Saturday – Posting early due to weather conditions.

“Don’t just do what you have to do to get by,

but work heartily,

as Christ’s servants doing what God wants you to do.” 

~Ephesians 6:6 The Message~

 

I’m posting early because my satellite may not work in the morning if the weather they are predicting makes it to Kentwood.

 

 

 

Donald Alford is back at St. Tammany for a few days.  Keep him in your prayers.

 

 

 

Jodi and Scott Ratliff’s 13 year old son, Christian, has been dealing with meningitis.  The good news is that he is a little better.  Keep praying.  Christian is hospitalized in Baton Rouge.

 

 

 

Do you remember Jadon, the young boy who had half of his brain rep\moved to prevent seizures?  Today, he celebrated eight years of being seizure free!  Go, God!

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – January 11th

  • Genesis 24:52-26:16
  • Matthew 8:18-34
  • Psalm 10:1-15
  • Proverbs 3:7-8

 

 

Stay safe.  Check on your friends/neighbors who may need some help tonight or tomorrow.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

Friday

I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.

~Ezekiel 11:19~

 

 

 

I don’t plan to turn this site into a daily weather report, but know we can possibly have some bad weather in the next few days.  Stay alert.  Pray for all the people who will be affected by this front moving through our area.

 

 

 

Mrs. Annaliese Neal – Corrected information.  Mrs. Annaliese was taken to Hood Hospital for tests and released to go home.

 

 

 

Donna Fay Miller is now a patient at Ochsner  on O’Neal in Baton Rouge.  Please add her to your prayer list.

 

 

 

Buddy Bel, Amite’s mayor, fell night before last and is now hospitalized at North Oaks with a concussion.  Please pray for him.

 

 

 

Larry Bankston is doing better and may be released from North Oaks to go home Saturday or Sunday.  Pray for him to continue to improve.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – December 10th

  • Genesis 23:1-24:51
  • Matthew 8:1-17
  • Psalm 9:13-20
  • Proverbs 3:1-6

 

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like . . . Operation Christmas Child!  David and I missed out on so much last year when he was not healthy, but are making up for lost time this year.  We have had some good help already this year.  If you have a couple of hours to give, please let us know.  We’ll plan to meet with you and work together.  If you are available to shop, check the list on the bulletin and happy shopping.  Thanks to those of you who shopped the first week and already turned in some items.  I pray this is our best year of shoeboxes ever!   Last year’s 415 boxes X 7 people each one influences = 2,905 people who had an opportunity to learn about and grow to love Jesus.  The possibility for more people being influenced is up to each of us!

 

 

Quote from Andy Stanley:

“You have no idea the number of people that God may want to influence through you.”

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday

I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them;

I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.

~Ezekiel 11:19~

 

 

 

 

First, let me tell you I gave you the wrong number for David‘s blood level this week.  It was 8.5, which is still strong compared to where he has been in the last year.  We are so amazed at the improvements we have seen in his health and thank God.

 

 

 

Ferrie Gene Blackmon‘s surgery Monday went well.  So did Katie Brabham‘s surgery yesterday.  Keep these two ladies in your prayers as they heal.

 

 

 

Kristi Alford in trying a new treatment because the previous one was not helping.  Remember to pray for Kristi and her family.

 

 

 

Freddy Bales is undergoing cancer treatment in Hammond.  Pray for him and his family as they make adjustments in their daily routine.

 

 

 

Annalyce Neal was involved in a traffic accident with a garbage truck yesterday.  The report I heard was that she is now in North Oaks.

 

 

 

Our daughter and granddaughter have spent the last week preparing their European home for them to move.  Today, they will sell many of their possessions and all their furniture.  Pray for energy as they complete their task and return to the states.

 

 

 

Christian Ratliff, 13 year old son of Scott and Jodi Ratliff, is hospitalized at OLOL with meningitis.  Please pray for all involved in his care.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – January 9

  • Genesis 20:1-22:24
  • Matthew 7:15-29
  • Psalm 9:1-12
  • Proverbs 2:16-22

 

 

 

There will be several showers at church in the next month.  Be excited for newlyweds and new babies.

 

 

 

Check on a friend you haven’t seen or heard from lately.  They may need your encouragement.

Anna Lee

 

Wednesday

“People who promise things they never give

are like clouds and wind that bring no rain.”

 ~Proverbs 25:14 GNT~

 

 

 

Please add Larry Bankston of Roseland to your prayer list.  He is in ICU at North Oaks.

 

 

 

David‘s blood level was 9.1 yesterday.  He got his Procrit injection and is lined up for another one last week.  That number is lower than it has been in recent weeks, but higher than it was for many months.  David surprised another nurse practitioner who saw him in the hallway.  She was shocked to see him with a cane, not a walker!  God has been so good to us!  Thanks for your many prayers.

