“You will know the truth,

and the truth will set you free.”

 ~John 8:32 NIV~



Out friend, Bobby Forbes, was able to be in his church Sunday.  We’re thankful for that.



Read the Bible

  • 2 Samuel 7-8
  • Ps 59
  • Acts 17



Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes will be available again Sunday.



Friday Morning Bible Study – Romans 8



Children in Action meet on Wednesdays at 6 P.M.



Young at Heart meets at 11 A.M. this morning at New Zion Baptist Church.  Rev. Gibby McMillian will speak about Disaster Relief.  A pot luck meal will follow.  Mr. James W. Frazier was a key factor in this program.  I’m thankful his church friends will continue the monthly gatherings.



Today is a new day.  What can/will you do to tell others about Jesus, perform a service to help someone, invite someone to your church, visit someone who is ill or homebound, etc.?

Anna Lee









To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever.

But you, LORD my God, brought my life up from the pit.

~Jonah 2:6~



David Carley’s triple by-pass surgery went well.  Thank you for praying for him.



Today, some area ladies will be attending the simulcast at FBC, Kentwood.  It begins at 8:00 and ends at 3 this afternoon.



Others will be at Hillsdale from 2-4 for a Housewarming for the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home.  It is our opportunity to help meet some of their needs,



Monday, at 6:30 P.M., ladies have the opportunity to attend a special gathering at FBC, Amite that will include skits, music, food, two speakers, etc.    The Amite ladies are doing all the work.  We only need to attend and bring someone with us.




Read the Bible Today

  • 1st Sam. 16-18
  • Ps. 51
  • Acts 9



Don’t forget to make some purchases for or create some treasures for Operation Christmas Child.  You can drop off your items at my Sunday School room before 9:15 any Sunday.  Today’s ideas include hard plastic spoons, small hard plastic bowls, and small drinking cups or glasses.



Thursday, May 3rd is our National Day of Prayer.  I know you will want to get involved in special prayers that day.



Today is “Pay it Forward Day”.  I remember having another teacher give out pretty pencils to students the first Pay it Forward Day.  Many acts of kindness have happened since that day.   I wonder what today holds….  

Anna Lee


For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

~1 Corinthians 1:25~



Joanne Seymour’s surgery went well yesterday.  Please continue to pray for her.



Jelaigne Fitzhugh of Greensburg. is having a heart procedure today at Ochsner in New Orleans. She may wind up with “full-blown” open-heart surgery Please pray for her.

Read the Bible
  • I Samuel 10-12
  • Psalm 50
  • Acts 8



Filming last night certainly took all of us “out of our comfort zones”, but we did what was asked of us.  I pray the video clips will be a good promotional tool for the Georgia Barnett Offering.



Tomorrow’s Bible Study – John 6



If you are still planning to contribute to the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home to help meet some of their needs, please bring your items to the church by Friday.  The Housewarming will be Saturday from 2 P.M. to 4 P.M. at Hillsdale Baptist Church.



Pray for the many hurting families in our area.  Our hearts are broken for them.

Anna Lee




“Be still in the presence of the Lord,

and wait patiently for him to act.”

 ~Psalm 37:7 NLT~



Sharon Phillips is still in ICU.  She is not progressing as her doctors hoped.  They are considering a pacemaker for her.  Please continue to pray.



Meg Stephens had neck surgery yesterday according to Katera McMillan who also said the recovery was going to be difficult.  Let’s pray Meg breezes through the recovery.



Stroud Phillips is hospitalized for tests.  Join his many friends in praying for him.



Nick Tullier, the Baton Rouge deputy who has been going through a long difficult recovery, now has pneumonia.  Pray for him and his family.



Mrs. Jeannette Maghee fell at home injuring her neck.  She was taken to North Oaks.  Please pray for “Miss” Jeannette and Mr. Ed.



Joanne Tate, infant daughter of Chuck and Jeanne, did very well during her heart procedure yesterday.  Thank-you for praying for the Tates.




Jerrye Kaye Rawls, who grow up in Roseland, passed away.  I did not locate her obituary, but her services are tomorrow in McComb.



Mr. John Alan Blackwell passed away yesterday afternoon.  I’ll miss seeing him before Sunday School.  His funeral arrangements are not posted yet.  I’ll post them later.




