God blesses us so we can bless others!

“All the believers were together and had everything in common.

Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.” 

~Acts 2:44-45 NIV~

David and I have been on the receiving end of many kind expressions of love and concern, cards, calls, food, yard work, visits, etc.  We have been richly blessed.  I don’t thing anyone had to sell their possessions to do so, but we certainly have been blessed!



Read and Write the Bible for April – “Waiting on God” – I Peter 1:19-23

The list of Scriptures for this month are available at FBC, Kentwood.



An extra Bible reading suggestion for the next three weeks: Starting today read one chapter of John each day.  By Easter you will have read 21 chapters and had read what Easter really means.



That’s all for now.

Anna Lee




“God’s family is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.” 

~1 Timothy 3:15 GW~




I don’t know about homecoming today at FBC, Kentwood, but I do know the the talented group from years ago, Gloryland, will perform at Gillsburg Baptist Church tonight at 6 P.M.  This will be the first time they have sung as a group in many years.  They will sing at 6 P.M.




Viola R. Jones

September 24, 1933 – March 28, 2019

VIOLA RAYBOURN JONES, (85), loving wife and mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, left this earthly life on March 28, 2019. Viola Mae Raybourn was born September 24, 1933 , the third child of James Alfred Raybourn and Etta Mae Broome Raybourn. Viola married her husband of 61 years, Darrell Dwight Jones of Maurepas, Louisiana, on May 7, 1955. Viola attended Kentwood High School. She met Darrell while attending business college in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Shortly after their marriage, Darrell entered the US Army and Viola moved with him to Fort Polk in Leesville, Louisiana, where she worked on post as an office assistant. Viola and Darrell moved to Brusly in 1964 where they raised their three children. She worked out of the home for many years, doing upholstery work and making custom draperies, and also as a substitute teacher. She later became the office manager for Brusly High School. Viola maintained a strong faith in God, and was active in her Baptist faith, most recently at First Baptist Church in Plaquemine, La. She was a long-time member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Viola and Darrell were avid campers and loved to travel. They were fortunate to visit many of our countries grandest places, traveling to every state except Hawaii. In 1988 they camped their way all across the US and Canada up to the Denali valley in Alaska. One of their all-time favorite places was Black Rock Mountain State Park in Mountain City, Georgia, where they returned for many summers. Their children have many wonderful memories of this park and its rangers, who came to be old friends to Darrell and Viola. In their later years, they spent several weeks each summer in Southfork, Colorado and several weeks during the winter at San Benito, Texas, from which they always returned loaded down with grapefruit. Viola was preceded in death by her loving husband Darrell on April 28, 2016. Viola is survived by one daughter, Deborah Suzanne Jones Torres, and her husband Lyle Charles Torres; and two sons: James Darrell Jones, and his wife Lauren Suzanne Massey Jones; and Daniel Leroy Jones, and his wife Melissa Ann Cade Jones. She had seven grandchildren: Leigh Nicole Jones Adams and her husband Richard Todd Adams; Phillip Matthew Mack and his wife Michelle Clare Folse Mack; Rachel Layne Jones Chappell and her husband Cory Donald Chappell; Jaime Elizabeth Mack Chenevert and her husband Cody Joseph Chenevert; Jennifer Michele Jones Browning, and her husband Gage Daniel Browning; Evan Darrell Mack, and Jared Michael Jones. She also had six great-grandchildren: Piper Eloise Mack, Alice Violet Mack, Georgette Viola Adams, Raylen Leigh Chappell, Silas James Mack, and Jones Ganson Chappell. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings James Houlon Raybourn, Bonnie Verlie Smith Crawford, and Zettie Janette Raybourn Rhodus. She is survived by two brothers, Percy Ben Raybourn and Adren Lavon Raybourn. As per her wishes, Viola will be laid to rest with a small gravesite ceremony at the Line Creek Cemetery in Kentwood, Louisiana on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation (



Read & Write the Bible Today – Proverbs 12:9-14




I have the  Bible reading guide for April and will try to get it to the church this morning so you can follow it.  The theme of the verses for April is “Waiting on God”.



Don’t forget to support the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North America and to bring your donations for Operation Christmas Child.  The OCC purchases can be left in the Sunday School classroom next to the choir room.  If you prefer to give money to OCC, mark your envelope to say special account for OCC.  Thank you for giving so others can learn about Jesus.



Have a blessed Lord’s Day!

Anna Lee










The LORD is my strength and my defense ;

he has become my salvation.

~Psalm 118:14~



I heard that tomorrow is homecoming at FBC, Kentwood.  I’ve been out so much that I know no details.  If someone will fill me in, I will post it.  Thanks!

Read the Bible – Proverbs 19:17 & 22:9
Baptist Press has some great articles today.
I wasn’t there, but I understand the Gathiers had a wonderful concert at FBC, Covington last night.  They are one of my favorite groups.  I always try to catch them on the television on Saturday evenings.
Please pray for all the young families who are not bringing up their children in church and keeping them there as long as they live at home.  This article one of  several I have read lately that broke my heart.

