Monday

“A branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.

Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches.

Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit.

For apart from me you can do nothing.”

 ~John 15:4-5 NLT~

 

 

 

Last night, I tried to write TPL for today because we were leaving for Baton Rouge at 5:45 this morning.  I didn’t get it done. During the night, I once again thought I was going to write it, but again it didn’t happen.  We are home from Ochsner and a very good stop at Dollar Tree near the hospital.  I love shopping for Operation Christmas Child and getting to answer questions about what I am doing.  Two ladies provided me most of the money I spent today.  Thank you C. and A.!

Yesterday, two ladies turned in the boxes they chose to pack individually.  Other ladies turned in items that will help to fill several boxes.  One sweet, faithful class turned in many bags of items that were purchased last week.  Thanks to all of you.

I will be working in the OCC room some this week.  If you would like to help, please contact me so we can schedule a suitable time.

 

 

 

 

Today, David‘s blood level was 8.1, the highest it has been in months.  The increased dosage of Procrit is helping!  The early drive and the rain made the drive more difficult than usual, but with thankful hearts, we are glad to be home again.  Your regular prayers are getting us through these days.

Several others from Kentwood are also doing well amid treatments.  Please continue to pray for Bryan Tate, Linda Callihan, and Buddy Morris.

Gaylon Cutrer is having a few more problems than usual, so spend some extra time on your prayers for him.  He and his family will be very appreciative.

Today, with a heavy heart, I share that Lori Rhodes has some serious health issues.  Lori and her husband, Keith, served in our church working with the youth.

“Lori has been diagnosed with Multiple System Atrophy. This rare disease is in the Parkinson’s family, but Lori does not have Parkinson’s She has MSA-C (c standing for cerebellum). There is no cure. Life expectancy ranges from 6 years to 15 years based on the onset of symptoms (we really don’t know when her symptoms began but could be up to 5-6 years ago).”

The full report on Lori is on my facebook page.

I also what to share there has been another death, a man from Greensburg.  I’ll post the complete obituary when it becomes available.

Thomas Dover

July 25, 1952 – July 16, 2019

 

 

Jeff Van, the pastor of South McComb Baptist Church, share quotes that seem to touch my heart often.  Today’s quote is:

“It’s easy to praise Him in the sunshine, but your breakthrough comes when you praise Him in the dark…He’s there, we must simply trust the process.”

                                                                                                                              -Tony Evans

Thankfully, my family and the families of many of you understand praising God “in the dark”.  If you don’t, please locate someone who can help you get to this point in your life.

 

 

 

Scripture Writing – August 26 – Habakkuk 3:3-4

 

 

 

Yesterday, I was asked about what size cans of food were needed for the LA Baptist Children’s Home in a few weeks.  The answer, is buy items like you would for your family.  The man is going to buy a couple cases of canned goods.  That plan might work for you too!  The pick-up time at FBC is early Monday morning, three weeks from today.

 

 

 

Enjoy the sound of the rain again, but please try to stay dry.

Anna Lee

 

Friday

“You are members of God’s very own family . . .

and you belong in God’s household with every other

Christian.” 

~Ephesians 2:19 TLB~

 

 

 

Scripture Writing – August 23 – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

 

 

 

Statistics for Operation Christmas Child “Shoeboxes”

  • In 2018, over 10.6 million shoebox gifts were collected worldwide.  8.8 million of these were from the US.
  • 16.8 million shoebox gifts have been delivered to children in need in more than 160 countries since 1993.
  • 2019 US Collection Goal – 9.1 million.
  • 2019 Worldwide Collection Goal – 11 million.
  • Over 9.000 volunteers serve in the US year-round.
  • More than 400 Volunteer Area Teams are active around the US.
  • Nearly 5,000 drop-off locations receive shoeboxes during Nation Collection Week.
  • National Collection Week is November 18-25, the third week of November annually.
  • Over 100,000 volunteers serve in the US during National Collection Week and processing season.
  • Shoebox gifts are prepared for overseas shipment at eight major processing centers across the US.
    • Atlanta
    • Baltimore/Washington
    • Boone, N.C.
    • Charlotte
    • Chicago
    • Dallas/Fort WorthDenver
    • Southern California
  • More than 260,000 volunteers serve overseas.
  • Shoebox gifts are collected in the US, Canada, Australia, Finland, Germany, Spain, and the UK.

