“God gives us even more grace, as the Scripture says,

‘God is against the proud,

but he gives grace to the humble.’”

~James 4:6 (NCV)~




Read the Bible in 2020 – June 16

  • 1 Kings 15:25-17:24
  • Acts 10:24-48
  • Psalm 134:1-3
  • Proverbs 17:9-11



Barrett Travis is home.  I know the family will appreciates your prayers, cards, and caring actions.




Pray for the families of those involved in a tragic accident.




Today, I want to thank two very special ladies who gave money for the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes that will be packed at FBC, Kentwood.  Thank-you for helping to bless the children with simple gifts and the invitation to learn about Jesus.  This is always a group effort.  May everyone who helps be blessed in knowing they make an eternal difference in the lives of children.




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Vacation Bible Schools will be starting in a few weeks.  Pray for all the workers who are preparing now.  Pray for the children who will participate.  Pray for families who entrust their children to the care and training provided.

Anna Lee



















I will remember the deeds of the LORD;

yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.

~Psalm 77:11~




Barrett Travis is still at North Oaks waiting for the last test results.  In the meantime, he has had a change of medications.  Keep praying for Barrett.




FBC, Kentwood, today, please pray for two special ladies: Mildred Birch and Anne Hurst.  Please pray for these four men: Smiley Conerly, Buddy Morris, Brian Tate, and David Alford.  Pray for this couple: “Cete” and Ruby Dillon.




Please pray for our America.  I know we are all unhappy with the current state of events.  I know God is too!




Read the Bible in 2020 – June 15

  • 1 Kings 14:1-15:24
  • Acts 10:1-23
  • Psalm 133:1-3
  • Proverbs 17:7-8




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Let’s make sure we say and do some positive things today!

Anna Lee







The Lord’s Day

“The LORD does not look at the things people look at.

People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

~1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)~




Pray for Barrett and Ruby Travis and family.  Barrett is at North Oaks being checked to see if he possibly had a stroke.




Continue to pray for families in which a member needs to be hospitalized or undergo surgery.  There a severe limitations on family visitors.  This is very difficult for everyone.  If you know someone in this situation, be an encourager to the patient and/or the family.





Beverly “Toni” Carloss Gray, of Kentwood, Louisiana, passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2020, at North Oaks Medical Center at the age of 80. She was born on Sunday, April 7, 1940, in McComb, Mississippi, daughter of the late Rembert and the late Cewilla Venable Carloss. She retired as a hairdresser in Covington, Louisiana and enjoyed gardening, crafts, reading, cooking and various church activities.

Toni is survived by her only child, Philip “Rock”Alan Gray, II (Diane), a grandson, Chase Alan Gray (Tiffany), a granddaughter, Devan Gray Richoux (Lester, III), a great-granddaughter, Lily Leanna Richoux, a very special double first cousin, Carrine C. Wilson, a step-grandson, Duane Leftwich, two step-granddaughters, Stephanie Leftwich and Valerie Leftwich Davidson (Brian) and six step-great-grandchildren, Peyton, Makaylah, Jackson, Bradlee, Bailey, and Dylan.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Philip Alan Gray and a daughter-in-law, Leanna W. Gray.

A memorial graveside service will be held at a later date at Woodland Cemetery in Kentwood, Louisiana. Donations in her honor can be made to The Church of Our Redeemer, P.O. Box 1001, McComb, MS  39649




Charles Lynn Rowland

January 22, 1963 – June 12, 2020

A resident of Kentwood passed away on Friday, June 12, 2020 at Tangi Pines Nursing Center in Amite. He was born January 22, 1963 in New Orleans and was 57 years of age. He is survived by his 5 children, Christopher Rowland (Melissa), Kristy Rosamond (Christopher), Richard Rowland (Allie), Michael Rowland, and David Rowland; 6 grandchildren, Joshua Rosamond, Jacob Blayze Neal, Realyn Grace Rowland, Kinzlee Diana Rowland, Jessica Patterson, and Heather Calmes; great-granddaughter, Ava Calmes; 5 brothers and sisters, Frank Rowland (Sherri), Charlann Henry (Donna), John Noble (Cindy), Ronnie Noble, and Eva Suzanne Rowland; brother-in-law, Ronnie Temple. Preceded in death by his sister, Ronda Temple; parents, Charles B. Rowland and Vivian Earles Rowland; grandparents, Beatrice Earles, and Frank and Eva Rowland. Graveside Services will be held at Tangipahoa Cemetery at 11:00AM on Monday, June 15, 2020. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.




