1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 

3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

~Psalm 46:1-3~

Josiah Huckaby

We have been waiting for Josiah’s 2nd heart cath to place the stents in his right & left upper pulmonary veins. It is scheduled for January 29th. He had a cardiology appt today & his echo was surprisingly better than anticipated according to the cardiologist. He also was very impressed with how good Josiah looks.

🎉🎉🎉AND we finally have an Adoption Day date. Josiah will officially become a Huckaby on February 20th!!! 🎉🎉🎉We are so excited to move on to the next chapter with our adoption.

Here is everyone’s ⚠️WARNING⚠️…..there WILL be cuteness overload on Facebook February 20th!!! 😜




Yesterday, Jason and Becki, our son and daughter-in-law, showed up to help out with tasks involving our vehicles and home.  They operated as a team and accomplished so much for us.  We are so blessed to have them for a few days.  We also had three sets of special visitors.  God sent them when we needed them the most.  He know how to bless us even on a difficult day!




Read the Bible

  • Psalm 77: 11-12
  • Psalm 85:8



Laurel Joan Givens

September 25, 2018 – January 16, 2019

Our precious baby girl received her angel wings on Wednesday January 16, 2019. Born September 25, 2018, she was 3 ½ months old. Her beautiful smile, chubby cheeks and bubbly personality warmed our hearts every minute of the day. She is missed so much already. Laurel Joan is survived by her Parents, Payton and Virginia Cook Givens; Paternal Grandparents, Darin and Donna Givens; Maternal Grandparents, Lee and Cindy Cook; Great Grandfathers, Cleve Buniff, Lee Cook, and Harold Alford; Great Grandmothers, Donnie Mae Givens and Paulette Jones; Step Great Grandmother, Janet Alford; Step Great Grandfather, Jerry Jones; Great Great Grandmother, Elsie Graham; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Preceded in death by Great Grandmothers, Joan Marie (Cookie) Buniff and Cindy Mattei Cook; Step Great Grandmother, Clara LeBlanc Cook; Great Grandfather, Darwin Givens. Pallbearers are Ethan Givens, Matthew Rush, and Logan Johnson. Honorary Pallbearers are Canaan Rush, Darwin Givens, Karsen King, Jeff Sanchez, and Logan Johnson. Visitation at Spring Creek Baptist Church from 12 Noon until religious services at 3:00PM on Monday, January 21, 2019. Services conducted by Dr. Danny Smith and Bro. Eric Latham. Interment Spring Creek Cemetery, Spring Creek. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit



Sue Ellen Russell Pearson who grew up at Russelltown and attended school in Roseland and Amite with me passed away yesterday.  I did not locate her obituary yet.   Please pray for the family.  They have fought this battle with Sue Ellen for a long time.



Barbara Wentworth Beatty
  • June 11, 1936 – January 13, 2019
  • Hammond, Louisiana

Barbara Wentworth Beatty, 82 years old of Hammond, Louisiana, passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019, in Hammond. She was born on Thursday, June 11, 1936, in Amite, Louisiana to Wayland M. Sr. and Theresa Rohner WentworthBarbara worked in the Insurance Industry for over 40 years, retiring from State National Life Insurance. She was a longtime member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Barbara is survived by her son Phillip Alvin Beatty, Jr. and his wife Christy R., her grandsons, Phillip A. Beatty III of Missouri, Daniel J. Beatty of Marion, Arkansas, Stephen P. Beatty and his wife Elena of Oak Ridge, Tennessee and Luke Beatty of Yazoo City, Mississippi, her great grandchildren, Daniel J. Beatty II of Arkansas and Lakelyn R. Beatty of Arkansas, also many nieces, nephews and close friends.

Barbara is preceded in death by her parents, Wayland M. Sr. and Theresa Rohner Wentworth, her husband Phillip Beatty, Sr. and her infant sister, her brothers, Wayland Wentworth, Jr. and Wyatt Wentworth.

A Visitation for Barbara will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2018 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Hammond. A Funeral Service Celebrating Barbara’s Life will immediately follow visitation at 1:00 pm in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow at Tangipahoa Cemetery in Tangipahoa.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Hammond.

Barbara’s guest book can be viewed




Jan Renee Allen

June 17, 1978 – January 17, 2019

JAN RENEE ALLEN was born on her grandmother’s birthday, June 17, 1978 in Covington, LA. She passed so peacefully at the young age of 40. Jan attended Bowling Green School for 13 years, graduating in the Class of 1996. She was chosen as class favorite, Ms. BGS and Homecoming Queen. Jan was also a cheerleader, a four year member of the Lady Bucs basketball team and involved in numerous club activities. She worked for several years at Riverside Medical Center, where she loved all the employees so much. Jan had an infectious smile, always loved life but most of all loved the Lord.

