Thursday

10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 

11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Luke 2:10-12

Pete Gill had his first chemotherapy treatment yesterday afternoon.  He will be having treatments five days a week for three and a half weeks.  Pete sends his thanks to those who are praying for him.
Pray for Dee Dee Stokes Gill of Amite who had a stroke Christmas Day.    Dee Dee is hospitalized in North Oaks.   She has shown some improvement since Tuesday.
I have an unspoken request for a man who had a procedure yesterday in Baton Rouge and is hospitalized overnight.
Read the Bible
  • Zach 9-10
  • Ps. 148
  • Matt. 23

 

 

“Count Your Blessings” each morning you wake up!

https://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Count_Your_Blessings/

Anna Lee

Merry Christmas

“Out of sheer generosity God put us in right standing with himself.

A pure gift.

He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be.

And he did it by means of Jesus Christ.

He sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin.”

~Romans 3:24-25 The Message~

 

 

Pete Gill’s procedure went well.  Now, treatment will begin.  Pray for this family during this Chirstmas Day.

 

 

 

Another Spring Creek family is in the hospital.  Jimmy Rufus Williams may get to come home today.  I know the family will celebrate being at home together and the birth of Jesus long ago.

 

 

David found some Christmas spirit in the good news he received yesterday and was able to attend the service at FBC, last night.  It was beautiful from the beginning to the end.  I know there were other special services last night.  I hope you were able to attend one.  We are extra thankful not to be going to Baton Rouge for a unit of blood today.

 

 

 

Mary Jo Gauthreaux Childress

February 5, 1950 – December 23, 2018

Mary Jo Gauthreaux Childress

Mary Jo Gauthreaux Childress, 68, of Laurel passed away on Sunday, December 23, 2018, and
is in the arms of Jesus after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Mrs. Childress was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. She was a
member of First Baptist Church of Laurel where she served as a Sunday School teacher and
Bible Drill leader for many years. She adored children and was a teacher for Jones County
School District’s Star Reach Program.
She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph E. Gauthreaux of Biloxi, and her grandparents
John and Mary Gates of Pensacola, FL, and Joseph and Theresa Gauthreaux of Biloxi.
She is survived by her loving husband, David Childress of Laurel; her two daughters, Molly
(Carson) Humphries of Richardson, TX, and Mary Katherine “Katie” Childress of New York, NY;
her mother, Mary Helena (Gates) Gauthreaux of Biloxi; her sister Nancy (Jim) Pledger of
Natchitoches, LA; and four grandchildren, Hannah, Lydi Kate, Wiley, and Ellis Humphries.
Visitation will be held at 9 a.m. at Memory Chapel Funeral Home in Laurel on Wednesday,
December, 26, 2018, followed by services at 11:00 a.m. Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m.
in Mendenhall.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church Foundation of Laurel, Inc.
First Baptist Church Foundation of Laurel, Inc.
P.O. Box 4452
Laurel, MS 39441-4452

 

 

 

Read the Bible today.

  • Zech 4-6
  • Psalm 147
  • Matt. 21

Read about the birth of Jesus today.

 

 

Today is the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus.  That’s amazing, but not the end or the story.  He left heaven to live on earth and prepare the way for us to have salvation and to eventually live with Him forever.  That’s the greatest story ever told.  I hope you get to tell this story to someone today.

 

 

Happy birthday to our daughter.

 

 

Katera McMillian shared the following pictures and stories with me.  I’m passing them on.  Then, I’m going to get my “Christmas arch” out for this special day.  It was a gift a number of years ago.

Merry Christmas Around the World

https://www.imb.org/2018/12/24/christmas-celebrations-world/

The story is the same even though the celebration is different in other countries.  Focus on the meaning of Christmas as told in the Bible.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

“Who is wise and understanding among you?

Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.”

~James 3:13 NIV~

 

 

Josiah Huckaby

Josiah had his heart cath today. He did great but we were a bit surprised with the results especially since we weren’t seeing symtpoms of anything. The short & simple explanation is: they weren’t able to balloon or stent anything because of several issues they found. We will have to come back in a few weeks to try to stent 2 pulm veins…one of those is completely closed. We will also be looking at adding a new med to try to slow down the progression of his pulm vein disease. It is not a commonly used med here but Texas children’s hospital has been using it with some pretty good results. Our interventional radiologist that did the cath recently moved here from Texas & we’ve heard a lot of good things about him & the hospital he came from. They seem to “specialize” in pulmonary hypertension, so we feel confident in his abilities to help us navigate through the next steps of treatment for Josiah. We know that God’s plan for Josiah is far better than anything we could remotely come up with. We will continue to praise Him & His faithfulness.

I am always amazed at how God created us/our bodies & with every bit of new information about Josiah, we learn just how amazing we are as His creations. And just how much care & detail He knitted us together with. The doctor showed us pics of the issues & showed us how his body has compensated so that it could continue to function as close to “normal” as possible. It just blows my mind!

To God be the glory, great things He has done!!! 

 

 

Susie Sharkey

Susie Sharkey has pneumonia.  Pray she will have a complete recovery in God’s timing.

 

 

David – We received good news yesterday.  David’s blood level was 9.6.  Although 14-18 is normal, 9.6 is  an improvement.  He got he procrit injection.  We will see his hematologist next Monday.  Please pray David can maintain or improve the 9.6.  We are thankful to have some days at home this week.

