Friday

“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.

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.

Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?”

~Matthew 6:25 (NIV)~

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – March 31

  • Deuteronomy 16:1-17:20
  • Luke 9:7-27
  • Psalm 72:1-20
  • Proverbs 12:8-9

 

 

Song of the Day 

  • “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”
  • “They’ll Know We are Christians (by our love)”
  • “Victory in Jesus”
  • “There’s Something about that Name”
  • “The Joy of the Lord is My Strength”
  • “No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus”
    • I would love to tell you what I think of Jesus,
      Since I found in Him a friend so strong and true;
      I would tell you how He changed my life completely,
      He did something that no other friend could do.

      No one ever cared for me like Jesus,
      There’s no other friend so kind as He;
      No one else could take the sin and darkness from me,
      O how much He cared for me.

      All my life was full of sin when Jesus found me,
      All my heart was full of misery and woe;
      Jesus placed His strong and loving arms about me,
      And He led me in the way I ought to go.

      No one ever cared for me like Jesus,
      There’s no other friend so kind as He;
      No one else could take the sin and darkness from me,
      O how much He cared for me.

      Ev’ry day He comes to me with new assurance,
      More and more I understand His words of love;
      But I’ll never know just why He came to save me,
      Till some day I see His blessed face above.

      No one ever cared for me like Jesus,
      There’s no other friend so kind as He;
      No one else could take the sin and darkness from me,
      O how much He cared for me.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lg9c8EhLw4

 

 

 

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From Ginger Miller Hutto:

In the midst of turbulent times, God sends unspeakable joy!
Welcome JOHN LEVI MCELVEEN!
March 27, 2020. 8:45 am. 7 lbs 11 oz. 21 in long. Our 6th grandchild!

 

 

Buddy Morris has had some issues which led to an adjustment of medication.  Pray this works out for him.

 

 

 

Henry McKenzie has a brother, Marion, who is hospitalized in Hattisburg,  Pray for him and his family,

 

 

 

Dennis Price has been in North Oaks and will get a defibrillator today.  Pray this is helpful to Dennis’ health.

 

 

 

 

Today is the day we were to leave home to travel to our grandson’s military graduation from the Air Force boot camp.  Needless to say, none of the families will be represented.  Graduation will be a hard day for the graduates and their families.  Let’s not focus on ourselves, but on others today.

Today, we can use prayer as a weapon in helping ourselves and others through this virus experience,  Set your clocks to remind you to pray each hour.  Choose one of the requests listed below to be your focus for that hour.  The next hour, choose another one.  Pray.  Take your mind off yourself as you pray for others.  If you have your television on, you can use the commercials as signals to pray.  Find a method to pray regularly throughout this day.

Focus on the needs of others.

  • Pray for the young people like those in this group as they move on to the next step.
  • Pray for students who won’t graduate in May as planned.
  • Pray for couples who postponed weddings.
  • Pray for families who had a death and cannot receive the normal support from others.
  • Pray for students who were not able to get home during this time.
  • Pray for sick people who have no loved ones to sit with them.
  • Pray for people who live alone and who have not heard from anyone in a long time.
  • Pray for people who are sick and unsure about going to the doctor/hospital.
  • Pray for healthcare workers who go in for another day at their worksite.
  • Pray for pastors as they attempt to minister to their “flock” in creative ways.
  • Pray for churches to be a “shining light” in their communities.
  • Pray for grandparents and grandchildren who cannot see each other.
  • Pray for parents who are healthcare workers and who have seen the need to pass their children on to another relative for this time period.
  • Pray for teens and young adults who do not realize the seriousness of the situation.
  • Pray for new parents who are entrusted by God with a baby at this time.
  • Pray for low-wage workers who are called in to work without protective gear.
  • Pray for healthcare workers who have to go into homes where the virus is thriving.
  • Pray for those who do not have adequate food at this time.
  • Pray for those who have spend their money on other things, not necessities.
  • ETC.