 

 

 

Read the Bible – Day 8 of 2020

  • Genesis 18:16 – 19:38
  • Matthew 6:25 – 7:14
  • Psalm 8: 1-9
  • Proverbs 8:6-15

OR

https://oneyearbibleonline.com/nltaudio/?nltdt=0108

 

 

 

As we consider the problems in the Middle East today, let us focus on Joshua 1:9.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” NIV

This lets us know that NOW is a good time to pray for our country!

 

 

 

Our trips to Ochsner in Baton Rouge have allowed us to stop and shop some for Operation Christmas Child.  That’s like “taking lemons and making lemonade”!  

 

 

 

Enjoy the change of temperatures today!

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

“Today I am giving you a choice.

You can choose life and success or death and disaster.

I am commanding you to be loyal to the LORD, to live the way he has told you, and to obey his laws and teachings.

You are about to cross the Jordan River and take the land that he is giving you.

If you obey him, you will live and become successful and powerful.” 

~Deuteronomy 30:15-16~

 

 

Randy and Melody Walker are asking for prayers as they await results of a MRI to be done tomorrow.  Their 16 year old daughter, Leah Grace, who has already had a brain tumor removed will be the patient.  She had not problems following the original surgery.

 

 

 

There is much sickness and several procedures happening for friends and family.  Please be thankful if you are healthy and prayerful for those who have problems.

 

 

 

Sunday morning, we stayed home to miss the big crowd due to David’s fragile health, but  were watching the live broadcast.  We are thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the service that way.  We are thankful for another couple joining our church Sunday.  Next Sunday, the service will begin with another baptism.  Way to go, God!

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – January 7

  • Genesis 16:1 – 18:15
  • Matthew 6: 1-24
  • Psalm 7: 1-17
  • Proverbs 2: 1-5

 

 

Thanks to the Sunday School classes/individuals who have made their plans and started to shop for Operation Christmas Child.  I hope the participation will help people understand how they can be missionaries to children/families in other parts of the world.

 

 

I realize many people don’t sleep at night.  Let’s pray for them to get the rest they need at night to function as necessary during the day.  

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday

“Today I am giving you a choice.

You can choose life and success or death and disaster.

I am commanding you to be loyal to the LORD,

to live the way he has told you,

and to obey his laws and teachings.

You are about to cross the Jordan River

and take the land that he is giving you.

If you obey him, you will live and become successful and powerful.”

 ~Deuteronomy 30:15-16 CEV~

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 OR Listen to the Bible in 2020

Last night at church, Yvonne Birch told me she chose to use her phone app for the Bible readings and is enjoying it so much better than when she had to do the reading for herself.  She shared that the introduction before the reading brought you up-to-date and set the tone.  It takes only about 25 minutes.  I want to tell you how excited she is so you can reconsider reading and just listen.  For me, I choose to read so I can go at my own pace and mark in my Bible as I choose.  You see, the teacher in me knows that is my learning style.  I will probably try it just to give it a try.   You may want to do so too.

OneYearBibleOnline.com

Readings for January 6:

  • Genesis 13: 5 – 15:21
  • Matthew 5: 27-48
  • Psalm 6: 1-10
  • Proverbs 1: 29-33

 

 

 

WMU Quarterly Meeting – January 20th at EFBC at 10 A.M.

 

 

 

Frances Glass Day

November 03, 1936 – January 03, 2020

Frances Glass Day, a resident of Kentwood, passed away on Friday, January 3, 2020 at her home. She was born November 3, 1936 in Alexandria, LA and was 83 years of age. Frances taught elementary school is Osyka, MS, Valley Forge Academy, and Tangipahoa Parish. She retired in 2003 after teaching elementary and migrant education in Tangipahoa Parish for over 20 years. Frances was a caring and loving teacher who in 1990 was recognized for her outstanding work in the migrant program by the Arkansas Department of Education in Little Rock, AR. She is survived by her daughter, Cherie Crawford and husband, Kenneth Crawford, Jr.; son, Tim Day and wife, Sylvia Day; grandchildren, Kenneth Crawford, III, and fiancé, Kim Vicaro, Celia Crawford Wortham and husband, Adam, Shelly Crawford Moritz and husband, Michael, and Christopher Crawford;  great-grandchildren, Naomi Wallace Moritz, Brennan Moritz, Caroline Frances Moritz, Henry Kyle Wortham, and William Scott Wortham; step-great-grandchildren, Brodie McElveen, Landon Bullock, Colton Bridges, and Sage Bridges; brother, George Glass and wife, Linda; and her beloved pet, Mari Anne. She was preceded in death by parents, Lee Otis Glass and Effie Glass; husband, Wallace Day; and son, Lee Scott Day.  Visitation will be at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 6:00PM until 9:00PM on Monday. Visitation will resume on Tuesday at Tangipahoa United Methodist Church from 8:00AM until religious services at 10:00AM. Interment will follow at Tangipahoa Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Kenneth Crawford, III, Christopher Crawford, Adam Wortham, Michael Moritz, Brodie McElveen, and Landon Bullock. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com

