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LEWIS:Three generations at the altar

The message had ended and the pastor asked if everyone would come and pray in the altar. That seemed like a great idea considering it was the first day of the new year. It’s a time of letting go and a time of new beginnings, but that moment was more to me. It reminded me of the faithfulness of Almighty God.

My son Zach took his son, Nate’s, hand and of course he said, “Come on Grammy,” as he reached for my hand. In a split second we three were huddled in an altar of prayer. Now that may seem like an ordinary event, but we rarely attend church together, and I quickly realized it was an answer to prayers over years of time.

No I didn’t specifically ask God to let us be in the altar together, but this moment in time, is a symbol of the prayers I have prayed over the years. I asked God to save my children, and I asked God to guide them in His will and serve Him all the days of their lives. I’ve also prayed for my grandchildren long before they were born and continue to pray today. “Lord save my grands; Lord use my grands all the days of their lives.”

The picture that is etched in my heart and my mind forever is a landmark of God’s faithfulness. Without a doubt, my son in the altar with me reminds me that God answers prayers. When I think of my two-year-old grandson in the altar, I am reminded that God will answer prayers concerning Nate now and for years to come.

Several days later I had the opportunity to baby-sit Nate and Rylee Ann. It was Saturday night and I held this little princess in my arms. I marveled at her perfectly shaped fingers and toes. I watched her breathing ever so softly as she slept in her Grammy’s arms. Then, yet again, I was reminded of my prayers that were lifted up so many years ago.

I asked God for a little girl, and we had boys. Still, I trusted God because He knows what we need. I accepted that it must not be His will for me to have a daughter. I mean sons are wonderful. I believe my desire to mentor young ladies and see them grow in the Lord came from my eagerness to have a daughter. Of course God faithfully answered my prayer in His all-knowing way. He gave me a whole group of hurting women at New Beginnings. I can never describe the blessings that are bestowed on my life every week as I work with the ladies.

Still God knew the deepest desire of my heart, and he blessed me with Rylee Ann. Today I am buying girly clothes, and big bows, and I can’t wait to see her dress up in a princess outfit. Just when I thought God answered my prayer in one way, He has given me a double blessing in this area of my life.

Oh my goodness!! I am totally amazed at the ways God works in our lives. My prayer is that we will have the faith to know that God hears our prayers, and He will answer them according to His perfect will and in His timing.


Banks
Pray for the president

This week remember to pray for our president and the leader of our country but most of all the men and women serving our country. God Bless America.

Mark your calendars, come on out and join us at the Bingo Benefit for Kacey Reynolds’ Cancer Treatment Fund on Friday, Jan. 17, from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Homer Fire Department. Debbie Reems is the host. Bingo cards will be $10 each. This will include a pinto bean supper. A 50/50 donation will be excepted.

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Happy birthday to Betty Meeks. She turned 90 on Thursday, Jan. 2. We want to wish her many more.

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Congratulations to Cale Compton. He graduated from the Marine Corps Basic Training at Parris Island last week with the Lima Company. He will be Stationed at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina. Others that have recently joined and are serving include: Avery Martin, Toni Mullins, Gatlin Lunsford and Tyler Sheridan. I for one am very proud of each one that serves and protects us.

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The community was saddened to hear of the passing of George Stewart Bolton.

Survivors include his sons, Ellis (Brenda) Bolton, Royston, and Chris (Karen) Bolton, Homer; sister, Deedie Turner, Maysville; five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. He will be greatly missed, Remember his family and host of friends in your prayers.

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Happy birthday to: Sandra Whitfield, Mike Craven, Maecee Crumley, Carlita Turk, Kennedy Chapman, Ricky Simmons, Mike Boyle, Cody White, Ronald Parson, Tammy Kennedy, Tondra Boswell, Kenny Crumley, Kendra Rosser, Marty Elrod, Brandi Carlan, Tammy Prater, Cindy Osborne, Cooper and Carson Todd.

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Happy anniversary to Derek and Candas Ayers. They have been married for 12 years.

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Those who are sick in our community and need prayers are: Sammy Reece, Tatum Bolton, Sandra and Horace Whitfield, Stan Westmoreland, Juli Irvin, Ken Mize, Warren Wilson, David Dunson, Jane Dunson, Tammy Harrison, Johnny Gardiner, Scarlett Rose Lacount, Janice Sims, officer Joshua Robertson, Mike Pace, Molly Jo Thomas, 2, Leonra Simmons, Wanda Parks, Tina Queen, Cara Bolton Ferguson, Sammy Meeler, Phil Scales, Cindy Thomas, Larry Whitfield, Alex Strickland, Scott Standridge, Regis Lewallen, Eddie and Becky Hunter, Libby Tanner, Ruth Justus, Amanda Justus, Pat Farmer, Donna Campbell Marcus, J.T. Parson, Barbara Massey, Beverly Wood, Leigh Ann Scales Allen, Tim McCoy, Jacqueline Wilson, Carolyn Standridge, Chad Standridge, Kim Crane, Toney Massey, Billy Massey, Chester Hewell, Edith Goodson and Kenneth and Betty Parson.


Church
Mt. Carmel plans breakfast

Mt. Carmel plans brotherhood breakfast

The Mt. Carmel Baptist Church monthly brotherhood breakfast and fellowship meeting will be at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 12.

Chase Rylee, pastor of True Life Church in Homer, will be the guest speaker.

The breakfast is held the second Sunday of each month.

Mt Carmel is at 2405 Hwy. 51S, Lula. For more information, call Gordon Worley, the coordinator, at 770-287-4638.


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Jackson
Recipe of the week: Shrimp Soup

The recipe of the week is Shrimp Soup, submitted by Melba Miller, Commerce.

INGREDIENTS

1 pound boiled, deveined, bite-size shrimp

1 pound Velveeta Cheese

1 medium chopped onion

7 large potatoes

2 cups milk

½ stick margarine

DIRECTIONS

Cut potatoes into bite-size pieces. Cover with water, add salt to taste, butter and chop onion and boil until tender. In a separate pan, heat milk and cheese until cheese is melted. Add to potatoes and water. Heat thoroughly and add shrimp. Cook 10 to 15 minutes more. (Add more cheese, if desired. Use half and half in place of milk for richer flavor or you may substitute crumbled bacon in the place of shrimp).

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Ned Klugh spoke at a recent meeting of the Community Brotherhood at the Homer United Methodist Church.


Maysville Rotarian Scott Bell digs a hole and sets the post for the Little Free Library that will be housed at Maysville Elementary School. "We are blessed to be a part of this wonderful project,” leaders state. "Keep sending in those books so that the Rotarians can rotate books in and out.”