The speakers at Montpelier yesterday were Mrs. Lee McLean and her granddaughter, Heather Miller.  They told of a mission trip to Nicaragua in December 2017.  Their narrative, pictures, and display were all very good.  Later, Heather sent me a message about a trip the young adult class at New Zion will be making June 11-18, 2019.  If you know of anyone who would like to go with them, you can contact Heather through me or through New Zion Baptist Church.



Read the Bible

  • Judges 13-15
  • Psalms 46
  • John 20



This is a good day to reflect back on and to count our blessings.  I know you, like me, have many.

Anna Lee





God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. 

Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.

~Acts 2:32-33~



Pray for Joanne Tate as she has heart surgery at noon today.  Pray for her family as they submit their baby for necessary surgery.


The Two Rivers Quarterly WMU Meeting will be at 10 this morning at Montpelier Baptist Church.  Speakers today are Lee McLean and her granddaughter, Heather Miller.  These ladies participated in a mission trip to Central America last summer.  Everyone is invited to attend.


Read the Bible – Reflect on God as Love and complete any passages you missed.



Have a great start to a new week. 

Anna Lee






“Open my eyes, so that I may see the wonderful truths in your law.”

 ~Psalm 119:18 GNT~



Keith and Lori Rhodes live in the neighborhood near Shreveport where a tornado hit Friday night.  Their neighbor’s tree fell in the street, not on the Rhodes home.  It is also the area where a little two year old girl was killed when a tree fell on a RV she was sleeping in.  Please pray for the people in the child’s family.  Thank God there were no other deaths.



Locally, a tornado hit north of Amite (Arcola area).  Trees were down and lights off, but no lives were lost.  Thank God for his protection for all the people in our area.



Pray for my former student, Joanne Seymour, who lived in Amte at the time.  Joanne has colon cancer that has spread to her liver.  Pray for her as she begins treatment in NY.  Pray for her as she travels and for her family as they help her during her treatment.



Pray for Chuck and Jeanne Tate and their new baby, Joanna, who will have surgery Monday to open a valve in her heart.  I know the family will so appreciate your prayers.



I failed to mention the Syria situation, but know all of you are aware of what has happened there recently.  Please pray for a good ending to the current problems.  Pray for strong and Godly leadership.  Thank God for those in the military who serve all around the world so people can be safe.




Read the Bible

  • Judges 10-12
  • Eccl. 7: 14-29
  • John 19



Ladies’ Breakfast at FBC, Kentwood – This morning the ladies of FBC will be treated to breakfast and a speaker before Sunday School.  The gathering begins at 7:45 in the fellowship hall.



Tomorrow’s Quarterly WMU meeting will be at Montpelier Baptist Church.  First, there will be a leadership meeting at 9:00.  The meeting will begin at 10:00 and conclude with a potluck lunch.  Mrs. Lee McLean and her granddaughter, Heather Miller, will share information about their recent Mission Trip.  I hope you will be able to come and to bring a friend.  Join us as we focus outward in our churches.




Thank-you so much for reading my posts and praying each day.  I’m humbled to have this opportunity to share with you.  Your prayers make a difference!

Anna Lee






“Heaven and earth will pass away,

but my words will never pass away.” 

~Luke 21:33 NIV~



Pray for Bobby Simpson as he prepares to go to St. Helena Rehab for outpatient rehabilitation.



Mrs. Mimi Sneed needs prayer for dental work she is undergoing.



Sharon Philips will be having a heart valve replaced today in Covington.  Pray all goes well today and in the recovery phase.



Firma Kay Schneeweiss passed the heart tests yesterday, so she was sent home with new medication for GERD.  Thank God she has the less serious problem.



Jennie made it back to Prague and is with her family.  Thank-you for your prayers.



Earl Wayne McCarroll, Sr.

