Let Me prepare you for the day that stretches out before you. I know exactly what this day will contain, whereas you have only vague ideas about is. You would like to see a map, showing al the twists and turns in your journey. You'd feel more prepared if you could somehow visualize what is on the road ahead. However, there is a better way to be prepared for whatever you encounter today: Spend quality time with Me. I will not show you what is on the road ahead, but I will thoroughly equip you for the journey. My Living Presence is your Companion each step of the way. Stay in continual communication with Me, whispering My Name whenever you need to redirect your thoughts. Thus you can walk through this day with your focus on Me. My abiding Presence is the best road map available.
Exodus 33:14; John 15:4-7
To the family of Ray Campbell who passed away Tuesday night.
To Maggie Hartle and family in the passing of her son Randy, Sunday, December 26
To Delma Smith and Family in the passing of Donnie Smith over the weekend of November 20-21
To the Family of Inez Gutherie
To Rose Franklin, in the loss of her sister, Sheila Thrash
To Ruby Yates, nephew passed away
To Anthony Kay, whose wife, Linda, passed away Friday, December 3. He is preaching for Dr Page January 2.
Jean King, Lakeland Rehab/Nursing Home
Margaret Shelton, The Arrington, 179, Columbus
Del Slone, tested positive for Covid, scheduled surgery may have to be postpoNed, January 4, University Medical Center
Betty Barber, Her house burned over the Thanksgiving holidays. It could be months before repairs are completed and she can return.
Emmaline Ware, fell, fractured wrist
Billie Welch, knee
Tyler Jackson, Billy Ray’s son, Chron's disease, had surgery last week. Billy Ray also lost his cousin from a heart attack.
Dr Page, ruptured blood vessel in his eye
Betty Jones, monthly shots in her back at present, was at Sunday School December 5
Buddy Parker, doing better, was at church again yesterday, December 5
Shannon Owen, contemplating hip surgery
Kyrous Brown, Lucretia Berry; Laverne Brooks; Doug Cutrer; Nona Ellzey; Gene Hartzog; Jean Johnson; Carolyn Moulds; Emmaline Ware
COOPER, KELLY Harmony Court (769-251-2098; 5411 I-55 North, Jackson, MS)
CREEKMORE, JEANETTE Willow Creek, Willow Creek Drive, Byram, 39272 (and her daughter
JARRETT, ALVILDA room 247 Brookdale Brandon (601-919-1208; 140 Castlewoods Blvd., Brandon, MS 39047)
KING, JEAN, Lakeland Nursing Home, (601-982-5505), 3680 Lakeland Lane, Jackson, 39216
PENNINGTON, VIRGINIA Martha Coker Home-Patrick. 2041 Grand Ave, Yazoo City, MS 39194
POWELL, BAILEY Bedford's Alzheimer's Care Center, 208 Cahal Street, Hattiesburg 39401
THOMPSON, LILLIE room 322, Brandon Nursing Home (601-825-3192; 355 Crossgates Blvd., Brandon, MS 39042)
WILLIAMSON, BETTY Edgewood Health and Rehab (601-362-5394, 205 Parkway, Byram, MS 39272)
BALLARD, DABNEY, B 105 Riggs Manor (601-857-5011; 2300 Seven Springs Road, Raymond, MS 39154)
CLAY, CAROL, D16, The Home Place (7521 Old Canton Road, Madison, MS 39110)
FERRELL, NAOMI, fell and is now staying with her daughters while she has therapy. (Info from Steve and Melissa Davis)
MORRIS, PAM, moved to Plainview in Richland
RAINEY, WILMA Apt. 118 Chateau Ridgeland, (745 S. Pear Orchard Rd, Ridgeland, MS 39157
FELTEN, CELESTE Kenton Pointe Assisted Living, 1455 Kenton Pointe Way, Room 213, Maysville, KY 41056
MALONE, LINDA room 228, The Orchard (601-856-2205; 600 Pear Orchard Rd, Ridgeland, MS 39157)
STAMPLEY, DANNY A114, Chadwick Nursing Home (601-372-0231; 1900 Chadwick Dr., Jackson, MS 39204)
GERTRUDE WILBOURNE, Edgewood Health
Sympathy to the family of Linda Loyd, former member, who passed away Monday, January 3; Lauren Compere, Covid; Sue Wells, fell, broke hip, had surgery, in rehab; Bobbie Hammond, sister-in-law of Lark and Sandra; Sister of Joy Ferrell; Family of Ryan Vaughn, friend of Kathy Gillis; Evelyn Kinstley's grandson, Taylor; Asher Rotkiewicz, grandson of Walter and Kathy Gillis; Maggie Hartle's sister, Nancy; Danny Triay, Terry's nephew; Mary Alday, Kathy Gillis' mother; Janie Dukes, Kay Carroll's daughter; Collins Compere, Art’s nephew
Pray the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions supports the many International Mission Board missionaries serving around the globe by providing the resources that need to give help and hope to a lost world. Pray that Southern Baptists will give generously and sacrificially to spread the good news of Jesus throughout the world.
Pray earnestly for the families of those who are being tortured and murdered for being a Christian, and especially for those kidnapped in Chibok and Tawari, Nigeria and other places around the world, like Haiti, Ethopia, China and Afghanistan. Continue to pray for the hundreds of girls kidnapped and whipped into forced marriages.
Pray for the seventeen missionaries are trapped in Haiti. Some missionaries have already been killed. The SBC is advising against travel to Haiti for mission work. Some religious groups have already halted travel to Haiti, citing it too dangerous.
Afghanistan Christians and all those who are threatened by Taliban. The news reported that there could be as many as 300 Americans and others who still need to leave Afghanistan.
Immigrants at southern border
COVID patients and families, Doctors and Nurses
I pray that you cover my children. Give them the helmet of salvation to protect their minds against messages competing for their attention. Guard their hearts, Lord, from anger. depression, anxiety, loneliness, or anything that would make them feel unworthy of love. No weapon formed against them shall prosper. In Jesus' Name.
Keep your hedge of protection around them as they sleep, as they go to school, as they participate in extracurricular activities, as they get jobs. Let them fear nothing. Let no evil befall them. I know that I can't be around them every minute. I thank you, Father, God, for never leaving them. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Scripture instructs us to pray for all in authority (1 Timothy 2:1-2), but how do we do that exactly? Here are several ways to pray for - our judges, police chiefs, educators, school board members, military officers, elected officials, and others who are serving our country in leadership.
1. That they be God-fearing and recognize that they are accountable to Him for each decision and act. Proverbs 9:10
2. That they be granted wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. James 1:5
3. That they be presented with the gospel and a loving Christian witness. Romans 10:14
4. That, if unsaved, that be drawn to a saving encounter with Christ; if born-again, that they be strengthened and encouraged in their faith. 1 Timothy 2:4; Ephesians 1:17-23
5. That they recognize their own inadequacy and pray and seek the will of God. Proverbs 3:5-8; Luke 11:9-13
6. That they be convicted of sin, transgression, and iniquity. Psalm 51:17; John 8:9
7. That they be given godly counsel and God-fearing advisors. Proverbs 24:6
8. That they be honest and faithful to their spouses and children. Malachi 2:15-16
9. That they value and regard the Ten Commandments and the teachings of Christ. Psalm 19:7-11; John 8:31-32
10. That they be honest, possess godly integrity, and desire purity avoiding drunkenness, pornography and perversion. 1 Corinthians 6:9-20; Psalm 26; Proverbs 11:3