“I have made up my mind to obey your laws forever,

no matter what.” 

~Psalm 119:112 CEV~



Today, let’s pray for those who are struggling with decisions.

  • Education
  • Family
  • Purchases
  • Church participation
  • Health
  • Etc.

Decisions can be difficult.  They also can change our future in a big way.  Pray about the decisions you are facing.  Let God lead you in making decisions.



Read the Bible – “I will….”

  • Psalm 42:5-6
  • Psalm 42:11



2018 relief efforts still need volunteers

The calendar has turned to a New Year, but hundreds of people in the Southeast continue picking up the pieces following the massive storms that hit the region in 2018.

After Calif. wildfire, ‘God just keeps’ providing

Following Northern California’s deadly Camp Fire, one church has experienced apparent supernatural provision and spiritual harvest amid its ministry efforts. Others have devoted themselves to counseling and listening.

Churches ramp up background checks to ensure safety

As churches become aware of potential safety issues, more are signing up for background check services through LifeWay Christian Resources’ OneSource program.

Court limits Jack Phillips’ religious bias lawsuit

Christian cake artist Jack Phillips can proceed with his latest lawsuit alleging Colorado harassed him based on his religious beliefs, but he may no longer seek damages from nine of the 10 defendants targeted.

Ashford: ‘Be our better selves’ in the public sphere

As an observer of Christianity and public life, Bruce Ashford sees the good, the bad and the ugly of American political engagement. In a new book, “Letters to an American Christian,” he is seeking to change it for the better.

FROM THE STATES: Ill., Ala., Md. evangelism/missions news; ‘Our prayer is that hundreds are saved and baptized’

Today’s From the States features items from: Illinois Baptist; The Alabama Baptist; BaptistLIFE (Maryland)

‘In Jesus’ name’: Evangelicals meet Mideast leaders

Southern Baptists are praying in Jesus’ name in the offices of Muslim princes and presidents hosting evangelicals on tours promoting religious freedom in the Middle East.


Read these and other timely articles at Baptist Press (




Read Christian articles/books and watch Christian programs.   Build yourself up spiritually.

Anna Lee


“I have made up my mind to obey your laws forever,

no matter what.” 

~Psalm 119:112 CEV~




Pray for Frances Gay, please.   She caught the flu and has to wait for knee surgery.  Pray she can get past the flu quickly.




Shane Wilkinson had a wreck yesterday because he blood sugar got too low.  He is okay, but his vehicle is not.  Thank God Shane is okay.



Bro. Rusty Durant’s father-in-law passed away.   Please be in prayer for Melissa and other family members.



The Hope Center is in need of volunteers, male and female, to help while Sylvester is having treatment and Shirley is with him.  Please call to learn their needs and volunteer.  Prayers for Sylvester and Shirley are greatly appreciated.




Read the Bible in 2019 / Underline each “I will”.

  • Psalm 35: 18 & 28
  • Psalm 39:1



Operation Christmas Child – January is the month to turn in hats, scarves, and gloves.  If you have other items, it is fine to turn them in too.



Pray for other needs that are not mentioned today.  Thanks for praying 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








“People do not live by bread alone,

but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” 

~Matthew 4:4 NLT~



Comment: please add Dayna Baker to your prayer list. She is in ICU in St Louis with a blood leakage and heart problems. She’s had 4 units of blood so far. They are doing a scope and EKG today. pray that they find the source of the bleed and that her heart is ok. Thanks .                                                                                  Pam Sellers, formerly of Kentwood



Please keep Frances M. Gay in your prayers as she prepares for knee surgery.




Nita Hayden Lea

March 12, 1933 – January 05, 2019

Nita H. Lea, a resident of Amite, passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. She was born March 12, 1933 in Independence and was 85 years of age. She was a member of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church and loved teaching Sunday School. She is survived by her daughter, Gloria Lea Frazier and husband, Bill; granddaughter, Kami Frazier Bourque. Preceded in death by parents, Arthur and Orval Hayden; husband, Charles Frank Lea, Sr.; son, Charles “Chuck” Lea, Jr.; sister, Rose Fagan; brothers, Carl, Billy, Steve and Ronnie Hayden; grandson-in-law, Steven Bourque. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 11:30AM until religious services at 1:00PM Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Services conducted by Rev. Randel Camardelle. Interment Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Leah Wilkinson Memorial Foundation at For an online guestbook, visit




Elmer “Rip” Rohner

February 13, 1934 – January 5, 2019

And a resident of Kentwood died early Saturday morning January 5, 2018 at his home. He was the owner/operator of Amite Sign Company for 43 years and the owner of The Pines in Kentwood for many years. Rip loved to play his bass guitar at home and often played during services at various churches that he attended in the area. He enjoyed fishing and liked to keep a well landscaped and manicured lawn. Rip always enjoyed spending time with his family.