 

 

 

Margaret V. Givens

September 25, 1934 – January 03, 2020

Mrs. Margaret V. Givens, 85, of Osyka passed from this life on January 3, 2020 at Merit Health Wesley in Hattiesburg, MS.

Mrs. Margaret was born September 25, 1934 and was the daughter of Curtis Varnado and Hoyt Dickey Varnado. She was a lifelong member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church where she served as the Sunday School secretary for 41 years. She loved the Lord and loved to serve at her church. She loved to care for others, sending different cards to people, get well, birthday, anniversary, thank you and thinking of you etc. She also loved to sew and crotchet. She was a loving wife, sister and friend.

Preceding her death are her parents and two sisters, Beth Humphreys and Loraine Varnado.

She is survived by her husband of 51 good years, Mr. James “Jimmy” Givens of Osyka, MS and one nephew, Mark Humphreys and Marsha of Madison, MS and their children, Andrew, Brian and Leah.

Visitation will be Tuesday, January 7, 2020 from 9AM until time of services at 11AM at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Osyka, MS. Burial to follow in the church cemetery. Bro. Melvin Rushing, Bro. Richie Fortenberry and Bro. Billy Ray Simmons will be officiating and Sharkey Funeral Homes in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Jonathan Rhodus, James Brumfield, Ben Strickland, Dale Sandifer, Darryl Sandifer and Mark Humphreys. Honorary Pallbearers will be her nephews.

Share condolences at sharkeyfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

Have a great day because if you are reading this, God gave you this day!

Anna Lee

 

 

 

Sunday

“May [God] keep us centered and devoted to him,

following the life path that he has cleared,

watching the signposts,

walking at the pace and rhythms

he laid down for our ancestors.” 

~1 Kings 8:58 The Message~

 

 

 

Read your Bible in 2020 – Day 5 

  • Genesis 11:1 – 13:4
  • Matthew 5: 1-26
  • Psalm 5: 1-12
  • Proverbs 1: 24-28

 

 

Several people have important appointments/procedures next week.  Keep them covered with your prayers.

  • Smiley Conerly
  • Ferrie Gene Blackmon
  • Donald “Red” Alford

 

 

Ida Mae Lindsey Carter

November 30, 1934 – January 03, 2020

Ida Mae Lindsey Carter, a resident of Kentwood, passed away on Friday, January 3, 2020 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. She was born November 30, 1934 in Kentwood and was 85 years old. She is survived by her sisters, Margaret Cutrer, Thelma Guillory, Betty Howell and husband, James “Buddy” Howell, and Virgie Slaven; aunt, Pearline Smith; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Louella and William Lindsey, II; husband, Daniel Leroy Carter; sisters, Geneva Wall and husband, Daniel Wall; Viola Bennett, Bessie Travis, and Tempee Williams; brother, William Lindsey, III, and wife, Mae; and numerous aunts and uncles; nieces, Sharon Howell, Barbara Jean Lindsey, and Chrissie Garner; nephew, Clarence Lindsey; great-niece, Melissa Ricks; great-nephews, Sidney Ricks, Jr. and Hunter McGregor. The family would like to thank Tommy Simmons, Kentwood Fire Department and the staff at North Oaks Medical Center for their help during this time. Visitation will be at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Monday, January 6, 2020. Services conducted by Rev. David Cutrer. Interment will follow in Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

Week one of our Operation Christmas Child focus is changing into week two.  I trust you have/will donate money or the suggested item for your class/age group.  You have all month to contribute as the Lord leads you.  Don’t try to reach for a certain number.  Just do what God leads you to do.  It’s not about us!  It’s about the recipients of the shoeboxes and their introduction to Jesus.  How important is that to you?  This is one way we can all be missionaries!  I’m thankful to say that David is feeling stronger now and has been helping me shop and open packages for OCC.  We both love this opportunity and make it a twelve month per year project at our house.  Get involved and get excited!  Think of the children and their families who will be impacted by out “shoeboxes”!

 

 

 

Have a great Lord’s Day! 

“May [God] keep us centered….”

Anna Lee