Read the Bible in 2020 – June 14

  • 1 Kings 12:20-13:34
  • Acts 9:26-43
  • Psalm 132:1-18
  • Proverbs 17:6



Attend the church of your choice today, either in person, a live-streamed service (possible local), or a televised service or two.  If you don’t have a church, check some out or ask a friend.  You’ll be spiritually richer.

Anna Lee










“The LORD our God does not tolerate perverted justice, partiality, or the taking of bribes.”

~2 Chronicles 19:7 (NLT)~




Today, let’s pray for our once great nation.  May people unite and turn to God.




Read the Bible in 2020 – June 13

  • 1 Kings 11:1-12:19
  • Acts 9:1-25
  • Psalm 131:1-3
  • Proverbs 17:4-5



Let’s pray for the churches that will be having VBS  this summer.  May they all find ways to teach the children in a manner that is safe for everyone.




Pray for churches unable to hold VBS.  May they fine alternative ways to reach children and their families this summer.




Most of the church camps for children and youth have been cancelled this summer.  May the churches and youth ministers be creative in finding ways to minister to them this summer.




Pray for those, both young and old, who are dealing with the corona virus situation this summer.  It was been a big “game changer” in many aspects of our lives.  May families and professionals find ways to make adjustments so the virus has only minimal impact on individuals, families, churches, and school.




Pray for churches as they slowly readjust schedules to resume more and more activities.




Pray for schools as they make plans and adjustments for the fall and especially for the activities normally scheduled for the summer.




Continue to pray for health professionals as they treat those who are sick and make accommodations for those who are healthy.




Liesa Smith Gillis

July 15, 1955 – June 11, 2020

A resident of Greensburg, LA, passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. She was born July 15, 1955 in Baton Rouge, LA and was 64 years of age. She was a retired educator and guidance counselor with the Livingston Parish School System. She had a love for life and cherished her family, her friends, and her fellow educators and students. She is survived by her husband, Kirk Gillis, Greensburg; two children, Amber Graff and Dr. Eugene R. Graff, Jr., daughter Molly, Hammond; and Cassie Gillis, daughter Marissa, Lakewood, CO; sister, Lyn and Richard Easley, nephew, Richard C. Easley, and niece, Jennifer Davis, aunt, Elois Smith McNabb, Greensburg; and uncle, Harold Ray Smith. She was preceded in death by parents, Albert and Toffie Smith. Visitation at Greensburg United Methodist Church from 9:00 a.m. until religious services at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, 2020. Services conducted by Rev. Donald Lum and Dr. Kenneth Reed. Interment Greensburg Cemetery, Greensburg, LA. Memorial donations may be made to Greensburg United Methodist Church. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.




Thank you for praying today.

Anna Lee







Remember the former things, those of long ago;

I am God, and there is no other;

I am God, and there is none like me.

~Isaiah 46:9~




Today, Brian Tate‘s family is celebrating his good reports at M.D. Anderson.  Thank God for his good news.




What are you celebrating today?

  • Being alive?
  • Something that doesn’t hurt today?
  • A neighbor who likes to cook and share?
  • Air conditioning?
  • Another birthday?
  • A day with no appointments?
  • Seeing your grandchildren today?
  • Watching children at play?
  • A good grade?
  • A baby discovering his feet?
  • Blowing bubbles?
  • Good water?
  • A roof that didn’t leak this week?
  • A car that got you to the doctor again?
  • Being able to afford your medication?
  • A woodpecker in your tree?
  • A notebook to collect your memories?
  • A book for writing prayer requests?
  • A Bible that belonged to a loved one?
  • Seeing a turtle cross the road?
  • A phone call from a friend?
  • Eating a good home-grown tomato?
  • The sound of a light rain on the roof?
  • The smell of freshly cut grass?
  • A hot piece of cornbread?
  • Rocking and looking at nature?
  • A snapshot of a loved one?
  • A special program on TV?
  • The feel of freshly laundered sheets?
  • A special cup for your coffee?
  • A quiet time for reading your Bible?
  • Receiving a thank-you note with a special comment?
  • The garbage man who picks up what you don’t want?
  • A plant shared by a friend?
  • Holding a book of family pictures?
  • A stocked pantry?
  • A full tank of gas?
  • Baby birds?
  • The gift of fresh eggs?
  • Going to bed on your schedule?
  • Comfortable shoes?
  • A compliment?
  • The smell of a new bar of soap?
  • A big grin grin from someone who just ate a cookie?
  • Memories of former classmates?
  • Remembering where people usually sit in church?
  • Inside water?
  • The smell of magnolias?
  • A freshly washed car?
  • A glass of iced tea?
  • A new face mask?
  • A warm brownie?
  • Swinging?
  • A washer and dryer?
  • A doctor or nurse when needed?
  • New tires?
  • Hibiscus blooms?
  • Cloud formations?
  • A special hymn?
  • A new toothbrush?
  • A marching band?
  • Operation Christmas Child opportunities?
  • Patriotic music?
  • Sporting events?
  • Hearing someone whistle while they worked?
  • A new book of magazine?
  • Watching a butterfly?

