
- Proverbs 3:1-6
It’s beginning to look a lot like . . . Operation Christmas Child! David and I missed out on so much last year when he was not healthy, but are making up for lost time this year. We have had some good help already this year. If you have a couple of hours to give, please let us know. We’ll plan to meet with you and work together. If you are available to shop, check the list on the bulletin and happy shopping. Thanks to those of you who shopped the first week and already turned in some items. I pray this is our best year of shoeboxes ever! Last year’s 415 boxes X 7 people each one influences = 2,905 people who had an opportunity to learn about and grow to love Jesus. The possibility for more people being influenced is up to each of us!
Quote from Andy Stanley:
“You have no idea the number of people that God may want to influence through you.”
I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them;
I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.
First, let me tell you I gave you the wrong number for David‘s blood level this week. It was 8.5, which is still strong compared to where he has been in the last year. We are so amazed at the improvements we have seen in his health and thank God.
Ferrie Gene Blackmon‘s surgery Monday went well. So did Katie Brabham‘s surgery yesterday. Keep these two ladies in your prayers as they heal.
Kristi Alford in trying a new treatment because the previous one was not helping. Remember to pray for Kristi and her family.
Freddy Bales is undergoing cancer treatment in Hammond. Pray for him and his family as they make adjustments in their daily routine.
Annalyce Neal was involved in a traffic accident with a garbage truck yesterday. The report I heard was that she is now in North Oaks.
Our daughter and granddaughter have spent the last week preparing their European home for them to move. Today, they will sell many of their possessions and all their furniture. Pray for energy as they complete their task and return to the states.
Christian Ratliff, 13 year old son of Scott and Jodi Ratliff, is hospitalized at OLOL with meningitis. Please pray for all involved in his care.
Read the Bible in 2020 – January 9
- Genesis 20:1-22:24
- Matthew 7:15-29
- Psalm 9:1-12
- Proverbs 2:16-22
There will be several showers at church in the next month. Be excited for newlyweds and new babies.
Check on a friend you haven’t seen or heard from lately. They may need your encouragement.
“People who promise things they never give
are like clouds and wind that bring no rain.”
~Proverbs 25:14 GNT~
Please add Larry Bankston of Roseland to your prayer list. He is in ICU at North Oaks.
David‘s blood level was 9.1 yesterday. He got his Procrit injection and is lined up for another one last week. That number is lower than it has been in recent weeks, but higher than it was for many months. David surprised another nurse practitioner who saw him in the hallway. She was shocked to see him with a cane, not a walker! God has been so good to us! Thanks for your many prayers.
Read the Bible – Day 8 of 2020
- Genesis 18:16 – 19:38
- Matthew 6:25 – 7:14
- Psalm 8: 1-9
- Proverbs 8:6-15
As we consider the problems in the Middle East today, let us focus on Joshua 1:9.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” NIV
This lets us know that NOW is a good time to pray for our country!
Our trips to Ochsner in Baton Rouge have allowed us to stop and shop some for Operation Christmas Child. That’s like “taking lemons and making lemonade”!
Enjoy the change of temperatures today!
“Today I am giving you a choice.
You can choose life and success or death and disaster.
I am commanding you to be loyal to the LORD, to live the way he has told you, and to obey his laws and teachings.
You are about to cross the Jordan River and take the land that he is giving you.
If you obey him, you will live and become successful and powerful.”
Randy and Melody Walker are asking for prayers as they await results of a MRI to be done tomorrow. Their 16 year old daughter, Leah Grace, who has already had a brain tumor removed will be the patient. She had not problems following the original surgery.
There is much sickness and several procedures happening for friends and family. Please be thankful if you are healthy and prayerful for those who have problems.
Sunday morning, we stayed home to miss the big crowd due to David’s fragile health, but were watching the live broadcast. We are thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the service that way. We are thankful for another couple joining our church Sunday. Next Sunday, the service will begin with another baptism. Way to go, God!
Read the Bible in 2020 – January 7
- Genesis 16:1 – 18:15
- Matthew 6: 1-24
- Psalm 7: 1-17
- Proverbs 2: 1-5
Thanks to the Sunday School classes/individuals who have made their plans and started to shop for Operation Christmas Child. I hope the participation will help people understand how they can be missionaries to children/families in other parts of the world.
I realize many people don’t sleep at night. Let’s pray for them to get the rest they need at night to function as necessary during the day.