March 26, 1956 – April 09, 2018

Earl Wayne McCarroll, Sr., a resident of Roseland, passed away on Monday, April 9, 2018 at his home. He was born March 26, 1956 in Independence and was 62 years of age. He is survived by his 2 daughters, Barbara Jean Easley and husband, Michael, and Jahala Leal and husband, Jonothan; 3 sons, Earl McCarroll, Jr. and wife, Tiffany,  Shanon McCarroll and wife, Januari, and Wren Mayfield; 15 grandchildren, MaKayla Rodriquez, Jaden Wall, Michael Rodriquez, Kennedy McCarroll, Kyleigh McCarroll, Journie Wall, Melanie Hill, ChloeBeth Rodriquez, Jessa Wall, Sara McCarroll, Catie McCarroll, Mason McCarroll, Ava McCarroll, Wyatt Easley, and Harlie Leal; great-granddaughter, Ryan Kate Swilley; 2 sisters, Barbara Morgan and husband, Leroy, and Becky Granger; 7 brothers, Gary McCarroll, Jack “Catfish” Granger and wife, Tammy, Jules Granger and wife, Vonda, David Granger and wife, Linda, William Granger and wife, Charla, Edward Granger and wife, Melissa, and Doug Granger and wife, Rhonda. Preceded in death by father, Ralph McCarroll; mother, Marjorie Granger; step-father, Jack Granger, Sr.; brother in law, J. L. Granger.  Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. David Cutrer. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.



T. Eugene Smith, Sr.

January 29, 1935 – April 09, 2018
January 29, 1935 – April 09, 2018A resident of Amite passed away on Monday, April 9, 2018 at home. He was born January 29, 1935 in Franklinton and was 83 years of age. He was a former member and pastor of Crossroad Fellowship Church. He is survived by his wife, Parmys Waller Smith; 2 daughters, Kandi Susan Smith and Karen Smith Lopez and husband, John; 2 sons, Thomas Eugene Smith, Jr. and wife, Stacey, and James Edmore Smith and wife, Estela; step-daughter, Beverly Susan Husser; step-son, Glenn Lee Husser and wife, Karen; brother, Hobart William Smith, Jr. and wife, Mae; 14 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents, Hobart William Smith, Sr. and Lula Belle Bennett Smith; first wife, Wanda Joan Husser Smith; step-son, Richard Keith Husser. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 10:00AM until religious services at 1:00PM on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. Jesse White. Interment Killian Chapel Cemetery, Amite. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.




Missionary Spotlight Update: Eric and Julie Maroney


Relationships are everything in Croatia. It takes years of living through the good and bad together to create a certain level of trust. Eric and Julie Maroney are ready to live through some of the good.

Soon after filling out the WMU questionnaire for the story about their family in the April issue of Missions Mosaic, Julie was diagnosed with cancer. It was not a convenient time for the diagnosis—the Maroneys were leaving their eldest child, Nathan, in the United States at college after 19 years of living in Croatia with the International Mission Board (IMB). The diagnosis brought their active lifestyle to a standstill.

After a year of cancer treatments in the States, Julie received the “all-clear” to return home to her neighbors and friends. Eric, Julie, and daughter Kayleigh didn’t just pick up where they left off; they entered Croatia running to keep up.

“It’s been hectic getting back,” Eric conceded. Just a few months ago, Julie was still getting radiation therapy. However, the family dove right into hosting 2 camps, Vacation Bible School, and volunteer missions teams.

The family may have gone through a trauma, but its goal is the same—building relationships in order to share the love of Jesus Christ.

“The greatest need in Croatia is for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ,” Eric said.

Pray for a spiritual hunger among Croatians. With the family’s brush with cancer, its fire to share Christ burns brighter than ever before.

Eric and Julie Maroney are featured in the April 2018 Missions Mosaic Missionary Spotlight.

Sue Sprenkle spent decades traveling the world for the IMB as a missionary writer/photographer. Now, she leads a quiet life as a digital media professor in Kansas.




Read the Bible

  • Joshua 23-24
  • Eccl. 6:7-12
  • John 12



Children in Action (Boys & Girls in Grades 1-5)

  • Tonight at 6 P.M.
  • FBC, Kentwood
  • Exciting things are happening.



Friday Morning Bible Study

  • 10 A.M.
  • FBC, Kentwood Fellowship Hall
  • Studying Romans 4 this week



WMU Events

  • Quarterly Meeting at Montpelier at 10 A.M. Monday, April 16/Speakers – short-term missionaries from New Zion Baptist Church
  • Special invitation to a Ladies’ Event at FBC, Amite at 6:30 P.M.
  • Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home – Items needed will be turned in to Hillsdale Baptist Church Saturday, April 28th.  That gives two weeks to turn them in at church if you cannot attend the celebration on the 28th.



Don’t forget the Annie Armstrong Offering for North America or items for Operation Christmas Child.



If you wish to send a request for something to be placed on TPL, you can send a message through this site.

Anna Lee