I like to share OCC “Shoebox” information with others as encouragement for you to get involved.  I hope you are not mission out on the joy of “shoeboxes”.  If you need more information about how you can help, contact me or someone else that knows the value of “shoeboxes” and eternity for boys and girls around the world.

Anna Lee

Wednesday

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up.

And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” 

~Hebrews 12:1 NLT~

 

 

Please continue to pray for Deanna “Bug” Reynolds.  Recovering from her tonsil surgery has not been as easy as she hoped.  Your prayers will be appreciated.

 

 

 

Updates on Carol Bennett Sealey:

  • My mom was moved from ICU to a regular room tonight. Kidneys are wanting to work, the NG tube has been removed, and she’s not on O2 anymore. She was able to eat a very little bit today. Most importantly, Camille and Adalynn were able to see her in person for the first time since May 28. She’s come so incredibly far, and she still has so far to go, but she has fought and overcome so much. Thank you all for the prayers, visits, calls, and texts. Has meant the world!                                                                                                                                                                           Austin
  • My brother in law texted me this morning said Carol had a good night. Have removed all oxygen. Going to take NG tube out and try letting her eat. Maybe moving her out of ICU to the floor. Going to put in some kinda of port for dialysis which she will have sometime today. Yes Carol you win the award for most determined fighter of anyone I know. Finally stopped with those baby steps and doing the long jump. Wow so hsappy to hear all your progress. Will see you soon!!

Barbara

 

 

Carl “Chicken” Gaines

Just want to send out a big thank you to all of those who have had Carl on your prayer list. He is making progress and doing so much better in just one week. He is busy with Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. Also thank you to all of you who haved called, texted, and visited him. We have relayed every phone call and text. Also since he doesn’t FB we read him every comment. Gosh thank you big to everyone that has sent food, it has been so much appreciated and everything has been great. We are so blessed with the best friends and family and send a big hug and a big thank you to all!!!

Barbara

 

 

 

Steve Miller of Line Creek has eye surgery yesterday.  Pray for Steve and Wendy as they keep the eyedrops schedule going as follow-up to the procedure.

 

 

 

 

Josiah Huckaby celebrated his the first anniversary of when he got out of the hospital to live with KK and Job.  Keep this sweet family in your prayers.

 

 

 

Pray for Brady Haynes, a former youth minister at FBC, K, as he has surgery to have some big kidney stones removed today.  Later, he will require surgery on the other kidney.  Your prayers will be appreciated.

 

 

 

At 10:48 last night, Jennie let me know they made it to Dallas.  I’m not sure what time it was this morning when they got to where they will be staying, but they are there.  Sleep will be their priority this morning.

 

 

 

Rebecca Darlene McMorris Ballard

October 20, 1951 – June 17, 2019

Rebecca Darlene McMorris Ballard, born October 20, 1951 in Baton Rouge, LA, went to her eternal home with her Lord on June 17, 2019. A devoted and loving wife of almost 50 years to Ronald Keith Ballard. She was a resident of Pine Grove, LA and an active member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. She is retired from LA Home Builders Association. She was a special lady. Always with a smile for everyone and willing to help in any way she could. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Darlene is survived by her husband, Ronald Keith Ballard; mother, Rebecca Simmons McMorris; sisters, Diane M. Snyder (Tom) and Lucinda M. Tarver (Gene); sister-in-law, Brenda Ballard McMorris; nieces and nephews; Holleigh McMorris Crow (Brett), Valmon Evans Mcmorris (Nikki), Shawn Revel (Lana), Shannon Revel Brasseaux (Josh), Jeremy K. Ghaffari, and numerous great nieces and nephews; She was preceded in death by her father, Valmon J. McMorris, Sr., and brother, Valmon J. McMorris, Jr. Visitation will be Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Pine Grove , LA from 1:00 PM till funeral service at 3:00 PM , conducted by Rev. Paul Cantrell with interment in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Honorary Pall Bearers, Ralph Thompson; Pall Bearers, Manny Falcon, Dwight Falcon, Murphy Jenkins ,Collins Jenkins, Paul Carpenter, Valmon McMorris, Brett Crow and Josh Brasseaux. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

 

 

Scripture Writing Plan – “Who I am in Christ” – James 4:7

 

 

 

Today’s quote – Short, but powerful –  “Your impact is exponential!”