Thank God for all the large and small celebrations of our daily lives!  My mother-in-law set a great example of appreciating the little things in life – a new pot holder, a pretty flower, watching nature, etc.  Let’s not forget them.  Thank God for them too!




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Read the Bible in 2020 – July 11th

  • 1 Kings 8:1-66
  • Acts 7:51-8:13
  • Psalm 129:1-8
  • Proverbs 17:1



Reread the long list I shared.  Make a list of your own.  Have some happy celebrations today!

Anna Lee





Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,

~1 Chronicles 16:12~




Deanna “Bug” Reynolds asks you to pray for her dad, Morris Reynolds, who will have his pacemaker replaced tomorrow (Friday).




Smiley Conerly told David Monday’s scam was clear.  His next appointment is scheduled in six months.  Join Smiley and Carol Jean in a prayer of thankfulness.




Mrs. Anne Hurst requests prayer.




Mrs. Margaret “Cis” Oliver has a broken bone in her foot.  Please pray for her as she heals.  I sure, no matter how quickly that happens, it will not be soon enough for this busy lady.




Mrs. Mickey Cade has been dealing with infection in her ankle.  Let’s pray it clears soon and completely.




The news reports show increases in the number of cases of Covid-19 cases.  This could be an indication we need to staryhome and wear masks when we get out.  Most of our outings are medical, so we see, and wear, masks.  They are required in hospitals and clinics, our most common destination.




Covid-19 had caused many changes.  Some of them affect others in a big way.


  • Hospital patients who cannot have visitors
  • Delayed medical procedures
  • Families spending time together
  • Scarcity of some food produces (and increase in pricing)
  • Workers who have lost jobs
  • Workers who have chosen not to work
  • Businesses that are no longer able to operate
  • Three months of lost education for many students




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Read the Bible in 2020 – June 11

  • 1 Kings 8:1-66
  • Acts 7:51-8:13
  • Psalm 129:1-8
  • Proverbs 17:1

I’m up-to-date.  I hope you are too.  If you haven’t been reading, jump in where we are today and read with us.  You won’t regret it.




I’m thankful we can watch the church services from FBC, Kentwood and appreciative of those who make it possible for us three times a week.

Anna Lee






Greater love has no one than this:

to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

~John 15:13~




Read the Bible in 2020 – June 10th

  • 1 Kings 7:1-50
  • Acts 7:30-50
  • Psalm 128:1-6
  • Proverbs 16:31-33


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Please pray for medical personnel.  It seems they are having lots of patients now that the non-emergency people are having tests and procedure that were put on hold due to Covid – 19.




Remember to continue praying for those who are required to make decisions about receiving hospital treatment based on Covid – 19 situation there.




Homer “Buddy” Magee Waller

January 18, 1948 – June 08, 2020

Mr. Homer “Buddy” Waller, 72, of Kentwood, LA, passed from this life on June 8, 2020, at his residence.  He was born on January 18, 1948, in Magnolia, MS to Edgar Waller and Lorine Rimes Waller. He was a member of Lewiston Baptist Church; served his country in the US Army; worked for many years at Tangi Industrial; and enjoyed spending time with his friends. His church family was always very important to him.

Preceding him in death were his parents and one brother in law, Larry Daniels.

Survivors are his two sisters, Sue Daniels of Greensburg, LA and Patsy Miller and husband, Marvin of Lafayette, LA and a host of friends.

Visitation will be on Saturday, June 13, 2020, at Lewiston Baptist Church in Kentwood, LA. from 10:00 AM until funeral services at 11:00 AM with burial to follow in the Lewiston Baptist Church Cemetery.  Dr. Gene Richards and Rev. Cory Morris will be officiating the services with Sharkey Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Pallbearers are James Rimes, Joe Joe Norris, Vandy Lewis, Russell Vullo, Max Stinson, and Gary Upton.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to St. Joseph Hospice, especially Lisa King.

In lieu of flowers, family request donations be made to Lewiston Baptist Church: 74576 North Lewiston Rd. Kentwood, LA 70444 or First Baptist Church of Kentwood: 310 Ave. E Kentwood, LA 70444.