He says, “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the Earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Psalm 46: 10-11

She is survived by:

Daughter: Hailey Lynn Maddern

Hailey’s Dad: Tom Maddern of Franklinton

Hailey’s Sisters: Katy of Hammond,
Kara of Germany

Parents: Ken Allen and Brenda Barber Allen of Franklinton

Brother and Niece: John Allen and Kiersten Allen of Franklinton

Kiersten’s Mom: Becky Smith Allen of Franklinton

Aunts and Uncles: Rita and Butch Magee,
Judy and Carl Thomas,
Eugene Barber,
Randy Barber,
Alfred and Vivian Allen all of Franklinton,
Mary Jane Allen of Folsom

Her wonderful doctor, Dr. Sumathi Smith, whom she loved so dearly and who fought for her until the very end.

Also numerous precious cousins who were so close to her.

She was preceded in death by grandparents Ellis and Ruth Barber, Ellie and Letha Allen, aunt Shirley Stansbury, uncle Lonnie Allen, cousins Allen Dedon and Sherri Hall.

Visitation will be at Crain Funeral Home Monday January 21st from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Visitation will continue after 9:00 am Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Franklinton (950 Self Street, Franklinton). A funeral service will be held in the church at 12:00 pm Tuesday with Rev. Joey Miller and Rev. Bob Adams officiating, a eulogy by lifelong friend Matt Crain and special music by Stuart Varnado. Burial will follow in the Magee Cemetery at Lawrence Creek.

Memorial donations can be made to the First Baptist Church-New Sanctuary Fund.

Pallbearers are cousins Brent Magee, Matt Magee, Julian Thomas, Jamie Thomas, Phill Junkins and special friend Justin Brown

Honorary Pallbearers are the Bowling Green Class of 1996.


The Youth on Mission class of FBC, Kentwood will be collecting soup for the Hope Center.  You can bring any kind of soup and put it on the organ.  Thanks for supporting this worthy project, Soup for “Souper” Bowl Sunday.



Share your love and God’s love today!

Anna Lee



6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 

7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

Romans 6:6-7




Read the Bible/Mark “I will” in each verse.

  • Psalm 34:1-2
  • Psalm 35: 9-10



Baptist Press



Louisiana Baptist Message






Samaritan’s Purse




Be a list maker.  Be more than a list maker!

  • List visitors you saw at church last week.
  • List those who are homebound.
  • List those who are hospitalized,
  • List those who spoke at church.
  • List those who participated in special music.
  • List those who faithfully teach a class.
  • List those who did childcare during worship service.
  • List members who faithfully attend for all services.
  • List greeters who faithfully serve at church each week.
  • Etc.
  • Do more – Now, write a brief note of encouragement/Make a phone call to some of these people.




It doesn’t matter what church you attend.  It matter what you do when you leave the building!

Anna Lee








1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: 

2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 

3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, 

4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, 

5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, 

6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, 

7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, 

8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

~Ecclesiastes 3:1-8~

Read/Write the Bible
  • Psalm 23:6
  • Psalm 26:5
  • Psalm 27:6




This is the Lord’s Day!  He expects us to honor Him.  If there are legitimate reasons you cannot be him his house, there are some some pastors who peach God’s Word via television, computer, or phone each week.  

Despite the health issues at our house, God continues to richly bless us through our friends.
Anna Lee


But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

~Galatians 4:4-5~



Here’s the obituary for Jimmy Tolar.



James “Jimmy” C Tolar

James Carol Tolar, (Jimmy), 80, of Kentwood, LA, went home to the Lord on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 in Hammond.

He was born February 27, 1938 in Hathorn, MS. He was the son of Marvin and Charlene Rogers Tolar.

He was a proud graduate of Kentwood High School and LSU School of Banking. He was a retired Senior Vice President at First Guaranty Bank (44 years), Christmas tree farmer, a member of the Kentwood Rotary Club (43 years) and deacon at First Baptist Church of Kentwood, (50 years). ‘Daddy Jim’ loved camping and fishing, but his favorite pastime was spending time with his family and serving the Lord.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Naomi Davidson Tolar of Kentwood; one sister, Mary Frances Graham (Arlon) of Houston TX; one daughter, Audrey Elaine Doucette (Bob) of Richmond KY; three sons, Russ Tolar (Laura) of Kentwood, Jeff Tolar (Amy) of Crestview FL, and Tom Tolar (Stacey) of Kentwood. eight grandchildren, Danielle Mills (Ben), Brandon Doucette, Tyler Carter, Dawson Tolar, Micah Tolar, Autumn Tolar, Seth Tolar and Darbi Tolar; one great- grandchild, Liam Herrel and a host of family and friends.