 

 

 

Make a big impact today!

Anna Lee

Thursday

“He makes me lie down in green pastures.” 

~Psalm 23:2 NIV~

 

Take a few minutes to think about this verse.  Would you feel refreshed afterward?

 

 

 

 

Buddy Morris is home from the hospital.  He is feeling better and has no more fever.

 

 

 

Barbara B. Gaines shared this update on “Chicken” Gaines.

Making progress since we have been home. Been resting most of the day. But got in the pool to get a jump start on physical therapy. Swam from one end of pool to the other and back. Karson had him doing resistance bands and bar bells for pool to build up his muscles. LOL!! Working on slowing down and trying to over pronunciate each word. He tires out quickly but doing oh so much better. Working on getting back 100% Keep him in your prayers. We all love this gentle giant of a man. Our heart!!

 

 

 

Scripture Writing Plan – Who I am in Christ – Ephesians 1: 5-10

 

 

 

Louisiana Baptist Messagehttp://baptistmessage.com/

 

 

 

Despite our imperfections, Jesus loves us still.

Anna Lee

 

Wednesday

“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen;

it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” 

~Hebrews 11:1 NLT~

 

 

Pray for the many people sick with the stomach bug, flu, and pneumonia.  Take care not to catch or spread any of these.

 

 

Dutton Wall

October 05, 1939 – December 31, 2017

VILLE PLATTE –  Funeral services services for Mr. Dutton Wall, 78, will be held at 11AM Thursday January 4, 2018 at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Catholic Church with burial to follow in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Mr. Wall a resident of Ville Platte passed away Sunday December 31, 2017 at his residence.

He will be deeply missed and forever remembered by his devoted family, his wife Karen Soileau Wall of Ville Platte; son Jeptha Wall and wife Lee Ann of Egan; daughter Spill Wall Dieterich and husband Destin of Lafayette; 5 grandchildren Dannon Dieterich, Dade Dieterich, Regan Marian Wall, Dutton Dieterich, Ezekiel Alon Wall; niece Jennifer Wall Bel of St. Francisville; nephew John Ross Ford of Gulfport.
He is preceded in death by his parents Alon and Dorothy Booty Wall, son Jubal Wayne Wall, brother Sidney Wall, sister Lida Wall Abernathy.

Visitation will begin Wednesday January 3, 2018 from 3PM-9PM, with a rosary being recited at 6PM, and will resume again Thursday January 4, 2018 from 8AM until the time of services.

The guestbook can be signed online at www.lavillefuneralhome.net

LaVille Funeral Home
2353 East Main St.
Ville Platte, LA 70586
337 363 1100

 

 

Read the Bible 

  • Genesis 10-14
  • Psalm 2
  • Matthew 3

 

 

Baptist Presshttp://bpnews.net

 

 

“Where Your Church Is on the Congregational Life Cycle?” – Thom S. Rainer – http://http://thomrainer.com/2018/01/understanding-where-your-church-is-on-the-congregational-life-cycle/

 

 

“2018 Best Practices (#1)” – Dr. Waylon Bailey – http://waylonbailey.com/2018/01/03/2018-best-practices-1/

 

 

Lottie Moon Offering for International Missions

It’s not too late to give to the LMCO to support telling people around the world about Jesus.  Some people are called to go and tell.  Others are called to tell internationally though giving.  How are you telling?

 

 

Once again, we have continuing cold weather.  Choose one or more people to check on today.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday

“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”

~1 Timothy 2:1-2~

 

I have a special request for a family that I choose not to name at this time.  Pray for a family that we have known for a long time.

Mrs. Anne Hurst is back at home.  Please keep praying for her.

 

Read the Bible – Act 17-18 and Psalm 127

 

I’ve followed Alan Smith’s posts for many years.  He has inspired me with the way he shared God’s Word.  I’ve only known his through his posts, but I feel we share many aspects of our faith. This is the one he posted for today.