To share condolences please visit www.sharkeyfuneralhome.com

Buddy was a very kind and gentle man.  I’m so thankful I got to know him.




FBC. Kentwood will be live-streaming at 6 P.M. tonight.  You are invited to join them us on Facebook or You-Tube.

Anna Lee


“I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel.

For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end.”

~Daniel 6:26 (NIV)~




Some reasons you might want to thank God today:

  • Jesus loves you
  • Your family loves you
  • Your house didn’t flood
  • No tornadoes in our area
  • No sickness in your family
  • A job with good benefits
  • Another year of school completed
  • You are “graduating”, despite the virus
  • Someone called you
  • Someone visited you
  • You have a church family
  • Your child/grandchild was baptized
  • You get to work in VBS this year
  • Your church is finding a way for worship despite the virus
  • A neighbor brought you fresh vegetables
  • You are not in the hospital
  • Your grown children check on you
  • Your car runs smoothly
  • Your roof doesn’t leak
  • You had a good day yesterday 
  • You were able to rest well last night
  • You have a telephone
  • Etc.





Prayers needed today!  Today, I want to ask for prayers for those who are undergoing chemo, having scans, doing more blood work, getting another opinion, quarantined with the virus, facing additional surgery, etc.




I also encourage you to pray for those who are lost, discouraged, depressed, losing their homes, dealing with children who are in trouble, families with seemingly unsolvable differences, families with members working too many hours, families facing an unwanted move, families with very little food in the pantry, families with more bills than money, older people who cannot afford their medication, families separated by too many miles, neglected children, families with no air conditioning in our hot climate, families needing drivable automobiles, people who need a job, etc.




You can pray for specific people you know in some of these situations or pray in general.  These are some of the needs around us.  Some of these needs may even be in your family or household.  You don’t need names.  They need prayers!  Hopefully, this list has you thinking and praying,




Dorothy Ann “Puggy” Tate

February 04, 1948 – June 07, 2020

A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at her home. She was born February 4, 1948 in Maringouin, LA and was 72 years of age. She is survived by her children, Davis Tate and wife, Beverly and Stephanie Graham and husband, Micheal Graham; grandchildren, Shane Tate, Krystal Tate, Lakin Graham, Levi Graham and Ely Graham; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Tate, Keegan Herrington and Anderson Tate;13 brothers and sisters. Preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Davis Tate; father, Albert Sparks; mother, Camilla Palermo Sparks; brother and sisters, Albert Sparks, Jr., Jessie Sparks, Linda Baker and Jeanette Sparks. Graveside Services will be held at New Jerusalem Cemetery at 11:00AM Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Services conducted by Bishop Rick Maricelli. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.




Ivy Wallace Wall, Jr.

February 03, 1942 – June 07, 2020

A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at  his home surrounded by his family. He was born February 3, 1942 in Independence, LA and was 78 years of age. He graduated with a bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Southeastern Louisiana University. He was a self employed dairy farmer, owner of JaniKing Commercial Cleaning and treasurer/operator of Gulf Dairy Milk Product Association. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Arcola. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sandra Crawford Wall; daughter, Deborah Wall Miller; son, Ivy “Huck” Wall, III and wife, Kelly; 5 grandchildren, Ben Pierre Miller, Brandi Victoria Miller, Ivy Wall, IV, Ivan Huck Wall and Grace Kelli Wall; great- grandson, Preston Wright; brother, Robert Wall; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his son, Gregory Wall; granddaughter, Ashley Sue Miller; parents, Ivy Wall, Sr. and Zula Brown Wall. Special thanks to the Saxon family for their love and support during this time. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 5:00PM until 9:00PM on Wednesday and from 10:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Thursday, June 11, 2020. Services conducted by Bro. Bob Simpson. Interment Hyde Cemetery, Chesbrough, LA. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.





Read the Bible in 2020 – June 9th

  • 1 Kings 5:1-6:38
  • Acts 7:1-29
  • Psalm 127:1-5
  • Proverbs 16:28-30



I received word yesterday that Tangipahoa Baptist Church will hold their VBS early in July.  Pray for those leading, teaching, and children who will be attending.




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Have a terrific Tuesday!

Anna Lee











This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.

And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

~1 John 3:16~




Thank God today for sparing our area despite the eye of the storm passing right over us!

Pray for those who had damage in other areas.




Read the Bible in 2020 – June 8

  • 1 Kings 3:3-4:34
  • Acts 6:1-15
  • Psalm 126:1-6
  • Proverbs 16:26-27



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Do you believe in prayer?  Do you believe in prayer more during a time of crisis?  When do you pray more?

Thought provoking questions!

Spend some time praying today.

Anna Lee