 

 

Remember to pray regularly today!

Anna Lee

Sunday

“Do not let sin control the way you live;

do not give in to sinful desires . . .

Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life.

So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.”

~Romans 6:12-13 (NLT)~

 

 

 

In the midst of turbulent times, God sends unspeakable joy!

Welcome JOHN LEVI MCELVEEN!
March 27, 2020. 8:45 am.

7 lbs 11 oz. 21 in long.

Our 6th grandchild! ( Written by Ginger Miller Hutto of Hillsdale)
Katie Hutto McElveen Malcolm McElveen (Parents)

 

 

 

Read the Bible Today – March 29

  • Exodus 8:1-9:35
  • Matthew 19:13-30
  • Psalm 24:1-10
  • Proverbs 6:1-5

 

 

Song of the Day 

  • “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”
  • “They’ll Know We are Christians (by our love)”
  • “Victory in Jesus”
  • “There’s Something about that Name”

 

 

Please continue to pray for Ryan “Rufus” Willliams from Spring Creek.

 

 

 

So far, most people have remained healthy.  Continue to ““play it safe” and STAY HOME.  Some people seem to be disobeying the orders to do that.  I’m afraid they will be among the sick in a week.  Use the pick-up services available in multiple locations.  Do not allow anyone inside your house, except the home health nurse!  Keep children away from their grandparents, etc.  because they are often carriers of the coronavirus.  Today, this Lord’s Day, more churches will be live-streaming their services.  Be sure to look at two or three.  If you do go out, make it a trip around the community to pray for people as you ride by their homes.  Stay in your car.  Don’t stop anywhere!  Use your phone to check on people.  If you deliver something to a home, leave it on the porch and knock and call.  Then, quickly leave.

 

 

 

Today, the Operation Christmas Child team was scheduled to visit Sunday School classrooms to take suggestions for April purchases.   You will have to be creative to make these purchases without going shopping in person, but I know you can do this.  Happy April Shopping!  Two new rules:

  1. Don’t enter any stores to purchase these.  Use your phone or internet.
  2. Have the items delivered to the church.  They can sit at the church and and be waiting for when this isolation period is over.

 

Operation Christmas Child, April 2020

Nursery

Preschoolers 

Jump Ropes
Grades 1-5 Marbles
Youth Jump Ropes
College & Career Dominoes
Gateway Socks for Boys
Joy

Friendship Circle

$1.00 Scissors
New Creations

Renewal

Hair Brushes
Rebekah  Sewing Kits
Seekers

City Hall

Faithful

Lip Balm
Staff Highlighters

 

 

Be safe.  Shop from home.  If you need help, call Janice, the church secretary, for assistance.  229-8111. Let’s not slack up on shoeboxes during this time.  Let’s just alter the way we shop.

Anna Lee

Saturday

“I wait expectantly,

trusting God to help,

for he has promised.”

~Psalm 130:5 (TLB)~

 

 

 

Mrs, Joyce Harrington, mother of Dr.Rhonda Kelley (Think NOBTS), has been moved from her extended living facility in New Orleans to the hospital and was diagnosed with Covid-19.  She is not doing well.  Please pray for her and for her family.

 

 

 

Charlotte, Danielle Thornton’s infant niece, had her surgery in New Orleans yesterday.  All went well.  Please continue to pray for Charlotte and her family.

 

 

 

Jacob Martello‘s oral surgery went well yesterday.  Pray for him and his caregivers as he recovers.  Pray he doesn’t need a possible second surgery.

 

 

 

 

Ryan “Rufus” Williams was improving from his pneumonia.  His family was thankful to be able to Facetime him.  Pray for continued improvement.

 

 

 

Robin Alford had another surgery on her ankle yesterday.  It went well.  Now, Robin only has ten more weeks of not being able to put any weight on her foot.  Keep her in your prayers.  Thankfully, she is still able to do work from home.