Personal note:  It is with a great deal of sadness that I announce that this is the last TFTD message that I will be sending out.  For the past 20 years or so, I have been sending out TFTD, sometimes as often as five times a week.  During those 20 years, I have been blessed to have the opportunity to establish a relationship with thousands of people around the world, from the United States to Nigeria, from Scotland to Australia, from China to Antarctica (yes, really!).  Your words of encouragement through the years have been a tremendous blessing to me.  Many of you helped me get through a really tough time in my life, and for that I will be eternally grateful.  But it is time for TFTD to come to an end.  I believe that God has other plans for me, and my attention needs to be focused in other directions.  From time to time, I will still post a blog on our church website (www.cruciformcoc.com), and you are welcome to keep an eye on that (and make comments!).  For all that you have done for me, and for all the ways that you have blessed my life, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I am truly blessed with wonderful friends.  May God richly pour out His blessings on you all.

“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 1:24-25)

=====  Thursday’s Thought For The Day (Oct. 12, 2017)  =====

GIVE THANKS FOR YOUR FRIENDS

I heard about a farmer who was detained for questioning about an election scandal.   The attorney asked him, “Did you sell your vote?”

The farmer said, “No sir, not me.  I voted for that there fella ’cause I liked him.”

The attorney said, “Come, now, I have evidence that he gave you fifty dollars for a vote.”

The farmer said, “Well, now, it’s plain common sense that when a fella gives you fifty dollars you like him.”

I suppose that’s one way to define a friend.  In fact, Solomon said, “Many entreat the favor of the nobility, and every man is a friend to one who gives gifts.” (Proverbs 19:6).

But, a true friend involves a depth of relationship.  It’s someone you enjoy doing things with, someone you enjoy talking with, someone you wouldn’t hesitate to turn to in times of need.  I like how I once heard someone describe a friend as someone you could call at 2:00 a.m. if you needed something.  Solomon lets us know how important friends are in the difficult times of life:

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.  For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.  But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.  Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone?  Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.  And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

Give thanks to God for the friends who are a blessing in your life.  And let those friends know how special they are to you!

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Cruciform Church of Christ
Spring Lake, North Carolina
www.cruciformcoc.com

You are such a blessing in my life.  I look forward to sharing with you each day.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

Thursday

He said in a loud voice,

“Fear God and give him glory,

because the hour of his judgment has come.

Worship him who made the heavens,

the earth, the sea and the springs of water.”

~Revelation 14:7~

 

I know you may be interested in checking of some people today via visits, calls, or cards.  This information may be helpful to you.

North Oaks

Elton Shaw – may be coming home today

Frances Strickland

Hazel Allen

Greensburg

Anne Hurst

Shira Easley

Kentwood Manor

Catherine Yarborough

Home

Andy Taylor

Margaret Callihan

Jimmy Schwartz

 

Opportunities

Lottie Moon Tea – Sunday at 2 P.M. (Don’t let a little rain keep you away from this wonderful opportunity.) . I’m looking forward to the girls of our church and other churches serving and singing.  I especially  look forward to the excitement of the girls who will have wonderful memories of this day and who will learn so much from this day.  I quote one little girl, “I’m going to a tea party, Mimi!  I’m going to a tea party.”  I look forward to all the little girls from all the churches as the ladies of our association give their girls this awesome opportunity!   I’m thankful that party will be at church! 

Bible Study – 10 A.M. Friday morning – John 12

 

Mission Offerings

Georgia Barnett – We exceeded out goal for Louisiana Missions

Lottie Moon – Our efforts for International missions begin Sunday with the Week of Prayer and the Lottie Moon Tea Sunday.

 

Scripture Writing – December, Day 1 – Isaiah 7:14-17

Baptist Pressbpnews.net

 

The Word Became Flesh] In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.                                           ~ John 1:1-2, 14 (NIV)~

“There’s a Song in the Air”

Lyrics – http://www.hymnsite.com/lyrics/umh249.sht

Story – http://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/history-of-hymns-theres-a-song-in-the-air

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaE1ce7JY-Q

I hope that song and the spirit of the song follow you throughout this day.

Anna Lee