 

 

Lottie Moon Week of Prayer – Day 3

 

 

 

Graham: G.H.W. Bush ‘in the presence of God’

http://baptistmessage.com/graham-g-h-w-bush-in-the-presence-of-god/?fbclid=IwAR01wMop8HhFSfp1yJbuFlm9hz9p4o5Mq_37wWWrDQLfZEcDDbZS3HwxNrU

 

 

 

Read the Christmas Story – Luke 4

 

 

Read the Bible

  • Hosea 11-12
  • Psalm 128
  • Matthew 2

 

 

Enjoy the crispness of the air today.  The weather is expected to be “just right”!

Anna Lee

 

Thursday

 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

~Colossians 3:17~

 

 

Read the Bible

  • Hosea 3-4
  • Psalm 136
  • Luke 22

 

 

Pastor’s Wife Tragically Killed in New Orleans Carjacking

http://baptistmessage.com/pastors-wife-tragically-killed-in-new-orleans-carjacking/?fbclid=IwAR0_yofIwBLRycukSqR2lWDpb2W5PDWUhT98UxeSsL8IVMCDj5T_Rqujnqo

83-year-old travels globally for Great Commission

http://www.bpnews.net/52030/83yearold-travels-globally-for-great-commission

 

 

 

Minn.-Wis. Baptists continue CP climb

http://www.bpnews.net/52032/minnwis-baptists-continue-cp-climb

 

 

DR efforts continue in Carolinas, across U.S.

http://www.bpnews.net/52027/dr-efforts-continue-in-carolinas-across-us

 

 

Tebows ‘called’ to ‘Run the Race’ film

http://www.bpnews.net/52025/tebows-called-to-run-the-race-film

 

 

Reconsider Roe v. Wade, brief urges Supreme Court

http://www.bpnews.net/52018/reconsider-roe-v-wade-brief-urges-supreme-court

 

 

I hope these reading suggestions are “food for thought” today.

Anna Lee

Monday

”Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”

 ~Psalm 23:6 NIV~

 

 

Mrs. Theople Hurst will see her doctor today and learn what his plan is for her treatment.  Pray for “Miss” Theople and her family.

 

 

Buddy Morris has a three month break from treatment.  He will still get weekly labs.  Thank God for the progress Buddy has made.

 

 

Robert Strickland will be having surgery on his nose tomorrow.  Please cover him with your prayers today and tomorrow.

 

 

Phillip Strickland will have surgery Wednesday at Ochsner in New Orleans.  Keep Phillip and his family in your prayers.

 

 

Betty Taylor will be having her second cataract surgery Thursday.  Remember Betty and Andy in your prayers.

 

 

 

Read the Bible – Reflect on God’s wisdom and catch up on any readings you may have missed this past week.

 

 

If you plan to turn in “shoeboxes”, you only have two more weeks.  Then, FBC, Kentwood will become a collection site for our area.  That important week is November 12 – 19.  For the next two weeks, I will be working with our shoeboxes off and on.  If anyone has a few hours to help, please let me know when you are available.

 

 

“Surely Goodness and Mercy”

 

 

 

Thanks for reading and praying.  That shows you believe in the power of our prayers. 

Anna Lee

 

Saturday

”[Jesus] understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.

So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God.

There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” 

~Hebrews 4:15-16 NLT~

 

 

 

Back problems can keep nagging until they get the attention they require.  Pray for Renee’ Terrell and Ginger Simmons as they move on from testing to take care of their back problems.

 

 

Pray for Phillip Strickland as he prepares for surgery Tuesday.  As you pray for him, please also pray for his family.

 

 

 

Read the Bible

Jeremiah 39-40

Psalm 119:153-160

Revelation 16

 

 

 

Operation Christmas Child “Shoeboxes”

  • Meet at the church this morning at 9:00 to help finalize packing of some of your shoeboxes.
  • If you have any shoeboxes to turn in Sunday, please bring them to my Sunday School room before Sunday School.
  • Our church will again serve as a collection site from other churches, schools, clubs, and individuals.  Collection week is November 12-19.  If you would like to sign up to help, please sign the list on the clipboard under the stairwell to the balcony.

 

 

 

 

“No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus”

 

 

 

May you be blessed as you reflect on “No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus” today.  May you have the opportunity to share this story with someone….

Anna Lee

 

 

 

Tuesday

”We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” 

~Romans 8:28 NLT~

 

 

Maddie’s Miracles

(Written Sunday afternoon)

Maddie has an appendix and it is fine!! She has mesenteric adenitis which means the lymph nodes in her mesentary are swollen again. They are going to treat them with anti inflammatory meds. They said it normally takes about 48 hours for the pain to go away. She can’t normally take anti inflammatory meds because of her kidney so she will have to get labs this week to keep a check on her kidney. We are thankful for no surgery and your prayers are most appreciated. Please keep them coming as she is still in pain. God is good ALL the time!

(Written early Tuesday morning)

Prayers for Maddie are appreciated. She is on her way back to the ER. She has a high fever. Her kidney doctor said the adenitis can be caused from infection so they will have to figure out what is going on. Prayers they figure it out quickly as she is miserable. I will post as soon as I know something

 

 

 

Pray for Buddy Morris as he has chemo Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week.

 

 
Pray for Phillip Strickland and for his mother, Colleen Strickland.

 

 

The “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party will be this morning at The Cafe at 11 A.M.

 

 

Trunk or Treat will be Sunday evening at FBC, Kentwood.

 

 

 

Read the Bible

  • Jeremiah 31-32
  • Psalm 119: 137-144
  • Revelation 12

 

 

“The Family of God”

 

 

 

I hope you are a part of God’s family.

Anna Lee