Sidney C. Simmons

January 03, 1933 – March 28, 2019

Sidney C. Simmons, a resident of Bolivar, LA , passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at his home. He was born January 3, 1933 in Magnolia, MS and was 86 years of age. He was a U. S. Air Force Veteran of the Korean Conflict. He is survived by his daughter, Charlotte Newman; 2 sons, Richard S. Simmons and wife, Patricia, and Gary B. Simmons; 3 sisters, Jeanette Maxie, Patsy Dillon, and Iris Kay Walker; a brother, Percy Simmons; 9 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents, Clyde and Golda Simmons; a sister, Ivy Lee Robertson; and 2 brothers, Bernard Simmons and Reginald Simmons. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday and from 9 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 1, 2019. Services conducted by Rev. Tim Lacoste. Interment Bolivar Cemetery, Bolivar, LA. For an online guestbook, visit

I hope I gave you some “food for thought” and prayer today.
Anna Lee


“My cup overflows.

Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life.” 

~Psalm 23:5-6 NIV~



Our daughter-in-law, Becki, will be having gall bladder surgery tomorrow.  Please pray for her as she has this procedure in Rome, GA.




My unspoken request continues to be on my heart today.  Please pray for this person and for the family.




The Pine Ridge Breakfast this morning will be to benefit Allen and Jeanine Stewart who recently lost their home in a fire.  You are invited to join them at 8:00.




The “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party will be Tuesday at the Burger Basket in Osyka.  Join them at 11:00.




Read and Write the Bible – Matthew 20:28 & 23:11-12




You may want to worship with FBC, K at 10:30 in person or with their live video.  Several other churches in our area will have their services shared live.  If you can’t watch live, you ca witch later.

Anna Lee












For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

~2 Corinthians 4:6~

“This little light of mine. I’m going to let it shine.”

“Hide it under a bushel, no!”

“Shine all over Kentwood.”

“Let it shine ’till Jesus comes!”

Today, let’s pray for Debbie Wilkinson as she is at MD Anderson.  One test trial will end today and another test trial will begin.  Pray for Debbie to maintain her wonderful attitude and spirit!  Her “light” shines brightly every time I see her.
Last night at church, we talked about El Shaddai, which means “God is sufficient”.  He is!  If you doubt that, use your Bible, phone, or computer to look up verses that tell us God is sufficient.  Find some that speak to your heart and claim them for your own.  Write them in your Bible, around your house, and in your heart!
Two weeks ago, the lab tech who drew David’s labs gave his a bracelet that says “Never Give Up!”.  I wear it because it doesn’t fit him.
Pray for me as we go back today.  Pray that I might pray of each patient at the cancer center that I see.  May each one of them know that “God is enough” to meet every need they have!
Read and Write the Bible Today – Luke 6: 27-31
The Sunday morning church service from my church is available on the church’s Facebook page, “Kentwood First Baptist Church”.  It is available live at 10:30 on Sundays and stays there for you to see as you choose.  I always share it, so it is available on my FB page and the pages of several others.
There is “work in progress”, so please overlook any little problems you see.  They are being addressed so the final product is of good quality.  In the meantime, I know you can get the message and be blessed through the preaching and the singing.
Several other local churches are also broadcasting live, so check them out too.  You will be able to participate in “church” all week long.  I love to use and to see how others use technology to share Jesus with others.  You might find a way to do so too!
Anna Lee


A psalm of David.

The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.

He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

~Psalm 23:1-3 (NIV)~




Pray for Jimmy Harrell as he faces a major surgery.  Pray for his church, family, and friends as they travel this journey with him.




Hopefully, you’ll be in Sunday School and church this morning.  If you are not able to be there, be sure to check your television and computer for good options.  FBC, Kentwood will transmit there morning worship at 10:30 this morning.  You are invited to worship with them.  That’s what we will be doing!




Read and write the Bible Today – Luke 3: 10-11




Pray for the many who are facing various problems and needs today.

Anna Lee




“He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.” 

~Psalm 23:3 NIV~



Please pray for Smiley Conerly as he has a heart procedure today in Hattisburg.  He is scheduled to be in the hospital overnight.



James “Buddy” Coon

February 25, 1944 – March 14, 2019

A resident of Kentwood, LA , passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at home in Kentwood, LA. He was born February 25,1944 in Tylertown, MS and was 75 years of age. He was owner and operator of Kentwood Auto Salvage for over 36 years. He is survived by wife, Kathleen L. Coon; 2 daughters, Pamela Golmon and April Laird; 1 son, Chad Coon; 5 step children, Christy Brown, Fry Brown, Christopher Brown, Katie Brown, and Clint Brown; 4 grandchildren, 8 step grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren; 3 sisters, Tinsey DeBlanc, Norma Jean Gibbs, and Penny Lynn Cook; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents, James and Murial Coon; former wife, Dorothy Coon; 1son, Derrick Coon; 1 brother, Roger Dale Coon Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 5p.m. until 9 p.m., Friday, March 15, 2019, and from 8 a.m. until religious services at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 16, 2019. Services conducted by Dr. Danny Smith. Interment Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood, LA 70444.For an online guestbook, visit



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Read and Write the Bible Today – John 13: 12-17



What a blessing our family, friends, and neighbors have been to us!

Anna Lee