 

 

 

Josiah Huckaby got to go home from the hospital yesterday.  Can you imagine the smiles on Job’s and KK’s faces?  Please continue to pray for this sweet family.

 

 

 

Gary Faller, a distant cousin, is improving from having pneumonia, but fell yesterday and broke his hip.  He has no family near him, so he needs extra prayers.

 

 

 

Wulfgar Tannis Saizan

November 24, 2001 – March 22, 2020

 

“When you stand by the Gate of Death and you have to tear free, I shall follow you across the Resounding Bridge with my song. You will be free from the bonds that bind you.”

On March 22, 2020, Wulfgar Tannis Saizan’s life came to an abrupt end in the same wails for which it began, on November 24, 2001. A strong young man with a passionate and generous heart. He will be dearly missed here. Our comfort is found in that now he resides in the loving arms of those whom preceded him in death. Beloved Grandmother, Johnnie Saizan Jenkins and Grandfather, Herman Eicke. We will weep, but our merciful Father has granted him freedom from the bonds that Earth provides. There is only hunting, fishing, and the super heroes he so greatly admired now. He is loved. Survived by father, Frank Saizan, and mother, Peggy Saizan with grandmother, Peggy Eicke; Wulfgar was the most precious ‘big’ little brother to sisters Carla, Samantha, and Elizabeth could ask for. He leaves behind a host of family, such as an uncle, aunts, cousins, niece and nephew. They will all surely miss his infectious laughter and hugs as if given by the oak trees themselves. Services to be held privately in Kentwood, Louisiana. Love, Dad.

 

 

 

Make your plans today to check on some friends/neighbors/family via phone today and to WATCH some church services tomorrow that are live-streamed.  Be thankful for today’s situation.  It could be so much worse!

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 = March 28

  • Deuteronomy 9:1-10:22
  • Luke 8:4-21
  • Psalm 69:19-36
  • Proverbs 12:2-3

 

 

Stay home except to get groceries and medicine (and possibly a short ride when you do not stop and get out of your vehicle.  You can enjoy some of the beautiful spring flowers God has provided for us to enjoy).

Anna Lee

Thursday

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”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UnFNHWJ0tA

 

 

Baptist Presshttp://www.bpnews.net/

 

Real crisis of COVID-19 still to come

http://www.bpnews.net/54522/stetzer-real-crisis-of-covid19-still-to-come

 

 

 

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

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

Wednesday

“God does speak—

sometimes one way and sometimes another—

even though people may not understand it.”

~Job 33:14 (NCV)~

 
David and I have completed two weeks of quarantine.  It’s not totally different from our regular routine.  The road certainly does seem empty out here!  It’s a lot quieter than just our normal “peaceful”.  Join with me in praying for others to remain in quarantine and slow down the spread of Coronavirus.

 

 

 

I’m so thankful churches have stepped up and are posting sermons or services online.  I already have a list of Wednesday night services I want to watch.  You can’t do that when you have to attend in person.  Let’s continue to look for the “silver linings”.  The Methodist church is requesting all members stop at noon today and say the Lord’s Prayer.  I’m sure they won’t mind if some non-Methodists join in with them.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – March 25

  • Deuteronomy 4:1-49
  • Luke 6:39-7:10
  • Psalm 68:1-18
  • Proverbs 11:28

 

 

 

 

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Continuing my song list today . . .

  • “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” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gua-NE8y8lE

This was done in 1952.  It seems so appropriate today!  Maybe, today is a                               good day to teach this song to some of our younger generation.

I trust parents are building strong children with strong faith during this                                 time.

 

 

 

During this time when patients cannot have family members with them in hospitals, doctor offices, clinics, nursing homes, etc. it is very hard on the patients and the family.  It’s also hard on families when there is a death and the services are so limited.

 

 

Encourage someone today!

Anna Lee