Visitation is Friday from 5 PM to 8 PM at First Baptist Church Kentwood, LA and continues Saturday from 9 AM until worship services at 11 AM, led by Bro. Darryl Miller. Burial will follow in Hyde cemetery under the direction of Sharkey Funeral Home in Summit, MS.


Read the Christmas story – Luke 23



Read the Bible today,

  • Zech 1-3
  • Proverbs 29
  • Matt. 20
Have a great Christmas Eve Eve!
Anna Lee

Wednesday Addition

Linda Williams asks for continued prayers.

Jimmy went back to surgery at 7 am and the anesthesiologist said with Jimmy facing 5 bypasses, he could be in surgery until 1 pm. I will post updates. Thanks so much for your continued prayers.


Jimmy Tolar passed away this morning.  Pray for Naomi and other family members.

Services are planned at FBC,Kentwood for Friday night and Saturday.


First, let me apologize for thinking it was Wednesday yesterday.  Sometimes, in retirement, weekdays all run together.  I think the benefit from getting my days wrong is that you prayed for Jimmy and Linda Williams yesterday and will get another chance to do so today.



Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains!

For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.

~Isaiah 49:13~



Read the Christmas story – Luke 19



Read the Bible today

  • Nahum
  • psalm 27
  • Matthew 16





Debbie Wilkinson got another report from MD Anderson.  Things are about the same.



David saw his hematologist yesterday.  His report continues to be about the same too.  His labs don’t change very much.  His injection of Procrit increased to 40,000 units.  The doctor is slowly trying to locate the perfect dosage for David.  The blood level dropped from 9.4 to 8.5, but is still high enough to not get another unit of blood.  We will get back on our Monday routine by going for labs and Procrit on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.  David was blessed with a fruit/candy basket Saturday and carolers last night.  MDS has not taken the holiday off our schedule, only added to it.




Bryan and Rita Tate will be coming home Friday so they can spend the holidays with their family.



Ruby Pearl Didone Steel Rosamond

January 11, 1949 – December 16, 2018

Pearl, age 69, born on January 11, 1949 departed from this world on the night of December 16, 2018 leaving pain and suffering behind, transitioning to her Heavenly home to be met by Jesus, family and friends. Pearl spent most of her life working as a Certified Nursing Assistant. When not working, she was spending time with family and friends. Leaving behind to cherish her memories are 2 sons, Christopher Rosamond (Kristi) and Samuel Jim Tom Rosamond (Melinda); 2 former daughters in law, Sherri Rosamond and Mildred Rosamond; 4 grandchildren, Stormie McNabb (Colby), Dustin Rosamond (Madison), Matthew Rosamond and Joshua Rosamond;1 brother, Earl Didone (Barbara); 1 sister, Sue Tucker (Kenny); 3 step-sisters, Barbara Didone, Linda Baker, and Glenda Williams; 1 step-brother, Michael Bedwell; and a cherished friend, Mrs. Yvonne Lott. Preceded in death by 2 husbands, Walter Steele and Tommy Rosamond; parents, Ruby Stokes and Jesse Didone, Sr.; 2 brothers, Eddie Didone and Frank Bedwell; 2 step-sisters, Marie Bedwell and Jean Stokes; a grandson , Little Tommy Rosamond; and a nephew, Cory Didone; and 2 step-fathers, Frank Bedwell and Aubrey Stokes. Visitation at Taylor Creek Baptist Church from 9 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 22, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. Don Meadows. Interment Tangipahoa Cemetery, Tangipahoa. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit



Kurt Konrad Kundler

January 03, 1938 – December 17, 2018
A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Monday, December 17, 2018 at his home. He was born January 3, 1938 in New York, NY and was 80 years of age. He was a US Navy Veteran and a retired Pipefitter from Local 198. He is survived by 2 sons, Kelly Kundler and wife, Tammy, Gonzales, and Kenneth Kundler and wife, Mary Margaret, Kentwood; 3 grandchildren, Kolt Kundler and wife, Amanda, Prairieville, Kade Kundler, Gonzales, and Kristen Kundler, Knoxville, TN; 3 great grandchildren, Kynslee Kundler, Kayne Kundler, and Kace Kundler; brother, Joseph Kundler and wife ,Vera, Dover, DE; and sister, Anita Wallace, Greenville, TN. Preceded in death by his wife, Carmen Thomas Kundler; grandson, Kody Kundler; and an infant brother. Visitation at Pine Ridge United Methodist Church, Kentwood, from 9 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 20, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. Michael Townsend. Interment Pine Ridge Cemetery, Kentwood. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Even with illnesses and deaths, there is much to love about the holidays.  Don’t let the problems of life cause you to lose hope, faith, and love.

Anna Lee