Survived by:

Wife of 30 years: Debbie Goings Rohner of Kentwood

5 Children: Ashley Rohner of Baton Rouge,
Alex Rohner of Kentwood,
Jeannie Watkins of Missouri,
Diane Rohner of Amite,
Dorinda Rohner of Kentwood

8 Grandchildren: Danny Watkins,
Timmy Lawrence,
Misty Nicolosi,
Jason Lawrence,
Scarlett Sigrest,
Melvin Battles,
Mike O’Hara,
Nicole Watkins

20 Great-grandchildren

4 Great-great-grandchildren

Sister in law: Carol Rohner of California

Also numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Cathy O’Hara, parents Murphy Rohner and Mary Bridges Rohner, great-granddaughter Mia Ruth O’Hara, a brother Jesse Rohner and sister Stella Frances Rounsaville.

Visitation will be at Crain Funeral Home (1109 Bene Street, Franklinton. LA) on Tuesday January 8th from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel at 7:00 pm Tuesday with Rev. Clay Spinks officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial donations to, or to a church of your choice.

The family wishes to express a sincere thank you to Dr. Dale Tate and the staff of Heart of Hospice for their care and support.

Honorary Pallbearers are Danny Watkins, Mike O’Hara, Nick Savarino, Chuck Harrell, Dan Slocum, Alan Goings, B.J. Goings.




Read the Bible and mark the “I wills….”

  • Psalm 30:1
  • Psalm 30:12
  • Psalm 32:5




The next associational WMU meeting will be Monday, January 21st at 10 A.M. at East Fork Baptist Church to honor WMU ladies who passed away during 2018.  There will be a leadership meeting at 9 A.M.  The meeting will be followed by a covered dish lunch.  Any girls who are having a school holiday that day are invited to participate with us.

What would WMU be like without very dedicated women?





As you read The Prayer Link each day, remember to add your own requests.  There are always others to pray for,  but for one reason or another, it was not feasible to list all of them.

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


9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 

10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator

~Colossians 3:9-10~



Continue to pray for Mrs. Bessie Hayden.  She’s home and learning more and more about living independently.




Continue to pray for those who are homebound.  Make a call, deliver a meal, send a card, or just visit them.  You will both be blessed.




David had two medical visits yesterday.

  • He learned his blood level has increased since Tuesday.  The Procrit must be working.
  • He went to a dentist because he was having trouble eating and his gums were sore,  He will begin some new dental work Tuesday.  I think the dental issue is a result of the fall he had outside on Christmas evening.
  • We never know which way this journey will take us, but we know God is with us on the journey.





Hazel Elizabeth McKnight

May 14, 1939 – January 03, 2019

Hazel Elizabeth “Beth” McKnight, 79, born in Clinton, LA and a resident of Zachary, went to her eternal home on Thursday, January 3, 2019. She worked for Nunn Electric Supply for 21 years before retiring.
Visitation will be at Zachary United Methodist Church on Monday, January 7, 2019 from 9:00 am until service time at 11:00 am conducted by Dr. Greg Davis, Rev. Harold Babin and Rev. Rickey Willis. Burial will follow in Day’s cemetery, Greensburg.
Beth is survived by her husband of 62 years, Kenneth Charles McKnight, nieces and nephews, Denise Dyer Stewart(Blake), Rickie McKnight(Kelli), Randy McKnight(Kelli), Todd Castello(Desiree) and Earl Allen (April) and special great nieces, Ashby Warren(Steven) and Aley Stewart.
She is preceded in death by her father, Toler Hurst, Mother, Hazel Hutchinson Hurst and sister, Beverly Hurst Dyer.
Pallbearers will be Mark Hurst, Rick Hurst, Blake Stewart, Rickie McKnight, Randy McKnight and Todd Castello. Honorary pallbearers are Terry Travis, Donald Duncan and Mike Ray. She was a member of United Methodist Women for many years, Emmie Montegeudo Circle and loved greeting all of her church family on Sundays.




Read (and Write) the Bible

  • Psalm 17:15
  • Psalm 18:49
  • Psalm 22:22

Be sure to underline “I will” in each part.








The college and career class of First Baptist Church returned from “Passion” in Atlanta.  Thank God they were able to go to the event and grow from the experience.  Also, thank God for their safety.




The items to bring during January for Operation Christmas Child are scarves, hats, and gloves.  You can bring them to my Sunday School classroom.  Thanks!  It’s time to start over for the boxes we will send toward the end of the 2019 year.




You never know which way your journey of life will take you, but you can know God is with you.  If you don’t have that assurance, contact a local pastor or church member.  That could be the best decision you make during your lifetime.

Anna Lee







He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.

And what does the LORD require of you?

To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

~Micah 6:8 (NIV)~




Buddy Morris had a clear scan yesterday and was given another three months with no treatment.  Thank-you, Lord!  Pray for Eleanor Morris as she makes plans for hip surgery.


Please continue to pray for others who have tests, treatment, traveling, etc.

  • Buddy Waller
  • Linda Callihan
  • David Alford
  • Bryan Tate
  • Phillip Strickland




Read the Bible and mark “I will ….”.

  • Psalm 16: 7-8
  • Psalm 17:3




You are invited to attend Sunday School with the Friendship Circle class.  Judy Dickinson will be teaching out lesson this week.




Pray for the college and career class of FBC, Kentwood as they return from a conference in Atlanta and begin applying what they learned.




I’m thankful for the ending of this rain we have had.  Now, let the roads, pastures, yards, playgrounds, etc. dry up for a while.

Anna Lee