with Vickie Ellis
Good day to all! The skies were a light blue with whitish-gray clouds noted on Saturday. There was a nice breeze blowing, and the temperature was 80 degrees. Our azaleas are very pretty, and our birds are happy. James continues to watch his “special” Prothonotary Warbler. It is small, egg yolk color and has the sweetest music. We also enjoy our finches, grosbeaks, red-headed woodpeckers, indigo buntings and others we have not identified yet. We also see an occasional deer, rabbit, skunk or possum. Did you know possums eat ticks? Good reason to leave them alone. We had a pretty day for Sunday. This week, the weather forecast is for rain most all week, but it should not be a complete washout, and right now, the following weekend is supposed to be pretty. That is Mother’s Day.
We enjoyed the sermon on Sunday morning. Faithful to the very end, Hebrews 11:13. Regardless of the turmoils that were dealt with in life, they persisted in their faith in quiet confidence that God provides. Sunday was homecoming at our church. The cemetery was very pretty, and we enjoyed our visitors. We also enjoyed our potluck meal after the morning service and singing afterwards. God is good, ALL the time!
Next Sunday is Mother’s Day. If you are blessed to still have your mother, please try and spend some time with her. If you can not, give her a call or send a card. It means a lot to a mother to know her children have not forgotten her and reassures her importance in your life. We realize as life goes that a child grows up and spreads its wings, as it should be, but do not forget your home base. I know each life is different, and some homes seem happier and maybe are, but one should also know that no one knows what goes on behind closed doors. Every family has issues as we are all human with faults, and being a parent does not come with instructions. As I have grown older, I understand more. You know the saying – with age comes wisdom. I just hope I continue to grow in wisdom with God’s guidance. Forgive mistakes and enjoy life. We have one life, and we are to LIVE it. Life is too short to be sad. It has taken me many years to get to this point, and I have to do a self-check every now and then, but with God there is joy and peace, and with that, I am happy in the Lord.
Happy birthday to Dexter Butler, 6-2; Donald Rowlett and William Bishop, 5-3; Debbie Mainord, 5-6; and Amy Ross, 5-7.
Happy anniversary to Derrith and Chris Cooper, 5-5.
Please continue to remember these in prayer Randy Baker, Sheila Berry, Joe Bingham, Marie Bishop, Robert and Joyce Brewer, Beverly Butler, J.T. and Jeanette Butler, John Butler, Jackie Chambers, Chastity King, Maryann Lackie, Anita and Larry Lambert, LaVelle Page, Joe Priddy, Pam Priddy, Jesse Pugh, Todd Rencher, Jake Richardson, Gina Robinson, Kristi Taylor, David Tucker, Tony Tucker, Willadean Maness Thrasher, Andy Maness, Billy Maness and Adam Wise. Also, please pray for our military, law enforcement, our country and its leaders, and first responders. There are many sick and hurting. Please say a prayer; even if you do not know their name, God does. Prayer is not an obligation; it is the greatest privilege we have. Pray yourself through each day.
“Your Truth” by Diane Ranker Riesen – “If this should be my final poem – then you would know God took me home – for while on earth I’ll never cease…to honor God’s great power and peace. If this would be my final words – there’s one big thought I hope you heard…Don’t waste your life – you need the truth – that Christ our Lord has died for you. None of us could ever earn – none of us could ever learn…the way to Heaven is just one way – God sent His Son to die that day. A baby born so sweet and pure – would always be the only cure…to save our souls with sins forgiven – this babe who suffered, died….then risen! Don’t be afraid to close your eyes – and in blind faith ask Christ inside…eternity in perfect form – was the only reason you were born.”
“There’s no storm that God won’t carry you through. No bridge that God won’t help you cross. No battle that God won’t help you through. No heartache that God can’t help you let go of. He is so much bigger than anything you will ever face. Leave everything in His hands. Embrace each day confidently, knowing that He will take care of you.” – unknown
I pray you all have a wonderful week, and may it be filled with love, joy, peace and blessings. Remember: if you have news, please email me at email@example.com. I would truly appreciate any news. People from here and those who have moved from our area but still want to keep in touch through the newspaper are hungry for news from home.
Until next week, Happy Trails to You.